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Hell's Chopper-First Ride

Self-Release/Independent 2014 Motorbikes, half naked dancers, alcohol, endless nights, sweat and Rock ‘n’ Roll this is Hell's Chopper! That's what came packaged with this promo. While I do appreciate that description it didn't give me much to go on when it comes to this heavy metal act. Show More Summary

Protokult-No Beer In Heaven

Self-Release/Independent 2014 Calling Toronto, Ontario home ( even if we are talking about a group with Polish, Irish, Russian and Czech members!) we have the band Protokult and their (horrific prophesy masquerading as an album title) release "No Beer In Heaven". Show More Summary

Tiptoe Through the Corpses

We didn't know we wanted this until we saw it. via Metal Injection

Inside The Hole-Impressions

Logic(ic)illogic Records 2014Inside The Hole is a Sicilian power-trio lead by vocalist/guitarist Roy Zappia. Formed in late 2009 this hard rock/blues rock band released the self-produced album "Beer! Sex!..and Fuckin' Roll" in 2011. "Impressions" is "Beer! Sex!..and Fuckin' Roll" after it was "touched up some". Show More Summary

The Fireflies-The Fireflies

Self-Release/Independent 2014 Harry Shearer (lead vocals, guitars) and Luca Serino (guitars) are The Fireflies and this charming London-based duo might just represents one of pop rocks best-kept secrets. That might sound like a boldShow More Summary

Sunken Monkey-Party Scars

Bumface Records 2014 Self-described as "pop punk/alternative/rock" and first formed in the early "noughties" (something which makes a tad more sense once you've danced around a bit to the music of these foul-mouth rockers!) we have Lancashire, England's Sunken Monkey and their upcoming new album, "Party Scars". Show More Summary

Ear Danger-Warrior Soul

Emanes Metal Records 2014 When it comes to my love of Dutch heavy metal band Ear Danger and their new sophomore recording I feel the need to thank a fellow blogger and friend for guiding me their way. That individual happens to have a sensation site which everyone should check out here: http://strappadometalblog.blogspot.com/#axzz37jnrjpa8. Show More Summary

Gautama-All Is Silence

Bigsound-NC 2014 Independently released at the tale end of October of last year (which sure makes it look as if the band has since been picked up by Bigsound-NC), "All Is Silence" is the full-length debut album from New Caledonia-based Gautama. Show More Summary

Wolves In The Throne Room at the Echoplex

Atmospheric and flawless. My official review of the show can be found, as usual, here at About.com Heavy Metal. I arrived at the Echoplex to catch most of Volahn's set, but I was not able to squeeze in to get close shots. Volahn were...Show More Summary

Gautama-All Is Silence

Bigsound-NC 2014 Independently released at the tale end of October of last year, "All Is Silence" is the debut album from New Caledonia-based Gautama. Influenced by the likes of Sepultura, Lamb Of God and Pantera this female-frontedShow More Summary

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

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