Speed metal

Satan with Ranger @ PRKL Club (Helsinki, FI), 5 Apr 2014

After over thirty years of gigs, Newcastle's Satan finally made it to Finland to a reception they never expected. The downstairs of the inner-Helsinki PRKL bar was packed with fans full of sheer violent passion in finally seeing Satan play live in their hometown.

Since 1979, Satan have been bringing their NWOBHM sound to the masses.

Satan (UK) with Ranger - PRKL, Helsinki, 05/04/14

As the crowd prepared for Satan to enter the stage at PRKL on Friday night, I stood at the front of the crowd armed with my camera to snap a few shots and politely leave the mosh-pit. Though the energetic crowd-surfers for opening local speed-metallers Ranger were a preview, that was nothing compared to the forward push of the sweaty mass of vest-clad metalheads fist-pumping and screaming for their NWOBHM heroes on the Helsinki stage.

Stormwarrior - Thunder & Steele (Massacre Records)

Glorious stuff...
Release Date: 
24 Jan 2014 (All day)

It’s a long time since I’ve anything so ridiculously, gloriously heavy metal as Thunder & Steele, the fifth full-length album from German defenders of the faith Stormwarrior

Primal Fear - Delivering the Black (Frontiers Records)

Frighteningly good stuff from aband I'd feared were finished...
Release Date: 
24 Jan 2014 (All day)

German speed metal kings Primal Fear have, in my opinion, been running on empty for a while now; whether that’s because main songwriter Mat Sinner is involved in so many o

Speedtrap - Redemption of Might (Svart Records)

Breathtaking stuff from Lappeenranta rock city...
Release Date: 
22 Aug 2013 - 11:30pm

The opening riff of Redemption of Might throws you off balance immediately you hear it.

Gama Bomb - The Terror Tapes (AFM Records)

The geek shall inherit the earth! Gama Bomb return with their fourth album, and it'll have you thrashing like a maniac.
Release Date: 
19 Apr 2013 (All day)

Northern Ireland's finest  thrash metal export Gama Bomb have added another string to their zombie slaying bows; their fourth album The Terror Tapes is an u

The Beyond – Frostbitepanzerfuck (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)

Versatile Black Speed Metal from USA
Release Date: 
18 Feb 2013 - 11:30pm

Originally a black metal band, The Beyond converted itself into a metal/punk/hardcore/speed/heavy metal band… I know it sounds confusing and silly to use these  labels of nowa

As They Burn - Will, Love, Life (Victory Records)

As They Burn gives the world another reason to love Paris. Will, Love, Life is a heady mixture of genres that work to create lush and powerful compositions that draw you in.
Release Date: 
19 Feb 2013 (All day)

Victory Records have snapped up another winner of a band with As They Burn.

"We're going to destroy the place, what can I say?" - Herman Li of Dragonforce.

DragonForce are finally making it back to Australia. Herman Li gave Metal as Fuck an insight into what we can expect, and what the last few years have brought the London-based metal band.

Escaping from the cold of England, Herman Li is passing time in Los Angeles when I get

Anvil - Pound For Pound (SPV Reissue)

SPV take advantage of the renewed interest in Lips and company with a slew of lavishly packaged reissues...
Release Date: 
22 Jan 2012 - 11:30pm

History tells us that by the time Anvil originally released Pound for Pound (1988) their headlong slide from near-riches to rags was in full swing.