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ASTARTE FEST VOL.2

              It’s been 20 years since the release of Doomed Dark Years by Astarte. Led by our late, great friend Tristessa, Astarte were the first all- female black metal band. To celebrate Tristessa’s legacy, her husband Nicolas Maiis has just announced the second Astarte Fest in Athens, featuring the

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Turbonegro @ KOKO (02/03/2018)

                        For a band that seems to be taking nothing seriously, there is a lot to unpack about Turbonegro. The endless tours. The superstar status in the Scandinavian countries. That name (conceived to insult Norwegian Neo Nazis) The famous friends and supporters (Jello Biafra,

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PESTILENCE – All 4 Classic LP’S Re-issued on Black White Splaters Bundle

Here is a nice little surprise from HammerHeart Records! All four classic PESTILENCE albums, “Malleus Maleficarum”, “Consuming Impulse”, “Testimony of the Ancients” and “Spheres” are being re-issued. All four on 180 gram vinyl, all four as black vinyl with white splatters, includes inserts and high quality covers. The bundle is limited to 100 copies, available

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R.I.P. Tzimis Panousis

And it’s goodbye to Tzimis Panousis. One of the most important figures in the history of Greek rock, he was a trickster who managed to piss off almost everyone at some point over the last 40 years. His is a complicated legacy and it would be naive to lionise him uncritically. He was often very

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Out of Exile @ Red Room Studios

On a mission to support my local scene (uncharacteristically, for me), I went to see Out of Exile on a cold West London Wednesday evening. The band has been around for a while rehearsing in Acton and tonight was their showcase. Out of Exile are an unapologetic throwback to the hard rock 80s and the songs fall on the spectrum from AOR

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Low Torque – Chapter III: Songs from the Vault

The last time we wrote about Portuguese stoner rock revivalists Low Torque they had just released their debut album and we liked it. However, this third shot is leaps and bounds beyond. Chapter III is heavy, hard and catchy as hell. It is also served well by the sharp, unpretentious production and the sequencing of

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Dead Express – Bloodsucking Queen

Formed in 2014, where else, in Sweden, Dead Express is a five piece punk-rock n roll act that’s being doin’ it in the DIY way. Having already released two ep’s since 2015, the band self-released their first full length album in previous September (2017). ‘Blood Sucking Queen’ consists of only 8 songs and total playing

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HANGING GARDEN new single w/ Tomi Joutsen (AMORPHIS, HALLATAR)

One more week until the HANGING GARDEN album “I Am Become” will be released. To feed your appetite and give you another preview of what to expect, here is the brand new video for ‘Hearthfire’ from the new album, which features a strong guest performance by Tomi Joutsen of AMORPHIS! HANGING GARDEN’s fifth full-length album, “I Am Become”, focuses thematically on an inexorable aspect of life –

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EVERGREY: re-issues of early classic albums “The Dark Discovery” and “Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy” out in November!

Two late 90’s classic albums by Swedish premier metallers EVERGREY are about to be re-issued on November 24th 2017 (December 1st in North America): ‘The Dark Discovery’ – the debut album – originally released in 1998 and ‘Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy’, which saw its first launch in 1999, already showcase the unique EVERGREY sound which merges

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