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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EVERGREY – The Atlantic (January 25, 2019)

EVERGREY – The Atlantic (January 25, 2019)

In a music scene that has threatened to become increasingly trivial and contourless for a number of years, Evergrey are the (exceedingly ambitioned) silver lining on the horizon. Since 1993, the Swedish group surrounding frontman/songwriter Tom S. Englund has been synonymous with technically and compositionally outstanding standards, combined with lyrics and messages which go way beyond pure rock’n’roll prose. Their latest album release The Atlantic sees the five band members Englund, Henrik Danhage (guitar), Johan…

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BILLY BIO – Feed the Fire (November 30, 2018)

BILLY BIO – Feed the Fire (November 30, 2018)

Billy Graziadei, otherwise known as BillyBio from Biohazard and Powerflo, has announced his first solo release, on AFM Records.  Feed The Fire will be available November 30, 2018. “With BillyBio, it’s 100% me. No influence from anyone else. This is who I am and what I’ve become. I’m a product of everyone I’ve met, talked with, shared my stories with…and a bit of their stories as well,” says Billy Graziadei. Music has always been the central, unifying force in Billy Graziadei’s life. Early…

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BROTHERS OF METAL – Prophecy of Ragnorak (November 16 2018)

BROTHERS OF METAL – Prophecy of Ragnorak (November 16 2018)

A new band like Sweden’s heavy/power metallers Brothers of Metal doesn’t cross the music fan’s way very often. In fact, the kind of talent this 8-piece band brings to the table is very rare. But what makes Brothers of Metal so special? Is it their distinctive, striking songwriting, the outstanding vocal delivery, the amazing hooks? Prophecy Of Ragnarök is an outstanding debut album which consists of 14 anthemic, powerful, melodic metal tracks of the highest quality. The album…

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SUIDAKRA – Cimbric Yarns (November 16, 2018)

SUIDAKRA – Cimbric Yarns (November 16, 2018)

After 24 years of band history and 12 studio albums, Suidakra has become a flagship in the Celtic-metal scene. During this time they toured around the globe, played any number of shows, mastermind Arkadius Antonik even spent a week on behalf of the German Goethe Institute to support regional musical projects in India and Suidakra has been the first metal band ever that performed six shows there. Now, on 16th November 2018, they will release their…

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BONFIRE – Legends (October 19, 2018)

BONFIRE – Legends (October 19, 2018)

German rock veterans Bonfire return on October 19, 2018, with a covers album entitled Legends. Available via AFM Records, the album consists of a mammoth 32 tracks. Music is extremely powerful, it has the power to bring back memories. It has the power to take you away from troubles or worries. It can make you feel happy, sad, powerful, rejoiceful or even relaxed. It can put you into a story, be it fact or fictional. It can spark the…

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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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