ALBUM REVIEW: Eleine – Dancing In Hell

It’s no secret that Sweden are one of the top breeding grounds for new metal bands. In the past year, I have heard the name ELEINE pop up around my friendship circle and the Symphonic Metal circuit. After hearing the strong sounds from their upcoming album Dancing In Hell, they could easily join the list … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Eleine – Dancing In Hell

ALBUM REVIEW: Ashen Reach – Homecoming

Following a huge blow to the band back in April 2019, off the back of two support shows for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and leaving the band with only three remaining members, the recently resurrected Liverpudlian rock band ASHEN REACH are ready to kick the door down with their highly anticipated debut album, Homecoming. This … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Ashen Reach – Homecoming

ALBUM REVIEW: Leaves’ Eyes – The Last Viking

It's a monumental battle and an infused Viking tale that is historically told epically through fourteen chapters of adrenaline pumping battle anthems. It also contains brilliantly atmospheric and powerful orchestral arrangements. The German-Scandinavian quintet fronted by the duo of Elina Siirala and Alexander Krull delivers fantastically on one of the band’s best albums to date. Right from the opening … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Leaves’ Eyes – The Last Viking

ALBUM REVIEW: Pyramaze – Epitaph

An Epitaph is a memory or statement, for something or someone, that has since passed. Pierce through the veil and witness the evocation that PYRAMAZE have forged. Standing strong against the annals of time, with no chance of fading from memory any time soon. With instrumental introduction Epitaph, it is more akin to that of … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Pyramaze – Epitaph

ALBUM REVIEW: Death Dealer – Conquered Lands

It has been seven years since the War Master was unleashed upon the world. Towards the latter part of the year 2020, the mighty DEATH DEALER has returned once more, to crush all those who will not bow down and bend the knee. Herein details their tales of Conquered LandsDEATH DEALER are a Power Metal … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Death Dealer – Conquered Lands

ALBUM REVIEW: Sick Society – Urn01

SICK SOCIETY styles themselves as ‘primitive metal’ and I can hear it in the raw instrumentation. It’s as if someone took modern metal, put it in a large vat and rendered it down to a concentrate of riffs, aggressive drumming and brutal vocals. The album, entitled Urn01, begins with the tones of Boots Randolph’s long … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Sick Society – Urn01

ALBUM REVIEW: The Reticent – The Oubliette

An oubliette is a medieval space for imprisonment with only a trapdoor in it’s ceiling. The word comes from the French word oublier, which means to forget. THE RETICENT’s new release, The Oubliette, is pitched as a man’s journey through Alzheimer’s disease and is not in songs but stages. The first stage sees the listener … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Reticent – The Oubliette

ALBUM REVIEW: Nightmare – Aeternam

NIGHTMARE have been around for a few decades, since 1979 in fact. Judging from their upcoming album Aeternam, it is easy to see why they have been labelled “an integral part of the European metal scene” and “heavy metal pioneers”. The moment you hear the rapid riffs in the album opener Temple Of Acheron, you … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Nightmare – Aeternam

ALBUM REVIEW: Protokult – Transcending The Ruins

When opening the press pack, the bands listed under the “for fans of…” are ARKONA, KORPIKLANNI, WINDIR, NIGHTWISH, TURISAS and SKYFORGER. This piqued my curiosity as that is such a wide range of influences and since this is my first experience of Toronto Pagan/Folk act PROTOKULT, I wasn’t sure what to expect. With that said, … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Protokult – Transcending The Ruins

ALBUM REVIEW: Orbital Junction – Egos And Instincts

If CROBAR and CLUTCH conceived a conspicuous love child, ORBITAL JUNCTION could be it. Their debut album Egos And Instincts is out now and after listening to it, it’s easy to see why they have been hailed ‘London’s best new stoner rock band’ by Desertfest. They were invited to play there last year and invited … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Orbital Junction – Egos And Instincts