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SUBTYPE ZERO – ‘The Astral Awakening’

August 20, 2018

Ohio thrash band SUBTYPE ZERO (previously known as CRINGE) have been performing around America for 4 years. Recapturing the classic old school sound of the giants of thrash/crossover metal, SZ are the real deal.

Their debut album, ‘The Astral Awakening’, released on 24th August, 2018, via Seeing Red Records, follows EP ‘Through The Mist’ and in collaboration with death metal band CRYPT ROT, SZ have been burning holes in the underground scene, since forming in 2014.

Cover artist R Yudha Saputra, alias Vgarthdoom (Gatecreeper, Homewrecker) created the album art and ‘TAA’ was mastered by JB Van Der Wal (ex- Aborted, Dool). Recorded at Bricktop Recording, Chicago, Illinois, engineered and mixed by Andy Nelson.

SZ have just commenced their tour, to promote ‘TAA’ and are available for interviews.

Blinded By Light – Sinister, sophisticated steel string intro, moving right into a complex electric riff section, laced throughout with technical paradiddle mastery and even a whammy bar inclusion, for good measure. Angered expressive shouts walk the line between thrash and death, hitting it right in the middle. Brilliant intro, boding well for the rest.

Shrouded Mistasis – Instant impact, seguing straight into it, with seamless transition. As the vocal anger increases, the guitar wizardry deepens, ratcheting up the darker tone and ending on a sudden, edgy speed riff. Excellence just emanates from this.

Become Insane – Opening with a highly electrified riff, just blazing with life and high-calibre energy. Everything in perfect sync, the collective enthusiasm blitzes through, till the end.

Unprecedented Salvation – Awesome Slayer-esque intro riffs, burning the place to the ground. Intense as hell and simply thrashtastic, echoing ‘Spirit In Black’, along with the rest of the best of ‘Seasons In The Abyss ‘. It’s a burning fire brand of smouldering metal.

Twisted Obsession – Getting right in there again, with raging speed riffs, thrash mood and insane pace, killer hit material right here. The power inherent is startling and the slight European angle adds to the flaming buzz of the overall sound.

Flesh Famine – Another of those searing riffs, climbing up and down the scales, there’s an outstanding freshness and life to this, infusing it with zest and metallic strength. Very much riff-based, it’s a tangy composition, with intelligent structure and a heightened feelgood factor.

Astral Awakening – Powerful cymbal hit intro, now the classic rock groove comes into play and with it, a slight blues edge. Still, that hardened edge remains, cemented by the guitar style. In this instance, it’s a more accessible arrangement, for hard rock fans, in addition to metalheads. Brief, but stuffed with chunky steel, yet ending on a minor acoustic key. Versatile and flawless.

Sin Of The Innocent – Pepping up the speed again, this is sheer raging power. Once more, that whammy bar makes an appearance, well-placed, to increase the pitch and taking over, to bring it down again, at the end. Superb performance, shrieking with thrash fuelled melody and energised aggression.

Relentless Cleansing – Drumbeats intro here, bringing a hardline feel to the sound, surrounding it in steel. Smoking hot riffs galvanise it into action, capably supported by the drums and the whammy presence, always adding that vital life force, creating an affirming edge.

F.T.C. – Busy sound, gradually revealing a strong visual landscape, of a Gothic nature, purely instrumental and darkly atmospheric. An anticipatory edge to this, as if warning of some sinister threat approaching. Well played mystery card.

Inhumane – Very slightly overwhelming note to this intro, soon swinging into safer action, incorporating some wah wah effects and more melody. Just keeping you hanging, with that anticipatory tone, like a cliffhanger scene, then reverting back to form again. An air of warning enters the vocals, like a lingering threat and once again, the Slayer-esque format enhances its listenability further.

Cringe Cerebral Cage – Immediate safe predictable joy, in that intro riff. The anger really ratchets up a few notches, through those vocals, as the Slayer sound persists. Taking the riffs up, while still keeping them dark, the vibrancy always assisted by the whammy, it ends on a Skid Row-esque flavour, echoing Slave To The Grind era closing section of ‘The Threat’. Perfectly timed placing.

