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Heavy Metal

by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Vanishing Point is a band that hails from Australia. They are gearing up for the release of their fifth CD Distant Is The Sun via AFM Records on March 4 in North America. There is always something intriguing about bands that hail from the land of down under. [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – The return of ‘80s-inspired NWOBHM continues as Salvación releases its third album titled God Gold and Glory. Hailing from Wilmington, N.C., the duo of Carlos Denogean and Nicholas Sponsel has been a mission since 2009 in order to keep classic heavy metal [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Founded on the southern edge of Finland in 2008, Battle Beast represents everything that makes metal amazing – swift solos, immense choruses, and shrill screams. Nitte Valo, who was the band’s initial beloved front woman, is no more. This album is now fueled [...]
by Justin Gaines - News Editor/Senior Columnist – The fourth vintage band to be spotlighted by Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series (which focuses on overlooked and forgotten demos, both new and old), is Weapons, a thrash metal unit out of Maine (of all places) that was active in the late [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – After a nine-year hiatus, Ring Of Fire featuring former Yngwie Malsteem singer Mark Boals is gearing up for their fourth release entitled, Battle Of Leningrad via Frontiers Records on in North America on Jan. 28. Battle Of Leningrad is a true story of the siege [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Crystal Viper, led by vocalist Marta Gabriel, is gearing up for the release of Possession via AFM Records on Jan. 21. The band was formed in 2003 and hails from Poland. Crystal Viper has a huge heavy metal arena sound. Marta Gabriel’s vocals are a cross [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – California-based progressive power metal band Shadowkiller made their debut in 2013 with the Stormspell release Slaves of Egypt. The band, which features vocalist/guitarist Joe Liszt (Rocka Rollas), play a heavier, more complex brand of power [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The third vintage band to be spotlighted by Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series (which focuses on overlooked and forgotten demos, both new and old), is Long Island NY-based Firstrike (not to be confused with Firstryke or any of the First [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Three years after they stunned many a doom metal fan with their full-length debut The Golden Bough, Germany’s Atlantean Kodex is back with a much-anticipated follow-up. Their new album is titled The White Goddess, and expectations [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Just when you think there can’t possibly be any more songs about heavy metal, Swedish traditional metal warriors Rocka Rollas return with a new offering to prove you wrong. Their latest effort, titled Metal Strikes Back, is their second [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been nearly 30 years since the debut album from Danish cult heavy metal act Witch Cross was released, but the newly reformed band is finally back with a follow-up, titled Axe To Grind. Only bassist Jan Normark and guitarist Mike Kock [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Long running, Texas-based traditional heavy metal band Aska is back after a six-year absence with a new album, their sixth full-length, titled Fire Eater. The band may not have been very active in terms of new material over the past decade, [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Now Or Never’s self-titled debut finds a group of musicians, already masters of their craft through various stints in other bands, joining forces to fuse hard rock and heavy metal together in storming fashion. “Reach Out For The Sky” is a sensational opener, [...]
by Jonna Ambur - Senior Photojournalist – Described as a “fictional horror story where each song communicates a portion of the overall narrative,” Noctum’s Final Sacrifice, offers clear, solid vocals, rippin’ guitar solos and creative riffs supported by a rhythm section that holds [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Here’s one that slipped by us at the tail end of 2012 and deserves another look. In Death’s Shadow is the debut full-length from Melbourne-based heavy metal band Knightmare. Despite having a name that’s as overused as it is cheesy, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Zakk Wylde struck it double lucky when Ozzy hired him back in 1987. Not only was it one of the most prolific, best-paid gigs in rock, but the man whom Wylde to this day calls “Boss” was utterly unboastful, never letting himself or his musicians go on [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – California-based traditional heavy metal warriors White Wizzard are back with a new album this year. The Devil’s Cut is the band’s third full-length album, and as with nearly all of their previous releases it features an almost totally new [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Heart Attack is the second full-length album from San Francisco-based heavy metal band Space Vacation, another in a growing scene of old school metal bands that has been dubbed the New Wave of Traditional Metal. Now signed to the Pure Steel [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Asking Alexandria are one of the UK’s premiere metal acts, and on third album From Death To Destiny, they up the ante with more of their trademark metalcore, as well as incorporating some hard rock to their ever maturing CV. Vocalist Danny Worsnop has had some [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1991, The Dying Race was the debut album from German power metal band Crows, a very early Century Media signing and one of the most unfairly overlooked bands of that highly influential scene. Crows was a band with deep [...]
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