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Anthrax ‘State of Euphoria’ – Review

Anthrax ‘State of Euphoria’ Megaforce/Island Records 1988 Thrash Metal     Anthrax had been thrust into the spotlight following the release of the seminal thrash metal albums ‘Among the Living’ and ‘Spreading the Disease’, with the New Yorkers showing that the East Coast’s take on thrash could easily keep up with the big boys from San Francisco.

‘Winds Of Time: The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal 1979-1985’ – Review

‘Winds Of Time: The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal 1979-1985’ HNE Recordings Limited/Cherry Red Records 2018 NWOBHM The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) was an exceptionally fruitful time to be in a band. The punk and heavy metal scenes had spawned this movement and for the metal bands of this time,

Sodom ‘Agent Orange’ – Review

Sodom ‘Agent Orange’ SPV/Steamhammer Records 1989 Thrash Metal   To many heavy metal fans, Sodom have always formed part of the ‘Teutonic Big 4’ and during the mid-to-late 80’s, the German thrashers had built up a strong following on the back of ‘Persecution Mania’, an album which would see the band move away from their black

Leviathan ‘Of Origins Unearthed’ – Review

Leviathan ‘Of Origins Unearthed’ Independent Release 2018 Melodic Death Metal The history of Leviathan has been marred by an extended run of bad luck including huge losses of money due to problems with their previous records distribution. This sadly caused Leviathan to call it a day in 2013 and the band went on an indefinite

Europe ‘The Final Countdown’ – Review

Europe ‘The Final Countdown’ Epic Records 1986 Hard Rock/Glam Metal/Heavy Metal   Europe had risen to fame exceptionally quick, as young kids playing in Sweden, they were soon signed to Hot Records releasing their self-titled debut and ‘Wings of Tomorrow’ the following year. It was not long before Epic Records snapped up the band and thrust

D.R.I. ‘Thrash Zone’ – Review

D.R.I. Thrash Zone Metal Blade Records 1989 Crossover   Picking up where bands like Bad Brains, Cro-Mags and Dead Kennedy’s had left off, by the end of the 80’s, D.R.I. had built up a large fan base with their infusion of hardcore punk, thrash metal and attitude. Alongside their peers Suicidal Tendencies, M.O.D. and Stormtroopers of

Verilun ‘Through Fire… In The Sun’ – Review

Verilun ‘Through Fire… In The Sun’ Sliptrick Records 2018 Black/Death Metal   It has been a good few years since Verilun released their debut album ‘Home for the Dead’ in 2013. This year, the band from Hungary which plays a blend of death and black metal are back with their anticipated follow up ‘Through Fire… In

Mystery ‘Lies And Butterflies’ – Review

Mystery ‘Lies And Butterflies’ Unicorn Records 2018 Progressive Rock/Neo-Prog   Since their inception in 1986 and the subsequent release of their debut album ‘Theatre of the Mind’ 10 years later, Mystery have tread on the line between the pomp of AOR, classic progressive rock and a much more modern neo-prog sound. Although the band have generally

Drift Into Black ‘Dead Suns Under The Forever Moon’ – Review

Drift Into Black Dead Suns Under The Forever Moon Independent Release 2018 Atmospheric Doom Metal/Hard Rock/Gothic Rock   Drift Into Black (DIB) is the brainchild of former Grey Skies Fallen keyboardist Craig Rossi. After leaving the New York melodic death metallers, Rossi put together DIB releasing their debut EP ‘Shadow People’ in 2017 and continues with

American Bombshell Interview

        The “Boom,” In American Bombshell,  a personal interview with Steve Boyle, Jason Carr and Jay Cee by Jet Pace April 7, 2018   After getting blasted off Earth by American Bombshell at Slippery Noodle Inn in their hometown of Indy, I landed a table for a stellar interview with members, Jay Cee, Steve Boyles and Jason Carr.   Bit About the

Ministry – AmeriKKKant REVIEW

Ministry AmeriKKKant Nuclear Blast Records 2018 Al Jourgensen, he knows words, he knows the best words Uncle Al Jourgensen has never had any trouble expressing himself and this has never failed to appear when discussing the politics of the USA. These views spill consistently spill over into Ministry, usually manifesting themselves into the aggressive form

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs REVIEW

Orphaned Land Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs Century Media Records 2018 The Wanderer’s Return Even within their respective field, Orphaned Land are relatively unique; the Israeli band manages to blend the ethnic music of the area with progressive metal elements such as odd time signatures, virtuoso playing and exceptional vocals. It is no lie that

Bloodbath – Nightmares Made Flesh REVIEW

Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh Century Media Records 2004 Relentless Hunger As much as the label can be both a blessing and curse, Bloodbath are a death metal ‘supergroup’ formed by Mikael Åkerfeldt, Dan Swanö, Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse in 2002. In true supergroup style, by the release of their second album ‘Nightmares Made Flesh’,

“NACHTBLUT” INTERVIEW

"NACHTBLUT" INTERVIEW By Craig Obert Germany is home to many great things. BEER, legendary automobiles, Classical composers, The Autobahn, Wacken Open Air and NACHTBLUT….and beer. Nachtblut, which means Night Blood, was formed in 2005 in Osnabruck, Germany. They gift us with outstanding Melodic Black Metal. To be fair, their music transcends many

Venom Inc. ”Avé” CD REVIEW

Venom Inc. "Avé" by Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records 2017 Welcome to Hell, Again Unfortunately, we live in a time where ex-friends and former band mates can no longer reconcile and put aside their differences. When this occurs, we often see splinter bands forming, the most famous of which being Oliver/Dawson Saxon, Martin

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