Arrayan Path – “Ira Imperium”

Arrayan Path
“Ira Imperium”
(Pitch Black Records)

Despite their somewhat dodgy name, this lot are in fact Greek Cypriots who play epic power metal with a strong Maiden influence and a Middle Eastern theme! “Ira Imperium” is AP’s third album and features Tony Martin guesting on the title track although the main voice of Nicholas Leptos is more than strong enough to carry the band thru, both in terms of power and those eastern harmonies on tracks like ‘Gnosis of Prometheus’ and ‘Hollow Eyes of Nefertiti’. Continue reading

As I Lay Dying – “Decas”

As I Lay Dying
“Decas”
(Metal Blade)

With over 1,000,000 units sold in the U.S. in just less than 10 years, San Diego metal act As I Lay Dying will commemorate this milestone with the very special release of “Decas”, a compilation album – with a difference! In addition to 3 newly recorded tracks featuring the trademark metalcore of the SOCAL crew, it also features blistering covers of Slayer’s ‘War Ensemble’, Judas Priest’s ‘Hellion’ and Descendant’s ‘Coffee Mug’. Continue reading

Zandelle – “Shadows Of The Past”

Zandelle
“Shadows Of The Past”
2CD (Pure Steel Records)

Zandelle formed in the mid 90s and play ‘true’ metal – which is no mean feat if you’re from the NYC area! Essentially combining US and Euro metal as well as early power and melodic elements they offer a full range whether its on power rockers like ‘Bringer Of Doom’, a heavier cover of Whitesnake’s ‘Bad Boys’ or an excellent slow power ballad in ‘Angel’, which reminded me a lot of Manowar (perhaps unsurprising given they are also from the same area). Continue reading

DEVASTATOR “Conjuring EVil”

DEVASTATOR (Us)
“Conjuring Evil”
(WAR)
I really, really love Kreator’s first two albums “Endless Pain” and “Pleasure To Kill”, so much that anything released today that even resembles those albums gets my thumbs up. So when I heard Devastator’s “Conjuring Evil” I knew that this would be right up my alley. Continue reading

ENID “Munsalvaesche”

ENID
”Munsalvaesche”
(code666)
Enid is a strange beast. Not that it is hard to understand their music. This is more of an emotional journey than a full on metal frenzy. I usually do not want to be transported back to the medieval but it’s hard not to when listening to Enid’s “Munsalvaesche”. I don’t understand the fascination for the medieval that seem to exist in Germany with fairs and festivals. Continue reading

LION SPLICER “Slicer”

LION SPLICER
“Slicer”
(-)
We got readers. WE GOT READERS!!! Lion Splicer is made up of two brothers who seem to love metal so much that they’ve started a band together. And they seem to like Battle Helm too since they’ve sent us this, their debut album, to be reviewed. That this sounds like it was recorded in a rehearsal room doesn’t bother me that much. Continue reading

LIVARKAHIL “Signs Of Decay”

LIVARKAHIL
“Signs Of Decay”
(Listenable)
In today’s extreme metal scene it’s not enough to just be extreme, you gotta stand out to even have the slightest of a chance to get noticed. In the case of Livarkahil it has to be the band name. Not only is it hard to pronounce correctly, it is also so strange that you have no idea what it means. Musically this is brutal death metal done in the Polish school of fast and technical. Think Decapitated, Hate or early Vader and you get a pretty good picture of what to expect. Continue reading

SACRED GATE “Creators Of The Downfall”

SACRED GATE
“Creators Of The Downfall”
(-)
For one reason or another I don’t seem to hear that new power metal releases. The ones I get my hands on are a welcomed break from all the extreme metal I get subjected to (and love). German Sacred Gate came as a, if not breath of fresh air at least as an gush of air that broke the monotony of same, same and even more same records that floods my computer. Continue reading

SIRANNON “Semper Caliga”

SIRANNON
“Semper Caliga“
(Unmerciful Death)
I might not have given the impression that I like corpse painted black metal bands but the truth be told I find it fascinating to find out what hides behind the make-up. Sirannon have that ancient Scandinavian sound going for them that I like. It’s like being transported back in time when I hear harsh, primitive black metal with no symphonic or twisted turns Continue reading

Beehler – “Messages To The Dead”

Beehler
“Messages To The Dead”
(Pure Steel Records)

I’ll say it once again: Dan Beehler is the TRUE voice of Exciter. If you were a “Heavy Metal Maniac” and grew up in the 80s like I did then you’ll know who this guy is. Along with bands like The Rods, Anvil and (early) Metallica, Canada’s Exciter pioneered the US speed and thrash movement into what it is today. Exciter were a power trio in the same destructive vein as classic Motorhead except that Dan cranked it up a notch by drumming AND singing simultaneously!! Continue reading