“Skeleton Key”
(Underworld Records)
Having been familiar with one of bands from which Excommunicated has sprung, Catholicon, I’m kinda expecting a continuation of that crazed death metal sound that band had. Reality is that this is something completely different. The sound is more controlled death metal like the Florida sound. Continue reading

FADING CIRCLES “Cyber Whirlwind”

“Cyber Whirlwind”
Romania might be a mythical land courtesy of Count Dracula but since the fall of Ceausescu the land has developed to be a part of the European Union. Romania might not be the greatest deliverer of metal but Negura Bunget has at least made an impact on the worldwide metal scene. Fading Circle as a band seem to be all over the canvas, going from sharp metal to soft progressive in one and the same song. Continue reading

FALL AGAINST FATE “If Not For Ourselves”

“If Not For Ourselves”
I know that metalcore still is the fad of the day but surely isn’t it about time to move on. How much more can you milk this cow? While being resistant to begin with most metalcore bands win me over in the end. Had there not been a Meshuggah I’m pretty sure Fall Against Fate would not have sounded the way they do. Continue reading

MORDBRAND “Necropsychotic”

(Deathgasm Records)
Everywhere you look, every way you turn you bump into another Swedish metal release. It’s like the metal world can’t keep spinning if there isn’t at least one new Swedish metal record released every day. I’m not complaining, never have, never will. I say the more Swedish metal releases the better. Continue reading

SLYTRACT “Existing Unreal”

“Existing Unreal”
(NoiseArt Records)
My experience with Hungarian metal is pretty much nil. Whenever I try to think of a metal scene in Hungary I end up with images of second rate Sepultura clones. Which I pretty much know isn’t true. In this day and age it doesn’t matter where you are from when it comes to playing metal. Continue reading

Hellbent For Cooking – “The Heavy Metal Cookbook”

Hellbent For Cooking
“The Heavy Metal Cookbook”

We metalheads might be brutal and thundering across the tundra but we still gotta eat. Despite Cannibal Corpse lyrics, not that many of us actually like munching on rotten flesh chock full of squirming maggots so Ms. Annick Giroux formely of Canadian Morbid Tales ‘Zine has contacted a bunch of true metal bands to find out what fuels all their unholy power. Turns out – it’s a lotta good food!

Inside this full color softcover culinary grimoire you’ll find 101 recipes from bands as diverse as: Trouble, Zemial, Mayhem, Death SS, Exciter, Doro Pesche, Udo, Root, Dissection, Gwar, Obituary, Sepultura, Anvil, Rotting Christ, Uriah Heep, Masters Hammer, Witchfynde, Gorgoroth, Budgie, Necromantia, Blasphemy, Tankard, Destruction, Xibalba, Tygers of Pan Tang…  and many many more.

I always applaud creative efforts and this book definitely is a one of a kind – it’s also actually just what I needed. As someone who is new to cooking “real food” and not just living off of 10 cent Ramen packets and one dollar frozen pizzas anymore I needed to learn more than the 5 or 6 dishes I know how to prepare. Each recipe gets a write up on the left hand side with photo of the finished dish on the right with short bio of the band who submitted the recipe, some entries have band images as well.

The book is divided into the following categories (I have listed a sample recipe from each):

Appetizers and Sides
AUTOPSY Mummified Jalapeno Bacon Bombs

SIGH Habanero Gyudon

THIN LIZZY Black Rose Jambalaya

NECROMANTIA Youvetsi Hellfire



AMEBIX Amebix Prawn Bisque

KREATOR Vegan Oatmeal Burgers

POSSESSED Strawberry Jell-O prezel Salad Cake

NUCLEAR ASSAULT Parrot bay Coconut Rum and Punch

Since the bands are international so are the dishes, you’ll get a chance to sample a number of flavors if you eat your way through the book, I plan to!