Nightmare – Dead Sun

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Nightmare – Dead Sun
AFM Records
Release Date: 20/01/2017
Running Time: 53:26
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

As a reviewer I have to be open to all kinds of rock and metal music, but underneath my reviewer’s mask I am a normal person and just like any other normal person, I have my favourite genres. For any of you that know me, thrash is one such favourite genre but, and maybe not so obviously, so is power metal and when the band, Nightmare, came up on our roster for review, I knew I absolutely had to do it.

Having first heard them on the album “Cosmovision” I have since acquired the back catalogue and have not been disappointed with anything they have done.

That, however, does not mean that I went into this review with my eyes shut, blindly liking everything just because of what they have previously done. That is not what reviewing is about. And besides, there have been some huge line-up changes for this album that could have totally altered their whole sound from anything they have ever done.

But let’s start at the beginning… Formed in the French town of Grenoble in 1979, Nightmare  were pioneers in the French heavy metal scene and they released their debut album “Waiting for Twilight” in 1984, with their second, “Power of the Universe”, released in 1985.

And then they disappeared! For fourteen years!

They burst back onto the scene in 1999 with their album “Astral Deliverance” and followed up with a further 8 albums, along with a few line-up changes but in October 2015 they announced their biggest personnel change to date, the additions of powerhouse vocalist Maggie Luyten (Beautiful Sin, Beyond the Bridge, ex-Ayreon) and drummer Olivier Casla (Sandragon, ex-Thalidomide, The Seven Gates)

Arranged in France by producer Patrick Liotard, “Dead Sun” was produced and mixed at Sandlane Studios in the Netherlands by Joost van den Broek and recorded at Noise Factory Studio in Belgium with Gerald Jans behind the desk and is the band’s tenth release.

Having previously been heavily influenced by the NWOBHM sound, this could be classed as their heaviest release to date, leaning towards the heavier, more aggressive side of power metal and the addition of Luyten on vocals has only added to this transition.

Her voice is powerful and rocking, fitting this style of metal almost perfectly. She sings melodically, harmonising fantastically with the backing vocals, her sound strong and clean. But don’t let that fool you. This lady can deliver the grunts and growls along with the best of the female metal singers and I would place her up there with the likes of Veronica Freeman of Benedictum and Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy.

When I first started listening to this album I posted a Facebook status saying “Whoever said women have no place as the singer of a heavy metal band, after hearing the performance of Maggy Luyten on the new Nightmare album, I beg to differ! Outstanding!” Those are words I still stand by. This lady is awesome, amazing and a true talent.

The album opens with an atmospheric instrumental intro to the infectious “Infected” before the riffs are unleashed and the song is launched into a tirade of guitars and drums. This is a great opener and sets the very high precedent for the rest of the album….and it does not let you down. Track after track provide you with an aural onslaught that will have you banging your head the whole way through.

I’ve previously stated in my reviews that two aspects of heavy metal that I absolutely adore are double kicking drums and galloping riffs…..and this album had both!! You know those sort of riffs that you can feel in your belly before they hit your ears, the drumming sounds that launch you into full blown air guitar mode.

This is a band that are capable and eager to move on and grow after big line-up changes, and what bigger line-up change can you have than transitioning from a male to female vocalist? This is something that has been accomplished in the past by bands such as Arch Enemy and The Gathering, and it has been done just as well this time round. The band have re-invented themselves with their own unique sound and identity and there is more power and variation than ever before.

So, albeit with a little bit thrash, a little bit of doom and a children’s choir thrown in, this is a full on metal album from start to finish, and is still very much a power metal album, just roughed up a little!

This is a must for any Nightmare fan, new or old, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed with it. So grab yourself a copy, turn the volume up to eleven and spend just under 55 minutes rocking out to one of the best albums around!


