SWORDWIELDER - GRIM VISIONS OF BATTLE CASSETTE

Band: SWORDWIELDER
Title: Grim Visions Of Battle
Origins: Sweden
Price: RM10.00


Info:

Terrorizer Magazine (Band of the Day Review & Interview)

“I got hold of the debut demo by Swedish crust punk outfit Swordwielder a few years ago and was immediately blown away, and when I got hold of the full-length album ‘Grim Visions Of Battle’ I just knew I had to make them band of the day. These Swedes are obvious fans of old British crust bands such as Amebix, Axegrinder and Deviated Instinct but they also inject a good hefty dose of their native kängpunk (in the vein of Anti-Cimex) into their sound. This is dark, apocalyptic war-torn crust that reeks of the stench of the decaying bodies of slain enemies scattered across a murky, muddy battlefield – not a pretty sound but one that aptly reflects the albums ominous title. Fenriz made these guys one of his Bands Of The Week not so long after I excitedly sent him a link to their Bandcamp page so this band already has a Fenriz approved black mark next to their name! Guitarist Walle answered my questions…“



Maximum Rocknroll #369

“And the dark Lord said, “Let there be Stench!” After a couple of demos, this is the debut full-length from these Gothenburg death dealers, and they’ve really outdone themselves here. This might as well be titled Hail to England for it’s allegiance to the model carved out by ’80s stalwarts like DEVIATED INSTINCT and AMEBIX, creeping chorus-drenched riffs and all, but SWORDWIELDER does an admirable job of modernizing their inherently retrograde approach without ending up sounding like a false. The guitar work is top-notch, inventive and peppered with just the right amount of gloomy clean bits, while the vocals are spot-on throughout. This album has grown on me with every listen, easily worth rallying the hordes near you and giving it a spin. (WB)”

SWORDWIELDER - DEMO CASSETTE

Band: SWORDWIELDER
Title: Demo
Origins: Sweden
Price: RM10.00


Info:
http://crust-demos.blogspot.com/

When a band comes from Sweden we usually expect some kang punk/crust/crustcore with strong D-beat or metal influences but here we got something different: Swordwielder hail from Gothenburg and deliver metallic and doomy stenchcore heavily influenced by Deviated Instinct, Amebix and Axegrinder. They don't have any myspace/farcebook whatever site so there is no any information about them. This demo is their first release it came out in spring '12 and consists of four lengthy tracks (total running time 26 minutes). There are powerful shouted and clean vocals instead the growls or howls  used by many bands of the genre (Sanctum, Stormcrow etc), slow and mid paced drumming, heavy guitar riffage and heavy pounding bass. This is heavy as hell, epic (the beginning of World Funeral is great) and emotional, metallic, doomy and pessimistic with titles such as World Funeral, Fields of Genocide or With my dying breath i curse this world. The sound quality is excellent, all songs are great and deliver the heavy goods and despite being lengthy (With my dying breath... lasts over nine minutes and World Funeral seven minutes) never become a boring shit. A great demo for a start reminding The Rise of the Serpent Men. As i said there is no any site of Swordwielder but you can contact them via mail for a copy. The demo is available for free in their bandcamp
No more bullshit ranting, go get some stenchcore and rot while listening.

WHIPSTRIKER / BASTARDIZER - STRIKE OF THE BASTARD SPLIT CASSETTE

Band: WHIPSTRIKER / BASTARDIZER
Title: Strike Of The Bastard
Origins: Brazil / Australia
Price: RM10.00


Info:
A split release from Brazillian blackened / heavy / speed metalpunk, WHIPSTRIKER and Australian black thrashers, BASTARDIZER is finally on tape after the Lp version through Dying Victims and Cd version by Hell Vomit destroying the heaven's gate!

3 tracks from each band bring solid slabs of blackened metal : BASTARDIZER with their nods to BATHORY and WHIPSTRIKER with their unbashed VENOM influences.

PHANTASMAL - THE REAPER'S FORGE CASSETTE

Band: PHANTASMAL
Title: The Reaper's Forge
Origins: U.S.A
Price: RM10.00


Info:
This American duo mixing their unique on Heavy Metal, the aggression on Thrash Metal and the vitriol of Black Metal to create what the band calls 'White Hot Black Metal Screaming Straight For Your Neck'. Including 2 new evil, dark and destructive bonus tracks.

Comes with 300gm O-card box, sticker and silk screen cloth patch.

HELLRIPPER - THE MANIFESTATION OF EVIL CASSETTE

Band: HELLRIPPER
Title: Manifestation of Evil
Origins: Scotland
Price: RM10.00


Info:
A debut EP by Aberdeen, Scotland based black/speed metal band Hellripper. The 4 tracks mix elements of thrash, black, speed metal and punk, creating a heavy an aggresive balls to the wall EP. For fams of Venom, Celtic Frost, Dark Throne, Sabbat.
Comes with 300gm O-card box, sticker and silk screen cloth patch.

