(Review by Stefan)

This is the story of a great initiative from German Metal fanatics who want to support their own scene by the release of a compilation album. Back in 2008 there was a first “Baden Metal Compilation” album called “Rise Of The Griffin” filled with nothing but unsigned bands. An excellent opportunity for all German, unsigned bands offering their style of Metal on a worldwide basis. A while ago, the second edition appeared entitled of “Rise Of The Griffin”, a 16 song loaded album that features bands I’m not familiar with at all but that makes it so interesting to discover them one by one and see what they have in their margin.


Listening to the entire CD, I really heard awesome bands. No matter which type of Metal you’re hooked on, I’m sure you will be thrilled by one or another featured band. Speaking for myself, I had a very pleasant time hearing particular songs. I’m not hooked on ‘too’ extreme genres (featuring death grunts) like Black/Death or ‘too’ modern minded Metal music so those songs represented by the likes of Painful, Bloodforge, Gefrierbrand, Lamera, Maersung, Soilid, Malice In Wonderland) were not able to take me by the throat. This has only to do with my personal taste of music, so do not be fooled by my judgment. Better check out the bands by yourself.


Always good to discover bands I never heard of before and based on that point of view, I take notice of the following acts to start a collaboration afterwards. Sons Of Sounds deliver me thrills due the band’s unique singer, quite melancholic/dramatic in perfect harmony with Heavy Metal/NWOBHM type of guitar riffs… nice band! If New Wave Of British Heavy Metal is your thing, listen to Storm Warning and return to the golden 80s era. First real slap in the face comes from the band Sceptor and its US Heavy/Power Metal character! The Privateer surprised me with a great mixture of aggressive and Iced Earth alike vocals.  Melodic to the bone, quite technical… promising act for sure.


Chaossphere deliver the goods in Death/Thrash Metal but my absolute favourite band listens to the name of Pessimist! Imagine the high speed velocities of good ol' US Thrash Metal gods Dark Angel and the voice of Mille (Kreator), turn on the volume to the maximum and thrash your room while listening. I guess that’s the only way out to enjoy this great act. Mission In Black starts in a Slayer mode but still, Testament vibes linger on most of the times. Based on the vocals, I hear a connection Between Chuck Billy and Matt Barlow. Great band - third highlight to me. More Thrash Metal is on its way with Paniczone and be sure these guys show no mercy for the weak. Thrashing mad maniacs on the prowl for some real aggression and speed have to check out the band undoubtedly. 


Last song on this compilation was retained for the Baden Metal Allstars and their song ‘Badnerlied’. Kinda silly or funny but in some ways I really like this song (featuring members from many of the collaborated bands) which was sung in the German language. I guess they really had a blast recording the song while raising a big bucket of beer and having a great party by the forces of multiple styles of Metal afterwards. This song proves the togetherness and friendship between metalheads, all about having respect and dignity for each other. Actually two important elements in a human’s life those who are unfortunately hard to find in today’s world filled with hatred and jealousy.


Here’s the complete track listing of “Baden Metal Compilation Vol. 2” – Flight Of The Griffin”


*Sons Of Sounds: Immortal

*Storm Warning: Leaving The Circle

*Sceptor: Take Command 

*Malice In Wonderland: This Time The Galaxy

*Maersung: Für Die Eiwigheit?

*Bloodforge: Distance Calling

*The Privateer: Last Journey

*Painful: Black Death  

*Gefrierbrand: Eva

*Chaossphere: Shred Faction

*Pessimist: Faindfahrt

*Mission In Black: Holy War

*Paniczone: Seeking Domination

*Lamera: Onus

*Soilid: Murder Diary

*Baden Metal Allstar: Badnerlied


My sincere respect and dignity goes out to all the people who helped to bring this album to reality. Magnificent support to their local Metal scene, I’ll raise my pint to that! Available for the cheap and democratic price of only 5 Euro, what are you waiting for to order this joyful compilation right away? Make your move at: … more info at:


My Points: 82 / 100



95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !


Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan


Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it


Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing


Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate


Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard


50- : Rubbish