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Seven Sisters-The Warden

Self-Release/Independent 2014 The answer is obvious enough, but when the magic and the mystery of N.W.O.B.H.M. movement still swirls around your hometown then is it any wonder that (time and time again) we (the heavy metal communityShow More Summary

Nothgard-Age Of Pandora

Trollzorn Records 2014 It has it's perks. Being a writer for this blog that is. Here we have Germany's Nothgard who are another new (as in new to me) band for which I have a PR friend to thank. This tech-minded, Deggendorf, Bavaria-based...Show More Summary

SouLost-"Without Me" Single (Sneak peak of the EP "The Way I Feel Pt. 2")

I've always said that when it comes to writing for this blog I'm very fortunate in the fact that I get to hear a lot of cool up and coming new bands. And it certainly helps that I have a wonderful group of friends who work within the industry. Show More Summary

Deceptic-The Artifact

Dead End Exit Records 2014 Their Facebook page describes their own sound as " Modern Melodic Progressive Metal ". That's sort of a catch all description right? That's Göteborg, Sweden's Deceptic for you. What began in the "early and cold coast of Gothenburg" in the year of 2011 has slowly transformed into the band that stands before you now. Show More Summary

Sargeist, Nightbringer, and Ritual Combat at the Black Castle

The mid-July temperatures are soaring in Southern California, and what better way to celebrate than to trek down to the Black Castle, swelter in the heat, and witness Sargeist and Nightbringer hit the stage. I also made it in time to catch Ritual Combat. Show More Summary

The Black Rain-Water Shape

Atomic Stuff Records 2014 Pure energy. No, we're not talking about that oft-repeated bit from Information Society's catchy "What's On Your Mind". Instead we're going to talk about the Italian band The Black Rain who, despite being born in Bologna in 2002, didn't grow into a proper band until 2010. Show More Summary

Sargeist

Brief iPhone clip. Sargeist at the Black Castle in Los Angeles. July 11th, 2014. Subscribe in a reader

Ministry-Last Tangle In Paris Live 2012

UDR 2014 Chances are that most of our readers (if not all) are familiar with Ministry. First formed in 1981, with their 1983 debut album, "With Sympathy", showcasing a pop-oriented/synth-driven new wave sound (of which the danceableShow More Summary

Tor Marrock-Destroy The Soul

Black Vulture Records 2013 Cellar Metal? That's a new one. But, that is exactly how West Wales' one and only Tor Marrock refers to their sound and on "Destroy The Soul" (their second full-length LP since first forming in 2005) it's sort...Show More Summary

Bjarm-Imminence

Fono Ltd. 2014 Strangely it has been more than a bit of a struggle getting this review transferred from my thoughts and onto the written page. That's by no means a fault of this Russian band or their music. No, it actually has more to do with trying to get all of the proper notes about this band typed out in a somewhat reasonably fashion. Show More Summary

Disparager-Timeless, Ageless

Self-Release 2014 Only a year old now, Brooklyn, New York’s Disparager offer up their first studio piece with "Timeless, Ageless". The band's debut EP was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane, H2O, American...Show More Summary

Mandrágora-First Attack

Inkas Noise Records 2014 There's a good reason why you should always check through your junk folder before you do a mass dump. This 7" EP from female-fronted traditional heavy metal act Mandrágora almost slipped past me as it (mistakenly) ended up in my junk folder. Show More Summary

Free Metal Monday: Heaven and Hell Records-Over the Top

So far this summer has proven to be more of a distraction then expected. As such I have not been posting as often as usually. I'm hoping that this week might change all of that and to prove that my heart is still in the right place I present this free 21 Song Digital Sampler from the cool folks over at Heaven and Hell Records. Show More Summary

Shaved Women-Just Death

Ektro Records 2014 When it comes to punk rock are you as disillusioned as I am? Are you tired of hearing all the hype about some great new punk band only to find out that they are about as punk rock as your crazy uncle Bernie? If so then let's sit down and talk about this four-year old, four-piece band. Show More Summary

Darker Half-Never Surrender

Self-Release/Independent 2014 Though it might just be my first taste of this Sydney, Australia-based quartet, "Never Surrender" is actually album number three for Darker Half. Formed in 2003 (with a debut demo entitled "Rush" arriving...Show More Summary

Psyyke-1983 - 1985

Svart Records 2014 Don't fret if the name doesn't ring any bells. Finland's Psyyke are an obscure bunch. Or at least outside of their home country. And seeing as this vinyl only release is limited to only 500 copies that bit isn't likely to change anytime soon. Show More Summary

Interview with Etta Zero

Hailing from the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, Etta Zero first graced these pages a little over a month ago courtesy of their (recommended) full-length endeavor "The Last Of All Sunsets". Combining elements of heavy rock, groove...Show More Summary

Ronny Munroe-Electric Wake

Rat Pak Records 2014 As heavy metal fans should already known Ronny Munroe is the lead vocalist of Metal Church. And of course Metal Church just released the solid "Generation Nothing" last year. Outside of his duties with said classic...Show More Summary

Bones To Bury-Arising Voice

Duality Records 2014 Bones To Bury are a young melodic metalcore band. Not just in the sense that they're relatively new to the scene (early in August of 2013 per the all-too brief bio), but also age-wise. Just look at the picture of...Show More Summary

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