Ram – The Throne Within (Metal Blade Records)

Swedish old-school metallers Ram have not only been carrying the torch of trad metal for two decades, but can be safely pointed as one of the several young bands that initiated the so-called New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal at the start of the new millennium, with their 2003 EP Sudden Impact. The Throne Within..

ISSUN – Dark Green Glow (Spinnup)

Compared to its size, Germany seems to have under achieved in terms of its contribution to rock music, with only the Scorpions becoming truly global stars. That heavy rock tradition has continued with bands such as Accept and Helloween but looking in the progressive space then the ground starts to look a little thin. RPWL..

TOOL – FEAR INOCULUM (RCA)

Tool : Fear Inoculum – Is stasis the new Prog? 13 Years. There’s no real point starting with anything else. 13 Years. If you were a Tool-loving crocodile who’d had a mosh-happy childhood to 10,000 Days, you’d have gone to your grave without hearing anything new from Messrs. Carey, Jones, Keenan and Chancellor. (although as..

PHIL MANZANERA – Diamond Head (Voiceprint)

In late 1974, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera began thinking that the time might be right for him to record a solo album. When he eventually elected to do so, in December of that year, he did what would perhaps not have been most people’s first idea: he recorded two at the same time. While..

Netherbird – Into The Vast Uncharted (Eisenwald)

Fifteen years after their formation, Swedish black/death extremists Netherbird are ready to release their fifth album. Only two original members are left, namely guitar player Pontus Andersson (a.k.a. Bizmark) and frontman Johan Fridell (a.k.a. Nephente), but the present line-up has been forming for the last 10 years. One of the latest additions to the band..

Entombed A.D. – Bowels of Earth (Century Media Records)

It was exactly five years ago when legendary L.G. Petrov decided to launch this incarnation of Entombed, adding “A.D.” at the end to not stir further confusion with the (seemingly) ongoing band with Andersson, Cederlund and Hellid in the line-up (court disputes and everything aside). Bowels of Earth comes after two solid enough albums (2014’s..

ACHIEVERS – The Lost Arc

The Achievers are an electric pub blues band with more than a hint of the gospel about their good-time, upbeat rock’n’roll. Every song on this, their second album, is an original, mostly backed with multi-part harmony vocals. Traditional and quirky at the same time, upbeat and joyful yet lackadaisically laid-back, there’s no doubt this is..