U.D.O. – Steelfactory (August 31, 2018)

U.D.O. – Steelfactory (August 31, 2018)

After more than 40 years in the business and with a renowned breakthrough in the early 80’s with Accept behind him, as well as several million records sold worldwide, Udo Dirkschneider from Solingen/Wuppertal, Germany, is one of the biggest rock legends in the business.U.D.O. has enjoyed well over two decades in the spotlight. Regardless of changes in the metal scene or the U.D.O line-up, the band has never deviated from Dirkschneider’s vision of serving up traditional…

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HELION PRIME – Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster (August 31, 2018)

HELION PRIME – Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster (August 31, 2018)

Helion Prime and their mascot – the mighty Saibot – return with their sophomore effort Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster on August 31st, 2018. The album consists of nine brand new tracks – with the seventeen-minute monster title song marking a stunning finale. The Sacramento (California) based power metal band’s new piece of work was mixed and mastered at LSD Studio by Lasse Lammert (known for his work with bands like Alestorm and Gloryhammer). Helion…

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CRYSTAL VIPER – At The Edge Of Time EP (June 29, 2018)

CRYSTAL VIPER – At The Edge Of Time EP (June 29, 2018)

Crystal Viper‘s latest studio album Queen Of The Witches is still hot, (Check out the Decibel Geek review here) but the band has wasted no time and strikes back with a special, limited edition EP entitled At The Edge Of Time, which will be released on June 29, on AFM Records. The effort, which will be available as a 10″ vinyl (!) and digital download, includes 5 new recordings: 3 brand new Crystal Viper songs (the…

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ROSS THE BOSS – Rockpile Toronto (Concert Review)

ROSS THE BOSS – Rockpile Toronto (Concert Review)

This is a bit of an elusive event for me. Knowing the day I had laid out before the concert, I expected I may not make it. For the second time. I was on target to see ROSS THE BOSS at Legions of Metal in May of 2017. That day didn’t pan out either and I departed the venue prior to his headlining set. Never the less I find myself on the Toronto subway heading…

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BOREALIS – The Offering (March 23, 2018)

BOREALIS – The Offering (March 23, 2018)

Young Canadian melodic metallers Borealis are returning March 23, 2018, with their fourth studio album called The Offering, via AFM Records. Check out a track from the new album below. Although Canada might not be the first country one would think of when it comes to high-class melodic metal Borealis once again prove their potential with strong melodies, tasteful instrumentations and their very own blend of modern metal riffs, classic power metal, and progressive elements. Despite being a…

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ROSS THE BOSS – By Blood Sworn (April 20, 2018)

ROSS THE BOSS – By Blood Sworn (April 20, 2018)

Guitarist Ross the Boss’ stature in the history of hard rock and heavy metal has been well-solidified for decades by this point, with a resume including some of the most influential and hardest-hitting bands of all-time, particularly the Dictators and Manowar. And yet  he continues to rock – as a member of the group DeathDealer, and also, as the leader of his own solo outfit, which has issued such stellar releases as Hailstorm, New Metal…

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DIRKSCHNEIDER – Back To The Roots Part 2 Tour Back To Back Toronto/Ottawa!

DIRKSCHNEIDER – Back To The Roots Part 2 Tour Back To Back Toronto/Ottawa!

On April 6, 1952, 65 years ago a man was born. This man would become a stalwart figure in heavy metal. Udo Dirkschneider rose to the metalhead’s eyes and ears as frontman for the 1970s formed German band Accept. The band impressed audiences and issued a six-album catalog before Udo departed in 1987 to form his solo project U.D.O. a few years later Dirkschneider returned to Accept for a three album package in the mid-90s…

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GUS G – Fearless (April 20, 2018)

GUS G – Fearless (April 20, 2018)

Highly acclaimed guitarist Gus G is set to release his new album, titled Fearless, on April 20th, 2018. Fearless is the successor to 2015’s Brand New Revolution and marks the Firewind mastermind’s first release since exiting Ozzy Osbourne’s band in 2017. Available via AFM Records as CD, digipak, limited colored vinyl and super limited (100 units only!) exclusive white/blue splatter vinyl! On Fearless Gus joins forces with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69/Unisonic) and drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence,…

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BONFIRE – Temple of Lies (April 13, 2018)

BONFIRE – Temple of Lies (April 13, 2018)

Bonfire has announced they are set to release new album Temple Of Lies on April 13th via AFM Records. Few German rock acts can look back at as long and successful a career as Bonfire. Counting their predecessor – a group called Cacumen, which was also founded by Hans Ziller and featured more or less the same line-up – the band has been around since 1972, has operated under its current moniker since 1986 and…

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LEAVES’ EYES – Sign Of The Dragonhead (Album Review)

LEAVES’ EYES – Sign Of The Dragonhead (Album Review)

Leaves’ Eyes was formed in 2003 by Norwegian vocalist Liv Kristine and German singer Alexander Krull. I would describe the band as symphonic metal with a taste of Viking/Pagan/Celtic and folk. In 2018 they will release their seventh studio album, Sign Of The Dragonhead, their first with new singer Elina Siirala who joined in early 2016 after the departure of founding member Kristine. I have been lucky enough to get my hands on an early…

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