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Hate ‘Auric Gates of Veles’ Album Review

Hate ‘Auric Gates of Veles’ Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Blackened Death Metal Sadly, some bands have careers that extend well beyond their stadium-filling peers and never receive the recognition they truly deserve. Poland’s Hate are one such band, after beginning their career playing pretty generic death metal, the band evolved

Haunt ‘If Icarus Could Fly’ Album Review

Haunt ‘If Icarus Could Fly’ Album Review By Adam McCann Shadow Kingdom Records/Heavy Metal Over recent years, there has been a significant increase in bands playing traditional heavy metal. Formed as a side project by Beastmaker mainstay Trevor William Church, Haunt appeared back in 2017 and instantly hit the ground running with their

Diamond Head ‘The Coffin Train’ Album Review

Diamond Head ‘The Coffin Train’ Album Review By Adam McCann Silver Lining Music/Heavy Metal In 2016, Diamond Head returned to the forefront of heavy metal, not only had they delivered one of the best albums of that year with their self-titled album; but it can be heavily debated that they also delivered the

Crazy Lixx ‘Forever Wild’ Album Review

Crazy Lixx ‘Forever Wild’ Album Review By Adam McCann Frontiers Records/Hard Rock/Glam Metal/Sleaze It is possible to smell the liquor on the horizon every few years when Crazy Lixx roll out of Sweden bringing their good time, party rock n’ roll to the world. This year has the band triumphantly returning to the

Savage Messiah – ‘Demons’ Album Review

Savage Messiah - ‘Demons’ Album Review By Adam McCann Century Media Records/Thrash/Power Metal When Savage Messiah delivered their rather bland ‘Hands of Fate’ album back in 2017, it was debated that the UK band’s run of decent albums had come to rather abrupt end. Therefore, when it was announced that ‘Demons’, their latest

Darkthrone – ‘Old Star’ Album Review

Darkthrone - ‘Old Star’ Album Review By Adam McCann Peaceville Records/Black Metal Every so often, a band delivers an album which completely blindsides the listener. This occurred in 2016 when Darkthrone unleashed their ‘Arctic Thunder’ album; a huge leap away from the crust punk of the previous albums, ‘Arctic Thunder’ returned to the

The Rods – ‘Brotherhood Of Metal’ Album Review

The Rods - ‘Brotherhood Of Metal’ Album Review By Adam McCann Steamhammer/SPV Records/Heavy Metal   Since The Rods returned in 2010 and delivered their comeback album ‘Vengeance’, the New Yorkers have been relatively quiet, give or take the 2015 reissue of ‘Hollywood’ from 1986. Like a bolt out of the blue, the band announced

Holocaust – Elder Gods Album Review

Holocaust - Elder Gods Album Review By Adam McCann Sleaszy Rider Records/NWOBHM/Progressive Metal The second half of this decade has seen somewhat of a resurgence in NWOBHM bands not just reappearing on the music radar as nostalgia acts, but also delivering albums of their career. Bands like Satan, Diamond Head and Tygers of

Metalheads Forever Heavy Rotation May 2019

Metalheads Forever Heavy Rotation May 2019   Welcome back to the Metalheads Forever Heavy Rotation Playlist. This month shows that trad metal is rising back to the forefront of heavy metal music with fantastic releases from Riot City, Mystik and Amulet. We also hammer out new anthems from Amon Amarth, Usurper and

Amon Amarth – ‘Berserker’ Album Review

Amon Amarth - ‘Berserker’ Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Melodic Death Metal Amon Amarth have always delivered strong melodic death metal albums, with many of these holding special places in the hearts of their fans. In 2016, the band released the seminal ‘Jomsviking’, an album which would bring them mainstream attention;

Xentrix – ‘Bury The Pain’ Album Review

Xentrix - ‘Bury The Pain’ Album Review By Adam McCann Listenable Records/Thrash Metal During the late 80’s and early 90’s, the early days of the Bay Area were long gone, major label signings and a generic thrash sound had been common and was starting to wane but releases such as ‘Shattered Existence’ and

Grand Magus – ‘Wolf God’ Album Review

Grand Magus - ‘Wolf God’ Album Review By AdamMcCann Nuclear Blast Records/Heavy Metal It is always a good sign when every few years, Grand Magus summon their bannermen with the band ready to ride forth and release ‘Wolf God’, their latest album of Norse tales, swords and blizzards. Now, although the bands previous album

Arch/Matheos – ‘Winter Ethereal’ Album Review

Arch/Matheos - ‘Winter Ethereal’ Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Progressive Metal When it was announced that John Arch and Jim Matheos were once again working together to follow up their superb 2011 album ‘Sympathetic Resonance’, the world of progressive metal was buzzing with excitement. But, when Arch and Matheos announced that

Astral Doors – ‘Worship Or Die Album Review

Astral Doors - ‘Worship Or Die Album Review By Adam McCann Metalville Records/Heavy Metal When vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson stepped down as vocalist of Civil War in 2016, it promised a return to form for Astral Doors, Johansson was now able to fully concentrate on just one band, but unfortunately the subsequent album

Usurper – ‘Lords Of The Permafrost’ Album Review

Usurper - ‘Lords Of The Permafrost’ Album Review By Adam McCann Soulseller Records/Black-Thrash Metal Usurper have always played their way, taking classic thrash metal and forcing it violently upon first wave black metal to make a sound that is truly empowering. Trailblazing across the United States with powerful albums such as ‘Diabolosis…’ and

Tatius Wolff ‘The Relapse’ Album Review

Tatius Wolff ‘The Relapse’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Alternative Metal Tatius Wolff is the project and brainchild of former Oblique Visions guitarist Stephen Borg. Following his departure from Oblique Visions, Borg stepped away from music for seventeen years before getting back in the saddle releasing the single ‘Thumbscrews’ in 2017. This

Hardline – ‘Life’ Album Review

Hardline - ‘Life’ Album Review By Adam McCann Frontiers Records/Melodic Rock/Hard Rock Considering its accessibility and appeal, the world of melodic rock forever lives in the shadow of many of its related genres. But, for those who venture into its confines will find a world of excellent bands with song-writing abilities than can

Possessed – ‘Revelations Of Oblivion’ Album Review

Possessed - ‘Revelations Of Oblivion’ Album Review By Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records/Death/Thrash Metal It’s been more than 30 years since Possessed last graced us with an album and although the band have been officially back since 2007, it has been nothing more than candid appearances as a touring band. When it was

Whitesnake – ‘Flesh & Blood’ Album Review

Whitesnake - ‘Flesh & Blood’ Album Review By Adam McCann Frontiers Records/Hard Rock It has been a rough few years for Whitesnake, multiple tours with those who attended being shocked at the state of David Coverdale’s once golden larynx coupled with accusations of lip synching and backing tapes. Ultimately, this led to expectations

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