(STF Records)

Battle Helm Rating

I like this band’s name. HOT HELL ROOM. Say it quick and you get why I like it. Musically this is hardrock. Even back in 1982 when I got into heavy metal, hardrock didn’t really tickle my fancy that much. Sure, I did try the big ones of the 80s but they never really stuck. But that doesn’t mean that I cannot appreciate a good hardrock album. I might not be that well versed in the present scene, but I know of I like what I hear. HOT HELL ROOM are a bit heavier than imagined. But that also makes this a much more interesting album. As much as I like melodies, as much do I like heaviness. When you can combine the two, I am one happy fellow. Anders Ekdahl

HUBRIS “Metempsychosis”

(Art As Catharsis Records)

Battle Helm Rating

Post instrumental rock is not something I do come upon that often. When I do so, I most often end up liking what I hear. Swiss HUBRIS are no exception. This is the good stuff, even though there are no vocals. But you don’t need vocals to create great music. Think of this more like a painting than anything else. With each stroke of the guitars the band paints a more and more distinct picture. In the end you end up with an experience so grand that you almost want to cry. This is a really beautiful album that more people should hear. Anders Ekdahl


Chaos Frames”
(Buil2Kill Records)

Battle Helm Rating

This is yet again one band that I am not all familiar with. And upon hearing this album I am kinda glad that I haven’t. This is not at all my kinda metal. To be honest, this does very little for me. Sure, there are songs on this one that I like better than the others but for most of the time this one leave me untouched. Musically I would like to describe this a goth-ish metal with a very theatrical vocalist and with touches of other kinds of metal. Maybe with a different vocal approach this could have turned me over but as it is now, I am left feeling rather indifferent. Anders Ekdahl

2nd SIGHT “Samsara”

(Kernkraftritter Records)

Battle Helm Rating

2nd SIGHT are supposedly deeply rooted in in the 80s metal tradition. If that is so, you’ll hear no complaints from me. I am a huge 80s metal fan. Mainly because I was around back then to let it shape my taste in metal. 2nd SIGHT does have that 80s vibe to their music but to say that it is like being back in time is not fair on either the band or the bands from that era. This is one of these albums that proves that good metal is timeless. It doesn’t matter if it was med in 1984 or in 2019/20. This album is so full of cool melodies and songs you which you could sing along to. All in all, this one turned out to be a cool release. Anders Ekdahl

SHARK ISLAND ‘’Bloodline”


Battle Helm Rating

To say that I do remember this band from the 80s is to tell a lie. But hearing this new album I kinda wonder if I didn’t miss out on a cool US metal band back in the 80s. formed already back in 1979 this is a band with a very long history. Listening to this I get that classic US metal feeling of melodies and groove. This is melodic without being wimpy. The kinda stuff you got loads of back in the day and that still to this day rings true. A really cool US metal album that I will treasure for a long time. My kinda metal album. Anders Ekdahl

ULVÅND “The Origins”

“The Origins”

Battle Helm Rating

Why a French band have a Norwegian word for name I do not know. And when foreign bands do take Norwegian names, they most often play black metal. But this French band doesn’t. But I do get a slight Norwegian vibe from them. Because they do remind of early Theatre Of Tragedy. Before they ventured into a more electro route. I had no kinda expectations on this one but it turned my head around. This is a really cool goth metal release. And not just because you, like me, like Theatre Of Tragedy. This is one for all goth metal fans out there. The beauty and beast vocal duelling is really cool on this one. Everything is cool on this one. Anders Ekdahl


With their first single ‘Missteria’, GOTTHARD have showcased their experimental side, fusing hard rock with an oriental influence. Now, the Swiss rockers are presenting their new single ‘Bad News’, a high energy track that has been released today alongside a lyric video.

