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Upstate Records/Blood Blast Distribution - CD, Digital
Metallic hardcore band THESE STREETS was started in Northen California in 2013. Their new 4-track EP, "Roll Tha Dice", is their 6th studio release. And it's said to take their sound to another level.
Now I can't remember if I have heard this band before, but to me this sounds like typical metallic hardcore, with heavy guitars and harsh, sometimes almost rap, vocals. It's not bad at all, but I have heard more interesting bands in this genre.
thesestreets.bandcamp.com   upstaterecordsny.com
Published: Sept. 24

MATRIARCHS: The Shape Of C#nt$ To Come
Self released sometime in October - Digital
MATRIARCHS is a metallic hardcore band formed in Los Angeles in 2012, inspired by beat down and 90s New York hardcore. They have gone through some changes in the lineup during the last years, but are now back with a new 7-track EP. And I guess that the funny title is their answer to REFUSED's "The Shape Of Punk To Come".
New singer is K Enagonio. And she switches between harsh screaming and clean vocals like it was the most obvious thing in the world to do. This woman can really sing anything and she's on fire.
The music that she is singing to is both heavy and brutal, as well as melodic. There's lots of surprises here. This is not a regular hardcore record, but a more wild mixture. The last song have rap vocals for example. I like it though.
Published: Sept. 24

Self released - Digital single
Dutch heavy metal band DANGEROUS TIMES FOR THE DEAD gives us a classic 80s sound. Really good stuff in the traditional way, even though the song is as long as 7:43 minutes. But it's energetic, powerful and epic, so there's entertainment all the way.
The song was originally titled "Victims Of Time", and was written for a previous band.
Published: Sept. 24

THRICE: Horizons/East
Epitaph Records - out now Digital, physical on Oct. 7
The beginning sounds like Joe Cocker or something. Really soft for about a minute before there's some more action. In this case it's not that much more action though. It never gets really intense. This is a pretty soft rock album in the melodic league, and not what I use to listen to. But some songs are o.k., some are not. A wild guess is that this could be something for people who listen to RADIOHEAD and similar.
"The album exemplifies art as a work of recognition - the human task of perceiving oneself amid details, disasters, and blessings as a relentlessly relational phenomenon among others", as the press release says.
California rockers THRICE formed in 1998, so they have been around for a while now.
Published: Sept. 23

INFRARED: From The Black Swamp
Inframental Records on Sept. 30 - Digital
This band is absolutely not looking for their own unique sound. But you don't always have to do that. As long as it's good, why complain? And this is good! So just shut up and listen.
"From The Black Swamp" is the third full length from Canadian thrashers INFRARED. 12 songs in an hour is pretty much. And as I said earlier, their sound is very old school and 80s, so those of you who like that (and who doesn't?) should like this a lot.
Fact is that this band hit the metal scene back in 1986 already, when a demo was released. But it didn't last that long before they went seperate ways in life. In 2014 they reformed the band.
Published: Sept. 23

GRAVE: Hating Life (reissue)
MDD Records - CD
If there's something like "the Big 4" of Swedish old school death metal, then it would be ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, UNLEASHED and this band, GRAVE. According to the information that I got this was their 4th album. But they must have sent me a pre-production, because this sounds more like a demo than a real album.
Anyway, "Hating Life" was originally released in 1996. On this album Ola Lindgren took over the vocals, as well as the guitar. On the tour that followed they recorded the live album "Extremely Rotten Live", before they went into a 6-year hiatus.
Well, even though the production isn't so fat and powerful, the songs are o.k. But not much else though. This is probably not their best work to be honest. And is it really death metal by the way? It's almost like I want to call this really heavy groove metal instead, with elements of death metal.
It seems like GRAVE has not released any new album since 2015's "Out Of Respect For The Dead", but the band is still alive anyway. That album was as far as I can remember much more interesting than "Hating Life".
facebook.com/GraveOfficial   mdd-records.de
Published: Sept. 23

Transubstans Records/Ghost Highway Recordings - CD, LP, Cassette, Digital
Swedish band CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT is like the sound of the late 90s, with bands like The HELLACOPTERS, TURBONEGRO and BACKYARD BABIES. They deliver their songs with lots of adrenaline, the sweat runs and the volume is loud. Their sound is very powerful and full of action and punk attitude. They simply rock hard. But they also have very good songs, so it's not just about energy.
I would say that they are more than just another action rock band though. Because there's more influences than that in these songs. They are for example brave enough to end the whole album with a ballad. And action rockers usually don't play ballads.
CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT have been around for 18 years already, and "This Will Leave A Mark" is their 10th studio album, which also features guest apperances from Chips and Hans (both from SATOR) and Jeff Dahl (ANGRY SAMOANS).
If you want to get the party started, start with this one.
chucknorrisexperiment.com   ghosthighwayshop.com   recordheaven.net
Published: Sept. 23

