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Steel Assassin

“World War II-Metal Of Honor” is the name of Steel Assasin’s brand new studio album. As you might have already guessed, it’s a concept album. Their guitarist Kevin put a lot of effort into researching the concept. World War II is such a vast topic, it’s no wonder Steel Assassin had to find their own approach to the subject.

Witchgrave

Witchgrave form Sweden are a new phenomenon like we had Ghost and now these days Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats.  The play N.W.O.B.H.M. just like it came straight from the old days of glory. Their mini-album “The Devils Night’ sold out very quickly. In those days Witchgrave excisted only out of two people. Since then they have ground into a proper four-piece band.

Dr. Living Dead

Dr. Living Dead were a part of a metal family, they’d be the child of Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies, and the brothers of Gama Bomb and Lich King. I say this because the first bands I mentioned seem to be their direct influence from old school thrash metal. And the other two are the bands the perfectly fit in from the modern thrash metal scene.

Hatriot

Old school Kreator is back from the early eighties? Oh no, my mistake, it’s the Bay Area thrash band Hatriot. With Heroes Of Origin, the veteran metal singer Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza is back in action. We know this legend from his time with Exodus and off course from Legacy (now Testament).

Knight Fury

Knight Fury is not a normal band from the US, it’s a real super-group from Arizona. The members of this band are well established in the US-scene like Chris Sanders on guitars (ex- Lizzy Borden). Dave Ellefson on bass and Ken Mary on drums may be known to metal-fans as (former) musicians in bands like Megadeth and Alice Cooper.

Nukore

Back in the days we had a hype in the metalscène that’s called nu- metal. Bands like Korn, Limp Bizkikt, Deftones, Slipknot, POD, (HED) pe made a interesting mix between hip hop and metal. These days only the biggest band of those who I just mentioned survived and still play big concerts. Now and than you find a lost band who’s trying to make it in these cruel world.

Power Theory

With An Ax To Grind the second album of this quartet from Pennsylvania is ready. It’s only been 12 months since they re-released their debut-album Out Of Ashes, Into The Fire… And Other Tales Of Insanity. Power Theory is an band who’s playing rocking metal with certain Saxon- influences, while the raw vocals remind mor on ex Metal- Church- frontman David Wayne.

Classic metal- riffing and nice twin- leads are combined with thrashy elements. Some highlights on the record are “Pure Steel” with its midtempo groove.

Stallion Four

Sweden is the place to be these days. Bands like Enforcer and Sabaton grow fast. And now we have Stallion four. A band who often remind on bands like Krokus (in the early 80’s) bus for sure on the gods of hard rock AC/DC. But despite of that, they don’t copy them.

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