When it comes to Heavy metal music, there is one iconic band that springs to mind – Black Sabbath. Heavy, doom-laden songs powered by Tony Iommi’s signature guitar riffs, Geezer Butler’s powerful and technically proficient bass lines and the relentless battery of Bill Ward’s jazz-influenced drumming. Add the unique vocals of John ‘Ozzy’ Osbourne and you have the recipe for the most influential band in heavy music history. A special exhibition is being held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to celebrate fifty years of the band’s existence. I was lucky enough to be able to go and check it out. (more…)
The second album from German singer Johanna Sadonis’ band saw her relocating to Stockholm Sweden with new partner Nicke Andersson (The Hellacopters, Entombed) and a change to a much rockier sound. (more…)
Immolation have been part of the US death metal scene for over thirty years now. Theirs is a name that I heard mentioned a lot back in the 1990’s but for one reason or another, never really listened to.
If you’re anything like me, death metal will have become something of a blurry memory of days gone by. It’s fair to say that the music scene has moved on, but the genre lives on (or should that be remains undead?) and there are still some die-hard bands out there producing very high quality music. (more…)
“You can only die once. After that, nothing and nobody can harm you.”
Cardinal’s Folly are a relatively new band to me, despite being active in the underground doom metal scene since 2007 (the band actually formed in 2004 as The Coven changing their name to Cardinal’s Folly in 2007). (more…)
It’s been 8 years since the last Metallica studio album (2008’s Death Magnetic), and over twice that length of time since I bought one of their records. The last Metallica release I paid to listen to was 1996’s controversial Load album. (more…)
“Life’s a bitch and then you die!”
NWOBHM veterans Vardis originally called it a day in 1986 before reforming in 2014. This album comes in the wake of the tragic death of their bass player Terry Horbury last year. Horbury had been with the band on and off since the early 1980’s and is replaced by Martin Connolly (ex- Rick Wakeman, Paul Fox). The cover art was painted by legendary horror artists Graham Humphries (Evil Dead, Death Waltz Recording Company) and features the band as disembodied heads (with red eyes of course) and Horbury is depicted, which serves as a fitting tribute to him. (more…)
“People reject us. They will never know the answer to the question that we carry in our hearts.”
The Vision is the debut album from these Italian blues-doom rockers. The album is the follow-up to last year’s Black Magic Man EP, and offers nine tracks of smoky, classic blues rock with occult-themed lyrics. Singer Virginia Monti delivers said lyrics in a suitably witchy style, and manages to sound like she means it. That’s because she does! (more…)
Sweden’s Goatess released their debut LP in 2013 and came to my attention mainly via their singer (Lord Vicar and ex-Count Raven and Terra Firma frontman Chritus Linderson). Their music is a cross between stoner rock and doom with plenty of psychedelia thrown in for good measure. (more…)
Birmingham’s Quartz, were a hard rock/heavy metal band who counted long-running Black Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls among their founding members. Formed in 1974 under the less than metal name of Bandy Legs, the band played club gigs and released a single (‘Bet You Can’t Dance’) for Jet records in 1976 before changing their name to Quartz (sounds a lot cooler doesn’t it?).
“Your Pain is her pleasure.”
Paz De La Huerta (Choke, Boardwalk Empire) is the eponymous nurse in this erotic horror revenge movie. She plays Abby Russell, a dedicated and extremely professional nurse in a busy city hospital by day and a brutal killer by night. (more…)