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Cirith Ungol – Forever Black (Metal Blade)

Cirith…. What? Really? THE Cirith Ungol? The legendary 80s US band? That eccentric, original, ground-breaking metal band? After nearly 30 years? That Cirith Ungol? Fuck me. It is. Oh, lords of chaos, bless me… Yeah. Yeah it is. And with… Continue Reading →

Dexter Ward – III (No Remorse Records)

So yes, it would be a little less formulaic if a band named their fourth or second album “III”, just to mess with people, but in the cynical world we live in the joke would no doubt backfire on the… Continue Reading →

Smoulder – Dream Quest Ends (Cruz Del Sur)

These Canadian’s are no strangers to these pages; their epic doom laden metal hit a sweet spot last year. This release is an EP with two new tracks, a cover version and the three demo tracks from their 2019 demo…. Continue Reading →

Ironsword – Servants Of Steel (Alma Mater)

I have a real soft spot for Portugal’s Ironsword. Five albums in twenty five years shows main man Tann (guitars, vocals) has dogged determination to play the true way regardless of fashion, and including this I own four of them…. Continue Reading →

Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep (High Roller)

Pittsburgh’s Legendry have already made a name for themselves in the epic metal underground, a term used a lot I know, but if you are already immersed into the works of Manilla Road and Cirith Ungol, then chances are you… Continue Reading →

Ravensire – A Stone Engraved In Red (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Portuguese Epic/Heavy Metal band Ravensire, are back with their third call-to-arms and a continued flag-flying of the Metal standard, planting it firmly where they please with their now expected drive and conviction. Don’t expect keyboards, symphonic bursts, operatic vocals…or for… Continue Reading →

Interview – Twisted Tower Dire

With an outstanding new album on the shelves and in the ether, US heavy metal heroes and veterans Twisted Tower Dire offered the opportunity of a little swap of questions and answers courtesy of guitarist Dave Boyd. And, you know,… Continue Reading →

Gatekeeper – Grey Maiden (Cruz Del Sur Music)

From their demo day’s Gatekeeper from Canada have been a touch special. They are one of those groups who may be labelled as a particular sub-genre of metal, but travel well between high standards of a fair few descriptions. In… Continue Reading →

Grendel’s Syster – Orphic Gold Leaves (S/R)

Right, this six tracker is actually a three tracker as three songs are each repeated in English and German. It came in a lovely digipack CD, very cool for a self-release, and appears to be the debut from this German… Continue Reading →

Lethean – The Waters of Death (Cruz Del Sur)

This is a project featuring multi-instrumentalist James Ashbey (Deceptor, ex-Solstice, Craven Idol and Doctor Death) and singer Thumri Paavana. Described as a cross between Doom, Epic Metal and NWOBHM, the thought is quite tempting. Immediately you are dragged into epic… Continue Reading →

BattleroaR – Codex Epicus (Cruz Del Sur)

BattleroaR (still persisting with the capital R at the end of their name so lets humour them and not spoil things eh?) don’t do anything by half. It amazes me that it’s taken them until their fifth album to get… Continue Reading →

Solstice – White Horse Hill (Invictus)

Twenty years. Twenty. Years. Two decades since the classic epic doom sounds of New Dark Age first graced us, and legends Solstice were only actually inactive for five of those. Since then the band have gigged, written, road tested, rewritten,… Continue Reading →

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