THE NIGHTMARE STAGE – When the Curtain Closes (April 26, 2019)

THE NIGHTMARE STAGE – When the Curtain Closes (April 26, 2019)

The release date of the of the new album, When The Curtain Closes, by the US prog/power metal band The Nightmare Stage on CD is April 26th, 2019. The pre-order phase will start on April 12th, 2019 in the Pure Steel Records webshop. New York’s The Nightmare Stage are new to the Pure Steel catalog but already had previously released an independent debut album called Free Admission For The Damned in 2010. When The Curtain Closes is the second work…

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WRETCH – Man or Machine (March 15, 2019)

WRETCH – Man or Machine (March 15, 2019)

The release date of the of the new album Man Or Machine by the US metal band Wretch is March 15, 2019. The album will also be released in a limited edition of 300 black copies and insert on vinyl. It’s already the third album in just four and a half years and with Man Or Machine, Cleveland’s cult act continues its most productive career collaboration with Pure Steel Records. Of course, every fan who already appreciated the…

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THE FILTH HOUNDS – Hair of the hound? (October 26, 2018)

THE FILTH HOUNDS – Hair of the hound? (October 26, 2018)

The release date of the of the new album, Hair Of The Hound? by the British hard rock/metal band The Filth Hounds on CD is October 26, 2018. The album will be released via Pure Steel Publishing. The songwriting, the vocals, the playing, the total feeling … is all 1981. If somebody tells you this was a hidden treasure from a rare album made in that great times I am sure you will believe it.  This is…

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VANDALLUS – Bad Disease (Album Review)

VANDALLUS – Bad Disease (Album Review)

Although the initial offering from Ohio’s Vandallus arrived in 2016, the band was unknown to me. That debut release, On The High Side, delivered by High Roller Records, completely slipped me by. Perhaps even more notable is that Vandallus contain members of thrash band Midnight. From Midnight, Shaun Vanek (guitars and vocals), and Steve Dukuslow (drums) hold down Vandallus as well. Rounding out the Vandallus camp is Jason Vanek (vocals, guitar), with Tyler Harvey (Deadiron)…

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SPARTAN WARRIOR – Hell to Pay (Album Review)

SPARTAN WARRIOR – Hell to Pay (Album Review)

Behold the warrior! Spartan Warrior! Blasting from Great Britain, Spartan Warrior was a part of the NWOBHM movement issuing their first album, Steel n’ Chains, in 1983. The band consisted of Dave Wilkinson (vocals), Neil Wilkinson (guitar), Tom Spencer (bass), Gordon Webster (drums) and Paul Swaddle (guitar). 1984 saw their self-titled sophomore effort hitting shelves. Back then it really was shelves, nowadays I have to say hitting computer screens. Both releases acquired critical acclaim but tensions…

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VESCERA – Beyond the Fight (Album Review)

VESCERA – Beyond the Fight (Album Review)

Vocalist Michael Vescera has inked a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The Vescera name should be familiar to many from the late 80’s/early 90’s Loudness area, specifically the Soldier of Fortune and On The Prowl albums. If not there, how about Yngwie Malmsteen‘s mid 90’s The Seventh Sign or Magnum Opus albums? Or any number of other projects including his own MVP (Mike Vescera Project). Michael Vescera also lent his talents to Italian band Bastian…

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SUNLESS SKY – Doppelganger (April 7, 2017)

SUNLESS SKY – Doppelganger (April 7, 2017)

Cleveland metallers Sunless Sky are set to release new album Doppelgänger on CD April 7th, 2017. The pre-order phase will start on March 24th, 2017 online. Sunless Sky featuring Juan Ricardo (vocals), Curran Murphy (lead guitars) Kevin Czarnecki (bass/rhythm guitars), and Coltin Rady (drums) release their second album Doppelgänger. This incredible metal band offers us a masterpiece American power metal!  Juan Ricardo’s vocal power is also showcased on the upcoming spring 2017 release from Wretch entitled The Hunt….

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WRETCH – The Hunt (Album Review)

WRETCH – The Hunt (Album Review)

It appears that Wretch is a popular band name in the US. We have Wretch from Indianapolis, who purvey doom metal and Wretch from South Carolina who give us goth/black metal. However, we are to concentrate today on Wretch from Cleveland, Ohio, who specialize in power metal, which I must say I prefer. The band formed in 1984 and the Hunt, which is out February 24 on Pure Steel Records, is their third full-length album…

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TRAUMA at the 70000 Tons Of Metal Festival with New LINE-UP (News)

TRAUMA at the 70000 Tons Of Metal Festival with New LINE-UP (News)

The US Band TRAUMA will be live on stage at 70000 Tons Of Metal Festival 2017. The Festival is from 2nd February to 6th February 2017. 60 bands on 1 cruise ship. Tickets are available at www.70000tons.com. TRAUMA drummer Kris Gustofson stated: “Trauma is delighted and honored to be playing on the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise with some of the best bands in Metal. This is going to be a blast and we look…

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WRETCH – The Hunt (February 24, 2017)

WRETCH – The Hunt (February 24, 2017)

US power/thrash metal act Wretch are pioneers of their local Cleveland metal scene and have since forged ahead to become an internationally recognized force of powerful melodic metal with festival performances in Germany and Greece. Prepare for the band’s latest release, The Hunt, which promises to be a shredding masterpiece that will appeal to fans of Primal Fear, Iced Earth, Helloween and Iron Maiden. . The first album to feature new singer Juan Ricardo who has a voice…

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