Author: Stoyan Tsonev

Hosting the “Total Invasion” weekly radio show on Z-Rock radio, Bulgaria since 2006, with more than 600 shows aired. Publisher and Editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian edition of Metal Hammer, with 14 issues released between 2012 and 2014. Has written articles for “Brutallica” (in English), S.M.F. and Metal Hammer Bulgaria magazines since 1998. Has interviewed Dio, Adrian Smith, Blackie Lawless, Warrel Dane, Geoff Tate and many more metal artists and bands.

Infinity Dream – Memories (Metal Assault Records)

Infinity Dream (see the Iron Maiden reference there?) are a new band, formed by frontman and guitar player of US metallers Widow Chris Bennett. Another Widow member, John Wooten helps on bass guitar and the line-up is rounded up by Dina Altum (backing vocals and keyboards) and Marc Anthony on drums. Widow have not released..

Wolf – Shadowland (Century Media Records)

I remember these guys from the very start of their career. Back in 1999, when I received a promo of their self-titled debut from No Fashion Records, it was a big surprise to listen to a classic old school heavy meal album in times when the style was still in knock-down. Maybe nowadays it would..

Abbath – Dread Reaver (Season Of Mist)

Everyone knows the story of Immortal, their fallout and constant mud-slinging between present and ex band members, so I’m not going to bore you to death with that. Their legendary frontman Abbath formed the band bearing his artistic name in 2015 and has since released two full lengths, in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Dread Reaver,..

Charger – Warhorse (Pirates Press Records)

Charger is a band from Oakland, California, featuring Rancid’s bass player Matt Freeman, who also handles the vocals here, Jason Willer on drums and vocals, and guitarist Andrew McGee. The band first made impression with their 2019 self-titled, 7-song EP, displaying a tasteful amalgam of influences from the punk, NWOBHM and speed metal scenes. If..

Gauntlet Rule – The Plague Court (From The Vaults)

Rogga Johansson is a legendary name in the death metal circles, appearing on numerous releases by Paganizer, Massacre, Ribspreader, Those Who Bring The Torture and at least 20 more bands, but it was a big surprise to see his name in a classic old school heavy metal one. Gauntlet Rule is exactly that, with the..

Sanhedrin – Lights On (Metal Blade Records)

Brooklyn’s Sanhedrin (the meaning of which you can read about here) are one of the best old school sounding heavy metal bands since their inception in 2015. Their first two full lengths A Funeral For The World (independently released in 2017) and The Poisoner (2019, Cruz Del Sur Music) gradually raised the band’s popularity and..