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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BONFIRE – Legends (Album Review)

BONFIRE – Legends (Album Review)

Bonfire already released an album in 2018 – April’s Temple of Lies – so I was surprised to learn they had a second album to release this year. Decibel Geek didn’t post a review of Temple of Lies, but in short, with the only original member (and owner of the Bonfire name) Hans Ziller and new(ish) singer Alexx Stahl, the band continues to deliver melodic hard rock with solid musicianship and Stahl’s strong (and high octave!) voice….

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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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ARION – Life Is Not Beautiful (October 19, 2018)

ARION – Life Is Not Beautiful (October 19, 2018)

Finnish symphonic metallers Arion release their new album ‘Life Is Not Beautiful‘ on 19th October via AFM Records. The idea for Arion was hatched in the fall of 2011 in the famed music school Sibelius Lukio in Helsinki, where drummer Topias Kupiainen and keyboardist Arttu Vauhkonen got together with guitar whiz kid Iivo Kaipainen. In short order, the trio found bass player Georgi Velinov and vocalist Viljami Holopainen to round out the band. Musically astonishingly accomplished, the newcomers raised…

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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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