A merciless thrash-metal assault old-school style. The Crucifier not only has grasp on the best elements of classic thrash, they know how to enhance them to forge their own unique sound.
"Battles" is a lengthy album, it could have easily been shaved down to 13 songs and been even stronger than it already is. Terrific album overall; classic In Flames.
Facing the Animal is the very good heavy neoclassical rock album by Yngwie J. Malmsteen released in 1998. One of his best in years!
What's a 'Hair Metal' song? Hair Metal is a genre of music inhabited by 1980s glam rock stars who spend as much or more time on hair & make-up than on writing their music. While being labeled a hair band definitely has negative connotations,...
"Haunted Symphony" is the debut EP by Timeless Haunt, a spooky theatrical metal band from the Eastern U.S.
To date, Christian heavy metal outfit Fit for a King has produced five albums. But how do these albums stack against each other in terms of quality and content?
99 Crimes is a new three piece hard rock band fronted by guitarist/vocalist Paul Lidel of Dirty Looks and Dangerous Toys fame.
Metallica's now-legendary debut album, KILL'EM ALL, was released in 1983. Here are some memories of the first time I heard this genre-defining album.
Yuri Fulone is a one-man power metal project from Brazil. "Your Kingdom Will Fall" is his second full length album release.
Overkill consistently waves the flag for working class Thrash Metal. Their latest album THE WINDS OF WAR will be released in February of 2019. Here's a brief history of their impressive career.
Theatre of Tragedy is the name of the debut album of Norway's Theatre of Tragedy. It has the angelic vocals of Liv Kristine Espanaes and male vocal growls to create a good doom death metal album.
An introduction to ten underappreciated Japanese heavy metal guitarists who you might not have heard of.
Some awesome sludge metal bands that you should by all means check out if you are not already familiar.
Before Body Count and Living Colour, there was Black Death, the first all-black heavy metal band. Their 1984 album is an over-the-top cult classic of indie metal mayhem. Bang Thy Head!
On 1993's "Edge of Thorns," progressive metal titans Savatage replaced longtime screamer Jon Oliva with new vocalist Zak Stevens. The result was one of the finest albums of their long career.
I never gave the Sammy Hagar era of Van Halen a chance when it was current, but I warmed up to it decades later. Better late than never, right?
"Visions" is the debut album by Carriage, a Virginia-based traditional heavy metal band inspired by Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Savatage, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath.
Stormspell Records found a 1986 tape by a lost band possibly known as "Steel Assassin." All attempts to locate them have come up empty. Maybe you can help solve this Heavy Metal Mystery!
Female vocalists continue to excel in the heavy metal genre. Their broad vocal ranges mesmerize audiences around the globe. This article showcases the very best female heavy metal singers of all time.
A gallery of some of the most classically bad, painful to the eyes album covers in Heavy Metal history.
Any band that can stay active for more than 30 years has to have the right stuff. Thrash pioneers Testament's newest album is a rich and consistent reminder of what makes them top of their genre.
1989's "Headless Cross" was the strongest Black Sabbath album in a number of years, but unfortunately for the band, few were listening.
"Queen of the Hill" is the second full length release from Kairos, a traditional heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden.
Recorded in 1975, "On Parole" was supposed to be Motörhead's debut album, but it wasn't released till four years later.
The Rammstein song "Sonne" explained and interpreted. I also look at the video and their live performance of the song.
Heavy Metal Music can serve as a powerful voice about the dangers of environmental destruction. This piece makes the argument that heavy metal has a lot to say on the subject. The song, "Mammals in Babylon" by Cattle Decapitation is Deconstructed.
1999's "Helldorado" was seen as a comeback album for shock rockers W.A.S.P., fronted by the legendary Blackie Lawless. How does it hold up 20 years later?
"War of the Roses" is the third full length album by power metal band Blazon Stone, released on Stormspell Records in November 2016.