1. Infected
2. Of Sleepless Mind
3. Tangled in the Roots
4. Red Marble & Gold
5. Ikarus
6. Indifference
7. Dead Sun
8. Seeds of Agony
9. Inner Sanctum
10. Serpentine
11. Starry Skies Gone Black


Maggy Luyten – Vocals
Franck Milleliri – Guitars
Matt Asselberghs – Guitars
Yves Campion – Bass, Vocals (backing)
Olivier “Piv” Casula – Drums


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Cyclocosmia – Immured EP

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Cyclocosmia – Immured EP
Release 27/01/2017
Running Time 17:29
Review by Rick Tilley

Cyclocosmia are a London based, female-fronted Progressive/Doom/Symphonic/Death Metal project put together in 2011 by producer and musician James Scott who uses guests from around the world to perform on his very personal musical ideas. In April 2016 debut album ‘Deadwood’ was released with vocals from Venezuelan/Italian Lorena Franceschini. However, in August 2016 she departed and Aliki Katriou, a New Zealand/Greek vocalist and film director, who had already directed two of the band’s music videos, took over for the ‘Immured’ EP which was released in January.

I’ve given you that brief history lesson because I’ve read in the blurb sent with the EP that Aliki is a guest vocalist for this release only and I think that would be a terrible shame. I say that because, just occasionally, an album or EP arrives on my desk that really makes me sit up and take notice, Cyclocosmia have delivered the best 17 minutes of music I’ve heard so far this year and much of that is down to the brilliance of the vocals. This lady has 11 years of theatre and film experience as well as 7 years of operatic training and she has one of the most unique voices I’ve heard in years! She was already working as artistic director and vocal coach for Cyclocosmia before taking on lead vocal duties and to lose this talent after just one EP would be a disaster. Not only can she sing like an angel but her extreme growl is immense. She is ethereal, haunting and evil in equal measures and gives me serious Goosebumps every time she sings! Apparently James and Aliki also write and perform together in Alt-Metal band Eight Lives Down but, as of yet, I’ve not heard anything by them so it’s impossible for me to say if that would make up for her not continuing to sing in Cyclocosmia

Of course there is also the music and James Scott has delivered four songs and a concept that is stunning from start to finish. His story here is about the Vestal Virgins of Ancient Rome who were so holy that it was an offence to spill their blood. This meant that if one of them broke their vow of chastity they were buried alive! What a hideously wonderful story and one that works perfectly with the music presented here. James’ guitar work and production is also fantastic and he has said that you should listen to this as one continuous song! It’s easy to do that because each part blends effortlessly into the next!

Musically this is not complicated but it’s so beautiful and well thought out that I find it difficult not to lose myself completely in every single note. To combine the genres they have and to do it so well really sets Cyclocosmia apart from so many other bands. Why this isn’t on the mouths of every Metal website and print Magazine is beyond me. Even the band name and logo has had a huge amount of thought put into it. Everything reeks of professionalism, passion and talent and Cyclocosmia deserve everyone out there to hunt ‘Immured’ down and, at the very least, give it a listen. This really is an incredible EP and the only reason I’m not giving it top marks is it’s just too short. I need more of these two people working together on this project because they are a match made in heaven!

1. Immured Part I
2. Immured Part II
3. Immured Part III
4. Immured Part IV
5. Immured Parts I-IV

James Scott – All instruments, Vocals
Aliki Katriou – Vocals


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Helstar – Vampiro

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Helstar – Vampiro
Ellefson Music Production (EMP)
Release Date 26/08/2016
Running Time 56:26
Review by Rick Tilley

Regardless of your taste in Metal or Rock and probably dependent on your age, there can’t be many people who haven’t at least heard of Helstar from Houston, Texas. Granted, they aren’t major league but they have been treading the boards since guitarist Larry Barragan formed the band in 1981 and have a very healthy fan base. I am one of those long-time fans and remember buying their debut album ‘Burning Star’ (1984) and, at that time, being a fairly recent convert to Metal was utterly blown away by it. Musically they were superb but what really set them apart was the incredibly unique and diverse voice of James Rivera. This man did, and does, sound like the illegitimate lovechild of King Diamond and Rob Halford but that comparison still doesn’t quite do his voice justice. Because of that his vocals divide opinion with many thinking he is awful, but many, like me, thinking WOW every time he sings. Either way you certainly cannot mistake him!

After 1989’s ‘Nosferatu’, which many think is their finest moment, Helstar struggled to find a deal due to the emergence of the Grunge movement and after one more studio album in 1995 went on hiatus only occasionally appearing for select gigs. In 2008 that hiatus abruptly came to a halt when they released the fabulous ‘The King Of Hell’ album. Since then they have release a further two very good albums, although, if it weren’t for the aforementioned vocals of Rivera, these could have been released by any number of above average US Thrash/Power Metal bands. All the power and skill was there, but the individual songwriting magic that made Helstar…well Helstar was slightly missing! It is missing no more though because Helstar’s latest and ninth album ‘Vampiro’ (which was released in August 2016) is the album that fans have been waiting for!