‘Bad News’ is not only the opening track of the new album; it’s also exactly what fans and critics alike have grown to love about the band – white-hot rock´n´roll with the finest songwriting, AKA classic GOTTHARD at their best. ‘Bad News’ sees Nic at his most direct, showcasing his most vibrant and exhilarating characteristics. Empowered by wild, screaming guitars and thundering drums, his voice is a statement to what the album is all about. “We wrote this one with Eric Bazilian, a song about how people love to be around you when you’re successful and love to kick you when you’re down! It has a great classic rock riff”, singer Nic Maeder says about the new track.

Get ‘Bad News’ digitally, here:
Listen to the single in the NB New Releases Playlists: /

“#13” will be available on CD (Jewelcase) with 13 tracks and as a special edition collector’s box (including a digipack with 2 bonus tracks, a bandana and a poster-booklet) as well as a double LP with two bonus tracks.

Pre-order “#13” on various formats now from:

GOTTHARD kick off their German tour this April where they will be joined by MAGNUM as their special guests, before returning to Switzerland with their old friends from SHAKRA. Tickets for all live shows are on sale now.

See GOTTHARD on one of the following shows:

13.04.              H          Budapest – Barba Negra
14.04.              A          Vienna – Gasometer

16.04.              D          Frankfurt – Batschkapp
17.04.              D          Regensburg-Obertraubling – Airport-Eventhall
18.04.              D          Balingen – Volksbankmesse
20.04.              D          Munich – TonHalle
21.04.              D          Fürth – Stadthalle
22.04.              D          Hamburg – Große Freiheit 36
24.04.              D          Hanover – Capitol
25.04.              D          Bremen – Pier 2
26.04.              D          Berlin – Tempodrom
28.04.              D          Singen – Stadthalle
29.04.              D          Cologne – E-Werk
30.04.              D          Saarbrücken – Garage

07.05.              CH       Spiez – Lötschbergsaal
08.05.              CH       Lausanne – Salle Métropole
09.05.              CH       Langenthal – Westhalle
14.05.              I           Milan – Alcatraz*
15.05.              CH       Einsiedeln – Zwei Raben
16.05.              CH       Brig – Simplonhalle
18.05.              NL        Zoetermeer, De Boerderij *
19.05.              F          Paris / Savigny le Temple, L`Empreinte *
22.05.              CH       Biel – Kongresshaus
23.05.              CH       Sursee – Stadthalle

FM – “Synchronized”

FM formed in 1984 when singer Steve Overland and his brother, guitarist Chris (both formerly of

Wildlife), teamed up with drummer Pete Jupp (ex-Wildlife and Samson) and bassist Merv Goldsworthy
(ex-Diamond Head and Samson). They were soon joined by Didge Digital on keyboards and by
December of that year had secured a record deal with CBS/Portrait and headed to Germany for a run
of dates with Meat Loaf.

Further tours with Tina Turner, Foreigner and Gary Moore built their momentum and in September
1986 FM released their debut album ‘Indiscreet’ (featuring the hugely popular single ‘Frozen Heart’)
to great critical acclaim. The year also ended on a high when they supported the white-hot Bon Jovi
on their ‘Slippery When Wet’ tour.

For the next nine years FM consolidated their position at the forefront of British melodic rock,
touring extensively as headliners and also joining bands such as Status Quo and Whitesnake on
tours to promote releases such as ‘Tough It Out’ (1989), ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ (1991), with Andy
Barnett replacing Chris Overland, ‘Aphrodisiac’ (1992) and their ‘final’ album, ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’
(1995), with new recruit Jem Davis (Tobruk, UFO) on keyboards.

Following a twelve year sabbatical, FM were persuaded to return to the stage for a one-off
headlining slot at Firefest IV, held at Rock City in Nottingham in 2007. The rapturous reception from
the sold-out crowd led to the band making a swift decision to record a new album and, following a
return to Firefest in 2009, they released their much-anticipated sixth studio album ‘Metropolis’ in 2010
with Jim Kirkpatrick replacing Andy Barnett on lead guitar.

The band haven’t stopped since! Headlining tours in the UK and overseas, special guest slots with the
likes of Foreigner, Journey, Thin Lizzy, Heart, Saxon and Skid Row, festival appearances including
Download, Planet Rockstock, Sweden Rock, Graspop, Steelhouse, Frontiers Rock Festival and
Ramblin’ Man Fair, plus their first-ever live show in the USA at Melodic Rock Fest 5 in 2018.

