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Leather-Shock Waves 30 Years Heavy

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“All Your Neon,” a galloping snake like riff with some powerful vocals to lead the charge. “The Battlefield of Life,” snarls and snakes, the vocals really take the lead here, bringing something very very interesting and powerful to the fore. “Shock Waves,” brutal and damning, taking a sledgehammer to the listener. “In A Dream,” takes a moment to consider things and then it really lets loose. “Something In This Life,” pauses and reflects, with a shredding solo and a moment of reflection before the heaviness kicks into gear.

“Diamonds Are For Real,” is a soaring anthem, with some seriously powerful vocal lines. “It’s Still In Your Eyes,” takes this up a notch, delivering a fundamental push and shove to the forward. “Catastrophic Heaven,” a rocker and a tall tale in one serious shift. “No Place Called Home,” shifts and turns with energy and groove.

The album is out on June 28th.

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Pulver-Kings Under The Sand

“Rising,” starts off with a slow thunderous riff, it then moves into something giant and destructive, bringing the full force of metal might. “Phantom Hawk,” has that swaggering riff down to a tea, it really shows off Pulver’s skill and ability to diversify as they bring some interesting shifts and turns to the song. “Blacksmith’s Lament,” dark, oderous and somewhat terrifying, it really gets to the heart of the subject matter. “Kings Under The Sand,” goes dark and thunderous and truly brings out the heaviness in the band.

“Qarinah,” slow, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden mixed together with some serious bite and sharpness. “Warrior Caste,” moving with bite and energy, growing with sharpness and rage. “Alpha Omega,” takes things up another notch, driving the thunderous opus to a natural conclusion. “Curse of the Pharaoh,” is slow, haunting and dark, bringing about the best of the band.

The album is out on 10th May via Gates of Hell Records.

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Flotsam and Jetsam-The End of Chaos

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Thrash Metal titans Flotsam and Jetsam return with a new album. The End of Chaos. And by jove is it a cracking album.

“Prisoner of Time,” starts things off with rapid riffs and a pounding drum beat. The melodies keep things interesting and they drive the song throughout. A great opener. “Control,” is a barrel and a half of pounding thrash metal at its finest. “Recover,” a rocker with a solid thump and a push that leaves no one in any doubt that Flotsam and Jetsam mean business. “Prepare for Chaos,” continues the drive downward, and produces some seriously classic riffs and melodies. “Slowly Insane,” another riff monster that is sure to get people moving in the pit. “Architects of Hate,” is another song that slowly brings the groove together and ensures that the listener is hooked.

“Demolition Man,” continues the charge, relentless and demonic, it is a perfect demonstration of classic thrash metal. “Unwelcome Surprise,” pounds its way to the front and does not let go, ensuring that all and sundry are left rocked. “Snake Eye,” a grievous and powerful song with the thrashing sensibilities to go with it. “Survive,” continues this trend and ensures the listener is left hooked and demand more. “Good or Bad,” delivers a thunderous performance. “The End,” is fast and furious and finishes the album off in style.

The album is out now via AFM Records.

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Angeles-Time Of Truth

“Pain,” is a thumping rocker with some fascinating groove and bite. “Not Here To Play,” another interesting number that shifts the bounds and takes charge at the right moment. “Hollywood,” is a swaggering machine. “Trouble,” a rock and roll riff charger. “Goodbye,” slows things down and adds a touch of irony and sadness to proceedings. “We’re No Angels,” is another fast rocker.

“Are We Ready For Our Sins,” takes a commanding stranglehold over proceedings and ensures that the listener is hooked. “Lonely Road,” amps things up even more, with some powerful switching. “Band Plays On,” takes it to a whole new level. “Shiver Me TImbers,” a thundering rocker. “God, Country and King,” the perfect finisher.

The album is out now via Bongo Boy Records.

