Following The Beast is the second full album from the Swedish warriors united under the banner of Gormathon, after 2010’s Lens Of Guardian (Supernova Records). There was also an EP in 2012, Celestial Warrior, by the way, and the songs from that mini-album are part of this full length too.
The Cavalera brothers Max and Igor delude nobody when it comes to determination and stubbornness. In the 1990s the Brazilians brought up some of the most uncompromising Metal records of music history with Sepultura and show with Cavalera Conspiracy that fatigue is a foreign word f. These lads from Brazil, French and the USA play these awesome mix between death- and trash metal.
Nachtblut, the Lower-Saxonian one, are a German quintet that return with Chimonas, the successor of 2012’s Dogma, and their fourth studio recording in almost ten years of existence. Frontman Askeroth and his horde created once again a catchy, well-produced full length with this one, which has a total running time of fifty minutes.
‘Audrey Horne’ return with their new album just over a year since the highly enjoyable ‘Youngblood’. Most of the band members are also in death/black metal bands, yet Audrey Horne is more a homage to the classic rock of bands like ‘Van Halen, Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden’.
Now this is a great release, PET THE TEACHER newest release is as far as I am concerned one of the first highlights of 2014. Imagine MONSTERMAGNET and CLUTCH deciding to lock themselves up for a few week in a recording studio and the end result might be something very similar to “The cave & the sunlight”. This Swedish outfit twist and groove, bump and grind from opener The Cave up to closer The web , and after that..
If there’s one thing you cannot accuse Grave Digger of, it’s of being unproductive. Since their debut in 1984, and despite a six year hiatus that spanned from 1987 to 1993, they’ve so far released 16 full albums if you include the 1987 ‘Stronger Than Ever’ album which was released under the name Digger. So this, my friends, makes ‘Return Of The Reaper’ their 17th studio album. And between these studio albums, they’ve also released EP’s, compilations, live albums….
Slo Burn, Unida, Hermano,Vista Chino, All these bands have singer John Garcia in common, and still despite this list of bands, he will forever be remembered in the first place for being part of KYUSS, the band who put this genre called desert/stonerrock on the map.
I seem to have missed the two albums that were released between ‘End Of Eden’ and this album, those albums being ‘Circus Black’, which apparently was a concept album, and ‘Re-Evolution’, an album featuring existing Amberian Dawn songs, but re-recorded with their new vocalist Päivi “Capri” Virkkunen, who has replaced Heidi Parviainen. Together with the old vocalist, the drummer Heikki Saari and guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen also left the band. These were replaced by two ex-members of the band, Joon
If you like gothic or symphonic metal, then ‘Sacrificium’, the sixth studio album from Xandria is a must have. Despite a change of vocalist, Manuela Kraller has been replaced by Dianne Van Giersbergen who also sings in Ex Libris, who’s Dutch, but no family of Anneke Van Giersbergen. It is clear that Dianne has been inspired by Tarja, and also that founder and composer Marco Heubaum has gotten some inspiration by listening to Nightwish.
Bloody Hammers new album was the band’s introduction to me and boy what an introduction it is… “Under Satan’s Sun” is an occult doom album which stylish wise comes close to what band Paradise Lost mrk. 2 had on offer, but better …. Absolute best track of the album no doubt is “Spearfinger”, it ‘s a track which has it all, an addictive groove and a chorus which will make you sing a long wanting or not… Bloody Hammers “ Under Satan”s Sun” is a must have if you like it dark heavy and slow….