Hot off the Press

May 2012

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – The Pure Steel Records’ Pure Underground division reached deep into the metal vault to find this lost gem. Sacred Heart was a Cleveland-area heavy metal band active for a brief period of time as the 1980s gave way to the ‘90s. The band, which featured [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Few British guitarists have given themselves to the blues with the same tenacity and perseverance as Alvin Lee. What to many of his generation was still a received method, to Lee was an organically absorbed culture he completely assimilated in. And what others [...]
by Chris A. Staff Writer – Georgia-based rock n roll band “Namesake” are currently on tour with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, meeting and making new fans as they promote their soon-to-be released new album. In this video, rock n’ roll writer/photographer Chris A. has a relaxed [...]
by Steve Patrick Staff Writer – Legendary thrash metal vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza’s latest band Hatriot is ready to bring their brand of thrash to new live audiences as soon as possible. Souza is probably best known as the lead singer of Exodus from 1986-1993 and again from 2002-2004. [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Long before “progressive” was a genre – back in the days when it was only a mere adjective – there was Fates Warning. Reaching back into the archives, Metal Blade has remastered Fates’ superb 1994 progressive metal opus Inside Out, bringing a fresh [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Swedish traditional heavy metal band Air Raid makes their debut this year with an EP titled Danger Ahead. Following in the footsteps of fellow Swedes Wolf and Enforcer, Air Raid falls into what has been called the New Wave of Traditional Metal – an emergence [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – If you are an admirer of the Scandinavian melodic-glam-scene, you are probably aware of the Swedish melodic hard rock group called Crazy Lixx. While their name brought them a fair amount of ridicule by segments of the press during their earlier career [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – May 26, 2012 at Divan du Monde, Paris, France The idea of France as a high-tech guitar hotspot takes some getting used to, but anglo-centric doubting Thomases were given something to chew on after tonight’s show at Divan du Monde. The gritty, grotty Parisian [...]
by Steve Patrick Staff Writer – ::: Listen to the interview ::: Your browser does not support this audio format. Few young rock bands exemplify the benefits of hard work and determination better than Halestorm. Case in point, at Rock on the Range in 2009, Halestorm were touring in support of [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – An astounding 31 years in, the Godfathers of industrial metal are back with another shard of noisy anger. Faster and more brutal than just about anything they’ve done before, Relapse reflects both the external events shaping our world and the internal [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – First off, let it be said that Six Feet Under’s Haunted is an absolute death metal classic. Along with its follow-up, Warpath, Chris Barnes and company carved a niche as the best of the groove-oriented death bands. Subsequent releases, while entertaining, [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Once upon a time, fans of this Norwegian glam rock band would wig out whenever they released a new album, their excitement as justified as putting a bullet in a pedophile’s brainstem because the band’s debut was fantastic and was followed up by a genuine [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – It took a quarter of a century, but the metal world can finally witness the return of one of the American cult heavy metal scene’s most beloved bands. Malice is back…sort of. The “sort of” qualifier is there for a couple of reasons, both of which take [...]
by Derric Miller Staff Writer – All Too Human checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about their brand new studio release Juggernaut; how the band has evolved since their last release Entropy 10 years ago; how new singer Gordon Tittsworth (Images of Eden, Dread the Forsaken) joined the band; [...]
by Derric Miller Staff Writer – Hardrock Haven: Congrats on the great new album, 2012, Mario. To start things off, why don’t you give the readers a bit of the inside story on why the band went with 2012 as the title. Obviously, it’s the year 2012, but what about the numerology, [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Stones Grow Her Name is the latest evolutionary step from the Finnish power / progressive metal beast called Sonata Arctica. Evolution is the key word, as Sonata Arctica now blends almost equal parts symphonic metal in with the more familiar power / progressive [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – May 19, 2012 at O2 Academy in Birmingham, UK Black Sabbath’s hugely anticipated homecoming reunion gig was somewhat marred by Bill Ward’s absence and the internet palaver which preceded it, but in the end the show didn’t turn into a riot, a rally in [...]
by John Kindred Publisher – What on oddity to have a band that comprises Englishmen dressed up as Nazi’s, portraying vampires straight out of the World War II era. Calling themselves Stuka Squadron, their name is derived from the German two-man dive bomber squadrons from that time period. [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Fall From Grace have faced their fair share of adversity, but they conquered it by subscribing to the creed that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And “strong” is a good adjective to describe this album’s sound: part modern rock, part [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – French veteran trio Mröglbl led by guitar guru Christophe Godin deliver a familiar brew on their new release: an off-the-wall, heady mixture of jazz fusion, metal, hard rock, prog, and whatever else they feel like including into their whimsically singular [...]
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