Ornamental – Verwandlung Im Schlaf (Pink Tank Records) 11 April 

German psych-rock collective Ornamental will release their first studio album Verwandlung Im Schlaf on April 11th via Pink-Tank Records, the self-described "Heavy Music Love Machine" label based in Germany. Combining elements of heavy, psych-rock with 80's influenced synthesizers, the quartet sound like the Germanic counterpart of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, or maybe US trio King..

The End Machine – The Quantum Phase (frontiers Music)

We now come to the third album by The End Machine which is something of supergroup originally put together by three ex-Dokken musicians in guitarist George Lynch (of Lynch Mob fame), bassist Jeff Pilson (also of Foreigner) and drummer Mick Brown along with the Warrant vocalist Robert Mason. The idea behind the new band was to..

Attic – Return Of The Witchfinder (Ván Records)

Germany’s satanic heavy metallers Attic are here once again when we need another dose of falsetto vocals so desperately. I have given up on waiting for the infinitely delayed new King Diamond and Mercyful Fate albums, so this is a much welcome return. Attic have never been fast on putting out new material, but this..

Guenna – Peak of Al’Jinnah (The Sign Records)

Peak of Jin'Arrah is the debut album by Guenna. Hailing from the southernmost part of Sweden, this foursome offers a rather fine blend of fuzzy, progressive and heavy rock with vocal harmonies - wonderfully described by Nick Oliveri (formerly in QOTSA) on a night when Guenna opened up for his band Stöner in Malmö as..

Mi von Ahn – everything is until it’s not (self-released EP)

Mi von Ahn comes from Sweden, and specialises in weaving emotive dream indie rock with verve and ambience. A kind of warming melancholy, set against a dynamic and ever changing soundscape, where desolate expanses seamlessly intermingle with lush inland forests. Her self-produced cabin pop exudes echoes of Bon Iver's ethereal soundscapes. According to Clash Magazine,..

Crystal Horizon – Crystal Horizon

Crystal Horizon are a new young group from Kristiansand in southern Norway where its four members came together while they were studying for music degrees at the local University. The Norwegian prog scene is perhaps best known for bands with a retro ‘60s and ‘70s feel but Crystal Horizon’s influences are much more modern –..