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!
"Lions of the Sea" is the first full length release from Grimgotts, a fantasy-themed symphonic power metal band from the United Kingdom.
The Serbian female fronted epic power metal band Claymorean returns with their second full-length release, "Sounds From a Dying World," on Stormspell Records.
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.
Stormspell Records presents "The End of All Ends," a collection of long-lost tracks by the cult Swedish power/thrash metal band Detest.
"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.
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.
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.
20 of the best German metal bands, covering classic rock through to thrash, power, speed, and even melodic death metal, all fired from the axes of these Germanic hordes of hard licks and loud guitars.
The Outer Limits, a thrash metal band from Bulgaria, just released their second album "Apocalypto" on Stormspell Records.
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."
These Swedish sleaze merchants morphed from a generic glam-to-the-max band into a high tech, industrial-rock combo over the course of their three studio albums.
Facing the Animal is the very good heavy neoclassical rock album by Yngwie J. Malmsteen released in 1998. One of his best in years!
The Rammstein song "Sonne" explained and interpreted. I also look at the video and their live performance of the song.
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.
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?
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.
"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.
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 best thrash metal guitarists from the legendary Big Four thrash bands shaped a genre and influenced a generation of guitar players.
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!
"Revelation Highway" is the first new studio album from '80s rockers Babylon A.D. in more than fifteen years.
Billed as "Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi," 1986's "Seventh Star" album is one of the most misunderstood records in the Sabbath catalog.
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.
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.
An introduction to ten underappreciated Japanese heavy metal guitarists who you might not have heard of.
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!
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.
"War of the Roses" is the third full length album by power metal band Blazon Stone, released on Stormspell Records in November 2016.
Quiet Riot released their new studio album "Road Rage" in August 2017, after encountering a few bumps in the road along the way.
"The Tower" is the third full-length album from the science-fiction themed American heavy metal band, Ancient Empire.
Did you know that there are 24 different sub-genres of heavy metal music? Here, I will discuss the differences and rock on!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Overkill consistently waves the flag for working class Thrash Metal. Their latest album THE GRINDING WHEEL was released in February of 2017. Here's a brief history of their impressive career.
Some awesome sludge metal bands that you should by all means check out if you are not already familiar.
Here is a review of the album Haven by the band Dark Tranquillity. It is the band's weakest album but it does still have some good musical quality. Read on to find out why.
The debut album from Finland's Nighstryke, "Power Shall Prevail," is aimed at fans of NWOBHM and classic '80s power/speed metal.
"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.
It may be hard to believe, but Metallica's now-legendary debut album, KILL'EM ALL, will be 35 years old in 2018. Here are some memories of the first time I heard this genre-defining album.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 very close to it, in 1980 or earlier.
A collection of the very best in Scottish Hard Rock and Heavy Metal over several decades. The land of Scotland may be noted for the skirl of the bagpipes but it has also produced the thunderous sound of modern Rock ever since the late 1960's.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ember's Fall's second album is a heavy-hitting EP reminiscent of early 2000s Massachusetts-area metalcore.
Mastodon, Neurosis, Baroness and other former artists have helped add to the legacy of Relapse Records.
Enter the Night is the third release from the melodic power metal project Cloven Altar, featuring Cederick "Ced" Forsberg (Rocka Rollas) and Dustin Altar.
The pirate metal horde returns! "Down in the Dark" is the fourth full length release from Swedish power metal masters Blazon Stone.
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!
Yuri Fulone is a one-man power metal project from Brazil. "Your Kingdom Will Fall" is his second full length album release.
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?
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.
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.