Frequency Drift | Ghosts

by Joe Mis Staff Writer — Ghosts is the third studio release from German progressive rockers Frequency Drift. The band’s evolving sound now crosses a number of genre lines, blending elements of progressive rock, atmospheric music, jazz, classical and folk to create a diverse and unique [...]

Beggars & Thieves | We Are the Brokenhearted

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer — After more than a decade-long absence, Las Vegas-based melodic rockers Beggars & Thieves – whose 1990 debut remains one of that era’s most overlooked gems – are back with a new album. The band’s fourth studio album is titled We Are the [...]

Pathology | Awaken to the Suffering

by Trevor Portz Staff Writer — One would think that San Diego, with its low crime rate and mild climate, would be more likely to create mellow stoner rock than violent death metal. While that may be the case, it still managed to spout Pathology, a band carrying the torch of old-school death [...]

Thunderstick | Echoes From the Analogue Asylum

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer — The fifth entry in Heaven & Hell’s Lost Relics reissue series, Echoes From the Analogue Asylum is a loaded anthology of solo recordings by Thunderstick. Best known as the enigmatic masked drummer of New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) pioneers [...]

Michael Monroe | Sensory Overdrive

by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer — A joyous throwback to the time of Michael Monroe’s teenage years, the latest solo album, Sensory Overdrive, by the Hanoi Rocks front man and hard rock veteran is a deliberately retro trip into the era of ’70s glam and punk. It’s all about jangling [...]

Jonas Tamas | Timeless Hour

by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer — It’s a precarious business releasing instrumental guitar records, no matter if the year is 1989 or 2011. To appeal to an audience other than your fellow guitar players, you have to be a top-notch composer with banging tunes and things to say that would [...]

Crowned By Fire | Prone to Destroy

by Mark Allen Staff Writer — Take the drums-guitar-bass simplicity of traditional American heavy metal and chop out all the fluff. Now inject it with some occasional hints of southern fried flavor and front it with a singer who can growl like a junkyard dog, snarl like a pissed off Pit Bull, [...]

Royal Hunt | Show Me How To Live

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer — While certainly not on par with the recently-announced Black Sabbath reunion, the news that vocalist DC Cooper had rejoined Royal Hunt definitely made waves in the melodic metal community. Cooper’s departure from the band he helped put on the map (and vice [...]

J.R. Blackmore & Friends | Voices Part 1

by John Kindred Staff Writer — J.R. Blackmore, son of the legendary Ritchie Blackmore, continues his own journey as a musician. Whether graced with his father’s musical genius through heredity or simply a man who has spent years honing his craft and art, J.R. Blackmore is a virtuoso of [...]

This Uneven Sky | This Uneven Sky

by Joe Mis Staff Writer — Simple and very human classic rock is probably the most apt description of the music made by Manchester UK’s This Uneven Sky. This five member collaboration of veteran musician blends together elements from a number of straight up rock genres to create a warm and [...]
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