Hellbutcher – Hellbutcher (Metal Blade Records)

Look at that cover and tell me you don’t know already this will contain some kind of total metal old school madness. Well, you’d be damn right. Hellbutcher is the brand new band, formed by (and named after) the frontman of now inactive Swedish black/thrash legends Nifelheim. The other musicians helping with writing and recording..

Bat – Under The Crooked Claw (Nuclear Blast)

For those unfamiliar, Bat is the speed-punk side project of Ryan Waste and Nick Poulos from Municipal Waste. Their debut full length Wings Of Chains came out in 2026, followed by the Axestasy EP three years later. Under The Crooked Claw, which will hurt your ears next Friday, is the band’s first album for Nuclear..

Vulture – Sentinels (Metal Blade Records)

One of the flagmen of the new wave of European speed metal (I just came up with the term), Dortmund’s Vulture will release their fourth full length album Sentinels on April 12th, almost three years after their last one. The band’s line-up has been solid since 2017 and the press release states a lot of..

Scanner – The Cosmic Race (ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records)

The name Scanner rings a bell to all fans of old school, classic German power-speed metal. Their cult debut Hypertrace was released in 1988, with the equally strong Terminal Earth doubling on the good impression the following year (even if with a different singer). Once again changing the vocalist, Scanner released two more fantastic power-speed..

Inculter – Morbid Origin (Edged Circle Productions)

It’s been more than a decade since Inculter’s inception in a town called Fusa in Norway, and they have delivered two full-lengths and one EP of blistering thrash since. Their third album Morbid Origin will be released next Friday, four years after the excellent Fatal Visions. The band is still comprised of Remi André Nygård..

Interview with Dave Carlo (Razor)

Life’s a bitch sometimes, and in the case of Razor’s leader Dave Carlo – much more often than usual. The Canadian trash/speed veterans’ guitar player has bravely and even stubbornly pushed the band forward through hard and harder times in the Eighties, before throwing the towel in the early nineties. Now, somehow miraculously, Razor’s ninth..

Razor – Cycle Of Contempt (Relapse Records)

The eternal underdogs of thrash and speed metal and one of the most unlucky bands on earth – that’s what Razor are. They are often cited as part of Canada’s “big five” of thrash/speed in the company of Annihilator, Sacrifice, Exciter and Anvil, but they are only rivalled by Sacrifice in the lack of luck..

Blind Guardian – The God Machine (Nuclear Blast)

The German power metal machine from Krefeld, as you well remember, was one of the very few bands that flew the flag of classic metal high in the nineties and persevered to become one of the biggest bands in their genre. They started their journey as early as 1984 (under the name of Lucifer’s Heritage),..