Lonewolf - Raised on Metal

Lonewolf have been going on since the early 90s even though it took them nearly a decade to properly debut in the early 00s. These unrelenting and unrepenting Alpian metallians are back with their ninth album so far and despite only Jens Borner being the sole remaining member since their beginning, they seem to have managed to persevere through the ups and downs and to have kept their style pretty consistent throughout the lineup changes that have occurred.

DragonForce - Reaching Into Infinity

Somehow, no-matter if I tried, I found it difficult to like DragonForce more than a bit, mainly due to their formulaic approach to songwriting that seems to prefer fast riffing over anything else… while most of their songs can have nice parts, they predictably end up going into a flurry of notes that almost always sounds nearly identical. Live they also sound even “thinner” than in the studio, which is not really much to go on, if you like things a bit heavier and meatier.

Ranger - Speed & Violence

Ranger is a Helsinki based outfit that seems to be big fans of bands like Slayer (“Show No Mercy” era), Exciter, Sodom and the likes, with the balance tipping mostly towards the Americans, as they ape most of their trademarks, well enough, but without much originality.
They say that mimicking is the highest form of flattery, but I doubt someone was waiting with baited breath for a decent early Slayer clone in 2016, but a clone none the less.

Ranger to release new studio album “Speed & Violence” on December 2nd 2016

Helsinki-based speed metal demons Ranger have unleashed the fury that is their new album “Speed & Violence” by debuting a brand new song, titled “Lethal Force”.

The album is set for release on December 2nd, 2016.

Lethal Force is currently available as an instant grat track for those who pre-order “Speed & Violence”.

Running Wild to release new album “Rapid Foray” on August 26th 2016

Good things come to those who wait: three years after the release of “Resilient” (2013), Running Wild have announced the title and release date of their latest album: “Rapid Foray” will be available from physical and digital retailers from August 26th, 2016 as a box set, on Digipak CD, double vinyl LP and for digital download.

Lonewolf - The Heathen Dawn

I remember listening to these Frenchies debut some fifteen years ago and being probably impressed by their “Running Wild” inspired metal that in the “raw” excitement, sounded rather good… in the years that followed I sort of lost them and for the purposes of these review I decided to brush off their “in-between” releases so to update myself with their history.

Ambush - Firestorm

Apparently there must be some button in Sweden where you press it and a band is formed every time that happens, or I can’t find an easy way to explain how almost half the population of that country seems to be involved in bands... :D

Lonewolf - Army of the Damned

Surely, you can’t expect any variations in Lonewolf’s music… and I’m quite sure that’s why they have a loyal fan base that has been following them since 2002 when they released their debut album.
This mix of Running Wild meets Accept meets Grave Digger is working well for the band itself and there’s not need to go anywhere out of their territory. Especially nowadays when (the returned) Running Wild… is a shadow of themselves (as their latest album title also reveals).