Whilst not a direct sequel to ‘Nosferatu’ Helstar have revisited the lyrical themes from that album and presented the story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula with aplomb! This could be Helstar’s finest moment and the more I listen to it the more I believe that statement. This is a tour de force of American Power/Thrash Metal that has got me dripping in places I’m not prepared to talk about in public. Beginning with the stunning ‘Awaken Unto Darkness’ you are in no doubt as to how good this album is going to be with the first half of the song building menacingly in an almost doom like fashion before hitting the speed/thrash pedal for the remainder and it leaves you breathless. Rivera’s top range might have reduced slightly over the years but he has looked after his voice extremely well and not many vocalists, even younger ones, could pull off the vocal gymnastics he presents here!

‘Blood Lust’ is up next and solidifies the feeling that this is going to be a very special album indeed. Produced by the band themselves and mixed by Larry Barragan and Bill Metoyer ‘Vampiro’ sounds absolutely huge. Every member puts their heart and soul into this with drummer ‘Mikey Lewis’, apart from sounding like a battering ram on steroids, using the drums perfectly as a proper instrument rather than just a time keeping device with bassist Garrick Smith thundering alongside perfectly. As for the guitar work, well Larry is still firing on all cylinders and along with new recruit Andrew Atwood they present a dual barrage so good it’s almost impossible to believe that this is the first album they’ve worked on together with riffs and solos written to perfection. Together with Rivera’s eerie and, at times, very unsettling delivery this all makes for a wonderful combination!

Song after song hits you relentlessly in the gut and I’m finding it really tough to pick out highlights because, quite frankly, the whole album is one big highlight. ‘From The Pulpit To The Pit’ is a Headbangers wet dream and to witness this played live must be an absolute joy, the classically inspired instrumental ‘Malediction’ is everything a song without vocals should be and pummels you into submission, ‘Repent In Fire’ should be another live favourite with a chorus that demands audience participation and where many albums start to run out of steam Helstar instead give you the menacing ‘Abolish The Sun’ and the simply stunning seven minutes plus of ‘Black Cathedral’ ‘Vampiro is completed by the short but beautiful and haunting ‘Dreamless Sleep’ where acoustic guitar, violin and a vocal that proves beyond a doubt, that James Rivera is one of a kind combine to amazing effect!

I don’t like to gush too much when I’m writing a review but some albums demand it and I’ve run out of superlatives to explain to you all how good this album is. I think only Dracula himself will know what Helstar will come up with next but it’s going to have to go some to get near matching ‘Vampiro’!

1. Awaken Unto Darkness
2. Blood Lust
3. To Dust You Will Become
4. Off With His Head
5. From The Pulpit To The Pit
6. To Their Death Beds They Fell
7. Malediction
8. Repent In Fire
9. Abolish The Sun
10. Black Cathedral
11. Dreamless Sleep

Larry Barragán – Guitars
James Rivera – Vocals
Michael Lewis – Drums
Garrick Smith – Bass
Andrew Atwood – Guitars


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Blacktop Mojo – Burn The Ships

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Blacktop Mojo – Burn The Ships
Cuhmon Records
Release 10/03/2017
Running Time: 54:12
Album Review by Rick Tilley

Since I’ve been writing I’ve met some great people in the music industry and some not so great people. That’s par for the course in most walks of life I suppose but luckily a majority have been the real deal. One of the really good people I’ve been introduced to in recent weeks is Natalie Conway. Professional, motivated, passionate, hardworking and very knowledgeable about the bands she looks after and music in general, it’s been a pleasure to meet her. She has also sent some wonderful releases through to Ever Metal for us to listen to and the first one I’m reviewing is a cracker of mammoth proportions.

