Hot off the Press

June 2012

by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – After a four-year wait between Solens Rötter and Jordpuls, the members of Vintersorg—Andreas Hedlund and Mattias Marklund—have returned to a regular, annual album release schedule. Orkan, Swedish for “hurricane,” picks up where its predecessor left off, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – The contrast of two sui generis voices – Chuck Billy’s fire-eating roar and Steve Souza’s gelastic snarl continue to stamp Dublin Death Patrol’s releases with an instantly recognisable sound. Having three guitarists proves to be not a trivial decision [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer – June 22, 2012 at the Staples Center at Los Angeles, CA For four decades the Scorpions have given us quality rock music with love, relationships, party and politics in their music and lyrics with respect. The band is currently on their two year farewell tour, Get [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer – Former Rude Girl members Leather Leone and Sandy Sledge are finishing what they started with their new band Sledge Leather. The band has just released a new CD entitled Imagine Me Alive that incorporates all of the hard edge, dark tones, and driving rhythms of Rude [...]
by Ron Higgins Staff Writer – Riot Avenue is the third release from the impressive Swedish outfit Crazy Lixx. It’s their second release on Frontiers Records, following their sophomore album New Religion in 2010 (their debut album Loud Minority was independently released in 2007). Although [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – When none other than Blackie Lawless calls a band “kick ass” but then follows it up by calling them crazy, you can guarantee you’re not listening to music that has the Southern Baptist Convention seal of approval. Fatal Smile does indeed kick ass on this [...]
by John Kindred Publisher – While Tapestry of Souls is Chris Bickley’s first solo release he has been carving out an existence as a musician for several years now. He currently handles guitar duties in the blues-rock band Thunderhead and is the guitarist for Terri Lane’s band, working [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer Second album from this Christian metalcore act finds a new singer handling the microphone and also finds the band still refining their sound. To Speak of Wolves seem a little unsure whether they want to be an oldschool metalcore band, all fury and heaviness and rage and [...]
by Derric Miller Managing Editor “She’s cocaine pleasure but she’s all pain.” For most of society–at least the ones self-aware enough to understand the soul-sapping dynamics of “relationships”–that one simple lyric culminates in an eerie yet apropos [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer – March 23, 2012 at the Canyon Club at Agoura Hills, CA Supporting MSG’s latest album Temple Of Rock brought about the reunion of Michael Schenker and Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group) for their first U.S. tour together in almost 20 years. The show was [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Reverence, metal’s latest band to emerge from the Motor City, Detroit that is, have released their debut album When Darkness Calls on Razor Ice Records. The group was founded in 2010 by Toyko Blade guitarist Bryan Holland and vocalist Todd Michael Hall, who [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – U.K. premiere Report: June 16, 2012, Sheffield, UK Few of us can imagine what it was like to be Jason Becker back in 1989 – a 20 year-old internationally acclaimed virtuoso about to start touring with David Lee Roth as his new guitarist. Even fewer can [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – It has been two years since the release of Days of Defiance and Greek-based melodic-power metallers Firewind are back with their seventh studio offering entitled Few Against Many. A couple word tours and quite a few side-projects intervening, Firewind are [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Chrysalis Records continues to revisit the past recorded works of UFO; this time around looking back to the “post-Schenker” albums. These five studio albums, along with live recordings, rare tracks, alternate takes, single edits comprise the five-CD set [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Italian power metal band Clairvoyants may have started out as an Iron Maiden cover band, but with their 2009 debut Word to the Wise they proved to the metal world just how powerful their own music was. Unfortunately, despite Word to the Wise being one of that [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer – April 20, 2012 at the Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA. San Francisco area based hard rock band Y&T rocked Southern California Friday night at the Canyon Club. Dave Meniketti the founder Vocalist and guitarist told the crowd that Black Tiger was released 30 [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer – New French Metal band Lilith to Kill Talks with HRH Hardrock Haven: What age did you start singing? Lilith: I always wanted to sing and make music! For me it’s really essential! I can’t live without! So I sing since very long time. Hardrock Haven: Your [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer – My first meeting with Terry was during 1990 through a friend who I was working with at a music artist management company. After meeting Terry my friend went on to becoming XYZ’s tour manager for their first U.S. tour. On that tour when XYZ came to [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Norwegian super-vocalist Jorn Lande and company are back with a new album, titled Bring Heavy Rock to the Land. It’s Jorn’s first original studio album since 2009’s Spirit Black, but Jorn has hardly been idle these past few years. In addition to his work [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Sweden’s One Without is releasing a 4 track EP entitled Numbers both as a follow up to their dynamic 2011 release Sweet Release and as a teaser to keep their fans happy while working on their next full length CD. They are continuing what has become a tradition – [...]
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