Years after years, Roadrunner Records' leading hardcore act was Hatebreed. They released groundbreaking records under the name of Roadrunner, but with the release of their new album, The Divinity Of Purpose, the collaboration came to an end. The new Hatebreed is released worldwide through the European label Nuclear Blast, home of many big metal acts.
Vladimirs, aka The Vladimirs, are a Cincinnati, Ohio-based Horror Rock formation, formed in 1995 by (former) members of e.g. Thorns Of The Carrion, Estuary and Bad Samaritans. The band did record a rich hand full of albums in mean time, mainly through Bloodpact Music (early years) and Blood & Guts Records (as from 2003’s The Odds Are Against Us).
Active for nearly 15 years, Riverboat Gamblers play on their sixth studio album once again a healthy mix of punk, grunge and rock’n’roll... A fair share of true rockers, like the exquisite “Comedians” and “Bite my tongue” make it next to impossible to sit still. But there is also a melancholy side to the band, as can be heard on “Gallows bird”.. Some tracks like “Heart conditions” and “Loser neck” are quite catchy and would be ideal to be released as singles.
With 14 official albums released since 2006 Oresund Space Collective need no introduction to space rock fans. If you’ve seen the Danish-Swedish co crimi Broen(The Bridge), then you know all about Oresund, if not, it’s yr loss cuz it’s one of the best crimes ever. It’s even better than Forbrydelsen (the Killing). But enough about the greatest Danish export since Carlsberg, Lego and Mercyful Fate. Oresund Space Collective is founded in 2004 by key wizard Scott Heller (aka Dr.
From the first track “The great leveller” you really know that you are listening to something special. New Keepers Of the Water Towers’ third album is a brilliant combination of math, psychedelic-, prog, doom and stoner rock.
While hardly the most original band in the world, they treat the listener with slow and mid tempo doom and epic metal. The riffing and vocal melodies show the unmistakable influence of Solitude Aeturnus, Candlemass, Warning,…but the production could be punched up a little bit. The vocals fit the gloomy music very well, but next time he has to put more emotion and power into his singing lines. The band sounds tight and tends to work in the service of the songs rather than to showing off their technical chops.
Black Magic Six is a a dynamic duo from Hellsink, Finland and was founded in 2006. Someone said Black Magic Six sounds like a mixture of Howling Wolf and Venom, another claims that there´s some influences for The Stooges, Dead Kennedys, Sweetheart or AC/DC.
Wolfen is yet another one of those heavy power teutonic metal bands that is neither great nor terrible.
Viter is a Ukrainian band witch made the decision to not follow the usual path of vast majority of the bands. They play a mixture of folk, rock and metal, and search for their own unique sounding and look instead. Of course folk bands already exist for years, but they also tried other stuff on this record to be different. Witch explains their name, Viter was chosen as the name of the band (‘viter’ stands for ‘wind’ in the Ukrainian language), a perfect symbol for breaking all the boundaries and limits.
The very young act Trails Of Sorrow hails from Italy and debuts with Languish In Oblivion through US-based label Domestic Genocide. The duo (vocalist / lyricist Dying Poet Of Funeral Litanies and instrumentalist / programmer / music writer Friedrich Restless Soul) brings a somewhat mystic mixture of both Ambient-Gothic-Doom and Funeral Doom-oriented Dark Metal, emotional, atmospheric and ominous.