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The Crucifier (GR) | 2017 | Album | Thrash Metal | 9.5/10
The Crucifier is a thrash metal band from Athens, Greece that has been around since 1995 with 2 full-length albums to their career. Their sound lies between bands such as Exodus, Testament, and Razor... Read More

35 Views, 3 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 11-10-2017, 09:47 PM
Carnage (SE) | 1990 | Album | Death Metal | 8/10
Dark Recollections is an awesome oldschool death metal album. Its atmosphere is blasphemous, dark, and cutting. I wasn't so much surprised about how the album sounded, it was to be expected but I abs... Read More

101 Views, 1 Replies, Last Post: Too Dark Park, 10-03-2017, 12:17 PM
Terra Rosa (JP) | 2017 | Live | Heavy Metal | 9.5/10
Legendary Japanese heavy metal band Terra Rosa has remained dormant since officially dissolving in 1992, with barely anything uttered in subsequent years, mostly to celebrate their glory days by mean... Read More

39 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 08-16-2017, 01:31 AM
Sabbrabells (JP) | 1987 | Album | Heavy Metal | 9/10
Sabbrabells were a name that should have been mentioned alongside Japan's biggest metal bands, they were a mainstay of Japan's Kanto metal movement, with a relatively small but dedicated fan base, th... Read More

49 Views, 1 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 07-20-2017, 05:04 PM
Loudness (JP) | 1985 | Album | Heavy Metal | 9.5/10
In 1984, riding off the high of their recent albums Disillusion and The Law of Devil's Land with subsequent successful tours in Europe and America, it was with good reason that Loudness thought they ... Read More

54 Views, 2 Replies, Last Post: Dark Wanderer, 07-23-2017, 04:29 PM
Jim Gillette (US) | 1987 | Album | Heavy Metal | 7.5/10
Here we have early Jim Gillette material before he went on to form Nitro with Michael Angelo Batio. Is it good? Yes, Proud to be Loud is good! This is coming from someone who mostly enjoys more extre... Read More

72 Views, 1 Replies, Last Post: Temple of Blood, 06-19-2017, 03:58 PM
Hideaki Nakama (JP) | 1989 | Album | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 8.5/10
Hideaki Nakama is the former guitarist of Japanese heavy metal band Hurry Scuary. After the band split up, Nakama put together his own neoclassical/shred metal project, resulting in 1989's Point of N... Read More

89 Views, 3 Replies, Last Post: Sea of Madness, 04-19-2017, 10:21 AM
Judas Iscariot (US) | 1996 | Album | Black Metal | 9/10
Judas Iscariot is one of those American Black Metal band that gives me a lot of attentions. I been going through the whole discography of Judas Iscariot and his stuff is really raw, dirty and has tha... Read More

27 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: MetalSamurai, 03-27-2017, 03:03 PM
Helloween (DE) | 1994 | Album | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 8.5/10
As I'm reviewing several Helloween albums, I've purposely chosen to skip the two really bad albums that preceded this one, their return-to-form release that had a vocal upgrade for once. Michael Kisk... Read More

36 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 03-25-2017, 10:26 PM
Helloween (DE) | 1988 | Album | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 7.5/10
In my humble opinion, this Helloween album hasn't held up well over time. There's just something about the production style and even the direction that they wanted to go on some of the songs that inh... Read More

25 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 03-25-2017, 09:11 PM
Starless (JP) | 1985 | Album | Miscellaneous | 9/10
What a masterpiece this album is. Starless meticulously combined all of the essentials of hard/pop rock, AOR, progressive rock, and even some traditional heavy metal into this rather varied release w... Read More

18 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 03-25-2017, 04:32 PM
Helloween (DE) | 1987 | Album | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 8.5/10
Right off the bat, "Initiation" is just another one of those Helloween intros that's either boring or just plain weird. This one is boring, so thankfully in my case, I can just skip ahead to the next... Read More

41 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 03-25-2017, 03:23 PM
X Japan (JP) | 1988 | Album | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 9/10
X Japan, known as simply X in the 1980s, was a completely different beast from the sappy, formulaic sellouts that they've shamefully become in the modern age. The band had an underground appeal, and ... Read More

