Album Review SACRED STEEL Heavy Metal Sacrifice

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SACRED STEEL “Heavy Metal Sacrifice”

Cruz del Sur Music

Am I getting old? Or is just that Power metal bands don’t impress me too much, unless they have something really extraordinaire? Anyway, these German veterans released the tenth album of their career, and although I’ve been listening to it all day in the office, this doesn’t make me move my ass off.

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Album Review DARK FOREST Beyond the veil

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DARK FOREST “Beyond the veil”

Cruz del Sur Music

Excellent!! What a piece of shinny and strong heavy metal is here! After last album “The Awakening” (read the review here) in 2014 this English band returned with a new recording which can become a classic in some years.

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Album Review KING HEAVY

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KING HEAVY “King Heavy”

Cruz del Sur Music

Aaaargh!! This is another addition to my list of discoveries of the year. It’s nothing but a finest obscured heavy metal band forged with extremely good metal elements and huge knowledge of the doom metal genre.

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Album Review HAMMER KING Kingdom Of The Hammer King

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HAMMER KING “Kingdom Of The Hammer King”

Cruz Del Sur Music

If you are into epic heavy metal, with high doses of melodic lines, true rock guitar riffs and 80’s attitude ala Manowar, this is for you. Coming from Saint-Tropez, France, these guys composed a very decent debut album forged in the true sound of epic power metal with thick reminiscences of NWOBHM.

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Album Review SACRAL RAGE Illusions in Infinite Void

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SACRAL RAGE “Illusions in Infinite Void”

Cruz del Sur Music

Holy shit! How I love the opening section of first track “En Cima del Mal”. It has high-octane reminiscences of “Individual thought patterns” album. Well, this is another band where we find the name of super-drummer Vagelis Felonis (Embrace of Thorns, Burial Hordes, Necrovorous, Resurgency, etc.)

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MAUSOLEUM GATE album review

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MAUSOLEUM GATE “Mausoleum Gate”

Cruz Del Sur Music

This sounds totally vintage, heavy and obscured. If names like Angel Witch, Uriah Heep, Diamond Head, and of course Black Sabbath, are familiar for you, the debut album from these Finnish guys is definitely for you. Yep, since first notes you almost listen to vinyl scratching, and you know what’s about over here.

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APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE Of Woe and Wounds Review

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APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE “Of Woe and Wounds”

Cruz Del Sur Music

It’s definitely a pleasure to hear this piece of doom-stoner metal, solid and forged with class. Highly influenced by 70’s rock and the heaviest side of doom metal genre, these guys composed an excellent album full of cathartic guitar riffs and oppressive sorrowful lines.

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STEEL PROPHET Omniscient Review

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STEEL PROPHET “Omniscient”

Cruz Del Sur Music

Of course I remember to these warriors. This is a long standing heavy metal band from L.A. and I think they’ve been active since mid 80’s. Founded by guitarist Steve Kachinsky, this band moves in melodic/progressive heavy metal ground, and they really have forged a unique style as they lived the essence of the genre in those years.

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