Twisted Sister's Dee Snider struck out on his own in 1992 with a new band called Widowmaker. Their debut "Blood and Bullets" never caught on but it qualifies as a great Forgotten Hard Rock Album.
Mastodon, Neurosis, Baroness and other former artists have helped add to the legacy of Relapse Records.
Metalcore is a popular genre but the best works come from bands who play underground scenes; free from negative genre cliches and label pressure to abide by them to turn a profit.
Repentless is the 2015 thrash metal album by Slayer and it is their first album since 2009. However, it is one of their average releases.
You already know the songs. You know about the crazy outfits, the hair, the big stages, the lights, the dry ice and the blink-and-you-missed-it edits. But did you ever notice all of the spinning?
Here are the top ten greatest guitar solos from Tony Iommi, one of the fiercest and most inventive heavy metal guitarists of all time.
2003's "St. Anger" is considered to be Metallica's worst album. In 2015, two fans recorded their own version of the disc (with better production) in hopes that people might give it another try.
Adored by many and falsely credited for "inventing" metal, these bands brought the genre to the low, overly commercialized pandering place it is in currently, riddled with tropes and cliches.
British symphonic power metallers GRIMGOTTS are back with their second full length release, "Dragons of the Ages," on Stormspell Records.
German elements like the sharp blackletter font and the runic umlaut dots were a popular source of visual branding among many seminal heavy metal and hard rock groups in the 1970s and 80s.
"The Tower" is the third full-length album from the science-fiction themed American heavy metal band, Ancient Empire.
The Sham Mirrors is the very good 2002 album by Norwegian Avant Garde metal band Arcturus. It features the great vocal performance of Kristoffer Rygg.
I cannot remember the last time I was so excited for an album to drop like I was for Serpentine Dominion. And my excitement was right, it is amazing!
Babylon A.D.'s debut album (1989) is one of the better "Hair Metal" albums of the late '80s. Unfortunately, the band arrived at the party too late to become one of the genre's big names.
"Demonicon" is the latest full length release from HAIDUK, a one man black/death metal project from Canada.
Crow's Flight is a melodic power metal band from Finland who released their second full-length album, "The Storm," in October of 2019.
"Unforeseen Consequences" is the first full length album from Bulgarian thrash metal band Terravore.
Japan's metal scene only truly began to pick up steam after Loudness' debut in 1981. This article discusses 10 instances of Japanese bands playing heavy metal, or styles very close to it, in 1980 or earlier.
Warrant sensed change in the air as the Grunge Decade began, so they tried to toughen up their sound with 1992's "Dog Eat Dog" album. Was the experiment successful?
"Overload: A Tribute to Metallica" is a compilation album released in 1998 by Dwell Records, featuring a selection of underground metal bands covering the best of Metallica.
"Lions of the Sea" is the first full length release from Grimgotts, a fantasy-themed symphonic power metal band from the United Kingdom.
Lemmy and company may be gone, but Motörhead's bad-ass musical legacy lives on. Here are 25 facts about the loudest band in the world.
Canadian thrashers Piledriver released two albums in the mid '80s and then disappeared. Here's a look back at the mysterious band's cult classic debut, 1985's "Metal Inquisition."
Released in 1991, "Streets" was Savatage's sixth studio album and their first foray into the rock opera genre.
On 1997's "Shadowlife," '80s rockers Dokken tried adapting to the '90s rock sound. It didn't go over well at the time, but how does it sound years later?
Suspiria is the 2000 album by Austrian doom and Gothic metal band Darkwell. It is one of those great albums that has been forgotten. Listen to it and you will see why.
Explore the various early members and recordings made by Metallica, including music made by band members before they joined the band. Also, it includes facts that are overlooked and widely forgotten.
"Revelation Highway" is the first new studio album from '80s rockers Babylon A.D. in more than fifteen years.
Siren is a cult 1980s heavy metal band from Florida. Their new release "Up From the Depths" is a 2-disc collection of vintage album cuts, demo & unreleased tracks and four new songs.
