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Album of the day: Angel Witch – As Above, So Below

Posted on Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Injection: Legendary British heavy metallers Angel Witch have risen from the grave (once again) with their first studio album since 1998’s Resurrection.

This new album, entitled As Above, So Below, is undeniable proof that a classic NWOBHM sound can survive and even thrive in today’s metal environment. The eight-song ass-kicker contains four previously unreleased Angel Witch tracks from the ’80s, as well as four all new songs—and the real testament here to Angel Witch’s consistent quality is how well these eight songs gel, despite being written a quarter-of-a-century apart.

The reformed Angel Witch consists of founding member Kevin Heybourne (vocals and lead guitar), along with Andrew Prestidge on drums and Will Palmer on bass. Veteran guitarist Bill Steer is appearing live with the band, but did not record with them on this album.

As Above, So Below is rife with the galloping riffs and epic lyrics we’ve come to expect of the band. It has a real “classic” feel to it. And yet these tracks don’t come across as dated or irrelevant in the least, despite half of them being written decades ago. A lot of that can be attributed to the top-notch songwriting and the crisp, balanced mix.

It’s an airy, open album, with the instruments given plenty of space to breathe. What we have here is an album equally at home in 1986 or 2012, and that’s a rare treat.

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Album of the day: Astra – The Black Chord

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: San Diego maestros Astra craft expansive suites that hearken back to the original root of mind-expanding, unrestrained and genuinely progressive rock. Rich with hallucinogenic and hypnotic promise, and slathered in layers of vintage, billowing instrumentation, the band’s stunning sophomore album, The Black Chord, expertly […]

Album of the day: Orange Goblin – A Eulogy for the Damned

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Although London institution Orange Goblin has been kicking ass consistently for fifteen years, it is somewhat recently that the band has really perfected the blend of Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and Down – the kind of hard-rocking, thick-grooving, bottle-smashing outlaw stoner metal that’s so easy to overlook […]

Album of the day: Pilgrim – Misery Wizard

Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Lovingly pinched from While music obviously needs bands capable of doing radically new, different things, it also needs bands that refine existing styles and add their own voice. Pilgrim fall into the latter category – they’re not going to spawn an entire new sound, but they are going to […]

Album of the day: Hammers Of Misfortune – 17th Street

Posted on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: 17th Street is the fifth studio album released by visionary, San Francisco, CA-based progressive metal band Hammers of Misfortune. I have to be honest: reducing their genre to “progressive” feels disingenuous. Hammers of Misfortune are Hammers of Misfortune, full stop. They borrow elements from […]

Album of the day: Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness

Posted on Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Praise for Glorior Belli‘s The Great Southern Darkness from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We’ve mentioned it before, but it seems like few can touch French black metal when it comes to originally and innovation. Whether it’s the gnarled twisted post rock flecked ritualistic blackness of Deathspell Omega, or the industrial drone […]

Album of the day: In Solitude – The World. The Flesh. The Devil.

Posted on Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Praise for In Solitude‘s The World. The Flesh. The Devil. from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Last time we highlighted the 2nd album from Mercyful Fate / King Diamond (and Satan) lovin’ Swedish true metallers, Portrait. Now this week we’ve got another sophomore album from ANOTHER Swedish heavy metal act on […]

Album of the day: Pentagram – Last Rites

Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The Pentagram story is as long as the story of heavy metal itself. In 2011, vocalist Bobby Liebling marks 40 years since the inception of the seminal Washington D.C. (it’s the “Doom Capitol” for a reason) outfit, and with the much-anticipated release of Pentagram’s Last […]