Metal Reviews

Iconic / Second Skin is a great ensemble of talent and tunes

Iconic - Second Skin. A great ensemble of talent and tunes featuring Michael Sweet, Joel Hoekstra, Marco Mendoza, Tommy Aldridge and Nathan James.@iconicofficialmusic @michaelsweetstryper @joelhoekstra13 @marcomendozaofficial #TommyAldridge @thenathanjames @brian_boyle_72

Album Of The Week / The seriously underrated Exocrine release The Hybrid Suns

Seriously underrated, there is an enormous skill, technical mastery and experimentation involved in their work.@exocrine_official @uniqueleaderrecords #TechnicalDeathMetal

Infanteria build huge Thrash Metal songs on Patriarch

Infanteria release Patriarch (Independent Release) on 17 June 2022.An album that gets better on every listen, and if you enjoy Thrash Metal with a bit more to it, then this is an album for you. @infanteriametal

Stillborn / Cultura de la Muerte, an engagingly brutal assault on the senses

Album review: Stillborn - Cultura de la Muerte (Godz Ov War Productions). Release Date: 10 June 2022. This is an engagingly brutal assault on the senses.@godz_ov_war_productions #Stillborn

Soulfly box set demonstrates Max Cavalera’s important place in the Metal hierarchy

Soulfly – The Soul Remains Insane. There is enough here to demonstrate why the Brazilian icon remains an important member of the Metal hierarchy almost 40 years since he started making his own form of extreme music. @thesoulflytribe @bmguk

GWAR / Alien Lords and Masters demand your unfettered attention

Album Review - GWAR - The New Dark Ages. If you love GWAR, this will be a welcome addition to the collection and will heighten the anticipation of the forthcoming UK shows. @gwar

Crobot / Feel This “for me, is the best album so far this year”

Crobot - Feel This album review. (Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group). Pottsville rockers Robot deliver what, for me, is the best album so far this year.@crobotband @mascotlabelgroup

Malignant Aura / Abysmal Misfortune Is Draped Upon Me is superbly bleak and haunting

Malignant Aura. Abysmal Misfortune Is Draped Upon Me is a magnificently unnerving hulk of Death Doom that creeps slowly upon you, smothering you with its bleak, shadowy and haunting grandeur. @malignantaura666 @bitterlossrecords

Def Leppard / Diamond Star Halos an eclectic triumph from one of music’s finest institutions

Def Leppard will never make a better album than Hysteria, but Diamond Star Halos is the closest they've come since Adrenalize.Def Leppard - Diamond Star Halos (UMV - Mercury) @defleppard @brian_boyle_72

Album Of The Week / The Heretic Order release III – Let the nightmares begin

Album Review: The Heretic Order - III (Massacre Records)Ignore this album at your peril because Dominus DF Ragnar knows where you live. Let the nightmares begin. @thehereticorder @massacrerecordseurope

Bridear / Aegis Of Athena cracks things wide open – resistance is futile

Bridear / Aegis Of Athena album review. @pmonkhouse1Bridear have completed the next stage of their evolution, one that should further crack things wide open for them. @bridear_jp @orion_setsuzoku

Decapitated drop the album of their career with Cancer Culture

I think Decapitated have dropped the album of their careers (so far) with Cancer Culture. @decapitatedband @nuclearblastrecordsFor me it encapsulates the power and technical mastery that drew me to the first release of theirs to cross my path and seize my attention, 2006’s Organic Hallucinosis.

Lord Belial rekindle the fire with Rapture, the Black Metal highlight of 2022

Album review. Lord Belial - Rapture (Hammerheart Records) Release Date: 27 May 2022.This release is undoubtedly set to be the Black Metal highlight for 2022. @lordbelialband @hammerheartrecords666

Michael Schenker / The Mad Axeman attacks again – with an album of quality.

Album Review - Michael Schenker Group – Universal, Atomic Fire.Universal sees 13 tracks and over 50 minutes of highly crafted melodic rock, featuring Schenker's fluid and unique guitar playing. @michaelschenkerrocks @atomicfirerecords

Album Of The Week / Brave Rival creates a thrilling life-changing debut

Brave Rival – Life's Machine album review. Release Date 6 May 2022.Every band dreams of writing and releasing the perfect debut. Very few achieve that, but Brave Rival have, and then some. Photo: Rob Blackham. @braverivalband @pmonkhouse1

Anvil / Impressive Canadian Heavy Metallers have you bracing for impact

Anvil – Impact Is Imminent (AFM Records). Album Review. Release Date: 20 May 2022.There is no band more dedicated to the Metal cause than Steve' Lips' Kudlow, Robb Reiner, and bassist Chris Robertson. @anvil.metal @lipsanvil @afm.records

Virgin Idol / Self-titled debut album brings an old school feel to their music

Badged as traditional occult Heavy Metal, the US three-piece of JR Preston, Chris Reed, and Scott Michaels certainly bring an old school feel to their music. Their self-titled debut release firmly gazes upwards towards the Cirith Ungol, Judas Priest and Grand Magus camp.

Icare / Charogne a brutally romantic tribute to nineteenth-century French poet Charles Baudelaire

Album Review: Icare release Charogne on Hummus Records. Charogne is a brutally romantic tribute to nineteenth-century French poet Charles Baudelaire.@hummusrecords #Icare
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