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by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Power metal has been popping up from many unlikely places lately, and continuing that trend is the debut release from the Israeli act Desert. Founded in Beer-Sheva, but now calling Tel-Aviv home, this six-piece outfit has released Star of Delusive Hopes on Greek [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Ready for the latest Swedish metal sensation that’s going to rock your world? Part of the exciting musical movement known as the New Wave of Swedish Sleaze Metal, Baby Jane nail the sound, the attitude, the production, the songs, the drums, the… well, they [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Seven years is a long time to wait between releases, but that’s how long fans of the Gothic / melodic metal band Lullacry have been waiting. At long last the Finns have stepped back into the spotlight with Where Angels Fear, an 11 song album that shows no [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – German guitar wizard Axel Rudi Pell is back, right on schedule, with a new studio album, titled Circle of the Oath. This is Pell’s fourteenth studio album (excluding the Ballads series and the Diamonds Unlocked cover album), and his eighth with Hardline [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Former bassist with Australia’s legendary AC/DC unveils the band’s secret world behind the curtain. AC/DC’s rough and tumble existence is revealed through the words of former bassist Mark Evans. Malcolm Young was handling those duties before Evans [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Home to a diverse lineup of artists from melodic rockers Line of Fire to thrashers Blatant Disarray to modern metal bands Vanisher and Age of Ruin to metalcore and hardcore bands like Killwhitneydead and Jonin, Tribunal Records has just celebrated their 100th [...]
by Alex Barbieri Staff Writer – Mission Accomplished: House of Lords on their 2012 European Tour When you get to know House of Lords—singer James Christian, guitarist Jimi Bell, drummer BJ Zampa and bassist Chris McCarvill—you become aware that loyalty is very important to them … [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – There’s been a noticeable trend in recent years towards darker, traditionally-minded heavy metal. We’ve seen it in bands like Portrait, Witchcraft, Blood Ceremony and especially Ghost, and when you look for a common denominator one of the bands that seems [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Somewhere between the sublimity of Bill Frisell’s recent tribute to John Lennon “All We Are Saying…” and the kitsch of Big Jim Sullivan’s renditions of the late 60s- early 70s pop classics, the record at hand is a hit-and-miss affair, albeit [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Jay Parmar returns with his sophomore studio release titled Circle of Fire on Steve Vai’s label Digital Nations.The album follows up his 2005 debut release, Strange Day, and tracks his musical progress and growth over the last seven years. Although it seems [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Long running Danish melodic metal masters Pretty Maids are back with another live offering this year, their first since 2003’s Alive at Least. It Comes Alive – Maid in Switzerland is the title, and it is being released in conjunction with the band’s [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Leave it to the traditional metal merchants at the Pure Steel label to bring back another cult American heavy metal band. After more than two decades on hiatus, New Jersey-based traditional metal band Sleepy Hollow is finally back with a new album. Skull 13 is [...]
by Derric Miller Staff Writer – On the German-based band Lanfear’s sixth studio album, This Harmonic Consonance, we are once again exposed to one of the most glaringly underrated bands on the planet. (Which by the way, is how they tout themselves on their website. It just happens to be [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Much like sitcoms and slasher flicks, modern female-fronted metal bands tend to follow an established formula, leading to an overall sense of ex-changeability within the genre. Sometimes it is impossible to shake the feeling that if you’ve heard one beautiful [...]
by Bartek Paszylk Guest Staff Writer – Sure, we had to wait for this quite a bit but the important thing is that it finally happened. Vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen, both of Helloween’s Keeper of the Seven Keys fame, joined forces in an actual band! Before this we could [...]
by Cynthia Jo Staff Writer – March 2-4, 2012 OC Fairgrounds Costa Mesa, CA The 5th Annual Musink festival rolled around last weekend March 2nd through the 4th to celebrate anything music and ink. Compared to previous years it seemed less populated, yet, fans were there to enjoy the tattoos [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Requiem For The Indifferent is the latest release from veteran Dutch rockers Epica. Founded in 2002, this female-fronted symphonic-orchestral-progressive-death-Gothic-metal group continues to refine and perfect its somewhat over-the-top sound in what is the band’s [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer – March 9, 2012 at Vampd in Las Vegas, NV Jack Russell made a special appearance with his new version of Great White in Las Vegas at Vampd on March 9. They say you have to live the blues in order to sing them and in the past Jack Russell has surely paid his dues. But [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer – February 17, 2012 at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV Back by popular demand, Styx returned to Vegas for a sold out performance at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV. This was my first time at the venue and the acoustics were perfect for this outstanding [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – An inviting promise of a hearty feast of Southern rock, the first two cuts of Lance Lopez’s new album turn out to be deceptive starters. After the initial thrill the juicy, muscly guitar strutting over a life-affirming Elmore James groove on opener “Come [...]
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