Mastodon | The Hunter

by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer — An eclectic, yet solidly coherent album with tasty chops, great melodies, and – most importantly – variety, Mastodon’s fifth album is their most ambitious release to date. Not only it covers a vastly expanded stylistic terrain, but manages to come up [...]

Joe Bonamassa | Dust Bowl

by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer — It turns out that unoriginality and predictability sometimes have nothing to do with lack of talent or having nothing to say. The staggering revelation on Joe Bonamassa’s latest album – at least for those who are only briefly familiar with his act – is [...]

Mecca | Undeniable

by Ron & Don Higgins Staff Writer — Undeniable, commonly referred to as Mecca II, is the excellent follow-up to Mecca’s brilliant debut release nine years ago. Calling this album a labor of love is an understatement, as it took six years to complete (songwriting began back in 2005) and [...]

Brand New Sin | United State

by Cynthia Jo Staff Writer — Brand New Sin have been through the revolving door of the music industry, lineup changes and issues with record label. Guitarist Tommy Matkowski is a new addition to BNS, while original and founding member, Kris Wiechmann continues to be the rhythm guitarist and [...]

Opeth | Heritage

by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer — It’s never enough to simply wish for creative growth, and this is what this album illustrates better than anything else. A new direction and a new vision for a band are impossible without learning new things about music – something which takes both [...]

Soul Seller | Wings of Freedom

by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer — Though most would cite Scandinavia or Germany as a point of reference for contemporary melodic rock music; there is also a booming Italian scene which brought forward such great acts as Myland, Edge of Forever, Perfect View, Hungryheart and Fabri Kiareli; [...]

Wilco | The Whole Love

by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer — If pastiche is your trade, then you are set for life, as success of Wilco’s latest album proves so convincingly. Apart from finding new ways of mining the legacy of the late 60s and the early 70s, the band is also learning how to garnish small-scale [...]

Steel Panther | Balls Out

by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer — Glam metal revivalists and all-metal saviors Steel Panther have returned with their second album Balls Out. Since their 2009 debut, Death to all but Metal, Steel Panther have been a much sought after band having established strongholds in the United States [...]

Eagleheart | Dreamtherapy

by Joe Mis Staff Writer — If its pure power metal you want, look no further than the upcoming release from the Czech band Eagleheart entitled Dreamtherapy. This hard rocking quintet has been around since 2003 and their veteran status clearly shows on this tight and powerful album. Founded b [...]

Vain | Enough Rope

by Mark Allen Staff Writer — Look up the definition of “cult classic” in the sleaze-glam dictionary (not yet available for Kindle) and you will probably find a picture of Vain’s 1989 debut, No Respect. Unlike the title insinuation, the album actually garnered tons of respect and while [...]
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