If you ever get lost in the sea of "crystal" acts (Crystal Eyes, Crystal Tears, Crystal Viper, Crystal Ball, Crystal Castle, Crystal Lake, Crystal Sword....need I go on? Ok - Crystal Dreams, Crystal Gates, Crystal Fate, Crystal Abyss, Crystal Crow, Crystal Pyramid, Crystal Sky), just remember - there can be only one true crystal master! Crystal Eyes has released consistently great albums for 20 years now, aging gracefully. For those unfamiliar to the band, imagine a tour of e
Just over three years since the release of the last full length release "Rapid Foray" in 2016, German pirates Running Wild have returned with the EP "Crossing the Blades," a "foray" into the next full length release due out in 2020. If the three new songs are any indication, we may just have one of the band's best releases since Rolf Kasparek came out of his seven year retirement in 2012. In the 80's and 90's, a new Running Wild album was just about the most exciting thing fo
Ensiferum bassist Sami Hinkka side steps (but not too far) from his main act to co-found the exciting new power metal act called Metal De Facto. The concept of the band isn't particularly new for a metal act, basking in the glorious history and battles of Ancient Rome. Death metal acts ADE and Ex Deo have more famously picked up on the idea, as well as Italy's Centvrion and Sweden's Descendant in the power/traditional metal subgenres (and a handful of other bands in other var
As an avid old school metal fan, nothing brings greater joy than to see classic bands releasing consistently brilliant and still relevant material. The term "relevant" in this context refers to its ability to fall squarely with a band's classic releases, rather than simply dated material compared to new modern trends. Just in 2019 alone, instant classics have been issued by bands like Diamond Head, Angel Witch, Picture, The Rods. Hold on to your hats though, because Tygers of
The supergroup featuring Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, ex-Lords of Black), Mike Terrana (ex-Rage, Axel Rudi Pell) and prolific songwriter and multi-musician Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Free Fall) have returned with a sophomore release "A New Evil." With Karlsson there is automatic relief that the songwriting will be top notch. Terrana is the consummate professional and one of the finest drummers. Romero's roughened, but smooth Dio-esque vocals took the world by stor
Metal Allegiance began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself.
The band is proud to announce the release of the sophomore album "Volume II - Power Drunk Majesty" via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on September 7th. Pre-order the album now at this location. The thrash worshipi
Scottish traditional metal act Midnight Force will release the new album "Dunsinane" on August 10th via Iron Shield Records, with distribution via Pure Steel Records. Midnight Force is an old school metal band based in Glasgow, Scotland. The band describes its brand of metal as somewhere between U.S. and epic metal of Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol and Virgin Steele and a large chunk of the NWoBHM and early German Metal like Accept and the Scorpions.
"Dunsinane" is a reference
Swedish/American power metal band Northtale - the brainchild of guitarist Bill Hudson (T.S.O./Circle II Circle/ex-Dirkschneider-U.D.O.) - issued a studio update on the upcoming debut EP: "Thanks everyone for all the name suggestions and for the very kind messages we’ve been getting. We’re very close to done tracking our first EP, and we expect to release it sometime after the summer. In the mean time, we’ll be sharing videos and photos of the recording process. Our Official F
Legendary vocalist Doro Pesch issued a the first in a series of trailer clips for the upcoming new double album "Forever Warriors, Forever United," which drops on August 17th via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location. In the first album trailer, she tells the story and background of her songs and comments on the respective concept of the two albums. Also, some first impressions of representatives of the metal press are included! Check it out in the pl
German heavy metal legends Accept is experiencing more success than ever, and have hit its stride creatively! In the 10th year since the band's reunion, the quintet can look back on four top 10 albums in Germany, including an unbelievable #1 with "Blind Rage" (2014) and a brilliant #3 with the latest album "The Rise Of Chaos" (2017).
