Hot off the Press

July 2013

by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – The man behind Miss Crazy (and a few other bands, like Freakshow with Jeff LeBar, Tony Franklin and Frankie Banali), Markus Allen Christopher, is back at it with a solo effort aptly called Hard Rock 101. If there’s anyone producing no frills, straight up [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Digital Summer is an extraordinary band. Not only do they make highly energetic and infectious hard rock, but away from the stage and recording studio, all the members work full time jobs to pay the bills. The band itself, who have released three studio albums thus [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Jazz fusion is a difficult genre to engage in – many have tried and few have succeeded. How much of rock’s swagger do you surrender to the knowingness of jazz? And how much of the jazz’s expansiveness do you curtail to align with rock’s laconic [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – July 7, 2013 at Electric Ballroom, London, United Kingdom – Once innovative and edgy, these days Suicidal Tendencies fit like an old shoe. Not quite a nostalgia act, but the kind of a band that raises no controversy. Which is a good thing when you [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – It’s called pop-core. Take the sugary hooks and squeaky-clean vocals of bands like Blink 182, merge them with the growls, screams, and breakdowns of hardcore, and presto, you’ve got yourself a nice, shiny, pre-packaged subgenre to sell to the masses. [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Swiss four-piece Adrenaline 101 release their sophomore album Demons In The Closet, with ten tracks of hard rock containing sleaze elements and occasional rap-core. It is an album with enough diversity to keep the listener engaged, but not always fulfilled. The [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – According to legend, “wood shampoo” refers to being struck repeatedly on the head with a wooden object such as a club, nightstick, or baseball bat. Fortunately there is nothing quite as drastic here, and the debut release from the band called Wood Shampoo [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The return of the (mostly) original lineup of the mighty Black Sabbath has been one of the bigger stories in metal recently, so the band’s new studio album, titled 13, has been eagerly anticipated. 13 is Black Sabbath’s first studio album [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – According to some critics, commercial modern hard rock is a dying genre, gasping its last, suffering the same fate as hair-metal did circa. 1991. In other words, too many bands that all sound identical, stifling creativity and fostering an atmosphere of [...]
by Ron Higgins - Columnist – King Kobra are back again. This time, it’s their release II, which is actually their 6th studio album, not their 2nd. That would be Thrill of a Lifetime, which was the follow-up to their debut album Ready to Strike, not their self-titled King Kobra album, which [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Swedish four-piece The Quill return with their stoner/southern influenced hard rock for latest release Tiger Blood. Back in the fold is original member Roger Nilsson, who returns to bass duties after seven years away, and he joins ex-Hanoi Rocks man Jolle Atlagic [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Toby Knapp’s follow up to 2010’s The Campaign has been three years in the making. That doesn’t mean Knapp was holed up in a studio for three years, but life had reared its ugly head, causing Knapp to re-evaluate his situation as a musician and a person. [...]
by Lexi Baird - Guest Columnist – July 11, 2013 at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh N.C. – Garage Rock, a very simple, raw subgenre of rock and roll music that was originally popular in the 1960’s is making another comeback. Or is it? In the early 2000’s, several bands [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Having already delivered a deluxe reissue of Forte’s debut album Stranger Than Fiction, not to mention presenting the band’s scorching comeback album Unholy War, reissue specialists Divebomb Records have turned their attention to the [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – July 4th At Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, NV. – What better way to spend July 4th than in Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience with Three Days Grace? The week also sparked the return of the UFC fights to the area. Special treat was seeing [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Veteran rocker Pat Travers has had a storied career over the last 3 decades, and his latest release entitled Can Do shows that he hasn’t lost a step. The Canadian guitarist/vocalist started as a straight up hard rock musician, then drifted into softer rock [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – New Supergroup Cheap Thrill featuring Cinderella duo Eric Brittingham and Jeff Labar, drummer Troy Patrick Farrell and singer Brandon Gibbs is gearing up for their Las Vegas Debut July 12 at Vamp’d. Drummer Troy Patrick Farrell unveils exclusive details [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Christian hard rockers Skillet are back with a concept album for their ninth release Rise, packed full of high energy and catchy anthems. Singer John Cooper revealed the theme for the album is based upon a normal American teenager growing up into a world full of [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – LA rock band Venrez are gearing up for their release of American Illusion on July 30. The band has released a video directed by Natalie Bible called “Unforeseen.” Lead singer Steven Berez better known, as Ven is huge on writing lyrics that make you [...]
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