Category Archives: Metal Reviews

Metal Review: Principality of Hell: Fire & Brimstone (2014)

Principality of Hell: Fire Brimstone

To make a long story short, Greece’s Principality of Hell is Motorhead with a black metal feel to them singing of satanism and witchcraft mixed with a touch of Venom. How sweet does that sound? From The Magus’ growl of “Black Fucking Metal,” which opens the album to the final sounds of the cover of

Metal Review: Powerlord: The Awakening (Reissue) (2014)

Powerlord: The Awakening

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is the home to the classic metal/thrash metal band Powerlord, which recorded one 30-minute release, “The Awakening,” which Shadow Kingdom Records was nice enough to re-issue. I have to admit that I forgot all about this one for a long time, but I did actually have this cassette back in the 80s.

Metal Review: Poisonblack: Lyijy (2013)

Poisonblack: Lyijy

Poisonblack’s latest effort, “Lyijy” (translated to “Lead”), bears an errie similarity to Metallica’s “Black Album,” with a few more melodic hooks. But, the fact of the matter remains that hearing Ville Laihiala’s voice makes me miss Sentenced more and more. That is not to say that I am not a Poisonblack fan, because I love

Metal Review: Lehmann: Lehmanized (2014)

Lehmann: Lehmanized

Italian vocalist/bassist Matteo Lehmann, best known for being a musician on for Iron Maiden lead vocalist Blaze Bayley’s solo band, has released his own solo project now. The band is simply called Lehmann and the album is entitled “Lehmanized.” Sounds like someone has a little bit of an ego, but aside from that, let’s take

Metal Review: Overkill: White Devil Armory (2014)

Overkill: White Devil Armory

Isn’t it funny how the little thrash metal band from New Jersey that could do no right are one of the bands carrying the torch for thrash all these years later? Back in the day, when thrash was thriving, there were a handful of bands that stood out above the rest. Some of these went

Metal Review: Illdisposed: With the Lost Souls on Our Side (2014)

Illdisposed: With the Lost Souls on Our Side

Denmark’s death metal troupe Illdisposed is back with 12th studio album, “With the Lost Souls on Our Side,” since their inception in 1991. The album opens with Going Down, which contains one of the more sticky riffs that I have heard in a long time. This one will stick in your head for days. If

Metal Review: Hellyeah: Blood For Blood (2014)

Hellyeah: Blood For Blood

Groove Metal supergroup Hellyeah is back with their fourth album, “Blood For Blood,” since their inception in 2006. The band is made up of Chad Gray (Mudvayne) on vocals, Vinnie Paul (Pantera/Damageplan) on drums and Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) on guitars. Longtime members Greg Tribbett and Bob Zilla have departed for this release. Kyle Sanders steps

Music Review-Midnite Hellion-The Fever/Hour of the Wolf and Enter the Unknown

Review-Midnite Hellion is one of those bands that if this was 1979, Lars Ulrich of Metallica would be all over them. This is a band that really plays the most simple of metal, but does it so effectively that you find yourself seduced by the catchiness of both the vocals and the musicianship. Enter the

Metal Review: Hyperial: Blood and Dust (2014)

Hyperial Blood and Dust

Poland progressive death metal outfit Hyperial are back with their sophomore effort, “Blood and Dust,” and are ready to tell you to forget all about that sophomore jinx. Their relentless, uncompromising sound is evident through each of the album’s 10 tracks leading up to an aural assault of just under 40 minutes. The band is

Metal Review: Goatwhore: Constricting Rage of the Merciless (2014)

Goatwhore Constricting Rage of the Merciless

New Orleans based death metal outfit Goatwhore are back with their sixth studio album, “Constricting Rage of the Merciless,” out now via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded with Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) at his Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. The band was serious about getting that analog sound, so the entire