Tentation/Iron Slaught – 665 Les Hordes Metalliques – Split (Review)

Tentation Iron SlaughtThis is a split release between Tentation and Iron Slaught, who are both heavy metal bands from France.

Tentation start us off. I’m familiar with them from their enjoyable 2015 self-titled release, where they introduced the world to their 80s-influenced classic heavy metal style. Continue reading


Biter – The Eyes of the Biter (Review)

BiterBiter are a Brazilian heavy metal band and this is their debut album.

At only 22 minutes this is a rather brief listen for an album; why this is classed as a full length rather than an EP is beyond me, but I don’t suppose it matters in the grand scheme of things Continue reading

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs (Review)

Orphaned LandOrphaned Land are a progressive folk metal band from Israel and this is their sixth album.

Orphaned Land play music that’s inspired and influenced by Middle Eastern melodies and ideas. These elements are skilfully woven into the band’s progressive metal in natural, effortless ways, resulting in characterful and Continue reading

Hammerfall – Glory to the Brave – 20 Year Anniversary Edition (Review)

HammerfallHammerfall are a veteran Swedish heavy/power metal band and this is the 20-year anniversary edition of their 1997 debut album.

This package features a remastered version of the classic album that started the Hammerfall legend. Additionally, there’s a Stormwitch cover, a radio edit of the title track, and six bonus live songs all taken from this album. There’s also a DVD available too, (but that falls outside of this review). Altogether it’s Continue reading

Gürschach – Dark Matter (Review)

GürschachGürschach are a metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

So what do Gürschach sound like? I suppose if you take a base of classic heavy metal, while mixing in elements of modern, alternative, thrash, and progressive metal, you’ll have a good place to start from. Continue reading