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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

After The Burial – ‘Evergreen’ Album Review

After The Burial - ‘Evergreen’ Album Review By Adam McCann Sumerian Records/Progressive Metalcore/Deathcore There isn’t a need to search far before finding prefixes such as technical, progressive, blackened or melodic attached to numerous subgenres. Therefore, it isn’t long before looking at After The Burial (ATB) and finding the word progressive attached to either

Mystik – ‘Mystik’ Album Review

Mystik - ‘Mystik’ Album Review By Adam McCann I Hate Records/Heavy Metal In 2019, we truly do live in a golden age of traditional heavy metal; every week the metal world is treated to a new release from a trad metal band that is able to blow to listener’s socks off. This time,

Sacred Reich – ‘Awakening’ Album Review

Sacred Reich - ‘Awakening’ Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Thrash Metal Sacred Reich will always have their place in thrash metal history, seminal releases such as ‘The American Way’ and the ‘Surf Nicaragua’ EP are still cherished as much today as they were 30 years go. When the Reich announced their

Sepsiss – ‘Badd Blood’ Album Review

Sepsiss - ‘Badd Blood’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Heavy Metal/Metalcore Sometimes the name just doesn’t fit the picture; just the name Sepsiss conjures up images of a death or even thrash metal band. Yet, this New Hampshire band play a very modern sounding style of heavy metal and are poised to

Drop Tuned – ‘Lost’ Album Review

Drop Tuned - ‘Lost’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Drop Tuned started as a project between two friends and it hasn’t taken the duo long to emerge from the musical hotbed of Gothenburg to present their debut EP ‘Lost’ to the world. ‘Lost’ sounds immensely fresh and modern, with the

Nervcast – ‘Two Weeks Notice’ Album Review

Nervcast - ‘Two Weeks Notice’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal It was difficult for Nervcast to not hit the ground running with their enjoyable debut album ‘Locked And Loaded’ being released last year and following this, the Canadian metalheads are releasing their latest EP ‘Two Weeks Notice’. The difference between

Leathürbitch – ‘Into The Night’ Album Review

Leathürbitch - ‘Into The Night’ Album Review By Adam McCann High Roller Records/Heavy Metal/Speed Metal Leathürbitch made quite a bit of commotion with their debut EP last year and now, the band are striking whilst the iron is hot by delivering their first full length studio album ‘Into The Night’. Following almost perfectly on

War Curse – ‘Eradication’ Album Review

War Curse - ‘Eradication’ Album Review By Adam McCann Svart Records/Thrash Metal War Curse barged their way to the forefront of the thrash metal scene in 2015 with their excellent debut album ‘Final Days’ and whilst it has been far too long since the Ohio thrashers followed this up; the band are

Some Villains – ‘Outliers’ Album Review

Some Villains - ‘Outliers’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Alternative Rock Hailing from the south of England; Some Villains have been making quite a racket on the British music scene on the back of their warmly received debut EP ‘Lizard Teeth’ back in 2016. Yet, it seems that the Somerset band are

Zaum – ‘Divination’ Album Review

Zaum - ‘Divination’ Album Review By Adam McCann I Hate Records/Doom Metal Within their short existence, Zaum have created an excellent world within the rich-jungle scape of the Indian sub-continent; albums such as ‘Oracles’ and ‘Eidolon’  have built a solid reputation for the band. This year has the masters of psychedelic mantra doom

Steel Prophet – ‘The God Machine’ Album Review

Steel Prophet - ‘The God Machine’ Album Review By Adam McCann Rock Of Angels Records/Power Metal Steel Prophet do not get the recognition they deserve, not only have they held the flag of power metal for thirty years, they have released a solid library of albums that could give even the most famous

Alase – ‘Vastaus’ Album Review

Alase - ‘Vastaus’ Album Review By Adam McCann Inverse Records/Atmospheric Metal For Alase, their debut album ‘Vastaus’ has been over a year in the making. But far from endless takes and fiddling with mixes, Alase were hampered by losing drummer Janne Kusmin back to his parent band of Kalmah. However, a replacement was

Holy Tide – ‘Aquila’ Album Review

Holy Tide - ‘Aquila’ Album Review Adam McCann My Kingdom Music/Power/Heavy Metal Formed as a venture between Joe Caputo and members of Magic Kingdom and Maestrick, Holy Tide are ready to unleash their debut album ‘Aquila’. This album shows a band using their pedigree to deliver an album of driving power metal that not

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