Live report: Northern Darkness II – ‘Brominion’ (Part II, Riot City, High Spirits, Visigoth)

written by Daniel Leons-Marder Canadian speed metallers Riot City were a band I was not hugely familiar with prior to this show. They and Seven Sisters are currently touring together and had played another show in Newcastle, also promoted by Byker Grave, the night before. Despite the two bands having played in the city so recently, there was still huge […]

Live report: Northern Darkness II – ‘Brominion’ (Part I, Spartan Warrior, Seven Sisters)

written by Daniel Leons-Marder A few weeks ago, the UK metal community was in a gloomy mood following the announcement that the debutant Dominion Festival had been cancelled following an initial postponement from last year due to low ticket sales. Following that cancellation, another newer UK metalfest, ManorFest, was also cancelled having been similarly postponed in 2022. There […]

Live report: Hell’s Heroes V (Part IV)

We continue with our coverage of the Hell’s Heroes festival. Today our reader Michael Thomas Robinson reports on his experiences in Houston. We thank him for the great pictures we are allowed to use for this article. After reading this interview you will realise: Michael has excellent taste in music – and the Epic Metal […]

Live report: Hell’s Heroes V (Part II)

Today we continue with the second part of our live report from Hell’s Heroes V. Our reader Timothy Harris, who also provided us with the featured image, shares his thoughts with you. André: Where are you from? And how long did you travel to get to the festival location? Was it your first time there? […]

Live report: Hell’s Heroes V (Part I)

On 24 and 25 March 2023, the 5th edition of the Hell’s Heroes festival took place in Houston. The billing included numerous bands that are among the main Epic Metal Blog favourites: Morgul Blade, Gatekeeper, Spell, Visigoth and many more. Since a lot of our readers are based in North America, it made perfect sense […]

Best of 2022: Festivals & Concerts

Today we would like to share with you our first Best of 2022 list. We start with our best live moments – more precisely with our 3 favourite festivals of the year and our 3 favourite concerts (We cheated a bit here, sorry). Basically, it is almost impossible to make a selection, because we have […]

Review: Oath – Hallowed Illusions

Release: 29/07/2022 If you have been reading our blog for the last two years, you will certainly have come across the name Oath. Nevertheless, a short explanation at this point: It is a one-man-project from Scotland, behind which Steven Waddell can be found. Stylistically, we’re dealing with classic heavy metal, more specifically a nod to […]

Review: Dark Forest – Ridge & Furrow (EP)

Release: 30/09/2022 If I were to draw a life motto out of the music accompanying me through this journey called life, it would probably be the verse “Searching for a distant chilhood dream“ taken from the song “On the Edge of Twilight” from Dark Forest‘s unexcelled fourth album Beyond the Veil. Having lived on the […]