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Sifting – The Infinite Loop (Album Review)

Sifting The Infinite Loop The Album from the Band of the Year By Michael Aronovitz   It is no secret that I am a fan of Sifting, the progressive metal band from Los Angeles, California who blew our doors off with their debut record, “All the Hated” in 2013 and wowed us in September of

Kryptos – Afterburner Album Review

Kryptos - Afterburner Album Review By Rainer Kerber "Old School Heavy Metal with Thrash Edge", it says in the press release. This sound is usually expected from bands from the UK, Germany or the USA. But Kryptos are from India, specifically from the 11 million inhabitants metropolis of Bangalore in the south

Kings Winter – Forging The Cataclysm Album Review

Kings Winter - Forging The Cataclysm Album Review By Rainer Kerber It is the side project of the couple Jule and Tobias Dahs. Both are still active in the German band Leviathan. The duo has named themselves after their hometown Königswinter. While the main band of the two plays progressives Melodic Death

MoonSun – Rise And Shine Album Review

MoonSun - Rise And Shine Album Review By Rainer Kerber This is already the second duo to which I write something in recent days. MoonSun is the project of Susanne Scherer (vocals) and Thomas Kolbin (all instruments). Thomas first brought Susanne to his band Mystic Hour, as a singer with a classical

Big Iron D – Madness Album Review

Big Iron D - Madness Album Review By Rainer Kerber Big Iron D were founded in 2011. Asked what probably means the "D" in the band name, there was no answer yet. So, everyone who likes, can come up with their own interpretation. Like many other bands, Big Iron D started as

Shadowpath – Rumours Of A Coming Dawn Album Review

Shadowpath - Rumours Of A Coming Dawn Album Review By Rainer Kerber The Swiss band Shadowpath has a long and varied history. Keyboarder Philiip Bohny and guitarist Benjamin Zumbühl founded the rock band Spellbound in 2005. Because of arty differences, however, it came to a split a few months later. In the

Classical gems: Rose Tattoo Album Review

Classical gems: Rose Tattoo Album Review By Rainer Kerber   Rose Tattoo are one of the longest serving Rock'n'Roll bands in the world. Since 1976 they are on the road with some interruptions and various line changes. In the band's current lineup, none of the founding members can be found. The only constant

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

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

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