Textures

The Outcome of everything Dutch band Textures are pioneers of technical/progressive metal, their latest release ‘Phenotype’ has been their most complex, enchanting & catchy work by far (part of a diptych, with Genotype due for release next year). Formed in 2001 and renowned for their highly technical abilities, they play an innovative & very complex…

Cadaveria

Italy’s dark world CADAVERIA was formed in 2001 by Cadaveria and Marçelo Santos (Flegias) with the intent to create a virtual space where to freely express themselves as musicians and extreme artists. CADAVERIA style, labelled Horror Metal, can be identified with a personal mix of Black Metal, Death and Gothic. To celebrate its 15 years…

Europe

Kings of Tomorrow Together since 1979, Europe raised to fame in 1986 with the extremely successful album and single “The Final Countdown”, selling over twenty million copies worldwide. After releasing two more albums they went on a very long break that lasted 12 years. Finally, in 2003 they came out of hiatus announcing that the…

Armored Saint

The legacy continues John Bush is a very familiar voice to metal fans worldwide, having spent more than a decade with Anthrax and being the voice of some of their most iconic tunes he has won himself a high place in the music scene. He is again leading the charge with his band Armored Saint…

The Dead Daisies

Bring the noise American/Australian rockers The Dead Daisies can be proud to feature a very impressive collection of musicians as members; John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Brides of Destruction), Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) Brian Tichy (Ozzy, Foreigner) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink). This super-group takes you back right when…

Jesus Chrusler Supercar

Sweds Dirty rock n’ roll Death ‘n’ roll band from Stockholm, Sweden, formed in 2011. The band name is a wordplay on the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. The band features Nicke Forsberg on drums, Fredde Larsson on guitar and Robban Bergeskans on bass/vocals. In April 2013 they released their first single, ‘Killing Machine’, on…

Omnium Gatherum

Illusion and reality From the northern parts of the globe, from Finland, comes Omnium Gatherum – A melodic death metal band is known for its fierce live performances and fresh ingenious sound. Made of six members Omnium Gatherum delivers sophisticated but aggressive metal that is catchy yet original in composing and arranged to listen to…

King of The North

The Kings of Downunder King Of The North is a hard rock duo from Australia. The band comprises Andrew Higgs (Guitar/Vocals) and Steve Tyssen (Drums/Back up Vocals). Their intense live shows and powerful brand of modern rock has blazed a new trail in the two-piece band format. The uniqueness of KOTN is created by Andrew’s…

Antimatter

Emotions at a primal level “Anybody who has ever suffered from betrayal can relate to this album”, Antimatter-main man Mick Moss states self-consciously about his most recent work, ‘The Judas Table’. “I’m singing about my experiences, but I’m a firm believer that they are everybody else’s experiences as well”. Throughout his life, Moss has repeatedly…

Abnormal Thought Patterns

Sound with vision Hailing from the Bay Area, California Abnormal Thought Patterns is a mathematical instrumental trio that fuses heavy riffs, intricate time signatures and shredding solos. It is hard to describe with words what the trio is doing within its songs, you have to experience it with your own ears and you will be…

Sepultura

Moving on with the tradition Sepultura is a band that needs no introduction. Hailing from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, they made their way into the metal scene with their mix of thrash/death/groove metal during the ’80s, and they are now celebrating their 30th anniversary with a World Tour. HMA had the pleasure of sitting down with…

Sylosis

BEAUTY IN DARKNESS British metallers ‘Sylosis’ have steadily gained in popularity, firmly establishing themselves within the metal community over the past ten years. Their latest release, ‘Dormant Heart’, quickly followed the success of its predecessors; ‘Edge of The Earth’ and ‘Monolith’, confirming the band’s dedication to good quality music and their passion for raw, gritty,…

Whitechapel

Show some fucking respect “The theme of ‘Mark of the Blade’ is a celebration of Whitechapel being together for ten years and the fans that support us no matter what,” states vocalist Phil Bozeman, and after just one exposure to the record’s 11 riveting tracks, a more fitting tribute is unimaginable. Pushing their sound forward…

Hammers of Misfortune

Dead and loving revolution When West Coast progressive heavy metallers Hammers of Misfortune are asked what took so long to follow-up 2011’s acclaimed 17th Street, principal songwriter and guitarist John Cobbett is likely to throw out a Lennon lyric “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Mostly, the delay was…

Mortiis

Demons have returned No more Eras continuations and no more infamous goblin mask – after a long break, industrial act Mortiis is back from the caves with a brand new album “The Great Deceiver”, the 12th release since formation in mid-nineties. I spent some amusing time in Brighton during their UK tour with frontman Håvard…

Butcher Babies

Fight like a man You may have seen them, heard of them; maybe a friend may have told you about those two girls that look just too good to be playing heavy metal. If you still haven’t given them a chance, after they released two albums and toured the world non-stop for a good four…

Sikth

“Curioser and curioser…” Formed in Watford, England in 1999, Sikth pioneered a technical, crazy yet melodic style of metal that melded prog, thrash, death metal and a host of eclectic influences. They were (and are) unique with two contrasting singers who somehow manage to complement one another with every line, scream and melody – and…

Overkill

Thrashing white devils It is not every day that you can sit in the same room with a legend as big as Bobby Blitz of the mighty Overkill. With a career span of 35 years fuelled by undying passion, love and relentless commitment to the band and to music, Overkill has always been one of…

Clan of Xymox

Emotions hidden inside It all started in 1981 in Amsterdam when Ronny Moorings (mastermind, vocalist and guitarist) formed Clan of Xymox. After releasing their 3rd album “Twist of Shadows” which helped to establish them in the US market by selling 300,000 copies, they soon became a pioneer of darkwave/electro-goth music and enjoying headlining several international…

New Years Day

More from the Next Generation of Dark Royalty Let’s have a chat about New Years Day. They’re a band that was formed back in 2005, who’s first tracks appealed mostly to a younger audience, and with lyrics that played on a filmy, Halloween-y ‘darkness’. And look at them today… From a humble start on MySpace…