The ELECTRIC MUD: Black Wool
Self released on Sept. 25 - CD, Digital
Florida-based stoner/retro rockers The ELECTRIC MUD gives us a 4-track EP, which is said to be a heavier and proggier turn for the band. We get 2 original songs as well as covers by CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND.
Their influences seems to be stuff like The ALLMAN BROTHERS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD, just as well as proto metal like BLACK SABBATH and prog metal like MASTODON. With those ingredients they create their own little stew of heavy rock, which reminds me of something like Brant Bjork (STÖNER, ex-KYUSS) for example. Not bad at all. Both their own songs and the covers are great. This is absolutley worth checking out.
The band has previously released 2 albums.
Published: Sept. 22

Michael Kratz: TAFKATNO
Art Of Melody Music/Burning Minds Music Group on Sept. 24 - CD, Digital
If you like really soft AOR, melodic rock and Westcoast rock (to me they are all the same), then this could be something for you. But to me this album is way too soft, almost like pop music. It might not be totally useless, but it just ain't my cup of tea.
Michael Kratz is a Danish musician, who has played drums for the pop band KANDIS, and is also a member of HULA HULA. On his solo albums he's the lead singer though.
michaelkratz.net   burningmindsgroup.com/art-of-melody-music
Published: Sept. 21

John Dallas: Love & Glory
Sneakout Records/Burning Minds Music Group on Sept. 24 - CD, Digital
John Dallas is an Italian singer, and this is his second album, where he and his band mates gives us all kinds of hard rock. It's mainly catchy and melodic with a party vibe, and absolutely not bad at all. I would guess that the influences are much 80s rock.
I don't really know what else I should say. But I guess that I don't have to say much else than check this out darling.
facebook.com/johndallasbologna   burningmindsgroup.com/sneakout
Published: Sept. 21

KNIGHTS OF THE REALM: When Metal Meets The Beast
Playground Music - Digital single
The Swedish heavy metal project KNIGHTS OF THE REALM - featuring Larry "The Hammer" Shield (Lars Sköld - TIAMAT), Magnus "Megalomangan" Henriksson (ECLIPSE) and Mean Machine (Marcus von Boisman - WINDUPDEADS, STORMEN) - is back with another single. Their first single, "Fields Of Fire", was released about a month ago. And that was a really good song.
This song is heavy and powerful, and just so right. I look forward to hear the album, which is said to be released on November 12, because this is a very interesting band that everybody who like classic heavy metal should like to hear.
youtu.be/plro5ZYcO5g   playgroundmusic.se
Published: Sept. 20

NEFARIYM: Morbid Delusions
Inverse Records on Sept. 24 - CD, Digital
NEFARIYM is a pretty new band, that was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2019 by 2 members of the doom band The ETERNAL. It all started as an idea to pay homage to the golden era of early 90s death metal, and has now become a fully fledged band with a full length album ready to be released.
As long as it's fast and straight to the point, I don't have a problem with this. Then it's absolutely o.k. But I don't know why they have to destroy the party with all those heavy pieces of filthy doom ridden sludge. Because those pieces are not so good according to me.
They end the whole thing with a cover of CELTIC FROST's "Circle Of The Tyrants", if that could be of interest.
nefariym.com   inverse.fi
Published: Sept. 19

CRIPTA BLUE: Cripta Blue
Argonauta Records on Sept. 24 - LP, Digital
CRIPTA BLUE is a power trio from Italy, and this is their full length debut. The band was formed in 2019 by members of bands like DESERT WIZARD, RISING DARK and TALISMANSTONE. Their music is a blend of psych rock, heavy power blues and doom rock from the NWOBHM era. You could simply call it proto doom to make it easy for yourself, because it sounds a little like it could have been recorded back in the 70s already.
Yes, this is cool stuff. All fans of heavy music should give this a chance.
facebook.com/criptablue   argonautarecords.com
Published: Sept. 19

Long Branch Records/SPV on Sept. 24 - 2LP, CD, Digital
This band released their first album 10 years ago, and was formed by multi-instrumentalist Sal Abruscato (TYPE O NEGATIVE, LIFE OF AGONY). "Infernum In Terra" is their 4th album, and it's a dark and melancholy story. The songs are slow and heavy. I guess we can call it some kind of doom, but with a touch of alternative rock. Pretty good stuff anyway.
Let the music do the rest of the talking..
apalehorsenameddeath.bandcamp.com   longbranchrecords.bandcamp.com
Published: Sept. 19

