ENTRENCH “Inevitable Decay”

“Inevitable Decay”
Just as the second wave of thrash differed from the first, thrash metal in 2011 isn’t the same as it was in 2001 or 1991. Even though many would like you to think so. While thrash never really made it big with the Swedish bands in the 80s and 90s there are today a ton of new thrash metal bands popping up all over the place. Continue reading

THE HORDE “Thy Blackened Reign”

“Thy Blackened Reign”
At times I have already painted a picture of what a band will sound like even before I’ve heard a single note of music. The Horde to me should sound like Skullview or Doomsword. Big bombastic heavy metal with all the classic attributes. And in parts I wasn’t too far off. This is big and bombastic but it is more thrash than heavy metal. Continue reading

THE KARMA HEART “Throw Your Light”

“Throw Your Light”
I’ve stated it before. I like Foo Fighters. There is something invigorating about Dave Grohl’s band that appeals to me. So whenever somebody claims to be influenced/inspired by Foo fighters I take extra notice of it. The Karma Heart is just that band. Claiming to be like a female fronted Foo Fighters or a British Paramore might be big words if you can’t live up to them. Continue reading

LUCKY THIR13N “March Of The Young”

“March Of The Young”
Greek hardrock might not seem like a very interesting thing considering the country’s extreme metal pedigree but beneath the more extreme movement there is a myriad of bands playing a softer, more melodic hardrock. Lucky Thir13n might not sound very Greek and that is to their advantage. Continue reading


Stellar Master Elite is to me a strange band name that really don’t make any sense. I guess there is a deeper meaning behind it. Being German they are going to have to answer a lot of questions about why both master and elite are found in their name. If you kept an eye open in history class you’ll figure out why. Musically this owes much to Satyricon’s black metal (black’n’roll?). Continue reading

Enormicon – “Storm Of Swords”

“Storm Of Swords”

‘…Stoner metal, psychedelic metal, metal metal, we don’t know what to call this shit. just listen..’!! Oh fuck yeah, these Texans take off their cousins like Dead Horse in producing some new wholesome noise shit fusing High on Fire, Melvins, Celtic Frost and Prong into 6 ditties that are so unpredictable it begs a full listen of this self financed album just to appreciate what the fucks goin on! Characterized by fuzz toned geetar, and even more fuzz toned bass, funky off the wall drumming and weird trippy dual harmony vocals, songs like ‘Slaghammer’, ‘The Gargantuan’ and ‘Brotherhood Of The Plague’ will either fry your puny brain or explode it in ecstasy LOL. Thanks to brainchild (?) guitarist / vocalist Clay Davis another bile spewing monster trio has been unleashed on our poor unsuspecting planet.

Thulcandra – “Under A Frozen Sun”

“Under A Frozen Sun”
(Napalm Records)

I loved Thulcandra’s debut – it was like an icy blast back to the heady days of black & death heavily influenced by the late & great Dissection. Since then these Bavarians have been relatively quiet, carefully concocting this new album which pretty much continues the trend of skillful metallic melodies on songs like ‘In Blood And Fire’. There’s also been a gear shift upwards especially in the chopping rhythms on songs like ‘Black Flags Of Hate’ or ‘Aeon Of Darkness’ that now remind me of At The Gates – or even Kreator in the vocal dept of Steffen Kummerer – which is a tad disappointing cos I thought these guys had it pretty much hooked with their debut’s style, but hey, “Under A Frozen Sun” is still one helluva album containing those irresistible melodies that add so much style to Thulcandra.

Battlecross – “Pursuit of Honor”

“Pursuit of Honor”
(Metal Blade)

Yeah, no kidding, with a name like Battlecross I’d expect them to come from a burned out city like Detroit, but these Blue Collar Thrashers never say die! Blurring brutal precision thrash is what they play as riffs bounce and blast into you, Gumby’s vocals shred and da rhythm is what made their city famous – motor city man! There’s no doubt there’s a lotta rage and anger behind songs like ‘Man Of Stone’, ‘Breaking You’, and ‘Better Off Dead’, but Battlecross have bravely elected to soldier on with a never give attitude that comes across positively in their material and inspirational it is indeed during these hard times, and as such the band deserve many a salute.

Diamond Plate – “Generation Why?”

Diamond Plate
“Generation Why?”
(Earache Records)

Straight outta the windy city (aka Chicago) comes the latest mid west thrash export in the form of Diamond Plate! Right off the bat, what immediately jumps out is how European these guys sound, especially Jon Macak’s vocals, which could have Kreator’s throat screechmeister Mille Petrozza hopping mad LOL. Chuck in Polish emigre Konrad Kupiec on guitars (who’s a big Vader fan) and it doesn’t come as a surprise that songs like ‘Pull The Trigger’, ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ and the epic finale of ‘Empire Tommorrow’ are high speed precision thrash that equally owe their roots to Megadeth and melodies of Priest. Despite what appears to be a basic formula, it’s no mean feat to sound original in the thrash genre, and certainly DP are far off that, but nevertheless their musicianship is highly competent for such a young band, and with a fierce burning ambition to match their music, their sights look set for conquest on both sides of the Atlantic!