Photo: Martin Häusler Due to the ongoing pandemic, HELLOWEEN and HAMMERFALL are unfortunately forced to postpone again parts of the UNITED FORCES Tour 2022. Even though the situation seems to be partly easing, after consulting all European promoters they came to the conclusion that the still existing restrictions of individual countries and regions make it impossible to play the tour in..
There are plenty of bands with a three decade existence that have experienced an ebb and flow in the career. Times change, tastes alter and sub-genres come and go. Not that many manage to navigate the chicanes of the music world with a consistently high quality output but Amorphis is one of those bands. Maybe..
Heart Attack is an unpredictable groovy blend of modern thrash metal and their first new song, Septic Melody, marks Heart Attack's debut on their new label home Atomic Fire Records. The song tilts from unleashed thrash fury into soaring melodies and back again in no time. No wonder the French armada chose it as their first single. "We wrote..
Mavericks. Pioneers. Unique. Immutable. Destined to be one of 2022's most hailed and talked-about releases, Immutable once again showcases MESHUGGAH's collective brilliance, including some of the most jaw-dropping ensemble performances they have ever executed. Six years on from the band's most recent full-length, The Violent Sleep Of Reason, 2022 brings a fresh and fearsome revelation from MESHUGGAH. Shattering even..
As subjective as taste in music is, even the most ardent of hard rockers will begrudgingly acknowledge a good pop song and modern day rock bands covering songs from the 1980s and 1990s is of course nothing new. While some will plant a cover unashamedly slap bang in the middle of their new album, others..
With a unique trademark sound that is instantly recognizable even through a massive block of ice, Finnish melodic power metal overlords SONATA ARCTICA never fail to enthral their audience with captivating hymns of Nordic splendour and magic. Graced by the aurora borealis, they’ve released ten studio albums thus far, taking us into their world since the majestic..
German heavy metal icon Udo Dirkschneider will turn 70 years old on April 6, 2022. He is THE constant among the German metal scene. Born in Wuppertal during the post-war period, when heavy metal hadn't even been envisioned, he is one of the decisive characters who helped shape the genre so significantly over the course of about five decades. Originally becoming world-famous..
After the surprise release of their 7" vinyl single titled »Last Christmas« a few weeks ago, Scandinavian all-star band AT THE MOVIES are back to present the world with the third single off their upcoming albums, The Soundtrack Of Your Life - Vol. 2 (featuring movie hits from the 90's) and The Soundtrack Of Your Life - Vol. 1 (re-issue; featuring movie hits..
AMORPHIS - who stand among Northern Europe's leading dark metal acts, hitting #1 on the Finnish charts five times - have been captivating fans and critics for over 30 years with their melancholic, yet heavy soundscapes. After announcing their upcoming fourteenth studio album, Halo, out on February 11th, 2022 through Atomic Fire, last month, the waiting time is over as..
Rock and metal music have always been a haven for those who have bigger stories to tell; who have grander emotions to convey. For more than thirty years, Finnish figureheads AMORPHIS have done their best to carve their very own niche in heartfelt yet aggressive, melancholic yet soothing tunes. On Halo, their staggering fourteenth studio effort, the Finns..