35 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 03-24-2017, 07:03 AM
Coven (JP) | 2016 | Demo | Heavy Metal | 7.5/10
Coven is a fairly recent heavy metal band from Japan that's been making some waves already, and with just a demo currently released. There are only two songs, but I've heard other ones that were reco... Read More

45 Views, 1 Replies, Last Post: Too Dark Park, 03-23-2017, 08:35 PM
Terra Rosa (JP) | 1990 | Album | Heavy Metal | 9/10
Here we are with Terra Rosa's final 1990 album, Sase. I didn't really think Honesty measured up in quality in comparison to its predecessor, The Endless Basis, but it certainly is a good album. Sase ... Read More

51 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 03-23-2017, 05:25 PM
Terra Rosa (JP) | 1989 | Album | Heavy Metal | 8/10
Terra Rosa's second album, Honesty, takes a surprising sound direction, just after the timeless music that was heard on The Endless Basis. This time, they go for a more streamlined production style, ... Read More

59 Views, 3 Replies, Last Post: Dark Wanderer, 03-19-2017, 09:25 PM
Terra Rosa (JP) | 1992 | Live | Heavy Metal | 9/10
Here we are with Terra Rosa's then-farewell release, two explosive live performances that took place at Meguro Rock-May-Kan on December 21, 1991 and Umeda Banana Hall on January 17, 1992. It's worth ... Read More

66 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 03-19-2017, 06:28 PM
Concerto Moon (JP) | 1999 | Live | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 8.5/10
Another great live album release by Concerto Moon, and this time around, there's actually a full set to absorb in its entirety. The problem with Live Concerto was its mixed list of songs on both the ... Read More

39 Views, 1 Replies, Last Post: Dark Wanderer, 03-22-2017, 11:09 AM
Concerto Moon (JP) | 1997 | Live | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 8/10
A very short live album, but it's the very first Concerto Moon release, just a few months before Fragments of the Moon would hit the shelves. Anything else before this live album would be the songs "... Read More

56 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 03-18-2017, 05:29 PM
Concerto Moon (JP) | 1999 | Album | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 9.5/10
Rain Forest is certainly another outstanding album by legendary Japanese power metal band Concerto Moon. This time around, the band attempts to break out of the neoclassical/shred metal mold of the p... Read More

69 Views, 1 Replies, Last Post: Dark Wanderer, 03-19-2017, 05:20 AM
Concerto Moon (JP) | 1998 | Album | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 10/10
Concerto Moon is one of the best Japanese bands I've ever heard, and definitely ranking among some of the BEST power metal in existence. They've defied all trends, simply by doing what they do best, ... Read More

53 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 03-18-2017, 04:49 PM
Don Dokken (US) | 1990 | Album | Miscellaneous | 7.5/10
After enduing many hardships with the other three members of his band, Don Dokken was forced to split everyone up, and in turn, the man himself went on with starting his one-time solo band with his f... Read More

71 Views, 1 Replies, Last Post: Eddie the Head, 03-03-2017, 08:29 AM
Onmyouza (陰陽座) (JP) | 2002 | Album | Heavy Metal | 10/10
Onmyouza (陰陽座) is not your average, everyday band, let alone from Japan. There's just so much to love about them. I first heard of them while looking up Mandrake Root Records' discography, and was in... Read More

204 Views, 2 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 02-18-2017, 05:43 PM
Volfeed (JP) | 1995 | Single/EP | Heavy Metal | 8.5/10
Not long after I discovered Terra Rosa, I was looking for another female-fronted Japanese band with a similar sound to check out, and Volfeed caught my attention. Although it was presumed as disappoi... Read More

103 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 01-25-2017, 03:56 AM
Metallica (US) | 1984 | Album | Thrash Metal | 10/10
After releasing Kill 'Em All 1983, Metallica set out to make another masterpiece. Ride and Kill are Metallica's finest moments. Right before they went to record their second album, the band's gear wa... Read More