Orlando, Florida progressive death metal outfit, Monotheist, is back with a brutal new record. Founder and guitarist, Prophet, sits down and discusses the record-- and music in general.
Are you always on the lookout for all things metal? If so, then you'll want to check some of these bands out! They just might change your life.
The album Thy Kingdom Gone is the solid 2008 album by German Gothic rock Flowing Tears. Helen Vogt's voice has more power and the album is more melodic but it still cannot match 2004's Razorbliss.
Stygian Oath is a traditional heavy metal band from Thessaloniki, Greece that has just released their debut six-song EP through Stormspell Records.
In 1988 the avant-garde black/thrash metal band Celtic Frost released "Cold Lake" - a bizarre attempt to jump on the glam-metal band wagon. The band probably wishes this one would stay forgotten!
Raven's latest live recording, "Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live in Aalborg" was taped in Denmark in 2017. It's the NWOBHM legends' first release with new drummer Mike Heller
"Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band" is the debut album from metal mash-up maestros Beatallica, released in 2007.
At the height of the late '80s thrash metal craze, Arizona's ATROPHY released two albums that still have a cult following to this day. Mosh it up!
In this unintentionally hilarious Christian ministry tape from 1987, anti-rock evangelists Dan & Steve Peters find out if Stryper are really rockin' for the Rock, or if they're working undercover for Satan.
"Hangman's Revelations" is the fifth full length album by the Finnish melodic power metal band Masquerage, released by Stormspell Records in 2018.
"Live in Overhausen" is the latest live release from thrash metal legends OVERKILL. The band performed two of their most pivotal albums—"Feel The Fire" and "Horrorscope"—live in their entirety at a very special show in Germany in 2016.
Queensrÿche's "The Verdict" was released in March 2019. It's the progressive metal legends' third studio album with frontman Todd La Torre.
"Constellation" is the posthumous debut from Starlight, a now-defunct Swedish speed metal band inspired by early Helloween.
Enter the Night is the third release from the melodic power metal project Cloven Altar, featuring Cederick "Ced" Forsberg (Rocka Rollas) and Dustin Altar.
Christian bands that play metal are all the rage these days. Here are ten songs you can totally bang your head to.
This article is all about the talented Sabina Classen of the German thrash metal band Holy Moses and the reasons why she should be loved by heavy metal fans worldwide.
Slayer has long been a legend in Thrash metal music. It's hard to imagine more aggressive guitar-playing. Jeff Hanneman is gone, Gary Holt lives. Both have ESP LTD guitars, and here they are.
STRYPER released their 12th studio album, entitled "God Damn Evil," in 2018. In honor of their 30+ years of rockin' for the Rock, here are 25 fascinating facts about these Christian metal pioneers.
California's SADUS represented the ultimate in extreme and technical Thrash Metal in the late 1980s.
Join me in exploring one of the best albums the melodeath genre has to offer. Influenced by Soilwork, but fused with its own elements, "The Isolation Game" is an original masterpiece of melody and aggression.
The debut album from Finland's Nighstryke, "Power Shall Prevail," is aimed at fans of NWOBHM and classic '80s power/speed metal.
South of Heaven is the 4th studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer released in 1988. Although it is a good album, it cannot compare to whatever Metallica has released.
Spellwitch hails from Finland and they play classy, melodic '80s style metal in the vein of Dio, King Diamond and early Savatage
The album Iron is the solid 2004 album by Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum and it shows a strong return by Jari Maenpaa and the whole band!
"Eternal Soldier" is the fourth full length release from science-fiction obsessed power metallers, Ancient Empire.
Sepultura was the first metal band from South America to make a splash on the world wide scene . Their 1991 album ARISE is still the high water mark by these Brazilian thrash/death metal masters.
Dokken's "Erase the Slate" was the band's first studio album without guitar wizard George Lynch and was considered a return-to-form after the disastrous "Shadowlife."
