TRAITORS GATE – Fallen (Album Review)

TRAITORS GATE – Fallen (Album Review)

I was excited to see this album promo arrive in my media download pool. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to spin it right away and it got put aside and forgotten with the travel of two weeks, two festivals in Sweden. The album was released by No Remorse Records on May 25, 2018. I present a wicked slab of NWOBHM with TRAITORS GATE – Fallen. TRAITORS GATE – History The band formed in the…

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EVIL-LŸN – Disciple Of Steel (Album Review)

EVIL-LŸN – Disciple Of Steel (Album Review)

EVIL-LŸN – Disciple Of Steel. That have any other folks thinking of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe? C’mon, what 10-year-old boy didn’t watch that classic cartoon? But we are of course talking about a metal band and not cartoon here on Decibel Geek. I could not discern if the band is actually named with that character in mind, but it could possibly be her depicted in the intricate cover art. In any case,…

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MEDEN AGAN – Catharsis (Album Review)

MEDEN AGAN – Catharsis (Album Review)

Catharsis is the fourth album by symphonic rockers Meden Agan (apparently in English this translates as “nothing in excess”) from Athens in Greece. Formed originally in Paris by guitarist Diman Koutsoglannopoulos way back in 2005 with their first album coming two years later. After a delay of six years and a move back to Greece, he reset the band up again and they released a second album.  The third album came out in 2015 and this latest…

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IRON GYPSY – Iron Gypsy (Album Review)

IRON GYPSY – Iron Gypsy (Album Review)

Do you want refinement? Forget it. Intricacy? Nah. Sophistication? Ram it. If you want straight-up, balls-out, head-banging hard rock, then sign here. Iron Gypsy did their thing back in the 1980’s but unfortunately did not attain the popularity of fellow Canadians Anvil and Triumph, never mind megastars Rush. The band’s line-up was very unstable and inconsistent with logistics and personality issues hindering any real progress that may have been achieved. Jim “Wickley” Mark (vocals, guitar)…

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HITTMAN – Hittman (Album Review)

HITTMAN – Hittman (Album Review)

Contrary to popular belief, 1988 was a great year for rock and metal. Releases included …..And Justice For All (Metallica), Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (Iron Maiden) Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt II (Helloween) and Kings of Metal (Manowar) to name but a few, not to mention New Jersey (Bon Jovi). With all these big hitters on show, it’s not too difficult to see how Hittman and their self-titled debut slipped through the…

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HEAVY LOAD – Stronger Than Evil (January 28, 2018)

HEAVY LOAD – Stronger Than Evil (January 28, 2018)

Heavy Load is widely held as the band that started the whole Swedish heavy metal wave with their first album in 1978. In addition, they are regarded as the first Viking Metal band in the world. Heavy Load was founded in the depths of midwinter 1974-75 by the two brothers Ragne Wahlquist (vocals, keyboard, and guitar) and Styrbjörn Wahlquist (vocals and drums). The brothers’ vision has always been the core of what Heavy Load was all…

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HITTMAN – Hittman (Reissue October 31, 2017)

HITTMAN – Hittman (Reissue October 31, 2017)

NY metal band Hittman, will be re-issuing their classic debut, self titled album on No Remorse Records on October 31, 2017, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of it’s release in 1988. Also included as bonus material, will be the original 1985 demo, remixed and remastered faithfully to the original, making this the first time it will have been released officially in the digital medium – a real treat for fans who have most…

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AMKEN – Theater of the Absurd (Album Review)

AMKEN – Theater of the Absurd (Album Review)

If, like me, you thought the only things that came out of Greece were ouzo, Archimedes and the ferry to Lesbos then you will be surprised to learn of Amken, who have just released their first full-length album which follows up 2014’s Adrenaline Shot EP. Theater of the Absurd is out on No Remorse Records and is the thrashiest of thrash metal imaginable, although with vocals more out of the death metal genre. The quartet…

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RESISTANCE – Metal Machine (Album Review)

RESISTANCE – Metal Machine (Album Review)

June 27, 2017, saw No Remorse Records issue Metal Machine, the latest from Resistance. Coming to fruition in the millennium year of 2000, Resistance hail from Los Angeles, California. Signing with Finland’s Lion Music in 2004 saw their debut album, Lies In Black, hit stores the same year. What has been described as a conceptual masterpiece, Patents Of Control followed in 2007 before Resistance would fall silent for eight years. Returning in 2015 they issued an EP…

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ASCALON – Reflections (Album Review)

ASCALON – Reflections (Album Review)

Heavy metal newcomers Ascalon have introduced themselves to the world by unleashing this scorching debut, Reflections. Out on No Remorse Records, this is a fine album by the band from Manchester in the north of England. The sound of this album is the bastard lovechild of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and more up to date modern metal. Indeed, the album artwork has a definite NWOBHM look about it. Reflections is solid as a…

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