Texas Hippie Coalition ‘High In The Saddle’ Album Review By Adam McCann eOne Music/Southern/Groove Metal Is there any other band which mixes the Texan swagger, southern charm and good ol’ groove as well as Texas Hippie Coalition? These guys have been drinkin’, cussin’ and fightin’ their way through the desert of heavy metal
Dun Ringill ‘Welcome’ - Album Review By Adam McCann Argonauta Records - Doom Metal Dun Ringill were born when the members of The Order of Israfel decided to take a break back in 2017; joining forces with members of Doomdogs, Silverhorse, Lommi and Intoxicate, Dun Ringill create grinding monolithic riffs with an
CelTauro ‘Origen’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Folk/Metal Late last year, Spanish newcomers to the folk/metal scene managed to sneak out their debut album ‘Origen’. Unlike many of their peers which have come to saturate the genre with stereotypical sounds, growls, accordions and violin jigs, CelTauro take a different approach with
Black Mass ‘Warlust’ Album Review By Adam McCann Iron Shield Records/Thrash Metal Following their electrically charged debut album in 2015, the American trio from Boston are finally back with their sophomore album ‘Warlust’. As expected, the band blast forward at blistering pace with an album which has all the hallmarks of thrash metal,
Avantasia ‘Moonglow’ Album Review By Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records/Power Metal The wait for ‘Moonglow’ the latest release from Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia project was nowhere near as long as anticipated, with only a two-year gap separating ‘Moonglow’ from its predecessor ‘Ghostlights’. In the usual life cycle of Tobi Sammet, the pint-sized genius
Rotting Christ ‘The Heretics’ Album Review by Adam McCann Season Of Mist/2019/Black Metal Although it has only been three years since Rotting Christ released ‘Rituals’, it feels much longer. Now, the Greek black metal masters had hit another pinnacle in their career with ‘Rituals’, it was a magnificent black metal tour de
Happily Ever Blind ‘Good Enough For…’ Album Review By Adam McCann Realm Records/2019/Alternative What happens when an Australian decides to up-sticks and move 5000 miles across the globe, traversing hemispheres and settling in Helsinki, Finland? The answer is Happily Ever Blind, the musical baby of John Emslie, who got bored of playing
Dream Theater ‘Distance Over Time’ Album Review By Adam McCann InsideOut Music/2019/Progressive Metal Dream Theater needed a boost, following their ambiguously received Dystopian concept album ‘The Astonishing’. This album divided not only fans of progressive metal, but also fans of Dream Theater; the band themselves are no strangers to large overblown concepts,
Steelwings - Back Album Review By Rainer Kerber Mmmhh, the name Steelwings seemed somehow familiar. But no, this is not the Swedish band Steelwing from Nyköping. These existed from 2009 to 2016 and published three albums in that time an EP and a demo. Steelwings are also from Sweden, but from Laholm,
Autumn - Stacking Smoke Album Review By Rainer Kerber I experienced Autumn from the Netherlands already in 2005, in Hamburg as support for their compatriots Within Temptation. At that time singer Nienke de Jong was still on stage. I was thrilled with the unique voice and powerful sound. With Nienke de Jong
Imperia - Flames Of Eternity Album Review By Rainer Kerber Easter 2004 is the founding date of Imperia. All four current band members belonged to the original line-up. Only guitarist John Stamm left the band in 2010. This is a very remarkable stability in the lineup. Although the band has been playing
Thunder Please Remain Seated Album Review By Adam McCann Ear Music Records - Rock It has been two years since Thunder released their last studio offering ‘Rip It Up’ and it wouldn’t be long before the fun time London rockers announced that their next venture would be ‘Please Remain Seated’, an acoustic album
Blackdraft - The Quest Album Review By Rainer Kerber The north of Germany, marked by rough weather, sometimes interrupted by hot sunny phases, is the home of Blackdraft. Four northmen and a woman set out from Hamburg, the pearl of the north, to carry their definition of contemporary metal sound into the
Enemy Inside - Phoenix Album Review By Rainer Kerber Enemy Inside are a pretty young band. Founded in Aschaffenburg by singer Nastassja Giulia and German-Greek guitarist Evan K (Mystic Prophecy). Dominik Stotzem (b, Purple Rising, Beyond the Bridge) Feli Keith (dr, Shoot The Day Down) and Dave Hadarik (g) complete the quintet.
Dimlight - Kingdom Of Horrors Album Review By Rainer Kerber Dimlight was formed back in 2006. From the beginning they played a symphonic Death Metal, which is characterized by aggressive guitar work shrill female vocals and guttural male growls, but only three years later, the debut "Obtenebration" at Emotion Arts Ltd. appeared.