EPHYRA “The Day Of Return”

EPHYRA ”The Day Of Return” (Volcano Records & Promotion) EPHYRA is an Italian folk metal band. I have no idea what Italian folk music is like or where the band has drawn influences from, but this is one hell of a cool album. More black metal than the usual folk metal I thought it would be. This is folk metal in the way that Gary Moore’s “Over The Hills and Far Away” has its Celtic roots, if you know what I mean. It is more in spirit of than actually being. Sort of. Whatever, this is a really good album… Continue reading

SEVEN EYED CROW “Organized Chaos”

SEVEN EYED CROW ”Organized Chaos” () I have always been a fan of bands that cross over. Which is kinda weird as I at times do have issues with music that cannot decide what it wants to be. But ever since SOD mixed metal with hardcore I got hooked on the idea of mixing different styles to make it one. Not that SEVEN EYED CROW are a thrash/hardcore crossover. This is much more grungy in style. But they do have that crossover feeling to their music. There is an alternative charm to this that mixed with the more grungy and… Continue reading

KILLSORROW – Video for new singel “What Lies Beneath The Waste”

Melodeath composition, masks and dirty clothing, decorated with compositions of metal debris – this could be a short description of the music video for the new single Killsorrow, ‘What Lies Beneath The Waste’. This is a real treat for lovers of post-apocalyptic styling, which for two years Killsorrow musicians have successfully used on the stage. ‘Postapo’s style has always been close to us, and unfortunately it is unfortunate that what is good in such a climate is still very few (…) – says Michał Sokół, composer and guitarist at Killsorrow. – We combined the atmosphere of Mad Max with metal… Continue reading

NIHILI LOCUS “Lyaeus Nebularum”

NIHILI LOCUS “Lyaeus Nebularum” (Terror From Hell Records) I am not sure if I ever bothered checking out NIHILI LOCUS when they were active, or more active than today. I don’t think so upon hearing this compilation, that is a rerelease of the 2016 compilation with two added bonus tracks as far as I can tell. I was there when the Italian brutal metal scene burst into life with bands like Bulldozer. Schizo, Necrodeath and Mortuary Drape. That was an exciting time in metal history. Even since those days I have always had a good ear towards anything Italian metal.… Continue reading

INFILTRATION ”Nuclear Strike Warning”

INFILTRATION ”Nuclear Strike Warning” (WormHole Death) INFILTRATION is old school death metal. It should be enough to just write that for you to run out and check out this Russian band. If you like your death metal heavy and with a groove like Bolt Thrower then this is for you. I love everything Bolt Thrower ever released so this is just up my alley. A really cool blast of no nonsense death metal. There is nothing I like as much as old school death metal (it is not old school to me – it is just the death metal I… Continue reading

JUDAS PRIEST ”Firepower”

JUDAS PRIEST ”Firepower” (Sony) JUDAS PRIEST existed long before NWOBHM became a phenomenon. But it wasn’t really until the whole metal boom exploded in Britain that they too became a phenomenon. I don’t remember when I bought my first JUDAS PRIEST album but I do remember that I didn’t buy the supposedly clear choices like “Hell Bent For Leather” or “British Steel”. No, I started with “Stained Class”. Mainly because I had a comp LP that featured a song from that album. That was in the early 80s. Now we are near the end of the 10s and I sit… Continue reading

SUMMONING – New Album Details Announced

Ever since the release of their debut album Lugburz (1995) SUMMONING have proven themselves to be the true guardians of Middle Earth! What started out as a project deeply rooted in traditional black metal took an epic turn in the following years – evergreens like Dol Guldur (1996) and Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame (2001) bear witness to a continuously refined soundscape. Five years after Old Mornings Dawn, Protector and Silenius have turned over a new leaf in their bottomless saga: titled With Doom We Come, SUMMONING finally unveil first and hotly anticipated details about their upcoming opus, which… Continue reading

DRACHENFEUER RELEASES REALM OF LIGHT

Dark Age Productions announces the release of the debut album of DRACHENFEUER titled Realm Of Light on Double CD Digipak and limited edition Cassette. DRACHENFEUER is cinematic dark ambient soundtrack “dungeon synth” for fans of Summoning, Mortiis (Era 1), Ringbearer, Elffor… The music of DRACHENFEUER is an epic journey through Middle Earth and its creatures. Soundscapes that will transport you to a land where dragons breath fire, where warrior legions raise their swords, where the beauty of friendship comes to a dark edge and where mighty forests cover the land in darkness… The album was recorded at W.A.R. studios in… Continue reading

Blitzkrieg – “Time Of Changes – 30th Anniversary Edition”

Blitzkrieg – “Time Of Changes – 30th Anniversary Edition” (Metal Nation Records) If you’re wondering what got a youthful Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield all fired up to form Metallica, then look no further than the likes of Blitzkrieg!! Fronted by the legendary Brian Ross (Satan, Avenger, Lone Wolf), one of the most in demand vocalists at the time, the ‘krieg recorded this cult album back in 1985, although it was never available outside of the UK, hence its much sought after status. Over 3 decades there have been various cash in CD releases, some official and some not so,… Continue reading