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Metal Church – Damned If You Do (Nuclear Blast)

After waxing lyrical about Metal Church re-uniting with vocalist Mike Howe on 2016’s excellent “XI” album, I’m personally overjoyed that they’ve returned with almost the same line up on “Damned If You Do”. With an added promise of further revisiting… Continue Reading →

Nocturnal Breed – The Whiskey Tapes Germany (Folter Records)

This here is one of those releases that the band describe as ‘for the fans’, the die hard fans describe as ‘rare and unreleased’ and the rest of us describe as an ‘odds n sods’ collection. As such it’s pretty… Continue Reading →

Burning Ground – Last Day Of Light (Minotauro Records)

Although this is Burning Ground’s debut full length album, they’ve been enriching the Metal scene in their native Italy since 2002. A few line-up changes have ensued, as they always do, but the longevity in the band’s history shines through… Continue Reading →

Sanctuary – Inception (Century Media)

Not a new album – quite the opposite! This is actually how it all started, this is how the band sounded before they were signed, before Dave Mustaine’s mentor-ship, before…to put it into a musical time context, these tracks were… Continue Reading →

Vicious Rumors – Concussion Protocol (SPV)

To say Vicious Rumors are back implies they have been away, which in fact they haven’t. So I’m not saying it. Vicious Rumors have never split up y’see, though for some of those years since their impressive debut back in… Continue Reading →

Paradox – Pangea (AFM)

It’s an unfortunate fact that many 80’s Metal bands, right across the board, just can’t win whatever they do. Thrash bands cop for it more than most because of the 90’s. They either split up (and get a kicking for… Continue Reading →

Martyr – You Are Next (Into the Limelight Records)

Heavy/power/thrash can be used to describe a multitude of bands and their disciplines, it’s always a very general description for me this one. This Dutch band released their first demo back in 1982 with its great title “If It’s Too… Continue Reading →

Metal Church – XI (Nuclear Blast)

Well it appears Metal Church really do go up to Eleven! …And how many reviews of this album are going to use THAT line?? Anyway, to enable them to go up to “XI”, they welcome back Mike Howe, their vocalist… Continue Reading →

The Sanity Days – Evil Beyond Belief (Candlelight)

Formed by two (and them some) ex-Onslaught members, namely vocalist Steve Grimmett and drummer Steve Grice, The Sanity Days completes its line up with Jase Stallard (bass – who recorded on ‘Power from Hell’ then switched to guitar for ‘The… Continue Reading →

Wolf – Devil Seed (Century Media)

Sweden’s Wolf were one of the first revivalists of true heavy/power metal forming around the turn of the millennium, long before the current crop of cool Swedish bands came about. This is the band’s latest effort and it’s a genuine… Continue Reading →

Nightmare – The Aftermath (AFM)

  France’s Nightmare are no strangers to the Metal scene. In the early 80’s they released two commendable albums on Ebony in a NWOBHM (or WOFHM if you prefer…) style as good as anything else on the Yorkshire-based label at… Continue Reading →

Savage Messiah- The Fateful Dark (Earache)

The fourth release from this London Thrash 4 piece is a meaty affair, helped in no small part to the production of Scott Atkins at Grindstone studios.  When I say meaty I am talking full on Brazilian barbecue gut buster… Continue Reading →

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