The United Kingdom has brought forth lots of new hardcore and metal blood over the past few years. Just think of bands such as Your Demise, While She Sleeps, Brutality Will Prevail, Last Witness, Desolated, ... Although the guys in Continents look like the perfect sons-in-law, they play the hardest music possible.
The first impression when I started listening to the first song, St. James, was that I was dealing with a new song by the British hardcore band More Than Life. But after a few minutes, I realized that I was dealing with a new American hardcore band. To reveal its identity: I'm talking about Fall City Fall from California, USA. They've just released their first full-length through Victory Records, called Victus.
The history of Gloria Morti takes a start at the end of the nineties in Heinola, Finland. The quartet (back then Gloria Morti were a four-members collection) records several demo tapes and a strong promo-MCD, called Phoenix Caged In Flesh, which marked an evolution from intense and obscure Thrash Metal into a darker and much more brutal form of Death / Black Metal.
Back in the days, when Ozzfest was still on the road in the USA, one Sharon Osbourne witnessed a great band play one of the stages. That band was Otep. They signed to Victory Records in 2009 and immediately became the 'strangest' band on the label, as it's just impossible to put them in a box. The band you can compare them to the best is Deftones in my opinion, but much heavier.
London, UK-based band The Devil debut with a nameless, self-produced album, which I’ve seen being compared to Swedish Ghost. For a modest part I can understand why (like the masked identities), for another modest part I do not fully agree. Main reason: The Devil are less mainstream and much more obscure in theme, while The Ghost appear as a Metal-circus with an image prevailing on content.
Züül is not only an American metal band from Illinois. It's also the band you can find the least information about. If seen bad websites/ Facebook pages/ Myspace profiles but these guys rase that bar 5 inches more.
After seven years of silence, Axehammer have finally released their second full- length called “Marching On”. This album was produced by Bill Metoyer, whose privilege was to record classics such as Slayer, Sacred Reich, Flotsam And Jetsam end Fates Warning.
Disarm Goliath is a band from England, who released their first full-length-album “Only The Devil Can Stop Us” in 1999. At the beginning of this year they released their second album “Born To Rule” on their own private label. Now Pure Steel Records have decided to make a vinyl-edition of this heavy metal album.
Amsterdam is all about Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. It's known for its prostitutes (=sex), it's famous coffee shops (=drugs) and Red Eyes is there to add the rock 'n' roll aspect.
These days NWOBHM is alive and kicking in their homeland Japan. Blaze, from Osak, formed in 1998 tries to ring everything the original movement stand for. Fast guitarwork, simple drumbeats, …
This album came out in their own country a few years ago but back in the days the band didn’t had a label to promote them over here in Europe. Now the band and High Roller Records found each other. And we’re glad for that.