BY: TJ Fowler
‘There are winners and losers…and then there is ACCEPT’
Accept have long been considered a metal band that really laid the foundation for many future bands we have today and was one of the cinder blocks of German heavy metal in the 80’s. While people with only a passing knowledge of Accept will most likely remember the song ‘Balls to the Wall’, the band has a vast catalog of material that offers much more to a metal listener. With songs like ‘Princess of the Dawn’, ‘Fast as a Shark’ and ‘Metal Heart’, Accept have always been a band that have maintained a steady stream of anthem pounding metal hits that have united metal fans across generations. Continue Reading
I sit and talk with Gerre of the thrash metal band Tankard who just released their new album ‘R.I.B’ Rest in Beer. We discuss the bands musical career, their more serious songs and have a fun time all around.
Music: Heavier Than Metal by Skullfist used with permission all rights reserved.
By: Alex Phillips
Label: Napalm Records
Available: 28 November
Official Website: http://www.theflightofsleipnir.com/news.html
The Flight of Sleipnir, from Colorado, consists of two permanent members, David Csicsely and Clayton Cushman, who have an obvious love for their craft and a gift for songwriting. I had never heard of them until I received the promo for their fifth album, V. I set the album to play. The first question that came to mind was, is this just another American band attempting to capitalize on Scandinavian lore? Sleipnir is the offspring of Loki and the stallion Svadilfari, an eight-legged steed that bore Odin across seas and skies and to the underworld and back. Well, I reasoned, Napalm Records doesn’t sign just any old band—there must be something special about them. Continue Reading
By: Alex Phillips
Label: Agonia Records
Available: 21 Nov (Europe), 9 Dec (US)
We live in a time of elderly death metal bands that refuse to die—Morbid Angel, Obituary, and Grave, for example—and others, once considered defunct, that have shambled back into the light with new albums after years of one-off shows or complete inactivity—At the Gates, Carcass, and (soon) Brujeria. Sweden’s Centinex belong with the latter group. Founded in 1990, Centinex released eight studio albums before splitting up in 2005. But like many of their undead contemporaries, the band never truly died. Continue Reading
My recent Audio interview with King Fowley of the band October 31 talking about the bands most recent release ‘Bury the Hatchet’. We discuss the band’s tour plans, how the band has progressed in the 9 years since their last release…and why it has taken 9 years for a new release.
Read my review of ‘Bury the Hatchet’ HERE
By: Callum (CJ) Lavender
Label: The Leader’s Group
Available: 21st November 2014
Official website: www.cryoshell.com
So here we have another female fronted metal band, time to compare it to the likes of Nightwish, Lacuna Coil and Evanescence etc… except there not really like any of them. With a lot of different influences and ideas they have created their own thing, which is good.
The songs I enjoyed and recommend the most are: ‘Bye bye Babylon’, ‘The Room’, ‘Come To My Heaven’, Continue Reading
By: Scott Foster
Available: November 11, 2014
In 1990 Christian metal band Tourniquet hit the scene, and it was good. Founding member Ted Kirkpatrick is an amazing drummer and clever lyricist. The music stands up well, and I think shows in that the band managed to crank out a steady stream of albums until about 2003. The band took an apparent hiatus until 2012 and then released an album that was all about animal cruelty. Don’t get me wrong, I love animals, having rescued 2 cats and a dog. I could just do without the preachiness when I go to listen to a metal album. Continue Reading
Available: November 21st, 2014
Label: AFM Records
I have always been a fan of power metal but I am also keenly aware that the genre can be filled with bands that sound like they are very one dimensional. This one dimensionalism can be with the drummer doing a constant double bass through the entire song, the singer trying to shatter glass while singing about dragons or the songs just not being catchy or melodic. So to say the least I got kind of burned out on the Euro power metal for some time with a few exceptions.
So we come to Bloodbound’s ‘Stormborn’ which derives a lot of its inspiration from the Game of Thrones fantasy setting by George R.R. Martin. If shit can draw flies then Game of Thrones will draw power metal bands the same way. So it was only a matter of time until the Thrones setting started getting songs written about it. Thankfully for power metal fans the band writing the songs this time around is a very competent and mature sounding BloodBound. Continue Reading