WITCHE’S BREW • Deep in the 80s, high in quality

These promising Italian HARD ROCKERS got together by their own Rock’n’Roll destiny in 2007.

The band’s name WITCHE’S BREW is taken from the name of guitarist Mirko Witche Bosco. In 2008 the hungry bunch recorded a live EP, „Pentatonicspeedfreaks“ during an Austrian tour.

[ Pic: Raissa Bianchi ]

Mark Blacks • Vocals
Mirko Witche Bosco • Guitars
Demis Perry Whites • Bass
Frankie Brando • Drums

Two years later WITCHE’S BREW recorded their first full length release „White Trash Sideshow“, published through Black Widow Records. The year 2011 the formation participated in the compilation „Return To The Sabbath“, a tribute to Black Sabbath.

2012 saw them recording their second album „Supersonicspeedfreaks“, also with Black Widow Records, this time with the participation of special guests including none other than Nik Turner of Hawkwind and Frederick Martin Grice of Delirium amongst others.

In 2015 WITCHE’S BREW recorded the third album „Against The Grain“, also with Black Widow Records as label partner.

All of these longplayers received great reviews and interviews from both national and international music media, such as Rock Hard, Metal Hammer, Metal Maniac, Classix, Sludge, Rumore etc. WITCHE’S BREW have done many tours throughout Italy and Europe.

[ Pic: Davide Bordogna ]

After a few usual changes in the band they finally found finally the perfect line-up to record their fourth and best album to date, out in September 2020 on Universal Music Group Italy: „Chronicles Of Electric Sorcery“.

01. Redneck Saloon 05:39
02. Shot Of Rum 05:05
03. Devil’s Whorehouse 04:47
04. Contagious 03:13
05. Ti Bon Ange 04:07
06. Take You There 05:10
07. Good Spot 04:09
08. Find A Way 03:40
09. See You Next Time 03:37
10. Out Of Control 03:22

total 41:29 min.

Since June 12th, 2020, the quartet spoil the ears with the track „Find A Way“ – the first official single release out of the upcoming album:

[ Artwork: Mirko Witche Bosco ]

The new, all around sovereignly presented compositions reveal truly outstanding, great potential, and it is by no means a coincidence that the production of the record also strongly reminds of the glorious 80s.
And the latter is no miracle – after all, WITCHE’S BREW are fully into the legacy of crunchy bands such as Lynch Mob, Slaughter, Giant, Skid Row, Dangerous Toys and Dirty Looks. (Markus Eck)

On Friday, June 19th, 2020, the band published its new music video for „Find A Way“:


2010 • White Trash Sideshow (Full-length)
2012 • Supersonicspeedfreaks (Full-length)
2015 • Against The Grain (Full-length)
2020 • Chronicles Of Electric Sorcery (Full-length)

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WELKINS BOREAL – Reactivated passion

Reactivated passion

WELKINS BOREAL was founded in 2018 by Finnish songwriter Teemu Kautonen as a follow-up to his former band Nattvindens Gråt, which released three albums 1995-2000 and played a European tour in 1997. Teemu has also played with acts like Darkwoods My Betrothed, Furthest Shore and Wizzard.

WELKINS BOREAL’s debut album ‚Phantoms Of Yesteryear‘ was released in 2019 as Teemu’s solo effort. On the new EP „Ashes“, the line-up was augmented with Aki Koponen on guitar and Toni Paananen as session drummer.

[ Artwork: Pavel Kurbanov • All4Band Design ]

01. Are You A Witch? 03:58
02. Triumph Of Steel 04:59
03. Ashes 03:51

total: 12:48 min.

 contains three ATMOSPHERIC GOTHIC METAL songs that vary in style from the raw heaviness of ‚Are You a Witch?‘ to the epic and progressive ‚Triumph Of Steel‘ to the catchy melodic title track.

In fact, the EP features the first brand new songs Teemu has written since 2001, given that the debut album ‚Phantoms Of Yesteryear‘ comprised of completely revised and re-recorded versions of old Nattvindens Gråt songs.

WELKINS BOREAL opted to record the EP in the old-fashioned style on magnetic tape with the apostle of analogue sound, producer/engineer Anssi Kippo at Finland’s legendary Astia Studio.

[ Pic: Mirkka Pihlajamaa ]

Teemu Kautonen • Lead & backing Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Aki Koponen • Guitar, backing Vocals

Toni Paananen • Session Drums

Everything on the new EP is organic: no drum samples, no autotune, no amp simulators, no MIDI. Therefore, the playing and singing might not be perfect, but the producer and the band followed the philosophy of the feeling of the music outweighing robotic precision and a sense of danger being more interesting than predictable perfection.

The fundamental elements of the music are catchy rocking melodies, heavy guitar riffing, melancholic keyboards and baritone vocals. Fans of bands such as Sentenced, To/Die/For, Ghost and Charon should feel right at home with WELKINS BOREAL.

 WELKINS BOREAL is available for interviews via phone, Skype & e-mail



2019 • Phantoms Of Yesteryear (Full-length)
2020 • Ashes (EP)

VARUS – Sublime quintessence

VARUS was formed in 2012 as a further development of the party-hearted minstrels of Banjaxed. Elements of folklore and the joy of celebration were retained, but the participants decided to concentrate on their own compositions and to leave the replay of already written works behind.

[ Pic: Wiebke Brandt ]

Konstantin Raab • Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Flutes
Stefan Schwarz • Guitars/Backing Vocals
Norbert Caspar • Bass
Max Betz • Drums
The band name VARUS refers to the historical Battle of the Teutoburg Forest or the leader of the Roman legions, who took his own life on the battlefield and thus functions as a symbol of the empire pushed back by the Germanic natural tribes.

