Traditional Metal

Rage - Wings of Rage

I’ve always enjoyed most of what Peter Wagner and whoever he chose to surround himself with in the different lineups of Rage, so I was quite happy to see that Peave’s and his Rage chums, Marcos Rodrguez and Lucky were up to – some three years after their last effort… enough time, to come up with some good tunes to build an album around.
 

Mystic Prophecy - Metal Division

Mystic Prophecy have been around for two decades now, with a plethora of albums and a plethora of lineups that have included modern day metal luminary Gus G., among other pretty capable players. They’ve never made it to the premiere division, not for lack of trying, I imagine, but probably due to the unsteady line up and circumstances beyond the band’s control (ie the company they were signed to).

Ironsword - Servants of Steel

I was never a big fan of Manilla Road, due to their poor vocals and thus I could never become a fan of their more pedestrian offsprings, the Portugese Ironsword, who seem to follow them blow for blow with maybe a tint of Omen and epic era Bathory, in how they tend to build their riffs and melodies. Tann’s vocals are as poor as they ever were, with Hellroadie from Manilla also providing vocals on a couple of tracks.
 

Lordi - Killection

Lordi, a band unfortunate enough to be caught doing a whole band playback, during a festival in Russia, has been around since 1992, believe it or not, but didn’t really debut until a decade later and weren’t up to much, until they took part and won in 2006’s Eurovision contest with the now infamous “Hard Rock Hallelujah”.
 

Primal Fear announces Fall 2020 European Headlining Tour

The End is Near” - German metal commandos Primal Fear are currently putting the finishing touches to their 13th studio album, which will be released via Nuclear Blast later this year.

Today, the group is pleased to announce a European headline tour, including a show at London venue The Dome, during which they’ll be presenting some new tracks to their fan base across Europe. 

Powerwolf re-signs with Napalm Records

Germany’s currently most successful heavy metal band, Powerwolf, has extended their deal with renowned label Napalm Records.

Guitarist Matthew Greywolf states: “We are pleased to inform you that we have extended our great collaboration with the Napalm Records team. To have people behind us that help to spread the word of metal with know-how, energy and - above all - passion is great”.

Moon Reverie release lyric video for new single “Say Forever”

Neoclassical hard rock band Moon Reverie has unleashed the new single “Say Forever” off the upcoming self-titled debut album, coming out on January 31st, 2020, via Rockshots Records.

Luca Poma, guitar virtuoso and mastermind of the band, comments the song: “A strong 80’s mid-tempo with the chorus inspired by medieval-renaissance music. The solo is loosely inspired by Bach’s fugues”.

The Three Tremors announce February 2020 UK Tour

Three of metal’s finest vocalists, known collectively as The Three Tremors - Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth, etc.), Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (Cage) and Harry Conklin (Jag Panzer, Titan Force, Satan’s Host) - Steel Cartel Records have announced the Friday, December 20th, 2019, release of a 3-disc digipak, called “The Three Tremors - The Solo Versions”.

Burning Witches unveil “Dance with the Devil” cover artwork

Burning Witches will release their third studio album “Dance with the Devil” to the world on March 6th, 2020, via Nuclear Blast.

There’s no rest for the wicked, as less than two weeks after the release of their “Wings of Steel” EP, the band have unveiled the cover artwork for their upcoming record, which was designed by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra, Accept, Powerwolf, Stratovarius etc.) and Destruction and Gomorra guitarist Damir Eskic.