PARADOX: Heresy II - End Of A Legend
AFM Records on Sept. 24 - CD, LP, Digital
This album last for an eternity! Why they had to include as much as 14 tracks is a mystery. That's just crazy when most of the songs are around 5-6 minutes long, and sometimes longer than that. I start to wonder if the record is over soon, and then I see that I'm just halfway through.
The music is o.k. though, some kind of melodic power/thrash metal, and they seems to be very good musicians. But as there's not enough variation, it's not much else than just o.k. And according to me it deserves to be more than just o.k., and definitely more variation. Especially when the album last for 75 minutes.
The roots of PARADOX goes back to 1981. After several changes of the name, they decided to go for PARADOX in 1986. Their debut album, "Product Of Imagination", was released in 1987. Their concept album, "Heresy", was released in 1990. 31 years later comes "Heresy II - End Of A Legend", which is their 8th studio album.
facebook.com/paradoxthrash   afm-records.de
Published: Sept. 19

SCEPTOR: Rise To The Light
Pure Steel Records on Sept. 24 - CD, LP
SCEPTOR is a German/American co-operation founded in 2009. After a 7" in 2010 and a full length album in 2012, they split up in 2014. But they have now returned, and the current lineup features Torsten "Todde" Lang (ex-RITUAL STEEL, TITAN STEELE), Bob Mitchells (The HOUNDS OF HASSELVANDER, ex-ALCHEMY X, ATTACKER), Timo "Moe" Nolden (BASTARD NATION), KK Basement (ex-ADORNED GRAVES, HAMMER KING) and Florian Bodenheimer (HELL PATRÖL).
The music that we get from these guys are traditional 80s heavy metal. It's powerful and sometimes epic. Some songs are faster, some are mid-tempo, some are heavy, and there's almost a ballad as well. In other words good variation in the material.
A band worth checking out.
facebook.com/sceptormetal   puresteel-records.com
Published: Sept. 19

REBEL'S END: Sing To The Devil
Pure Steel Records on Sept. 24 - CD
Belgian band REBEL'S END play a hard and heavy kind of hard rock/metal with a punk nerve. It's catchy and energetic. Their label call it sleazy hard rock/heavy metal, and why not? I can hear a touch of bands like BACKYARD BABIES and TURBONEGRO, which are 2 bands that I really like. This is a great album! You should absolutely check it out.
REBEL'S END formed in 2016, and this is their second album.
rebelsend.bandcamp.com   puresteel-records.com
Published: Sept. 19

HellAndBack: A Thousand Years
Pure Steel Records on Sept. 24 - CD
Some of the classic bands that I think of when I hear this album are JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN. But they mention OVERKILL, METAL CHURCH and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM as influences, and talk about American metal with some progressive elements. Well, I guess there's some of that too now that you mention it. It kicks ass anyway, and is both powerful and melodic. The vocals is variated, which is a big plus. It's absolutely not the same tone all the time, as many singers are satisfied with.
This band comes from Cleveland, Ohio, and "A Thousand Years", is their debut album. If they can deliver such a strong debut, how good will the next album be then?
facebook.com/HellandBackOfficial   puresteel-records.com
Published: Sept. 19

Self released - LP, CD, Digital
Take some MOTÖRHEAD, AC/DC, good old rock n roll and some punk attitude and throw it into an old worn-out blender, and out comes DUCKWALK CHUCK. It's raw, dirty and energetic. You can just call it rock or possibly hard rock n roll. But I prefer to call this action rock, even though it's not exactly the sound of early The HELLACOPTERS that we get here.
DUCKWALK CHUCK is a Norwegian band, formed in 2001.
facebook.com/duckwalkchuck (LP)   duckwalkchuck.bandcamp.com (CD, Digital)
Published: Sept. 18

Self released - CD, Digital EP
BLACK STONE MACHINE is a Greek band, formed in April of 2019. Less then a month later they entered the studio to record their first self titled EP, which was released on June 16. And in November they were back in the studio to record their first full length album, "Crossroads", which was released through Ikaros Records on September 25, 2020.
This new EP, "One With The Horde" consist of 3 tracks. They describe their music like a perfect mix of heavy rock-metal and the melody of blues country rock. So I guess we can call it something like Southern heavy rock with a pinch of metal.
These songs are o.k. to me anyway, so give them a try.
Published: Sept. 18

VANNON: Desert Of Our Dreams
Big Round Music - Digital
This makes me think 2 things: "When are they going to make a good song then?" and "Why?". I guess that says what I think about this band.
VANNON is a psych metal band from Oakland, and on this album they blend in progressive rock and doom metal, just to name a few of all the things that they have put in their stew. Their inspiration comes from such various artists as YOB and BATHORY, as well as synthwave, noise music, krautrock, old-school death metal, and Alice Coltrane. That should give you an idea about how different this band's music is, because they add all those ingredients and then some to their songs.
If you're the kind of person who is always looking for something different, then this might be what you're looking for.
Published: Sept. 18

