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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
Caronte - Yoni (Van)

Caronte – Yoni (Van)

These Italian stoner doomsters are a terrific band in my opinion, it’s still hard to obtain all of their releases I must say though. For this latest offering, ‘Yoni’ they continue on their tripped out journey through Reverend Bizarre territory whilst taking a break through.. Read More
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