LES CHANTS DE NIHIL “Le Tyran Et L’Esthete”

LES CHANTS DE NIHIL “Le Tyran Et L’Esthete” (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions) French black metal has given me plenty of cool experiences. From the really off beat to the grandiose. And everything in between it seems. So it is with the greatest of excitement that I take on this one from LE CHANTS DE NIHIL. It can end any which way. There is something special to black metal sung in French. It feels even more desperate and end-of-the-world like. Musically this is high energy black metal. listening to this feels like a work out pass at the local gym.… Continue reading

BLACK SUN BROTHERHOOD “God And Beast” (Metal Blast Records) I have to admit that I had forgotten that there used to be a band called The Helheim Society and that I had a cd of theirs. But that was made abundant when I received this CD from BLACK SUN BROTHERHOOD. With a line-up full of Norwegian extreme metal names these are not your boy room kids playing extreme metal. I somehow expected this to be much more black than it is. Instead I get an album full of metal that is death in vibe. To me this sounds like a… Continue reading

SPEED STROKE “Scene Of The Crime”

SPEED STROKE “Scene Of The Crime” (Street Symphonies Records/Burning Minds Music Group) I am not ashamed to admit that I have a fondness for sleaze rock. As much as it can get too cheesy it can also be some of the greatest experience. As a child of the 80s and MTV it was hard to not catch a glimpse of the hair bands of that era. SPEED STROKE started in 2010 in Italy and has so far released two albums. This is their third one and I gotta say that this one is a really nice one. Not really following… Continue reading

INJECTOR “Haunt Of The Rawhead”

INJECTOR “Haunt Of The Rawhead” (Art Gates Records) With a name like INJECTOR I for one get vibes of old school thrash metal. The first thought I got made me think of bands like Whiplash or Wehrmacht. I am a huge fan of the first two Whiplash albums. They are killer thrashers. Then they tried something different and lost me. INJECTOR on the other hand will not lose me with this album. If you like your metal full of speed and with a dose melody and wants it hard this is the one to check out. To me this is… Continue reading

LEGADO DE UNA TRAGEDIA “Britania”

LEGADO DE UNA TRAGEDIA “Britania” (Art Gates Records) I have said it countless times before. If you dig deep enough you’ll find bands that few have heard of that deserves your attention. The Spanish scene is full of metal bands of all the sorts that doesn’t get the press they should get because they don’t really reach outside of the Spanish borders. LEGADO DE UNA TRAGEDIA is a band that I hadn’t heard of before this album dropped in on me. What I do hear is a very dramatic musical landscape. It feels like you are a part of a… Continue reading

THERAGON “Where The Stories Begin”

THERAGON “Where The Stories Begin” (Art Gates Records) I don’t know what it is about power metal that gets me going but I am a huge sucker for a really good power metal album. I don’t get to hear them too often sadly but once I do they are mostly of the highest quality. Spanish THERAGON are power metal. And they are quite good at it too. I sit here and try to figure out what school they mostly remind me of. I have to place them in the Italian school of more dramatic power metal. More so than the… Continue reading

Accept – “Too Mean To Die”

Accept – “Too Mean To Die” (Nuclear Blast Records) Change is no stranger to these Teutonic titans, and indeed, in recent years Accept have seen the loss of bassist Peter Baltes, who was in the band 42 years (!!), leaving guitarist Wolf Hoffmann as the last original member of one of Germany’s most loved metal acts. Wasting no time whatsoever, Hoffmann, who has also been successfully forging a solo career as a neoclassical metal artist, recruited new bassist Martin Motnik (Lucifer (live), Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons Band) but more boldly, expanded Accept into a sextet with the additional of a… Continue reading

Voodoo Circle – “Locked & Loaded”

Voodoo Circle – “Locked & Loaded” (AFM Records) No messin’ – if you crave pumping, red blooded hard rock then the maestros at Voodoo Circle have it all for you here – and in abundance too I might add! With little to doubt the seasoned talents of founder guitarist Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Silent Force), bassist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner), vocalist David Readman (Pink Cream 69) and drummer Markus Kullman (Glenn Hughes), “Locked & Loaded” also features the skills of keyboardist Corvin Bahn (Sascha Paeth’s Masters of Ceremony) and singer Melissa Bonny (Ad Infinitum, Rage Of Light), not forgetting… Continue reading

Dragony – “Viribus Unitis”

Dragony – “Viribus Unitis” (Napalm Records) Formed over a decade ago as “The Dragonslayer Project”, “Viribus Unitis” returns this Austrian symphonic power metal band to the roots of their 2011 debut in embracing rock opera once more! Titled after the personal motto of Emperor Franz Joseph I, history takes a different turn under Dragony’s guise in a new concept that sees the Emperor enhanced as a cyber-punk and his wife, the Empress ‘Sisi’, who was in real life assassinated, now resurrected into a demon possessed zombie!!! Thankfully, the music is far less outlandish, if no less flamboyant thanks to an… Continue reading

OKRÜTNIK ”Legion Antychrysta”

OKRÜTNIK ”Legion Antychrysta” (Ossuary Records) This one has all the right vibes to be old school. If you like me, remember the 80s when Poland was under the control of communism you might also remember the feeling of hearing Polish metal for the first time. Acts like Turbo, Kat, Imperator and Vader all made an impression to certain degrees. Some are still with me today. Others have fallen. Hearing this album from OKRÜTNIK is almost like being taken back to the 80s. What I like is that there is a new generation that still hold the old flame alive. This… Continue reading