BLACK STAR RIDERS – Another State Of Grace (Album Review)

BLACK STAR RIDERS – Another State Of Grace (Album Review)

Foreword: Before I start let’s get rid of the elephant in the room. Yes, Black Star Riders feature an ex-member of Thin Lizzy in Scott Gorham who played with them from 1974 right through all the classic albums as well as Ricky Warwick who played in the reformed band until they decided to start writing their own new material in the guise of BSR! Yes, there is a similarity in sound to Lizzy but that should…

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TWILIGHT FORCE – Dawn Of The Dragonstar (Album Review)

TWILIGHT FORCE – Dawn Of The Dragonstar (Album Review)

A Little Background to Twilight Force Twilight Force are a Swedish power/symphonic metal band who have been around since 2011 and have two albums out. Or at least until August 16 when it becomes three with the latest opus Dawn Of The Dragonstar. The band all go by pseudonyms with two of them, Lynd and Blackwald, being original members. They have a new vocalist Allyon who was in Rhapsody for a number of years. The press release…

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DEATH ANGEL – Humanicide (Album Review)

DEATH ANGEL – Humanicide (Album Review)

Death Angel return with their ninth album Humanicide which is also the fourth with the same line up of Mark Osegueda on vocals, Rob Cavestany on lead guitar, Ted Aguiler rhythm, Damien Sisson bass and Will Carroll on drums.  For those who don’t know too much about the band, they formed away back in 1982 in California. They are one of the bands leading the second wave of thrash metal and toured with just about everybody…

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PRISTINE – Road Back To Ruin (Album Review)

PRISTINE – Road Back To Ruin (Album Review)

Norwegian rockers Pristine have returned to the scene with their fifth album, entitled Road Back to Ruin, and what a triumphant return it is. Headed by vocalist Heidi Solheim Pristine have produced an album of variety in pace, power and emotion. The band is completed by Espen Elverum Jacobsen (guitar), Gustav Eidsvik (bass) and Ottar Tøllefsen (drums) and they are a great team. Guests Anders Oskal and Hansi Enzesperger also bring huge influence with their…

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CHILDREN OF BODOM – Hexed (March 8, 2019)

CHILDREN OF BODOM – Hexed (March 8, 2019)

Finland’s melodic death superstars Children of Bodom are proud to the announce the release of their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8, 2019, via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out a track from the album, “This Road” below. Bodom frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho comments: “People have said that the album is generally catchier. So I started thinking about that, perhaps the song structures are easier to grasp on initial listen. But there’s some crazy shit in there, almost progressive or at least…

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PRISTINE – Road Back to Ruin (April 19, 2019)

PRISTINE – Road Back to Ruin (April 19, 2019)

The fifth album by Norwegian rock band Pristine marks a point of evolution as well as diversification in their sound. Heidi Solheim, Tromsö native and driving force behind the band, fuses musical as well as lyrical variety on the eleven songs that are Road Back To Ruin – despite the newly introduced variety this record is still unmistakably Pristine. The album title, Road Back To Ruin, according to the singer, came out of frustration. It’s about social circumstances, in which opinions and…

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ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN – Harbinger (March 29, 2019)

ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN – Harbinger (March 29, 2019)

Canadian metal upstarts Arrival of Autumn will release their second full-length album and Nuclear Blast debut on March 29, 2019. Harbinger was produced and mixed by Jason Suecof (Devildriver, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, Trivium) and mastered by Alan Douches (Darkest Hour, Every Time I Die, Suicide Silence). Check out the first single “The Endless” below. “Harbinger is a warning for all of us to pay attention to what’s going on in the world and improve what we can before it’s too…

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THE VINTAGE CARAVAN – Gateways (Album Review)

THE VINTAGE CARAVAN – Gateways (Album Review)

VINTAGE CARAVAN – Band Background: After a wait of 3 years Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan are back. For those unacquainted with the band, they were formed in 2006 by two 12-year-olds who had a love of classic rock. Only one of them remains to this day in guitarist and vocalist Oskar Logi. They are keeping with the one-word album titles again (the last 2 were called “Voyage” and “Arrival”) in “Gateways”. Anyone who loves…

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COLD SNAP – All Our Sins – (Album Review)

COLD SNAP – All Our Sins – (Album Review)

The Story So Far Cold Snap are a 6 piece metal band from Croatia who have been around for about 15 years. However, it is only recently that they seem to be getting noticed in different parts of the globe. July 6, 2018, sees the release of their fourth album and the third to be produced by Tue Madsen from Denmark who has also worked with bands such as Madball, At The Gates and Meshuggah…

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THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough (Album Review)

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough (Album Review)

The story so far…. The Night Flight Orchestra (NFO for short) are what happens when members of various metal bands in Sweden decide to have a bit of fun. Founded by 2 members of Soilwork (Bjorn Strid vocals and David Andersson guitar) back in 2007 due to an idea they had whilst in the US. As they were driving the many miles between shows they tried to put together the perfect rock soundtrack for the…

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