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Rabid Bitch of the North - Nothing but a Bitter Taste (Hostile Media)

Rabid Bitch of the North – Nothing but a Bitter Taste (Hostile Media)

Belfast’s RBOTN live and breathe British metal of the NWOBHM era, it’s certainly evident on some of the tracks. Whilst others, especially the first two ‘The Missionary’ and ‘Chance’, have an epic metal flavour. They certainly sound ready to go into battle armed with the.. Read More
Attic - Sanctimonious (Van)

Attic – Sanctimonious (Van)

Germany’s Attic are set to releases this their first concept album centred around 4 characters in a convent. Namely Sister Alice, Sister Joan, Abbess Margaret and Prioress Clare. The sinister sounds are obviously compared to Mercyful Fate, especially with the falsetto vocal. Attic have yet.. Read More
Accept - The Rise of Chaos (Nuclear Blast)

Accept – The Rise of Chaos (Nuclear Blast)

Accept are an institution of metal music, I have no need to go any further with this I feel. So another Accept album starts as it means to go on. From the first few listens, it’s clear, quality is very important and the execution is.. Read More
Blazing Rust - Armed to Exist (Pure Steel)

Blazing Rust – Armed to Exist (Pure Steel)

Russia’s Blazing Rust was a find made possible by the “Masters of Metal” series of releases that have come out recently, in particular Volume 2 that came with Warlok, Carriage and Oath of Woe. This is traditional heavy metal, done the right way. There’s plenty.. Read More
Urn - The Burning (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Urn – The Burning (Iron Bonehead Productions)

It’s been nine long years since ‘Soul Destroyers’, an album that was ok, I still think their debut ‘666 Megatons’ was bloody amazing black thrash…but in any case, the break has rejuvenated the band since their last recorded output. This is a special presentation of.. Read More
Entrench - Through the Walls of Flesh (I Hate)

Entrench – Through the Walls of Flesh (I Hate)

Swedish raw thrashers Entrench come back after three years away with this tasty little thrasher. If you are a fan of the faster (Razor) and rawer (early Slayer, Kreator and Sodom) side of the sub-genre then you will embrace this release wholly. There’s a couple.. Read More
Lifeless - The Occult Mastery (FDA Records)

Lifeless – The Occult Mastery (FDA Records)

Who’d have thought…Germany’s Lifeless would return with their third full length album, and my opening statement refers to a rotten death metal band in the vein of the Swedish masters, however as with Dismember in their later years, some of the guitar pieces here are.. Read More
Blackevil - The Ceremonial Fire (FDA Records)

Blackevil – The Ceremonial Fire (FDA Records)

I have only recently discovered this German band via their debut EP ‘Hail the Cult’, which was some hefty black/thrash. This full length album certainly expands their arsenal somewhat based on what I’ve heard. The nasty harshness is still present, but there a touch of.. Read More
Stallion - From the Dead (High Roller)

Stallion – From the Dead (High Roller)

This is Stallion’s second full length album, and I am in agreement with the PR material for this German heavy/speed metal bands efforts, it’s a more refined and mature effort from the start. Blistering into action is the fast ‘Underground Society’. This kicks you into.. Read More
Affaire - Neon Gods (Raging Planet)

Affaire – Neon Gods (Raging Planet)

With PR material heralding tales of Sunset Strip influence, this Lisbon/Portuguese band present a nicely packaged digi EP containing 5 tracks, one of which is a Beatles cover. The style is typical, a little messy, whilst the ideas are there, the execution, mainly from the.. Read More
Walpyrgus - Walpyrgus Nights (Cruz Del Sur)

Walpyrgus – Walpyrgus Nights (Cruz Del Sur)

Formed 5 years ago, this American heavy metal force is born with members from Twisted Tower Dire, While Heaven Wept and Viper. My interest started when ex-Widow drummer Peter Lemieux joined the band and subsequently bought their demo tape. Roll onto this debut album, and.. Read More
Antichrist - Sinful Birth (I Hate)

Antichrist – Sinful Birth (I Hate)

It’s been a while since we heard from Sweden’s Antichrist, their live appearances on these shores are always fun and filled with a touch of good friendly violence for the crowd. Once again, a new logo comes with a new release, but the music is.. Read More