Formed in the forges of Upper Franconia, VARUS is committed to a lengthy and all-round profound concept:
The equally independent as well as epic and aesthetic fusion of classical music, traditional Folk and pithy Metal.

The initial raw idea developed into a characteristic, dynamic SYMPHONIC FOLK METAL style that strikes an original balance between emotional, atmospheric, epic orchestrations and thunderous, dark guitar thunderstorms.

[ Artwork: Belén Morante Velasco ]

01. The Awakening 09:09
02. Tränk dein Herz 02:47
03. A New Dawn 05:27
04. Ascheregen 05:01
05. Ein Lebewohl 09:01
06. Wandel der Zeit 05:40
07. The Minstrels Chant 05:25
08. Die letzte Schenke 04:01

total: 46:31 min.
So the four minstrels came together to unite a bundle of orchestral epic, uncompromising hardness, sophisticated structures and melodic Folk influences. Next to trembling bass foundations, brute guitar walls and archaic drums, flute, tin whistle and mandolin also find their place.

In 2014 the band released its debut album „Till The Sun Rises“, now they are back in the scene with the brilliant successor „A New Dawn“.

Official Lyric Video for the title song „A New Dawn“:

VARUS‚ characteristic and unique creations on „A New Dawn“ are held together by sophisticated drum compositions, which also cover more progressive fields, and a hammering bass, which includes funk as well as baroque thoroughbass. The harmonious ensemble is rounded off by wide-ranging guttural vocals and occasional clear vocals, completed by voluminous choral arrangements.

The lyrics of the songs deal with legends, sagas and timeless themes such as freedom, nature romanticism or the art of drinking. The lyrics are deliberately bilingual – in German and English.

2014 • Till The Sun Rises (Full-length)
2020 • A New Dawn (Full-length)

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VELVET OCEAN – The power of imagination

VELVET OCEAN is an ALTERNATIVE MELODIC METAL band from Oulu, Northern Finland. The story of the band began a couple of years ago as a co-writing project of the main singer Riitu and her husband, guitarist Jarkko ‚Jake‘ Ronkainen.

As songs kept popping up the project soon evolved into a studio project with both session musicians and later band members joining in. Early in the pre-production stage Oulu symphonic orchestra cello players Arto Alikoski and Harri Österman joined as well as the established Finnish keyboard player Marco Sneck.

[ Artwork: Abstract Chaos · Design ]

01. It’s So Hard 03:20
02. Tonight 03:47
03. Requiem 05:05
04. Butterfly 05:27
05. Truth Or Illusion 03:01
06. Elysian Fields 03:58
07. Broken 03:58
08. Innocent Eyes 03:28
09. Lullaby 04:14
10. Salvation 03:58

total: 40:16 min.

The debut album recorded in this way, which later got the title „Purposes And Promises“, was handed over to Johan Örnborg and Jens Bogren for mixing and mastering at the well-known Fascination Street Studios. „Purposes And Promises“ was released on February 7, 2020 via Helsinki Records and is distributed by Warner Music Finland.

The title of the album describes the motivation of the Ronkainens behind the album project. It has been the sole purpose of their lives for the last few years, says Jake, and the promise they made to complete it has held the project together throughout the hard work period.

VELVET OCEAN believe that music is a connection between their own feelings and the outside world, and that is why their compositions tell stories about things that have happened in their personal lives. The music style of VELVET OCEAN is basically derived from all the music the couple has ever listened to, and also incorporates influences from genres other than Metal music.

[ Pic: Jarkko Ronkainen ]

Riitu Ronkainen • Vocals
Jarkko ‚Jake‘ Ronkainen • Guitar, Vocals
Jani Lehtinen • Guitar
Tuomas Vesa • Bass
Jami Alaverronen • Synths
Arto Alikoski • Cello
Bastian Schallschmidt • Drums

The independent style reminds a little bit of other contemporary Melodic Metal bands with female vocals, but adds a touch of Pop and Grunge as well as distinctive drum beats and acoustic instruments.

„Our music is about honesty and dealing with certain emotions that have caused some difficulties or challenges in life. It’s about expressing yourself and dealing with negative feelings in a way that other people can identify with them,“ adds Riitu, who describes her attitude towards music itself as follows:
„Music is very important to me. It’s almost as important as the air that I breathe. Music gives a meaning to my life. It’s also a sort of therapy to me. With music I can express the thoughts and emotions that I go through. I’m the kind of person that I have a very vivid imagination and I feel that this is a quality that is very useful in making music. Music connects me very strongly to my emotions in a way that sometimes feels even a little bit excessive. It is very important to me to communicate with the people listening to our music. I mean an emotional level connection that would make the people try to understand the feelings we have put into the blend that has eventually made the music exist. I am also very visual in my composing. I would like the mere music and the sound to fill the whole inner space of the person listening with images and landscapes. Today the world is packed with visual information and leaves less to the imagination which is kind of a negative thing sometimes. In the end, I would love to think that our music will prevail after everything we’ve gone through.“

On May 21st VELVET OCEAN released the latest music video, this time for the album song „Elysian Fields“:


2020 • Purposes And Promises (Full-length)

 • Online:



4 / 5
„… for the young band’s debut album, it’s a shockingly strong accomplishment.“

4 / 5
„You’ll love the mix of depth and the accessibility here – it’s a winning combination … a great debut.“
(The Rockpit)

8 / 10
„… clean and defined sound quality, with the right amount of modern aggressiveness and weight. So everything can be heard and understood, and the listener will be able to catch what the band is trying to express … excellent work …“
(Metal Temple)

„Emerging with a debut that is certainly promising for a strong career, VELVET OCEAN have shown themselves to be adept at both captivating songwriting and artists in balancing the contributions of a great number of artists.“
(Sonic Perspectives)