KYLMÄ SOTA - DISCOGRAPHY DOUBLE CASSETTE

Band: KYLMÄ SOTA
Title: Discography
Origins: Finland
Price: RM15.00


Info:

Kylmä Sota means Cold War. They are Finnish raw punk band from Turku, Finland. Been together since 2003 and have a few great releases, and they still going strong till now. 38 tracks for double tape discography including;
-Demo from 2005,
-V/A Freedom and Existence 2006
-V/A Yo Airistolla - Turkupunk 2007
-Split 7" with Death With A Dagger in 2006
-S/T 7" in 2007
-Kylma Sota -10 tracks 12"
-Split 7" with Ydintuho in 2012
-Split 7" with Rajoitus in 2013
-4 bonus tracks

SELF ABUSE - DEMO 2010 CASSETTE

Band: SELF ABUSE
Title: Demo 2010
Origins: Sweden
Price: RM15.00


Info: 
SORRY STATE RECORDS
Demo cassette from this new Swedish band featuring members of Fy Fan, and FUCK is it a ripper! While Fy Fan looks to their own region for influences, Self Abuse plays more of a go-for-the-throat style of rough and ready US hardcore... no doubt heavily inspired by the first Poison Idea EP of course! If you dig newer raw as USHC like Negative Lifestyle and Cülo I suggest you add this bad boy to your shopping cart NOW.

ISKALLT REGN S/T LP

Band: ISKALLT REGN
Title: S/T
Origins: U.S.A.
Price: RM65.00


Info:  Brilliant 7 track debut 12" from Texan HC punks ISKALLT REGN.

Scandinavian influenced hardcore punk featuring members of WORLD BURNS TO DEATH / ABDUKTION / WAR MASTER / VERKSLAVEN.

Storming, relentless D-Beat driven fury with lyrics / song titles in both English and Swedish. Pressed on transparent red & black splatter vinyl and housed in super thick black card folded sleeve with silver inked screen print.
Each copy is hand numbered.
Limited 300 pressing.

HÅRDA TIDER / NIGHT FEVER SPLIT 12"

Band: HÅRDA TIDER / NIGHT FEVER
Title: Split
Origins: Sweden / Denmark
Price: RM65.00


Info:
RELUCTANT MOSHER #4
...They've also dropped 3 more ragers in a split with their buddies from over the bridge to Sweden, Hårda Tider. K-Town Hardcore has some old fashioned rock and roll riffing but obviously cranked up to the max. It's a great calling card, similar to "This is Copenhagen" off "New blood". The other two tracks follow on from the frantic mess created on the "Vendetta" LP. By the way, the Hårda Tider side is killer too, as you'd expect me to say! This may be a little too (old school) "metal" for some people but I love it and notice loads of other people raving about it too - so don't just take my word for it! There's some great releases reviewed in this issue but this is the one I'm listening to the most. Someone bring them over to the UK 'cos live they're something else!

NIGHT FEVER - VENDETTA LP

Band: NIGHT FEVER
Title: Vendetta
Origins: Denmark
Price: RM60.00


Info:  More of everything you loved (or hated) about the 1st 12"; in your face K-Town HC with lots of hooks, sing alongs (in a wide variety of styles) and loads of guitar wankery - complete with hostile and honest lyrics/attitude....This is Copenhagen!
Recorded by Matte P. @ Hemgården


NAPALM RAID - DISCOGRAPHY 2010-2015 CASSETTE

Band: NAPALM RAID
Title: Discography
Origins: Canada
Price: RM10.00


Info:  Can you imagine DOOM with heavy Japanese influences? This is the sickest and finest Crust band nowadays. Forget all the mellow-stoner-post music. This heaviness will make you blow! Oh, and Canada always deliver you good band these day.

KONTATTO - MAI COME VOI CASSETTE

Band: KONTATTO
Title: Mai Come Voi
Origins: ITALY
Price: RM10.00


Info:  "Mai Come Voi" is the 2nd full-lenght for the italian kings of d-beat hardcore. The album feature 10 brand new tracks and a nice surprise of delightful discharge beat mixed with some fast crushing anthems and a bit of melody here and there. Vocals, sun in italian sounds like good old WRETCHED. KONTATTO will deliver you a lethal cross of ANTI-CIMEX, WRETCHED, DISRUPT and of course DISCHARGE worship. Political lyrics and nice artwork by Stiv.

LOCK OFF - FUCK THE SYSTEM CASSETTE

Band: LOCK OFF
Title: Fuck The System
Origins: INDONESIA
Price: RM8.00


Info: Jakarta Pogo Punk! Malaysia version from Pogo 77 released.

S.A.G.A.L - S/T CASSETTE

Band: S.A.G.A.L
Title: S/T
Origins: KOREA
Price: RM8.00


Info: Totalitar worshipper from South Korea.