Swedish metal band Ghost is a very big deal these days, and almost every song they produce concerns the devil, God, some demons, or even the creation story. Here's a short analysis of my 3 favorite Ghost songs concerning the fallen one.
Brotherhood of the Snake is the 2016 album by thrash metal band Testament featuring the return of Steve Digiorgio and Gene Hoglan. Testament shows that they are still a band that should be admired!
"Concrete and Terror" is the debut album from Peacemaker, a new heavy metal band featuring vocalist Ronny Munroe (ex-Metal Church) and members of Tango Down, House of Lords, and Obsession.
Legendary metal screamer Rob Halford of Judas Priest fame threw his fans a curve ball in 2009 when he released a surprisingly effective Christmas album.
This article is a biography of the Japanese metal band Dazzle Vision. The band was active from 2003 through 2015 and had influences from hardcore to thrash and punk.
Stuck Backwards is a Virginia-based hardcore/thrash/punk/metal band whose second album, "Fear of a Prison Planet," was released in August 2017. Fans of GWAR, Municipal Waste, and the Dead Kennedys will appreciate these guys.
Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson's fourth solo disc, "Accident Of Birth," is still the man's finest work outside of Iron Maiden and one of the best metal discs of the '90s.
"Beyond Magnetic" is a 4-track EP by Metallica, released in 2011. The songs were leftovers from the "Death Magnetic" album sessions in 2008.
The best thrash metal guitarists from the legendary Big Four thrash bands shaped a genre and influenced a generation of guitar players.
The raw energy and colossal compositions in symphonic metal are what make this such a unique musical subgenre. This article showcases the very best symphonic metal bands. Read on and see if your favorite band made the list!
Tales From the Thousand Lakes is the excellent 1994 album by Finnish metal band Amorphis. It has really influenced the doom and death metal genre and is totally worth having in your collection.
Fronted by the legendary King Diamond, Denmark's Mercyful Fate combined haunting melodies and occult-themed lyrics to create an addictive blend of devilish metal that still has no equal.
The Serbian female fronted epic power metal band Claymorean returns with their second full-length release, "Sounds From a Dying World," on Stormspell Records.
"Gaia's Legacy" is the 2011 album by Italian progressive thrash metal band Eldritch. It is one of the most important albums in our lifetime. Read on to find out why.
Billed as "Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi," 1986's "Seventh Star" album is one of the most misunderstood records in the Sabbath catalog.
"Dead Winter Dead," released in 1995, was Savatage's ninth studio album and second Rock Opera. It's best known for the track "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)," which inspired the massively popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra project.
Swedish Pirate Metal act Blazon Stone has released their latest album, "Hymns of Triumph and Death," through Stormspell Records.
Formed in 1981, Loudness is the best known Heavy Metal band from Japan. They're mainly remembered in the U.S. for their hit "Crazy Nights," from 1985's Thunder in the East album.
Hunting the Hidden is a melodic death metal band from Trondheim, Norway, who have just released their second album, entitled "Aphelion."
Ember's Fall's second album is a heavy-hitting EP reminiscent of early 2000s Massachusetts-area metalcore.
Stormspell Records presents "The End of All Ends," a collection of long-lost tracks by the cult Swedish power/thrash metal band Detest.
"Goddess of Flame" is the debut full-length album from Volcana, a heavy stoner/doom metal band featuring members of Vindicator, Warbringer, and Seven Witches.
Often referred to as "Christian Rock's answer to AC/DC," X-Sinner's debut album still sounds great more than 25 years after its original release.
1990 was a pretty good year for hard rock and heavy metal. Here are just some of the albums that are celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2020.
Bad Biscut should've been "the next big thing" from New Jersey, but it never quite happened for them. 1994's THE AMERICAN DREAM? is a potent hard rock cocktail with a dose of punk-rock attitude.
Iron Maiden's "Brave New World," released in 2000, featured the long-awaited return of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith.
Do the lyrics and video of System of a Down's song "Spiders" from their first album, released in 1998, suggest that we are living in a simulation or Matrix?