„… this debut album has a very pleasant sound, very kind, very much if you like style, sentimentality and the charm of the peaceful … worth listening to … spirit and emotional experience, that does deliver and fulfill.“
(Dark Metal Divas)

„Riitu Ronkainen‘s melancholic vocals can’t help but remind me of Evanescence‘s Amy Lee. The amount of emotion in her voice is incredible, which adds so much more depth to the otherwise straightforward yet charming melodies. She effortlessly transitions from poppy to classical vocals, hitting every note. From then on, the tracks remain easy to listen to and flow into one another smoothly … every single one of the seven band members has something special to add to this record, from powerful, varied bass lines to drums ranging from explosive to sensitive … they have managed to develop and grow into their very own musical identity during the making of this album, due to an intuitive creative flow that can only be celebrated. It’s undeniable VELVET OCEAN has put their heart and soul into ‚Purposes And Promises‘ …“
(Tuonela Magazine)

„VELVET OCEAN together with front woman Riitu Ronkainen themselves create a kind of crisp, fresh, romantically charged Alternative Metal sound, with confidently played (Rock)guitars and opulent arrangements. The extremely tasteful performance is pampered by catchy, velvety soft tone sequences and Riitu’s anytime devoted vocals.“
(Sonic Seducer)

„Ten atmospheric tracks inspire with hard sounds and velvety soft melodies. Impressive use of cello and soulful vocals give the compositions an inevitably engaging character. The enchanting voice of singer Riitu is powerful and fragile at the same time and always conveys captivating emotionality … ‚Purposes And Promises‘ surpasses its promises!“



BLOODRED – Cutting clarity

Cutting clarity

On his second album with the mystical title „The Raven’s Shadow“ BLOODRED mainman Ron Merz celebrates his optimally proven BLACKENED DEATH METAL mix, which he has been refining successful as a one-man-project since 2009.

[ Pic: Stefan Heilemann • Heilemania ]

Connoisseurs know: the absolutely determined guitarist and singer does his thing here again like only few protagonists in the heavy music guild. In addition, the man with a penchant for pithy breakwater riffs keeps his team loyal:
Alexander Krull, known from Atrocity and Leaves‘ Eyes, who has repeatedly done excellent work for BLOODRED in his Mastersound Studio, is again responsible for the hammer-strong and also enormously dashing overall sound of „The Raven’s Shadow“.

[ Artwork: Stefan Heilemann • Heilemania ]

1. The Raven’s Shadow 06:37
2. Immense Hall Of Agony 04:08
3. Hör Den Tod 04:54
4. Blood On Thy Hands 03:31
5. Raise The Mound 04:37
6. We Who Ruled The North 05:41
7. Shadow Warrior 05:51
8. Under This Sun 05:30
9. The Northstar Whispers (To The Blacksmiths Son) 09:06

total: 49:55 min.

The overpowering drum attacks were again recorded by the highly clocked Joris Nijenhuis, who is also beating the skins for Atrocity and Leaves‘ Eyes.

The current successor to the 2016 debut album „Nemesis“ shines with sovereign material, for which a deliberate attempt was made to break up the usual structures of the songs – the classic ‚verse-refrain-strophe-refrain‘ pattern is therefore rarely found on this album. The Scandinavian-grimpy appearing structures could therefore be made as varied as permanently interesting.

„Blood On Thy Hands“ pays homage to the unforgotten cult sound of old Hypocrisy. The nine compositions on „The Raven’s Shadow“ show the assiduous work of the unswerving idealist from Baden-Württemberg at the highest level so far.

Thus, besides hauntingly gripping thunderstorms of rhythm, especially the melodies have been polished to be much more catchy and lasting. Captivatingly majestic songs like the invigoratingly triumphant „We Who Ruled The North“ bear witness to this in uplifting perfection.

[ Pic: Stefan Heilemann • Heilemania ]

Ron Merz • Vocals, Guitars, Bass Joris Nijenhuis • Drums

Even with inevitably catchy power numbers like „Shadow Warrior“ and „Immense Hall Of Agony“ BLOODRED 2020 presents itself both internationally fully competitive and in a trendless, timeless appearance. And in the wonderfully culminating final track „The Northstar Whispers (To The Blacksmith’s Son)“ the talent for impressive, dramatic epic reveals itself.

Apropos, timeless: the raven has been regarded as a messenger of death, especially in the Nordic myths and legends, from time immemorial until today – an exciting topic, which can be found in many a song on the new album.
BLOODRED pays homage to this truly wonderful and all too often misunderstood animal in a musically captivating way – may the berserk tracks on „The Raven’s Shadow“ lift their dark wings to the heights of the scene just as mystically and fascinatingly! (Markus Eck)

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2014 • The Lost Ones (EP)
2016 • Nemesis (Full-length)
2020 • The Raven’s Shadow (Full-length)

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Liner Notes by Ron Merz to the new songs:

1. The Raven´s Shadow
The raven is the symbol of death and thus defines the subject underlying most of the songs. Poetically described in the poem by William Watson, the raven swings up to bring death on silent wings.

2. Immense Hall Of Agony
This song was written under the impression of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the focus is on the massacre in the Bataclan. Every musician and music fan can imagine how one would feel in such a situation. That evening the Bataclan became an „Immense Hall Of Agony“

3. Hör den Tod
Depression is, unfortunately, still a largely not accepted illness, which is more than „just being a sad“. Again and again people end up killing themselves and freeing themselves from this condition (at least this is what they´re thinking). This song is about the way to suicide.

4. Blood On Thy Hands
Human sacrifices have been common in many cultures throughout human history. Regardless of whether in the Bible, in the Aztecs or Germanic tribes, one hoped such a deity to be weighed. No death was brutal enough, new ways of sacrifice were always invented. And so stained his hands with blood.