GAS RAG - DISCOGRAPHY CASSETTE

Band: GAS RAG
Title: Discography
Origins: USA
Price: RM8.00


Info: Abrasive & rocking classic MidWestern Hardcore mixed with Swedish hardcore punk ala Totalitär.
Catchy & Totally solid Well-written D-beat!

This 28 tracks tape compiles everything that they've released up to 2014
(Demo,Human Rights ep,Beats off MLP & On the Beach EP)

SPECTRES - S/T CASSETTE

Band: SPECTRES
Title: S/T
Origins: USA
Price: RM10.00


Info: Spectres is a peace punk/post punk band from Vancouver Canada, their sound shares similarities with bands such as The Mob, Sisters of Mercy and Joy Division. This is their discography cassette. 15 tracks.

GENERACION SUICIDA - TODO TERMINA LP

Band: GENERACION SUICIDA
Title: Todo Termina
Origins: USA
Price: RM65.00


Info: Second 12" from Generacion Suicida from South Central, Los Angeles.

This time around the group brings 9 tracks of their powerful trademark sound. They play melodic, angular and catchy punk with oscillating male/female vocals creating a serrated edge of paranoia and anxiety of a modern day LA.

This is real punk; rudimentary and raw but not in a dumb way; this is eloquent and it sounds like it coulda come out of LA in 1979 or just plain yesterday. They sing solely in Spanish and remind of bands from other countries, mainly Umea, Sweden; in the Ny Vag tradition of The Vicious and Masshysteri or Copenhagen's Gorilla Angreb and No Hope For The Kids which sort of bring the sound back home to California because those Scandinavians borrowed heavily from Los Angeles’s past (late ‘70s Dangerhouse, especially). But this is not a ripoff band, not some knock off, not some imitation, not a homage or retro dress up party, this is what the group does best.

On this new 12" GS sped it up; playing it even more blistering fast and melodic, almost sounding in places like a kind of melancholic take on pogo punk. Essential.

JUANITA Y LOS FEOS - NUEVA NUMANCIA LP

Band: JUANITA Y LOS FEOS
Title: Nueva Numancia
Origins: SPAIN
Price: RM65.00


Info: Third full length of JUANITA Y LOS FEOS from Madrid. Twelve new wave stompers clocking in at just over 30 minutes. Dark and catchy tunes reflect perfectly the current Spanish youth mood. Depressing and hopeless at times yet sarcastic and naïve. The production is sharp and the stunning female vocals take each track to pop heaven.Think a mix of The Fastbacks, The Go Go's, The Gun Club and X. Addictive sounds for Spanish Nueva Ola lovers.

ARCTIC FLOWERS - WEAVER LP

Band: ARCTIC FLOWERS
Title: Weaver
Origins: USA
Price: RM60.00


Info: Portland’s Arctic Flowers with their long-awaited second LP! After last year’s excellent "Procession" EP, an EP that showcased the Flowers’ talent for combining the tradition of anarcho/peace punk with a postpunk sensibility, the new "Weaver" LP continues in much the same vein. The first side kicks off with the energetic track "Magdalene" and the pace doesn’t let up too much from there, culminating in the barnstorming track "Anamnesis", which employs a riff that reminds me of a Rudimentary Peni track (specifically, "The Evil Clergyman" off RP's "Cacophony"). But it's Side 2 that contains my favorite tracks off this new release. The second side kicks off with the memorable track “Byzantine”, guitarist Stan Wright lays down a chunky, Killing Joke-esque riff (think of that band’s song "Tension" mixed with "The Wait"), complemented by frontwoman Alex's vocals, which recall the classic goth-punk of bands like Rubella Ballet and Lost Cherrees. The following title track, "Weaver" is another winner – just a great mid-tempo punk rocker that, in true Arctic Flowers fashion, blurs the boundaries between classic punk, postpunk, and early gothic rock. Indeed, in an interview I did with Arctic Flowers almost two years ago, founder and guitarist Stan Wright stated, "Our sound is a mix of punk, deathrock, post punk, and goth. Aggressive but at times danceable and melodic."

ARCTIC FLOWERS - REVERIES LP

Band: ARCTIC FLOWERS
Title: Reveries
Origins: USA
Price: RM60.00


Info: One of the most well known of Portland's fertile post punk influenced scene, Arctic Flowers follows up their well received debut EP and split with Spectres. Their sound builds on the foundation of UK anarchopunk meeting their previous work with such bands as Signal Lost and The Observers. This 12" has 8 songs leaning more towards the hardcore end of the spectrum while throwing in the occasional Mob influenced bit of melodic punk.

BELGRADO - SIGLO XXI LP

Band: BELGRADO
Title: Siglo XXI
Origins: SPAIN
Price: RM65.00


Info: Barcelona's Belgrado return with their second album 'Siglo XXI' and first for La Vida Es Un Mus. The 11 track album melds dark and dreamy goth and post punk with a stunning and clear production. The bass leads and drives each track into the batcave whilst the vocals yearn and ache on top. This record has a clear 80's English influence (Killing Joke, Vex, A Touch of Hysteria, Blood and Roses etc) but it also very modern day Barcelona with the reverb as important as an instrument and totally DIY. 2011's excellent self titled LP has been bettered in sound, production and song.

