proto-metal

Airforce to release new studio album “Strike Hard” on September 4th 2020

UK old-school rockers Airforce have joined forces with Pitch Black Records for the release of the band’s new album, their second full-length since reforming in 2016.

The new Airforce studio album “Strike Hard” is set for release on September 4th, 2020, on CD and Digital.

Airforce stem originally from the NWOBHM era back in the 80’s with the band’s style best described as Old School Metal at its best, full of hooks, riffs and soaring melodies!

Valkyrie to release new studio album “Fear” on July 24th 2020

Valkyrie return with their anthemic, riff-driven new album, “Fear”, on July 24th, 2020, via Relapse Records.

The Virginia-based heavy rockers first new album in five years, “Fear” finds Valkyrie sounding more progressive and diverse than ever before. Listen to the first single, “Feeling so Low”, below.

Spell to release new studio album “Opulent Decay” on April 10th 2020

Hypnotizing heavy metal band Spell will release its new LP, “Opulent Decay”, on April 10th, 2020, via Bad Omen Records.

Featuring ten tracks of prime, progressive heavy music rife with crepuscular atmosphere, “Opulent Decay” paints an aural vista where moonlit melody, strident heaviness and potent romanticism collide to startling effect.

British Lion - The Burning

Hindsight is 20/20. Love makes you fat and other idioms. And people are assholes. It’s funny to see the same people who tell you ohh that new Steve Harris album is absolute phish, then singing its praises to get a feature and an interview.

Tygers Of Pan Tang - Ritual

The good ole Tygers Of Pan Tang are still roaring, with their newest album “Ritual” dropping in late 2019. In a year that a lot of older bands came up with some pretty good albums (Angel Witch, Diamond Head, The Rods come to mind), the Tygers are also coming up with the goods, with an album that sits well with the rest of the canon and pretty much cements Jacopo Meille’s era, as the genuine heir of the bands rich 80s legacy.
 

The Goners to release debut album “Good Mourning” on March 13th 2020

Swedish quintet The Goners have set to release their debut album “Good Mourning” on March 13th, 2020, via RidingEasy Records. 

Listen to the lead single “World of Decay” below.

The Goners feature former Salem’s Pot vocalist/guitarist Nate Gone and former members of Swedish rock band Yvonne. Don’t make a big deal about it.

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Tanith

Hi there; how did Tanith come about, both as a concept but also as a band, Russ is a Brit and the rest of the band American? Common friends – chance meeting?
 

Screamer - Highway of Heroes

These Swedes are celebrating a decade of existence this year, by releasing their fifth outing. Sounding like a less refined version of Enforcer and Ambush, they have a penchant for writing that straightforward, samey, simplistic metal that’s easy to enjoy, but hard to appreciate for more than the cheap thrill it is. The main issue other than the somewhat flat songs, is Andreas Wikström, the singer, who is not terrible, but is a far cry from being great.

Tanith - In Another Time

Initially I didn’t know what to make of Tanith’s offering. I do like Russ Tippins’s guitar playing, both in the bands he’s been in (ie Satan and Pariah), as well as his solo material… his solo gigs in fact are rather “different” and not as metal and that might in part have given birth to a band like Tanith. With his metal output directed into Satan’s albums, it seems that Tanith is a vehicle for “everything else”.