Hex A.D. have produced a stunning album mixing psychedelic, doom and progressive metal in an inspired cocktail. Norway’s Hex A.D. have been ploughing a path of psychedelic doom metal for a number of years and this is now their fourth album. I’ve no idea what the intriguing title might mean but it certainly grabs your..
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..
I went to live in Italy in 1990 and as well as being eager to enjoy the wonderful climate and delightful food I was curious to discover what the local music scene was like. Listening to the radio, I was not inspired by the general diet of soggy melodic pop but there was one song..
Coffeinne show that they have the ability to write top class material...... Coffeinne is a fairly new four-piece Spanish metal band, formed in Madrid in 2015. And before you go and Google this, Coffeinne is not Spanish for “caffeine” (“cafeína” is). The word does not seem to exist in any language I’m aware of so..
With this album I think we did manage to capture the live aspect even better... Wherever your preferences lie along the rock spectrum, Sweden seems to have a band for you. Whether it’s the doom metal of Candlemass, the power metal of Sabaton, or the progressive metal of Opeth, the country seems to have amazing..
This is a masterclass of hard melodic rock. It is relentlessly brilliant. Those unfamiliar with Swedish rockers H.E.A.T might assume this is the band’s second album. Those who know the band might also hesitate, thinking that this could be their eleventh album (actually, it is their eighth album if you include two live albums). The..
The song Glass Mountain would grace any Eagles album without a doubt. Marty and The Bad Punch is certainly an original name for a band and one got me curious about what music to expect. Guitars and all writing credits go to one Martin Punsch, a German I believe, and hence the origin of the..
With Homeless, Anubis have stretched themselves, creating their own unique sound that is well worth listening to. Anubis are a six-piece band hailing from Australia with a history of producing good listenable neo-prog music, often with extended songs heading to the ten minute mark and beyond. Their 2014 effort Hitchhiking To Byzantium has been their..
The title track of The Other Side is 18 minutes long, occupying a full side on the vinyl version, and has all the characteristic trademarks that will probably make it a genuine Nektar classic. I recall a football commentator once saying that everyone remembers the teams that make it to any big cup final but..
So what’s in the name of a band? There’s often a good hint in a band's name of the type of music you can expect to hear. Seeing a band called Shaft of Steel put in my mind a horde of pillaging Vikings. It must therefore be some form of metal, most likely the extreme..