Blacktop Mojo are based in Palestine, Texas and ‘Burn The Ships’ is their second album. I’ve not heard the first ‘I Am’ (2014) so I’m not going to give you a history lesson because I’ve got too much to say about this release. If you love huge southern coated riffs, catchy choruses, real feeling and great playing and you’ve got an interest in bands such as Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Rival Sons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Soundgarden, Black Stone Cherry, The Black Crowes and Alice In Chains then Blacktop Mojo are going to hit you square between the eyes and knock you flying because this album is BIG and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Blacktop Mojo will be huge!

Kicking off with ‘Where The Wind Blows’ is the perfect way to start ‘Burn The Ships’. Acoustic guitar leads into a riff that defies proportions and it has a foot stomping tempo that’ll get your head moving immediately. When the vocals of Matt James kick in then you know you’re onto a winner. Think Brent Smith meets Myles Kennedy and you are part way there. His voice is perfect for U.S. Stadium Rock, with power and grit, a great range as well as being able to hear every word sung, but when a ballad does arrive absolutely able to deal with that as well! ‘End Of Days’ picks the pace up but the song is just as catchy. The title track is up next, it’s another barnstormer and also proves that lyrical content is not just going to be about love and heartache, being the story of Captain Hernán Cortés who in 1519 landed his fleet at Veracruz to begin his conquest and ordered all the ships to be burnt, leaving his men no choice but to succeed as there was no escape route other than forwards. This also explains the cover art and is a clever analogy for a band that is aiming to make waves and not fail.

Blacktop Mojo write songs that are as commercial as hell but they never veer into Pop/Rock territory. ‘Burn The Ships is loaded with tracks that could easily end up on the radio but not one of them feels syrupy or too polished. Authentic Rock N’ Roll and Blues flows through the veins of everyone. Kenneth Irwin’s rhythm guitar crunches through the speakers, Ryan Kiefer presents some fabulous solos that soar and the rhythm section of bassist Matt Curtis and drummer Nathan Gillis, sounds like detonation charges have been set of in a building and they all complement one another beautifully. ‘Prodigal’, ‘Sweat’, ‘Pyromaniac’, ‘Dog On A Leash’ and more fly by but you’ll be singing them within the first or second listen, so memorable are they! Some of the kudos must also go to Philip Mosley who produced the album and Austin Deptula who mixed and mastered it because this sounds huge

Blacktop Mojo are also not content with giving us twelve fantastic original songs because, about two thirds of the way through, they have presented one of the best cover versions I’ve ever heard. We all know what an incredible song Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ is but Blacktop Mojo have given it a completely new lease of life and Matt’s vocals are quite simply sublime!

Listening to this has been like a hot Summers day on my face and as we approach lighter and warmer days I want to put on my battered cowboy boots, open a bottle of Jack and get outside with ‘Burn The Ships’ playing LOUD. Blacktop Mojo cannot be ignored, they are simply too good for that!

1. Where The Wind Blows
2. End Of Days
3. Burn The Ships
4. Prodigal
5. Shadows On The Wall
6. Sweat
7. Pyromaniac
8. 8000 Lines
9. Dog On A Leash
10. Make A Difference
11. Chains
12. Dream On (Aerosmith Cover)
13. Underneath

Matt James – Vocals
Nathan Gills – Drums
Matt Curtis – Bass
Ryan Kiefer – Guitar
Chuck Wepfer – Guitar


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Desolation Angels – Desolation Angels Special 30th Anniversary Ltd Edition

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Desolation Angels – Desolation Angels Special 30th Anniversary Ltd Edition (2CD)
Release Date: 05/01/2017
Running Time: 103:19
Album Review by Rick Tilley

In these days of receiving most submissions via a download or stream it’s very gratifying to get an actual CD to review so I would like to thank Desolation Angels and their Manager Paul for sending me this fabulous 30th Anniversary Edition of the, self-titled, debut album. If you’ve never heard of Desolation Angels before then you won’t be the only one. Even though they have a long history, having formed in 1981, they never achieved the success they deserved with many line-up changes and bad deals with record labels. They did manage to soldier on until 1994, with relocation to the US for six years included, before finally splitting up, but in that period they only released two full length albums. After a, very successful, retrospective Vinyl & CD box set of all their material was released in 2008 original guitarists Robin Brancher and Keith Sharp put a revised line-up together and ever since they have been playing as many gigs as possible and released the fantastic ‘Sweeter The Meat’ EP in 2014 which I reviewed and gave a thoroughly deserved 8/10. Now it’s 2017 and this could be a big year for Desolation Angels because not only do we have this re-release of the debut album but there is also a new studio album ready to go which I am really looking forward to hearing!

