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Iron Fire – Beyond The Void (Crime Records)

Danish Power Metallers Iron Fire present their ninth album “Beyond The Void”. Anyone who has heard the band (whether a fan or not) at any point in their nearly 20 year career will know that you can dip into any… Continue Reading →

Primitai – The Calling (Dissonance)

Based in the UK, a country surprisingly (and disappointingly) sparse in quality Melodic Metal bands, it’s great to hear a class act like Primitai flying the flag so confidently for old Blighty. Fledgling UK Metal bands (who aren’t pummeling their… Continue Reading →

Almanac – Kingslayer (Nuclear Blast)

Like a ruthless assassin pursuing it’s royal folly (it’s a relevant analogy, you’ll see…), Viktor Smolski’s Almanac release “Kingslayer” just one year after 2016’s highly regarded debut “Tsar”. Last year’s album was a good tsarting point (it just had to… Continue Reading →

Silver Wind – Legion Of The Exiled (No Remorse)

Silver Wind embrace the very essence of what helped to make Germany the go-to European Power Metal place in the late 80’s – unashamedly proud of the Teutonic legacy their brand of Power Metal proudly displays. They are of course… Continue Reading →

Rage – Seasons of the Black (Nuclear Blast)

Sometimes writing a review isn’t as easy as you might initially think. I mean, I’m sat here trying to find expansive and interesting ways to say “if you liked their last album you’ll like this one”. I’m not being unimaginative… Continue Reading →

Damn The Machine: The Story Of Noise Records by David E Gehlke (Deliberation Press)

The year was 1988. And for the past 12 months a large portion of my purchases had been from the catalogue of just one record label: Noise International. I’d realised that I could pick up all the more mainstream metal… Continue Reading →

Iron Fire – Among The Dead (Crime Records)

Still keeping alive the fine tradition of German Power/Heavy Metal are Iron Fire…from Denmark. Well, it’s near enough, and they are no strangers to the scene either, this being their eighth full-length studio album and first for Crime Records. The… 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 →

Rage – The Devil Strikes Again (Nuclear Blast)

No other recording Metal band has actually tried to use the name “Rage”. Yes OK, there was a UK Hard Rock band in the early 80’s and a Pop artist too I think, but really there has only been one… Continue Reading →

Rage – My Way (Nuclear Blast)

This may sound like a very odd statement to some people: but I find the idea of a world without Rage difficult to imagine. But, at the same time if you told me you’d never heard a single track by… Continue Reading →

Silent Force – Rising From Ashes (AFM)

I reckon Alex Beyrodt has now got all his bases covered. As guitarist for Voodoo Circle and Sinner he has Melodic Hard Rock and Traditional Heavy Metal covered respectively, straight ahead Power Metal handled with Primal Fear, so by resurrecting… Continue Reading →

Baden Metal Compilation Vol 2 – Flight Of The Griffin (Baden Metal)

Baden Metal’ (it sez ‘ere) is a German local scene support platform that has been on the go since 2002. It released it’s first compilation – an unsigned local Metal band compilation, back in 2008 called “Rise Of The Griffin”… Continue Reading →

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