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by Kathy Kindred – Editor in Chief – The NAMM experience is a complete immersion into sensory overload. Yes, all five senses. Each year, the National Association of Music Merchants hosts the four-day Winter NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. This year, NAMM [...]
The German Gothic-Rock band Schöngeist is working on a new album and is inviting fans into its world of complicated but clear music, where a dark, Gothic atmosphere is interwoven with refined oriental textures and the expressiveness of Rock. The band is a planning a tour in the fall and will play [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – I wrote in the album review for Rise that every so often you come across a band or album (by mistake) that takes you by surprise. That was the case when I discovered Living Scars, a relatively unknown Christian Hard Rock band from a little place called [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – The American hard rock scene continues to go from strength to strength. Thanks in part to the radio airwaves, more and more bands are coming through, and they are being given the exposure that they desperately need. You only need to check out Sirius [...]
Y&T – A Documentary About the Legendary Classic Rock Band The Film This documentary, narrated by Eddie Trunk and told by front man Dave Meniketti, along with interviews of past and present band members, will tell the great story that is Y&T by the guys who lived it. From the days of [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – According to the National Association of Music Merchants, NAMM, The 2015 Winter NAMM Show was the largest event in its 114-year history. The number of this year’s participating exhib-itors reached a record-setting 1,621, which is a 6 percent [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band helped close out 2014 with a bang with the release of their latest album, titled Stormborn. It’s the band’s sixth album overall, and it appears Bloodbound is still trying to figure out exactly what [...]
by Anabel Dflux – Senior Photojournalist – January 20th, 2015 at Whisky-a-Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA. – Static X: With the unexpected passing of one of the most influential musicians in our industry, Wayne Static of Static X, his friends and family put on a benefit memorial show [...]
by John Kindred – Senior Columnist – January 24, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. – Day 3: Day 3 began by visiting the booths associated with recording, DJ mixing and digital pianos and keyboards. Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson was hanging out chatting with [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – January 18th, 2015 at the Palms Theater in Las Vegas, NV. – One of the greatest rock bands of all time, Styx returned to the Palms Theater on Jan. 18. It has been a year since I had seen the band perform and tonight all bets were on the show was [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – January 17th, 2015 at Eastside Cannery in Las Vegas, NV. – Baltimore’s pride and joy rock band KIX took over Las Vegas this past weekend. The band is on tour in support of their latest release Rock Your Face Off. It is Kix first release in 20 [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist – Military history enthusiasts that happen to be Metal-heads had their prayers answered when the band Sabaton formed in 1999. These hard-driving Swedes recount tales of bravery and valor in every performance. Recently, while supporting their most [...]
by John Kindred – Senior Columnist – January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. – Day 2: Highlights of the day began with Mad Hatter Guitar Products who offer solderless guitar component kits. Meeting face to face with Jospeh Fortmuller owner of Sinister [...]
by John Kindred – Senior Columnist – January 22, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. – Day 1: Winter NAMM 2015 takes place in Anaheim, California from January 22-25 2015. Easily the most important event in the music-making industry calendar, the NAMM show brings [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Back in the ‘80s, the band Zwarte was one of the biggest bands around the Midwest. They are probably known for their greatest hit “Sturgis,” an ode to the largest bike rally in the world, in Sturgis, S.D. All these years later, the main [...]
Polish heavy metallers Divine Weep are preparing to record their sophomore album, the successor to its 2013 release, “Age of the Immortal“. The session is planned for March 2015 in the well-known Hertz Studio (Vader, Behemoth, Decapitated). The sound will be engineered by Piotr Polak and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Is there a hotter name in melodic rock these days than Erik Martensson? Between peforming in W.E.T. and writing and producing for names like Toby Hitchcock, Jimi Jamison and Adrenaline Rush, he has made a big impact on the melodic rock scene in the [...]
On February 21st, 2015, DMR Books will release their first publication entitled Swords of Steel, an anthology of fantasy/horror adventure stories in the tradition of Robert E. Howard, Michael Moorcock, George R.R. Martin, and H.P. Lovecraft. The book will be “mass market” size (6.5” x [...]
The fifth album trailer for Beyond The Red Mirror, the tenth studio release by metal’s highly-esteemed storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN, is now available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: . “We followed this [orchestral] road to see where it would take us, and it led us to writing a [...]
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