This 30th Anniversary Edition of the debut has to be reviewed first though and for all those who haven’t heard of the band but want to hear a great mix of Doomy Sabbath influenced Heavy Rock and NWOBHM with some Uriah Heep thrown in then go and get it because it’ll give you a great insight into what was happening in the Metal and Rock underground at the time. For those that did live through the 1980’s and were aware of the band then it’s a great nostalgia trip. Either way it proves that Desolation Angels should have progressed further than they did. Another reason you should purchase is not only does it include the full album but a second CD of ten tracks recorded live in 1983 at the infamous Ruskin Arms in London. It’s fair to say that the production on the album and the recording of the gig aren’t anywhere near what you would expect of todays standards but, to me, that only adds to the authenticity of everything featured here.

‘Spirit Of The Deep’ kicks off the album proper and after its very doom laden opening riff a wonderful cowbell appears (yes, you really cannot have too much cowbell)! When the main riff kicks in it reminded me of the cowbell break in Black Sabbath’s ‘Megalomania’ from 1975’s Sabotage album. Not a bad comparison to make but the song does have its own identity. What you’ll notice throughout all of Desolation Angels music, even the more recent material, is that they like repeating their riffs. Now in some cases that could prove very boring, especially on six or seven minute songs, but this band manage to write good riffs, simplistic but catchy, so the repetition works to their advantage. They find something that works and stick to it, so songs such as ‘Valhalla’, ‘Death Machine’, ‘Evil Possessor’ and ‘Dance Of The Demons’ instantly sound familiar in a positive way and, before long, I found myself singing and playing my very limited air guitar!

As for the live CD, yes the sound is raw and the crowd quiet, but what you get is actually a pretty good example of what Desolation Angels sound like live, in other words good! Dave Wall’s voice came across even more strongly than he did in the studio setting and the rest of the band are tight and were obviously enjoying themselves. Five tracks from the debut album reappear but there are also great renditions of ‘Hounds Of Hell’, ‘Boadicea’, ‘No Mercy’, ‘Satan’s Child’ and ‘Doomsday’ which were all live favourites at the time.

All in all this is a great little package and it thoroughly deserves to be heard by fans, new and old. It’s a big shame Desolation Angels never managed to fulfil their dreams 30 years ago but it’s great to be able to say that they are now probably stronger than they’ve ever been so if you get a chance to go and see them live do so, you won’t be disappointed. I’ll be back soon with a review of the new album but in the meantime get a copy of this and take a wonderful trip down memory lane!


1. Spirit Of The Deep
2. Evil Possessor
3. Valhalla
4. Unsung Hero
5. Death Machine
6. Wild Gypsy Woman
7. Dance Of The Demons
8. Angry Rain

1. Spirit Of The Deep
2. Unsung Hero
3. Boadicea
4. Hounds Of Hell
5. No Mercy
6. Death Machine
7. Satan’s Child
8. Angry Rain
9. Valhalla
10. Doomsday

Keith Sharp – Guitars
Robin Brancher – Guitars
Joe Larner – Bass
Dave Wall – Vocals
Brett Robertson – Drums


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Thrash Bombz – Master Of The Dead


Thrash Bombz – Master Of The Dead
Iron Shield Records
Release Date: 03/03/2017
Running Time: 53:11
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

As much as I love the diversity of reviewing, I thought it was about time I returned to my roots and reviewed a thrash album. And with a name like Thrash Bombz, I thought this one would be right up my street.

Formed in 2007 in Sicily, Italy, Thrash Bombz are a band that does exactly what it says on the tin. They are a thrash band, a bloody good one at that, and “Master of the Dead” is their fourth studio album. Although not released until 03/03/2017 on Iron Shield Records, I have been lucky enough to hear this gem of an album in its entirety and was not in the least little bit disappointed with.

Having spent two years, writing and recording the album, there is not a bad track on it. There is no metalcore or progressiveness to this that seems to be around so much these days. This is a good old fashioned thrash metal album that is played as it should be…..loud, with energy and passion and with all the best hallmarks of traditional thrash metal.