163 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Intelligenza, 01-20-2017, 08:30 PM
Yngwie J. Malmsteen | 1986 | Album | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 9/10
Trilogy can be considered the breaking point between Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie J. Malmsteen's inaccessible, shred-crazy beginnings and softening up to major labels. Fortunately, all of the good ... Read More

60 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 01-13-2017, 10:36 AM
Disarmonia Mundi (IT) | 2009 | Album | Death Metal | 10/10
Disarmonia Mundi are a melodic death metal band with progressive elements with many intense, time-stopping moments of beautiful harmonies started by clean passages and guided by headbanging, artiller... Read More

81 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 01-10-2017, 01:36 AM
Gillan (UK) | 1982 | Album | Heavy Metal | 9/10
Artist: Gillan (UK) Album: Magic Year: 1982 Label: Virgin Records Rating: 9/10 ______________________________________________________________ after releasing two albums in 1981 they march their... Read More

74 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Heavy Thrashhead, 12-28-2016, 04:13 AM
Gillan (UK) | 1981 | Album | Heavy Metal | 8.5/10
Artist: Gillan (UK) Album: Double Trouble Year: 1981 Label: Virgin Records Rating: 8.5/10 ______________________________________________________________ after their release of Future Shock in M... Read More

72 Views, 2 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 12-28-2016, 02:24 AM
Gillan (UK) | 1981 | Album | Heavy Metal | 8/10
Artist: Gillan (UK) Album: Future Shock Year: 1981 Label: Virgin Records Rating: 8/10 ______________________________________________________________ after releasing their debut lp Glory Road (a... Read More

63 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Heavy Thrashhead, 12-27-2016, 09:56 PM
Gillan (UK) | 1980 | Album | Heavy Metal | 8/10
Artist: Gillan (UK) Album: Glory Road Year: 1980 Label: Virgin Records Rating: 8/10 ______________________________________________________________ after releasing one of his best album since hi... Read More

94 Views, 1 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 01-31-2017, 05:05 PM
Gillan (UK) | 1979 | Album | Heavy Metal | 9/10
Artist: Gillan (UK) Album: Mr. Universe Year: 1979 Label: Acrobat Records Rating: 9/10 ______________________________________________________________ after leaving Deep Purple in 1973 he left t... Read More

98 Views, 2 Replies, Last Post: Heavy Thrashhead, 12-27-2016, 03:46 AM
Precious (JP) | 1990 | Album | Heavy Metal | 10/10
What we have here is not only an amazing power metal album, but also a highly influential work of art from a vastly unappreciated band. Precious was one of the many bands signed to the keyboard-lovin... Read More

199 Views, 9 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 03-17-2017, 11:44 AM
U.D.O. (DE) | 1987 | Album | Heavy Metal | 8.5/10
The ACCEPT album that could have been but done by the former frontman as a side-project instead, Animal House has lot's of hints/nods to the original lineup; be it spine-chilling guitar stings that W... Read More

132 Views, 7 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 12-19-2016, 02:39 AM
Ozzy Osbourne (UK) | 1986 | Album | Heavy Metal | 8/10
Well, I've decided to finally review an Ozzy Osbourne album. To be honest, all of his solo albums that I've heard, including even this one, just leave me with a bittersweet reaction. There are some g... Read More

207 Views, 12 Replies, Last Post: Mick Bynes, 12-30-2016, 02:13 PM
Metal Church (US) | 2016 | Album | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 9/10
I forgot to post this here a while back, but I did a video review of Metal Church's latest album XI. Don't know if it's ok to post video reviews here, but here it is. Hoping to get around to doing mo... Read More

87 Views, 3 Replies, Last Post: Psychosurgery, 11-17-2016, 10:28 PM
E-X-E (US) | 1987 | Album | Thrash Metal | 9/10
Artist: E-X-E Release: Stricken By Might (1987) Rating: 9/10 E-X-E registered barely a blip on the radar when their debut hit store shelves in 1987. What a shame as this album is chock full of tig... Read More

114 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Ded Bolt, 11-16-2016, 02:27 AM
Zero Degree (DE) | 2010 | Album | Death Metal | 10/10
Zero Degree, like Voices of Ruin (US) is an underground melodic death metal band that for now, released only a single full-length album; but what an album it is; a highlight reel of melodic tracks th... Read More