Overall – Performed with effortless expertise, ‘TAA’ doesn’t simply echo the best of classic and thrash metal giants. It brings its own brand of fire and passion, adding a signature of enlightened effects usage and captivating intro sounds, instantly hitting and holding your attention. Nailing those unique skills and balancing classic accessibility with heightened thrash catch, ‘TAA’ makes SUBTYPE ZERO a name to remember. Few can boast such impact from a debut album. Original, vibrant and life affirming.

10/10 **********

For fans of Slayer, Testament, Skid Row, Pantera, Danzig, Motorhead, Savatage.



OVERHUNG – ‘King Of Dreams’

August 10, 2018

Mumbai band OVERHUNG now release their new single, ‘King Of Dreams’, via premiere, on Following up the ever popular ‘Moving Ahead’ album, earlier in the year, released on Test Your Metal Records, as is ‘King Of Dreams’, the new single’s sound is about the same loud rock ‘n’ roll sound as the album.

Commenting on their feelings about ‘K.O.D.’, OVERHUNG say they’re beyond excited, especially since it’s been achieved throughout multiple continents, countries, studios and engineers, thereby, embodying its title, through the production.

Inspired by Poison, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, OVERHUNG are all about late 80’s and 90’s rock. Their philosophy of music as a new religion could well catch on. Rightly perceiving it (music) as an international language, OVERHUNG are all set to take the world by storm, with this next release. Audience responses to their gigs so far have proved that the process has already begun.

King Of Dreams – Instant fulsome, catchy bass sound and classic 80’s/90’s vocal shouts. Great old school lyrics and strong riffs throughout. Well paced and groove filled, this is gonna go down well with all true rockers. Nice blues section, throwing in a bit of soul and an immaculately timed drum hit just move so smoothly, while the pitch heightens and the consistency of those anthemic choruses really make it. Real sing-along stuff and a smooth ending means it slides down well, like your favourite tipple. You’re gonna want to dig this out and listen again. Style, catch and feel-good melodies, it’s got it all. Like that sense of homecoming, when you enter your favourite haunt, with your favourite people and instantly drop your guard, this is guaranteed ease and top-level binge quality material.

10/10 **********

For fans of BlackBerry Smoke, Black Stone Cherry, all classic 80’s hair metal, glam rock and 90’s hard rock.

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In Vain – ‘IV’

August 5, 2018

Formed in Madrid, Spain, In Vain is a concoction of classic, power and melodic thrash metal, born from varied influences, such as Iron Maiden, Running Wild, Helloween and Megadeth. Starting out playing tributes to those bands, they then began writing original material.

In 2009, their debut album, ‘Of Gods And Men’ was recorded. ‘In Death We Trust’ followed, in January 2012. ‘IDWT’, with its aggressive impact, secured them the global acclaim they’d been striving for.

As keyboardist Pablo Fernandez left and was never replaced, IV then moved away from classic elements, to concentrate solely on speed and thrash angles, combined with melody and power. It was 3rd offering, ‘The Little Things That Matter’, that resulted in sharing stages with Freedom Call, Astral Doors, Axxis, Steel Wing, etc.

2017 saw the release of ‘IV’, their strongest album yet.

The IV Legion – Great chunky intro, crackling with life. Exploding into the atmosphere, like shards of multi-coloured glass. The riffs are on fire and it just needs to last longer.

Blood Steel – Steaming hot opening, edgy heavy power vocals, red hot pace and bold, exciting delivery. Brilliant thrill laden performance. Striking energy, blazing with fire fuelled gusto and comparatively, Enforcer like. A positive blitzkrieg of classic power metal, complete with pitch perfect screams and catch to die for.

Frozen Wings – Another startling intro, dazzling with light and life force. Drums providing the thunder, to the lightning infused vocals and energetically driven riffage. This whole track’s just buzzing with melody. Building into a storm of metallic gold, the beat just drives it on, as it fades out, in a perfected riff. Life enhancing, big time.

The Void Inside – An even heavier intro, the drumming increases the pace, gelling ideally with those Megadeth-esque riffs. Got to love those riff tones. Vibrant melody surges through it, at the pace of true power. Just the best.