SEVEN SPIRES: Gods Of Debauchery
Frontiers Music Srl - CD, 2LP, Digital
16 songs! Why?! It's just stupid in a time when people just listen a few seconds to 1 song, and if it's not good, they try the next song instead (and probably with a other artist). And now you might think that metal fans are different, and that might be true in some cases, but it's still stupid with as much as 16 tracks according to me.
And now that my complaining is done, let's talk about the music instead, which is much more fun. You can hardly complain about too little variation here. But to put them in a specific genre is no so simple as they blend all kinds of different metal into their own little stew. They go from symphonic to progressive metal, via black and death metal, through a ballad, and so on.. They definitely have their own unique sound. So if you want something different from the rest, then this could be worth a try, because it's not bad at all.
sevenspiresband.com   frontiers.it
Published: Sept. 18

Frontiers Music Srl - CD, LP, Digital
Well, this is also a way of spending time while you can't get out and play live. Their latest album, "We Will Rise", was released in February this year, but here's already another album. However, this is not a regular album.
What these British men have done here is a whole album with covers of only female vocalists. And it's not just rock n roll all the way, but also some pop artists. So it's a wide range here.
The album is a tribute to the female musicians who have influenced the band either musically and/or vocally. We get hard rock versions of songs by pop artists like Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, and Christina Aguilera, as well as rock classics by Tina Turner, HEART, and Joan Jett. But there's also some modern metal from EVENASCENCE and HALESTORM. Everything might not impress me, but they have done a really good job, I can't deny that anyway. But the question is if anybody really need a record like this? Well, that remains to be seen. And if this can turn some pop strings into rockers, then it's just brilliant of course.
inglorious.com   frontiers.it
Published: Sept. 18

PRESSURE: Var Är Du Nu/Where Are You Now
Self released - Digital single
Here these Swedish hard rockers (or story metal as they call it) gives us a power ballad about missing someone who was really close to you. A pretty o.k. song actually, but I just don't know what else I can say about it.
This song is available both in Swedish and English, and as far as I can remember it's taken from their debut album, "Path Of A Shadow", which was released earlier this year. That album was a wild adventure in Swedish, English and even German, with both good and less good songs.
Published: Sept. 17

POISON OAK: Losing Ourselves
Epictronic - Digital single
So why did I decide to give this a try then? This sounds more like happy indie pop than cool rock. O.k., but honestly not much else than that.
POISON OAK is an Australian band who combines both melancholy and uplifting rock. They give us catchy melodies, hard hitting riffs and sombre ballads. So if that sounds like something for you, then give these guys a try.
linktr.ee/poisonoak   epictronic.com
Published: Sept. 17

Raw Street Noise - Digital single
CLEAR VISION consist of 6 men from Finland, and they play melodic metal with both harsh and clean vocals. This song is very melodic and modern, and reminds me a little of nu metal actually - Harsh vocals in the verse, melodic in the hit friendly chorus. It's absolutely not bad.
"Eve Of The End" is their first single. There will be a EP in the future.
Published: Sept. 17

BETWEEN WORLDS feat. Ronny Munroe: Between Worlds
Frontiers Music Srl - CD, Digital
BETWEEN WORLDS is a new project with vocalist Ronny Munroe (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ex-METAL CHURCH), and this debut album was written and produced in partnership with Alessandro Del Vecchio (lots of other projects). Other people who has been involved in this product are TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA members Johnny Lee Middleton, Jack Frost, and Chris Caffery (also of SAVATAGE and SPIRITES OF FIRE), as well as Joel Hoekstra (also of WHITESNAKE) and Pete Alpenborg, among others.
The music is American heavy/power metal, or US metal if you prefer that term. Powerful but yet melodic you could say. And Mr. Munroe deliver with lots of passion. This is absolutely not bad. Fans of bands like ARMORED SAINT, METAL CHURCH and similar should like this.
Published: Sept. 16

Anette Olzon: Strong
Frontiers Music Srl - CD, 2LP, Digital
"Strong" is the second solo album from former NIGHTWISH, and current The DARK ELEMENT, vocalissa Anette Olzon. Her first solo album, "Shine", was released in 2014. This new album is going in a harder and faster direction than the debut, but it's still very melodic. The album was written and composed together with Swedish guitarist and producer Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, Magnus Karlsson's FREE FALL etc), and it was mixed by Jacob Hansen (PRETTY MAIDS, VOLBEAT, The DARK ELEMENT etc).
What they have created here is an album filled with great songs. I guess we can call the music heavy metal, even though it's a modern kind and not the traditional kind of heavy metal. Melodic metal is probably the best description to this. Good stuff anyway.
facebook.com/anetteolzonofficial   frontiers.it
Published: Sept. 16

INFIDEL REICH: New World Outrage
Raw Skull Recordz on Sept. 24 - LP, CD, Cassette, Digital
INFIDEL REICH is called working class death metal, and with this album they take the listener back to the sound of the 80s/90s. "New World Outrage" is a conceptual creation, with lyrical content that reflects on the worldwide insanity that has plagued mankind the last several years.
To me this sounds like good old school meat and potato death metal. They deliver their 10 tracks without fussing over it unnecessarily. I like it!
This band seems to have members from both U.S.A. and the Netherlands. They have been around since 2016, and have previously released a EP and 1 full length album.
facebook.com/infidelreich   rawskullrecordz.com
Published: Sept. 15

