BELOW: Drinking Tea With The Devil


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Below, from Nyköping in Sweden made securing a record deal look easy, as the band received an offer from Metal Blade after the band’s very first demo last year. I phoned bass player Andreas Hedman to talk about this, and of course the band’s debut album, “Across The Dark River”.  Continue reading

PLAYLIST: Week 13


1. BATTLEROAR “Blood Of Legends” (Cruz Del Sur)battleroar-blood_of_legends_import-battleroar-26636900-1656044988-frnt

– With Gerrit singing, this sounds quite different, still very cool. Needs a bit of time.

2. PORTRAIT  ”Crossroads” (Metal Blade)

– Can’t stop spinning this one. So many storng songs and exciting parts. Vocals not as upfront as on the last one.

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PLAYLIST: Week 39


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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RAVEN BLACK NIGHT: In the hands of the metal gods


DSC03248I was kind of surprised when the news about RAVEN BLACK NIGHT having signed for Metal Blade reached me. Don’t get me wrong, I hold Metal Blade in high regard, even though they were pushing the metal core-thing way too hard some years ago, and I also enjoyed the first RAVEN BLACK NIGHT-album a lot, but nevertheless it didn’t feel like a marriage made in heaven. Continue reading