The musicians outdid themselves along with the excellent production, mixing and mastering done by Dave Otero, which brings out each instrument crystal clear. This album is in your face.
"Cross Purposes," released in 1994, was Black Sabbath's fourth album with lead vocalist Tony Martin.
"Time Is Death" is the second full length album from Lucifer's Hammer, a traditional heavy metal band from Chile.
Released in 1986, "Master of the Metal" was the second album by Messiah Prophet, a Pennsylvania based Christian heavy metal band.
"Until the Light Takes Us" is an engrossing documentary about the wave of Black Metal related crimes that swept through Norway in the early 1990s.
Warrior Path is a heavy metal band from Greece, whose self-titled debut album was released by Stormspell Records in 2019.
In November 1992, Ronnie James Dio split from Black Sabbath just before two gigs opening for Ozzy Osbourne. Who could fill Dio's shoes and save the day? None other than the Metal God, Rob Halford of Judas Priest fame!
The pirate metal horde returns! "Down in the Dark" is the fourth full length release from Swedish power metal masters Blazon Stone.
I celebrated Record Store Day 2016 by purchasing five recent titles from Stormspell Records - a tiny but true independent metal label dedicated to keeping the spirit of '80s metal alive!
A look at the life and career of Jani Lane, former lead singer of the '80s rock band Warrant, who passed away on August 11, 2011.
The British heavy metal band Slander has just released "Resolution Defiance," their first new studio album in more than 25 years, on Stormspell Records.
The Outer Limits, a thrash metal band from Bulgaria, just released their second album "Apocalypto" on Stormspell Records.
This is the absolute best website to find facts about the band that are bizarre and true. Created by a fan for the enjoyment of fans. Including rare songs and an explanation of their origin.
The cross-dressing heavy metal legends have hung up their makeup bags for good. The author, a longtime "SMF," looks back at 40 years of metal, mascara and mayhem.
From classic rock through to thrash, power, speed, and even melodic death metal, fired from the axes of these Germanic hordes of hard licks and loud guitars. The best of German Heavy Rock.
Members of Motley Crue, Dokken, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Megadeth and more came together to pay respects to shock rock icon Alice Cooper on this entertaining 1999 tribute album.
In this article I will take you through the different stylistic trends and eras of visual kei in relation to Japanese metal music.
The album "Obnoxious" is the second full-length album by British thrash metal band Acid Reign. Although the album did poorly in terms of sales, it is still an enjoyable one for sure!
Haunted by Silhouettes is a melodic death metal band from Trondheim, Norway, whose second full-length album, "The Last Day on Earth," was released in October of 2019.
"A Message From the Past" is the debut album by Runelord, a power metal project featuring members of Rocka Rollas, Blazon Stone, and The Outer Limits
Time is Up is the second full-length album by Denver Colorado thrash metal band Havok. Heavy metal fans should give these guys a chance! This 2011 album is a gem!
"Celtic Kings" is the fifth and final, long-awaited, album by Cederick Forsberg and his merry band of Swedish power/speed metal barbarians.
Warrior Soul's fourth album, "Chill Pill," was the sound of a once-promising band coming apart at the seams.
The first volume of the long running "Metal Massacre" compilation series features recordings by rookie metal acts like Malice, Black 'N Blue, and an unknown band called Metallica. (Whatever happened to them, anyway?)
On their second album with new front man Todd LaTorre, Queensrÿche sounds more confident and focused than they have in a very long time.
Here is a ranking of the ten best Ozzy Osbourne albums of all time. Find out how great guitarists like Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde and Jake E. Lee changed Ozzy’s sound over the years and helped solidify his place as metal’s Prince of Darkness.
Top 10 heavy metal Halloween songs. A personal selection of the ten best heavy metal or hard rock songs on a Halloween theme.
The land of Scotland may be noted for the skirl of the bagpipes but here is a collection of the greatest ever Scottish Heavy Rock bands over several decades. Let the thunder roar in the glens.