Author: Lee Vickers

Born metal head. Began a musical journey running Queensrÿche's official UK campaign in the late 1980s/early 1990s during the band's most successful period. Former reviews editor of the Classic Rock Society's 'Rock Society' magazine; features writer and "that back page" 'Graveyard Shift' scribbler. Will entertain anything in the genre but especially thrash (Bay Area in particular) and death metal.

Ophidian I stream complete album ‘Desolate’ in advance of release date

Icelandic Tech Death outfit OPHIDIAN I are now fully streaming their upcoming release Desolate in advance of the release date. The album is scheduled for world-wide release on July 16th, 2021 via Season of Mist. Desolate can be listened to via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel. The band comments on the album: "The culmination of all our hard work and passion..

Steelhouse: Uriah Heep and Stone Broken step in as travel restrictions mean Europe and H.E.A.T. cannot perform, The 10th anniversary edition to take place 23rd- 25th July 2021

Steelhouse Festival was delighted to get the greenlight to go ahead for this year's event.  This news was truly something positive for the summer and a reward for the Steelhouse family for their patience, understanding, sticking with us and wanting the festival to move forward. Covid will, of course, still have an affect and the travel restrictions have meant that..

GAUPA : Swedish psychedelic hard rock band signs to Nuclear Blast + LIVE VERSION OF ‘MJÖLKSYRA’ FROM THE ALBUM ‘FEBERDRÖM’ OUT NOW!

This past Friday, Nuclear Blast Records are happy to announce the signing of exciting young psychedelic hard rock band GAUPA from Falun, Sweden. With surreal lyrics, an energetic, very unique singer, and an addictive sound that combines progressive stoner rock with doom, folk and psychedelic rock influences, GAUPA released their self-titled debut EP in June 2018 and have since made a name..

BLOOD RED THRONE announce new album ‘Imperial Congregation’ to be released on 8 October + release single/video ‘Itika’

Norwegian death metal veterans Blood Red Throne will release their 10th album, Imperial Congregation, on October 8th via Nuclear Blast. This past Friday, the band have released a lyric video for vicious new single Itika. Stream and watch below. Founding guitarist Daniel Olaisen says of the track: "Itika was one of the first songs I wrote for this album and it's heavy as fuck. There's..

Ministry ANNOUNCE 15TH STUDIO ALBUM ‘MORAL HYGIENE’; RELEASE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO FOR ‘GOOD TROUBLE’ INSPIRED BY LATE US CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS + BLM PROTESTS

After incubating for the larger part of 2020 – at a time when creative mastermind Al Jourgensen was able to ruminate on the new world we as a society have found ourselves in – the time has finally come for Ministry to unleash their much-anticipated 15th studio album. Aptly titled Moral Hygiene, the album will be released via Nuclear Blast Records on October 1st. With some..

TROY REDFERN RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR HAUNTING NEW SINGLE “GHOSTS” FROM THE NEW ALBUM “THE FIRE COSMIC” RELEASED AUGUST 6, 2021 + PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE

Photo Credit: © Haluk Gurer Yesterday, slide guitarist and singer-songwriter, Troy Redfern, dubbed as Britain's "King of Slide Guitar", releases the official music video for his haunting new single Ghosts. Watch the breath-taking cinematic video below. Ghosts is the second single taken from his forthcoming album The Fire Cosmic released by RED7 Records on Friday August 6th. The song is..

DYING WISH ANNNOUNCE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM’FRAGMENTS OF A BITTER MEMORY’OUT OCTOBER 1, 2021 VIA SHARPTONE RECORDS + STREAM NEW SINGLE ‘FRAGMENTS OF A BITTER MEMORY’ NOW

Dying Wish is the Portland-based blistering hardcore five-piece whose passionate music fuses New Wave of American Heavy Metal and chaos-driven punk noises. Late last year, they signed to SharpTone Records and today, have announced the release of their forthcoming record, Fragments of a Bitter Memory which will be released on October 1, 2021 via their new label home. To celebrate..

EDGE OF PARADISE : ‘The Unknown’ – stunning new album by LA based hard rock act out 17 September 2021 via Frontiers

Los Angeles based hard rock act Edge Of Paradise have announced the upcoming release of their new studio album, The Unknown. Produced by Howard Benson, Neil Sanderson and Mike Plotnikoff, it will be released on 17th September. A new single entitled My Method Your Madness is available now, which lead singer Margarita Monet states "is super..

FRENCH TITANS GOJIRA ANNOUNCE EAGERLY-AWAITED EUROPEAN TOUR FOR JANUARY – MARCH 2022, NEW ALBUM FORTITUDE OUT NOW

Photo: Gabrielle Duplantier 2x Grammy® nominated, unmissable French titans Gojira have announced their eagerly-awaited return to Europe with an extensive tour January - March 2022.  The new dates, which will be split into two legs, feature special guests Alien Weaponry and Employed To Serve. The first leg kicks off Jan 17th in Finland and closes in France on Feb 9th, with..