To Be King – Blitzing in there, with flaming hot riffs and pure metal intent. Fast rhythm, feel-good stuff, to break through the barriers of even the coldest hearts. It’s impossible not to be pulled in and carried away by this. Well reinforced accompaniments, forming a battlement, surrounding the vocal attack, like fire from a cannon. The strengthened timbre’s so driven and just pushes on, to its definitive, sharp ending. High-calibre material.

A New Beginning – More of the same. Massively enthused stuff, with a very slightly darker edge. Deeply entrenched heaviness digs into the crevices, leaving its mark and enlivening the atmosphere, with scorching hot fire and flames, till it suddenly comes to a halt, via reverb riffs. These guys certainly know how to get listeners hyped up.

In Vain – Darkened intro riff, taking the tone down, to a low rumble, through the Earth’s core. Heating things up again, with buzzing melody and light, the tones are infectious and this time, there are anthemic vocals aswell. Those riffs are killer and it’s pure speed. The European roots show through, briefly, in the lyrics and it’s just a raging hot melting pot of metal, right to the end. A perfect example of what it means to throw your heart and soul into your music.

Through Our Veins – Blasting onto the scene, with an extra heavy drum roll and keeping hold of that energy. More anthemic involvement, almost Viking-esque, in delivery. Another blaze fest of heightened power metal, with thrash aspects around the edges and a decent bit of vibrato and whammy bar inclusion. Gigantically enthusiastic vocals, even stronger and catchier, for their anthemic style. Heading into orgasmic territory. Just the business.

The Huntress Legacy – Thunderous drum intro, taking it right into the eye of the storm. Verging on warrior metal, there’s so much fight and energy in this, life affirming doesn’t even do it justice. Metallically soul cleansing might be a more fitting term. It just seems to purge anything negative, replacing it with positive metal vibes. Such a lovable sound.

Assembled For War – Intriguing intro here, mixing it up a bit, with various unidentifiable sounds, before seguing back into metallic territory. Speed takes over, taking it right back into gold level metal. Some glorious riffing ends it and you just wish it didn’t have to end.

Overall – An absolute blast, from start to finish, ‘IV’ is everything you’d want it to be and more. A veritable blaze fest of hugely and consistently powerful metal, to kill for. Driven, to the max, it’s a must for your collection.

10/10 **********

For fans of all classic speed and power metal.


Gwydion – ‘Thirteen’

August 1, 2018

Portuguese Vikings Gwydion make a comeback, with new release,’Thirteen’.

Following their last album, ‘Veteran’, in 2013, ‘Thirteen’ is their 4th offering so far. Symbolising both musical and notional growth, the melo-death inspired Viking wars inherent within it’s sounds chart the history of such, bringing it up to date, with a metallic representation, comprising vibrant folk aspects and evocative atmosphere.

Heathen – Introing with a thunderous gong beat, momentary funeral bells and a racing rhythm, a symphonic fantasy section follows. Very abrupt finish, but good build-up effect. Warrior imagery is easily evoked.

793 – Heavy, steel laden, fast-paced, punchy intro. Very darkly atmospheric and the deathy vocals create great visuals. More melody might enhance its catch, but it’s highly skilled in the creativity of its backdrop. Insightfully arranged and the mood is well conveyed. An anticipatory feel emanates from it.

Balverk Warfare – Heavier now, yet the intro of melody enhances its light. Great hooks to this, in a very Alestorm-esque way. It’ll rate highly in the popularity stakes. A true Viking sound, brought to life, by a huge melodic element, fantastic rhythmic momentum and a powerful ending adds to its memorability.

Strength Remains – Gorgeous mellow synth intro, opening onto a strong scene. The fighting here is palpable, as is the visual imagery accompanying it. The battle rages through the music, at once, lyrically convincing and strength giving. Its themes just work and the instrumental cohesion keeps it going. Conviction’s audible and it won’t fail to boost your morale.

King’s Last Breath – Down into a lower range, adding brief melancholia, before taking it right back up again, into the light. The darkness still eats at the edges, though. A real physicality encapsulates this, transporting you right into its mood. Viking realms call, as it fades out, into the distance.

