Death Angel – The Evil Divide

By Andrew Bansal

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In an era where thrash metal is on the decline, the so-called ‘new wave’ of thrash that surfaced a decade ago having almost completely died down and the sub-genre being kept alive mainly due to the efforts of a handful of old bands, San Francisco veterans Death Angel have surged ahead as thrash’s true saviors. The band made a comeback in 2001 after being absent for the entirety of the ’90s, and proved that their comeback was no nostalgia trip, with albums like ‘The Art Of Dying’ (2004) and ‘Killing Season’ (2008). But through their recent work on ‘Relentless Retribution’ (2010) and ‘The Dream Calls For Blood’ (2013), they left no one in doubt that they’re right at the top, ruling the modern-day thrash universe. Besides, their rip-roaring live performances have further cemented their stature in metal. Death Angel are ready to release their eighth studio album ‘The Evil Divide’ on May 27 2016 via Nuclear Blast. While the previous two albums were similar in every aspect, right down to the cover artwork, ‘The Evil Divide’ breaks away from the pattern and injects fresh blood into the band’s repertoire. Continue reading

Striker – Stand In The Fire

By Andrew Bansal

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Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Striker have been a band since 2007 and with each of their past three full-length studio albums and touring cycles, they’ve won the hearts of metalheads all over the globe, the then first-time listeners that now constitute their ever-growing cult fan-base. The Canadian quintet first caught Metal Assault’s attention with their stellar second LP ‘Armed To The Teeth’ (2012), came out with a great follow-up ‘City Of God’ (2014), and established themselves on the website’s radar permanently by blowing their headliners Artillery off the stage on a US support run in early 2015. In 2016, they present their newest full-length ‘Stand In The Fire’, which promised to be their best effort yet, and at the very least, another fun-filled set of tunes that retains their reputation. Continue reading

Savage Master – With Whips And Chains

By Andrew Bansal

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The old-school metal ways of the ‘70s and ‘80s have made quite the resurgence in recent years, and one would be in complete denial to say it isn’t so. The internet and the easy access to music has led to the current generation of teens and twenty-somethings discovering bands from several decades ago, and in turn seeking modern-day bands that pursue similar musical styles. The fan-following for traditional heavy metal, a la Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, Satan, Angel Witch and Witchfinder General, is truly global, with kids everywhere from the far East to the far West spinning records, wearing denim battle vests and banging their heads to the music of traditional metal stalwarts old and new. The impact of these bands has certainly been felt in the U.S. as well, thanks also in part to America’s own old-school metal legacy comprising the likes of Riot, Armored Saint, Manilla Road and Iced Earth, and this not only applies to the big cities but to every corner of this vast country. One wouldn’t associate Louisville, Kentucky with old-school metal, but then came Savage Master to put this town on the metal map. The quintet released their debut full-length album ‘Mask Of The Devil’ in 2014, gained quite the cult following mainly because of their live performances and visual stage antics, and have now unleashed their second LP ‘With Whips And Chains’, which comes as a highly anticipated release in the traditional metal circles. Continue reading

Grand Magus – Sword Songs

By Andrew Bansal

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Swedish metal trio Grand Magus have been going strong for more than 15 years, delivering their blend of victorious tunes, staying true to the ‘denim and leather’ brand of heavy metal. Through each of their past seven full-length studio albums they have only enhanced their reputation and expanded their global fan-base, and it’s about time the metal universe readied itself for yet another brand new Grand Magus masterstroke. Simply and aptly titled ‘Sword Songs’, the band’s eighth studio LP releases May 13th 2016 via Nuclear Blast, and meets all expectations. Continue reading

The Dramedy – What Time Is Life?

By Lisa Burke

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The punk-infused hard rock antics of Los Angeles-based The dramedy continue to turn ears wherever they go as they have just released a second limited edition cassette titled ‘What time is life?’ with a total of 150 copies while the supplies last, and they are obtainable for purchase through Wiener Records. The dramedy comprises of only two members Dave Davids and Abby Vester. Dave masterminds all guitar, vocals, lyrics and cover art while Abby fuses it all together with her old-school garage punk style hard-hitting drumming. This is one of those musical groups that can create a complete sound without the live addition of bass or other instrumentation into the mix and still comes out on top in creativity and style. After viewing them live and listening to their previously released double A-side cassette single featuring ‘Not The Only One’ and ‘Ring For Two’ complete with three live downloads, one of which, titled ‘Rejection Piece’, is the first track on this new cassette, and adding two more songs to the mix on this release, it is clear these two are an emerging talent and ready to reach the next level. Continue reading

Saddle Of Southern Darkness – Self-Titled

By Andrew Bansal

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Fledgling Denver, Colorado-based trio Saddle Of Southern Darkness was formed in 2015 by brothers Trent and Chase Williams with one aim, to bring their country and metal influences together into a unified sound. Saddle Of Southern Darkness are presenting this brand of ‘evil country’ via their self-titled debut full-length album, released independently in November 2015. Continue reading