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Deathhammer- Chained To Hell (Hells Headbangers)

What is Metal? In general that is, no longer can one refer to Black Sabbath as the sound of Metal because there are simply too many offshoots (and being a totally anal loser Black Sabbath are actually Doom Metal). For… Continue Reading →

Speed Kills – Volume VII (Music for Nations)

It’s a welcome return for this legendary record label, in the late 80’s I used to religiously buy anything on this label (and sub-label Under One Flag) simply because the quality was pretty damn good, I mean they did have… Continue Reading →

Anthrax – For All Kings (Nuclear Blast)

I’ve been an Anthrax fan for over a quarter of a century now and while not all 11 albums have had the same line up, there has always been that consistency of Frank, Scott and Charlie giving them their distinct… Continue Reading →

Septagon – Deadhead Syndicate (Cruz Del Sur)

Formed in 2013, Septagon is the brainchild and result of a collaboration between Lanfear’s Markus Ullrich and Atlantean Kodex’s Markus Becker who were created with the sole purpose of bringing the edge and aggression of the 80’s LA Bay Area… Continue Reading →

The Antichrist Imperium – S/T (Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings)

Mention the word Akercocke to most fans of extreme metal, and you’ll see them gaze longingly into the distance, in remembrance of one of the most dynamic death metal bands of recent years. A band that offered brutality, and a… Continue Reading →

Midnight – No Mercy For Mayhem (Hell’s Headbangers)

More lust filth and sleaze from masked marauders Midnight and to say I had been looking forward to this second studio album following on from the excellent ‘Satanic Royalty’ of 2011 would be an understatement. Songs on that album were… Continue Reading →

Triumphant – Herald The Unsung (Cyclone Empire)

After seven-odd years under an array of different titles, Triumphant appear to have finally settled into their new form to release a debut that fits their new name. Frantic Tormentor, Manic Disease and Nekromantik are a thing of the past,… Continue Reading →

Barbarian – Faith Extinguisher (Doomentia)

This Italian band by their own admission are obsessed with Celtic Frost and raw 80’s metal in general, even the PR spiel has you believing this, so it is justified? Whilst there are some similarities to the acclaimed Swiss band,… Continue Reading →

Pantheon – Intervention (S/R)

What I like about many of the UK Metal bands I’ve heard from the last 10 years or so, is that they generally either take a style but try to make it sound different in some small way, re-imagine what… Continue Reading →

Generation Kill – We’re All Gonna Die (Nuclear Blast)

Where to start with Generation Kill? That’s a toughie. The phrase ‘Generation Kill’ is one that is far more prevalent in the USA then the UK, referring to the TV series that depicted the early “glory days” of the US… Continue Reading →

Tragodia – Mythmaker (Kolony)

On the surface, Italy’s Tragodia seemed easy enough to pigeon-hole. Power Metal in attitude with Progressive elements. Prog/Power. And yes, the opening track fits nicely into the niche. But as the album continues it becomes evident that they aren’t really… Continue Reading →

Protector – Reanimated Homunculus (High Roller Records)

Germany’s Protector was one of those bands that I kept to myself when I discovered them in 1988. I bought their albums, indulged in smug self satisfaction that I had a German band in my collection that no other thrasher… Continue Reading →

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