Traditional Heavy Metal done in a very traditional way, none the less ass kicking as hell!
HELLWELL’s “Beyond The Boundaries Of Sin”, the highly anticipated project led by MANILLA ROAD’s Mark “The Shark” Shelton, will be released on September 23rd on Shadow Kingdom Records. Label owner Tim McGrogran had this to say about the release:
“MANILLA ROAD is the most consistent band of all time. They have proven year after year and album after album that they are even more consistent than IRON MAIDEN. Mark Shelton has so much music inside of himself he started a new band called HELLWELL. HELLWELL is basically a MANILLA ROAD sounding album with DEEP PURPLE-esque keyboards and dark and horror lyrical themes. This is album is HEAVY as hell.”
Stream ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes’ at this location. (the whole album is currently available for streaming)
1. The Strange Case of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes
2. Eaters of The Dead
3. Keeper’s of The Devil’s Inn
4. Deadly Nightshade
5. Tomb of The Unnamed One
6. The Heart of Ahriman
7. End of Days
Pagan Altar – The Time Lord (Shadow Kingdom Records)
Back in the day, more precisely a year before I was born, in the very year 1978 the British Doomsters in PAGAN ALTAR recorded 5 tracks (one might have been recorded in ’79, no one really can remember it accurately). The recordings didn’t see the light of day until 2004, and since the then the demand for PAGAN ALTAR have lead to more releases of this small gem, and even lead to the band’s reanimation.
PAGAN ALTAR is classic late 70ties Heavy Metal/Doom… think of BLACK SABBATH when most dark, wicked and experimental and think where TWISTED TOWER DIRE found their main inspiration for their melodic anthemic Heavy Metal mayhem, that is as grande this music is. We are getting a full palette of darkness and earhanging melodies, and a great vocal performance, both the dark and gloomy voice as well of the melodic singing hits it clean.
Musically you can’t hear this recording is 34 years old, the music is fresh and up to date. The riffing is enormous and catching, the melodies great and leads the music on, the rhythm steady and a good backbone for the rest of the band, and the vocals, they are simply great. And PAGAN ALTAR does always create the right dark or anthemic atmosphere, stellar songwriting, and quite sad that music as good as this seldomly is made nowadays.
These 5 tracks could easily be the soundtrack for my fall, this music, some nice red wine and the leaves turning brown while the wind sweep them of the trees, simply mind blowing and crying for yet a spin.