Battle Born – Battle Born (Review)

Battle Born - Battle BornBattle Born are a UK power metal band and this is their debut EP.

Boasting cover art that just screams TRVE METAL at the top of its lungs, Battle Born take their first confident steps into…battle, (ahem), with this 24-minute EP. Continue reading

Ice Howl – Cadence of the Cursed (Review)

Ice Howl - Cadence of the CursedThis is the second album from US one-man metal band Ice Howl.

The artist behind Ice Howl gives us 34 minutes of pure metal joy on Cadence of the Cursed. Blending together elements of stoner, doom, heavy, and power metal, these seven songs pack quite the metallic punch. Continue reading

Twilight Force – Dawn of the Dragonstar (Review)

Twilight Force - Dawn of the DragonstarTwilight Force are a power metal band from Sweden and this is their third album.

This is epic, symphonic power metal, the type that makes no apologies for its extravagance and sumptuous presence. These Euro-metal hymns are enhanced with all manner of additional instruments and symphonic keyboards. It’s the kind of music that embraces all of the clichés about this sort of thing, and does so willingly and with passion. Continue reading

Forged in Black – Descent of the Serpent (Review)

Forged in Black - Descent of the SerpentForged in Black are a UK heavy metal band and this is their second album.

Featuring 48 minutes of material, Descent of the Serpent is well-crafted heavy metal with wide scope. Some elements of thrash are mixed in, for example. Also, occasionally the songs veer into classic doom metal territories in their more atmospheric moments, or sometimes adopt a power metal stance of epic force. Whatever they do this is pure heavy metal goodness all the way. Continue reading

Burning Witches – Hexenhammer – (Review)

Burning Witches - HexenhammerHexenhammer are a heavy metal band from Switzerland and this is their second album.

Featuring a member of Ursinne, here we have 48 minutes of old-school heavy metal spiced up with elements of speed/thrash and power metal here and there. Continue reading

Witherfall – A Prelude to Sorrow (Review)

Witherfall - A Prelude to SorrowThis is the second album from Witherfall, a progressive/melodic metal band from the US.

Featuring members and ex-members of various notable bands, including Iced Earth, this is 57 minutes of polished, dark heavy metal that’s a blend of exotic power metal, rich melodic metal, and progressive metal exploratory worldbuilding. Continue reading

Interview with Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters Logo

The Cauldron and the Cross – the second album from UK heavy metallers Seven Sisters – is definitely one of the more notable traditional metal releases that has seen the light of day this year. Good sound, good songs, good singer, good attitude; The Cauldron and the Cross ticks a lot of the right boxes.

The band’s guitarist – Graeme Farmer – answered some of my questions, so take the time to get to know this band a bit better… Continue reading

Anaal Nathrakh – A New Kind of Horror (Review)

Anaal NathrakhAnaal Nathrakh are a UK black metal band and this is their tenth album.

Ever since their early days Anaal Nathrakh have carved out a unique identity for themselves in the extreme metal landscape. Albums like Desideratum and The Whole of the Law both showcased well the Continue reading