Demon Lung – A Dracula

By Andrew Bansal

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Las Vegas-based doom metal quintet Demon Lung are ready to release their second full-length album ‘A Dracula’ via Candlelight Records, a set of tunes inspired by the 1977 horror movie ‘Alucarda’, and recorded in Oregon under the masterful guidance of Billy Anderson. Demon Lung’s spellbinding live rituals have made them a standout, and they are without doubt the finest heavy music export to come out of Las Vegas in a long, long time. While their 2012 EP ‘Pareidolia’ and the 2013 debut full-length ‘The Hundredth Name’ were appreciable attempts at capturing on record the intensity and aura of themselves as a live band, ‘A Dracula’ truly supersedes both those releases. Continue reading

Elm Street – Heart Racer (EP)

By Andrew Bansal

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Australian heavy metal quartet Elm Street have released their new EP ‘Heart Racer’, a long-awaited follow-up to their 2011 debut full-length album ‘Barbed Wire Metal’. All four members of Elm Street have age still very much on their side and a long future ahead, but they’ve already been playing together for a long time. After being a largely unknown commodity outside Australia for all these years, they finally caught the eyes and ears of many in America through their first tour here in January 2015, and are currently doing the same in Europe. This three-song EP gives listeners a little taste of new material and briefly showcases the band’s musical development over the past four years. Continue reading

Helloween – My God-Given Right

By Andrew Bansal

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German power metal veterans Helloween have returned to Nuclear Blast Records after a stint with them in the early 2000s wherein they released ‘The Dark Ride’ (2000) and ‘Rabbits Don’t Come Easy’ (2003). Twelve years later, they have unveiled their fifteenth studio album ‘My God-Given Right’ to announce a comeback on the label. Helloween are highly revered for their classic material and despite personnel changes, have still continued to put out new music on a consistent basis in recent years. Besides ‘7 Sinners’ (2010) received unanimously positive reactions among fans and critics, while ‘Straight Out Of Hell’ (2013) was a worthy follow-up. Much was expected from Helloween’s newest endeavor, and this June 2015 release, the band’s first with the same lineup from the preceding album, was highly anticipated among classic/power metal lovers. Continue reading

Resistance – Volume 1: Battle Scars (EP)

By Andrew Bansal

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Los Angeles-based old-school metal group Resistance have been plying their trade for more than a decade locally and beyond, and comprise a lineup of musicians who have played in bands for even longer. Their debut EP ‘A Certain Sorrow’ came out in 2002, followed by two full-length albums ‘Lies In Black’ (2004) and ‘Patents Of Control’ (2006). Their latest EP ‘Volume 1: Battle Scars’, released in April 2015 via Metal Machine Records, took a long time coming, but has turned out to be worth the wait and presents the band’s finest work till date. Continue reading

King Parrot – Dead Set

By Andrew Bansal

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Australian thrash/grindcore newcomers King Parrot have taken the world of heavy music by storm in the last year or two, touring relentlessly all across the globe, presenting material from their 2012 debut full-length ‘Bite Your Head Off’ and sharing the stage with the right bands, Down and Weedeater included. Now part of the Housecore family, King Parrot have unleashed their second album ‘Dead Set’, in an attempt to replicate the unmatched impact level of their live performances. Continue reading

Secrets Of The Sky – Pathway

By Andrew Bansal

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Oakland, California atmospheric doom metal band Secrets Of The Sky formed in 2010 and have gained traction in the genre’s ever-strengthening underground movement, progressing steadily through their 2013 debut full-length album ‘To Sail Black Waters’ and a split with Godhunter called ‘GH/OST:S’ the following year to go with numerous tours and appearances at heralded underground festivals such as Power Of The Riff, Scion Rock Fest, South-West Terror Fest and several others. Secrets Of The Sky signed to Metal Blade Records and announced their arrival on the label’s much-celebrated roster with the May 2015 release of their aptly titled sophomore full-length ‘Pathway’, a journey of psychedelic and progressive extremes. Continue reading