Six months after the success that was "The Rise Of Chaos" world tour, Accept will start the festival season on June 22nd at Rockfels Open Air,
San Diego doom/traditional/hard rock sonic story tellers Great Electric Quest is streaming the new single "Wicked Hands," which you can check out in the player at the bottom. The song is taken from the new album "Chapter II," which will be issued on July 6th via Totem Cat Records. Riffage, solos, rhythms, and lyrics along with the production of Jeff Henson (Duel) and Tony Reed (Mos Generator) combine to bring a bigness and fullness of color that elevates this album into upper
U.K. metal act The Heretic Order released the new single "The Forest Of The Impaled." Check out the lyric video in the player above. The song appears on the band's sophomore album "Evil Rising" coming June 22nd via Massacre Records. Lord Ragnar comments on the new single: "The song describes the feelings and the horrific sight that befalls an Ottoman soldier who encounters the Forest of the Impaled's victims, ordered by Vlad III of Wallachia, during the Ottoman's invasion of
Canada's AxMinister teamed up with Bravewords for the premiere of the new video clip "Prey." You can check it out over here, or just up in the player above. The song appears on the band's latest EP "The Crucible Of Sin," which was issued in early May. Grab your copy over here. The band commented: "'Prey' was inspired by that whole 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. This video is a comedic telling meant to be shocking and sexy, as well as a little bit cheesy/cheeky." #AxMinister #t
Greek heavy metal band, Null'o'zero issued a video clip for the new single "The Last One." The song is taken from the band's new album "Instructions To Dominate," which is set to drop on July 13th, via ROAR! Rock of Angels Records. The video was directed & produced by Bob Katsionis. Check it out in the player above, but heed the "WARNING: This video may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised." "Instructions To Domina
Australian power thrash act Knightmare - the 'supergroup' featuring members of 4Arm and Septerrus - has changed its name to Great Leap Skyward and announced the new album "Map Of Broken Dreams," which is set to drop on August 31st. You can check out the announcement video in the player above. Great Leap Skyward takes on an epic and progressive approach to the sound with "Map Of Broken Dreams," in what has resulted in a sonic metal assault on the senses that could only be clas
Legendary German metal band Stormwitch released the new single "Odins Ravens," which is streaming in the player above. The song appears on the band's new album "Bound to the Witch," which is set for release on June 29th via Massacre Records! "Bound to the Witch" was mixed and mastered by Marc Ayerle at the klangMAnufaktur studio and will be available as a jewel case CD, a strictly limited vinyl LP, a limited edition CD digipak (featuring three exclusive bonus tracks), digita
Legendary Los Angeles metal act Lizzy Borden released the new single "The Scar Across My Heart," which can be hard in the player above. The song is appears on the band's new album "My Midnight Things' the title track of the new album coming June 15th via Metal Blade Records. Pre-orders are available at this location. The album is the first release for Lizzy in 11 years. Lizzy Borden comments: "With 'The Scar Across My Heart,' I wanted to explore those kinds of relationships t
Belfast based metal act Stormzone released a new video clip for "Cushy Glen." The song is taken from the latest album "Lucifer's Factory," which was issued via Metal Nation Records back in April. Check out the clip - directed by Jim Crone - can be viewed in the player above. The band explains the story behind the song: "The story of the outlaw and highwayman Cushy Glen is embedded in Irish folklore, but his lethal tale is not a myth, it is a real story! He terrorized resident
Legendary vocalist Doro Pesch issued a video clip for the new single "All For Metal," which you can check out in the player above. The clip features numerous guest stars in the world of metal like Sabaton and Amon Amarth. The song is taken from the upcoming double release "Forever Warriors, Forever United," which drops on August 17th via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location. The track listing and artwork for the box set of the double release can be
Swedish traditional heavy metal band Mean Streak has released a new music video for the song "Settle The Score," which is available in the player above. The track is taken from the fourth (and latest) album "Blind Faith," which was released 2017 via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records in Europe and in Japan via Marquee/Avalon. The video was filmed by Mean Streak and contains road movie material on and off stage from the band's European tour this Spring. #MeanStreak #traditionalmetal