Issa – Another World (Frontiers)

I don’t know about you, but it never seemed to rain when I was a teenager. I can’t really claim to be a carefree and optimistic kind of bloke all of the time, but still, when I think of the 1980s, it always seemed to be full summer, with the ice cream van chiming in..

Rossometile – Gehenna

Symphonic metal is so mainstream now that, as well as the big names that everyone knows, there are a host of smaller groups that do competent jobs but without an iota of originality. Coming across this album by an Italian group I’d never heard of before, I fully expected to hear fifty minutes of symphonic-metal-by-numbers...

The Cold Stares Reveal New Song “Blow Wind Blow” & Announce UK Tour Dates

The Cold Stares have revealed their brand new song, "Blow Wind Blow," taken from their upcoming album 'The Southern,' which will be released on September 6th via Mascot Records. You can watch the video below. Pre-order The Southern here - The band have also announced a run of UK shows for August and September starting on  30 August at The Carlisle in Hastings, before heading to the Ropetackle..


...the funk-rock pairing of Stay Free unexpectedly exhuming the irresistible clavinet bounce of Led Zeppelin's Trampled Underfoot with a chunky chorus to perfectly balance it. It's the very distillation of the Hughes Blueprint for a funk-rock hybrid, and he's rarely done it better. I am quite certain that I will not be alone as a..

Kvaen – The Formless Fires (Metal Blade Records)

Sweden has always been prolific on the melodic black and death metal front, and Kvaen is another example of the talent this country has to offer in extreme metal. Jacob Björnfot, the creative mastermind behind the band(named after the folk who populated the area in the Viking era), has already released two solid albums in 2020..