5. Raise The Mound
This song is a tribute to my late grandfather, a true workingclass gentleman. With the pictures of the burial of a Viking king I do him the honor.

6. We Who Ruled The North
In addition to the unconditional spread of the new faith, the Christianization of Scandinavia was above all a question of expanding power. The kings of that time bowed to Christianity and denied their old beliefs.

7. Shadow Warrior
Another song on „terrorism“. Here, however, written from the perspective of an assassin who, driven by hatred, spreads fear and terror in the middle of society.

8. Under This Sun
In contrast to all the dark lyrics, this song is supposed to show that there are many beautiful things in this world. Those who walk through nature with their eyes and ears open will discover many wonders. In addition, of course, this is also a request to fight against the destruction of our environment.

9. The Northstar Whispers (To The Blacksmith´s Son)
Vachel Lindsay is considered a founder of modern singing poetry, as he referred to it, in which verses are meant to be sung or chanted. This song is an attempt to implement his ideas.


►► The Raven’s Shadow • Album ◄◄

8,5 / 10
„… an impressive album … what BLOODRED have put on the chain some bands don’t succeed during their whole existence.“
(Zephyr’s Odem)

8 / 10
„… great sounding recording … if you are a fan of melodic and Blackened Death Metal, you should check out this album.“
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

7 / 10
„… an absolutely worth hearing album with some great moments …“
(KOBZR Magazine)

„Richly textured, wonderfully melodic, yet aggressive as hell … masterfully artistic and powerful … stands on its own as a wonderful musical journey into darkness and violence.“
(Brews And Tunes)

►► Nemesis • Album ◄◄

88 / 100
„… the atmosphere here is very cold … definitely a fitting sound … excellent …“
(Metal Archives)

8 / 10
„… sounds very professional for being a self released recording … if you are a fan of melodic, Blackened Death Metal, you should check out this album.“
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8 / 10
„A really good album …“
(Time For Metal)

3,5 / 5
„… rough edges to really make things stick … never indulgent, but always adventurous, Merz makes a real statement with BLOODRED’s debut.“

„… tremendous … the riffs are powerful and embodied the roots of Black/Death metal in every passage … producing savage brutality with high paced double kicks and aggressive blast beats … a punishing work … fascinates me in its delivery and structure of each riff … strong and relentless attack … make you want to jump into the mosh pit.“

„… frenzied and fierce … like a wildly whipping whirlwind.“
(Valley Of Steel)

„… the record is just awesome! You gotta have it! Well done Ron … very, very well done.“

„… BLOODRED has proven to be a massive surprise — filled with galloping riffs and hefty melodic sections that could easily hold appeal for people who love groups like Amon Amarth.“
(No Clean Singing)

„… one-man project of the special and outstanding class …“
(Sonic Seducer)

„A well-crafted smelting of black metal’s archaic … death metal’s careful exactitude that sounds unprocessed and up to date … exhibits the greatest sentiments of extreme metal as a whole.“
(Auto Erotic Asphyxium)

„… dynamic and energetic … effortlessly changing BLOODRED between mosh-able and expansive heroic moments … a remarkable album …“
(Franconia Metallum)


EISENHAUER – Of heroes & gods

Of heroes & gods

The hot and courageous snorting fighter sounds of these deeply upright ones have developed into something very special until today. And not only the name of the band is an absolute program – even the foundation became a sworn ritual.

Since 2007, everything at EISENHAUER has been revolving around the timeless ideals, values and powers that have always been embodied by impressively booming electric guitars.

On the second album with the striking title „Blessed Be The Hunter“, the four men present themselves with mature material from the most interesting side of playing culture so far.

[ Artwork: Gabriel Turner Byrne ]

01. Priestess Of Delight 05:25
02. Gods Of Pain 07:07
03. Release The Beast 5:58
04. Sun Under My Breast 01:06
05. Wild Boar Banner 04:52
06. Ghost Warrior 04:58
07. Ode To The Hammer 05:35
08. Mountain 05:04
09. Tyrannus 02:54
10. Cult 06:36

total: 49:10 min.

Their heroically charged to the point of bursting, doomy and typically Teutonic Heavy Rock with a continuous, catchy and melodic Metal edge captivates with the seal of approval ‚Real Handmade‘.

Everything is ceremonially crowned by Waxe’s exceptional masculine voice: a singer who is thoroughly inspired by his cause, who rides the high walls of sound and symbolically leads his companions through the deepest valleys.
Waxe always bows down before big, dark and soulful voices like Ronnie James Dio, Glenn Danzig, Eric Wagner, Jim Morrison and Johnny Cash.

Ase, who also put his heart and soul into „Blessed Be The Hunter“, brings in his resolutely commanding bass lines as energetically as if he had been born for it alone. His art on the thick strings lacks neither the necessary power nor dexterity.

And with the impressively effective Johann, EISENHAUER have a powerful heavy worker as hammering machine in the line-up, who, like a war drummer, leads all songs into the decisive battle.

[ Pic: Gabriel Turner Byrne ]

Christian ‚Waxe‘ Wagner • Vocals, Guitar
Simon Bihlmayer • Guitar
Thomas ‚Ase‘ Aschermann • Bass
Johann Bechteler • Drums

Influences from giants like Black Sabbath and Dio are unmistakable, and EISENHAUER add a pinch of Trouble, Samhain/Danzig and In Solitude in a well-dosed way. The quartet’s powerful overall sound is rounded off with partly massive nuances of Grand Magus and Manilla Road, which brings a delicious touch of obscure moods.

And the ten compositions on „Blessed Be The Hunter“ also provide heaps of pithy, roaring dynamics with deliberate cross-references to acts like Cro-Mags, Slayer and Sacred Reich.

