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

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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

Gigantomachia – Atlas (Review)

GigantomachiaThis is the debut album from Italian metal band Gigantomachia.

Here’s a somewhat evocatively heroic release. Mixing elements of melodic, doom, death, and epic metal into a meaty metal base, Gigantomachia have produced 41 minutes of engaging metal. Continue reading

Entropy Coding – Tales of the Moon (Review)

Entropy CodingEntropy Coding is a one woman symphonic metal project from Italy, and this is her debut album.

This is sumptuous symphonic metal with power and progressive metal influences. The artist behind the band handles keyboards and composition duties, while many different guests fill the other necessary roles across the tracks. Continue reading

Therion – Beloved Antichrist (Review)

TherionTherion are a Swedish symphonic/operatic metal band and this is their sixteenth album.

Holy crap. This is a three-CD album, with a total duration of over three hours. Dear me. Where do you even begin with a release like this? And in case you’re wondering; no, I have not listened to this in its entirety in just one sitting! Continue reading