Wolf – Shadowland (Century Media Records)

I remember these guys from the very start of their career. Back in 1999, when I received a promo of their self-titled debut from No Fashion Records, it was a big surprise to listen to a classic old school heavy meal album in times when the style was still in knock-down. Maybe nowadays it would..

Gauntlet Rule – The Plague Court (From The Vaults)

Rogga Johansson is a legendary name in the death metal circles, appearing on numerous releases by Paganizer, Massacre, Ribspreader, Those Who Bring The Torture and at least 20 more bands, but it was a big surprise to see his name in a classic old school heavy metal one. Gauntlet Rule is exactly that, with the..

In Aphelion – Moribund (Edged Circle Productions)

If you have followed Velvet Thunder closely, then you probably remember the interview we did with In Aphelion’s mastermind Sebastian Ramstedt late last year, on the occasion of their debut EP Luciferian Age. Besides fellow Necrophobic bandmates Ramstedt (vocals, guitars and bass) and Johan Bergebäck (guitars), the band also features drummer Marco Prij (Cryptosis). The..

Hypocrisy – Worship (Nuclear Blast)

We had to wait for almost 9 years for a follow up to the excellent End Of Disclosure, but, better late than never, right? Worship, Hypocrisy’s 13th full length release, comes out next Friday, via Nuclear Blast, and I have to say – it was worth the wait. In the last 20 years, it has..

Necrophobic – Dawn Of The Damned (Century Media Records)

Necrophobic are riding on the waves of inspiration lately. Recruiting the guitar duo of Johan Bergebäck and Sebastian Ramstedt back in the band in 2016 was probably the best decision band leader Joakim Sterner (drums) has ever taken. Actually, with vocalist Andreas Strokirk (who sang on the legendary debut The Nocturnal Silence) also having returned..

Interview with Joakim Sterner of Necrophobic

Necrophobic are currently riding on the waves of deserved recognition. Finally. These Swedish black/death worshippers have always put out quality albums, but through the years, something was always missing – was it the production, the distribution, or something else. With 2018’s masterpiece Mark Of The Necrogram, the band released a career highlight and now, two..

The Flower Kings – Islands (InsideOut)

Swedish Kings' fourteenth album is a balm for the wounded souls of 2020... Despite Roine Stolt's established productivity, it still seemed out of the blue when a new Flower Kings album was announced less than a year after their last one. But on reflection, a global lockdown is a sure-fire catalyst for an uptick in..