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Frijgard – ‘Chapter Zero’ Album Review

Frijgard - ‘Chapter Zero’ Album Review By Adam McCann Art Gates Records/Pagan Black Metal Frijgard have showed recently that they are one of the rising stars in the pagan black metal scene and with albums such as ‘Nebelwacht’ and ‘Bellum Aeternum Est’, it has placed the Swiss band on the map. This year

Autopilot – ‘Afterglow’ Album Review

Autopilot - ‘Afterglow’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Alternative/Indie Rock Across the water in North America, Autopilot have become one of the hardest working bands in Canada. This band relentlessly tours, with their hard work beginning to pay off to the rumblings of international attention through the release of their fourth album

Atrophy – ‘Chemical Dependency’ Album Review

Atrophy - ‘Chemical Dependency’ Album Review By Adam McCann VicRecords/Thrash Metal To some, the Arizona band epitomises a time when thrash metal was in its prime, ruling the airwaves with its bullet belts, leathers and spikes. This year has Atrophy re-release ‘Chemical Dependency’, their original 1987 demo recordings for the first time on

Sidechain – ‘Sidechain’ Album Review

Sidechain - ‘Sidechain’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Alternative Rock Italy may not be the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of alternative rock, but more recently the Italian underbelly has proven itself to be a hotbed of musical talent with Sidechain being just one of those bands who

D-A-D – A Prayer For The Loud Album Review

D-A-D - A Prayer For The Loud Album Review By Rainer Kerber Denmark's biggest rock band D-A-D is back with a new album, finally! With these full-bodied words the label AFM celebrates the current album "A Prayer For The Loud" by D-A-D. Is the band around the Binzer brothers really the biggest rock

Dreamslave – Rest In Phantasy Album Review

Dreamslave - Rest In Phantasy Album Review By Rainer Kerber Dreamslave was founded in 2011 by Peter Gothilainen and Mickaël Zanuttin. The two share their enthusiasm for melodic Power Metal and started the songwriting. Later, Emma Jamot and Quent Noizet joined the band. One year later, the first EP was published under

Meka Nism – Shaking the Earth Review

Meka Nism - Shaking the Earth Review By Michael Aronovitz The female fronted band Meka Nism are a powerhouse defined by exceptional vocals and instrumental precision. The singer, Meka, is an absolute star with a spine severing growl and a strong melodic vocal that easily surfaces as the capstone of this band. Considering

Asylum Pyre – N°4 Album Review

Asylum Pyre - N°4 Album Review By Rainer Kerber "The world is changed". These are Galadriel's words in the intro to the movie "The Lord of the Rings". This also applies to the French band Asylum Pyre. The only constant in the band structure is founder and mastermind Johann Cadot. All other

Axenstar – End Of All Hope Album Review

Axenstar - End Of All Hope Album Review By Rainer Kerber The small German label Ram It Down Records strikes again. Now they have signed the Swedish power metal band Axenstar. The band was founded in 1998 under the name Powerage and were initially a pure cover band. After several line-up changes

Enforcer ‘Zenith’ Album Review

Enforcer ‘Zenith’ Album Review By Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records/Traditional Metal No band epitomises the return of the traditional metal sound more so than Enforcer and over the last fifteen years, this group of Swedes have released some of the finest material of the time. Albums such as ‘Diamonds’, ‘Death By Fire’ and

The End Machine ‘The End Machine’ Album Review

The End Machine ‘The End Machine’ Album Review By Adam McCann Frontiers Records/Hard Rock Dokken ruled the hard rock airwaves of the 80’s with classic albums like ‘Breaking The Chains’, ‘Tooth And Nail’ and ‘Under Lock And Key’, but clashes of egos between George Lynch and Don Dokken would lead the former

Sludgehammer ‘Antechamber’ Album Review

Sludgehammer ‘Antechamber’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Groove Metal Sludgehammer have only been together for a short length of time, but during this period, the band have released a solid EP and debut album. Yet, now the debut album is out of the way, the pressure mounts for Sludgehammer to follow it

Orpheus Omega ‘Wear Your Sins’ Album Review

Orpheus Omega ‘Wear Your Sins’ Album Review By Adam McCann EVP Recordings/Melodic Death Metal In their relatively short time, Australia’s Orpheus Omega have delivered a string of excellent melodic death metal that easily manages to stand out from the monotony of the generic sound that many bands from this genre fall into. This

Exumer ‘Hostile Defiance’ Album Review

Exumer ‘Hostile Defiance’ Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Thrash Metal Sadly, for Exumer, the band never received the same plaudits that were bestowed upon the likes of Kreator, Destruction and Sodom. Dig beneath the surface and what can be found is a band that although released few albums compared to their

Mork ‘Det Svarte Juv’ Album Review

Mork ‘Det Svarte Juv’ Album Review By Adam McCann Peaceville Records/Black Metal Formed as the brainchild of one man, Thomas Eriksen, Mork have delivered a string of albums that have all been very warmly received. It is coming up to two years since the Norwegian black metal band released any work, but this

Kampfar ‘Ofidians Manifest’ Album Review

Kampfar ‘Ofidians Manifest’ Album Review By Adam McCann Indie Recordings/Black Metal Kampfar have had an illustrious career within the Scandinavian black metal scene. Yes, the band have never received the same attention as Mayhem or been applauded and revered like Darkthrone or Immortal, but that never perturbed Kampfar, this band have kept their

Til All Is One ‘Vindicta’ Album Review

Til All Is One ‘Vindicta’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Alternative Metal   Living as a multi-national unit, America’s Til All Is One (TAIO) are poised to break out of the trenches of the local Los Angeles scene and into the American leagues with their interesting blend of hard rock, heavy metal and

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