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West Bound-Volume 1 Review

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“Never Surrender,” is a rocker, bringing the riffs to the fore, and delivering the goods. A seriously good opener. “Dance Of Life,” a heavy bluesy number that delivers pace and grit. “Ain’t Gonna Drown,” snaps back and delivers a punch and pull. “Beautiful Dream,” snaps to the front with the slowed down rhythm and then snarls into life. “Nothing,” a slower number, with the piano taking the lead. “Roll The Bones,” a thumping rocker.

“On My Own,” another thoughtfully arranged song that veers this way and that. “Keeper Of The Flame,” a rocker with added gut punch. “Turn To You,” a rocker with the greatest melodies that it could possibly have. “No Room For Sympathy,” a ball busting rocker. “Traveller,” a rip roaring ricochet that delivers the thumping goods.

The album is out on February 22nd via Frontiers Music.

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Meridian-Margin of Error

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“The Devil Inside Us All,” is huge. Big fat riffs, and a pounding melodical backdrop, providing the edge, to allow for the melodies to drive home on the vocals. “Off To War,” a galloping marathon that shows off the Iron Maiden potential, and shows just how good the band are. “Second Best,” a filtering through of power and grace, set to the tone of an edge. “Margin of Error,” the title track moves with grace and power. Slowly setting down the tempo. “Fragments of A Life,” is epic, with big soaring guitars, and a powerful melody.

“Circle The Drain,” powerful and emphatic, it takes a turn and then moves through, without pausing for a second. “In Nothingness,” huge melodies and vocal power combine to make this one hell of a song. “Drowning The Miracle,” slows things down, but the riffs just get heavier and more robust. “The Fate of Atlantis,” is haunting and slowly constructed to ensure that the song sparks at the right moments. “Disconnect,” heavy and melodic without the edge being lost. “Scream for Me,” is galloping brightly.

The album is out on 22nd March via Mighty Music.

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Sichgart-Chest’Ta Krov Review

“Synerhiia,” is dark and foreboding, slowly moving into the darkness whilst making the listener think that there might be a chance of light shining through.  This theme continues with the next song “Boii,” which brings some serious heaviness to the fore. “Stalevyi Bii,” continues bringing breakneck riffs to the masses. “MH17,” a force for nature, about the Malaysian Airlines flight shot down by Russians. “Forpost,” another brutal onslaught.

“Ostannii Son,” slow and moving within reach and breaking time. “Zhnyva,” is brutal thrash to groove to. “Kriz Viky,” Another mover and shaker. “Grad,” slow and dark. “U Vogni,” dark and moving.

The album is out now.

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Onkel Tom-Bier Ernst Review

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“Ich Ste.” comes barrelling in with some solid riffage and pounding grooves. “Flasche,” pounds the literal shit out of the listener’s ear drums, ensuring that the listener is hooked from the get go for this opus. “Wir Tri,” another song that has some interesting hooks and melodies, dancing upon the ground and getting the crowd going. “Bier Bi,” filled with swagger, and an ode to Bier, that fine beverage. “Durst I,” pounding and heavy, a true groover. “Hatten,” dangles the bait with the trumpet intro, and then it moves into overdrive, with the drinking song melody. “Was Sin,” slithers along the pathway, ensuring that the listener has another dose of fist pounding metal. “Jacky C,” slows things down somewhat, a cowboy song in the chains. “Durst W,” picks things up, blinding delivery. “Trunken,” a swaggering drinking song, that is sure to get beer swilling. “Bier Bi,” another classic tribute.

“Prost,” another song that slows things down, taking the hype down a notch, but also producing some fascinating little sing alongs. “Ich Fin,” pure metal coming out of the stream, and a blinding light for all to see. “Todgewe,” driving and pounding and filled with energy. “Ich Mus,” fast hell raising and ground pounding. “Egal,” groove orientated and based on energy and grit. “Von Ars,” a song that takes a turn and a twist, and produces some fascinating melodies. “Zwische,” an anthem and a half that builds from an intriguing place and goes from there. “Auf Dun,” swagger filled riffs, and energy based on the halves. “Das Bla,” a rocker and a half, swaggering around like a beast. “Polizis,” another song that finishes things off quite well with flair and grit.