The guitars are fast, riff heavy and the solos will certainly melt your ears off. The drumming is equally as quick, tight, packed full of double kicks and performed with such energy and gusto and the singer has the perfect voice for this type of metal, with no dirty vocals or growling anywhere on the album.

From the offset, this album will have you strumming your air guitar and bashing those air drums. I was headbanging in the car whilst tapping (quite heavily) on the steering wheel but did I care? Did I hell as like. I love albums that make you feel like that and react in such a way. To me that is the sign of a good album.

And this is a great album!

Tracks that stood out for me (all great albums should have stand out tracks!) were “Evil Witches” and “Evoking The Ghost” but as I previously said there are no fillers. The whole album totally rocks from the very start to the very end.

If you are a fan of thrash bands such as Death Angel, Exodus and Forbidden, “Master of the Dead” is an absolute must for your collection. I can’t wait until these guys come to England…..

…..I will be first in the queue for my ticket!

Absolutely thrash-tastic!

1. Condemned To Kill Again
2. Ritual Violence
3. Master Of The Dead
4. Curse Of The Priest
5. Black Steel
6. Taken By Force
7. Evil Witches
8. Evoking The Ghost
9. The Avenger
10. Call Of Death

Giuseppe “Ur” Peri – Rhythm Guitar
Salvatore “Skizzo” Li Causi – Lead Guitar
Tony “Stormer” Frenda – Vocals
Salvatore “Trronu” Morreale – Drums
Angelo “Destruktor” Bissanti (Only On This Cd) – Bass And Backing Vocals



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Hedra -Mind Dimension EP


Hedra – Mind Dimension EP
The Snakes on Fire Records
Release Date: 19/01/2017
Running Time: 21:23
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

Hedra are a five piece band originating from Norwich in Norfolk, England and Mind Dimension is their debut EP. They are a live orientated metal band formed in April 2014 by Kamil Korsak who decided to seek out musicians of a “polyrhythmic & harmonic style” after he came to the UK leaving his family and friends behind. He finally found the right people in Jim Brett Marten of Ex Subvert, Pure Negative on the vocals, Tomas Mrazek on the drums, Chris Gedge of ex Astral Void as a lead guitarist and Scott Milburn on the bass.

The band have over 20 years of experience with members supporting the likes of Strapping Young Lad, Skindred, Raging Speedhorn and Sikth to name but a few and with their crushing 7-string guitar riffs, 5-string powerful bass, an outstanding style of vocals and unique electrokit drumming, they have created a sound almost exclusive to themselves.

Describing themselves as “hardcore metal/tech metal/scrawcore/djent” there are also elements of progressive metal, with high energy riffs, great drumming and a groovy mix of clean and screaming vocals. Not being a fan of screaming vocals really I prefer the clean tracks but I’m sure those who do like the style of singing will love this EP.

With the recording of this EP, the band wanted to capture the atmosphere and importance of sounding as live as they could and I think they succeeded with this. The EP is raw and energetic, brutal yet melodic. This is a band I would love to see perform. Their enthusiasm and passion would really get the crowd going and I’m sure the moshpit would be a totally crazy place to be.

This is a great debut EP that should appeal to a wide range of listeners.

But don’t take my word for it, go and grab yourself a copy and let’s get moshing!!

1.Mind Dimension
2. Unspoken
3. War Child
4. The System
5. Lost I Am Hate

Chris Gedge – lead guitar
Kamil Korsak – guitar
Jim Morten – vocals
Scott Milburn – bass
Tomas Mrazek – drums



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Existance – Breaking The Rock


Existance – Breaking the Rock
Black Viper Records
Release Date: 15/10/2016
Running Time: 46:42
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

Although heavy metal is extremely popular in Europe in places such as Greece, Germany and the Scandinavian countries, I don’t know many metal bands that hail from France. Then along toddles Existance and I am thinking to myself WHY have I never heard of these guys before?

Originating in Clermont, Picardy in France, Existance is the 2008 creation of Julian Izard, a singer who wanted to create the metal spirit of the 1980’s alive and with the help of his fellow band members he has done just that.

If the name Izard is familiar to you, he is none other than the son of French speed metal band H-Bomb’s vocalist, Didier Izard and musical talent obviously runs in the family.

