Blaze, not be confused with the once Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden, and Blaze main man Blaze Bayley, no sir no, these 4 youngsters hail from Japan, and with the EP the rock dinosaur they provide us a really good slab of very old school hard rock/ Metal, in this case not so much influenced by the known NWOBHM stars of the early 80 ear like Maiden, Saxon or Priest, but rather influenced by UFO, old scorpions and MSG.
According to the Bio “Serpent” is a German band built around two individuals also known as Vent & Tongue. Apparently it’s ther aim to rejoy the world with NWOBHM styled metal in the tradition of “Satan” and “ Blitzkrieg” and is “Possessed by night” an enhanced re-release of their demo. Well actually it reads better then it sounds…….
Sweden and desert rock a match made in heaven…… Dozer, Greenleaf, Spiritual Beggers, to name a few besides Truckfighters.. “UNIVERSE” is the 4 th full length of these dudes, and what an album this is…… I dare say that calling “Universe” a stonerrock release is a actually labelling the band which something they have at least partially outgrown…. Outgrown in a positive manner that is.
Salem .. one of those names that might sound familiar with those metal heads who have a more than average interest in NWOBHM.
Long gone are the days that an Italian Metal album was a rarity, these days not a week seems to go by without yet another Italian release. This time it’s Pleonaxia, if I look at the meaning of the word Pleonexia, I am told it’s “the insatiable desire to have what rightfully belongs to others“…..
Neck Deep is a Welsh quintet whom with “Wishful Thinking” present us there debut album.
Sparta a NWOBHM band who’s history goes back to 1979! decided to record a new album after a successful re-release of their old ( obscure) stuff via the HIGHROLLER RECORDS LABEL. Begs the question if this was a good idea….. I would say yes and no…..
“The X experiment” is according to the band based on and I quote “a great futuristic concept, a modern fantastic story set in a post-nuclear world where chaos reigns and humanity does not believe in anything…a story that will further develop in the next album” , all in an epic /progressive power metal, fashion.
Grooving Modern high tech influenced Aussie quintet deliver us with "Catalyst” their 2nd full length album… samples, synth’s , staccato riffs and alternating clean and grunt ( ish) vocals. That what a lot of nowadays groove – dare I say- NU bands stand for and that’s what Dawn Heist stands for. On “Catalyst” there are no songs which could be described as crap, but –unfortunately - at the same time there is also not one track which I would describe as memorable.
Dark Forest are a UK quintet, who present us on “The awakening” a slab of traditional heavy metal.