The LP comes in a thick black and white sleeve with artwork from drummer Jonathan also including a 30x30 insert, an extra lyric sheet and a 40x55 poster.

BELGRADO - S/T LP

Band: BELGRADO
Title: S/T
Origins: SPAIN
Price: RM60.00


Info: From the squatted vaults of Barcelone comes this realively new Band named "Belgrado"and recently touring through Europe and leaving us mouth agape and stunned about their amazing live performance. Belgrado play a shocking original sounding style of early eighties Wave Punk the likes of SIEKIERA, CORTEX and SKELETAL FAMILY with a slight morbit feel of goth and a doze of KILLING JOKE every here and there. Heavy reverb on guitars and vocals and a leading bass guitar with pounding drums. Soundwise this is so close to the originals and it still sounds so fresh and diverse. Highly Recommended and comes in thick card board sleeve with thick innersleeve and 180 Gramm whity vinyl.

MISTY GREY - GREY MIST CASSETTE

Band: MISTY GREY
Title: Grey Mist
Origins: SPAIN
Price: RM18.00


Info: MISTY GREY is chalked full of heavy fuzzed out guitar riffs that sound as if they plucked right out of classic PENTAGRAM albums from the 70's and 80's, but what really sets them apart is the extremely unique female vocals that blend in with this madness. The way the music comes out sets an unsettling tone and atmosphere that is thick, dark, rich, and full of emotion. There's also a really cool and familiar 70's BLACK SABBATH vibrating on some level throughout the songs along with everything else mentioned above. PENTAGRAM and BLACK SABBATH fans will not be disappointed.

DEATH MAGIC - TOO HOT TO ROLL CASSETTE

Band: DEATH MAGIC
Title: Too Hot To Roll
Origins: Italy
Price: RM18.00


Info: Italian Heavy Metal maniacs are known for horror, pain, and doom. With the exception of the Epic Metal masters Dark Quarterer, Italy hasn't produced many classic metal albums the way the USA did back in the prime of the 80's. It's really refreshing to hear a brand new band have such a great traditional style played with catchy-ness and conviction. It's almost like they took every great thing about IRON MAIDEN, SAVAGE GRACE, LIEGE LORD, EXCITER, DARKNESS, DEATHROW, DESTRUCTION, AGENT STEEL, FATES WARNING, HEATHEN'S RAGE, and so many more to make this incredible catchy heavy metal music that seems to play on repeat in your head when you?re not even listening to it. The vocals are great, high pitched, sung in English with a slight Italian accent. The guitar player crushes you with riff after riff and shreds you with all different kinds of leads. This is the kind of music almost any heavy metal fan would enjoy. This is limited to 100

VIOLENT HAMMER - MORE VICTIMS CASSETTE

Band: VIOLENT HAMMER
Title: More Victims
Origins: Finland
Price: RM18.00


Info: This marks their 3rd and best Demo to date! There's a lot of competition in the Black and Death Metal world, not only with the bands themselves trying to create something that stands out from the wall of sound coming from these genres, but the amount of underground labels that scoop stuff like this up quick before it ever catches are radar. The SKR label has been very selective when putting out Black and Death Metal and we certainly hear something that special that makes this band stand out. They have a certain late 80's Thrash / early 90's Death Metal feel to them. We gravitate mostly to a specific sound amongst the many sounds coming out of these genres. This is certainly intense blasting Primitive Blackened Death Metal done the way we love to hear it! The songs are quick, hard hitting, and will rip you to the edge of insanity! The Cassette release is limited to 100.

LUCIFER'S HAMMER - NIGHT SACRIFICE DEMO MMXIII CASSETTE

Band: LUCIFER'S HAMMER
Title: Night Sacrifice Demo MMXIII
Origins: Chile
Price: RM18.00


Info: This is very reminiscent of rare 80’s US Metal gems like SALEM’S WYCH, GRIFFIN, HEATHEN’S RAGE, DAMIEN THORNE, etc. Also more-well known acts like IRON MAIDEN, 80’s JUDAS PRIEST play a huge role in the development of their sound. They’re one of those rare new bands that could actually fool people into thinking they’re an obscure Heavy Metal act from the 80’s that fell beneath the cracks. Luckily for all of us, they’re a brand new band just starting out and they have a lot of good songs in them. “Night Sacrifice (Demo MMXIII)” is the very first of many releases to come. Check out this amazing band!

TEMPLE OF VOID - DEMO MMXIII CASSETTE

Band: TEMPLE OF VOID
Title: Demo MMXIII
Origins: USA
Price: RM15.00


Info: Temple of Void is a death doom quintet out of Michigan and this is their first recording. It contains three songs and over 22 minutes of music.

