Author: Stoyan Tsonev

Hosting the “Total Invasion” weekly radio show on Z-Rock radio, Bulgaria since 2006, with more than 750 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.

Plague – Portraits Of Mind (Nuclear Winter Records)

Well, this is a nice surprise. Plague is an old school death metal band from Athens, Greece, which has been active since 2011, with one single released as far back as 2014. Now, almost 6 years later, they are releasing their full-length debut on Valentine’s Day. This is actually a quite suitable release date, if..

Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic (Silver Lining Music)

Jeff Waters and co. are back with their 17th (wow!) album, less than three years after the great For The Demented. Just a little bit awkwardly titled, Ballistic, Sadistic features Fabio Alessandrini, with everything else (vocals included) performed and recorded by Waters (Mr. Riff) himself. The album picks up just where For The Demented left,..

Thrash vets Assassin with a new album in February

German thrashers Assassin will be back with their sixth full-length album next February.  Bestia Immundis will be released by Massacre Records, with the first single coming up on January 7th. According to the press release, “the upcoming album promises to be aggressive, powerful and heavy but also varied, and offers a nice mix of speed..

Progressive metal legends Psychotic Waltz to “explore” The God-Shaped Void early next year

US Progressive Metal pioneers and innovators Psychotic Waltz return in full original line-up with their highly anticipated 5th studio album and first new music in 23 years. Entitled The God-Shaped Void, the upcoming new album and InsideOut Music debut will be released, appropriately for prog-lovers, on February 14th, 2020. Today, the band premieres the lyric..

Haunt – Mind Freeze (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Trevor Church (Haunt’s leader and frontman/guitar player) is one busy man. For a period of two and a half years, his band Haunt has already (including this forthcoming album on January 10th) released three full-length albums, two EPs, one single and two split singles. When you obviously love what you do, this is not as..

Melodic Death Metallers Neaera return with a new studio album

After announcing their farewell tour in 2015, the German melodic death metal band Neaera now returns with a brand new, self-titled, studio album. It will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 28th. Neaera's fire was first rekindled when the band played two exclusive shows in 2018. "We have been overwhelmed by the reactions," comments singer Benjamin Hilleke. "None..

Hysteria – Night Closing In (Church Recordings)

Well, this certainly looks like a match made in …. hm… (heavy metal) heaven? Hysteria is not a new band, but a thrash project of drummer Mike Smith and vocalist and guitarist Jake Nunn (both from Hell Fire), which has self-released two albums so far, the last one of which – as far back as..