For those who are new to the band, Pagan Altar is one of the best heavy metal/NWOBHM acts to date. The group was formed back in 1980 and quickly reached a cult-status for the fans of the genre. This is a re-release of their 2006 album and it is a solid proof of their underrated genius. Pagan Altar are a metal band I'm always looking forward too to listen to. There are only a few bands playing metal at such an original level as they do. Their music is very difficult to describe, anyway, there's not a second band sounding similar to them.
The Dutch outfit Gingerpig totally awed me with their debut The Ways Of Gingerpig in 2011. Now they are back with its successor Hidden From View where they continue to play their mix of blues and hard prog rock full of variety. They often change the pace and are not afraid of more playful, jazzy or dramatic parts. My favourite songs are “Oceans” and “Pride” that even sport a certain psychedelic latin atmosphere.
Across Tundras brings to the table a mixture of several different genres that some might say shouldn’t may be crossed, but this band deliver the goods for sure. Across Tundras’ contribution is much in the vein of their previous works albeit not quite as haunting country-like as their lastest Sage but certainly more doomy. “Low haunts” and “Crux to bear” are long spirited songs infused with elements from stoner, indie, folk, Americana and luckily doom.
Target Earth is the sixteenth album and the thirteenth studio albumby the Canadian Heavy Metal band Voivod, which was released on January 22, 2013. This is the first Voivod studio album to feature Daniel Mongrain on guitar (replacing the late Denis D'Amour and the first since 1991's Angel Rat with Jean-Yves Thériault on bass. (wikipedia)
To say it took a few listens before Har Nevo opened up would be the understatement of the year. I still have to be in a particular mood to really enjoy the music fully, This is The Black Heart Rebellion latest and they have created an album of the type that doesn't come along very often.
Moss’s Horrible Night is grim, bleak, desolate, distorted, sombre, painstakingly slow yet the infernal pandemonium Chris Chantler-drums, Dominic Finbow-guitars and Olly Pearson-vocals/bass whip up is intoxicating.
Evil Invader’s music is built upon the structures of 80s speed/thrash and fans of bands like Savage Grace, Agent Steel, Razor, Exciter and Jaguar will want to give this one a spin.. The disc spins off with “Victim of sacrifice” a pounding riff-monster played in 80's nwobhm/thrash tradition, rolling on gripping repetition leads and a double-bass drummed drive. If you like this track, you’ll surely also love the rest of the album.
Tombstone Highway’s latest is worth checking out, but not really a life and death purchase. Not now, but who knows what the future hold? The record is an assorted musical melding pot with ample amounts of hard-, southern- and 70’s rock and chugging metal all rolled into one.
Night Bitch is the Connecticut based occult heavy metal band featuring Hour of 13 guitarist Ryan Adams and Hour of 13 live session members Phil Swanson, Chris Taylor (drums) and Mark Eles (bass). In 2010 they already released a 5-track EP Sex & Magik and now they’re back with a three track EP.
Now that they have found their way to Relapse Records, Inter Arma’s unique music will be available to a much larger crowd. From black to doom to post and to sludge metal Sky Burial is comprised of innovative, inventive and incredible crushing metal The band's versatility shines through on every track and the band is able to pull each song off without sounding like any. I was totally captivated by this band from the beginning. These guys can mangle your intestines just as easily as they mangle genres.