Hot off the Press

July 2013

by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Colorado thrash metallers Havok release their third album Unnatural Selection, paying homage to Slayer and at times Pantera on ten tracks of fury. David Sanchez spits venom like there’s no tomorrow, whilst he also lets rip on guitar along with lead axe man Reece [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – June 29, 2013 at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, NV. – As the temperature soared to 117 degrees, the Summerland Tour kicked into high gear as part of the free concert series at Fremont Street Experience on June 29. This year’s line-up [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Instrumental shredder Tom Kopyto recently released his 2nd studio album Resurrection on Shredguy Records. The album comes 13 years after his first, YTK, which featured Michael Angelo Batio as executive producer. 13 years seems to a long time between albums, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – June 30, 2013 at Barbican Hall in London, United Kingdom – A sold-out 2000-seater posho venue, a standing ovation, and the crowd yelling “Bravo” for what seemed like ages — not bad for a prog-rock band that has been avoiding any [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Been praying for relief from all the Cookie Monster growls, larynx-bleeding screams, and brutal breakdowns that dominate the modern metal scene? Not that there’s anything wrong with that particular style—different strokes for different folks, after [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – German hard rockers Meroe deliver their second album within a year with Suite 524. Opener “I Am” is a decent start, with some good hard rock riffs and a decent solo from Alex Kah. Vocalist Oli Monroe’s raspy voice is pretty strong and at times his harmonious [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – Napalm Records recording artists Huntress have just embarked on this summer’s Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and they are sure to cultivate a whole new crop of fans with their brand of banshee-led metal. The band will also be releasing their highly [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – The Finnish five-piece, Children of Bodom, continues to surpass other Scandinavia metal bands. The evolution of these brutal musicians can be traced back to their debut release of Something Wild in 1997. They can still be thought of as something wild because of [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – More of the same from Blackmore’s Night – but this is a good thing. More of Ritchie’s fabulous guitars, more medieval tunes ready to sing in Sherwood Forest, more odd and unique instruments, and of course – more of Candice Night’s sweet voice… [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – Earlier this year, legendary rock band Deep Purple treated their countless fans to a new studio effort, their first in eight years, and therefore added another worthy chapter to the already rich history of a band that has 45 years under its belt. The album, [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Robin Beck is full of surprises with her new album Underneath. She allowed for some new writers to submit material to her this time. It was a great decision on her part, because she was “blown away” by what she found. In addition to her, Denander and [...]
by Anabel Dflux - Photojournalist – June 29, 2013 at San Manuel Amphitheate in Devore, CA. – Heidi Shepherd – Butcher Babies One of the most highly anticipated metal festivals in the United States, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, finally came around on June 29, taking the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – June 24, 2013 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, United Kingdom – There is a craftier reason — beyond the obvious — why RIAA certification categories are named gold and platinum. A hit song, as was proven again tonight, remains the [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Turkish musician Oganalp Canatan’s power and prog metal CV includes his bands Dreamtone & Iris Mavraki’s Neverland, but this time he goes it alone, with a little help from some heavy metal friends, under the name Maegi. Skies Fall contains 10 tracks of [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Fronted by ex-Vicious Rumors vocalist Brian O’Connor, this red-blooded American heavy metal band will make fans that crave power and thrash in equal measures happier than an ailurophobic running over a stray cat. Deadlands’ DNA consists of bands like [...]
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