Mar 14

Iron Lamb: “Smile now, cry later”

…words to live by.

Iron Lamb (1)

And here’s our band of the month for January 2015, the mighty Iron Lamb. First catching my ears with their 2011 Pulverised Records debut, The Original Sin, these Swedes are back stronger, groovier and catchier than before with their sophomore full length album, Fool’s Gold. Along with new vocalist Bragman, the band brings us back to the good early days of bands like Motörhead with punk and heavy metal influences. There’s a reason for Fool’s Gold being our pick of January, so let’s find out what goes on behind the scenes with guitarist Johan.

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Mar 30

Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Stellar

Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Stellar

Der Weg Einer Freiheit [Germany]
Stellar
2015
Full Length
Season of Mist
Black Metal

The Season of Mist roster is getting pretty interesting these days, with Code and Decline of the I being two of the bands that have put out some of the most unique releases early in the year. Der Weg Einer Freiheit joins in the fun with the release of Stellar, their third full length album and their debut on Season of Mist. Solely on the visual aesthetics of Stellar, one instinctively knows what style of black metal to expect from this German horde.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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Mar 29

Impalers – God from the Machine

Impalers - God from the Machine

Impalers [Denmark]
God from the Machine
2015
Full Length
Crime Records
Thrash Metal

Having already experienced the frenzied thrash attack on their 2013 debut, Power Behind the Throne, Danish thrash metallers Impalers return this year with their sophomore full length, God from the Machine. With their 2014 EP Prepare for War being rather highly acclaimed and released under the excellent Evil EyE Records, one can be assured of the quality of the thrash metal of the Danish outfit on their new effort.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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Mar 21

Sulphur Aeon – Gateway to the Antisphere

Sulphur Aeon - Gateway to the Antisphere

Sulphur Aeon [Germany]
Gateway to the Antisphere
2015
Full Length
Ván Records/Imperium Productions
Death Metal

I remember being thoroughly enchanted by Sulphur Aeon‘s debut full length, Swallowed by the Ocean’s Tide back when it was released in 2013. The German trio managed to create a sound so massive and crushing at the time that it was easily one of my favourite albums of the year. When it was announced that the band was finally working on a follow-up to what was a remarkable debut, I was extremely excited and here we are finally with Gateway to the Antisphere, 2 long years later.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Mar 19

Infernal War – Axiom

INFERNAL WAR - Axiom

Infernal War [Poland]
Axiom
2015
Full Length
Agonia Records
Black/Death Metal

When I first heard Infernal War on their 2009 EP, Conflagrator, I was absolutely blown away by the speed, aggression and intensity that these Poles manage to squeeze into a short 20-minute release. Since then, Conflagrator has pretty much remained one of my favourite Polish extreme metal releases. This year, Infernal War finally returns with their brand new full length release, Axiom, and it remains to be seen and heard if their third album is indeed a statement for the Polish underground.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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Mar 16

Invincible Force – Satan Rebellion Metal

Invincible Force - Satan Rebellion Metal

Invincible Force [Chile]
Satan Rebellion Metal
2015
Full Length
Dark Descent Records
Death/Thrash/Black Metal

Even before listening to the band’s material, one would already expect them to be heavily Teutonic-influenced, with Invincible Force‘s moniker taken from the same Destruction song. Yet the South American origin of the band, along with the label under which their debut full length, Satan Rebellion Metal is released (Dark Descent Records), kinda gives away what to expect from Invincible Force.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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