ENCOFFINED - S/T CASSETTE

Band: ENCOFFINED
Title: S/T
Origins: Argentina
Price: RM15.00


Info: Debut demo from these Argentinians brings 4 tracks of grinding Death Metal






DORAID - SIGN OF THE BATTLE AXE - SINGLES COLLECTION CASSETTE

Band: DORAID
Title: Sign Of The Battle Axe - Singles Collection
Origins: Japan
Price: RM20.00


Info: Collection E.P. Limited Hand Numbered 50 copies.

DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE - NIGHTMARE VISIONS E.P 12"

Band: DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE
Title: NIghtmare Visions
Origins: Norway
Price: RM60.00


Info: 8 new tracks of skull splitting Norwegian hardcore punk mayhem!! A massive follow up to their first two acclaimed EPs from 2010. The hammer is comingdown full force from Scandinavia!! There is no escape! You will be soiled! Teeth are grinding, heads are banging, and beer is spilling!! Ground Zero Oslo!

HEAVY NUKES S/T LP

Band: HEAVY NUKES
Title: S/T
Origins: Sweden
Price: RM60.00


Info: After the brilliant debut "7ep, here we go with the next strike!!! Again, 8 incredible raw brutal Swedish Oldschool Hardcore tunes in the vein of Shitlickers and Anti Cimex!!! No compromises on this one, just pure Swedish "Ultra Mega Raw" Hardcore!!!

V/A RUSSIA BOMBS FINLAND LP

Band: BASTARDS / ANTIKEHO / KAAOS / TERVEET KADET / RIISTETYT / 013 / MAHO NEITSYT / APPENDIX / SEKUNDA / DACHAU
Title: Russia Bombs Finland
Origins: Finland
Price: RM60.00


Info: The best compilation of classic Finnish punk band. Reissued by Hohnie Records.

[RESTOCK SOON] DEATH SIDE - THE WILL NEVER DIE 1987-1994 DOUBLE LP

Band: DEATH SIDE
Title: The Will Never Die 1987-1994
Origins: Japan
Price: RM80.00


Info: A collection of Death Side songs from singles, splits and various compilation tracks.

ARISE! MAGAZINE #1

Name: ARISE!
Origins: Finland
Price: RM30.00


Info: This zine takes one clear theme and viewpoint and pierces it through different bands, countries and genres. From Chile to Sweden, from heavy metal to hardcore, Arise! tries to examine what is the role of rebellion in today’s extreme music – be the nature of this rebellion spiritual, social, musical or personal.

It means 52 A4 pages and in-depth interviews with these bands and artists:
HATEFUL ABANDON
GRAVMASKIN
MORBUS CHRON
DHG
ONE TAIL, ONE HEAD
SAMI KETTUNEN
PROFESSOR BLACK
MAGIC CIRCLE
ACERO LETAL
LUCIFER’S HAMMER
MIDNIGHT
GARDEN OF WORM
KOVAA RASVAA

+ articles from philosophers, magicians, metalheads and punkrockers
+ 25+ ‘rebel anthem’ recommendations from the underground

CASKET / SEWERCIDE SPLIT 7"

Band: CASKET / SEWERCIDE
Title: Split
Origins: USA / AUS
Price: RM20.00


Info: Philadelphia's CASKET team up with Melbourne, Australia's SEWERCIDE in a killer 7" split showcasing both death/thrash bands at their absolute best. On the A Side, CASKET brings the pain with "Armed to the Teeth", a killer track with aggressive hooks and hardcore leanings.  Not to be outdone, SEWERCIDE graces the B Side with "Vector of Disease".  The Aussie offering is equally energizing, and is filled with riveting death metal accented by thrashing brutality.

KRIEG / RAMLORD SPLIT 7"

Band: KRIEG / RAMLORD
Title: Split
Origins: USA
Price: RM20.00


Info: Prepare yourself for this crushing combination of DIY crust, punk, and blackened drudgery.  USBM mainstays KRIEG conspire with Blackened Crustards RAMLORD to curate this exeptional slab of raw vinyl.
KRIEG's side of the split features two tracks, with a choice cover of DOOM's "Worthless Nothing" from 1993's The Greatest Invention... LP.  RAMLORD matches KRIEG's intensity with two tracks of their own, displaying the same level of depravity heard on their last split with NUCLEAR DEVASTATION.

MUSKET HAWK / SUNBURSTER SPLIT 7"

Band: MUSKET HAWK / SUNBURSTER
Title: Split
Origins: USA
Price: RM20.00


Info: Baltimore's MUSKET HAWK are a mainstay in the local underground scene.  Their apocalyptic sludge heaviness matched with bursts of grind is crushing.  The band features former members of A WARM GUN. 
 Philly's SUNBURSTER are equally intoxicating, with a heavy as hell sludge feel with bits and pieces of hardcore thrown in for good measure.  SUNBURSTER features current and former members of OCCULT 45, KRIEG, and DEATHBEDS.

