February 24, 2020

Emerald Shine – Misty Tales

Here at Velvet Thunder, we’re always on the look-out for “The Next Big Thing” – so here’s introducing Emerald Shine, a band from Northern Moravia in the Czech Republic who fuse the power of metal music with the distinctive sound of a harp, violin, recorders and tin whistles! Whether you call it Metal Folk or..

STOMB – From Nihil

It's a new decade, and French Modern Progressive Metal band STÖMB are keen to enter it with a fresh sense of purpose...and a new studio album to be released on 31 January. The quartet have also been tagged as being an instrumental post-djent quartet. For the uninitiated, post-djent is a heavy metal subgenre that recently..

Hot Breath – Hot Breath

What do you call a new release that's halfway between a CD and an EP? This is the debut production from Hot Breath, another hard-hitting foursome from Gothenburg, Sweden. Six tracks long, giving you a shade under 24 minutes, so it'll be interesting to see how its priced. But that apart, it's great rock and..

Grand Royale – Take It Easy

Now then, a new Scando Rock album with a difference! You could be forgiven from several recent reviews and interviews that virtually the entire rock scene in Scandanavia, and certainly in the hotspots of Stockholm, Goteborg and Jonkoping in Sweden, was sort of "newer wave Power Pop". These guys in Grande Royale stand out from..

War Dogs – Die By My Sword (Fighter Records)

Formed in Alicante in 2015, this is the accomplished debut album by the Spanish heavy metal band War Dogs. They line-up with Alberto Rodríguez on vocals which he supplies in English but with a rather delightful Spanish inflection with the hard working and riff hungry twin guitarists of Eduardo Antón and Enrique Mas and the..