New Releases

New Release Highlight: Black Viper – Hellions of Fire Review

Black Viper burst out onto the scene in early 2016, determined to join the fray as yet another traditional metal (using this term broadly) band named after the venomous family of snakes. The band certainly lived up to their name with their very first offering, 2016’s demo titled Storming with Vengeance. Sixteen minutes of pure speed metal attack with plenty of bite, the Black Viper demo certainly impressed me. There were some small flaws, but one very important thing was clear – these guys could riff. Read more…

New Releases

New Release Highlight: Vultures Vengeance – Lyrids: Warning From The Reign Of The Untold Review

Manilla Ungol? Cirith Road? I have a difficult time choosing the best nickname for Italy’s Vultures Vengeance. Vultures Vengeance fall squarely into the epic heavy metal genre that Italians have been so graciously worshiping for decades. They’re a band who does not shy away from wearing their influences on their sleeve. The band channels legendary acts such as Omen, Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, and Italy’s own Dark Quarterer in ways that pay homage but at the same time are unique. Read more…

New Releases

New Release Highlight: Weaponlord – Hail the Victorious Review

It’s no secret that the modern strain of power metal that is so popular these days resembles almost nothing of the power metal of yore. It’s a riff-less wasteland barren of any real substance. Before the majority of power metal became Episode III: Revenge of the Synth, devotees prayed at the altar of the Metal Church. There was one that ruled all – the Queen of the Reich. One fun-loving band from Seattle is intent on taking us back to the good ol’ days. Read more…

Lost in Time

Lost in Time: Tales of Medusa – Triumphant Serenade Review

Epic Heavy Metal from Canada. Much like the Gorgon of ancient Greek mythology, Tales of Medusa are a band with a shroud of mystery and legend behind them. When they were still active, this Canadian based epic heavy metal band operated like no one else. The band members went by pseudonyms, there was no promotion of the material by the band, they avoided record labels like the plague, and there was no conventional way to obtain their music. Read more…

New Releases

New Release Highlight: BattleroaR – Codex Epicus Review

It’s no secret that Greece has a penchant for the epic. How could they not? With a mythology filled with gods, titans, and heroes, the songs practically write themselves! The Greeks have always been fixated with big song structures, heavy fantasy lyrics, and massive vocals. The depth and quality of the Hellenic epic metal scene cannot be understated, especially once you factor in the relative size of the country. Read more…

Classics Appreciation

Classics Appreciation: Liege Lord – Master Control Review

I wanted to take a brief moment to step back and look at an album that was crucial in developing and solidifying my tastes. This past week represented the 30th anniversary of Liege Lord’s monumental Master Control, their third and final (so far!) album. Liege Lord are a staple of the United States power metal scene for a reason – all three of their albums; Freedom’s Rise, Burn to my Touch, and Master Control, are undoubtedly classics of the genre. Read more…

Lost in Time

Lost in Time: Santa – Reencarnación Review

It’s that wonderful time of year – there’s a fresh layer of pristine, white snow on the ground, the house is warm and cozy, mom’s baked some cookies, and your excitement is palpable. You can hardly contain it all. What could you have possibly gotten from the jolly old man this year? Could it be that toy truck that you see on every day time commercial? You just hope it’s not coal. You’ve been good this year! Hmm…maybe it’s a new football? No. It’s thirty eight minutes of pure speed metal. Merry Christmas! Read more…