Revenge – Opening with a beautifully haunting acoustic riff, a much gentler image is conceived, briefly, before it ups the heaviness again. More melodic again, but it loses nothing in the power of its delivery. Gelling so well, this is an inspired composition. Bringing fire and flames to the fore, combining them with the heavy tread of steel, a reliably energising pace and a lightening melody, it’s just a joy.

Under Siege – Intriguingly rhythmic intro. Reminiscent of elusive old school melancholic rock ‘n’ roll. Very battle-esque, a short, but pure war song.

Shield Maidens Cry – Banging intro. Straight into heavy battle. A whole new level of power’s infiltrated this altogether. A massive energy exudes from it, as it’s volume grows and the catchiness with it. Picking up the pace aswell, it races on, to its destination. Colourful, plausible and so much fun. Growing stronger and louder, it’s just an ace and definitely constitutes a standout track.

Thirteen Days – Gorgeous, haunting, mellow melotron intro, verging on ethereal. Anthemic vocals and a forceful accompaniment follow. This is one whose sound gets into your soul. The battle rages on, yet it seems like enlivening fun. Great quickened pace, heightened melody and even some softer riffs in there, closing the track. Another standout number, leaving a memorable impression.

Oh Land Of Ours Al Andaluz – Folky acoustic riff intro, overtaken by a fast-paced melody, incorporating death screams and big sounds, shouting pure masculinity. A joyful, hugely atmospheric, genuine Viking metal offering. Ending slightly abruptly, but that’s it’s only fault. Highly energetic, massively enthused and bad to the bone).

Voyage – Slowing things down, for a moment, before swinging back into life and raining down giant slabs of metal. Imagery heavy, the visual aspect really builds the atmosphere, as it screams determination and courage, getting heavier and heavier and more vibrant, with every moment. Thrilling.

Allah’s Tagides – Changing the sound and feel now, to a more sweeping, almost operatic metal angle. Lots of motion to this and a very natural form and progression of movement characterises it, as the closer. Again, that folky note enters the fray, introing a lighter sense. Still, though, it remains resolutely true to its heavy Viking roots.

Overall – An inventive, vibrant and energetic album, packed with consistently imaginative elements and feel-good flavour throughout. A professional, faultless, effortless delivery and ringing with hard-line, Viking melody. Powerfully atmospheric, leaving a strongly favourable impression.

10/10 **********

For fans of Alestorm, Sabaton, Taberah, Ensiferum, Eluveitie, Amon Amarth, North Hammer, In My Embrace, Wrathblade, Turisas, Tyr.

Available now, on Ultraje Records.
Distributors – Plastic Head UK and Rock Inc (Benelux).


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Evercross – ‘Flatlined’

July 30, 2018

Located in Nashville, T.N., Evercross is a passionately edgy metal band, signed with Warfront Records. Multi-generational, it offers a signature sound, created from various inspirations. These include: early Metallica, Iron Maiden, Euro Metal, Power Metal, Lamb Of God and a selection of Nu Metal bands. Combining an intent to introduce a crushing sound, forming the basis of their faith centred message, Evercross aim to bring hope, solace and comfort to all.

Formed by guitarist Ryan Carver, the next on the scene were drummer Jacob Hannah, bassist Rick Mullins and vocalist Steven Rester. Their gigs so far include countless performances at Nashville’s Rocketown, The End and Branford FL’s Ellie Rays’s. Following their headline show at the internationally renowned Celtic, in Pascagula, MS, last month, the VFW, in Saraland and a mental health awareness show, at Bellshire pizza, Nashville, alongside many other Warfront Records colleagues, they’ve opened for Super Bob, at The Warehouse, Clarksville. Still to come, in August, are Ziggy’s, in Chattanooga, The Jam Shop and Copper Top in Alabama. Currently in preparation are performances in Illinois, Louisiana and Florida.

Flatlined – Mightily powerful, explosive intro! Genuinely hard-hitting, instantaneous impact. Passionate aggression characterises those vocals, ably supported by synchronised accompaniments and its sound falls, immediately, into the category of wake-up call. Very brief, but massively affecting. The level of energy displayed is startling and the delivery, flawless. Surpassing all expectations, given the bands’ background themes, ‘Flatlined’ is conveyed in an outstanding performance. The guitar sounds are a prominent feature, in themselves and each component’s just so striking. Energy fuelled, engaging and driven.

