Destruction ‘Born To Perish’ Album Review By Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records/Thrash Metal Destruction are enjoying something of a renaissance; the band had hit their stride again with the excellent ‘Under Attack’ album in 2016 and the German titans have worked almost endlessly since building up to their latest album ‘Born To Perish’. As
Eternity ‘To Become The Great Beast’ Album Review By Adam McCann Soulseller Records/Black Metal It has been 13 years since Eternity last graced the black metal airwaves with ‘Bringer of the Fall’, the Norwegian band’s debut album. Since 2006, Eternity have kept their heads down, keeping themselves busy with live shows, but thankfully,
Vintersea ‘Illuminated’ Album Review By Adam McCann M-Theory Audio/Melodic Death Metal/Progressive Metal Formed from the ashes of Asterion, Vintersea stormed onto the scene in 2017 with their fantastic debut album ‘The Gravity of Fall’, their perfect blend of melodic death and progressive metal was difficult to not instantly fall in love with. This
Anacrusis ‘Suffering Hour’/’Reason’ (Remaster) Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Thrash Metal In the grand scheme of things, each genre has its overrated and underrated bands, but what is often overlooked are the bands that are forgotten. One such band are Anacrusis; the American band caught the tail-end of the thrash metal
Steel Panther ‘Heavy Metal Rules’ Album Review By Adam McCann Steel Panther Inc./Glam Metal It’s undeniable that Steel Panther made an infamous name for themselves with their blue tongue in cheek, comedic delivery in the style of Sunset Strip in the mid 80’s to the early 90’s. The band had heavy metal fans
Fister ‘Decade of Depression’ Album Review By Adam McCann Listenable Records/Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal Who could believe that it has been nearly ten years since Fister bludgeoned their way onto the heavy metal scene; playing a herbal blend of doom, sludge and stoner, the Missouri band have developed a respectable following through four warmly received
Strike Master ‘A Corpseless Soul’ Single Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Thrash Metal Strike Master have always been good at holding their own, flying the flag high for Mexican thrash metal worldwide for the last thirteen years with their enjoyable albums ‘Up For The Massacre’, ‘Majestic Strike’ and ‘U.F.T.M. amongst others. This
Wormwitch ‘Heaven That Dwells Within’ Album Review By Adam McCann Prosthetic Records/Black Metal/Crust Wormwitch blasted onto the scene back in 2015/16, all this excitement and anticipation was rewarded by an exceptional debut album ‘Strike Mortal Coil’ released in 2017. On this massive high, the Canadians returned to writing and now the band have
Paladin ‘Ascension’ Album Review By Adam McCann Prosthetic Records/Power/Thrash Metal For fans of power metal, bands can be ten a penny, plenty of soaring melodies, flashy guitars, fast-paced drums and fantastical lyrics. Yet, every now and then, a band launches itself into the arena and makes the metal community stand impressed. This occurred
Mirror ‘Pyramid Of Terror’ Album Review By Adam McCann Bad Omen Records/Heavy Metal Mirror managed to sneak their way into the metal scene back in 2015 with in hindsight, one of the best heavy metal albums of the year, as the Cypriot band managed to effortlessly blended classic heavy metal sound in with
Howling Sycamore ‘Seven Pathways To Annihilation’ Album Review By Adam McCann Prosthetic Records/Progressive Metal Describing themselves as ‘progressive extreme metal’, Howling Sycamore landed on the metal scene last year with an excellent self-titled debut. Featuring ex-members of Hate Eternal, Triptykon, Ignitor and Watchtower, Howling Sycamore wasted no time, choosing to strike whilst the
HammerFall ‘Dominion’ Album Review By Adam McCann Napalm Records/Power Metal When Swedish metal legends HammerFall announce a new album, it is already wildly known what the listener will get; this is the band which changed the playing field in the late 90’s and were the main driving force in moulding modern power metal.
Chaos Over Cosmos ‘The Unknown Voyage’ (Reissue) Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Progressive Power Metal The internet is a marvellous invention. Yes, of course it has its serious downsides, but it has brought us all closer together and that is what has happened with international progressive power metal band Chaos Over Cosmos.
Highway Hunters - Highway Hunters Album Review By Rainer Kerber The trio Highway Hunters was founded in Montreal (Quebec). Singer Marine Lacoste, bassist Yanni Aumont and drummer Oliver Savoie-Campeau have been indulging their passion since then, the Old School Hard Rock. Previously, the musicians have already gained extensive experience with other bands.
Leaving Spirit - Things Change Album Review By Rainer Kerber Southern Rock has its roots in the southern states of the United States. One immediately thinks of the Allman Brothers Band or Lynyrd Skynyrd. But also Blackberry Smoke or currently the Allman Betts Band. Southern Rock is also played in southern Germany.
Desdæmona - Starcrossed Album Review By Rainer Kerber A few weeks ago, singer Anna Holtz started a Facebook fundraising campaign for the new single of her band Desdæmona. Of course, I also participated in it. This action brought back memories of the Voices of The Succubi Festival on Malta in 2017. There
Empathica - The Fire Symphony Album Review By Rainer Kerber The next Italian Symphonic Metal Band introduces itself. The reservoir of this country seems to be inexhaustible. Empathica was founded in 2012 by Francesco Gambarini and Giacomo Savina. In the early years they were influenced by bands like Cradle of Filth, Dimmu
Astralium - Land Of Eternal Dreams Album Review By Rainer Kerber Italy is known for good symphonic metal bands. Recently, a new name has appeared on my radar. Astralium were founded in 2014 by soprano Roberta Pappalardo and bassist Giuseppe Pappalardo. In 2017, the work for the debut album began. These dragged