Friday, July 29, 2022

RESISTANCE – SKULLS OF MY ENEMY (Review by Varg The Mighty )


Today’s review is of American Power Metal band Resistance’s new album, out on July 22nd.

This release offers classic Power Metal with a mean touch that most bands in the genre lack, and they borrow this element from American Heavy Metal. As so, here you’ll find some soaring anthems with upbeat choruses and screeching twin guitars, but there’s also a faster and rougher side to some songs (especially on the first ones of the album) that may remind of early Manowar.

The result is a solid release that sticks to the formula and sound old-school yet with a dose of freshness. The listener shouldn’t expect anything new, instead just a sweet and catchy piece of metal. My personal highlights are “Valhalla Has Locked Its Doors” and “Earthshaker”.

I recommend this album to fans of Power Metal and American Heavy Metal. My rating is of 8,5/10.



Ulvhedner - "Legd"


Listen "Ulvhedner"

Artist: Ulvhedner
Release title: Legd
Label: Hellstain Productions
Release Date: 29-07-2022
Format: Digital, CD, LP, Cassette
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Norway

1 Første Kapittel: Viljeløst
2 Andre Kapittel: Vonlaushet
3 Frostnatt
4 En Storm Der Ute
5 Tung og Trøtt i Beina
6 Solnedgang
7 Vemodig
8 Til Siste Ende

Arild (drums)
Steinar (guitar)
Ove (guitar)
Svein Terje (bass)
Bjørnar (vocals)
Sigbjørn (synth)

Finally, the latest Ulvhedner album "Legd" is released by Hellstain Productions. This is a new cut of their latest and second full-length album, specially made for the vinyl release to mark the beginning of a new era with the signing of Ulvhedner to Hellstain Productions. At this event, we also present a new version of the album cover.

The album features eight tracks of pagan melodies in crisp cold Norwegian black metal art, with Norwegian titles and lyrics inspired by the hardship of old farmers' life in the winterland of the north. In addition to releasing the album on vinyl for the first time, the album is also released on digipak CD, cassette and digital.


Recorded during 2020 at EHML Studio
Produced by Svein Terje Solvang & Arild Hodne
Mastered by Herbrand Larsen at Conclave & Earshot Studios
Vinyl Master by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio



Absolute Darkness (USA) - Failure Of State - (Death/Thrash)


Release Date: August 27, 2022

FFO: Amon Amarth, Testament, Cannibal Corpse

Location: San Francisco, California USA

Absolute Darkness is a Death/Thrash metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area formed in 2015. Combining the influences of bands like Cannibal Corpse, Death, and Amon Amarth, with the Bay Area thrash sounds of bands such as Testament, Vio-lence, and Exodus.
The bands unapologetically dark and politically charged lyrics and music rail against dictators, income inequality, war, and the spread of unproven rumor and conspiracy theories as facts 

There first album, Future Imperfect, was release in 2017 and was self-produced

The second album, Disaster Awaits, was released the next year in 2018. This was also self-produced but marked an improvement in the band's evolution.

The latest album, Failure Of State, marks a big evolution for the band. Sporting a new lineup, featuring MUCH better production, and continuing to hone their politically charged death/thrash sonic assault, they hope to make a lasting impression on the metal scene.

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Check them out on Spotify and add them to your playlists!
Current lineup:

Ron Dorn - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Douglas Vetter II - Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals
Orson Sojo - Bass
Emad Dajani - Drums