When not touring, FM have been busy in the studio. and have subsequently released ‘Rockville’ and
‘Rockville 2’ (both 2013), ‘Heroes And VIllains’ (2015) and ‘Atomic Generation’ (2018) as well as
‘Indiscreet 30’ (a re-recorded version of their debut album) and the live CD/DVD ’The Italian Job’.

DUST BOLT – Chaos Possession

After re-defining themselves together with the approach of a new decade, German band DUST BOLT continues their persistent experimental march through new musical territories. As a part of this major decade-long transformation, underlined by the announced line-up changes and promised shift of musical course, the band recently joined Unearth and Prong on their European tour, ready to impress the audience with a special gift, prepared explicitly with the thought of the upcoming live dates.

In the first months of this year, the band delivers on their promise made in January, foretelling an equally challenging as captivating outbreak of fresh and technical energy, serving their explosive metal mixture during both live performances and on studio releases. And there is no better way to re-define musical path than by revisiting one’s own musical roots – on the occasion of the tour with Unearth and Prong, DUST BOLT has just released the new version of “Chaos Possession”, originally published on the band’s same-titled demo in 2010.

This milestone release, from today’s perspective, earned the group the first wave of recognition from both the local as well as the international scene, largely contributing to DUST BOLT’s current status of one of the most promising metal acts worldwide. Newly published as an exclusive bonus track, available solely for fans attending DUST BOLT’s European tour, “Chaos Possession” opens a Pandora’s box of new stylistic possibilities with its brutally shredding riffs and unmistakable vocals: this German quartet can explore with their upcoming works.

The band comments:”We are excited to share the stage with Unearth and Prong and to come back to places in Europe we haven´t been in a while! 2020 marks a new era for the Bolt – and all we can tell is, that YOU are definitely NOT prepared! We will deliver Riffs, Grooves and Heavy Metal Action as you have never seen it before – that we promise. The new generation is ready and alive. Help us setting these places on fire and meet us at the shows!”

Catch DUST BOLT on tour: w/ Unearth, Prong
20.02.20 CZ – Ostrava / Barak
21.02.20 AT – Vienna / Arena
22.02.20 IT – Milano / Legend Club
23.02.20 CH – Aarau / Kiff
24.02.20 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage
25.02.20 DE – Braunschweig / Kufa
26.02.20 DE – Oberhausen / Kulttempel
27.02.20 DE – Hamburg / Bahnhof Pauli
28.02.20 DE – Berlin / SO36
29.02.20 DE – Chemnitz / AJZ Tahlshok
11.04.20 DE – Easter Cross Festival
29.05.20 DE – Open Air am Berg

13.06.20 DE – M.I.S.E. Open Air
24.07.20 DE – Nord Open Air
More dates to be announced!

RINGWORM – US Tour Dates

Cleveland’s metallic hardcore legends RINGWORM announce Spring US headline tour dates. Select dates with All Out War, High Command & labelmates Genocide Pact are available below. RINGWORM is touring in support of their 8th studio album Death Becomes My Voice, out now on CD/LP/Digital. Physical packages are available via . Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available .

RINGWORM Tour Dates:

Mar 19-22 w/ All Out War & Genocide Pact / Mar 12-Apr 1 w/ High Command

Mar 19 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Mar 20 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
Mar 21 Providence, RI @ Dusk
Mar 22 New Haven, CT @ State House
Mar 23 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Cafe
Mar 24 Richmond, VA @ Wonderland
Mar 25 Durham, NC @ Local 506
Mar 26 Atlanta, GA @ The Basement
Mar 27 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
Mar 28 Dayton, OH @ TBA
Mar 29 Louisville, KY @ Rockerbuilt
Mar 31 Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle
Apr 01 Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
Apr 02 Philadelphia, PA @ Decibel Metal & Beer Pre-Fest

May 28-30 Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest