Storming out of the pandemic with their eleventh studio record, NWOBHM survivors Tokyo Blade continue to prove why they are such an inspiration to nearly all of the NWOTHM bands that currently doing the rounds. We cover so many of them that it was only right to give the originators a spin and on this 15 track record, you can see that the flame of youthful rebellion in the early 1980’s still burns bright. While many of their contemporaries have gone on to be arena headliners, Tokyo Blade keep that D.I.Y spirit alive, despite more lineup changes than Spinal Tap, adversity and even relative obscurity, they are the true die-hard favourite.
The latest acquisition by the Frontiers & Beyond initiative is Portuguese alt-metal band Kandia. Once again teaming with producer Daniel Cardoso (Anthema) as they done on their two previous albums, the duo of vocalist Nya Cruz and guitarist André Da Cruz along with drummer Eduardo and bassist Bernardo. The band have apparently tried to add to their signature modern metal sound on this Frontiers debut adding frenzied sax to Murderers, this whole record feels like bands such as In This Moment or Lacuna Coil but with more of a Pink Floyd or Tool level of experimentation. Bouncy modern metal riffs are counterpointed by proggy flourishes as the vocals shift between emotive cleans and the occasional growl.
The three track Demo EP, from Rotherham band Chapel Floods, is what would happen if grunge was infected by stoner/sludge, if Alice In Chains jammed with Crowbar, or Corrosion Of Conformity got heavily into Soundgarden.
Perpetual – Backlash EP (Self Released)
Perpetual hail from Poland and play aggressive groove metal. Backlash is their second EP following one from 2018. While their line up may have changed a little the style remains bringing together bands such as The Haunted, Devildriver and many of the crossover thrash bands out there on Incapacitated. Backlash features 6 songs and is about 30 minutes long, so it’s an ideal look at what the band do.