Iron Fist Magazine

John’s Posts:

IHSAHN – ARKTIS

 

Former Emperor front man Ihsahn’s debut solo effort was titled, appropriately enough, ‘The Adversary’. Released in 2006, the “adversarial” metaphor resonates through to the present: as a composer the Adversary/Ihsahn wears myriad guises. ‘Arktis’, his sixth full-length, which translates to “Arctic”, beautifully displays his talents as a … Read More

SAVAGE MASTER – WITH WHIPS AND CHAINS

And so their Satanic mission of domination continues: Louisville, Kentucky’s heavy metal executioners, Savage Master, led by the whip-bearing, leather-bedecked temptress Stacey “Savage” Peak, returns with their second full-length, ‘With Whips And Chains’. Less than a year removed from their debut, ‘Mask Of The Devil’, ‘With Whips…’ takes the debut’s black-and-white … Read More

COBALT – SLOW FOREVER

‘Slow Forever’ is the fourth full-length under the Cobalt banner, and although there has been turmoil, namely the drama-laden departure of original member and vocalist Phil McSorley, this is arguably Cobalt’s most artistic effort to date. This may rankle some hardliners, but Erik Wunder, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist that provided the dynamic … Read More

SPEEDTRAP INTERVIEW: “YOU CAN HEAR ZEKE’S INFLUENCE ON OUR LP”

Speedtrap are a five-piece speed metal band from Lappeenranta, Finland that formed in 2007. To date they have released a demo, an EP, a split EP with fellow Finns Death With A Dagger and a full-length, ‘Powerdose’ (2013 – Svart Records), which garnered positive reviews from numerous critics and found … Read More

Motorhead – Bad Magic

In their legendary, 40-year career, Motörhead gives fans a surprising first on their 22nd studio album: ‘Bad Magic’ is the first effort in the 23-year Campbell, Dee, Kilmister era written by the entire band while in the studio. This collaborative effort, once again produced by Cameron Webb and on … Read More

WASP – Golgotha

‘Golgotha’, W.A.S.P.’s 15th studio album was conceived in 2011. You can read about the myriad delays in its creation on the W.A.S.P.Nation website from Blackie Lawless himself. ‘Scream’ starts out ‘Golgotha’ on a hard rocking note and mirrors the formula found on similar tracks that peppered ‘Dominator’ and ‘Babylon’. After … Read More

Satan – Atom By Atom

Everyone’s favourite NWOBHM demonic skeletal judge reappears! We know not how his coffin came to be exhumed, but it has been opened, the gavel has fallen, and the resultant judgment, of humanity for our considerable folly, is quite grim in its decapitating finality. ‘Atom By Atom’ is the second … Read More

INTO BATTLE: INFANT DEATH

“Infant Death was formed by me and Knegge in October 2012. We both made songs and rehearsed them with me on drums and him on guitar, here in Trondheim, Norway. We got our bassist Udyr in spring last year, right after we had finished recording our debut ‘War’. He was the … Read More

HAIL OF BULLETS INTERVIEW: “WE’RE NOT A NAZI BAND”

Renowned Dutch death metal brigade, Hail Of Bullets, recently completed their third Metal Blade full-length, ‘III The Rommel Chronicles’. According to drummer Ed Warby, “After a half-year period of slightly worrying metal fatigue I finally started writing in June 2012. I had to recover from several years of doing one … Read More

INTO BATTLE: VENOMOUS MAXIMUS

“It does not derive from the G.I. Joe character,” corrects Venomous Maximus guitarist/vocalist Gregg Higgins when asked about the band’s unique moniker. Oops…

“It comes from a tattoo that Jerry Collins (aka “Sailor Jerry”) created for Vietnam vets to get tattooed as a badge for those who are not afraid to … Read More