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Outlaw – Marauders (High Roller)

Outlaw – Marauders (High Roller)

Outlaw were formed 3 years ago in Finland, Outlaw take influence from US Power Metal, the NWOBHM scene and traditional metal, a-la classic 80’s Priest and Maiden. From the initial track, ‘Hell’s Thunder’, vocalist Lee Anvel sounds like a cross between Blackie Lawless and Dee.. Read More
The Wizards – Rise of the Serpent (High Roller)

The Wizards – Rise of the Serpent (High Roller)

This Spanish band have been a great asset to my musical enjoyment, their previous release ‘Full Moon in Scorpio’ and even their debut were filled with occult doom rock and heavy metal influence. On this latest release, The Wizards have grown a lot and have.. Read More
Heir Apparent – The View From Below (No Remorse)

Heir Apparent – The View From Below (No Remorse)

It’s been 29 years since their last album ‘One Small Voice’, that album in itself was a complete contrast to the near perfect debut of ‘Graceful Inheritance’ released in 1986, a whole two years before another band made a massive statement with ‘Operation Mindcrime’. Coincidentally,.. Read More
Glanville – First Blood (Fat and Holy)

Glanville – First Blood (Fat and Holy)

Glanville are from Germany, whilst they have a strong presence based upon the reviews I have seen, the music for me brings another line of enquiry to the table. This is simple hard rock, it has a cool twin guitar to the 5 tracks in.. Read More
Road Warrior – Power (Gates of Hell)

Road Warrior – Power (Gates of Hell)

My first experience of this Australian band was their two track demo tape ‘Ignition’, this jumped out of the review list so I went for it. As expected, they’ve stuck to their traditional metal influences and laid them bare. For me I find this an.. Read More
Hypnos – Set Fire to the Sky (The Sign Recordings)

Hypnos – Set Fire to the Sky (The Sign Recordings)

Well after the initial play through, this album pretty much writes its own review. These Swedes, now into album number three, take a modern stance on classic rock. Wow, does this deliver. I found them only recently via a 7 inch single, so I was.. Read More
Bonehunter – Children of the Atom (Hells Headbangers)

Bonehunter – Children of the Atom (Hells Headbangers)

This is this Finnish troop’s third release, admittedly I’d completely missed their second encounter, but based on their debut, I wanted to hit this one. It does exactly as I thought it would… Many reviews of their earlier material compared Bonehunter’s style to old Bathory.. Read More
Black Viper – Hellions of Fire (High Roller)

Black Viper – Hellions of Fire (High Roller)

I first came across Black Viper by random selection on an internet music platform and subsequently bought their ‘Storming with Vengeance’ cassette. Black Viper are Norwegian, from Oslo specifically and bridge the balance between classic heavy and speed metal. Drummer Cato Stormoen recorded some instrumental.. Read More
Hitten – Twist of Fate (High Roller)

Hitten – Twist of Fate (High Roller)

Well, what a difference a fresh line up makes. Having taken hold of the Hitten mantle, new vocalist Alexx Panza really sets the bar high for traditional metal. This Spanish band, now on their third album, produce real metal taking in influences as far reaching.. Read More
Hessian – Mercenary Retrograde (Urtod Void)

Hessian – Mercenary Retrograde (Urtod Void)

This Portland, Maine band came out with their ‘Bachelor of the Black Arts’ a few years back now, this is their second release. I remember feeling there was room for improvement when I bought the last album, namely the vocals and the production. When I.. Read More
Nefasturris – Towers of Sin (S/R)

Nefasturris – Towers of Sin (S/R)

This is a recording project, considered a “life’s work” of Full Thrash Assault manager Dave Ingram Jr and features guest appearances from many a named artist in the business. Rawness is the key to the majority of the release, harbouring a cool crossover vibe. There.. Read More
Axe Steeler – On the Run (Iron Shield Records)

Axe Steeler – On the Run (Iron Shield Records)

Columbia’s Axe Steeler plays their own brand of Teutonic heavy metal (by their own description), akin to the European scene mixing elements of the UK’s own Toledo Steel and the US band Savage Master. Essentially, this release does exactly what is expected with such an.. Read More