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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 →

Doro – Forever Warriors / Forever United (Nuclear Blast)

Ok, so; When is a double album not a double album? When it’s actually two albums except that they are not sold separately. Yeah, ok..so that implies that there is a difference between them somehow, but they are supposed to… Continue Reading →

Lady Beast – Vicious Breed (Cruz Del Sur)

Vicious Breed is the third album from Pittsburgh heavy metal band Lady Beast. Odd name aside, from the off with ‘The Way’ they hit you with a very US sound that draws heavily on the twin roots of Maiden and… Continue Reading →

White Skull – Will Of The Strong (Dragonheart Records)

Having formed in 1988, White Skull could easily be viewed as stalwarts of the Italian power metal scene. “Will Of The Strong” is their tenth release and finds the band still blasting away with vocalist Federica Sister Boni leading from… Continue Reading →

Crystal Viper – Queen Of The Witches (AFM)

When I found myself originally pointed in the direction of Crystal Viper’s debut by Russ Smith I never really looked back. Apart from the fact they look perfect as a heavy metal band (y’know, those band pictures where you can’t… Continue Reading →

Midnight Eternal – S/T (Inner Wound)

Midnight Eternal have certainly been racking up the support slots in their native America, copping guest appearances for Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Delain, Xandria, Doro and many more! And now that they’ve finally got their chance to release a full-length album… Continue Reading →

Amon Amarth – Jomsviking (Sony)

For me, the band Amon Amarth immediately conjures up memories of rousing nights of Viking Metal in the 00s. They are one of those bands who have a template sound yet never fail to inspire with their pumping, steaming melodies…. Continue Reading →

Bliksem – Gruesome Masterpiece (Iron Will/Rough Trade)

”Bliksem” is the Dutch word for lightning and once you hear this band, you can see why they are named this. The Belgian thrash outfit with a very gratuitous helping of classic 80’s heavy metal 5 piece have played with… Continue Reading →

Unleash The Archers – Time Stands Still (Napalm)

There’ve been a lot of rule books torn up in recent years and even power metal hasn’t been immune to the occasional redraft. Taking those essential ingredients and either amplifying them beyond what any common sense would deem rational or… Continue Reading →

Liv Kristine – Vervain (Napalm)

The work ethic of Liv Kristine seems boundless as this fifth solo album hits the Autumn shelves in the light of her collaboration with Anneke Van Giersbergen and Kari Rueslåtten, the latter of very early 3rd And The Mortal fame,… Continue Reading →

Temtris – Shallow Grave (Battlegod)

Female fronted metal with clean lead vocals and growly backing vocals. So this must be corset and gothic waif warbling then? Hardly. I mean check the name above the review; does it say by ‘Andy Barker’ or ‘Pete Woods’? No,… Continue Reading →

Skeletal Spectre – Voodoo Dawn (Pulverised)

The doom/death hybrid seems to be very much ‘in’ at the moment and with most bands opting for the yawn inducing formula of death metal growls over the top of slow, clinical, over produced sounding instrumentals, Skeletal Spectre are the… Continue Reading →

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