HELLSWORD: Cold Is The Grave
Emanzipation Productions on Sept. 24 - CD, LP, Digital
HELLSWORD is said to be Slovenia's answer to the first wave of black metal. The trio formed in 2009 influenced by legends such as VENOM, BATHORY and HELLHAMMER, but also newer bands like DESTROYER 666 and NIFELHEIM. "Cold Is The Grave" is their first full length album, but they have previously released a demo and a EP.
Their music is fast and energetic, and their sound is raw and old school. They have many good songs among these 9 tracks, so I would absolutely recomend you to check them out.
hellsword.bandcamp.com   emanzipation.dk
Published: Sept. 15

Metalville Records on Sept. 24 - CD, LP
This is an American hard rocking blues trio, and this is their debut album. Their songs are obviously not the usual old blues rock, but more like ZZ TOP with some extra power and rawness. dUg Pinnick (KING'S X), Jabo Bihlman and Scot "Little" Bihlman is giving new energy to the blues rock genre with these 10 tracks.
But there's actually more than just hard rocking blues here. "Gotta Get Me Some Of That" for example sounds like funky soul music. And the song after that, with the funny title "Who Wants A Spankin", is also more funky.
It's a pretty cool album with many good songs, so it could be worth a try.
Published: Sept. 15

Allegro Talent Media on Sept. 24 - CD
Swizz band AXXELERATOR are back with their first album. Even though they have been called AXXELERATOR since 2010, they have so far just released a EP, "Soulcatcher", in 2015.
The music that these 4 gentlemen are into is old school Bay Area thrash metal, but there can also be elements of other genres in the heavier league. And this is really good stuff. So if you happens to like good old thrash metal, then this is something for you.
Published: Sept. 15

WRAITH: Undo The Chains
Redefining Darkness Records on Sept. 24 - LP, CD, Digital
WRAITH are 4 guys from Indiana playing "no bullshit speed/thrash metal" as they call it, with ingredients from VENOM, early METALLICA, BULLDOZER and MOTÖRHEAD. It's an orgy in riffing, and their sound is really raw. The tempo is high and intense, but yet heavy. I think it has a touch of punk in some of the songs actually. I really like this album!
If I should mention a favorite, then it would be "Disgusting". But nothing is bad here.
wraith-us.bandcamp.com   redefiningdarkness.com
Published: Sept. 14

SUBFIRE: Define The Sinner
Symmetric Records - CD, Digital
SUBFIRE is a project formed in 2004 in Levadia, Greece. Their direction is heavy/power metal with strong, heavy and epic riffs. "Define The Sinner" is the band's debut album, which consist of 10 tracks.
These songs are both powerful and epic at the same time. They are hardly doing anything new, but they do it good and are definitely not doing anything wrong here. This band is absolutely worth a chance. So give them a try right now.
Published: Sept. 14

ENDARKEN: The Plague Of Truth
Self released - CD, Digital
Danish thrashers ENDARKEN features former members of HATESPHERE and CHAOSWAVE. "The Plague Of Truth" contains as much as 14 tracks, and was mixed by Tue Madsen (The HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL, Rob Halford etc etc).
They play a pretty fast and aggressive kind of thrash metal. We don't talk old school thrash here though, but a more modern kind. It's very hard and heavy, but can also be melodic once in a while. I think they are on the border to melodic death metal sometimes.
As you might know, I'm more into the 80s thrash than the modern. But I must say that this band was surprisingly good. They are good musicians and have good songs, so I think that they could actually go far. So listen to them, and if you like what you hear, then spread the word about them.
Published: Sept. 14

Easy Action Records - 10" EP, CD, Digital
This 6-track EP reminds me of old British punk rock bands like CHELSEA and SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS for example. And that's the kind of stuff that I really like to hear. It kicks ass but is not too aggressive, rather catchy with the help of some rock n roll instead, but yet raw. Fans of old British punk should absolutely give this band a try, because I'm very sure that you will like what you hear.
DESPERATE MEASURES was originally formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1981. They released 1 sought after 7", the "1984" EP, that now sells for upwards of $100, and a live album before splitting in 1983, when singer Eugene Butcher moved to the UK. After a couple of well received reformation shows back home in New Zealand supporting British legends like UK SUBS and PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES in 2009 and 2010, a new line up featuring sole original member, Eugene Butcher, have been fully active on the UK music scene. The current line up also consist of Gaff (RICH RAGANY AND THE DIGRESSIONS, ex-GLITTERATI), Ricky McGuire (UK SUBS, The MEN THEY COULDN'T HANG) and James Sherry (ex-K-LINE, DONE LYING DOWN).
Published: Sept. 13

