Iron Fist Magazine

Jack’s Posts:

LANTERN – II: MORPHOSIS

 Shining stars of the current Finnish death metal scene Lantern return with their second full-length ‘II: Morphosis’, released once again through the equally as effulgent Dark Descent label. Their debut opus caused a stir upon its release in 2013 and four years on you’ll be glad to know that the formula they sketched out with that release … Read More

VENENUM – TRANCE OF DEATH

It was back in the mists of 2011 that the coffin lid first creaked open and the miasma of Venenum’s metal of death seeped into the ears of the underground. Their debut EP, coming in just shy of 30 minutes, was enough to stir waves worthy of Tiamat herself, … Read More

HIT THE LIGHTS: SAXON LIVE IN BRISTOL WITH GIRLSCHOOL AND FASTWAY

SAXON, FASTWAY & GIRLSCHOOL BRISTOL O2 Academy

There have been a few cynical murmurings regarding this tour package since the announcement that Saxon and Girlschool would take to the road together in the wake of their planned tour with Motorhead not coming to fruition for reasons well known; voices from … Read More

HIT THE LIGHTS: MARDUK, IMMOLATION AND ORIGIN LIVE IN BRISTOL

Marduk, Immolation and Origin @ The Fleece, Bristol

Weekday gigs are often strange affairs and especially so in Bristol where the local metal scene will invariably turn out in droves for bands such as Alestorm but often overlook the more extreme end of the spectrum, ironically leaving some gigs … Read More

AKATECHISM – DRIPPING FLAMES

Invictus as a label rightly garners a lot of attention and when the relatively short roster is expanded upon you know that the newcomers should be weighed up. Germany’s Akatechism are no exception. Relatively orthodox in nature, at first listen they appear to have crawled from the same primordial soup … Read More

BANG TO RIGHTS: “LIVE EVIL FESTIVAL STANDS DEFIANT IN THE WAKE OF MEDIOCRITY BY SHOWCASING RAW TALENT DIRECT FROM THE COALFACE”

For the country that gave heavy metal to the world we don’t do so well in the way of big festivals. Gone are the hairspray and cocaine-fuelled glory days of the ’80s when the titans of the genre would descend on Castle Donington for the Monsters of Rock festival and … Read More

LIVE REVIEW: JUDAS PRIEST IN THEIR HOMETOWN

Any Judas Priest gig is special but when the defenders of the faith announce a show in their native county of the West Midlands, England, you know the air is going to be charged that wee bit more. Tonight, Wolverhampton Civic Hall gets the honour of hosting the Metal … Read More

INTO BATTLE: PRAISE THE FLAME

2013 will go down in history as being the year that death thrash horde Pentagram Chile released their blistering debut, but it will also herald the less high-profile re-release of ‘Profane Cvlt’ – the initial offering from fellow Chilean blasphemers Praise The Flame. Quite the year for this country then, … Read More

INTO BATTLE: SEGREGATES

According to their Facebook page, Segregates play “Motörpunk rock ‘n’ roll straight outta Jorvik” and they ain’t wrong! Motörhead worship is an understatement when it comes to this band. These amphetamine-paced punkers are headed by Smell on bass/vocals and Fast Elliot on guitars, who at the end of last year … Read More

INTO BATTLE: 13TH MOON

A mysterious and ancient curse resides in the bowels of Catalonia, or so it seems when listening to the putrid expulsions of 13th Moon. They sound like the dank, cobweb-infested halls of death; like a Lovecraftian nightmare. In a similar way to fellow countrymen Teitanblood, it appears that this band … Read More