Published September 2009

Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II Dialogue With The Stars (Candlelight)

Let your mind be carried away on an otherworldly journey with Memoria Vetusta II – Dialogue With The Stars. This latest release from Blut Aus Nord is a cosmic experience, I recommend tuning in, turning it up – and letting yourself be carried away.

Blut Aus Nord are not a typical black metal band and have long been described as avant-garde, or even weird for the sake of weirdness.  Successful though not well-known, this

Minsk - With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone (Relapse/Riot)

Minsk's third album is a sublime and scaring example of musical genius that is deserving of time and attention.

Chicago’s Minsk have returned with their third album of psychedelic, Neurosis-inspired metal.

Two Days of No Grays - Sonata Arctica's Henkka Klingenberg

Sonata Arctica have never been to Australia before, let alone an Australian international metal festival. Keyboardist Henkka Klingenberg gives us the skinny on their upcoming tours, their new album and their... video game?

Back in the day, as many a lion-maned power metal enthusiast could attest, Finland's Sonata Arctica was the band that so many turned to when they wanted a power ballad of epic

Alex Webster: Cannibal Corpse, touring, and the Staircase of Metal

A talk with Alex Webster, bassist of Cannibal Corpse, chatting about the Mayhem Festival and Japanese uniqueness, chicks in the scene, having your wife on tour with you, and youth being the future of Death on the Staircase of Metal.



The Black Dahlia Murder - Deflorate (Metal Blade/Riot)

Whether achieving gold status with a DVD or being threatened with bum-sex by an androgynous retard, The Black Dahlia Murder are making serious waves at present. With Deflorate, the flood looks likely to continue.
Release Date: 
15 Sep 2009 - 8:30am

No matter how you look at it, you've got to fancy The Black Dahlia Murder frontman Trevor Strnad in a row against Marilyn Manson.

Subway To Sally – Kreuzfeuer (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

What do you get when you cross folk music with heavy metal? I don’t know – what do you get when you cross folk music with heavy metal? Well whatever it is, it ain’t Subway To Sally!

Kreuzfeuer means Crossfire.  I looked it up in my trusty circa 1950s German/English dictionary.  I also tried to decipher the song titles but didn’t get far. 

Axel Rudi Pell - Best Of (Anniversary Edition) (SPV/Riot)

Released to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the current ARP line-up, and the twentieth anniversary of ARP’s first album, this twelve track retrospective covers tracks from 98’s Oceans of Time right up to last year’s Tales Of The Crown, showcasing some sterling and classy classic Euro rock as well as a couple of intriguing cover tunes. Well, okay one good, one shocker: but we’ll get to them.

Opening song Edge Of The World from the 2002 album Shadow Zone showcases perfectly what Axel Rudi Pell is all about.  The European classic metal sound, Axel&

The Wacken Diaries - 03: Fun and games in the wind and rain

They say it's Wacken, rain or shine; they forgot to mention gale force winds.

Thursday – the first real day of the festival – and we woke to the sound of rain. Poking my head out of our tent, I was dismayed to discover it was very grey and very soggy outside.

Alice Cooper, Challenge Stadium (Perth), 1 September 2009

Veteran shock rocker takes Perth audience on a rollercoaster ride through his Theatre of Death as reviewer attempts to use all clichés in opening sentence.

Alice Cooper has been around the traps once or twice in his time, and his reputation for excellence and consistency in live shows is second to none.

An Endless Metal Summer From Afar - Sami Hinkka of Ensiferum

Ever heard of a guy that won a Battle of the Bands as well as coming second AND third? We haven't either - but Sami Hinkka of Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum could have, if he really wanted. He also talks tours, bass and "From Afar."

There’s one thing that Sami Hinkka, bassist of Finnish power metal megastars Ensiferum wants to clarify – once and for all.