MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Resurrection

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Resurrection NUCLEAR BLAST 6/10 HISTORICAL HARD ROCK: It’s a sign of how popular and respected Michael Schenker is that he can get together three of the singers he’s previously worked...

SHINING X – Varg Utan Flock

SHINING X - Varg Utan Flock SEASON OF MIST 8/10 SUICIDAL BLACK METAL:Shining, led by maniacal frontman Niklas Kvarforth, has carried forth its brand of black metal for two plus decades now,...

ASENBLUT Legenden

ASENBLUT Legenden AFM 7/10 VIKING MELODEATH 2.0: Two years after their third—so what if we sound like a lightly blackened Amon Amarth turned up to 11?—album, Berserker, Germany’s Asenblut returns to its old...

SAXON Thunderbolt

SAXON Thunderbolt MILITIA GUARD 9/10 HEAVY METAL THUNDER: Finding a band that sounds this vibrant and authentic on its 22nd album is no easy task, but Saxon has long proven its status as...

SEPTIC TANK Rotting Civilisation

SEPTIC TANK Rotting Civilisation RISE ABOVE 4/10 CRUST: Originally shat into existence in 1994, Septic Tank’s ranks were filled by Cathedral’s Lee Dorian and Gaz Jennings plus Repulsion’s Scott Carlson and Trouble’s Barry...

ARMORED DAWN Barbarians in Black

ARMORED DAWN Barbarians in Black AFM 8/10 POWER METAL: In spite of all the hype AFM has generated in order to sell records, recoup advance money, and ultimately have Armored Dawn existing as...

AXEL RUDI PELL Knight’s Call

AXEL RUDI PELL Knight’s Call STEAMHAMMER / SPV 8/10 HEAVY POWER METAL: Axel Rudi Pell has really cemented his place in the metal world, starting with his early days in the German outfit...

SAULT Seeds of Power

SAULT Seeds of Power INDEPENDENT 8/10 HEAVY ROCK: Sault’s dependable, rhythm driven, heavy rock draws influence from 90s alt-grunge rock from bands, such as Tool, Sevendust, and Soundgarden. Sault was initially formed in 2014...

ANVIL Pounding the Pavement

ANVIL Pounding the Pavement STEAMHAMMER / SPV 8/10 METAL ON METAL: Canada’s legendary Anvil has made a career out of mixing old school speed metal with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor and...

JINJER Cloud Factory

JINJER Cloud Factory NAPALM 8/10 EXPLOSIVE VERSATILE METAL: Re-releasing its 2014 sophomore album Cloud Factory through Napalm certainly will provide plenty more opportunity for notoriety for Ukrainian metallers Jinjer. A dizzying hybrid of...