Author: Christian Graus

Hidden Gems – Viking Skull

Some metal bands pride themselves on music that’s complicated, with lots of riffs, complex time signatures and so on.  Then there’s Viking Skull.  Born in 2002, and releasing an EP called Chapter One before releasing this album in 2005.  Touring with the likes of Dio and Alice Cooper, and playing Download, almost certainly had an impact on the level of confidence that’s evident throughout this recording.   The vocals are very NWOBHM, more about attitude than any sort of great vocal ability.  The riffs are bludgeoning and repetitive, although more depth is shown in moments like the breakdown in the middle of ‘Crank the Volume’.  The overall feel is very 70s, like Motorhead but not as fast.  If this band had existed before Motorhead, they would probably be cited as an influence on the overall approach Lemmy and co took in terms of meat and potatoes rock and roll turned up and played with attitude.   As is so often the case, this album is not a classic because of any one person’s particular abilities, but because a group of people banded together and worked to create something greater than the sum of it’s parts.  The riffs are catchy, the vocals are distinctive and fun, it’s just a whole lot of fun.  Everyone does their job and the end result is pure heavy metal joy.  Although it’s pretty meat...

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Lost Classics: Tarot – The Spell of Iron

In 1982, two brothers in Finland started a Heavy Metal band, called Purgatory. By the end of 1986, that band had been renamed Tarot and released their first album. That album contained the single ‘Wings of Darkness’ and was called The Spell of Iron. One of those brothers would go on to join a band called Nightwish. His name is Marco Hietala. From the start, it’s clear there are no clues to the future in this release. You won’t find any traditional instruments, no operatic vocals, no female singers. There is no hint of future greatness. What you have is a...

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Saliva Announce First-Ever Australian Tour Dates

Prophets of the rampant 90’s Modern Rock movement SALIVA will be bringing their show to Australian stages for the first time ever. Fans can expect a crushing cross-section of the bands entire catalogue guaranteed to get your blood pumping! After acquiring front man Bobby Amaru in 2011 (replacing original frontman Josey Scott), Saliva became infused with new blood, energy, and spirit. The same energy launched Saliva’s career in 2001 with the release, ‘Every Six Seconds’ containing the hits, “Click Click Boom” and 2002 Grammy nominated, “Your Disease.” Saliva’s in-your-face, anthemic writing style continued with ‘Back in to Your System’...

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Meliorist drop new single ‘What You’ve Lost’, EP ‘ii.’ out December 1

Metal maestros Meliorist from Brisbane, Australia are today dropping another tasty morsel from their forthcoming EP, ‘ii.’ The new track, ‘What You’ve Lost‘ shows the variation and breadth/depth of the band’s influences and skills – a mellower, but no less masterful track, Meliorist is set to drop an EP that will be branded into the listener’s mind for a while to come! The band dropped an announcement about the EP’s release and their first single and video ‘My Reflection‘ last month. ‘ii.’ will be released into the world on Friday December 1 via iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. The band...

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