Tag: AFM

Rhapsody Of Fire – The Eighth Mountain Review

You don’t have to be a D&D dork to love symphonic power metal. There’s nothing that says that, in order to enjoy Rhapsody of Fire, you have to have memorized a monster manual or enjoyed

Ministry – From Beer To Eternity Review

Let’s summarize things for those who may have forgotten or are just tuning in. 2007’s The Last Sucker was supposed to be the final studio album for Ministry, allowing mastermind Al Jourgensen and lame duck

Iron Savior – The Landing Review

Though the genesis of the band can be traced back to the school days of longtime friends Piet Sielck and Kai Hansen, Germany’s Iron Savior was truly born in the mid-1990s, when mainstay Sielck recruited

Suidakra – Book Of Dowth Review

Originally written by Erik Thomas I’ve long championed and enjoyed Germany’s underrated folk-metal act Suidakra. From Lupine Essence through the shaky pure melodeath phase of Command to Charge to 2009s Crogacht, and even with the

U.D.O. – Rev-Raptor Review

Consistency, thy name is Udo. For twenty-five years, under his eponymous faux-abbreviated band name, Udo Dirkschneider has cranked out a series of quality traditional metal records, thirteen of them now, all deeply rooted in the

Crystal Viper – Legends Review

It’s been said before (and it’s about to be said again) that Poland has a deserved reputation for metallic excellence but not necessarily for bold genre-expanding innovation – which is to say, if a generalization

Onslaught – Sounds Of Violence Review

Despite their longevity, I first truly crossed paths with British thrash outfit Onslaught with their reunion disc, 2007’s Killing Peace. I’d heard of the band, as punkers and then as thrashers and most notably as

Triosphere – The Road Less Travelled Review

Even if all the opportunistic carbon-copy acts in heavy metal’s recent history leave you less than excited about throwback sounds, it’s hard to deny the retro appeal when those sounds reflect a heartfelt bond with