Saxon – Hell, Fire And Damnation (Silver Lining Music)

Almost exactly two years after their last album, British metal legends Saxon are back with a landmark release. Hell, Fire And Damnation declares its ambition to be a special album in Saxon’s discography with not only title, but also the fantastic, aggressive artwork, which is in total contrast with the pastoral peysage of Carpe Diem...

Speed Limit – Hit The Wall (EP) (NRT-Records)

Every once in a while you find yourself hell-bent on getting your own way on a one-way smash-and-grab trip through a brick wall! This is the main topic of the new Single Hit The Wall of the Austrian heavy metal crusaders Speed Limit , the first appetizer of the new album Cut A Long Story Short. The now released EP Hit..

Twister – Only The Strong Survive EP

Twister previously got rave reviews, your own Velvet Thunder included, for their debut album Cursed and Corrected, released in the Autumn of 2020. The album distilled five years worth of them growing as a band and as fine young chappies in the North East, each track capturing everything that had happened to them personally and..

The Riven – Peace and Conflict (The Sign Records)

I have to say from the outset I'm so, so mightily pleased to have come across these guys - this could well be my album of the year! Since the release of their debut self-titled album from 2019, the group has recruited a second guitarist, enabling more dynamic twin guitar arrangements and colourful melodies to..

Green King – Hidden Beyond Time (The Sign Records)

Spoiler Alert - this is NOT some sort of alcohol-fuelled musicians' collaboration with a British brewery! This particular brew of Green King is in fact a Finnish heavy metal group, and Hidden Beyond Time is their debut album! And exceptionally good it is too - in fact any self-respecting fan of NWOBHM bands (Iron Maiden..

Oath Sc – Hallowed Illusions (Independent)

Sometimes when doing reviews, you stumble across something completely unknown to you but nevertheless makes you think "wow!". Evoking the glory of late 70's pub rock married to early 80s garage bands and so much more, Oath is a reverb-drenched haze of pulsating riffs and serpentine solos. Imagine a cross between Graham Parker and the..

Saxon – Carpe Diem (Silver Lining Music)

Last few years were rough on Saxon, to say the least. First, in 2014, was the Nigel Glockler scare with a brain aneurism, then in 2019 Biff Byford underwent a successful heart surgery, and everybody knows what followed in 2020. Anyway, we were all lucky to have arrived safe in 2022 and witness Saxon’s 23rd..

Dead Man’s Whiskey release new single on 21 July

New music incoming! – Dead Man’s Whiskey are delighted to release their brand-new single and title track Breakout from their upcoming new EP on Wednesday 21st July 2021. The single is accompanied by a music video, which the band will premiere on Wednesday 21st July 2021. After a year of lockdowns, writing and recording, the 5-piece London hard rock band are back with a..