Hot off the Press

August 2013

by Cynthia Jo – Columnist – AUGUST 26, 2013 at Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA. – Avenged Sevenfold is back with what might be the crowning to their career. Their fifth full-length studio album Hail to the King was released on Tuesday Aug. 27 and is set to be their second No. [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – The 80s’ was a haven for glam rock and metal, with Mötley Crüe, Kiss and Hanoi Rocks to name just a few, flying the flag of drunken debauchery whilst writing catchy anthemic music. Fast forward nearly thirty years and Reckless Love are attempting a glam [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Hailing from the Czech Republic, pogressive/technical death metal band Mindwork released their debut album, titled Into the Swirl, in 2009. This previously self-released album went mostly unnoticed, but has been newly reissued here in [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist – AUGUST 23, 2013 at Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati, Ohio – Cincinnati’s Riverbend Amphitheater was a sold out, full house for Kid Rock. Themed, “The Best Night Ever” approximately 20,000 Kid Rock, ZZ Top and Uncle [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – It’s been five years since Decyfer Down’s last album Crash, but now they are back with a new lead singer and new record Scarecrow. The formula is still the same with this Christian band, as they incorporate some post-grunge sleaze with their usual hard [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Former Hanoi Rocks singer Michael Monroe returns to the metal scene with his latest release Horns and Halos on Spinefarm Records. Horns and Halos finds Michael Monroe returning to his punk rock New York roots in full metal glory. This album could easily [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist – AUGUST 17, 2013 at WOLF DEN in UNCASVILLE, CT. – Puddle of Mudd is not a band without their fair share of turmoil. However, when Wes Scantlin took the stage there was nothing but support and cheers from a packed house. The line for the [...]
by Steve Patrick – Columnist – Fans of Nevermore and Matt Barlow era Iced Earth can rejoice in the news that Ashes of Ares, the new supergroup made up of Barlow, ex-Iced Earth bassist Freddie Vidales, and former Nevermore drummer Van Williams, will be releasing their eponymous debut [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Hailing from the heart of NASCAR country (Charlotte, North Carolina) is the five-piece alternative rock, metal band known as Another Lost Year. They had released their debut album, Better Days, in late 2012, and have spent much of their time touring with [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist – In a word … SICK!! Wretched is back with their third studio album since 2009 titled Son of Perdition. The melodic death metal band from North Carolina has put out yet another quality production under the Victory Records label. Many don’t [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Blue October are one of the most passionate, talented and dedicated bands in the world today. Their back catalog has always contained splendid diversity, with tracks of alternative rock, hard rock, electronica, acoustic and piano ballads. However all of this [...]
by Steve Patrick – Columnist – Savannah, Georgia-based metal band Baroness made their return to the stage in 2013 following a horrific bus crash last year near Bath, England. Recently, as part of the second leg of their US tour returning to the stage, Baroness came through Columbus, OH [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist – Georgia’s own alternative band, Lullwater, is set to release their debut self-titled album on Sept. 17. The album, recorded at London Bridge Studios, was done totally on tape which lends itself to a quality production. The raw and full sound [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Face It is the latest release from melodic metal’s own one-man-band, Phil Vincent. Phil is out once again to prove that one man CAN do it all – and he succeeds. This is newest in a large and ever-growing discography that includes not only his solo [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Naming your band after a popular Pantera song takes balls and arrogance, and after hearing Snakebite, it’s plain to see that UK rockers The Goddamn Electric have plenty of both and its fully justified. Their energetic rock includes elements of southern [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Fair Warning is one of the “big” names in the melodic hard rock world and as such, there is a tendency to excuse shortcomings for which other bands would be blasted. Well, if you’re inclined to indulge in that tendency, prepare to have lots of [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Nine years after Ryan McCombs gave up vocal duties with Soil to later join Drowning Pool, he returns home to pick up where he left off on 2004’s Redefine with new release Whole. Original members Adam Zadel (guitar) and Tim King (bass) are the only other [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – August 9, 2013 at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Mass. – I made my annual trip back home to Boston to visit family and friends last Friday. Also, to cover the concert featuring Vince Neil, Dokken, LA Guns, and Steelheart in Brockton, Mass. at [...]
by Alex Barbieri – Senior Columnist – Hardrock Haven news flash! Geoff Tate and George Lynch had a musical love child, and its name is Coldspell. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of Coldspell’s sound, but you get the gist. If you’re not yet familiar with the pride of Kiruna, [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Asking Alexandria are one of the UK’s premiere metal acts, and on third album From Death To Destiny, they up the ante with more of their trademark metalcore, as well as incorporating some hard rock to their ever maturing CV. Vocalist Danny Worsnop has had [...]
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