Heavy Trip - Heavy Trip

“How many dudes do you need for a heavy trip?” could easily be the opening line for a joke or a short story, and the answer is “three”, and comes in the form of British Columbia’s instrumental Stoner / Doomy Rock / Bluesy trio HEAVY TRIP that released the self-titled debut in the end of March. It is highly advisable to not skip this release once you’ve read the word ‘instrumental’; sometimes you don’t need lyrics when all the talking’s done by crushing guitars and the acid Jazzy combo of bass & drums that are the ideal companions. So, the only thing you have to do is take “Heavy Trip” for a ride and see for yourselves. Soon enough you’ll realize what a ride that was!


Traveler - Termination Shock

With new albums popping up in a frenzy pace, it’s totally ok to miss one or two, the moment they see the light of day – Just make a mind note to check ‘em out later. I had marked my calendar for the release of TRAVELER’s sophomore LP “Termination Shock”, but it took a month before the vinyl had found its way to my turntable. So, what do the Canadian metallers offer, almost one year after the impressive and self-titled debut?


Grave Digger - Fields Of Blood

Live many metalheads close to my age range were introduced to GRAVE DIGGER through the amazing “Tunes Of War” that soon enough made me move backwards and eventually get all the albums from the Germans. Until this day, I have their debut concept album close to my heart and practically can lip-sing the entire thing. Careful now, I said “lip-sing” because matching Chris’ ‘concrete in the blender’ and (for that reason) iconic vocals, is an impossible task. I was floored to hear Chris saying to METAL KAOZ that working on concept albums has stopped being of interest because it was those albums that opened the floodgates for GRAVE DIGGER. At any rate, an artist / band should always do what feels best, so I let it pass. Fortunately, Chris decided to break that unofficial promise, and “Fields Of Blood” sees GRAVE DIGGER returning to the Highlands to conclude the William Wallace-era triptych, leaving the loyal fanbase to judge where it should stand compared to “Tunes Of War”.


Witchcraft - Black Metal

What is Black Metal? Of course, upon reading the term, you picture churches burning and crosses being held upside down while expecting to be tormented with vocals from Hell and have your eardrums ripped out by the blast-beats and scratching riffs. Yes, this is the place your mind goes when you think of this genre. And then, comes the new WITCHCRAFT album called “Black Metal” with a minimalistic white cover artwork with just the band’s logo and the title written in the usual calligraphic font...  I am sure all those ‘die-hard’ WITCHCRAFT fans who’ve learned this band through “Witchcraft” and “Firewood” have a tough time digesting this, provided they took a hearty bite to begin with.

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