Gems

Metal Church - Damned If You Do

Metal Church since getting Mike Howe back and despite some slight setbacks, ie losing their previous drummer only to have former WASP-man Stet Howland stepping in, have managed a neat hat trick with their latest release “Damned If You Do” following up on the heels of the pretty cool “XI” with aplomb.

Flight - A Leap Through Matter

Hotter than an expeditiously raging, full-tilt and inferno-bound, disintegrating asteroid is Norway’s Flight, a wickedly fleeting and original “1970s proto-metal” sounding quartet from Oslo which, three years following an idiosyncratically received – not to mention wholly innocuous – namesake debut, slickly turned around with an absolute stunner of a science-fiction conceived sophomore full-length audaciously catalogued as “A Leap Through Matter” (under the ubiquitously great High Roller Records), while featuring eight inter-woven, if not co-dependent

The Windmill - Tribus

I had been looking forward to The Windmill’s new album for some time now, but the years were passing by and nothing was happening. They finally released “Tribus” 5 years after the exceptional “The Continuation”, and they proved once more that it’s better to “speak” when you have something to say than do it with no reason.
 

Bad Touch - Shake a Leg

Only two years after their successful “Truth Be Told” and numerous live shows, Bad Touch are back with a new studio album titled “Shake a Leg”. Even though the band was formed in 2010, they have gained much fame with their live shows and the hit singles that they have released all these years.
 

Freedom Hawk - Beast Remains

Liberally soaring out of the Old Dominion is Freedom Hawk with its latest, fifth full-length release (under Ripple Music), “Beast Remains”, an ineluctably hard-driving and gripping stoner metal offering comprised of eight loosely rocking yet laser precise tracks spanning close to forty minutes and joyfully bringing to mind a pumped-up and catchy cross between Fireball Ministry and Kyuss, while portentously evoking scorched desert vistas as well as debonair, non-committal cruising vibes in a similar vein as Red Hot Chili Peppers in its heyday i.e. the mid 90s (insert rabidly flipping and massively contented emoj here!).
 

Blackslash - Lightning Strikes Again


“We rise from the Earth to the Sun
Solar winds take us far and beyond
Still, I remember so long ago
Down below, the days were long, the nights were cold
There was no love, there was no life
It was a long way to go but now we’re back up again
We came from the old, the darkness into the light
And so we rally, commanding the night to shine again!”
 
Oho! Guess who’s just majestically round the bend with a veritable “new wave of traditional heavy metal” masterpiece, which assiduously rocks out to stratospheric heights surpassing my wildest expectations while literally making me tremble in sheer, unadulterated awe.

Dukes Of The Orient - Dukes of the Orient

It’s very encouraging to see two of the top musicians of our time working together to release an album with new music. Then again, this album has been 10 years in the making (!), so it was about time, more or less, to hear what John Payne (Asia, GPS) on vocals, guitars & bass and Erik Norlander (Last In Line, Lana Lane) on keys have recorded all these past years. I do think it’s hard to go wrong with those two gents behind the desk, and my longing was proven right, to speak the truth.