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Trauma – As The World Dies (Pure Steel Records)

It would appear that this album was released last year, before it was picked up by a label and released again now. As for the band, they’ve been around since the early 80’s and are probably better known for being… Continue Reading →

Venom – Storm The Gates (Spinefarm Records)

There are some bands out there that the words “seminal” and “influential” seem invented for. There are some bands out there whose back catalogue is so full of such utter bangers that it’s easy (and quite right) to forgive them… Continue Reading →

Saboter – Architects Of Evil (No Remorse)

On the surface Saboter seem happy to offer themselves up as a no nonsense, heavy as you like Metal band. It’s a shrewd move in some ways, let people discover you for themselves and hear what they hear in their… Continue Reading →

Chrome Division – One Last Ride (Nuclear Blast)

After fifteen years and five full length albums, Chrome Division are calling it a day and this, appropriately titled album is their last. Now if you’re not familiar with the band, they started life as a Motorhead inspired rock and… Continue Reading →

Manticora – To Kill To Live To Kill (ViciSolum)

It may come as a surprise to some, but Manticora have been a going concern for over 20 years. Their debut came out in 1999 and their Dark-tinged speed-driven Power Metal style spawned a further 5 albums over the following… Continue Reading →

Black Viper – Hellions of Fire (High Roller)

I first came across Black Viper by random selection on an internet music platform and subsequently bought their ‘Storming with Vengeance’ cassette. Black Viper are Norwegian, from Oslo specifically and bridge the balance between classic heavy and speed metal. Drummer… Continue Reading →

Toxik Shokk – Story Of Our Life (S/R)

‘Story Of Our Life’ is the début offering by the 5-year-old German trash band from Mannheim, with album art, which tells an exacting story from purchasing a first thrash album to listening to it in a poster bedecked room. Sure,… Continue Reading →

Halcyon Way – Bloody But Unbowed (Agonia)

American Metal band Halcyon Way have been defying categorization and side-stepping musical labels for over 10 years now and this 4th full-length offering continues to challenge critic’s carefully laid out boundaries. If Metal genres were neat wooden fences, Halcyon Way… Continue Reading →

Invocation Spells – Spread Cruelty In The Abyss (Hells Headbangers)

Naturally Metal is an ever evolving genre, but back in the early days Metal saw a huge array of progressive steps from the early days of Sabbath to the NWOBHM and beyond the genre was constantly growing and expanding. However… Continue Reading →

Armory – The Search (High Roller)

Returning after their ‘World Peace…Cosmic War” mission, Sweden’s Armory are on ‘The Search’ for some more outlandish encounters. What I can report from their previous offering is that the structures are stronger, although not necessarily the execution. I hear, or… Continue Reading →

Manacle – No Fear to Persevere (No Remorse)

Canada in recent times and very much in part of heavy metal history has given us some great bands. I found Manacle a while back whilst flipping through recommendations on band camp and YouTube. This heavy/speed metal band feature members… Continue Reading →

Black Cyclone – Death Is King (Gates of Hell Records)

There was a time in the history of heavy metal, where it was hard to know just where exactly NWOBHM ended, and thrash begun. In fact, arguably before the term “thrash” metal was even in very regular parlance, the “speed… Continue Reading →

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