Hot off the Press

January 2012

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – The 6-song EP Whispers of War is the debut release from Ohio-based metal band Age of Distrust. The band plays high speed, high aggression, heavy metal with one foot in the thrash metal sound and the other in the traditional metal domain. Throw in some melodic [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy have returned with their ninth studio album Khaos Legions. Over the past decade, fans and media have attached multiple labels to the outfit called Arch Enemy, most notably, ‘female fronted metal’, ‘melodic [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Despite being named after one of the more memorable tragedies in American history, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster is actually a five-piece “atmospheric art metal” act hailing from London, England. Blending influences of old school rock, heavy metal, and [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Embodying the spirit of Warrior-Metal, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr returns with their latest offering Land of the Dead. Starr, who cut his teeth in the band Virgin Steele in the early ‘80s, left the group after two albums, went out on his own, released a solo [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Domain is the second album from Oceans of Night, and the latest in a series of collaborations between songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Scott Mosher and vocalist Scott Oliva. Under the Oceans of Night moniker, the duo delivers an interesting and effective mix of [...]
by Chris A. Staff Writer 70000 Tons of Metal Sailing aboard a 70,000-ton cruise ship, carrying 40 heavy metal bands and 2,000 fans in the Caribbean isn’t your typical holiday; in fact, it’s an adventure of epic proportions. In a nutshell, the 70,000 Tons of Metal experience is a [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer January 14, 2012 at Brixton Academy in London, United Kingdom This was Chickenfoot’s second ever show in London, the band having played here previously in June 2009. During between-the-songs banter Sammy Hagar shared that the band loves coming to the UK, while for [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer On his new solo release – the first in 10 years – Tony MacAlpine presents his classically inspired experimental rock in an edgier, more complex and sombre mood than ever before. One of Mike Varney’s most uniquely gifted former proteges to this day finds fresh [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer German melodic power metal outfit Freedom Call return with a new album that instantly rates as one of the best power metal releases of 2012. Okay, the year is less than a month old, so maybe that’s not saying much, but it really is hard to imagine any melodic power [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer – January 13, 2012 at Vampd in Las Vegas, NV Every once in a blue moon a band comes along and makes you take notice. Newly formed California based band Hotel Diablo is comprised of veteran musicians Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot), Rick Stitch (Ladyjack ex- Adlers Appetite) [...]
by Cynthia Jo Staff Writer Deathcore overall has that evocative, too many breakdowns, monotonous, boring beats, and the heavy synths overuse. One band that puts that into good use is Knoxville sextet, Whitechapel. Their latest EP, Recorrupted, has only five tracks — one which is an original song, [...]
by Derric Miller Staff Writer – Lillian Axe guitarist Steve Blaze checked in to talk about their upcoming studio release The Days Before Tomorrow; the journey of finding and recording with a new singer in Brian Jones; specific tracks like “Take the Bullet” and “Gather Up the [...]
by Chris Danielson Guest Writer – SED RECORDS TO SHOWCASE UP AND COMING ROCK BANDS: HORNET, DAMN DICE & WESTERN SAND; THURSDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2012, AT THE THE INTREPID FOX, SOHO London based independent record label SED Records UK return once again with their free-entry rock nights at [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Along with Steel Panther, Reckless Love is the second part of the plan devised by Universal Music to take over the international melodic rock/glam metal scene. Through their debut album Reckless Love established themselves as one of the premiere [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – With riffs large enough to rattle a cruise ship and more hooks than a fishing derby, Anchored could very well be the next big thing in modern hard rock. Not because they’re particularly fresh or innovative or bring anything new to the game, but for exact [...]
by Derric Miller Staff Writer – Cranking a good drinking song can sometimes be more cathartic than going to confession if you are Catholic or refilling your Viagra prescription if you are … one of “those” guys. On Paisty Jenny’s new EP, Head in a Haze, you will hear one of the best [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Residual Alcatraz is the debut album from North Carolina-based traditional/doom metallers Dogbane, the latest band signed to Heaven and Hell Records. Like most bands in the Heaven and Hell stable, Dogbane’s sound is firmly rooted in the old school, but their [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – The appropriately-titled Volume 1 is the debut album from Australian hard rockers Strange Karma. The Sydney-based band is one of a host of new bands that takes its cues from the classic ‘70s rock sound, but unlike a lot of their peers, Strange Karma has the [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Easily one of the most highly anticipated power metal releases of 2011 (or 2012, depending on the release schedule in your part of the world), Unbreakable is the ninth studio album from German power metal veterans Primal Fear. In the past few years – [...]
by Alex Barbieri Staff Writer – In the Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille, food critic Anton Ego said, “There are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.” [...]
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