After another bumper year of quality music from across the rock spectrum, VELVET THUNDER is proud to present the best of the year. Thanks for reading in 2023 and see you all in 2024! Terry Craven Hawkwind - The Future Never Waits (Cherry Red) Withering Scorn - Prophets Of Demise (Frontiers) The Flower Kings -..
Sepultura has issued the following statement... "Sepultura has reached the end of the road and has chosen to depart via a conscious and planned death. Throughout the next 18 months we will celebrate 40 years of existence together along with our loyal fans on a farewell tour across the entire globe. It will be a celebration of..
Some months ago the book Decades: Van Der Graaf Generator In The 1970s was published by Velvet Thunder writer Steve Pilkington via Sonicbond Publishing, telling the eventful take of the band's first decade in existence. We present here an exclusive sample chapter of the book for anyone to get a feel for what it contains...
The Texas-based metal venture Daedric's debut album Mortal is a feral offering to the altar of Electronic Metal. From the triumphant entry of Wretched the band burst onto the scene with a stunning vocal performance from from Hope in their alluring music video for the debut single. Wretched set the stage for their next singles,..
Photo: Jaakko Manninen With stellar performances at the most important summer festivals under their belt, including Germany's legendary Wacken Open Air and Belgium's Alcatraz Festival, Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS are delighted to announce their third live album, Queen Of Time (Live At Tavastia 2021), which is set to be released on October 13, 2023 via Atomic Fire, and can be pre-ordered below. In 2021, one..
WORDS AND PHOTOS: Paul Whimpenny (Day One), Graeme Stroud (Day Two) Taking place at the Indigo venue, nestled inside the O2 Arena complex in London, the weekend-long Prognosis festival's bill certainly had the looks of an eclectic affair, with bands ranging from household names right down to the 'most people will be curious' level. Velvet..
Photo: Heilemania Having recently wrapped up a hugely successful European tour, BEYOND THE BLACK released their brand-new, self-titled masterpiece Beyond The Black via Nuclear Blast Records this past Friday. The band also delivers a new music video for the album focus track Free Me. Jennifer Haben comments: "This album is the epitome of Beyond the Black and it's arrived finally where it belongs - with..
Following a couple of years of uncertainty during the pandemic and when everyone's lives was in some way thrown into turmoil, 2022 saw some return to what many would see as relative normality. While music never went away during that time, 2022 was also the year when live music felt like it was properly back..
Phot: Matteo Fabbiani POWERWOLF, one of the most successful current metal bands, have returned with the tour edition of their successful latest album, Call Of The Wild and Missa Cantorem II, out now, via Napalm Records. Just in time for the start of their European headline tour, which will take the Wolves - with their greatest production ever..
This past Friday, symphonic metal titans EPICA finally unleashed The Alchemy Project, a unique collaboration featuring thirteen bands and musicians who co-wrote and performed the seven new tracks with them. For this special occasion, EPICA present another true gem from the release, in form of a music video for a hauntingly dark track with a majestic chorus: Sirens - Of..