In 2020, EISENHAUER will be united for timeless and unadulterated HEAVY METAL in its purest form, carrying the heroic sagas of a generation believed lost to the campfires of our time. Serious musicians are at work, who know exactly what they want to hear as fans – without looking at degraded images or wandering along worn out retro sound paths.

The at any time comprehensible and often catchy guitar work convinces basically by its emphatically massive appearance and well-considered structuring – but the axe duo Waxe and Simon also knows how to shine at times with wonderful, blissfully harmonious solos that you can’t get out of your head.

„Blessed be the hunter“ is the motto of this – not only musically – diverse album. Frontman and songwriter Waxe likes to share his exciting stories of the new release with the listeners:

„In ‚Sun Under My Breast‘ we sail through dark, demonic times, when it is better to have the sun under your chest. The hammers are proudly crossed in ‚Ode To The Hammer‘ and in ‚Tyrannus‘ we face the haughty tyrants with hope. In ‚Gods Of Pain‘ there are epics about the creation and destruction power of the gods; a warrior gets between the powers, a man who fights shoulder to shoulder with his sword brothers under the wild boar banner in ‚Wild Boar Banner‘ and defies the gods to please them. Our hero faces the wrath of the gods and is finally ambushed and killed by the traitor king. In ‚Priestess Of Delight‘, however, he is brought back to life by the priestess of joy and sent back from the realm of the dead to take revenge on the traitorous king. A ghost warrior who in ‚Ghostwarrior‘ marches forward unstoppably along skull-paved paths to answer the haunting call of his inner beast in ‚Release The Beast‘. Enter the temple of fiery blood, stone and steel with this hunter,“ demands Waxe, full of inner fire.

More: „Live and celebrate the cult in ‚Cult‘! Awaken your own God within you, touch the rainbow bridge, become indestructible and strong like a mountain in ‚Mountain‘. Blessed Be The Hunter – blessed be love, life, passion and death. Let the steel sing!“

Painter, graphic designer and photographer Gabriel Turner Byrne, who is also based in Kaufbeuren and hails from Tucson, Arizona, was inspired by this, which led to a truly outstanding, thematically representative front cover of the new longplayer „Blessed Be The Hunter“.
That Turner Byrne, according to his long-time friend Waxe, ‚lives what he paints‘ gets radiated in an inspiring way by the mystical motif. Eisenheads unite! (Markus Eck)

 EISENHAUER are available for interviews via phone, Skype & e-mail



𝐸𝐼𝒮𝐸𝒩𝐻𝒜𝒰𝐸𝑅 • 𝙊𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙤 & 𝙋𝙍 Action:


►► Blessed Be The Hunter • Album ◄◄


►► Horse Of Hell • EP ◄◄

5 / 5
„… ‚Horse Of Hell‘ … in short, the song really captured me … because besides the really well done instrumental parts, it’s especially this incredibly brilliant voice that Christian ‚Waxe‘ unpacks here … both in content and musically far ahead and the change more towards riffy rock is perfect … especially the vocals are the final touch and for an own production the whole thing is also very good.“
(Harte Musik DE)

4,5 / 5
„… in the end, everything feels like a mix between Swedish Mustasch and German Rammstein but still manages EISENHAUER to their advantage to have his own twist on it all …“
(Get Metal)

9 / 10
„… sometimes similar to the hazy Stoner Metal or Doom landscapes Black Sabbath or Candlemass would unleash … ‚Eisenhauer‘ is a perfect example with its smoke filled riffs of pure glory between bouts of Heavy Metal speed and a sixties Rock guitar solo with matching mono sounding cleaner distortion about four minutes in, signaling a change to subtle early Iron Maiden heights similar to ‚Hallowed Be Thy Name‘ in so many ways … one of the more vital releases to sneak through the underground for 2015.“

4 / 5
„Energetically and powerfully (especially vocally) the silver disc ‚Horse Of Hell‘ turns its rounds in the player and apart from audible borrowings from Running Wild or Iron Maiden in the song ‚Never Surrender‘ EISENHAUER remain quite independent and musically consistent over the length of the EP.“
(Deep Ground)

85 / 100
(Underground Zine)

85 / 100
(X Reviews)

8 / 10
„What makes this album stand out are the vocals, as they contain some of the most interesting vocal combinations I have heard lately … they range from simple melodic singing to some full scale Heavy Metal singing … the guitars are compressed and really good to hear in the choruses … contains four songs with about 25 minutes of material, but even with this maybe short length of the album, it does not lack in quality in both songwriting and mixing departments.“
(Dutch Metal Maniac)

78 / 100
„EISENHAUER is an original band … I liked very much the blend of Heavy and Doom Metal they play … with influences from Southern, Speed and Thrash Metal … I also loved their calm atmospheres and their melodies … that’s why I think ‚Sail My Soul‘ and ‚Horse Of Hell‘ are two great songs … and also the other two are very good … ‚Horse Of Hell‘ is a very good EP … and I gave it 78, on a maximum of 80 for the release shorter than half an hour.“
(Heaven Of Heavy Metal)

7,5 / 10
„Great EP !“
(Metalhead IT)

7,5 / 10
„Meanwhile the steel beater’s disc accompanies me almost every time I drive … extremely thick reef work … fat and broad-legged … friends, that sounds so much like Grand Magus that I would put EISENHAUER right as the opening act of the next tour of the Swedes.“
(Metal Talks)

7,5 / 10
„‚Horse Of Hell‘ is an above average job …“
(Arte Metal)

7 / 10
„… teutonic steel á la Grand Magus … cool riffs, rhythmic vocals with melodic choruses … ‚Eisenhauer‘ is a band anthem that could not be more teutonic … simply fits and does not look fake …“
(Reaper Zine DE)

