Cellar Darling – The Spell

After the split from Swiss folk metal masters Eluveitie in 2016, Ana Murphy, Merlin Sutter, and Ivo Henzi pursued their own path on the metal scene and crafted their brilliant debut album “This is the Sound” (2017).

 

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Stahlmann - Kinder Der Sehnsucht

The German band Stahlmann, known for spectacular stage presence ever since, are also famous for constantly developing their uncompromising sound. More than ever they do that now - thus their newest album ‘’Kinder Der Sehnsucht“ breaks open some traditional genre borders.

 

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Kore Rozzik - Vengeance Overdrive

Known as “The Bastard Child of New York”, Kore Rozzik released their debut album Vengeance Overdrive last year. From the local scene, the band has created a buzz with their theatrical performances. With their fanbase called “Kore Locos”, the group holds a mixture of very familiar metal sounds, with a little twist up their sleeve. 

 

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Tigersclaw - Force Of Destiny

Tigersclaw works in a very efficient way: Alexander writes and composes all songs and lyrics, plays all instruments in his German studio (guitars, bass, synths, piano etc). Then the drums are worked out, played and recorded by Ralf.

 

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Frozen Crown – Crowned in Frost

Italian metal band Frozen Crown made their very successful debut last year with “The Fallen King”, which gave the band huge media exposure (over 1 million views on youtube for the single “Kings” alone) and brought a deal with international booking agency Nine Lives Entertainment.

 

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Soen – Lotus

 Swedish progressive metal supergroup Soen have released their latest opus “Lotus” on February 1st, via Silver Lining Music. Initially formed in 2004, the band actually began its activity in 2010, and has since released the highly acclaimed albums “Cognitive” (February 2012), “Tellurian” (November 2014), and “Lykaia” (February 2017). 

 

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Pallas Athena - The Awakening [EP]

 Pallas Athena are a progressive symphonic metal band from Manchester, UK. Aiming to infuse the traditional elements of symphonic metal (operatic vocals and orchestration) with elements of extreme metal and an atmospheric stage performance, Pallas Athena offer a new and fresh approach to the genre.


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Children Of Bodom - Hexed

Formed in Espoo, Finland in 1993 originally under the moniker Inearthed, Children Of Bodom had an extraordinary start to their career. Their ‘90s take off was so impressive that many new metal bands still look up to it today – almost all of their albums earned platinum or gold status in Finland and over the past twenty five years they‘ve become regulars on some of the world‘s biggest stages. 2019 beckons in a new era for a revitalized and bloodthirsty Hate Crew, who will present their 10th studio album ‘’Hexed’’ on March 8th.

 

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Red Cain - Kindred: Act 1

Born out of the emerging metal scene of Calgary, AB, Red Cain is a modern melodic metal project with European roots. With intricate songwriting, a heavy yet melodic feel reminiscent of progressive acts, and eerie ambient elements, Red Cain champion a fluid, dynamic, and unique musical style centered around telling dark, conceptual Faustian sagas and constructing those into an unforgettable live experience.

 

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Arion - Life Is Not Beautiful

Finland’s latest melodic metal sensation Arion released its sophomore album “Life is not beautiful” in October 2018. The foundation for the band’s bombastic sound was set in 2012 when the band entered the Eurovision competition with the song “Lost”. Not long after, they entered the studio to produce and record their debut album, “Last of us” (released in October 2013). 

 

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YUZU! - Radio Non-Sens [EP]

YUZU! is a two pieces grunge band formed in 2018, by Sarah Basso (singer, guitarist), and Victor Martin (drummer). They quickly entered to the studio to record their first EP "Radio Non-Sens", from songs written and composed by Sarah Basso before the formation of the band. They also played a few gigs, mostly in Nice, and played for Shakin' Street during their French tour. They plan to go on tour in France an in Italy, next autumn.


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In Flames - I, The Mask

At this point, In Flames are less of a band than they are a musical institution in the heavy music world. Since helping create Sweden's legendary “Gothenburg Sound” three decades ago to their current status as melodic metal monoliths, the act have constantly eschewed trends in order to forge their own musical path. This is evident on their 13th full-length ‘’I, The Mask’’, which sees...

