Satan’s Host – “CELEBRATION: For The Love Of Satan – 25th anniversary album”

Satan’s Host – “CELEBRATION: For The Love Of Satan – 25th anniversary album” (Moribund Records)

Holy Fuck!! This must be one of the cult bands of all cult bands of all time LOL! Formed in 1977, Denver’s Satan’s Host featured none other than Jag Panzer’s Harry ‘Tyrant’ Conklin, although he was then known as “Leviathan Thisiren” – although that’s nothing compared to the rest of the band of Patrick Evil and “Evil Hobbit” Lopez LOL!! With equally cheesy song titles and OTT satan lyrics of ‘Metal From Hell’, ‘Satanic Grimoire’ and ‘Witches Return’ and a primitive diddly dee style of riffing not dissimilar to early Slayer, it might be easy to dismiss this. However, back then their debut “Metal From Hell” was a cult classic! And so it is in commemorating the 25th anniversary of this album that Conklin has once again rejoined his bandmates to produce 2 new songs as well as re-record songs from each and every album spanning the career of the band! With artwork from Joe Petagno (Motorhead), it’s a superb release not in the least because Conklin’s voice is still amazing after all these years, so with the modern technology available, it’s like the older material has truly been reborn as if Satan were indeed hosting it! Continue reading

Iron Saviour – “The Landing”

Iron Saviour
“The Landing”
(AFM Records)

Formed back in the mid 90s by Helloween’s Kai Hansen and Blind Guardian’s Thomen Stauch together with multi instrumentalist producer / engineer Piet Sielck, the latter of whom still remains as the only original member, gallantly forging on with the concept of a sentient spaceship (the ‘Iron Saviour’) and it’s Atlantean quest. “The Landing” is the band’s 7th album and besides hoping that the poor vessel is near journey’s end, continues the tradition of fast melodic power metal as showcased by the brilliant ‘Starlight’. In many ways the sound remains true to Helloween or Gamma Ray, although on ‘Moment In Time’ the melodies are so overpoweringly passionate they could’ve been penned by Freedom Call, whilst on ‘Faster Than All’, the band give Riot a serious run for their money in the road racin’ sweepstakes of melodic speed metal! All in all an excellent album exemplifying the German melodic power metal genre at its best. Continue reading

From The Depth – “Back To Life”

From The Depth
“Back To Life”
(Rising Records)

What an amazing little debut this! Formed only 3 years ago, this top notch Italian power metal have made big strides and I have no doubt will continue to do so given their excellent music. Playing very much along the lines of Children Of Bodom with heavy, catchy guitar and keyboard melodies on songs like ‘Our Music Our Souls’, ‘You Just Have To Fly’, and ‘Nothing To You’ I was immediately hooked in by their passion and performance – despite their name they offer the most uplifting feeling! Elsewhere like on instruments like ‘Lack Of Emotion’ they show the full range of their musical dexterity but frankly I think its just a waste given they could just put more of their bloody good songs in there instead LOL. Continue reading

THE BECKONING “Demystifying The Oracle”

“Demystifying The Oracle”
There is nothing like being blown away by a new acquaintance on the first encounter. Finding new bands you’ve never heard of is the biggest blast with this job. I came upon Canadian The Beckoning courtesy of Facebook. I saw a message from the band posted on Facebook and I sent them a note and now I’m reviewing their record. Continue reading

CHASMA “Declarations Of The Grand Artificer”

“Declarations Of The Grand Artificer”
Monotony doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Even in the most monotonous beautiful music can be created. The repetitive meanderings of Chasma bring about an aura of misery and pain that in the right environment are as beautiful as the sun rising on a summer morning. I like this kind of black metal that is so basic in its simplicity that you cannot do anything but succumb to it. Continue reading

HELLCRAWLER “Wastelands”

(Hollow Earth Records)
What struck me at first is how much this sounds like a lot of Swedish crust/kängpunk bands overdosing on Motorhead. This is punk metal in its finest form. This is like listening to Anti-Cimex, Wolfpack, Disfear and whatever other Swedish bands in the same category you can think up all mixed up into one very messy but good mash. And they are not even Swedes. Continue reading

LORD VOLTURE “Never Cry Wolf”

“Never Cry Wolf”
I know what a cliché it is to judge a band on its country of origin but then there are some countries that have been consistent in delivering great heavy metal. Holland is one of these countries. All the way from the 70s through to now you know that you can trust a band if they are from Holland. Lord Volture are no different. Continue reading

MORIFADE “Empire Of Souls”

“Empire Of Souls”
(Rock It Up Records)
I have a relation to Morifade. At first I didn’t like them that much but with time I came to understand and in the end like them. I hadn’t heard from them in a while until this album dropped in on me. Morifade are heavy metal the way Hammerfall are heavy metal, no other comparison made. Continue reading