"Metal In My Head" (Massacre; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Metal in My Head" is the biggest, dumbest, rawest heavy metal I've heard in a long time.

And I loved every fucking minute of it.

A completely unapologetic celebration of the spirit of heavy metal, "Metal In My Head" is full of raging guitars, blast-beat drums, and soaring vocals with lyrics all about shape-shifters, battle, and the love of heavy metal. For example, three of the tracks here (as well as the album title) have "metal" in their titles. "I Bring the Light Into the Dark" contains the lyric "I can change into any creature." Other song titles include "Victory," "We Fight," "Years of War" and "Firesword." You get the picture.

"Whirlewolf," which is an ode to fallen metal guitarist Martjo "Whirlewolf" Brongers, is a poignant and painfully heartfelt tune. Slow-paced and genuine, it's the most unique song on this album and one of this its highpoints.

Overall, this is one helluva fun album from a legendary veteran band and a great way to bang your head when you're in the mood for … you guessed it … banging your head!

Wizard: Sven D’Anna – Vocals, Arndt Ratering – Bass, Sören van Heek – Drums, Michael Maass – Guitar, Tommy Hartung – Guitar.

For more information, check out https://www.legion-of-doom.de/.

"Of Wariwulfs and Blutovarwes" (Massacre; 2011)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Wizard projects power metal splendor on their 11-track album "Of Wariwulfs and Blutovarwes."

Crammed with a bounty of snarling riffs (“Hagr,” “Sign of the Cross”) and super-melodic hooks aplenty (“Wariwulf”), Wizard maintains a consistent attack of traditional heaviness (“Bletzer”) smattered with progressive metal influence (“Fair Maiden Mine”) and a strong sense of histrionics.

Striking a middle ground between Iced Earth and Primal Fear, this release embodies what a power metal release should sound like.

For more information, check out http://www.legion-of-doom.de.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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