ARCADIA – Kickback

ARCADIA announce their arrival with the release of their new single & video, Kickback, which is out now. Watch the video for the track, here: Manchester quintet, ARCADIA, take from the groove of Limp Bizkit fused with the venom of Rage Against The Machine, and it doing so, hurl out alluring crossover rap-infused metal that will ignite and excite. The band’s debut EP, Hunting Season, opened doors for the five-some and firmly placed the crossover combo onto the Manchester scene. Sharing stages with the likes of Tequila Mockingbird, Asteroid Boys, and Dubwar has further served to increase ARCADIA’s emerging reputation. … Continue reading

Crematory – “Oblivion”

Crematory – “Oblivion” (Steamhammer / SPV)  Continuing their 25 year legacy, much has been said about the diversity of this 18th release with greater input from the newer members as well as guest musicians. However, by no means has Germany’s greatest gothic metal band strayed away from its roots, and if there have been newer influences, then they’re by no means detracting from the tested formula of drummer Markus Jüllich’s compositions. Part of the reason for this is that Stefan Glass’s orchestral arrangements and Dirk Riegner’s indie nuances aren’t exactly alien elements to gothic metal, along with the virtuosic touches of Walter Stobbe, whose … Continue reading

Bonfire – “Temple Of Lies”

Bonfire – “Temple Of Lies” (AFM Records)  Alongside the Scorpions and Accept, Bonfire must be considered one of Germany’s greatest hard rock metal bands. Starting as far back as 1972 (!) although only going by that name since 1986, Bonfire met with immediate success, having scored a gold release in their 1987 sophomore “Fireworks”. Unfortunately, personnel problems involving founder guitarist Hans Ziller soon began to take their toll, resulting in him being ousted from his band, inevitable legal battles over ownership of the name and a revolving door of personnel changes that have continued to this day – with Ziller back and … Continue reading

Gus G – “Fearless”

Gus G – “Fearless” (AFM Records)  Well, I guess you’d have to be fearless to be in Ozzy Osbourne’s band for the best part of 6 years! Brought in to replace Zakk Wylde, Gus G recorded 2010’s “Scream” with Ozzy before returning to his own well known band, Firewind. Well clearly there’s still a bit of the double O left in him as you might expect from a legendary persona like Osbourne, and so he’s done the right thing here by releasing a solo record, as distinct from another power / heavy metal Firewind opus. Recruiting  vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69/Unisonic) and drummer Will Hunt … Continue reading

Celtachor – “Fiannaíocht”

Celtachor – “Fiannaíocht” (Trollzorn)  Already impressed by Celtachor’s last release “Nuada Of The Silver Arm”, this 3rd studio album certainly doesn’t disappoint, whisking you off to magical, mythological lands through the deep music defined by blackened folk metal as well as ethereal melodies and ancient atmospheric soundscapes! Born just over a decade ago, part of Celtachor’s charm is that they haven’t been afraid to evolve, and indeed on “Fiannaíocht” there has been an enrichment of their sound through the addition of a new fiddler in Liam Henry, along with bassist Robert Macdomhnail who also plays the bouzouki and harp and together add to the band’s existing … Continue reading

Leather – “II”

Leather – “II” (High Roller Records)  Probably one of the most criminally overlooked female metal vocalists of all time, Leather Leone is best known for being the singer for David T Chastain, as put together by Shrapnel Records President Mike Varney, who needed a power larynx to match the savage shredding power of the virtuoso guitarist. Step forward New York’s Leather Leone, already singing for upcoming SF band Rude Girl, who were at the time sharing stages with Suicidal Tendencies and Megadeth. Leone would go on to record 5 albums with Chastain, along with a solo record “Shock Waves” in 1989 before disappearing for … Continue reading

Angerot – “The Splendid Iniquity”

Angerot – “The Splendid Iniquity” (Black Market Metal)  If you wallow in the dirt and decay of early 90s Swe-deth a la Entombed, Dismember and Grave then you’re gonna love these guys – even if they’re from South Dakota! Clearly fans of this cult genre themselves, Angerot have got Entombed’s LG Petrov and James Murphy (Death, Cancer, Disincarnate, Obituary, Testament) guesting, not to mention an elite production team in Tomas Skogsberg (Entombed, Dismember, Carnage, Grave, At the Gates) mixing at Sunlight Studios and mastering by Brad Boatright at AudioSeige to get that authentic sound perfect. As such “The Splendid Iniquity” is a top offering and … Continue reading

ANTHRAX – Filming ‘Kings Among Scotland’

ANTHRAX’s forthcoming live release Kings Among Scotland is due to hit shelves on April 27th. The new release showcases the band’s live performance of their legendary album Among The Living, as well as a mixed live set including a raft of ANTHRAX classics. Today the DVD’s producer and director, Film24Productions’ Paul M. Green (OPETH, THE DAMNED, THE LEVELLERS) talks about the intensity of the audience and how that presented a challenge when it came to directing to his camera operators “I’ve been in this for sixteen years,” said Green, “and I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever felt such power at a concert in my life. We had these noise reduction … Continue reading

SAXON – deluxe reissues

BMG ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE DELUXE REISSUES OF ‘DENIM AND LEATHER’, ‘POWER & THE GLORY’ AND ‘CRUSADER’ AFTER THE FIRST THREE RELEASES (‘SAXON’, ‘WHEELS OF STEEL’ AND ‘STRONG ARM OF THE LAW’) ALL BREAK INTO THE OFFICIAL UK ROCK TOP 40 THIS WEEK! Saxon, over the decades have gone from being pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, to becoming one of the most successful UK rock acts of all time. The truth, though, is that Saxon have always transcended trends and eras. From 1979’s ‘Saxon’ album to new album ‘Thunderbolt’, the band have enjoyed considerable success. Five … Continue reading