DARK AGE – The Studio Albums (Retrospective)

DARK AGE – The Studio Albums (Retrospective)

Germany’s finest Death Metal band, Dark Age, have flown under the wire.  We salute these heroes with an introduction and subsequent review of all their studio albums to date.  Currently on hiatus, their last two albums were released by AFM Records. WHO ARE DARK AGE? In 1994, Eike Freese (vocals/guitar), André Schumann (drums) and Oliver Fliegel (bass) formed a Death Metal band called Dyer’s Eve in Germany. One year later, the name was changed to…

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GAMA BOMB – Speed Between the Lines (Album Review)

GAMA BOMB – Speed Between the Lines (Album Review)

If you like your rock mid-paced, toe tapping and mellow, look away now. Speed Between the Lines is the classic-est (is that even a word?) of classic thrash metal, hailing back to the genre’s pomp of the mid-80’s. Gama Bomb have been in this racket for 16 years and Speed Between the Lines represents the band’s sixth studio album. From the opening refrains of “Give Me Leather” to the final wails of “Facemelter” you are…

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BRAINSTORM – Midnight Ghost (Album Review)

BRAINSTORM – Midnight Ghost (Album Review)

BRAINSTORM – Bio Brainstorm were founded in Germany in 1989 by Torsten Ihlenfeld, Milan Loncaric and drummer Dieter Bernert. The first years saw the band build a solid groundwork with several demo releases and live appearances. In 1997, Brainstorm signed their first record deal.  The self-produced Hungry album was released and a year later the band was back in the studio to record their second album Unholy. A European tour with Iced Earth followed before…

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MANIMAL – Purgatorio (Album Review)

MANIMAL – Purgatorio (Album Review)

MANIMAL – Bio Since their formation in 2001, Manimal from Gothenburg have eaten the dreams of starving Metal fans and produced outstanding albums The Darkest Room (2009) and Trapped In The Shadows (2015). They are a literate band, full of deep thoughts and emotional transparency.  No Fake News for these guys – they speak the truth and truth is their power. I was touched when I spoke to lead singer Sam Nyman in 2016, when…

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HELION PRIME – Interview with Jason Ashcraft (Interview)

HELION PRIME – Interview with Jason Ashcraft (Interview)

As AFM Records‘ very own Helion Prime have the imminent release of their sophomore album, Terror of the Cybernetic Monster (check out the Decibel Geek review here), we were lucky enough to pin down band leader/founding member/guitarist Jason Ashcraft to quiz him on the album, line-up changes and influences. Decibel Geek: Your music is based on ‘science fact’, what first triggered your interest in science? Jason Ashcraft: I have always showed an interest in science and primarily with space, but my peek interest began in my…

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GAMA BOMB – Speed Between the Lines (October 12, 2018)

GAMA BOMB – Speed Between the Lines (October 12, 2018)

In a landscape of identikit thrash bands Gama Bomb have always stood out. Unapologetically Irish, with lyrics mixing humour and social commentary and a reputation for legendary beer-soaked stage shows, they’ve never made a secret of enjoying what they do. Gama Bomb formed in 2002, bonding over a shared love of retro comics, movies and old thrash metal cassettes. Now in their sixteenth year, thrash metal’s arch-geeks return with their sixth studio album Speed Between The Lines,…

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U.D.O. – Steelfactory (Album Review)

U.D.O. – Steelfactory (Album Review)

Udo Dirkschneider has been delivering quality heavy metal for over 40 years. Beginning his career with Speed Metal forefathers, Accept he fronted the band for seven classic releases. In 1987 Dirkschneider departed Accept beginning a successful solo career and has issued an immense catalog of music under the U.D.O. banner. Returning briefly in the 90’s for a three-album stint, he again broke out under the U.D.O. banner. Tiring of the Accept material, he embarked on…

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HELION PRIME – Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster (Album Review)

HELION PRIME – Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster (Album Review)

You can tell straight away by the album’s title that Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster is not your run of the mill heavy metal album. No mentions of wild nights on the booze, the devil doesn’t get a look in and not one nod to sexual conquests. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, you understand, they’re the staples on which all rock n roll music has been built, it’s just that Jason Ashcraft…

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CRYSTAL VIPER – At The Edge Of Time (EP Review)

CRYSTAL VIPER – At The Edge Of Time (EP Review)

Polish heavy metallers Crystal Viper don’t let the grass grow under their feet. Having released the acclaimed Queen of the Witches in 2017 (read the Decibel Geek review here) the band returned in June with the At The Edge Of Time EP. Is it a case of keeping Crystal Viper fresh in the mind? Or the simple fact that they just love recording and performing? Indeed, does it matter? I think not. Crystal Viper, lead…

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AFM RECORDS Decibel Geek Takeover (Feature)

AFM RECORDS Decibel Geek Takeover (Feature)

As one of the premier record labels issuing rock and metal, AFM Records has been in the game for over 20 years. Many great names have been a part of their roster throughout the years. And today AFM continues to release some of the top names in metal. Starting at a time when music was at its darkest in North America, Andreas Allendörfer and Axel Fischer formed AFM in 1996. Based in Schwalmstadt, Germany, the…

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