9/10 *********

For fans of Anthrax, Slayer, Exodus and other extreme metal outfits.

CHUGGER – ‘Through Suffering Reborn’

July 26, 2018

CHUGGER, hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, are the winners of the Swedish national finals of Wacken Metal Battle. They now prepare for Wacken Open Air (Germany), where they’ll play against 27 other international bands. Will they be the ultimate winners of the ‘world champions’ title?

A combo of Swedish death metal and American southern groove metal, formed 2012, they’ve been blasting Europe’s ears ever since. Having being compared to bands such as Slipknot, Lamb of God and Arch Enemy, CHUGGER now have new material, with which to detonate your brain. Their new single, ‘Through Suffering Reborn’, is now released, with a new music video to follow.

Through Suffering Reborn – Hugely explosive intro! It’s immediately clear where the name CHUGGER comes from. Tons of groove, slammed against a wall of death. Growls abound, amongst a backdrop of seriously heavy-metal, combining hardened melody with intensely palpable concrete and steel. Metal reinforcements all round. Probably best summarised as the probable sound of the construction of a bridge of steel, built by monsters of metal, spurred on by initiative, dredged up from a black lagoon. Powerful aint the word. Break out your body armour.

9/10 *********

For fans of Obzidian, Spreading The Disease, GRAVIL.

Represented by Kingart Music.

Chandrian Kill – ‘Bring Out Your Dead’

July 17, 2018

A 3 track EP, released 7th September 2018, ‘Bring Out Your Dead’ is contemplative metal, co-produced by Chandrian  Kill and Brad Tuttle, (Seven), at Seventh Studios, USA. Following the launch of the single, ‘I Collide’, the EP is the first in a planned sequence. Its concept is a rough outline of the human condition, our awareness of such, the various roles we play within it and our identification with them. CK are unusual, in that they’re a 2 piece band.

I Collide – An easy, loose sound intro’s, launching straight into an alternative form. There’s just a real experimental thread to this, combining a spacey, prog angle, with light melody and generic vocals, with touches of metal core and death about them. Passable, but not much to write home about. That tunnel like sound becoming ever more present in modern metal makes an appearance and does just add a very slight edge, but I can’t get excited so far.

Filter Off – A chunkier, heavier sound intro’s now, raising hopes of a more powerful metallic direction. While it is generally harder, it is a bit dark, in a melancholy sense. Again, there’s that metalcore/grind core aspect to it, blending with the alt, space and melody. No quarrel with the performance itself. It’s really the presentation that just comes across as a bit of a damp squib. The whispered closing lyrics do hold power and could be said to be its strongest and most memorable draw. Greater focus on that element of mystery and meaning might yield more success.

Remain Alive – Now that’s much better! Lively drum intro freshens and enlivens the whole thing. A stronger melody emerges naturally, leading on from those drums. It still retains a melancholic feel, but at least now, that active drum pattern brings light and strength, opening the whole track up more powerfully. Good choice of closer. Moving in and out of that alt, metal core, space rock combo, there’s a stronger sense and sound to this altogether. Whilst it may not be the most vibrant or melodic track, the drum presence has at least brought it up, to a higher vibration.

Overall – Generally dull, but with a few redeeming features. The best of which is the drumming on ‘R.A’. Overstretching the melancholia and confusing the issue, by trying to combine too many genres, greater success would be had by focusing on fewer elements and homing in on the gothic possibilities within the whispered vocals, closing ‘F.O’. A good representation of the concept itself, but would benefit greatly from narrowing concentration down to specific areas of strength.

4/10 ****

For fans of alt, metal core, grind core, space rock.

Line Of Fire – ‘Nothing In My Way’

July 15, 2018

Calling all bikers, groovers, bluesers and stoner’s (in the metal sense)! You need this album in your life, NOW!

