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Sarah Where Is My Tea-Love & Honor

Self-Released/Independent 2013 Released early last November, "Love & Honor" appears to be the first release from the Russian Federation act known as Sarah Where Is My Tear. Priced at a measly $2(!) this 12-track release finds band-mates...Show More Summary

5 Questions With Pet The Preacher

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Pet The Preacher are from Denmark, and just released their sophomore album The Cave & The Sunlight. Vocalist/guitarist Christian Hede Madsen introduces us to his band.... Read Full Post

Hair Metal Memories: Nelson

I grew up in the '80s in the midst of the hair band era, and saw most of them live at one time or another. Every month I revisit my youth in this column and spotlight one of the lesser known bands of the era. Everybody is familiar with...Show More Summary

Running Death Interview

Bavaria, Germany's thrash metal maniacs Running Death last appeared here at HMTM back in November of 2013 ( With an upcoming debut album due to be releasedShow More Summary

Steve Weinstein-Last Free Man

Resonator Music 2013 As "Lost & Found" opens Steve Weinstein's late 2013 release "Last Free Man" I took a moment to reflect on the lost art of simple rock and roll. Call it part Bob Dylan part Tom Petty (or Tom Waits with a more keen...Show More Summary

Captain Black Beard-Before Plastic

Dead End Exist Records 2014 Classic rock and roll from Sweden? And good rock and roll at that? I mean, what are the odds? For Captain Black Beard it's another case of "there's got to be something in the drinking water over there!" as...Show More Summary

By Definition-"Warrior" (Single)

Clever Name Records 2014 It's something to beyond, but I am only going to be 41 this coming July and even if I was to spent every waking moment of the rest of my days here on Earth doing nothing but exploring new metal I'm still not sure I could even skim the surface of what is out there. Show More Summary


Self-Release/Independent 2014 The last time we checked in with Ohio's own (supreme lords of the underground metal scene) Norselaw (so named because of it's multi-talented front-man/musician!) we were treated to one of 2013's best album's in "Serpent In The Circling Sea" ( Show More Summary

Michael Sweet Interview

Stryper singer Michael Sweet just released his latest solo album I'm Not Your Suicide. He has also penned his autobiography Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed. I spoke with Sweet about the album, the book, the response to last year's new Stryper album, upcoming tour plans, his faith, a new side project with George Lynch and other topics.... Read Full Post

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 5/6/14)

Our weekly collection of short album reviews includes the latest from Abre Ojos, Aurvandil, Battleroar, Bloodway, Doom:Vs, Electrocution, Hitten, Ifing, Noneeuclid, Pet the Preacher, Sektor, Spectral Lore, Velnias, Vestal Claret, Woman Is The Earth and Xandria.... Read Full Post

New Heavy Metal Album Releases: May 6, 2014

Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week.  For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar. May 6, 2014 Albino Rhino - Albino Rhino (Inverse) Aposento - Aposento...Show More Summary


Irma Records2014 Taking their name from the conceptual conjunction between the Nick Drake song "Joey" and the Pink Floyd album "The Final Cut", which is something that is oddly beneficial to this group's overall presence, JoyCut are an Italian act which was formed back in 2001. Show More Summary

Autopsy Interview

Less then a year after their last studio album, death metal veterans Autopsy recently released Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves. Vocalist/drummer Chris Reifert fills us in on the new record, the gory cover art, whether they'll be doing any touring in support of the album, his new punk band Violation Wound and other subjects.... Read Full Post

Machine Head Tour Dates

Machine Head are embarking on a North American tour in July. The "Killers & Kings Tour" will go to numerous cities that the band hasn't headlined in over a decade, and some cases has never headlined or played there at all.... Read Full Post

5 Questions With Mile Marker Zero

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. Mile Marker Zero are a progressive group from Connecticut whose latest release is the EP Young Rust. Guitarist John Tuohy introduces us to his band.... Read Full Post

Season of Arrows-Season of Arrows

The Path Less Traveled Records 2014 Falling somewhere between heavy stoner rock and sludgy (post) heavy metal (with an emphasis in both cases obviously on the heavy part!) we have Nashville-based Season of Arrows and this, their Mikey Allred ( Inter Arma, Across Tundras and Yautija) produced debut album. Show More Summary

Characula-"Headstone" Single

Self-Release/Independent 2014 Her self-description says it all. "The desire of a woman... mixed with the blood of a she-demon... It's Characula". Neither a vampire, nor a werewolf, mummy or any other creature known from myth and folklore...Show More Summary

Fatal Smile-White Trash Heroes

FS Records/GMR Music Group 2014 Calling Stockholm, Sweden their home base of operations, Fatal Smile, who site bands like Whitesnake, Dokken, Metallica, W.A.S.P. (incidentally the band has toured with W.A.S.P. five times now and the track "Hip MF" features a guest appearance by W.A.S.P. Show More Summary

Best Testament Albums

Bay Area thrashers Testament are one of the legendary bands in the genre. From their 1987 debut The Legacy through 2012's Dark Roots of Earth, they have released a string of quality albums over the years. After some turmoil in the '90s, they rebounded, and their recent output has been really strong. Show More Summary

April 2014's Best Heavy Metal Albums

There was no doubt which album would top our April list, with Triptykon garnering a rare 5 out of 5 star rating. But filling out the rest of the list was difficult, because there were a lot of excellent metal albums released in April. Show More Summary

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