THRICE: Summer Set Fire To The Rain
Epitaph Records - Digital single
It sounds familiar somehow, but I don't know what it is. And it sounds good in the beginning, but after that I don't know what happened, because suddenly it's not so good anymore. But by that time the song is almost over.
This rock song is very catchy and melodic, so if that sounds like something for you, then you should check this out.
"Summer Set Fire To The Rain" is another single from their upcoming album, "Horizons/East", which will be released digitally on Friday, September 17 and physically on October 8.
Published: Sept. 13

The DARKNESS: Nobody Can See Me Cry
Cooking Vinyl - Digital single
It was a while since I heard something new with this band last time, but they sound more or less the same as they use to. So it's very good and catchy glam rock with that special vocals that we get here. This is absolutely worth checking out if you're a fan of The DARKNESS.
"Nobody Can See Me Cry" is taken from their forthcoming album, "Motorheart", which will be released on November 19. The album will be followed by a UK tour in November/December, and will then continue in Europe in the beginning of 2022.
thedarknesslive.com   cookingvinyl.com
Published: Sept. 13

Heavy Psych Sounds Records on Sept. 17 - LP, CD, Digital
That there was an ongoing global pandemic during 2020 didn't stop these guys from starting a band together. The power trio KADABRA comes from Spokane, Washington, USA. And the music on their debut album combine influences from classic acts like DEAD MEADOW, PENTAGRAM and BLACK SABBATH, among others - Psychedelic rock meets hard rock riffing you could say. And yes, it's heavy. But it also sounds old.
7 songs is what we get here, and it's good music. The only problem is that there seems to be thousands of these heavy bands nowadays, so the "compitition" is hard. This is a band that I like though, if that's worth anything to you?
kadabraband.bandcamp.com   heavypsychsounds.com
Published: Sept. 12

VENGEFUL 187: War Neurosis
CDN Records on Sept. 17 - CD, Cassette
"War Neurosis" is a hardcore record drawing influence heavily from early beatdown bands like DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR, BORN FROM PAIN and ONE SECOND THOUGHT. The album covers various concepts relating to war, from trench warfare to PTSD.
They begin really heavy with the title track, which sounds more like a intro than a real song. But they continue to play really heavy after that, so it's obviously their style to play heavy hardcore. That doesn't stop them from being brutal though, so don't you worry about that.
The members are from both U.S.A. and Norway.
facebook.com/vengeful187   cdnrecords.com
Published: Sept. 12

C Squared Underground Music Special
C Squared Music on Sept. 17 - Digital
What we have here is a pretty wild mixture of various artists. From goth and psychedelic doom metal to pure metal and melodic symphonic metal, as well as some pure synth music and darkwave. And then I have just mentioned some of it all. My diplomatic opinion is that both sound and song quality variate a lot here. The brutal truth is that almost nothing is excellent here, and too much is just crap. But that's just my opinion of course, and you might still find something that you like here, because everything is not bad. A wild guess is that it's something like 50/50 good/bad.
What these 14 artists have in common is that they all have something to do with the PR/marketing/management C Squared Music (formerly known as Dewar PR), and they are all lurking in the underground scene. Some tracks are exclusive for this compilation.
Best bands: SPACEGOAT and TBTW.
Published: Sept. 12

Sliptrick Records on Sept. 14 - CD, Digital
THUNDERMAKER is a Swedish heavy metal project led by Martin Gummesson. This album features special guest vocalists such as Ronny Munroe (METAL CHURCH), Tim "Ripper" Owens (KK's PRIEST, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, Yngwie Malmsteen), Rille Larsson and L-G Petrov (ENTOMBED/ENTOMBED A.D.). Mr Munroe sing on 4 of the songs, and the Ripper and Rille on 2 each, while L-G roars on 1 track. And I guess that this must have been one of L-G's last recordings before he passed away in March this year.
The music is true heavy metal in the good old way, so no surprises there. The songs are good and everybody is doing a good job here. So there's not much to complain about here.
THUNDERMAKER has previously released 2 albums.
facebook.com/thundermakerofficial   sliptrickrecords.com
Published: Sept. 12

Ashtray Monument on Sept. 17 - 7" EP, Digital EP
THUNDERCLAP is a Gainesville, Florida-based trio, formed by veterans of the local punk/underground scene. With this band they melt together doom and punk to a croosover brew. And these 2 tracks are heavy, melodic and doomy. Like melodic heavy rock with a touch of indie pop or something. At least the first track, "Morkkis". The second track, "March Of The Wombats", is harder and heavier though.
They have previously released an album in 2019, and is currently working on their second LP.
thunderclap666.bandcamp.com   ashtraymonument.com
Published: Sept. 12

