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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.

This is something new:

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”. Think copious amounts of Hard Rock, a bit of folk all through a vintage sounding prism.
 

Screamer to release new studio album “Highway of Heroes” on October 11th 2019

“Caught in Lies” is the new single from Screamer’s upcoming album “Highway of Heroes”. The single is out today on digital platforms. Screamer never strays far from the proven sound of roaring guitars and pounding drums that works equally well in the war pit in front of stage as when blasting through your stereo.

War Cloud to release new studio album “State of Shock” on September 27th 2019

Erupting out of Oakland, California in 2014, War Cloud has left a smoking path across much of the USA over the past five years. Formed by guitarist/vocalist Alex Wein after firmly planting his amps in the Bay Area, he unified a crew with Joaquin Ridgell on drums, Taylor Roach on bass, and most recently Nick Burks on guitar (also of Kentucky rockers, Stonecutters).
 

Satan’s Empire sign with Dissonance Productions and announce new album “Hail the Empire”

NWOBHM underground Metallers Satan’s Empire sign to Dissonance and release their second album “Hail the Empire” in October this year.
 
Drummer Magpie had this to say:
“Really happy to sign with the UK’s premier metal label and we really think we will deliver the album we really think we are capable of. We have been working hard on the songs and pre production and are really looking forward to working with Steve Grimmett at his Samurai Studios”.
 

Mirror

Hi Jimmy… congratulations on your great sophomore effort. “Pyramid of Terror” has been chosen as the Best Album of the Month on Grande Rock!
 
J: Thank you very much!
 
 
Firstly the band went through some line-up changes. What prompted those and was locality a main factor in your decision about new members?
 

White Boy And The Average Rat Band to release new studio album “Love My Ride” on July 19th 2019

American Rock ‘n Roll band, White Boy And The Average Rat Band, have announced the release of their first full-length album in over 39-years, “Love My Ride” on July 19th, 2019, via Heaven And Hell Records. A limited CD version is available worldwide and a vinyl release is set to follow.

Tracklist:
1. Love My Ride
2. Mirage
3. You Gotta Pay
4. Light Em’ Up
5. Cold Springs Hill
6. Talking Me Down
7. Shadow Child
8. Thousand Hail Marys

Mirror - Pyramid of Terror

Cyprus’s own Mirror, a band that did comprise of an interesting and international ensemble of musicians, who released a pretty impressive debut on Metal Blade some four years prior, but were unable to capitalize on it being well received, both by the domicile of its members just as much as by how difficult it has become to successfully enter the higher echelons of the metal scene, where most of it is controlled by certain cliques, return seemingly unrepentant, twice as dark as on their debut, with now a purely Cypriot lineup that seems to lend a coupl