7 / 10
„The quartet from Kaufbeuren plays a proper riffing Metal, which lives from the beautiful singing of Christian Wagner … with his deep timbre he could not only start with Grand Magus tomorrow morning … a mixture of Grand Magus and Falconer … ‚Never Surrender‘ knows no stopping until the band anthem ‚Eisenhauer‘ is played … powerful and powerful, full of power the words ‚Eisenhauer, like my hammer, bang your eisenhead‘ sound and also the Iron Maiden influences look more than clearly around the corner … therefore EISENHAUER are a band you should definitely keep an eye on … ‚Heavy hammer strikes the steel‘.“
(Streetclip TV)

7 / 10
(Soil Chronicles)

7 / 10
„… makes me think of traditional Heavy Metal, maybe with a dash of New Wave of British Heavy Metal … a little bit of Saxon mixed with the slower Iron Maiden songs …“
(Metal Temple)

„… all have a slightly teutonic touch, which shines through after the opener ‚Sail My Soul‘ with its powerful stomping riffs and tempo changes … with an acoustic touch the noble sluggish, but also quite varied title track is rung in, before the rather straight ‚Never Surrender‘ is added … in battle-cry style, the hook-heavy setting of the band name puts an end to this appetizer …“
(Crossfire Metal)

„The guitar work on ‚Horse Of Hell‘ is second to none and it gives this band’s Heavy Metal/Thrash sound a sweet touch of Rock and Roll! With Christian ‚Waxe‘ Wagner’s voice serving as the cherry on the top of this metallic treat, EISENHAUER whips out four tracks of instantly enjoyable Metal that is all at once classic and modern in it’s approach … had I actually managed to compile a ‚Best Of‘ list for 2015 this EP would have made the cut as it’s the complete package: top notch songwriting and performances that is balanced out by a stellar production!“
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)

„Never underestimate simplicity. As UK bruisers Grifter so eloquently pointed out ‚the simplicity of the riff is key‘ and this is a lesson that German metal band EISENHAUER have taken to heart … simplicity is nothing to be scared of and, when coupled with a powerful sense of identity and a genuine enthusiasm for the genre, as exemplified here it can be a most potent weapon indeed … ‚Horse Of Hell‘ is a great EP with classically styled, Dio-aping artwork, hard hitting riffs, solid production and memorable riffs … this is definitely one for the denim ‘n’ leather brigade to savour and it certainly gave my neck a good workout!“
(Sonic Abuse)

„Regarding the style it took me back to my early days – the time when I started listening to Metal … yes, I grew up with Bon Jovi, Metallica, Accept and U.D.O. … and this EP sounds like that … for me all songs are aurally suitable … unleash the retro horse of hell!“
(Bad Black Unicorn)

„The guitarists Christian ‚Waxe‘ Wagner and Simon Bihlmayer enchant the listener already at the opening ‚Sail My Soul‘ with wonderful melodies … the same goes for the vocals of Waxe, who, just like the guitars, scores with unconventional melodies … tracks like ‚Horse Of Hell‘, ‚Eisenhauer‘ with a hammer solo or ‚Never Surrender‘, which is even quicker at the end, are perfectly arranged from the first bars to the last chord and played to the point … extremely strong … contains no bad song, is bursting with creativity and is very varied …“
(Franconia Metallum)

„Very well its sounds a bit of old school style and also a lil bit blended by the catchy Rock’n’Roll and thrashing melodies … nice guitar works especially the solo parts … Teutonic Thrash might be one of their influenced I guess.“
(Antonio Moliterni)

„… a very riff-oriented groovemonster with a full-time vocalist, who really stands out and gives this band a unique selling point … the sound is very traditional and you can hear a certain closeness to Grand Magus, and not only because of the singer! Since I am a very big fan of Grand Magus, it is obvious that EISENHAUER really blew me away … both thumbs up.“
(Swiss Attack)

„Mainly, solid Heavy Metal, based on Grand Magus’ legacy … give ‘em a listen and you won’t miss.“
(Metal Invader)

„With ‚Horse Of Hell‘ the Bavarian four piece EISENHAUER comes across gnarly, grumbling and thus setting himself a mark … three of four songs are catchy tunes that make the banger’s head move in raptures over and over again … teutonic Heavy Metal with a lot of potential.“

„… after one listen I was hooked. The power they produce as well as the shear un- pretentiousness of their attack is a welcome change to mass of bands that are trying to use write riffs that are then compressed into a dizzying blur of four hundred notes in the span of four seconds … the great thing about EISENHAUER is the simplicity of everything they do … it’s a release that literally grabs the authentic roots of Heavy Metal and condenses its habitual fundamentals into an amazingly digestible and glorious effort … the quality of the music here is undeniable – this is heavy fucking Metal the way it was meant to be played. Highly recommended!“
(Absit Omen)

„EISENHAUER rides those songs in best tradition of Teutonic Metal along with NWOBHM which is quite significant to this record … I could put my opinion under heavy machine gun fire and defend it … believing this is really True Metal as sometimes people say about similar records … inheritance of German Metal is presented very strongly on the EP and such mix of influences slowly making a prince becomes a king.“
(Monarch Magazine)

„I can’t say enough how „Horse Of Hell“ satisfies those who are into traditional Heavy Metal, angling towards a future for the band in creating a legendary stamp of its own.“
(Vile Views)

„EISENHAUER is not a simple clone, but offer a compact and heavy Metal valuable, even for those who listened to Heavy Metal in many different ways.“
(Rock Garage IT)



RUADH – Of Scottish iron

Of Scottish iron

RUADH (which is pronounced ‚Roo-Ah‘ and translates to ‚red‘) is an Atmospheric Black Metal solo-project from Glasgow, Scotland.

