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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The World Below is the debut album from Twilight Messenger, a new traditional/power metal project put together by vocalist Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez and guitarist/bassist Andy “CloudRunner” Feehan. The two are probably best [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Gloryful was formed in the summer of 2010, and merely 10 months after the strong release of their first album, The Warrior’s Code, they are at it again with their second album. Ocean Blade is full of metal hymns that have a stomping speed metal sound. [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Making their debut from Southern Bavaria from Massacre Records is EDGEDOWN. Statues Fall is an album that delivers galloping metal with a vocal range that could have a slight comparison to Iron Maiden’s Dickinson. They seem to deliver what they hoped to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Los Angeles-based traditional heavy metal band Blade Killer made their debut earlier this year with this 4-song, self-titled EP on the Stormspell label. The band is one of the new breed of old school heavy metal bands (along with Night [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Helstar is gearing up for the release of This Wicked Nest on April 29 via AFM Records. The speed metal band that hails from Texas return to their ‘80s thrash roots on This Wicked Nest. Singer James Rivera is at the top of his game belting out Spartan [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – After having the audience introduced to their classic heavy metal sound with their EP We Are Not The Same, this year Scream Maker returns with the full length album Livin In The Past. The cover artwork was designed by Rosław Szaybo (a Polish artist [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – The U.K. seems to have harnessed the power of resurrection as traditional heavy metal has become a dominant force and created the rejuvenated acronym NWOTHM which follows in the footsteps of ‘80s NWOBHM bands. It should come as no surprise that the latest [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – “Epic”, “classic”, “traditional” – these are suitable (yet clichéd) terms to describe Dark Forest’s third album The Awakening, the follow-up to their 2011 Dawn Of Infinity release, which saw the light of day just recently. The Black [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Long running Danish melodic metal band Pretty Maids has been on a hot streak lately. Since 2010 they’ve released two amazing new studio albums (2010’s Pandemonium and 2013’s Motherland), a killer live CD/DVD set (2012’s It Comes [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – It’s been four years since we lost one of the most memorable voices of metal history to a battle with stomach cancer. Friends and musicians, who continue to have the upmost respect for Ronnie James Dio, have gathered together for a tribute album [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – From the ashes of the late 1970s and 1980s heavy metal, a new generation of musicians emerges now to pick up almost exactly where their heroes – Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Dio – left off. Scream Maker, a band founded in 2010 in [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – A legend of the Polish heavy metal underground and one of the most underrated bands in the scene – Hetman – returns with a new album You. Despite the line-up changes throughout the recent decade, the group around mastermind of the lead guitarist [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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