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Black Messiah – Walls Of Vanaheim (Trollzorn)

Black Messiah are no strangers to the Metal scene and with their seventh studio release this most Nordic of German Metal bands continues it’s epic story with…an epic story! It’s a very involved piece of work all about Odin and… Continue Reading →

Grave Digger – Healed By Metal (Napalm)

Germany’s Grave Digger need no introduction, they consistently provide quality heavy and power metal albums, although many rejoice in the early period, as I have said before, there’s no need to re-write history, although a few may have been surprised… Continue Reading →

Running Wild – Rapid Foray (SPV)

Much of the criticism I’ve seen leveled at Running Wild’s last two albums (post the ill-advised “That’s it, I’m not doing Running Wild anymore, that’s yer lot, farewell, I’m outta here…” statement of a few years back) is that they… Continue Reading →

Czech Metal Fest – Plzen, Amfitéatr Lochotin 5th June 2015

Day One 2015 is turning out to be my Euro trotting year with Norway’s Inferno already under my belt and Wacken Open Air later this year venturing to one of my favourite countries in Europe for an open air metal… Continue Reading →

Orden Ogan – Ravenhead (AFM)

German Power Metal has a history, a tradition. If you are going to step up and be the future of German Power Metal then you have to make damn sure you have it’s past covered. You can’t cover it all… Continue Reading →

Grave Digger – Return of the Reaper (Napalm)

German legends Grave Digger are back once again with a new album. The PR material was enough to whet my appetite as its claims this album is a return to classic Grave Digger in the vein of their first two… Continue Reading →

Backwater – Take Extreme Forms (Iron Shield Records)

Backwater is back, these gents hail from Germany and were part of the original invasion of traditional heavy and speed metal that was coming out of this land during the mid-eighties with similar bands of that ilk being Gravestone, Restless… Continue Reading →

Nigromante – Black Magic Night (Shadow Kingdom)

Forget the last few decades, nothing in the last 30 years will have any bearing on what Nigromante are doing. For the crazy Heavy Metal fiends from Madrid worship true, unadulterated heavy metal, from a time when the music was… Continue Reading →

Dark Man Shadow – Victim Of Negligence (Schwarzdorn)

Symphonic Black Metal… And there you go, half of you reading this have just thought, “Oh, another load of Cradle Of Filth/Dimmu Borgir wannabes”. Fair point. It feels like in the last 10 years the term has been synonymous with… Continue Reading →

Hellish War – Keep It Hellish (Pure Steel Records)

Brazil can produce a lot of raw noisy bands, but the country can also produce a lot of cool metal bands that hold their own against many contemporaries around the world. However, Hellish War falls into the more positive part… Continue Reading →

Lonewolf – The Fourth And Final Horseman (Napalm)

As the name suggests, Lonewolf owe plenty in style to original German Pirateers Running Wild (‘Lonewolf’ being one of RW’s better known tracks of course), which I have to admit is an area of Power Metal that I’m quite partial… Continue Reading →

Wolfen – Chapter IV (Pure Legend Records)

Germany’s Wolfen formed over 15 years ago, they are tagged as power metal, but in fairness their music is a little bit more than that sweeping categorisation. The opener ‘Revolution/Evolution’ actually sounds a little like British metal, a bit like… Continue Reading →

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