TALES OF THE OLD: The Book Of Chaos
Pride & Joy Music on Sept. 17 - CD
TALES OF THE OLD is said to be a symphonic dark ambient power metal band. The group was founded by keybord player Mike Tzanakis in 2010, and comes from Athens, Greece. A demo was released the same year, and then a EP in 2012. After that it has been silent, as the band didn't even exist. But now the band has been reformed with new members and a new vision.
Among their influences are classic acts like RHAPSODY, NIGHTWISH and THERION. But TALES OF THE OLD do it with a darker twist. Classical orchestrations are entwined with lyrics inspired by the Medieval era. Not bad at all.
facebook.com/talesoftheold   prideandjoy.de
Published: Sept. 11

InterCore: Dreams For Sale
Pride & Joy Music on Sept. 17 - CD
Guitarist/songwriter/producer Raimo Rommedahl (ex-COUSIN BILL) and singer/guitarist Jesper Max (ex-FRAISE) met each other on tour in early 2014. They shared the same dream of making their own music and build a studio. So they built the studio (called Rockstone) and then started to record their first album as INTERCORE. Thomas "Shuffle" Persson (ex-HIGHLANDER) became the drummer, and Robert Fallqvist played the bass.
It took 4 years to complete the album, but now it will finally be released. And the result is a melodic hard rock album with influences from the 80s and the 90s. Not bad at all, so it could be worth a try.
Published: Sept. 11

Rough Trade Records on Sept. 10 - LP, CD, Digital
If the debut album was more of a punky rock album, their second is a pure punk explosion. And it really kicks ass! With a cheeky attitude they deliver songs that glow with passion. 13 tracks straight off in 35 minutes. It doesn't have to be more complicated than that. This is the band you should be interested in.
This album is almost like the best pizza you ever had. It has all the right ingredients that you love. It's so fantastic that it makes you want to sing along. It's very catchy and energetic.
Published: Sept. 10

Self released - Digital single
From Bergen, Norway comes the old school thrashers RELENTLESS AGGRESSION. They released their debut album, "A Shadow of All Things Broken", in February. Now they release a new song, "American Carnage", with lyrics about the chaos in the States the last years, leading up to the storming of the Capitol.
The band actually started back in 1986 already as HELL AWAITS. After an apperance at Bergen Thrash Festival in 1990 they went into hiatus. But in 2018 2 of the members decided to restart the band.
This song is a fast, even though not super fast, thrasher. But it's also hard and heavy. Not bad at all, so maybe you should give it a try? Yes, do that!
Published: Sept. 9

INSOMNIUM: Argent Moon
Century Media on Sept. 17 - CD, LP/CD, Digital
Finnish band INSOMNIUM play a darker and heavier kind of melodic death metal, that is far away from the famous Gothenburg sound. This is Finnish melancholy for all the money. These 4 songs are atmospheric pieces, and actually pretty soft. Heavy and melodic at the same time. Not bad at all. I think I like this. But it sounds more like dark metal to me than melodic death metal, so fans of that could probably like this more than death metallers.
insomnium.net   centurymedia.com
Published: Sept. 9

Inverse Records - CD, Digital
"Eyes Of The Warrior" is the second album from this Finnish band, and it's just as great as their first album was. So in other words true 80s hard rock/heavy metal. The songs are really strong, so you should not underestimate this band.
Even though it's a familiar sound from the past, they have somehow managed to put its own stamp on the whole thing. It's both melodic and powerful at the same time, as well as catchy.
HOOTENANNY FREAKS formed back in 1997, but for some reason they didn't release anything until 2013. With this album they introduce the new guitarist/keyboardist Aapo Häyrinen.
hootenannyfreaks.bandcamp.com   inverse.fi
Published: Sept. 9

HEADSHRINKER: Callous Indifference
Self released - Digital
"Callous Indifference" is the debut album from this Denver-based death metal band, who formed in 2017. 3 of 4 members have a past in the Chicago-based death/black metal band POLYPTYCH, and the drummer, Pete Webber, comes from HAVOK. The music that they make is a dark but extreme kind of death/doom, even though there's faster pieces too. Their sound is compared with bands like DISKORD, ULTHAR and TOMB MOLD, if any of those sounds familiar to you? A mixture of old school and more modern death metal you could say, but with some doom metal then.
This is not totally useless, but I have heard more interesting stuff through the years. That should not stop you from giving them a try though.
Published: Sept. 9

Matador Records - Digital single
The new album, "Comfort To Me", is out on Friday, September 10 via Rough Trade Records. On Tuesday, September 7, they released the last single from the album.
"Hertz" is a daydream of wanting to go to the country/bush and see landscapes other then the city. A catchy little punk rock bastard that I really like. Chack this out!
Review of the album soon..
Published: Sept. 8

SILENCE EQUALS DEATH: I'll See You On The Other Side
Upstate Records on Sept. 10 - CD, Digital
What we get here is hardcore from some New Jersey veterans. There's 6 new tracks combined with re-mixed/re-mastered version of their 2020 release, "Revolution Rising!".
With lots of energy they deliver their hardcore songs, and spice it up with both metal and punk. Sometimes it's angry, sometimes melodic. But most of all it's hard and heavy.
Worth checking out.
Published: Sept. 8