RAWHIDE / PANZERBASTARD SPLIT 7"

Band: RAWHIDE / PANZERBASTARD
Title: Black Hearts And White Lines
Origins: Sweden/USA
Price: RM20.00


Info: Both bands need little introduction.  PANZERBASTARD have been cracking skulls for over 10 years with their hybrid style of speed metal meets hardcore punk meets whatever the hell they feel like throwing in.  RAWHIDE have been on a path of destruction since their inception in 2003, with two full-lengths and a handful of demos, EPs and splits.  RAWHIDE's two tracks are laden with riffs and memorable hooks using thier filthy, dirty, stripped down style of punk-infused rock. 

VOLTURE - ON THE EDGE CD

Band: VOLTURE
Title: On The Edge
Origins: USA
Price: RM35.00


Info: Volture is the brainchild of bassist Ryan Waste (known for his work with Municipal Waste) and guitarist Nick Poulus. Both got together over a beer (or four) to form the band in Richmond VA in November 2008. The song writing leaned toward traditional Euro/US Metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The two friends were joined by drummer Barry Cover and vocalist Brent Hubbard (who was later replaced by Jack Bauer).
Ryan Waste explains: “Having a real heavy metal band has been a lifelong goal of mine. Volture is my second attempt in attaining that achievement. Some of the other members/ex-members in Volture (drummer Barry Cover, ex-vocalist Brent Hubbard) shared the first go around with me in a band called Immortal Avenger, which fell by the wayside to say the least. Six years after its demise, Volture came together when I started talking music with my friend Nick Poulos. I shared a lot of my more obscure heavy metal and N.W.O.B.H.M. music collection with him through tape trading and he picked out a lot of the songs immediately on the guitar. I'm known as a guitarist because of Municipal Waste, but many people don't know that I was a originally a bass player long before that. Nick's guitar playing fit well with my bass playing and we began to write original tunes. I called upon Brent to sing and Barry to drum once again knowing they could nail the style and Volture was born.” 
The band's debut mini-album »Shocking Its Prey« was issued in early 2010. “I am still very proud of that record,” says Ryan Waste. “We continue to play a lot of those songs live. Cuts like 'Volture', 'Heavy Metal Machine' and 'The Horde' will remain as staples in our setlist. I like that it was such a low budget recording and it shows in the right ways. A lot of people tell me it sounds like something out of the late 1970s and early 1980s which always puts a smile on my face. No triggers or bullshit studio trickery, just honest heavy metal.”
Quickly after the release of »Shocking Its Prey« Dave Boyd of Twisted Tower Dire fame joined as a second guitarist. The »Rulebreaker« 7” single (plus video clip) followed in 2011 (including a brilliant cover version of Gotham City's “Killer Angels” on the flipside of the vinyl). “We are big fans of bands like Heavy Load, Overdrive or Torch and I'm also into a lot of obscure Scandinavian Metal like Scratch, Sacrifice (Swe), Mindless Sinner and Sergeant. Actually, we almost covered Heavy Load instead of Gotham City for the B-side but they have too many good songs to choose just one!”
Volture continued to tour the United States and Canada throughout 2010/2011. “We toured a lot with our Canadian brothers in Cauldron,” explains Ryan. “We get along well and continue to tour together. It's refreshing to be around like-minded metalheads that are into the same kind of music. In the States, heavy metal isn't as popular as it once was, but we try to put it in people's faces. It's a labor of love for us playing this style and we are never going to conform.” 
In 2012, Volture appeared live at Germany's prestigious Keep It True festival. “Honestly, it was my favourite festival I've ever been a part of,” confesses Ryan Waste. “It's mostly from a HM fan perspective for me. We played the same year as the N.W.O.B.H.M. anniversary and I got to hangout with a lot of my heroes and influences. It was a pretty overwhelming experience but everyone was so grounded and kind that it was just a big party backstage. Getting to chat with Dennis Stratton, John Mortimer, Mark and Paul from Trespass, Tino and Chris from Praying Mantis were big highlights. So many amazing bands and great friends like OZ, Ostrogoth, Tytan and Witch Cross had killer sets. Hails to Oliver Weinsheimer for such an incredible festival!”
Shortly after their appearance at Keep It True the band inked a deal with High Roller Records. The result is the full-length debut album entitled »On The Edge«, containing nine highly energetic traditional heavy metal anthems – from “Ride The Nite” all the way through to “Rock You Hard”.
“»On The Edge« is the total heavy metal package”, comments Ryan Waste. “In comparison to the mini-album and the single the themes are a little more involved and the song writing has gotten a bit more complex. Although we never want to stray too far away from our original direction, I think it's important to grow. We will always play traditional heavy metal and that will never change! The album has been a long time coming. A lot of the songs we've had for over three years musically. I've been so busy touring with Municipal Waste that it was hard to fit studio time in with Volture and the recording got very spread out. It worked to our benefit as it gave more time for our new singer Jack to practice and prepare. The whole band contributed to writing lyrics and we felt like a strong unit again. We prevailed in the end and even brought our old singer Brent in to record some additional vocals as a passing of the torch. The songs are well seasoned so we are very confident in our first full-length album. The themes of several of the songs cover aspects that are tied into the artwork, which is another amazing painting by Andrei Bouzikov.”
Matthias Mader

