published February 2010

Al Atkins - Demon Deceiver... Plus (Angel Air)

Judas Priest’s original vocalist re-issues an album from 2007. And it is much better than it has any right to be!

Al Atkins was the original voice out front of Metal Gods Judas Priest.  The fact that he left the band in 1973 before their first album even came out is neith

Bruce Kulick - BK3 (Frontiers/Riot)

Legendary guitarist Bruce Kulick dishes up his most ambitious and solid solo effort to date, with a little help from his friends in BK3.

Many former members of Kiss have been known to either fade away into obscurity clutching at the threads of Kiss, or go off and do their own thing.

Aeternam - Disciples Of The Unseen (Metal Blade/Riot)

This is a decent debut from Canada's latest death metal export, but enough with the sodding cymbals.

The opening moments of Disciples Of The Unseen from this Quebec City quintet transport the listener into an odd mix of the hostel in, um, Hostel, and a Turkish bazaar.

Behemoth's Nergal takes time out of conquering the world to speak to MAF

It would be hard to find another band that keeps up a touring schedule like Behemoth. We talk to Nergal on one of his rare days off about touring and being the clergy's Enemy Number One.

The phone crackles into life, and despite the band's on stage presence, the fires of hell are not unleashed; instead Adam Darski a.k.a Nergal answers quietly

Barn Burner - Bangers (Metal Blade/Riot)

Plucky Canadian quartet release an excellent debut in the face of possible apathy...

Meshuggah - Alive (DVD) - Nuclear Blast/Riot

Chances if you are a fan of the legendary Swedish metal quintet Meshuggah, you have been waiting anxiously for a DVD release for some time. Well, your patience has finally been rewarded in the latest release Alive.

In today's music scene, many bands are putting out live DVD releases and can be some what of a highly financial and time consuming project for a band to undertake.

Arsis - Starve for the Devil (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

Arsis is back and they’re here to rock your bones and melt your face off! No further explanation required – this record ROCKS!

I remember when I first got into Arsis; I put on their (then) latest record, We Are The Nightmare and recall my jaw almost hitting the floor.

Black Asylum - Anthem Of Order (EP) (Riot)

Like your metal death like infused with melody and thrash riffs? Well, you may want to check out Black Asylum and hear their Anthem Of Order.

It's not too often in the vast wasteland of up-and-coming metal bands that flood our ears that you find a band that stands out.

Gallery: Ace Frehley @ The Tivoli (Brisbane), 8 Feb 2010

KISS legend Ace Frehley tore up the stage at Brisbane's Tivoli Theatre, on the last date of his Australian show. Support was provided by Sydneysiders L.U.S.T.

Charred Walls of the Damned - Self-titled (Metal Blade/Riot)

Metal's newest 'Supergroup' struggles with the idea that less is more.

Of course, were this project in any way the beneficiary of correct nomenclature it would be c