SIMON GODDARD – Bowie Odyssey 72

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/ Following the publication of last year’s “Bowie Odyssey 71”, yours truly had been eagerly awaiting its follow-up, and what a treat it now is to be able to tell you that we are dealing with a sparkling new literary gem here. Simon Goddard’s story is an engrossing account of Bowie’s…

WÖMIT ANGEL – Sadopunk Finland

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/album/sadopunk-finland High-octane black/thrash metal with plenty of punk rock elements thrown in for good measure is what these maniacal Finnish fucks dabble in, and if you desire catchy, unpretentious, and hugely energetic metal with swagger and attitude to it then you ought to swing by the Godz ov War Bandcamp profile…

LIBER NULL – For Whom Is the Night

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://lnk.to/forwhomisthenight The intriguing International black metal ensemble known as Liber Null is back, and this sophomore effort of theirs has not only surpassed the debut offering but also exceeded my expectations. Cold and punishing metal with a hauntingly bleak tone running through it is what lies in store for you but…

AZOTHYST – Blood of Dead God

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/album/blood-of-dead-god The Canadian quartet known as Azothyst specializes in relentlessly dark and aggressive black/death metal that is incredibly rich in atmosphere and full of determin­ation. The EP’s claustrophobic vibe is constantly emphasized by the dissonant, grimy riffs that are akin to a jackhammer being driven into one’s skull. The vocals are…

TRUCHłO STRZYGI – Gwiezdny Demon

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/album/gwiezdny-demon Fuck yeah, another record by this Polish act is always a most welcome addition to the review pile. What you get here is a harsh and filthy mixture of crust punk and black metal with a vibrant sound and heaps of atmosphere to it. Did I mention that it is…

MISANTHROPIC RAGE – Hallucinatory Phenomena

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Hallucinatory Phenomena | MISANTHROPIC RAGE | 𝔊𝔬𝔡𝔷 𝔒𝔳 𝔚𝔞𝔯 𝔓𝔯𝔬𝔡𝔲𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫𝔰 (bandcamp.com) Utterly twisted and devious black metal with a deeply unnerving and nihilistic vibe coursing through it is what this talented Polish trio offers. Demented vocals and sulphurous riffs that are caustic and morbid as fuck guide the listener through a…

TEMPLE OF DECAY – Rigor Mortis

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/album/rigor-mortis Masterminded by the skilled multi-instrumentalist Mortt, the tempestuous atmospheres conjured up by his excellent musical creation known as Temple of Decay is one of the better and more memorable additions to the black/death metal scene these past few years. As evidenced by the quality of this sharp and vicious half-hour…

NAZARETH – Surviving the Law

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.nazarethdirect.co.uk/website/ Conceived back in 1968 and still going strong today, these Scottish hard rockers’ latest LP, which bears the interesting title “Surviving the Law”, contains a fair number of bulldozing tracks that deliver hooks, heaviness, variety, and determination. Plenty of muscular riffs abound and Carl Sentance sings like a man possessed.…

MELT MOTIF – A White Horse Will Take You Home

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://meltmotif.bandcamp.com/album/a-white-horse-will-take-you-home The intriguing musical entity known as Melt Motif, which consists of members from Norway and Brazil, is something quite extraordinary and weaves electronica, synthwave, industrial rock, and some other elusive ingredient that I cannot quite put my finger on to great effect. While chunks of “A White Horse Will Take…

AMBRIUS – Effigies of Time

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/AmbriusOfficial/ The hard-hitting British metal outfit Ambrius, which includes former members of Oakhaart and Tempestora in its ranks, is about to unleash this exciting 6-track debut of EP of theirs, and if modern melodic metal with a solid dose of aggression is your thing, then you could certainly do worse than…

EDGE OF FOREVER – The Days of Future Past – The Remasters

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/edgeofforeverband/ This neat triple-CD set containing remastered versions of the first three records by Edge of Forever is an enjoyable listen and a pretty cool collection of well-written heavy metal/hard rock tunes with plenty of good vocal melodies, epic-sounding keyboards, and tasty riffs scattered across it. While some of their musical…

DEATHCOLLECTOR – Time’s Up

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://deathcollector1.bandcamp.com/ The pulverizing underground artillery known as Deathcollector recently released a delightfully dark and rumbling death metal EP titled “Time’s Up” containing three lethal cuts that are filled to the brim with catchy riffs and excellent vocals. In many ways, one can draw a parallel to Obituary, Bolt Thrower, and arguably…

MEGADETH – 05.06.2022 – Oslo

VENUE: Sentrum Scene DATE: 05.06.2022 ORGANIZER: Rockefeller PHOTOGRAPHER: C. Nepper Photos copyrights belong to the photographer. No unauthorized usage allowed. Please contact photographer if you wish to reuse images in any context.   The legendary thrash metal pioneers that are Megadeth paid Norway’s capital city a visit on a warm and sunny Sunday night in…

DVL – Hush

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.dvlband.com/ Now this was a nice surprise. With the overall theme of this spirited record by the Scottish outfit DVL revolving around mental health and highlighting various issues relating to said issue, this is some explosive, high-octane stuff where classic heavy metal meets 80s-inspired US hard rock and then throws in…

BLACK SWAN – Generation Mind

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://facebook.com/BlackSwanRockNRoll The kick-ass hard rock outfit that is Black Swan is undoubtedly one of the best and most musically rewarding projects/bands on the Frontier Records roster. While the group’s debut offering, “Shake the World” (2020), was an impressive piece of work, their sophomore effort is even better and shows depth, character,…

INGLORIOUS – Live at the Phoenix MMXXI

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: http://inglorious.com/ British hard rockers Inglorious delivered one of 2021’s best and most memorable outputs in the shape of “We Will Ride” not to mention that their covers album “Heroine” (also from 2021) was a fabulous addition to their discography too. Their joyous new offering is a live album consisting of a…

A Quick Glance at Regent Sounds Studio in London’s Tin Pan Alley

That Regent Sounds Studio in 4 Denmark Street, also known as the Tin Pan Alley, which is located in London’s West End, occupies a special place in British rock music history is neither in doubt nor in question. Countless renowned artists and celebrated groups laid down their timeless grooves and melodies in this hallowed recording…

KNEKKLECTRIC – Alt Blir Verre

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/knekklectric/ This quirky and musically adventurous prog rock gem by the wonderfully cool Norwegian outfit sporting the creative moniker Knekklectric is a most inspired and fascinating listening experience. Why is that? Well, for one thing they are singing in their native language using an Aalesund dialect, which is charming as hell,…

PICTURE ANN RELEASE THE ‘WE MOURNED YOU’ DIGITAL EP

The 5-track EP entitled We Mourned You, which is the latest output by the weird post-rockers and formless noise-makers known as Picture Ann, is a musical exploration of disillusion consisting of thick and dense soundscapes that create an oppressive and claustrophobic feel. Inspired by the idea of the Byronic hero, the majority of compositions are…

FORTUNE – Level Ground

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Fortune – Startside | Facebook The US melodic rockers Fortune disbanded back in the mid-80s after a couple of successful records but regrouped and returned to the scene in 2006. However, it took quite a few years for the gentlemen to craft a new studio album but in 2019 we finally…

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