Hot off the Press

July 2013

by Steve Patrick – Columnist – It’s not every day that half of The Greatest Band in the World pays a visit to your hometown. That rare occurrence happened to this intrepid journalist recently when Kyle Gass of Tenacious D played a solo gig with his side project, the Kyle Gass Band, at [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1988, Deception Ignored was the third album from German thrash metal band Deathrow. The band had released a pair of solid albums at that point, but it wasn’t until they enlisted Uwe Osterlehner as lead guitarist [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – July 25, 2013 at House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV. The final date of the Apocalyptic Tour featuring Slash and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at the House of Blues in Vegas on July 25 proved to be epic and it was only fitting that the tour end in the [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Australian trio Ragdoll’s second EP Here Today picks up where their promising debut release left off- with explosive and fascinating melodic hard rock. Starting off, title track “Here Today” is a gigantic hard rock anthem. Guitarist Leon Todd’s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Not to rest on one’s laurels is definitely a motto of Andrzej Citowicz, the Polish guitarist who has released his first EP Shot Down? Get Up just a few months ago now comes back with a package of twelve guitar-driven compositions which altogether [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – The first go around of watching Finding the Sacred Heart Live in Philly 1986 was on a laptop. Writing a review based on that small screen and tiny speakers just wouldn’t have done Dio and his band justice. As big as the stage and the presence of Ronnie [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Beautiful Curse is The Quireboys first album of original material since Homewreckers & Heartbreakers which was released in 2008. On show here are twelve tracks of blues influenced rock ‘n’ roll that shows this band have still got it. “Too Much Of a [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Metal icons Judas Priest bring forth, from what has been stated to be their last large scale world tour, the audio and visual experience aptly titled Epitaph. Wrapping up their 50 week tour, where the band performed 120 shows that crossed four continents [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – We Are Infinity is the second full length release from the Swiss sextet AudioLegend. Naming your band AudioLegend is a bit presumptuous and egotistical, but at least they make a valid attempt at living up to it by making solid and enjoyable (but not [...]
by Cameron Edney – Guest Columnist – Metal Warriors Amon Amarth Talk Mayhem, Deceiver of the Gods & More In June Swedish Melodic Death metallers Amon Amarth delivered their ninth studio album Deceiver of the Gods. The band’s latest offering was met with fantastic reviews around [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The early 1970s was an interesting time for rock music. Black Sabbath was essentially writing the rules for heavy metal, and Led Zeppelin was redefining what hard rock sounded like. Across the globe, new bands emerged to take rock n’ [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – New band The Winery Dogs comprised of veteran musicians Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy have just released their self-titled debut album. The band is currently selling out shows in Japan and gearing up for a tour in South America, and the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – July 19, 2013 The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK – It’s uncanny how such compelling moods can be set with such minimal devices. Tonight Nancy G has shown how the simplicity of a voice accompanied by an acoustic guitar can [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Pittsburgh heavy metal quintet Lady Beast releases their self-titled debut full of NWOBHM influences and in particular, odes to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. In female vocalist Deb Levine, Lady Beast has a strong diverse singer, but her best moments come when [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – July 18, 2013 at Southpoint Casino in Las Vegas, NV. – The Southpoint Casino turned into a ’80s extravaganza on Thursday July 18 as special guests Keel and Stephen Pearcy took the stage. Keel made a special Las Vegas appearance and hit the [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – July 12, 2013 at Vamp’d in Las Vegas, NV. – New Super group Cheap Thrill featuring Cinderella members Jeff LaBar and Eric Brittingham also featuring Troy Patrick Farrell and Brandon Gibbs made their Las Vegas debut at Vamp’d in Vegas on July [...]
by Steve Patrick – Columnist – So, Zakk Wylde and Jason Bonham walk into a gay bar. No, this isn’t a set-up for a joke, but rather one of Wylde’s entertaining stories that all of his interviews are filled with. Taking a moment out of his busy schedule during 2013’s [...]
by Erik Tweedy – Guest Columnist – June 29, 2013 at Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA. – Did we just witness the last performance of Queensryche’s legendary Operation Mindcrime played out in its entirety? Perhaps. On June 29, Geoff Tate’s version of Queensryche rolled into the [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Singer guitarist Laura Wilde is currently taking the music world by storm. The Australian singer is currently on the road with Ted Nugent and has been nominated by Vegas Rocks magazine for best new female artist. Laura will also be performing at the Vegas [...]
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