ALBUM REVIEW: Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins  – Whore of Babylon

Looking past the rather gaudy artwork, the third album from Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins sees the group continuing to thrive on an over the top presentation. As with previous albums, Lepond’s bass playing leads the charge with intense flurries accompanied by surging power metal rhythms and Alan Tecchio’s flamboyant wails detailing history and legend. However, Whore of Babylon sets itself as the group’s most eclectic effort so far.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic

If Ballistic, Sadistic (Silver Lining Music), the new album by Canadian speedsters Annihilator, is anything to go by, then relocating to the UK is probably the best move the band’s mastermind Jeff Waters has made for years. Consistency has been an issue with Annihilator for some time, but since the recruitment of English bassist Rich Hinks, the band have not only rediscovered their classic sound but a new lease of life in the process. Continue reading

PODCAST: EPISODE 34 – Brian Tatler of Diamond Head on “The Coffin Train” and the NWOBHM

Heavy Metal legend Brian Tatler of Diamond Head is the latest guest on the podcast! We talked about the power of their new album The Coffin Train (Silver Lining Music), why it was important to make an album that was both classic and current sounding, what singer Rasmus Born Andersens brings to the table live and in the studio, playing European music festivals, the early days of NWOBHM, being associated those Metallica covers, the upcoming 30th anniversary of Lightning to the Nations, his relationship with the bands hope to return to tour the USA eventually and more. Continue reading

Apocalyptica Signs with Silver Lining Music, New Album in 2020

Metal legends Apocalyptica has signed a new deal with Silver Lining Music for a new album due in 2020. The band’s new all-instrumental album was recorded over a three-month period at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki and was mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica, Black Sabbath). An early 2020 release is expected. The album will be an all-instrumental album with no guests, like their earliest material. Continue reading

Diamond Head – The Coffin Train

Three years after the release of their hugely impressive comeback album, Stourbridge NWOBHM veterans Diamond Head return with another slab of traditional heavy metal goodness. Continue reading

PODCAST EPISODE 4: Martin Lopez of Soen Talks “Lotus” and Learning From Mistakes

Martin Lopez is a progressive metal and drumming legend, with his many projects including a long stint in Opeth and his current band, Soen. Soen’s new album Lotus is out now via Silver Lining Music. The band has been prolific writers over the years and Lotus is a masterpiece, so the band is ready to share it with the world. Check out our chat with Martin now! Podcast produced by Omar Cordy for Ghost Cult. Continue reading

Soen – Lotus

Featuring, at various times past and present, former members of Opeth, Testament, Death, Willowtree, and Sadus, Swedish Progressive Metallers Soen are one of that rare breed of ‘supergroup’ that actually makes good music and isn’t just a disappointing ego trip. Soen have spent their career balancing Tool atmospherics and Opeth’s staccato shredding and clean moments to create a style all of their own that is full of light and shade and a back catalogue filled with quality. With their fourth album, Lotus (Silver Lining) the band have crafted their most enjoyable record yet. Continue reading

Saxon – “Thunderbolt” Video Released

Saxon will be releasing their 22nd studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2nd via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music), and we have the first video off the new record for your viewing pleasure today. Continue reading

Morbid Angel – “For No Master” Single Released

Morbid Angel‘s new record, Kingdoms Disdained, will be unleashed on Friday, and as Gary said in his 8.5/10 review, it’s “arguably their best release since 1998’s Formulas Fatal To The Flesh.” If that’s not enough to get you excited for Friday’s release, the death metal legends have just released another new song online. Continue reading

Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained

When frontman David Vincent returned to the Morbid Angel fold in 2004, there was much rejoicing. When the result of this reunion, the ill-fated Illud Divinium Insanus (Season of Mist) surfaced in 2011, there was considerably less rejoicing. All of a sudden, internet forums, and websites like Facebook and YouTube found themselves inundated with knee-jerk (over)reaction videos posted by inexplicably angry middle-aged men describing the new album as the worst thing since Hitler, cancer, or stepping on Lego. Continue reading