Being the third full length album released by the Frenchmen, Breaking the Rock is an absolute must for fans of bands such as Priest, Maiden, Saxon, Riot and Accept, the band obviously drawing on these giants as their influence, and I knew just three songs in that this was going to be a corker!

Opening with “Heavy Metal Fury”, an energetic opener packed full of 80’s inspired metal, the album just gets better and better with not a bad track on it, but that’s not surprising seeing as it was remastered in Los Angeles by Maor Appelbaum, who has previously worked with the likes of Halford, Malmsteen, Dokken, Anvil and Sepultura.

This is “one hell of an ass-kicking album that proves true metal is steel alive.” Packed with strong riffs, catchy rhythms and lyrics and memorable solos, this is an album that commemorates for many the glory days of heavy metal.

It has the twin guitar harmonies favorited by bands such as Judas Priest, thrilling solos that hit you right in the stomach and send your ears into aural overload, a clean, melodic vocal arrangement and a strong rhythm section that can change speed at the drop of a hat.

Two elements of metal music I absolutely love are crunching, galloping guitar riffs and double-kicking bass drums…..and luckily for me, this album has both! It’s hard to believe these guys haven’t been around since the heady days of the 1980’s as any band can play songs that sound like they have come from a by-gone age, but not everyone can play them to the standard these guys do.

The tracks are all great compositions with lots of variety, ranging from the thumping opening track previously mentioned to the more ballady “Sinner of Love” to the chanting lyrics of “Honest” (and I just love the way they pronounce the H every time they shout honest!) These are young guys who know how to write catchy songs and obviously have a love of the era they are trying to emulate.

Many people say why try to recreate a sound that happened three decades ago when there are years of musical technology and development to take advantage of? Well, my reply to that is……why the hell not?

The 1980’s was a great period for metal music and if a band as a great as these can play to the same standard that we were used to back then, then I’m all for a bit of nostalgia. It’s a great trip down memory and works wonders in making you feel young again!

I absolutely loved, loved, loved this album and the only downside to actually writing this review is I now have to take the album out of my car to make way for the next review.

If you love Riot and Accept, go out and get this album, and everything else they have ever done (I am certainly on the lookout for their back catalogue), and take a trip back in time! I guarantee you will love it as much as I did.

1. Heavy Metal Fury
2. Honest
3. We Are Restless
4. All Is on Fire
5. Deserve Your Love
6. Sinner of Love
7. Marilyn (Icon of Desire)
8. In the Name of Revenge
9. Pain in Paradise
10. Breaking the Rock

Julian Izard – vocals/guitars
Antoine Poiret – guitars
Nicolas Martineau – drums
Julien Robilliard – bass



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Suicide By Tigers – Suicide By Tigers


Suicide By Tigers – Suicide By Tigers
Smilodon Records (Sound Pollution)
Release Date: 02/09/2016
Running Time: 45.00
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

Being a thrash, heavy metal type of girl at heart, it’s not very often I listen to something that is a bit softer, a bit mellower or a bit bluesier (is that even a word??) but that’s what I did when I listened to this album.

Released on Smilodon Records on 02/09/2016, the self-titled album is the debut recording for Swedish band Suicide By Tigers and has been hailed by European rock media as one of last year’s best debut albums.

Influenced by classic rock giants such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and Jimi Hendrix, Suicide By Tigers are “a rock band with a passion for hard-hitting yet dynamic classic rock, and strong melodies which captures the essence of loud rock.”

The four musicians became friends throughout the 1990’s while on the club scene in Malmö, Sweden, and although they continued to hang out, professionally they headed in different directions.

It wasn’t until vocalist Nils Lindström and guitarist Petter Rudnert joined forces in 2012 to work on some songs, that Suicide By Tigers was born, and they were joined by bassist Peter Broch or drummer Johan Helgesson in 2014, completing their lineup.

Produced by the award winning Berno Paulsson (The Haunted, Amon Amarth, Spiritual Beggars) Suicide by Tigers is a fantastic debut of classic rock infused with soul, a great mix of rock and blues all set to the back drop of superb musicianship.

Petter Rudner’s guitar riffs are thumping and heavy, even opening the last track Karma with a solo, Lindström’s vocals are strong, often reminding me of many of the rock vocalists of the 1980’s, and there is a solid rhythm section in both Broch and Helgesson.

