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RAM - Rod (Metal Blade)

RAM – Rod (Metal Blade)

All hail Ramrod the destroyer! Sweden’s RAM had a particularly favourable release in ‘Svbversvm’ on their last outing and have developed with each release since I discovered them on their debut EP. A partial concept album based on Ramrod the Destroyer, in part the first.. Read More
Night Viper - Exterminator (Listenable Records)

Night Viper – Exterminator (Listenable Records)

Album number 2 from Sweden’s Night Viper picks up with the energy of the debut with ‘No Escape’, sometimes verging into a thrash spectrum, and then as the album progresses to the expected traditional metal, often in a rock n roll style. The first few.. Read More
Masters of Disguise - Alpha Omega (Limb Music)

Masters of Disguise – Alpha Omega (Limb Music)

German speed metal with class, a pretty accurate description. Masters Of Disguise previous material is top notch stuff from a genre that was always my favourite. Obviously, those who know the band will know their love of the band Savage Grace, their name, previous album.. Read More
Discreation - End of Days (FDA)

Discreation – End of Days (FDA)

It’s been a couple of years since the well-received ‘Procreation of the Wretched’, in that time the vocalist has changed and with this I feel perhaps the style of death metal has changed with Discreation. There’s certainly an element of black metal infused into their.. Read More
Air Raid - Across the Line (High Roller)

Air Raid – Across the Line (High Roller)

Sweden’s Air Raid have been going 8+ years now, this album features another new vocalist, and although that could be an issue with diehard fans frustrated with the personnel changes, what I will say is wow! Fredrick Werner is an exceptional find. Possessing both a.. Read More
Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper, Amulet, Eliminator, Seven Sisters - London Underworld 23/9/17

Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper, Amulet, Eliminator, Seven Sisters – London Underworld 23/9/17

To celebrate the release of the album ‘British Steel – The Rising Force of British Heavy Metal’, a new compilation on Dissonance Productions, there were various events planned including a couple of live shows (Friday night at the Dev with Toledo Steel) and a release.. Read More
Jag Panzer - The Deviant Chord (Steamhammer)

Jag Panzer – The Deviant Chord (Steamhammer)

Jag Panzer are an institution in respect to US heavy/power metal, adored in Europe and have a strong following elsewhere. Vocalist Harry ‘The Tyrant’ Conklin has some of the most varied range in modern metal. For this album its gone further, there’s much more controlled.. Read More
Hexx - Wrath of the Reaper (High Roller)

Hexx – Wrath of the Reaper (High Roller)

Hexx made some great albums back in the day, their first two in particular ‘No Escape’ and ‘Under the Spell’ closing that chapter with ‘Quest for Sanity’. Later changing from their power metal roots, they evolved into a harsher death/thrash inspired outfit with a different.. Read More
High Spirits - Escape (High Roller)

High Spirits – Escape (High Roller)

The ever reliable High Spirits, I missed the chance to see them earlier this year as I had ticket in hand, but no bloody trains, at least I have memories of the last time I swung my hips to this infectious band. Led by multitasker.. Read More
Forged In Black - Sinner Sanctorum (S/R)

Forged In Black – Sinner Sanctorum (S/R)

This British band play a mix of everything, thrash, power, doom, and straight up heavy metal. The opening gambit ‘There’s Always Time’ makes a good impression sitting between Bruce Dickinson’s solo material and some slight reference to famous Swedish doom legends. There is a touch.. Read More
Dead Lord - In Ignorance We Trust (Century Media)

Dead Lord – In Ignorance We Trust (Century Media)

I’ve found this a perfect continuation of their last album ‘Heads Held high’, in my review of that the unashamed influence of Thin Lizzy was mentioned. We won’t go there anymore, it gets a bit repetitive after a while as I am sure every other.. Read More
Vulture - The Guillotine (High Roller)

Vulture – The Guillotine (High Roller)

Laying a metal stake in the ground and a studded fist in the air with their debut EP ‘Victim to the Blade’, this German speed/thrash band really have come out with a fantastic debut album. Dealing mainly in the speed metal camp, this reminds me.. Read More