Bier Ernst is out on September 28th via Steamhammer/SPV.

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Black Alice-Endangered Species Review

No Warning begins with the guitars beating out a nice rhythm and melody, the vocals come whispering into being changing and growling as suits. Rat Catchers Eyes is fierce, dark and growling, a true rocker. Running Hot, Running Wild drives and springs, moving through the gears, bringing some serious energy to the fore. Hell Has No Fury is good old fashioned metal, big bold riffs, and a pounding rhythm. Wings of Leather is slower, more Black Sabbath than Ac/Dc and that works just fine, producing a shredder of a song. In The Hall Of Ancient Kings is another epic number, with the pounding bass, and the soaring vocal line, carrying the song through. Psycho is fast and brutal.

Roll The Dice has some seriously bitchin’ riffs, a grooving chorus and vocal line and enough to really shift the groove and tone of things. Blade of Slaughter moves up and down, shifting between truly badass and epic with enough groove to ensure the listener is never left wondering. Power Crazy comes howling into being, with a strong riff and an even stronger vocal line. Hellhouse follows a nice bluesy groove, slithering and dancing around whilst the vocals tell an intricate story of a hellhouse. Man Of Metal has another bit of swagger to it, slanting and dancing around all the while. Knightmare follows a nice interesting change of pace, with an acoustic lead and a soaring vocal line.

The album is out 28th September via Karthago Records.

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Night Demon-Live Darkness Review

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A live album in this day and age is just as bold and brave as it was back in the 1970s, back then they were a rarity, now they’re a standard set piece, but getting the quality and the feel right is just as important, if not more so. Night Demon deliver 23 tracks of unfiltered metal and rock and roll on this live album.

Welcome To The Night is filled with energy, the guitars are focused, the vocals are fierce and the band sound as if they’re having a lot of fun. Full Speed Ahead delivers fierce pace and energy, snarling right out of the gate. Ritual has a little bit of that fun and go side to it, a nice hooky riff that gets the crowd moving. Curse Of The Damned is a nice little call and response, with an infectious beat, and a slamming riff and groove. Dawn Rider hammers itself home, beating the literal shit out of the listener’s eardrums. Save Me Now is slower, filled with energy and harmonies.

Hallowed Ground is an interesting shift, filled with energetic riffs, the energy purely bounds up and down, reflecting the energy within the band themselves. Maiden Hell is led by an absolutely irresistible riff, filled with energy, soul and fire. Mastermind is another absolute belter of a song, brimming with energy. On Your Own starts with solid drum patterns and continues with energy and grace. Life On The Run has a fierce riff, and some serious groove. The Howling Man is fast, energetic, melodic and filled with subtle variations making it one hell of a song.

Black Widow comes barrelling out with the harmonised riffs, the soaring melodies, and the dancing grooves, promising so much and delivering it all. Ancient Evil is a good old fashioned rocker, moving, shaking and grooving with the best of them. Satan is a classic rocker, moving with big riffs and snarling through on the vocals. Evil Like A Knife is fast, a song that gets the crowd going. Stranger In The Room is slower, more anthemic, and definitely a great song to be played live.

Screams In The Night, call and response, frenetic riffs, blistering energy all throughout. Flight Of The Manticore moves with energy and grace, the riffs dancing throughout. The Chalice is slower, more thoughtful and just as menacing. Darkness Remains starts soft and then gets gradually heavier, reflecting the nuance of the song on record perfectly. Heavy Metal Heat pounds its way through. Night Demon is energetic and a fitting closer.

The album meets all the criteria for a good live album, energetic, audience participation and authenticity. The album is out August 10th via Steamhammer/SPV.