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.

MUNITION – VISIONS (INDEPENDENT)

Munition is a new classic metal band from Chicago and Visions, their debut full-length, has been released by the band at the end of last month. All of the members (except for vocalist Syl Smith) have previously been in the already defunct Shocker, which managed to release an EP and a full length 6 years..

URIAH HEEP – CHAOS & COLOUR (SILVER LINING MUSIC)

These guys need no introduction, do they? Entering their 54th year of existence, Uriah Heep have been the most consistent band out of their contemporaries and what is more important, have persevered through hard and harder times for classic hard rock to enter 2023 more confident than ever. There is something of an anomaly that..

Memoriam – Rise To Power (Reaper Entertainment)

You know that place called “West Midlands”, right? It gave us Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Benediction, Bolt Thrower and who knows how many more fantastic bands. Memoriam, born in the aftermath of Bolt Thrower in 2015, is one more proof “there’s something in the water” in this place in England and with their fifth full..

INTERVIEW WITH MAPPE BJÖRKMAN OF CANDLEMASS

Last November, doom titans Candlemass returned with Sweet Evil Sun, which is not only among the best releases in the genre this year, but happens to be the second consecutive (and third overall) album with original vocalist Johan Längquist. Was it a difficult task to follow the Grammy-nominated The Door To Doom? We called Long-time..

Obituary – Dying Of Everything (Relapse Records)

Ah, those riffs and those vocals – unmistakable! The kings of groove Obituary are back once again with a hammer of a new album! The appropriately titled Dying Of Everything, their 11th full-length release, comes out January 13th via Relapse Records and is everything an old school death metal fan could dream of. Entering the..

Interview with Dave Carlo (Razor)

Life’s a bitch sometimes, and in the case of Razor’s leader Dave Carlo – much more often than usual. The Canadian trash/speed veterans’ guitar player has bravely and even stubbornly pushed the band forward through hard and harder times in the Eighties, before throwing the towel in the early nineties. Now, somehow miraculously, Razor’s ninth..

Razor – Cycle Of Contempt (Relapse Records)

The eternal underdogs of thrash and speed metal and one of the most unlucky bands on earth – that’s what Razor are. They are often cited as part of Canada’s “big five” of thrash/speed in the company of Annihilator, Sacrifice, Exciter and Anvil, but they are only rivalled by Sacrifice in the lack of luck..

Blind Guardian – The God Machine (Nuclear Blast)

The German power metal machine from Krefeld, as you well remember, was one of the very few bands that flew the flag of classic metal high in the nineties and persevered to become one of the biggest bands in their genre. They started their journey as early as 1984 (under the name of Lucifer’s Heritage),..