ALBUM REVIEW: Nightshadow – Strike Them Dead

Europe undoubtedly showcases some of the best Power & Speed metal out there but emerging from the shadows, is a new contender to the throne. Causing ripples in their wake from across the Atlantic, prepare yourself, for an aggressive assault on the senses with the debut album from San Diego’s NIGHTSHADOW. Get your character sheet … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Nightshadow – Strike Them Dead

ALBUM REVIEW: Grey Aura – Zrwart Vierkant

I was thinking that I’m beginning to have a special appreciation of the way the Dutch think about black metal. I wasn't  sure what it is about that particular variety, but something captures a familiar bleakness. So I sat down and thought about it. Some time ago I reviewed the album The Comforting Grip of Misery … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Grey Aura – Zrwart Vierkant

ALBUM REVIEW: Vexillum – When Good Men Go To War

VEXILLUM’s long awaited album When Good Men Go To War has been out for over a week and understandably it’s been received well by fans and critics alike. This is my first experience of the band and having listened to this, it’s extremely clear why this has been a greatly anticipated record. The quest begins … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Vexillum – When Good Men Go To War

ALBUM REVIEW: Grimgotts – Tales, Sagas & Legends

They say there is a first time for everything. This is the first time I have received a map of a fantasy land in a press pack. I hope this won’t be the last time, it’s a fantastic touch and other bands could learn from this. What is this fantasy land you ask? It’s Andria … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Grimgotts – Tales, Sagas & Legends

ALBUM REVIEW: Motörhead – Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin

I never had the privilege of seeing MOTÖRHEAD live. They were my brother’s favourite band, my parents were fans and a number of close friends enjoyed them live too. But I never saw them live. They are a band with a legacy that is quite unlike any other. A legacy that is best summed up … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Motörhead – Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin

ROCK OUT STAND OUT PLAYLIST – 01.05.2021

Welcome to the latest Rock Out Stand Out playlist. April has now come an end and we reflect upon the past month whilst anticipating a return to some sense of normality as the weeks go on. Welsh NWOBHM act TRAITORS GATE guitarist Andy D’Urso sadly lost his battle with cancer earlier in April. Our condolences … Continue reading ROCK OUT STAND OUT PLAYLIST – 01.05.2021

ROCK OUT STAND OUT ALBUMS OF THE MONTH – April 2021

Another month has been and gone, it's time for our team members to reveal what albums have made their month. Stefan: Epica - Ωmega Ωmega … What a way to make this year’s music releases Epic! EPICA, one of the Symphonic Metal world’s finest and best bands released their highly anticipated eigth studio album Ωmega … Continue reading ROCK OUT STAND OUT ALBUMS OF THE MONTH – April 2021

ALBUM REVIEW: Frozen Crown – Winterbane

It’s been a few years since I joined a Power and Symphonic Metal Appreciation group on Facebook. It’s been a great way to discover new bands whilst making new friends. One group that often popped up were FROZEN CROWN, I had heard the odd song or two and liked what I heard. I had never … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Frozen Crown – Winterbane