Stormzone – Lucifer’s Factory

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: Metal Nation Records
Released: April 2018
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Band line-up:

John “Harv” Harbinson – Vocals
Steve Moore – Guitars
Jr Afrifa – Guitars
Graham McNulty – Bass
Jonathan Millar – Drums


1. Dark Hedges
2. Lucifer’s Hedges
3. Cushy Glen
4. Last Night In Hell
5. Albhartach
6. We Are Strong
7.Broken Window
8. The Heaven You Despise
9. Hallows’ Eve
10. Your Hell Falls Down
11. In For The Kill
12. The Last Goodbye
13. Time To Go


Born in all the way back in 2004 (I keep telling myself that was only 4 years ago), Stormzone was created by chief vocalist John ‘Harv’ Harbinson. A NWOBHM and Iron Maiden super fan, between Stormzone he was in an Iron Maiden tribute band which seems to be a right of passage for all British metal super fan musicians. Needless to say, this album, ‘Lucifers Factory’, is a typical NWOBHM album and the sound is exactly what to expect, so from that point of view, it’s a cracking album. Top musicianship and talented, confident writing on traditional Irish folklore and fantasy, what more could you want? Having said that, can I be honest in saying I’m getting a little bored of listening to Iron Maiden inspired bands; not just inspired, but almost identical in nature? I mean, on the one hand, why wouldn’t you want to be like them? But for me, there is only one Maiden, and I know that musicians are artists and all inspiration isn’t completely new or of virgin birth. An artist is influenced by the creations that he or she surrounds themselves in. In this day an age of metal, it’s very hard to come up with anything truly original, as the god fathers of metal set the course for us years ago and generally a lot of bands follow suit or combine genres to try to mix things up. I don’t want this to come across as a dig to Stormzone, because their album is very good. However, I’m beginning to struggle on how to review all the IM minions without repeating myself and I am quite frankly rapidly running out of adjectives and similes to accurately and respectfully review albums such as this.

Another quintessentially, unmistakably New Wave of British Heavy Metal album to add to the endless list. You get what you ask for and if that’s what you want – you will not be disappointed.

Review by

Alice Chant