Album Review: Eternal Champion — “Ravening Iron”

I don’t need to tell you what this is.  Just look at that gorgeous Ken Kelly artwork, reminiscent of the best of Frank Franzetta (who was Kelly’s uncle, incidentally).  You instantly know, before you hear a riff, that you’re into some epic-scale traditional metal.  It’s something Eternal Champion have been holding the torch for since their inception, and new album Ravening Iron continues to set the template for what bands attempting to make this kind of music should be striving toward. Continue reading

Album Review: Sumerlands – “Sumerlands”

Sumerlands - Sumerlands

Any late 80’s metal connoisseur will be thrilled with Sumerlands debut full length Sumerlands. But that’s not fair to everyone else so let’s just say the guitar wizardry and soaring vocals at the core of this album will illicit nods all across the metal nation, and beyond for that matter. A bit over the top? Maybe. But, it’s been a while since something as simple as a band flat out ruling 30-plus minutes sounded so good. And they do it with zero theatrics, showboating or endless noodling. Continue reading

Album Review: Goat Semen – Ego Svm Satana

Goat Semen

It’s a pretty well established rule here at Horns Up that any album from a band with the word “Goat” in their name is set aside for me to review. No one is to touch it upon penalty of ritual sacrifice or death by asphyxiation.  Chances are, any band using “goat” in their band name (and there are at least 130 of them) will be pretty hellish, satanic and demented—or in other words, right up my alley.  And Goat Semen—who release their debut full-length, Ego Svm Satana this week—does not disappoint.

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