DragonForce Books Headline Tour of the USA, Taps Alicia Vigil for Bass

Progressive Powermetal band DragonForce has booked a new headline tour of the USA, with direct support coming from Unleash the Archers and Visions of Atlantis. They have recruited bassist and backup vocalist Alicia Vigil (Vigil of War) to join the tour as well. The band is supporting their 2019 album Extreme Power Metal (Metal Blade Records). Continue reading

Kamelot – Evergrey – Visions of Atlantis: Live at Manchester Club Academy

Here in the UK, a power metal tour of any capacity is a cause for mass celebration due to their relative infrequency. Generally speaking, a power metal act will make a sporadic appearance in London alone, and possibly a major summer festival here and there, meaning that unlucky Richards like yours truly in the north or the Midlands will miss out on the action. However, if you happen to live in Mainland Europe, the possibilities and combinations of acts are endless. Continue reading

RAISE YOUR HORNS! Heavy Metal Album Reviews Round-up

There is more life in the old dog of Traditional Heavy Metal now than at any time since the glory days of the early eighties, as a whole new generation of Classic Metal loving reprobates are making their mark in the world, while the original protagonists continue to release new material. Ghost Cult runs the rule of the best of the latest releases, including a new EP from Gatekeeper and full-lengths from Traveler, Rhapsody Of FireLast In Line and Matt Harvey‘s Pounder while also taking in Vision Of Atlantis’ new live album, and it is the hot new puppies that are taking the plaudits… Continue reading

Soilwork, Omnium Gatherum, Grave, Lordi, Visions Of Atlantis and More Booked For Rockharz 2019

Soilwork, by Rich Price Photography

Rockharz Open Air has added a flurry of new bands for this July’s festival! Soilwork, Omnium Gatherum, Grave, Lordi, Visions Of Atlantis, Burning Witches, Combichrist, Elvellon, Hell Boulevard, J.B.O., Lacrimas Profundere, and Witt have joined the event. The fest already boasts  Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Saltatio Mortis, Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth, Hypocrisy, Epica, DragonForce, Wintersun, Korpiklaani Overkill and many more! Rockharz Open Air will take place at Flugplatz Ballenstedt from July 3rd to July 6th, 2019. Tickets are available now at the link below.

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Insatia – Phoenix Aflame

Formed in 2009, American/Canadian Power Metal act Insatia have hardly been the most prolific studio band, with only the independently released (but fairly well received) 2013 début, Asylum Denied, to their name after four years in existence. Another four years and an almost complete overhaul in personnel later, the band return with impressive sophomore offering, Phoenix Aflame (Pitch Black). Continue reading