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Bullet – Dust to Gold (SPV / Steamhammer)

Bullet are a staple of the scene across Europe, their legendary Bullet Bus is something to witness, then the albums keep coming through and live they are some band to watch. Strange though, their last effort I heard, ‘Full Pull’… Continue Reading →

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons – The Age of Absurdity (Nuclear Blast)

As an upfront and centre disclaimer, I’m a HUGE fan of Phil Campbell. I know that for a lot of people, the trio of Fast Eddie, Philthy and Lemmy were their definitive Motorhead, but I really rather prefer the final… Continue Reading →

Blazing Rust – Armed to Exist (Pure Steel)

Russia’s Blazing Rust was a find made possible by the “Masters of Metal” series of releases that have come out recently, in particular Volume 2 that came with Warlok, Carriage and Oath of Woe. This is traditional heavy metal, done… Continue Reading →

Wolfpakk – Wolves Reign (AFM)

Wolfpakk are a melodic metal band formed by the hugely talented Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney who invite guest vocalists to join them on their expertly crafted albums. This is their fourth and the third one in a row that… Continue Reading →

Grim Reaper – Walking in the Shadows (Dissonance Productions)

Since reforming in 2006, I have been privy to a couple of excellent live shows by this band, featuring the well renowned singer Steve Grimmett. This is the first recording from the band since that reformation, in fact their first… Continue Reading →

Tortuga – Pirate’s Bride (S/R)

Ah-haaar me hearties, splice the main-brace, shiver me timbers, bury the booty and send Woodleg Willy over here to give me a jolly Roger. Yes, once more we set sail under the most contrived of metal sub-genres since Vondur tried… Continue Reading →

Castle – Welcome To The Graveyard (Ván)

A couple of months ago at the pub, a friend broke an unwritten rule of the table by pulling out their smart phone to display an online piece they’d seen. Now, had it been some sleepy kitten or puppy falling… Continue Reading →

Grand Magus – Sword Songs (Nuclear Blast)

It’s 2016, and it’s time for pure metal warriors Grand Magus to sweep down from the frozen Northlands and lay waste to all before them with their latest offering, the appropriately named ‘Sword Songs’, an album of nine tracks dedicated… Continue Reading →

Wounded Cross – Bonecrusher (Blackened Death Records)

It’s always good to have a new band cross your path, and the arrival of a hand written CD-R does give a little frisson of nostalgia, almost taking me back to the days when music was swapped via the media… Continue Reading →

Necronomicon – Pathfinder… Between Heaven And Hell (Trollzorn)

Klatuu… Barata…. Necktie!!! Oh shit, wrong reference! Necronomicon are one of those cult German thrash come heavy Euro metal bands who seem to have been around forever but unless you do some real digging, the casual listener to the Teutonic… Continue Reading →

Stormzone – Seven Sins (Metal Nation)

It’s been at least 5 years since I’ve picked up a Stormzone release, in that time the band have continued to release material and if ‘Seven Sins’ anything to go by, I’ve been missing out big style. This is a… Continue Reading →

Civil War – Gods and Generals ( Napalm)

After recording ‘Carolus Rex’, the 4 founding members of Sabaton decided to leave and created a new band ‘Civil War’.  They decided on the same themes of History and War and added vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson to spice things up. Their… Continue Reading →

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