Steff blog posts on metal music, CD reviews, gig reviews and metal music news

March 25, 2013 1 Comment

Steff Metal reviews: Arc of Ascent – the Higher Key


Have I told you guys about Arc of Ascent yet? No? Well, now I shall. Arc of Ascent consists of Craig Williamson, who sings, plays bass, keyboards, sitar and probably dances naked for your enjoyment. Sandy Schaare on guitar and John Strange rounds out the trio but, since he’s a drummer, […]

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February 19, 2013 0 Comments

Steff Metal reviews Molllust – Schuld


When a review request comes through my email comparing an unknown band to a well-known group like Nightwish, two thoughts enter my head simultaneously: I might enjoy this (because I like Nightwish) Oh no. Not another poorly produced, derivative group who think they sound like Nightwish just because they’ve got operatic-style […]

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February 8, 2013 0 Comments

Steff Metal reviews: Forgotten Tomb – “…And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil…”

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… And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil … is the sixth full-length release from Italy’s Forgotten Tomb, following on from their 2011 release Under Saturn Retrograde. Fronted by multi-instrumentalist Herr Morbid on guitars and vocals, and with a blistering backline provided by Razor SK (guitars), Algol (bass) and Asher (drums), […]

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February 4, 2013 1 Comment

Shenanigans with alestorm: Auckland concert review and Hobbiton adventures

I’m trying to recreate in words the awesomeness that was this weekend. I’m having a lot of trouble, probably because I’m not drunk enough. If you could go out to the liquor store, buy yourself a large bottle of gin, and sort of pour it down the screen of your […]

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January 18, 2013 2 Comments

Steff Metal Reviews: Nightwish live in Auckland, Studio K’rd, with Stormforge, Naquadah, Forsaken Age and Damnnation’s Day


We often complain here in New Zealand that we don’t get any decent international acts. Which is not actually true. Thanks to hard-working promoters, I’ve been able to see some incredible shows over the years, from both big and small international bands. Metallica, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Inquisition, Nick Cave […]

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