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Swedish melodic hard rockers Gathering Of Kings third studio album "Enigmatic" will be released on July 29th via RN Records.
 The album was mixed and mastered by award-winning producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson in Skövde, Sweden with Ron Dahlgren, Nina Dahlgren and Victor Olsson as executive producers. The songs was written and produced by Victor Olsson. Drums were recorded at Nordic Sound Lab in Skara by Mikko Viitala and Victor Olsson. The cover artwork was created by Markus Vesper, who also handled the art on the previous two albums.
The album features a guest appearance from the Swedish pop group One More Time. Its members are the singers Nanne Grönvall, one of the most beloved and popular artists in Sweden, Maria Rådsten and Peter Grönvall, the son of ABBA's Benny Andersson, on keyboards.
Their first single Highland, 1992, hit the charts all around in Europe. In 1995 they composed a song for the Swedish Melodifestivalen, "Det Vackraste" that won a grammy for best song of the year, and in 1996 they won the Swedish Melodifestivalen and represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Den Vilda", which ended in 3rd place.
 Gathering Of Kings are the successful project built by Ron & Nina Dahlgren, bringing together top musicians from the current hard rock scene in Sweden. The idea was to create an AOR/Melodic Hard Rock project/band like Tom Galley's Phenomena or even Tobias Sammet's Avantasia, with multiple vocalists and instrumentalists. Victor Olsson quickly became the main songwriter.
The superlatives have hailed over Gathering Of Kings, which takes you straight back to the golden age of 80's melodic hard rock and it is without a doubt one of the hottest acts in Sweden, now with two critically acclaimed records released, the third album, "Enigmatic", will be released in July.
 After the debut album "First Mission", Ron & Nina remodelled Gathering Of Kings from being a project to becoming a band with permanent members. 


Oath Sc - "Hallowed Illusions"


Listen "Hallowed Illusions"

Artist: Oath Sc
Release title: Hallowed Illusions
Label: Self-Released
Release Date: 29-07-2022
Format: Digital, CD, Cassette
Genre: Heavy Metal
Country: United Kingdom

Bedsit Symphonies
Stockholm Syndrome
Looking Back
Hallowed Illusions
Standing On The Edge Of The World
Take This Oath

Steven Waddell - all instruments and vocals

"Hallowed Illusions" is an album packed with lyrical fury, venting at the state of the world, and the injustices that are so prevalent in 2022. Lyrics as social commentary are what sets Oath Sc apart from the traditional heavy metal pack. You will still salivate over the gorgeous twin guitar harmonies and searing solos that have always been a Hallmark of the Oath sound. This release promises a little more variety, some songs being more Hard Rock than straight ahead HM, if you like the idea of Iron Maiden forming a side project punk band playing Journey songs then you're gonna love Hallowed Illusions!

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Friday, July 15, 2022

Antyra Poiema - Archaiai Istoriai ( Art Gates Records 29 April 2022 )


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Since their founding in 2006, Antyra have constantly pushed forward their own style which can be described as some kind of narrative epic metal with a big and rich musical variety. Heroicclean vocals and arrangements for three singers ring from their throats also dark growls and fierce screams.

Quietly elegiac parts, ice-black riffingwalls, heavy blast beats, fat rocking grooves and dashing solos give eachother metallic high fives. But the songwriting is not artificial or overlycomplex at any price, instead the musical originality comes from theband’s openness, their dedication and delight in all the genres of metaland dark music. Antyra are now about to unleash their next exciting project: two albums that deal with the mythical and historical abysses of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and Sumer. The first album, “Poiema" will be released via Art Gates Records in 2022.

David Thieme - Vocals, keyboards
Sebastian Thieme - Guitars, growls, vocals
Falk Mittenentzwei - Bass, screams, vocal
Kevin Winter - Drums



Vidres A La Sang launches the video for ‘Salveu-me Els Ulls’

 The time has come to experience the lyrical power of Vidres A La Sang in all its splendor. ‘Salveu-me Els Ulls’ is the new single from Fragments De L’Esdevenir, and its video ensures strong emotions. The album will be released on July 1, but with previews like this, one can already imagine that it will be another magnum opus on a par with an impeccable discography.
In the words of the band itself, “It is time for poetry raised to its maximum exponent. ‘Salveu-me Els Ulls’ is the second preview of Fragments De L’Esdevenir, and a video made under the care, sensitivity and mastery of Visualnoisebarcelona, ​​and which we are delighted to present to you. 'Salveu-me Els Ulls' is the definitive poetic monument of Miquel Martí i Pol dedicated to the gaze”.
Don't waste a second and freak out with this great song by Vidres A La Sang.

Click on the screen to see the new video of Vidres A La Sang