BlackBeer – Take The Freedom (Pure Steel Records)

BlackBeer is a new heavy rock band from France which only formed last year and is made up by a truly multi-national team of musicians from Venezuela, Argentinan and France. This self-titled album is the debut release and a strong, confident and mature release it is too. It's a record with its roots very much..

Rizon – Prime Time (Pure Steel Records)

Rizon is a hard rock/power metal outfit from Switzerland having formed in 1997 with Prime Time being the band's fourth album and very much continues with the hard melodic rock that has served them so well since the formation of the band. There have been a few changes over the years but the truth is..

Psychoprism – R.I.S.E. (Pure Steel Records)

Psychoprism is a power metal/progressive metal band from New Jersey/New York which was founded in 2012 with just one 4-track EP, Bloodlines, released in 2014 of which three of the four tracks also being included on the full debut, Creations, in 2016. It has taken from then until now for the crucial second album to..

Custard – Imperium Rapax (Pure Steel Records)

A quick check shows that there are at least two bands called Custard; one is an indie rock band from Australia and the one here for review is a power metal band from Germany which formed in 1987 with Imperium Rapax being the band's latest album and number seven in a fine list of metal..

Distant Past – The Final Stage (Pure Steel Records)

Music can induce so many different feelings and emotions but, sometimes, you come across an album that if suffused with pure and simple joie de vivre it automatically lifts your mood and puts a great big grin in your face. This excellent old school metal album by the Swiss band Distant Past is a perfect..