56 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 11-13-2016, 12:15 AM
Lost Dreams (AT) | 2008 | Album | Death Metal | 10/10
THIS. ALBUM! :king: Dark, bleak melodies with heavy riffs and nihilistic, suicidal, ready to kill and die lyrics with some sample work that would really disturb some people. This album makes it clea... Read More

126 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 09-18-2016, 02:17 AM
Concerto Moon (JP) | 1997 | Album | Speed/Power/Progressive Metal | 10/10
I first stumbled upon Concerto Moon while looking for more albums pressed by the long-defunct Mandrake Root Records, which was well-known for its staple releases by Hellen, Terra Rosa, Precious, Onmy... Read More

125 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 09-15-2016, 05:15 AM
Pagan Reign (RU) | 2006 | Album | Other | 10/10
PREFACE: Tverd' derives from Russian word "Tverdyi" (Hard) or "Tverdyna" (Fortress/Stronghold) NOW WE ARE FUCKING TALKING!!!! The band that turned me onto pagan metal and forever changed how I look... Read More

198 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 09-04-2016, 03:53 AM
Arkona (Аркона) (RU) | 2007 | Album | Other | 3.5/10
I discovered this album during the opening stages of my love affair with pagan metal which is still strong today albeit more vigilant and as most non-metal folk say: "elitist;" all thanks to this her... Read More

249 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 09-04-2016, 02:14 AM
Amon Amarth (SE) | 2008 | Album | Death Metal | 10/10
2008 was a good year for modern metal with many standout releases coming out where each caused me to lose my shit and go insane in public while blasting the mostly Swedish sonic badassery; this is on... Read More

157 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 09-04-2016, 01:22 AM
Voices of Ruin (US) | 2010 | Album | Death Metal | 10/10
What an album! Dark, mysanthropic melodeath with chainsaw guitars, hard-hitting drums, vocals of a pissed off guy with nothing to lose, blazing solos and evil lyrics; an excellent release that would ... Read More

92 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 08-31-2016, 02:03 AM
Kruberablinka (JP) | 2016 | Single/EP | Heavy Metal | 9/10
As most people already know, Kruberablinka is original Terra Rosa vocalist Kazue Akao's new band, which was formed more than five years ago. Along for the ride is guitarist Hiromi Suzuki, who was pre... Read More

134 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 07-14-2016, 11:52 PM
Anthem (JP) | 1987 | Album | Heavy Metal | 9.5/10
Bound to Break is the third Anthem album, and inarguably one of their very best releases, which isn't that far behind the eight-punch-combo perfection Tightrope. It's also the first Anthem album to b... Read More

183 Views, 1 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 07-01-2016, 04:40 AM
Anthem (JP) | 1986 | Album | Heavy Metal | 10/10
With Tightrope, Anthem made a rapid evolution from their self-titled debut album that was released just a year before 1986. That album was great stuff, showcasing heaps of memorable riffs and choruse... Read More

205 Views, 2 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 07-01-2016, 04:32 PM
Anthem (JP) | 1985 | Album | Heavy Metal | 9/10
Anthem is a legendary Japanese heavy metal band that never quite got that much credit outside of their native country. While Loudness was one of the lucky few to break the American music market in th... Read More

131 Views, 3 Replies, Last Post: Painkiller, 06-24-2016, 01:21 AM
Accept (DE) | 2010 | Album | Heavy Metal | 10/10
Blood of the Nations is ACCEPT saying WE ARE STRONG AND WE HAVE MORE TEUTONIC TERROR TO GO AROUND!!!! This is a very enjoyable album of punchy guitarwork, Mark Tornillo's energetic vocals and fun so... Read More

237 Views, 7 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 01-10-2017, 12:42 AM
Straightway (US) | 1988 | Album | Heavy Metal | 9/10
Straightway was a Christian-themed melodic heavy metal band from Texas who had a total of 2 releases before splitting up; the remixed demo in 1987 and this 6 track album of 1988. I enjoyed this album... Read More

99 Views, 0 Replies, Last Post: JaanMetalsson, 05-31-2016, 02:33 AM
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