Hot off the Press

March 2013

by Steve Patrick – Columnist – German thrash pioneers Destruction recently released their latest studio album Spiritual Genocide on Nuclear Blast. The record is a crushing declaration from the Teutonic band that they have no intention of slowing down even after 30 years in the music [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Hollywood Undead is a band whose image brings nothing new to world of music. Hiding the band’s visage with masks obviously goes back to the most notable band, KISS, whose members are the masters of at keeping their identity hidden. Flash forward to the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Take one part Bullet For My Valentine, add one part Lady Gaga and a hint of underground metal, beat vigorously with massive double bass drums and slice with razor sharp guitar riffs – that’s probably an apt recipe for Amaranthe’s upcoming sophomore [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist – March 5, 2013 at Bogarts in Cincinnati, Ohio Stars in Stereo, a five-piece rock n’ roll band opened the show for co-headliners Drowning Pool and Flyleaf on a blustery winter evening in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fronted by a young female vocalist [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – Here’s one that sneaked by us last year, but is very much worth another look. The Great Bear is the third full-length release from Silencer, a Denver-based metal band that has been active since the late 1990s. Silencer is a tough [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Back in 2002 when there was only one version of Great White, the band released Recover, an album of … covers! Collector’s Dream Records took it upon themselves to re-release the album under a different name with a slightly different track order. [...]
by Steve Patrick – Columnist – Swedish metal outfit Soilwork have recently released their latest album, The Living Infinite. The record is in fact a double album which is definitely unusual for a 2013 release. After undergoing some personnel changes, the band set out to create a record [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – Pennsylvania-based progressive metal band MindMaze have just released their debut album, titled Mask of Lies, independently. The female-fronted band, which was previously active under the name Necromance, plays a fairly traditional [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Out of the “Big 4,” there’s only one band with a singer who can truly be defined as a “gifted vocalist.” There’s only one frontman out of the four who sings with melody, who owns a range akin to a Power Metal singer, and basically one [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – When you think of the key bands in the early power metal scene, the ones in Germany that totally wrote the playbook for the whole genre, the same bands always come to mind. Helloween, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, and…Scanner? Well, [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – The Wild Rose camp has got to be one of the hardest working in the Greek rock scene; in 2011 Wild Rose debuted with Half Past Midnight, an album that redefined such terms as “retro” and “’80s-oriented” melodic rock. What followed was a [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – December 19, 1944 – March 6, 2013 It’s rare for impeccable virtuosity to coincide with true depth of feeling. And even those artists how manage to unite both, can seldom create lasting works where listeners can identify with the music and [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Alien Heart is the new release from the Italian “Intimate Gothic Metal” act Godyva. Not many people will understand the “intimate Gothic” description – perhaps “progressive Gothic” is a better term. Whatever else you choose to call it, [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – From Sweden, Denied’s roots go back to 2003, when Andreas Carlsson founded the band. It’s taken a decade for the lineup to be solidified and an official album to be released. Pete Dolls took over the drum throne in 2005. In 2009, Johan Fahlberg (Jaded [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – November Red is the third release from the German progressive metal band Dante, and a fine release it is. This epic seven track CD is a solid follow up to their prior releases, The Inner Circle (2008) and Saturnine (2010), and the 2 plus year gap between [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – In 2008, Metal Mind Productions re-released Flotsam and Jetsam’s studio album Cuatro. This was the fourth album released by Flotsam and Jetsam and originally was released by MCA Records on Oct. 13, 1992. The re-release is re-mastered and features five [...]
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