Looking like they should play classic rock, this is exactly what Suicide By Tigers do, and they do it well. Not liked by some for playing music of a by-gone age, I think this is what adds to their appeal. As I was unable to live through those periods of classic rock myself (I’m far too young for that!) it’s nice to be transported back to an era when rock was rock, even if it is just for 45 minutes. That retro feeling of not actually knowing what time zone you are in only heightens the pull this album has. I could listen to this album over and over again and not tire of it, each track throwing up things I hadn’t noticed before.

This band should expect big things and, with the release of their first single “Vicious Malicious” earlier this year along with a video directed by Björn Wahlström, they certainly are on their way.

This is a must listen to for any classic rock fan and an ideal addition to any classic rock collection.

1. Death on Your Trail
2. Beautiful Nights
3. Pack of Wolves
4. True Believers
5. Vicious Malicious
6. Fox in a Hole
7. Ball of Fire
8. Keep You Smiling
9. Karma

Nils Lindström – vocals
Petter Rudnert – guitar
Peter Broch – bass
Johan Helgesson – drums and percussion



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Legion – Darkness
Arkeyn Steel Records
Release Date: 23/01/2017
Running Time: 76:51
Album Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

Finding information about the band Legion is not easy. One of the bands lost somewhere in the late 80’s / early 90’s, they had no big record deal, budget or promoters/managers to help spread the word about them or their music. Which is a real shame as they had the work ethic, dedication and talent to make it as big as the likes of Metal Church, Agent Steel and Exciter.

But let’s start at the beginning.

Legion were originally formed in 1985 by multi-instrumentalist Doug Calloway and hail from Augusta, Georgia in the US. Described on their own Facebook page as ‘power metal’ this doesn’t really do justice to the full scope of their talents. Mixing in speed metal riffs and thrash metal guitar and drum work, with the extensive vocal range of singer Loy Mitchum, they could be considered the ultimate all round metal band.

But I digress.

Between 1985 and 1994 Legion worked tirelessly and recorded lots of material but due to various difficulties only one independent LP-Tape, “Darkness,” was ever released, back in 1991.

But now, with the help of Arkeyn Records, “Darkness”, one of the rarest and most obscure LP-Tape’s of the 1980’s, along with the band’s previously unreleased fourth album “For We are Many”, have been remastered and both are released together on an epic 21 track cd!

And what a cd! With songs averaging at just about three and a half minutes each, there are no marathon tracks, no complicated and intricate guitar work and no massive drum solos that add no significance to the songs whatsoever (for those who do not know me, I am NOT a big fan of drum solos, on cd or live!)

This is a record of pure, unadulterated metal. It sounds like it was written in the 1980’s but that is in no way a bad thing. I love metal from that decade and if you are a fan of bands such as Metal Church, Agent Steel, King Diamond, Nazareth, Judas Priest, (the list can go on and on), then you will love this album.

Doug Calloway’s guitar work can rival any of the leading guitarists from that day, the percussion section of Marvin Mitchum on drums and Chuck Goodwin on bass are tight and they hold the rest of the band together well, and, as previously mentioned, the vocal range of singer Loy Mitchum easily equals that of Rob Halford, King Diamond and Geoff Tate. I, personally, love the high range vocals in metal music but some people might think he uses it a little bit too much on some of the tracks. This, however, does not extend throughout the whole album, and he does prove he has more strings to his bow that just his high-pitched voice.

This really is a gem that should never have been lost in time. If this album is anything to go by, with the right promotion and manager behind them, Legion could and should have been one of the big bands of the 1980’s.

I hope Arkeyn continue to remaster the rest of the material recorded by Legion as this band is a vital addition to any metal lovers collection.

1. Dream
2. Watching the Sky
3. Eternal Life
4. Living Free
5. Lo the Star
6. All Become One
7. Evil Mind
8. Darkness
9. Wake the Dead
10. Simple Rhyme
11. River Song
12. The Spirit
13. Where is the Laughter
14. Everybody Wants To Be
15. Within Your Eyes
16. Empty Graves
17. Message Intro
18. Message
19. Judgement Day
20. Memories
21. Sunday Shoes

Doug Calloway – songwriter, guitar, backing vocals
Marvin Mitchum – drums
Chuck Goodwin – bass
Loy Mitchum – vocals



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