 

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Delain - Hunters Moon [EP]

Delain blew themselves, and most symphonic metal acts, out of the water earlier this year when they released the video for “Masters of Destiny” from their brand new EP “Hunter’s Moon” (out February 22, on Napalm Records). Expectations had all of a sudden skyrocketed regarding new music from this class act Dutch symphonic metal band. However, this EP, beside 4 new tracks...

 

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Overkill - The Wings Of War

In an age where music is available instantly and bands appear and fade just as quickly, the power and resiliency that is Overkill  who’s initial social media was stuffing show flier ads under windshield wipers in the 80s, has remained as resolute as ever, and even more so.

 

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To The Rats And Wolves - Cheap Love

“’Cheap Love’ is 100% TTRAW“ states the band that has risen solidly from the German underground over the past six years since their formation in 2012. Born from the ashes of Beast War Returns, To The Rats And Wolves gained popularity rather quickly with their eye-catching outfits, two singers and a trademark heavy sound. One EP and two albums in, their energetic mix...

 

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Lucer - Ghost Town

Copenhagen based Lucer is back with their second album, “Ghost Town”, the successor to the hit debut “Bring Me Good News” from 2016. The debut secured the band 2 years of extensive touring activity all over Europe, and physical distribution worldwide. With more than 250 live shows and a rock solid print in the Danish...

 

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Aephanemer - Prokopton

 Founded in Toulouse in 2014, Aephanemer was initially a one-man-band created by Martin Hamiche to release six instrumental pieces inspired by his scandinavian Melodic Death Metal heroes. The first EP of the project, ‘’Know Thyself’’, was forged from these songs. ‘’Know Thyself’’ aroused considerable interest from both...

 

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Avantasia - Moonglow

 Avantasia ages like fine wine and seems to get better and better with each new album. Having just released their eighth masterpiece in the form of “Moonglow”, Tobias Sammet’s fascinating rock opera project is on a roll and firing on all cylinders. With enticing titles and a host of impressive...

 

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Ville Valo & Agents

 Finland is known as the country of 1000 lakes, but metalheads all over the world know and love Finland for its class act metal bands. It is without a doubt one of the most prolific countries in terms of musical exports in its various forms. But today I am not writing about Finnish metal, but about Finnish pop music as Ville Valo & Agents...

 

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Lahmia - Resilience

Melodic Death Metal band Lahmia are going to release their second, long awaited album ‘Resilience’ on Scarlet Records. “Resilience” is the ability of an individual to face and overcome a traumatic event and in fact the whole album is an ambitious concept that finds its origins in the crisis of values of the present day, an album aims...

 

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City Of Thieves - Beast Reality

It has been a few months since ‘’Beast Reality’’ got released, but I still really wanted to review the album. Since making their live debut at Camden Rocks Festival in May 2015, the buzz has been spreading about City of Thieves – no frills, no messin' around, no gimmicks – it is heavy rock in its purest form and will send you running straight to the front of the stage with no-nonsense sledgehammer riffs, hooks and melodies.

 

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Within Temptation - Resist

The year 2018 marks the return of the world-renowned Dutch symphonic metallers Within Temptation from a 2-year break after finishing the Hydra World Tour. During the break, the exhausted Sharon den Adel suffered from a writer's block and as well personal problems that eventually led her to abandon the songwriting process to focus on herself.

 

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Warkings - Reborn

Warkings made quite a splash on the metal scene when they released the video for “Gladiator” in September 2018, with much speculation as to who these warriors might be and what do they have in store for us. One thing was clear: the music was so darn good it left many of us metalheads wanting more. And we got that with the subsequent...

 

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Imperia - Flames Of Eternity

Returning from their break after the release of their 4th album “Tears of Silence” in 2015, the international symphonic metal group Imperia are finally making a return in with a new album “Flames of Eternity”, set to be released on 22 February 2018. 


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Vanir - Allfather

There is little doubt that Vanir is one of the best Viking-metal act coming out of Denmark, with a discography that ranges from folk to death to black metal influenced Viking metal. Since the formation of the band in 2009, Vanir have released four full-length albums, with their fifth effort, titled “Allfather” set for a February 15th release, via Mighty Music.

 

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Beast In Black - From Hell With Love

Haunting words recalling ''Berserker'', Beast In Black's debut album, which was finally released in November 2017. Although it never actually felt as if the beast had been away entirely. Right after the departure from his former band Battle Beast, Beast In Black's founder Anton Kabanen recruited new companions in the way of high-pitched...

 

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