AXXION - WILD RACER LP (YELLOW) / CD

Band: AXXION
Title: Wild Racer
Origins: Canada
Price: RM70.00 (LP)
           RM35.00 (CD)

Info: Axxion (simply pronounced Action) is a new band from Canada, formed in the summer of 2012. The line-up consists of Chris Riley (bass, vocals), Alison Thunderland (drums, vocals), Sir Shred (lead guitar, vocals) and Dirty D Kerr (lead vocals, rhythm guitar). The band so far issued one E.P. »Wild Racer« is their debut album. 

Guitarist Sir Shred comments: “Well, dude, it’s the first album with eight new tunes, one re-recorded tune from the E.P. and a secret cover tune by a great Canadian band. Hint for the cover is: Being pulled in some sort of a wagon by some horses or something. First dude to guess that one get’s a free twinkie … We’ve been working on »Wild Racer« for the last little while and it will be released in July 2013, followed by a couple week tour in Europe. There’s some really cool tunes on it but my favourite would have to be 'Tonight'. We’re shooting a video for it next month and it should be out in June 2013.” For bassist Chris Riley “Savage Avenger" is “probably the most well-known song of the band but he thinks “that everyone has a different favourite song from the E.P. There’s something for everyone.”
In July 2013 Axxion are booked to play the warm-up show of the legendary Headbangers Open Air festival in Itzehoe. “I think it’s gonna be awesome”, says Shred. “There’s nothing like playing in Germany, coolest shows ever. After the warm-up show we’re gonna attend the festival. I’ve wanted to go to this festival for years now but never had the chance. I think three days of beer, cigars and metal is going to be pretty sweet. I’ve seen Overkill a few times but it will be a first for the rest of the bands.” 

Before Axxion drummer Alison and Shred played in Skull Fist, Dirty D Kerr in Midnight Malice. Chris Riley played in some kind of 'polka jazz reggae-core supergroup' …
Whereas I hear a lot of early Virgin Steele and maybe Helstar in Axxion, D.D. Kerr names bands such as Grim Reaper, Dokken, Tyran Pace, Riot and W.A.S.P. as the biggest influences. 
Along with Sweden, Canada currently boasts a very lively underground metal scene (with bands like Alcoholator). How comes? “I’m not exactly sure what’s happening in Canada right now,” says Alison. “Maybe people here are just realizing that this style of music KICKS ASS and they not only want to hear it, but to play it as well. I think Canada has a lot of new bands that are quite different from one another, but have this same kind of underlying theme … maybe a Canadian theme? Ha, ha, I really don’t know, but whatever we’re doing over here, it’s working!” So do Axxion view themselves in the tradition of classic Canadian Metal acts like Anvil, Exciter and Razor? “Yes and no,” says D.D. “Bands like Reckless, Sword, Thor and that one Helix album … sure! But not so much those thrash guys. Anvil’s first three albums are pretty sweet though.”
Matthias Mader

BLIZZEN - TIME MACHINE MLP (ULTRA CLEAR)

Band: BLIZZEN
Title: Time Machine
Origins: Germany
Price: RM65.00


Info: Following the huge success of Stallion, High Roller Records is proud to announce the debut mini-album of Germany's newest heavy metal sensation Blizzen. Andi Heindl (guitars), Marvin Kiefer (guitars), Daniel Stecki (vocals, bass) and Gereon Nicolay (drums) formed the band in February 2014. In April of the same year they issued a three-track demo to download freely from the internet. In October 2014 Blizzen appeared live at the „Manilla Road festival“. Now it's time for the first official release on High Roller Records entitled »Time Machine«.
“We have been influenced by classic metal and thrash metal from the eighties,” states singer/bassist Daniel Stecki. “But also classic rock from the sixties and seventies. If I go through the A-Z of bands having influenced us I'd start at Anthrax and end with ZZ Top. There'd be at least one band per letter in the alphabet. Iron Maiden, Tank, Diamond Head, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy – those were also bands that have influenced us quite heavily.”
So the title of the mini-album »Time Machine« (featuring a lightning bolt on the album cover which looks exactly like the one from Raven's »Wiped Out« album) is to be taken literally after all? “I guess you could say this”, laughs Daniel. “Our debut is a travel back in time to the glory eighties, a time in which all our heroes put out their best records.”
Just listen to the opening riff of “Gone Wild” and you will instantly hear where Blizzen are coming from, classic Jaguar springs to my mind. “Yes, that might be true”, says Daniel. “Jaguar are definitely one of the bands we adore. I have just listened to their new album »Metal X« and I must say it is really, really good.” 

