September 24, 2020

Caskets Open – Concrete Realms Of Pain (Nine Records)

That sharp contrast between doom and hardcore is a known characteristic of this band and it certainly does make for fascinating listening. How many songs can trace their inspiration back to Black Sabbath eponymous song on the band’s eponymous debut album? The list must be awfully long and listening to the opening Four Shrines on..

Sacred Reich launches video for ‘Salvation’

Sacred Reich have launched their new video for Salvation. Front-man and bassist Phil Rind comments: "We want to put something positive out there right now.Salvation is about music's ability to encourage and inspire us and bring us together." Salvation is off the band's latest album, Awakening. Watch the video (shot and edited by Fiaz Farrelly) below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QGvcSD5V8A Sacred Reich's first record in twenty-three years, the towering Awakening showcases..

Allen/Olzon – Worlds Apart (Frontiers Music)

I guess we all know that this project features Russell Allen, the vocalist of immense US rockers Symphony X and Anette Olzon formerly of Nightwish (what a great job she did in replacing the irreplaceable Tarja Turunen) and The Dark Element with Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen? Effectively, this is a continuation of the project..

Son of Man – Interview

Son Of Man, led by George Jones (son of man legend Mickey) recently released the album State of Dystopia (see review posted 27 Feb 2020). Following the release of the album, I have the opportunity to sit down with George for Velvet Thunder, and discuss the latest news about the band and also the strange..

NOVENA – Eleventh Hour (Frontiers)

Mark the name, as these guys are going to be huge in the progressive rock universe! This is the debut album by this UK progressive metal band formed in 2013 and they already have an outstanding EP in their locker with the quite staggering 32-minute Secondary Genesis featuring three lengthy prog metal tracks - and..

Photo: Richard Bolwell

Joe Satriani reschedules UK & European Tour

Joe Satriani releases statement on rescheduling the Shapeshifting UK Tour “The current COVID-19 virus has now reached pandemic proportions and is making daily life for all of us very challenging. As always, my concern for the health and safety of my fans, my band and crew always take precedence when touring, and now is no..