BLOODBOUND – Rise of the Dragon Empire (Album Review)

BLOODBOUND – Rise of the Dragon Empire (Album Review)

Everybody’s favorite dragon-tamers are back! Swedish power metallers Bloodbound have followed up 2017’s War of Dragons relatively quickly with Rise of the Dragon Empire which will be available from March 22, 2019, on AFM Records. This is the hard-working Swede’s eighth studio album and with a settled line-up (apart from drummer Daniel Sjogren who joined in 2016) they continue to improve and build. Vocalist Patrik Johansson has the big balls needed for this genre and…

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IRON SAVIOR – Kill or Get Killed (Album Review)

IRON SAVIOR – Kill or Get Killed (Album Review)

German power metallers Iron Savior may not be the most widely known or recognized name in North America. But that’s a grievous oversight on us all! For those not in the know already, Iron Savior began over 20 years ago! The band formed in 1996 in Hamburg, Germany. While today Piet Sielck remains the sole original, the first incarnations included the likes of Kai Hansen (Helloween/Gamma Ray) and Thomen Stauch (Blind Guardian). With that comes…

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE – The Eighth Mountain (Album Review)

RHAPSODY OF FIRE – The Eighth Mountain (Album Review)

Having released their debut album back in 1997, Italy’s Rhapsody of Fire can now be placed in the ‘veteran’ category. Having said that, only keyboardist Alex Staropoli remains of the original line-up with guitarist Roby De Micheli the next longest-serving member, with 8 years service. Despite this revolving door (11 former members) Rhapsody of Fire has managed to maintain consistency of sound, theme, and performance. This is no more evident than on The Eighth Mountain,…

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BLOODBOUND – Rise of the Dragon Empire (March 22, 2019)

BLOODBOUND – Rise of the Dragon Empire (March 22, 2019)

Bloodbound can be considered as one of the hardest working bands of the metal scene. Since Fredrik Bergh and Tomas Olsson toyed around with ideas of founding a new band in 2004, Bloodbound have secured an impressive fan following which increased steadily and significantly since vocalist Patrik J. Selleby joined the band in 2010 (and followed in the footsteps of Michael Bormann and Urban Breed). 2011’s Unholy Cross was their fourth studio album, and first for AFM. Only…

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STAHLMANN – Kinder der Sehnsucht (March 22, 2019)

STAHLMANN – Kinder der Sehnsucht (March 22, 2019)

2019 has just begun and there’s a new update to come from German-speaking hard rock music in the form of Stahlmann. Stahlmann, known for spectacular stage presence, are also famous for constantly developing their uncompromising sound. More than ever they do that now – thus their latest album Kinder Der Sehnsucht breaks some traditional genre borders. Stoic guitars, chilling electro-parts, and brutal lyrics mix perfectly with light punk rock and Deutschrock elements added to the hard…

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IRON SAVIOR – Kill Or Get Killed (March 8, 2019)

IRON SAVIOR – Kill Or Get Killed (March 8, 2019)

“Born in the twilight to conquer them all, to take what it needs to survive, kill or get killed, domination or fall, the only way to survive: to kill them all.” In 2019 finally, the time has come to turn over a new leaf, the Hanseatic Metal-Institution will unleash the martial titled album Kill Or Get Killed with ten brand new killer songs on an unsuspected world. The fact that the artwork and the lyrics…

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DANKO JONES – A Rock Supreme (April 26, 2019)

DANKO JONES – A Rock Supreme (April 26, 2019)

It’s long been clear that the Canadian hard rock trio Danko Jones lives and breathes – and even sweats and bleeds – rock n’ roll. The group’s namesake frontman loves to talk about it (check out his long-running The Official Danko Jones Podcast for proof); he loves to write about it (as his new book, I’ve Got Something To Say: 10 Years of Rock and Roll Ramblings, pointedly captures); and he loves to sing about it,…

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE – The Eighth Mountian (22 February, 2019)

RHAPSODY OF FIRE – The Eighth Mountian (22 February, 2019)

Rhapsody Of Fire hold a special position in the exciting and multi-faceted world of heavy metal. Like few other acts, the band from Italy stands for anthemic symphonic metal presented with lots of speed, great pathos and technical refinement. Another characteristic that the band’s fans love is that at the beginning of their career in particular (at the time still under the shorter moniker of Rhapsody), their songs presented a mythical, album-transcending saga. Who doesn’t…

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HERMAN FRANK – Fight the Fear (February 8, 2019)

HERMAN FRANK – Fight the Fear (February 8, 2019)

Introducing heavy metal veteran Herman Frank to the crowd is just as meaningless as carrying coals to Newcastle. (One for our UK readers, there). The guitarist has been an integral part of the German metal scene since the early 80s. From Accept to Victory to his solo project started in 2009 and his work as a producer, the Hanoverian has proved a recipe for uncompromising heavy metal. With the first three albums Loyal To None, Right In The…

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – The End of Chaos (January 18, 2019)

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – The End of Chaos (January 18, 2019)

“Hell no!”, Flotsam And Jetsam’s master behind the microphone Eric “A.K.” Knutson exclaimed when asked if this was the band’s final swing of the axe! The End Of Chaos, out January 18, 2019, via AFM Records, certainly could be construed that way title-wise. But what do you do when you unleash arguably the finest hour in your 30-plus year career (2016’s genius Flotsam And Jetsam)? You head back to the dark n’ dusty garage to keep…

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