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Killin’ Kind-Dying Earth

Underground Symphony. 2016 Four-piece heavy/power metal band Killin' Kind comes from Novara, Piedmont (Italy) and they are lead by singer and guitarist Tito. Despite forming all the way back in 1996, "Dying Earth" is (for some strange reason) only the second album that this talented Italian band has ever put out. Show More Summary


Gates of Hell Records 2016 Active since 2011 and fronted by a lead vocalist named Nightmare, Gravebreaker is a three-piece band from Gothenburg that (lyrically & musically) seems to live and die by the sword of eighties heavy metal.Show More Summary

The Press Gang-Medusa 5

Wiener Dog Records2016Formed by lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Colin McCulloch, The Press Gang is a eleven year old band from Calgary, Alberta that has four full-length albums and one 7-track EP to it's name. The group's latest recording is the 10-track "Medusa 5" and it was released back in late October of 2016. Show More Summary

Windshades-Crucified Dreams

Atomic Stuff Productions 2016 Active since mid-2015, Italy's Windshades just released it's first official recording, "Crucified Dreams", this past November. It is a (digital only) three-track EP that combines the opera-like voice of lead singer Chiara Manzoli with elements of hard rock, melodic metal, and guitar-driven traditional heavy metal. Show More Summary

Free Metal Monday: Hellthrasher Productions-2016 Digital Sampler

Hellthrasher Productions 2016 Poland's Hellthrasher Productions has released a free digital sampler. It is available as a name-your-price download by clicking here and it features the following songs: 1. Gjendød - Evig Svart Røyk 2. Serpents Lair - Circumambulating the Stillborn 3. Show More Summary

Saturday Singles: Rockstar Frame-"Dark Necessities" (Red Hot Chili Peppers cover)

Rockstar Frame is a hard & heavy rock band from Italy that is fronted by lead singer Faith Blurry. I had high praise for the band's debut album "Rock 'N' Roll Mafia" and I expect more of the same when this group releases it's sophomore album, "Bullet For Birthday", in March. Show More Summary

Saturday Singles: The Aftershow-"Kilmister"

Afterlife Music Publishing 2016 The Aftershow is a ( killer ) new heavy rock/hard rock project from Roxy & Maxine Petrucci. Their debut single, "Kilmister", just came out on December 28th and it finds Roxy (drums) and Maxine (guitar) joined by vocalist Mark Slaughter (Slaughter) and bassist Michael Pisculli. Show More Summary

Inconvenience Store-Kallisti (or Goodbye To The One You Knew Before I Found Him and Had To Let Him Go?.?)

Self-Release/Independent 2016 Needham, Massachusetts' experimental band Inconvenience Store has been around in one form or another since late 2011. It doesn't happen very often, but interestingly enough this was a band that I had Interviewed before ever hearing any of it's music. Show More Summary

R.I.P.-In the Wind

Self-Released/Independent 2016 Originally released back on March 14th, 2016 on vinyl courtesy of Totem Cat Records, "In the Wind" is the full-length debut from Portland, Oregon's R.I.P. It looks as if it was just released on digitalShow More Summary

Static Tension-Out of Reach

Buried By Sky Records 2017 The brainchild of lead guitarist Greg Blachman, Static Tension is a four-piece band from Cincinnati, Ohio that competently answers the age old question as to what Alice In Chains would sound like if they added more progressive metal elements to the mix. Show More Summary

Deathblow-Demolition Deployment

Self-Release/Independent2016Deathblow is a wicked as fk four-piece band from Salt Lake City, Utah that combines all of the best elements of death metal metal and thrash into one kick ass package. "Demolition Deployment" is the group's...Show More Summary

Free Metal Monday: Pitch Black Records-2016 Sampler

Pitch black Records2016 Pitch Black Records is offering a free 2016 sampler at the following location. It includes two tracks from each PBR release of 2016 (16 tracks total).

Interview with Steel Messiah' member Marius Röntgen

Steel Messiah is a German heavy metal band whose killer debut EP, "Of Laser and Lightning", was previously reviewed. Now I'd like to present a interview that I recently conducted with band member Marius Röntgen. Andy-Would you please introduce yourself and tell me how Steel Messiah first came together. Show More Summary

Goodnight Tonight-Parasites

Self-Release/Independent2016 Goodnight Tonight is a multi-award winning melodic rock/alternative rock band from Kent, Ohio that is lead by skilled guitarist/vocalist Emily Gambone. Active since 2013 (and originally known as Noize from the Basement), Goodnight Tonight has now released three highly-regarded EPs in it's short time together. Show More Summary

Free Metal Monday: Asher Media Relations-Happy Metal Annihilation Vol.6

This free compilation comes courtesy of the awesome folks over at Asher Media Relations. At nearly four hours in length(!), "Happy Metal Annihilation Vol.6" features a grand total of 50 tracks and it is comprised entirely of bands that Asher Media worked with in 2016! Enjoy!!

Free Metal Monday: Online Metal Promo & Silk and Steel Power Hour Compilation

Today's Free Metal Monday offering came with the following e-mail information:ONLINE METAL PROMO and the SILK AND STEEL POWER HOUR radio show (USA) are proud to offer a FREE online digital download music compilation featuring 34 songs...Show More Summary


Self-Release/Independent2016Founded by guitarist and songwriter Richard Lagergren (ex-Eidomantum, Phantom, ex-Portrait, ex-Hands of Orlac (live), ex-Lukemborg), Swedish heavy metal band Source (who are not to be confused with the melodic death metal group of the same name from Herrljunga, Sweden) make their debut with this self-titled release. Show More Summary

Free Metal Monday: Grave Alter-Awaken, Death!

Self-Release/Independent2016The second of two Free Metal Monday offerings of the day, "Awaken, Death!" is a 3-track rehearsal demo from U.K. thrash metal band Grave Alter. It was released back on October 4th and just like the up-and-coming occult 3-piece metal band responsible for it's construction it is tad bit rough and rugged around the edges. Show More Summary

Free Metal Monday: Ice Howl-Crack The Earth

Self-Release/Independent2016Hard and heavy three-piece band Ice Howl, which hails from Bloomington, Indiana and was previously known as Tundra Vibrations, is a N.W.O.B.H.M./classic heavy metal-infused doom/stoner metal outfit that has been active since last year. Show More Summary

Saturday Single: T.S.O.L.-"I Wanted To See You"

Rise Records2017Available on both iTunes and Amazon, "I Wanted To See You" is a brand new single from the upcoming T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty) album, "The Trigger Complex". It finds front man Jack Grisham in prime form and just like the cult So Cal band responsible for it's creation it defies easy categorization. Show More Summary

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