[ Pic: Kim Copland ]

Drawing from the vast well of history, culture and mythology, musician and songwriter Tom Perrett set out to compose music purely to taste, creating an unmistakable atmosphere with the beating heart of old school Black Metal favourites of his, such as Windir, Bathory, Burzum and others, which should also appeal to fans of Saor, Winterfylleth, Panopticon and similar acts.

Tom was born and raised in one of the oldest Burghs in Scotland, which translates to ‚The red glen‘. The derivation of the name of the town is unclear but one theory is that the area was once a settlement of Reuther, an ancient king of the Scots, who ruled between 213 and 187 BC.

[ Artwork: Joan Llopis Doménech Illustrations ]

01. Embers 10:01
02. The Rock Of The Clyde 10:20
03. Winters Light 09:01
04. Fields Of Heather 10:56
05. Only Distant Echoes Reign (Part 1) 04:44
06. Only Distant Echoes Reign (Part 2) 08:54

total: 53:55 min.

„The Rock Of The Clyde“
 is an evolution from RUADH’s debut album „Sovereign“. It has a much more melodic feel, yet has more visceral elements too. Containing six tracks of epic, Scottish Atmospheric Black Metal with Folk elements, it is massive in both scope and scale, taking you through the Iron Ages in Scotland.

It also explores the history and mythology of the people of Scotland, conveying both sorrow and uplifting, almost heroic tones.

Tom Perrett • All Instruments, Vocals
Cieti • Female Vocals
Kimberly Copland • Bass
Philip Morrison • Drums

2019 • Sovereign (Full-length)
2020 • The Rock Of The Clyde (Full-length)

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ASPIDIUM – Exorcism of the innermost being

The term ‚catharsis‘ – Greek for ‚purification‘ – is known as the hypothesis that living out internal conflicts and buried (suppressed) emotions results in a reduction of these conflicts and feelings. Not by accident, ASPIDIUM has dedicated the instrumental of its debut album „Manifestum“ to this topic.

[ Pic: Kurt Jason Kelderer ]

Kurt Jason Kelderer • Vocals, Guitar
Thomas Altmann • Guitar
Susi Hartmann • Bass
Emil Herrmann • Drums

ASPIDIUM arose out of a solo project of Kurt ‚Jason‘ Kelderer beginning of 2017 in Abtsgmünd. Jason already has played bass guitar for many years in several bands, but in none of them, he was able to realize his personal ideas of music. Hence, at the beginning of 2017 he started to put his emotions into songs and to fulfill his musical visions, his manifest. The foundation of ASPIDIUM had been set.

At the beginning planed as mere solo project, ASPIDIUM evolved to a German/Italian band project with the entry of Benni Leiter from South Tyrol on the guitar.

Together the first CD „Manifestum“ was released in 2018. The recordings were made by Lukas Flarer at the Sound Control Studio in Meran, the cover artwork was taken over by Dani Hofer from South Tyrol.

In the course of 2019, the new songs for the second album „Harmagedon“ were created also as a solo project, which was recorded in proven cooperation with Lukas Flarer. For the cover artwork, Dani Hofer could be won again. The release of „Harmagedon“ is planned for April 18, 2020. Live on stage Kurt Jason Kelderer is supported by Susi Hartmann, Thomas Altmann and Emil Herrmann.

[ Cover art: DaNi Hofer • Archetype Design ]

01. Harmagedon 03:55
02. Welt vorm Kollaps 04:31
03. Gleichschritt Marsch 04:51
04. Tödliche Begierde 04:53
05. Scheinwelt 05:03
06. Elegie 04:44
07. Falscher Prophet 04:02
08. Monochrom 03:56

total: 35:55 min.

„Why does a BLACK DEATH METAL band need to write necessarily its songs in English“, Jason asks into the scene. ASPIDIUM is unconventional and does not like to be put into a box. Rules, clichés and ready-made opinions are there to be broken, according to the bandleader.

Thus ASPIDIUM combines German lyrics with uncompromising Black Death without any blinders. Socially critical lyrics that put their finger on the weak spots of our time, without the stereotypical thinking attached to Black or Death Metal, characterizes ASPIDIUM.

2018 • Manifestum (Full-length)
2020 • Harmagedon (Full-length)

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HARDLAND – Time travel up to date

„In Control“ is the title of the second album by the Dutch rockers HARDLAND. Even more than with the self-titled debut of 2017, the band has managed to create a completely different MELODIC ALTERNATIVE ROCK sound from very different influences.

This ranges from Heavy Rock, AOR over 80s-Wave to accessible (Power)Pop, with a special love for music from the 1970s and 1980s.

The very well done cover „Are Friends Electric“, which was a big hit for the British synthesizer formation Tubeway Army in 1979, further underlines this. „In Control“ otherwise only contains own compositions: hard Rock songs interspersed with a single ballad.

[ Pic: DCH Photography ]

Paul • Guitar, Vocals
Aeilko • Guitar, Vocals
Remi • Bass, Vocals
Marco • Keyboards
Eric • Drums

HARDLAND’s story is something special anyway. The band started as a project by the two singers and multi-instrumentalists Aeilko Venema and Paul Evers. The two musicians shared the same musical preferences, started working on songs together and finally felt the need to record them in a studio. In 2017, the first long player „Hardland“ was created, which was mainly recorded with friends of musicians.

Quality immediately had top priority: veteran Sean Magee took over the mastering at the legendary Abbey Road Studio in London. He worked with greats like Rush, Gary Moore and Deep Purple, but was booked by HARDLAND primarily for his collaboration with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour and The Beatles. Thanks to Magee’s contribution, the first CD immediately developed an international appeal.

On May 18, the current album successor „In Control“ was preceded by the single „The Nation’s Biggest Enemies“, which is also the opener of the album. The song was immediately positively received and supported by Rock Rage Radio, one of the largest Rock stations in America.

