Hot off the Press

March 2013

by Steve Patrick – Columnist – Atlanta-based rock/metal band Royal Thunder recently came through Columbus, OH on March 1st as part of their tour with Ancient VVisdom as support. The Relapse Records recording artists’ sound can be described as ominous Sabbath-esque riffs wedded with [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – Releasing a first class AOR album each year is nothing to be taken lightly, and that is exactly what guitarist Andy Rock and Wild Rose have been up to for the past three years. We contacted Andy Rock to find out first hand what is the drive behind Wild [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – The band may hail from the land of pizza, pasta, and Pisa (as in, the Leaning Tower of), but their name summons up images of sleazy Sunset Strip glam-metal circa 1989. And there certainly are some glam-sleaze elements supplementing Beverly Killz’ [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – Swedish heavy rockers Mustasch are back with a new studio album, their sixth overall, titled Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven. The album has actually been out for about a year overseas, but it’s finally getting a proper US release [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – A collection of Ratt’s first five albums not only sums up the spirit of the Eighties, but also reminds us how much originality and sheer musical brilliance never received proper recognition from the industry. Ratt may have been multi-million [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – It’s been five years since Swiss melodic hard rockers Charing Cross’s debut album We Are…Charing Cross, one of the more promising debuts in the European melodic hard rock scene in recent years. The band is finally back with a [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – One of the most remarkable success stories in modern metal, Bullet For My Valentine, hit the music stores once again with their fourth all-original studio album Temper Temper. Temper Temper features the established line up of lead singer, guitarist [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Afterlife is the debut from American operatic rock act Upon Wings. Built around the sweet soprano of Anne Autumn Erickson, the four tracks are a blending of operatic rock, pop, and Gothic metal. Despite being a relative unknown, Upon Wings has some [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist – MARCH 12, 2013, TOAD’S PLACE, NEW HAVEN, CT – Adrenaline Mob is a culmination of epic musicians who formed a metal super-group. On the first night of the band’s tour, The Mob performed at New Haven’s famous, Toad’s Place. A [...]
by Cameron Edney – Guest Columnist – March 09 – 10, 2013 at All Phones Arena in Sydney, Australia – Growing up there wasn’t too many bands that made the impression on me that Kiss did. Having older siblings who were part of Kissteria in 1980 here in Australia, it was only a [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It really seems like yesterday when the debut album by some newcomer glam metal band boldly named Steel Panther hit the music stores in Europe; Feel the Steel became available in May 2009 effectively putting hair metal on the map as an international [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Photojournalist – March 6, 2013 at De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands – NEAL MORSE BAND & THE FLOWER KINGS TOUR 2013 Mike Portnoy joins Neal, his band and The Flower Kings during the European tour. Set List: 1. Momentum 2. Weathering Sky 3. Author of [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist – MARCH 10, 2013 DEWEY’S PUB, SEYMOUR, CT – At 11pm on March 10th, in a small Connecticut town, Helstar arrived and tore the roof off of Dewey’s Pub! The oldest bar in Seymour was full of die-hard Helstar fans. They couldn’t believe [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Anyone who enjoys crushingly heavy metal-core with clean-cut choruses and high production values will go absolutely paroxysmal with happiness when they hear this major label debut from Fit For A King (FFAK). Like fellow label mates Demon Hunter, these [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – Greek melodic hard rock band Danger Angel is back with their second full length album Revolutia. Danger Angel were one of the first Greek bands to establish a deal with American label Perris Records back in 2009 at which point their debut album was [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Picture this: the lush goth-rock of Evanescence entwined with the fragile-yet-powerful vocals of Flyleaf filigreed with some muscular modern hard rock and occasionally sprinkled with some metal-core or scream-core or whatever core you want to call it. [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Mark McGee, who once was an axeman of power metal act Vicious Rumors and played alongside the legendary Gregg Allman, is now running his own project Luvplanet, and he is an important figure in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. With Hardrock [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – It’s been a minute since the last Heaven & Earth release. The band has been piloted by Stuart Smith since the ‘90s. And since 1998, Heaven & Earth has released two full-length albums; Stuart Smith’s Heaven & Earth 1998 and Windows [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – Most following the contemporary melodic rock scene are well aware of the Swedish female-fronted melodic hard rock group Alyson Avenue. Active in the early 2000s, Alyson Avenue released two highly regarded albums in Presence of Mind (2001) and Omega [...]
by Alex Barbieri – Columnist – Seasons change, and so do band lineups, and 2013 finds Stacey Blades—formerly the guitarist in Roxx Gang and LA Guns—a solo gun. Let’s give Blades a call at his home in Los Angeles and see what he’s up to these days. HRH: Stacey, it’s Alex, thank [...]
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