Tankcrimes on Sept. 10 - LP, Digital
Los Angeles beer drinkers TRAPPIST - featuring members from SPAZZ and DESPISE YOU - and Oakland weed smokers CONNOISSEUR have made a 15-track split album. And what we get is a bloody mess of fastcore, sludge, power violence, and underground hardcore/punk. Both bands are pretty noisey but o.k. It's hard to tell which are the best band here, but they both have a different style, so I guess it's pretty even.
TRAPPIST was born in 2014, and consisting of scene legends ​Chris Dodge​ (SPAZZ, ex-DESPISE YOU, ex-INFEST), ​Phil Vera​ (CROM, DESPISE YOU, ex-(16)-), and ​Ryan Harkins​ (co-owner of popular heavy metal themed burger joint Grill Em' All, ex-KILLED IN ACTION). Their mission is to "annihilate the listener with a storm of d-beat, crust punk, power violence, and hardcore all in the name of BEER (their name gives a nod to the Trappist or abbey ales brewed by Cistercian monks in [mostly] Belgium)."
CONNOISSEUR describe themselves as "full blown marijuana addicts", and their music is described as "really fast and very sludgy at times". Or like "EARTH CRISIS if they smoked weed and listened to SPAZZ".
tankcrimes.com   facebook.com/TrappistLA   facebook.com/xConnoisseurx
Published: Sept. 8

GOATFATHER: Monster Truck
Argonauta Records on Sept. 17 - LP, CD, Digital
GOATFATHER is a French band who play heavy stoner rock n roll, and this is their second album. Their first album, "Hipster Fister", was released in 2016, so it has taken some time to deliver something new.
Their sound is powerful and catchy, and these 8 tracks is hardly any cat shit. A luxury problem might be that the competition in this genre is pretty big. But if you are a true fan of stoner, then you should not let that stop you.
goatfather.bandcamp.com   argonautarecords.com
Published: Sept. 7

Black Lion Records on Sept. 17 - CD, Digital
Slow and atmospheric, but yet hard and heavy with growl. They start with a song that is as much as 11 and a half minutes long. The other songs are between 6 and a half to 9 and a half minutes. It's like the claws of brutality wants to tear out your soul.
GHOSTHEART NEBULA play a blackened kind of doom metal, that is cosmic and melancholy. The band was formed in 2017 as a trio, and released their first EP, "Reveries", in December 2018. "Ascension" is the group's first full length as a whole band.
The album was recorded in Italy, mixed and mastered in Norway, and will be released through a Swedish label.
facebook.com/ghostheart.nebula   blacklion.nu
Published: Sept. 7

FAMISHGOD: Rotting Ceremony
Xtreem Music - CD, LP, Cassette, Digital
FAMISHGOD was formed in early 2013 by the duo of Funëdeim (guitar/bass) and Dave Rotten (vocals) to create a dark and heavy mixture of doom and death metal. "Rotting Ceremony" is the third and last chapter in the band's trilogy, whose lyrics conform a conceptual story.
There's a dark cloud over this album, which makes it sound really heavy, even though they can surprise us with some melodies once in a while. The 7 songs are between 5:46 to 8:55 minutes long. And if you like it heavy and brutal, then this could absolutely be something for you.
famishgod.com   shop.xtreemmusic.com
Published: Sept. 7

EXXPERIOR: Escalating Conflicts
Iron Shield Records on Sept. 17 - CD
Maniacs! This band go all in on progressive thrash metal. They are not taking the easiest way to get through a song, and it's actually a bit crazy. If they only could have better songs, like SYSTEM OF A DOWN for example, then it could have been more interesting. Like it is now, it's just an interesting adventure, but nothing gets stuck. And as there's as much as 15 tracks, this album last for an eternity (well, 76 minutes at least).
"Escalating Conflicts" is a concept album. But I don't know what the concept is as I just got a digital copy for review, and not a word about that in the press release. But you can on the other hand find out in the 28-page booklet that is included with this album, so don't worry.
EXXPERIOR started their adventure in 2010 as a Tom Liebing project with various guest musicians and singers. But the lineup have now been stable for the last 4 years.
exxperior.bandcamp.com   ironshieldrecords.de
Published: Sept. 7

Metalapolis Records on Sept. 17 - CD, LP
French band ETERNAL FLIGHT was founded in 2001 by former DREAM CHILD member Gérard Fois. They have previously released 4 albums, and now their fifth will be released.
Their musical goal is to produce an interesting form of melodic heavy metal with traditional hard rock, heavy metal and progressive metal. So this is something that can please many different kinds of fans. No matter which genre you prefer, you should find something that you like here.
Well, the songs are good, so the album is absolutely worth listening to.
eternalflight.wixsite.com/eternalflight   metalapolis.eu
Published: Sept. 7