There is a good chance that some people will describe Blizzen as the “new Stallion”, a description Daniel has no problem with: “That'd be a big honour for us. Stallion are not only a fantastic band, they are very nice people as well. In general though I don't think that we are the 'new Stallion'. Our style is a bit different from theirs, to be honest.”
Blizzen will be playing the warm-up show to “Hell over Hammaburg” in 2015 and they have already started work on their first full-length album: “We have finished eleven songs. There are a few more to come but the material for the album is almost complete. Our live set at the moment is 45 minutes long including one cover version, namely 'Iron Maiden' by Iron Maiden.”
Matthias Mader

SPEEDTRAP - RAW DEAL LP

Band: SPEEDTRAP
Title: Raw Deal
Origins: Finland
Price: RM70.00


Info: Whereas a lot of the new breed of Thrash Metal either comes from the States, Germany or Italy, Finland has lately been more commonly associated with great Doom bands such as Spiritus Mortis. However, Speedtrap might be about to change all that. With "Raw Deal" they have released a fantastic six-track debut CD, which is now out on vinyl via High Roller Records. The cover of the album looks like a cover of Exciter's classic "Heavy Metal Maniac" sleeve. With a little pun of course ...
Guitarist Ville Valavuo explains: "Yeah, actually it's supposed to be kind of a tribute to Exciter AND Blood Money, mixing the "Heavy Metal Maniac" cover (the bleeding amp) with the "Red, Raw and Bleeding" cover (the bloody chainsaw). We wanted to have a painting on the cover, and contacted a few artists like Dimitar Nikolov, but considering our financial situation it would've cost way too much." Talking of Blood Money, this obscure N.W.O.B.H.M. band and Diamond Head are amongst Speedtrap's faves: "It's impossible for me to speak for all of us, but I think none of us will disagree if I tell you that Blood Money's "Red, Raw and Bleeding" LP and Diamond Head's "Lightning to the Nations" LP have been two of the most influential albums to us. So yes, the N.W.O.B.H.M. is without a doubt our favourite Metal movement, even though I'd say Blood Money is more like (proto-) speed metal." Speedtrap's music has been described as "Diamond Head on 45", that sounds interesting ... Ville is not so sure of this description any more: "Ehh … yeah, it seemed like a good idea at the time when we put this on our myspace page, but we should probably try to get rid of this!" Finland is not a small country at all, so I was quite surprised to hear that all four members live in different cities or towns: "Originally we're all from eastern Finland (Lappeenranta, Taipalsaari, Joutseno), but now all of us live in different cities. And with Miika moving to Helsinki that kinda adds the fifth city to the list, since I'm living in Tampere, Markus is in Turku, Jori's in Joensuu and our rehearsal place is still in Lappeenranta."
As Speedtrap is a young and eager band, ready to go out there and take the world by storm (as Demon once sang), it is no wonder that they have already amassed new material: "Yeah, we've got six or seven new songs ready, and then there's a lot of nearly-finished tracks. I'm not sure about the next release yet, but we're planning a split release with a Finnish metalpunk band called Deah With A Dagger. A full length album demands so much more planning that we won't be doing that yet."

Finland is known for its more Gothic bands like HIM. Is there a strong traditional Heavy Metal underground, I want to now from Ville? "There ain't many bands playing traditional Heavy Metal, but the Metal underground in general is alive and kickin'. With Speedtrap, Armour, Cast Iron, etc. you could actually see a new wave of heavy metal bands forming in Finland, too bad Cast Iron split up. Their stuff was really promising. Besides bands, there are organisations arranging shows and bringing big underground names to Finland every year. This year there's Manilla Road, Blasphemy and Nifelheim to name just a few." I do love old '80's Finnish bands like Iron Cross, Ossy, Oz, Sarcofagus, Peer Günt or Albert Järvinen (who recorded a 12" EP with Lemmy from Motörhead). Ville is also familiar with those oldtimers: "The Heavy Metal scene seems to have been pretty active back in the 80's. Many of the albums are now classics, for example "Fire in the Brain", "Moottorilinnut" and "Steel Warrior". According to some sources, Motörhead were planning to take Albert Järvinen in the band, too bad that never happened."
Although from Sweden, Portrait and In Solitude are two of the hottest current Scandinavian hopefuls. Speedtrap's guitarist shows that he is in the know: "Yes, I've seen Portrait and In Solitude both live and really liked them. Had to get the albums too. But my favourite one of these new Swedish band has got to be Enforcer. I can't wait for November when Enforcer are playing a few shows in Finland. If I've got enough money, I'll probably go see all three shows."

Matthias Mader

STALLION - 24/7 7"

Band: STALLION
Title: 24/7
Origins: Germany
Price: RM30.00

Info: Killer speed/heavy metal from Germany