Gonna Get You – Strong catchy beat introing. Hooks you in straight away. Gravelly vocals, southern rock groove, bluesy edge and the sound really suits the cover art. A true biker track. Nice down tuned, stoner edge, as the pace slows slightly, but that rocky groove never leaves it. Great slide blues riffage. Keeps it suitably heavy and a deliciously Down-esque echo enters, just before that well-defined outro.

Fallen From Grace – Another definitive intro, marking the tone and setting the scene for more. Heaviness central. Delicious gritty tone and the sound’s a tasty blend of old school, classic rock, blues and southern groove, evoking metal biker imagery. Intelligently arranged, sophisticated composition, stacked full of melodic listenability and a hardened streak coursing right through it. Belligerence fans’ll dig this and so will all old school blues rock aficionados. Ending on a great closing riff.

The Road Ahead – Pushing on ahead, with that same visual evocation and determination. Catchy as ever, truly rocky lyrics, delivered with absolute watertight conviction. Something about that gravel throated vocal just takes you in and leads you astray, in the most delicious way. This is proper blokey metal and the finale just melts away, into the distance.

Something Ain’t Right – Yummily bass heavy intro line, opening up another gritty metal landscape. Filled with instant hooks and hard edged melody. So sexily masculine, it’s just an ace. Nice quiescent riff section, strategically placed, just briefly bridging the dividing heavier sections and making way for a bigger drum presence. Incorporating some glorious twiddly paradiddles and stretchy, magically sensual fret bending riffs, this’ll have you hooked for certain. Brilliant sharp ending.

Fuck Me – Lower toned stoner intro, with a very slight Pearl Jam reflection. Only heavier and much more aggressive. Playing around, very briefly, with a freer performance style, before sliding right back into that tight signature sound again. Slowing down and down and down, till a lighter intersection appears, momentarily, but you know (and you’re right) it ain’t gonna last long, before that deliciously manly hard line returns. Blasting out one final hurrah and it’s over.

One War – Throwing out a machine-gun like blast of a metal attack, launching at you, like a cannon of steel. Massively catchy vocals, with a pinball-like chase of metallic assaults, in pursuit of their target, like a red hot blooded male. Memorable lyrics and I keep being reminded of the old Yorkie bar ad). Over too soon!

Purple Sky – Opening carefully and stealthily, creeping in there, like a silent assassin. All heavy-metal and no mistake. Those lyrics are so sexy, exciting and enthralling and they just make me want to dive right in and let them take me there, with them. Real down and dirty, primal stoner rock territory, for sure. Let you take me for a ride? Sure. Any time.

Wrong Side Of The Tracks – Classic southern rock groove intro. Gorgeous finger plucking stuff, just drowning you in its aura. The pool of soul drenching blues melody keeps you there, preventing you from ever leaving. Just glorious entrapment. Filled to the brim with stunning hooks and gigantically catchy choruses. Made for metal dynamics and utterly, consistently feel-good sounds. Unmistakably bluesy ending.

Overall – Heavy groove laden, stoner, blues metal therapy, at its finest. Sensationally good, from start to finish, the sheer dedication to classy, exceptional performance will astound and delight you, at every turn. Not a single fault to be found anywhere, this is the ultimate cream of the crop. Absolutely no filler, every track’s a killer. Humming with life force and packed full of groove, ‘NIMW’ is a must buy metal sensation.

10/10 **********

For fans of Down, Baleful Creed, Corrosion Of Conformity, Trucker Diablo, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Stone Cherry, Buck Cherry, Rosco’s Riot, Muddy Moonshine.

Artwork by Andy Pilkington at

Traitor’s Gate – ‘Fallen’

July 13, 2018

Born during the early 1980’s, Traitor’s Gate are renowned for their exemplary classic NWOBHM EP, ‘Devil Takes The High Road’, now a collector’s item.

Some line-up changes took place, just before its release, in approximately ’85. That new line-up toured live till ’89 and as they’re the only one to have done so under the TG name, are widely thought of as the original line-up.

Lately, they had reformed, during the latter half of 2016, for a ‘one-off’ reunion gig, at Bro Fest 2017. Invites to play gigs around Europe rapidly succeeded that. Vocalist Dave Mclean left in early 2007. He was replaced by ex-Mayhem Messiah singer Siy Davies, whose vocal style and performance technique slotted right into TG’s unique form of power metal.

