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Sacri Monti – Waiting Room for the Magic Hour (Tee Pee)

It’s been four years since their debut, and my expectations are high for this one. The San Diego based quintet’s debut was a psychedelic master class, reminiscent of messiah’s Cream, Hendrix, Uriah Heep and so on. This one, well, they… Continue Reading →

Metalian – Vortex (High Roller)

This Canadian band now presents their third full length release. Their career has been long, over ten years, but with other life commitments, releases have been sparse. I have a couple of their EP releases and so there are not… Continue Reading →

Kryptos – Afterburner (AFM)

Indian band Kryptos are really no stranger to these pages, this is their latest offering and man does it work out really well! Their art of powerful heavy metal, bounded with a true magical sense of melody, well, this is… Continue Reading →

Cruella – Metal Revenge (S/R)

This US band formed in 1986, some of you may remember the name, they came at a time when power/speed metal was a real force and in ’89 they released ‘Vengeance is Mine’, nowadays an obscure underground release). Over the… Continue Reading →

Skelator – Cyber Metal (Gates of Hell)

I thought it had been 9 years since I bought a release by this US band, in fact it was a touch sooner as they had a split release with Substratum in more recent times. If you need to categorise… Continue Reading →

Leathurbitch – Into the Night (High Roller)

This American band combines speed metal with glam/sleaze metal from the 80’s. Many may never have heard of bands of times past doing a similar thing, this is apparently done within the confines of the modern metal scene (are there… Continue Reading →

Amulet – The Inevitable War (Dissonance)

London’s Amulet return with a new line up and more notable a new singer for their second album release. I caught the new line up nearly a year ago at ‘Frost & Fire London’, this is the first time I… Continue Reading →

Riot City – Burn the Night (No Remorse Records)

With the PR material stating that this is “Screaming Heavy Metal” from Canada, the review could stop there! That’s all you need to know. Riot City are from Alberta, and this is a band whom I have followed since buying… Continue Reading →

Mystik – Mystik (I Hate)

I have been looking forward to this album for a while. The band formed in Sweden 3 years ago and they delve into the US heavy/speed metal category. Not only does the artwork give a great impression of the album,… Continue Reading →

Haunt – If Icarus Could Fly (Shadow Kingdom Records)

It was only a year ago Haunt had their debut out , quickly capturing the next phase of their passion, we have ‘If Icarus Could Fly’ which will be released on all formats. Once again, turn of the 80’s metal… Continue Reading →

Bewitcher – Under the Witching Cross (Shadow Kingdom)

Bewitcher are a really cool band, their demo tapes dragged me into their filthy dirty speedier metal quite some time ago, this is their second full length having previously worked their socks off in the underground scene on the back… Continue Reading →

Vultures Vengeance – The Knightlore (Gates of Hell)

Italian “epic” heavy metal, actually on their debut full length album, and having checked my collection, yes it is true. The name Vultures Vengeance has been a part of the underground for 10 years or so, although I am going… Continue Reading →

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