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Testament – Brotherhood Of The Snake (Nuclear Blast)

4 years since their last album and over 30 years since their formation, Testament are stronger than ever. The current line-up, containing stalwarts Eric Peterson, Alex Skolnick and Chuck Billy with Gene Hoglan recording two consecutive albums, has former member… Continue Reading →

Charred Walls Of The Damned – Creatures Watching Over The Dead (Metal Blade)

Charred Walls Of The Damned, who some might refer to as a “supergroup” have delivered their third album albeit after a five year break. Certainly, the collective CV’s of the band members name check some of heavy metal’s finest –… 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 →

Meshiaak – Alliance Of Thieves (Mascot)

The press release for the debut album from Australia based band Meshiaak peaked my interest. They bill themselves as a super-group, with the most notable name on the list being Drummer Jon Dette who has played with industry heavyweights such… Continue Reading →

One Machine – The Final Cull (Scarlet)

At first I thought this was One Machine’s first album, only to find out that ‘The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth’ was released in February 2014 and ‘The Final Cull’ is actually their second album. One Machine is… Continue Reading →

Metal Allegiance – S/T (Nuclear Blast)

I’m never really too sure whether assembling a bunch of musicians and getting them to play some songs together is going to actually produce something worth listening to. Sometimes it works, other times not so much. Thankfully this is an… Continue Reading →

Harlott- Proliferation (Metal Blade)

Thrash in 2015. In a world of suicide bombers, social media linked murder and the tragic plight of the world’s refugees, the day-glo nuclear paranoia and high top sneakers of the 80’s seem a world away. Harlott brings it all… Continue Reading →

To The Pain – Seven (S/R)

From Long Island, New York, To The Pain are a five piece thrash outfit with a love for all things old school thrash. With heads, minds and sound all firmly rooted in the late 80’s, the ‘golden era’ of thrash… Continue Reading →

Czech Metal Fest – Plzen, Amfitéatr Lochotin 6th June 2015

Day 2 Underestimating the time taken to get to the amphitheatre arena meant only catching Czech band Stroy’s last song though we could hear them whilst walking down the hill to the festival in baking sunshine. Distinctly modern in flavour… Continue Reading →

Fateful Finality – Battery (SPV)

German four piece thrash act, winner of a Wacken metal battle, releasing their second full length album? If this sounds familiar you would be correct in thinking that – I have covered a band with similar circumstances (Dust Bolt) and… Continue Reading →

Angelus Apatrida – Hidden Evolution (Century Media)

To say that this album pulls no punches is a bit like saying `shooting yourself in the head isn’t very good for you’. To the uninitiated, this is the fourth raging opus from Spain’s very own thrash metal fanatics, Angelus… Continue Reading →

Repulsor – Trapped in a Nightmare (Thrashing Madness Productions)

Some `retro’ style releases are more convincing than others; with some bands you get the impression that they missed the point of the original genre of yesteryear that they are trying  to emulate. Not so with Gdansk-based Repulsor, who absolutely… Continue Reading →

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