[ Cover art: Frans Mensink ]

01. The Nation’s Biggest Enemies 03.27
02. Are Friends Electric 05.16
03. The Powers Within 05.15
04. Rise & Shine 03.15
05. Haunted 03.20
06. Dazzled By The Presence Of Love 03.45
07. Love, Love, Love 04.46
08. Pleasure & Pain 03.54
09. Still Dreaming 04.52
10. Last Goodbye 04.06

total: 41:58 min.

In the continuation of the musical history of HARDLAND, the best of the 1970s and 1980s is once again transformed into the present:
striking melodies, varied vocals, beautiful keyboard parts and tasteful guitar work.

2017 • Hardland (Full-length)
2019 • The Nation’s Biggest Enemies (EP)
2019 • In Control (Full-length)

And this time there is the whole thing from a real band, which has now optimally merged. Although the main tone of the music is once again determined by rock-solid, classic (Hard) Rock, HARDLAND deliberately deviates from it several times – for example with the cover „Are Friends Electric“. Or also with a song like „Love, Love, Love“, in which the fascinating spirit of the good old Beach Boys and their tears roams in the morning.

„Everything comes back in our sound universe“, says Aeilko. „We love giants like Led Zeppelin, Journey and Whitesnake. At the same time, we have a weakness for songs that were produced in the 80s by unforgettable acts such as Tears For Fears, Talk Talk and Tubeway Army. In the choirs of certain songs on the second album you can also hear that we really adore the polyphonic vocals in which the Eagles as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were so immensely good. Yes, the list of musicians and groups that inspired us is endless.“ (Markus Eck)

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8 / 10
„… good songwriting …“
(Metal Temple)

8 / 10
„… loads to like here …“

75 / 100
„… HARDLAND brings catchy music with which they will undoubtedly score live … due to the wide influences there is enough variety to fascinate.“

74 / 100
„… positive feeling … the group knows how to fascinate … HARDLAND is an asset to the Dutch Melodic Rock.“
(Metalfan NL)

7 / 10
„… very solid album on which Melodic (Hard) Rock still predominates, but on which time and time also nice experiments are made with alternative influences … there are also a number of songs on ‚In Control‘ that will certainly appeal to traditional Rock fans.“
(Arrow Lords Of Metal)

„… HARDLAND has taken multiple musical risks on ‘In Control’, adding seventies synthesizers sounds into the mix together with more contemporary Rock … in a way musical daredevils … served with a twist and some spin … for the more adventurous type of rocker something to dive into!“
(HeadBangers LifeStyle)





HANGATYR – Straight from within


When the fellows launched HANGATYR in spring 2006, the stylistic direction of the idealists from Saxony and Central Thuringia was immediately clear:
cold, Nordic guitar riffs, paired with typical Thuringian melodies and German lyrics, inspired by the mythology that lives deep inside the creators, should shape the music.

The inspiring band name pays tribute to Odin, the father of the gods – ‚Hangatyr‘ is its epithet in the rune’s song. He sacrificed himself and hung on the world ash Yggdrasil for nine days to learn the runes. HANGATYR see the meaning behind this in that you have to give something to gain knowledge and wisdom.

[ Pic: Ute Ruhmann ]

Silvio • Vocals
Ali • Guitar
Basti • Guitar
Micha • Drums

By autumn 2007, the musicians had been working on the songs for the very first self-titled demo CD, which was produced with complete self-energy. A start was made, a brand was set.

Before the recordings for the debut album „Helwege“ could begin, the drum stool had to be occupied in the truest sense of the word. With Michael, a dedicated drummer could be found quickly, who was ready to record in the studio after a short period of familiarization. At the end of February 2010 the time had come: the outstanding „Helwege“ could be released.

In the following time, various guest performances were celebrated on suitable stages and further ideas for new songs were collected. HANGATYR set out well prepared in April 2012 to record the album successor „Elements“. In February 2013, the last fragments were put together. Alexander Dietz, known from Heaven Shall Burn, mastered the material in his Chemical Burn Studios. In early 2014 the disc was thrown into the scene.

HANGATYR, motivated even more by increasing encouragement and recognition in the genre, continued to pursue their very own vision of violently-biting but firm Black Metal with a clear focus.

The common path separated in 2017 when founding member Tele and long-time companion Marco left the group. In the same year Basti offered to get on the guitar, which turned out to be a real stroke of luck. His dedication and the experience he brought with him gave HANGATYR a different soundscape.

[ Cover art: Ute Ruhmann ]

01. Niedergang 06:20
02. Entferntes Ich 06:35
03. Firnheim 07:22
04. Blick aus Eis 04:24
05. Kalter Grund 06:19
06. …kalt 02:05
07. Mittwinter 07:52
08. Verweht 07:05

total: 48:13 min.

In October 2019, the route once again led to Chemical Burn Studios in Bad Kösen. Together with Alexander Dietz, the new compositions were refined, which can now be heard on „kalt“:
relentlessly hard-hitting, uncompromising BLACK METAL anthems, from which the eternal spirit of the old and the true proudly emerges.

For example, it is lasting impressive and close to nature to experience how fatal the fervent outbreak „Cold Ground“ penetrates under the skin. Because also in terms of lyrics, those involved in the publication stand together for timeless depth – in this sense, a captivating concept was developed for „kalt“. In principle, the album is all about the oppressive cold that arises when you have to suffer painful loss.

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With „kalt“HANGATYR offer substantial Black Metal. Songs of pure power, inspired by darkness and spirituality, which rise so imposingly that often a real feeling of triumph arises, which in the end wants to despair of icy loneliness. (Markus Eck)

2010 • Helwege (Full-length)
2014 • Elemente (Full-length)
2020 • kalt (Full-length)

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( ali.knorr@web.de )

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