Three decades after their initial formation, TG return to the live arena once more. As their comeback album, ‘Fallen’ is the definitive proof they’re still as metal as ever!

Retribution – Perfect guitar break intro, instant sound of experience). A great classic, melodic track, immediately catchy, effortlessly rhythmic and highly listenable. Very Priest-esque and particularly Halford-esque vocals. Ideal for fellow fans of the old school metal sound). It flows easily and it’s performed with seasoned accomplishment written all over it. Couldn’t have been a better intro.

Homeland – Faster pace now, with that same ease and immediate vocal dexterity. Very much an example to all younger initiates, to the rock and metal community. Well honed and perfected delivery, everything in sync and even throwing in a few strategically placed impressive paradiddles. Ending on a pitch perfect power scream, this is what trad power metal’s made of.

Deceiver – Steaming in there with a nicely timed riff and drum intro. Slightly more ballady, with echoes of Whitesnake’s ‘Is This Love’, in places, whilst still rocking it back up again, with that sexy hardened edge. Those lighter notes are beautiful and the beat drives it on. Lots of ace riffage and a tasty gravel throated essence to those vocals. Catchy chorus, plenty of hooks and again, that Priest-esque sound rears its head. Delightfully metal.

Mean Streets – Heavy, chugging riff and drum intro. The drumming’s light and heavy in all the right places, with a good instinct for where to create and fill space. Great rhythm and melody, reminiscent of 90’s metal, as are the lyrics. Decent harmonies, impressive arrangements, accessible and always catchy. Enthusiasm never dropping, this could be the standout track. Absolutely faultless.

Edge Of Destruction – Slowing the pace down slightly, in a breathier track, with more of a laid-back vibe, till of course, it speeds back up again, taking it back in a very Priest-esque direction again, echoing ‘Screaming For Vengeance.’ Just a real classic touch throughout and some wizard riffs always adding more heat. Good vocal range and note holding capacity. Complete cohesion and the old school influence has served it well.

Solar Plains – Great active drum hit intro. Cracking straight into life, the vocals really come into their own here. Those riff melodies shine so bright aswell. This is just a fest of heart-warming, soul touching power metal and it rocks!

Fall From Grace – Back into heightened mode, for full on power). Loving the whole sound and feel. It just pulls you in and touches that place only metallers know. The energy just pours out. A slightly similar sound to Agincourt, in places. That Halford-esque voice really is quite astonishing. Injecting so much feeling into the atmosphere, all accompaniments are impeccably timed and the lyrics are so powerfully resonant, it just blitzes through the song, in complete ease. Sliding into the outro, this is pure intuitive metallic emotion. Love it.

Sign Of The Cross – Nice heavy touch to this intro, yet lightening and softening it in places, whilst never losing the metal edge. Real sincerity in that vocal lyrical expression. Such strength and passion in the entire collective delivery. Some bands really show their belief and conviction in their music, in their expression of it and TG are one of them. Coming to an end with a wonderful group harmony, there’s a special quality in TG’s music and it’s an honour and a privilege to hear it.

Only The Strong – Moving in a more vibrant direction, with that vocal harmony intro, something just lifted that sound and brought it even higher. There’s the magic of angelic references, though. A recommended track for anyone in need of strength and comfort. Just focus in on the lyrics, as there’s a power in them. Just let the lyrics carry you along. Beautiful track.

Fallen – Heavy steel intro, pounding with a determined, assertive energy. One more feast of that glorious voice. Riffing from metal heaven and powerful drumming, supporting and carrying it well. You might say that ‘Fallen’s almost an aural metallic trust exercise – one which actually works. Brilliantly. A great, powerful finale.

Overall – ‘Fallen’ is truly stunning and very real. It’s blend of old school influence, long experience and true passion lends it a power, imbuing the lyrics and performance with a special significance, easy to grasp and impossible to forget. A work of art, from genuinely dedicated genius.

10/10 **********

For fans of Judas Priest, 90’s metal, Agincourt, Whitesnake, classic rock.

Available now on No Remorse Records.


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