13th March 2017

Bear Bone Company – Bear Bone Company

A Swedish trio sworn to bring back the old-fashioned Hard Rock sound from the last four decades, according to themselves. And while I can certainly both see and hear where they come from, I would […]
10th March 2017

Arkana Code – Brutal Conflict

I seem to recall having made the statement a few years ago that the Italians truly shine when making epic-style Power Metal, back then referring to bands such as Rhapsody of Fire. Well, I am […]
8th March 2017

D.Hate – L.I.F.E (Look Into Fear’s Eyes)

D.Hate is a Ukrainian quartet that saw the light of day back in 2010. And in the last seven years, they have so far produced and released two full-length albums. The newest of these (and […]
8th March 2017

1000Dead – 1000Dead

1000Dead is a metal band from Rethymno (Crete, Greece). This is my first encounter with this hard-hitting trio, as it is a relatively new band (formed in 2013). Within their first year, the trio had […]
6th March 2017

Barathrum – Fanatiko

Finnish sextet Barathrum (founded back in 1990 under the name Darkfeast) are, given, the extensive amounts of years that they have been active, no strangers to the world. Since their first appearance they have released […]
2nd March 2017

Black Sites – In Monochrome

Their sound might be one of the strangest combinations in the world of extreme music, but then again nothing is ordinary and usual about Black Sites. So, who are Black Sites then? Black Sites is […]
22nd February 2017

Striker – Striker

Canadian-based Heavy Metal quartet Striker is one of those bands that seem to show up out of nowhere with a ridiculous amount of energy and ambition and talent to boot. Since their inception ten years […]
21st February 2017

Lock Up – Demonization

It never ceases to amaze me how many bands are out there. Specifically, the sheer amount of bands that I should know about, but for one reason or another have never even been picked up […]
20th February 2017

Hetroertzen – Uprising of the Fallen

Originally a Chilean-based Black Metal quartet, the members have since their inception (all the way back in 1997, if you count their original alias) moved across several country lines and is now based in Sweden […]
16th February 2017

Zaum – Eidolon

Psychedelic Doom is not my favorite metal genre, but it was a pleasant surprise when Zaum’s Eidolon begun to spin in my stereo. Based in New Brunswick (Canada) Zaum is a dark passage into the […]
15th February 2017

Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Sampler MMXVI

Not so much an album in its own right as a compilation of everything the label has to offer, Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Sampler MMXVI is a twelve track long introduction into the depths of […]
13th February 2017

Augury – Fragmentary Evidence

Canadian-based quartet Augury has been around for fifteen years at the time of this scribble, and in that time, the Progressive Death Metal act has managed to produce a single Demo and two full-length albums. […]
10th February 2017

Helheim – landawarijaR

A while back I had the pleasure of listening to the then-newest release from Norwegian Pagan Black Metal act Helheim. Now, about a year later, I receive said honour once more, as they release their […]
9th February 2017

Ash and Coal – Legacy

Ash and Coal promises more or less the world: When their latest release, Legacy, was introduced to me, it was pitched as a mixture of influences ranging from all of the heavier and darker Metal […]
9th February 2017

Witherfall – Nocturnes and Requiems

I have hard time finding new interesting classic heavy/power metal bands. The likes of Ashes of Aries, Brainstorm and Sanctuary seem far and long in between. So, when I read about the forthcoming release by […]
6th October 2015

Rusty Pacemaker (Austria)

Interview with Rusty Hessel www.rustypacemaker.com Rusty Pacemaker is both the pseudonym and the band name of a multi-instrumentalist genius or Austrian descent. The band itself has its origins back in 2003 when he decided to […]
6th October 2015

Tank – Valley of Tears

Since the separation of Tank into two different bands back in 2007, this particular version has released three full-length albums. The newest one is entitled Valley of Tears, which also marks the addition of ZP […]
1st October 2015

Midnight Rites – Tales from the North

Midnight Rites is a Swedish one-man Death Metal band, and a man on a mission. He seems hell-bent on bringing back real nineties Death Metal music, and to move towards that end he created Midnight […]
27th September 2015

Death Dies – Legione

Despite not having the fame of some of the northern Black Metal bands, Italian trio Death Dies have been around for nearly as long as for instance Norwegian Emperor. And while they might not be […]
14th September 2015

Cruachan – Blood for the Blood God

Coming into this ordeal knowing that Cruachan used to be a Black Metal act under the name Minas Tirith, I was not really prepared, despite how much I thought I was. Blood for the Blood […]
11th September 2015

Hooded Menace – Gloom Immemorial

Few bands forget where they come from. But sadly, it is rare that they remember to thank those who helped get them to where they are today. Thankfully, Finnish Hooded Menace is not one of […]
9th September 2015

Lucifer’s Child – The Wiccan

Three things are all you need in order to get an idea of whether The Wiccan is an album for you or not: 1: It is Black Metal with a traditional Greek twist, not unlike […]
7th September 2015

The 3rd Attempt – Born in Thorns

One thing is for certain: If you are looking for musical superstar bands (or a very talented one-man band), you will more often than not look towards the Black Metal scene. And Norwegian (obviously, Norwegian) […]
19th August 2015

Rusty Pacemaker – Ruins‏

Take two equal parts of Black and Doom Metal, mix them together into one person and add several talented session musicians. Stir for five years in a city in Austria and you end ud with […]
17th August 2015

Veonity – Gladiator’s Tale‏

Veonity is, as one might be able to discern from the cover art, a Power Metal band, one that draws a lot of inspiration from the legends of the eighties (most notably Manowar) and more […]