Metal Reviews

Warfare / The Lemmy Sessions show creativity outside of Motörhead

Warfare - The Lemmy Sessions (Cherry Red Records). Warfare brazenly approached Lemmy by telling him that he had the job of producing them. The resulting album was Metal Anarchy, released in 1985, and also featured guest guitars by Motörhead's Wurzel. #Warfare @officialmotorhead

NervoChaos / Veteran Brazilian Death merchants continue to surprise

Now in their 26th year, Brazilian Death Metal legends NervoChaos show no signs of slowing with their latest and 11th full-length, Chthonic Wrath. Words: @hutchie224 @nervochaos @emanzipationprod

Ferocious Dog / A real joy to explore, indulge, and enjoy

Exceptionally fun, boisterous and carrying the messages that need to be made, Ferocious Dog 10-anniversary release is a real joy to explore, indulge, and enjoy. Words: @hutchie224 @ferociousdog.uk @graphite_records

Cruachan craft the definitive Folk Metal release of 2023

Album review - Cruachan - The Living And The Dead may be Cruachan's most masterful work to date. Few would argue its the definitive Folk Metal release of 2023. Words: @hitchie224 @cruachan_official @despotzrecords

Shores Of Null / The Loss Of Beauty, dark, tempestuous and melancholic doom

Album review - Shores Of Null - The Loss Of Beauty. Continues in that dark, tempestuous and melancholic vein and once again an impressive release. @shoresofnull @spikerotrecords

Mork / Dypet an icy blast of sensational Norwegian Black Metal

Mork return with full-length studio release Dypet, follow up to 2021's superb Katedralen, delivering yet another icy blast of sensational Norwegian Black Metal.

The Answer / Sundowners is a tour de force return

The Answer - Sundowners (Golden Robot Records). Back with album number seven, Sundowners, the County Down boys have that Celtic fire burning brightly again. Words: @ brian_boyle_72 @theanswerrock @goldenrobotrecords

Wardress / Resurrected German Metallers direct vibrant old-school credentials

Album Review - Wardress – Metal ‘Til The End (MDD Records). Well played and with a vibrant energy that is infectious, there’s plenty you can enjoy if you want your Heavy Metal as routine as it comes. @wardressmetal @mdd_records

Robert Jon & The Wreck at their no-compromise best on One Of A Kind

Robert Jon & The Wreck – One Of A Kind EP (Journeyman Records). Perfectly tooled and incandescent hard rocking blues for the masses. Its kick-ass soundtracking. @robertjonandthewreck Words: @pmonkhouse1

Connor Selby / Quality debut album suggests huge potential ahead

Album Review - Connor Selby - Connor Selby, Deluxe Edition (Provogue). This thoroughly solid album performed at this standard hints at huge potential ahead. Words: @liz_medhurst @connorjamesselby @provogue_records

A night of nostalgia with Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes and My Vitriol

A packed Birmingham Institute hosted a night of nostalgia. Hundred Reasons - Hell Is For Heroes - My Vitriol - O2 Institute Birmingham - 3 March 2023. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @hellisforheroesldn @hundredreasonsband @myvitriolofficial @o2institutebham

Meg Myers / Tzia is intelligent, passionate and beautifully crafted

Album review - Meg Myers – Tzia (Sumerian Records). Tzia is certain to be one of the most outstanding albums of this year. Words: @pmonkhouse1 @megmyers @sumerianrecords

Hanoi Rocks / Oriental Beat a thing of glorious nostalgia

Review: Hanoi Rocks – Oriental Beat - 40th Anniversary - Svart Records. A thing of glorious nostalgia rather than a classic, yet still worthy of checking out. Words: @pmonkhouse1 @hanoirockss @michaelmonroeofficial

Night Demon / Exciting conceptual album delivers more on every level

In Outsider, Night Demon bring their A-game and deliver in some style. I, for one, am chomping at the bit to experience these tracks in the live setting. Words: @hutchie224 @irongripheavymetal @nightdemonmetal

Dream Upon Tombs have woken from their necromantic slumber

I have been very impressed with some of the broad-ranging Black Metal hailing from Australia of late, and Palaces Of Dust is no exception.

MetalTalk Album Of The Week | Haken – Fauna constantly delights

London-based Progressive Metallers Haken herald the return of original keyboard player Pete Jones with Fauna, their most ambitious album to date. @haken_official @charliegriffithsguitar @insideoutmusic

Stargazer / Think melodic dream, combining heavy riffs with soaring vocals

Album review: Stargazer – Life Will Never Be The Same (Mighty Music). It's a melodic dream, combining heavy riffs with the soaring vocals of Tore André Helgemo. Words: @hutchie224 @stargazer_thehardrockband @mightymusicdk

Enslaved / Heimdal is truly an album for all times

Norwegian legend's excellent 16th release weaves a mysterious tale steeped in Norse mythology. Words: @hutchie224 @enslavedofficial @nuclearblastrecords
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