DARK FOREST: Nature as inspiration

DarkForest_Photo2The first part of this feature consists of an interview I conducted with main man Christian Horton in September 2011. I decided to include it for a couple of reasons. It has never been published online before, it covers many aspects of the time around and between the releases of the band’s self titled debut and the follow up “Dawn Of Infinity” and it’s also a damn good read, due to Christians interesting and in depth answers even when my questions turned just a little bit critical. Continue reading

ARGUS: The full story


With their blend of seventies hard rock, heavy metal and doom metal, Argus out of Pennsylvanias in the US has established themselves as one of the finest new bands to grace the scene during the last five years.

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1. Borrowed Time “Borrowed Time” (High Roller)391_borrowedtimestlp_bg

– A refreshingly different take on pure heavy metal. Some cool ideas. Lots of identity.

2. In Solitude “Sister” (Metal Blade)

–  Great album, but so far I prefer the more metallic approach of the last album.

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1. Argus “Beyond The Martyrs” (Cruz Del Sur)Argus-BTM_cover

– Early days, but this could very well be their best one so far.

2. Atlantean Kodex “The White Goddess” (Cruz Del Sur)

–  Right now, I prefer the debut, but as expected, this is high quality stuff. Continue reading

VISIGOTH: A matter of sincerity

VisigothI really enjoyed Visigoth’s “Final Spell”, released on tape a while ago, but the release uncovered one major problem: My cassette deck sucks! Although Iordan of Stormspell has talked about releasing it, “Final Spell” has so far not been made available on CD. Continue reading

SACRED STEEL: 100 percent pure metal

SacredSteel_schwarz02_300dpiGerrit P. Mutz, the singer of SACRED STEEL, is surely one of the nicest guys in the business. I first met him in Dublin, it must have been in 2004, while I was at work for Scream, covering the recording of Primordial’s “The Gathering Wilderness”, while Gerrit then was working for their label Metal Blade. My love for the first three albums were great at the time (it still is), and I remember almost feeling a little starstruck back then. Since then, SACRED STEEL has put out three studioalbums, some a little disappointing, while the new one, “The Bloodshed Summoning” is the best they’ve done for quite a while. This long interview covers the new album of course, along with some news on Geritt’s involement in Battleroar. Continue reading