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by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – It took a quarter of a century, but the metal world can finally witness the return of one of the American cult heavy metal scene’s most beloved bands. Malice is back…sort of. The “sort of” qualifier is there for a couple of reasons, both of which take [...]
by Derric Miller Staff Writer – Hardrock Haven: Congrats on the great new album, 2012, Mario. To start things off, why don’t you give the readers a bit of the inside story on why the band went with 2012 as the title. Obviously, it’s the year 2012, but what about the numerology, [...]
by Sara McCarthy Staff Writer – May 10, 2012 at The Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater hosted a night of pure rock and roll Thursday night, featuring Candlebox. The group made a stop on their tour bringing with them Sugar Red Drive and Acidic. Starting off the night was [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Stones Grow Her Name is the latest evolutionary step from the Finnish power / progressive metal beast called Sonata Arctica. Evolution is the key word, as Sonata Arctica now blends almost equal parts symphonic metal in with the more familiar power / progressive [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – May 19, 2012 at O2 Academy in Birmingham, UK Black Sabbath’s hugely anticipated homecoming reunion gig was somewhat marred by Bill Ward’s absence and the internet palaver which preceded it, but in the end the show didn’t turn into a riot, a rally in [...]
by John Kindred Publisher – What on oddity to have a band that comprises Englishmen dressed up as Nazi’s, portraying vampires straight out of the World War II era. Calling themselves Stuka Squadron, their name is derived from the German two-man dive bomber squadrons from that time period. [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Fall From Grace have faced their fair share of adversity, but they conquered it by subscribing to the creed that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And “strong” is a good adjective to describe this album’s sound: part modern rock, part [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – French veteran trio Mröglbl led by guitar guru Christophe Godin deliver a familiar brew on their new release: an off-the-wall, heady mixture of jazz fusion, metal, hard rock, prog, and whatever else they feel like including into their whimsically singular [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Back to the Rock: An Interview With John Schlitt If you grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s as a Christian rock fan, then the name John Schlitt is a familiar one. Following a drug-abusing stint with secular rock group Head East, Schlitt became a born again Christian [...]
by Sara McCarthy Staff Writer – May 7, 2012 at New York State Fairgrounds Chevy Court in New York, NY On a very wet and dreary Tuesday night, Rise Against brought their tour to Syracuse, NY. Despite the horrendous weather, a crowd of about 4,000 descended on the New York State Fairgrounds, it [...]
by Alex Barbieri Staff Writer – Reason for the Legion: Interview with Chris Laney on Laney’s Legion … Chris Laney: Producer, engineer, songwriter, artist. Classic Rock magazine called him, “One of Europe’s finest purveyors of sleazy but tuneful hard rock.” And Hardrock Haven [...]
by Shawna Luehring Staff Writer – May 12, 2012 at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO The annual tradition started and carried on by the Kansas City radio station 98.9 the Rock moves into its 20th year. Celebrating the anniversary with 55,000+ fans at this year’s event was featured [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – After vowing not to make any more albums due the sad state of the music biz, public demand and the need for attention seem to have convinced Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy that “Capsules” aren’t necessarily the only way to continue recording. The result of [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – If you get your jollies by discovering unknown bands that sound like they should be bigger than they are, then listening to Teenage Casket Company will get you more excited than the high school geek scoring a date with a hot cheerleader who promises the night will [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Former Dungeon guitarist Stu Marshall is back with another in his series of Empires of Eden projects. The latest album, Empires of Eden’s third release, is titled Channeling the Infinite, and once again it features an impressive array of guest vocalists. The [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – When groundbreaking Chicago area thrash metal band Znowhite lost vocalist Debbie Gunn (she decided to join Sentinel Beast), guitarist Greg Fulton, bassist Scott Schafer and drummer John Slattery III decided to soldier on, bringing in a new vocalist and [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Swiss female-fronted metal trio 69 Chambers has just released its sophomore effort entitled Torque and it is a fine follow up to their 2009 debut, War On The Inside. A bit alternative, a bit Gothic, and a bit old school, 69 Chambers delivers 14 varied and interesting [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – It’s almost impossible to believe that there hasn’t been a Blind Guardian “greatest hits” collection until now. Blind Guardian is arguably the biggest and most important band in power metal, and their career spans a quarter-century and nine studio [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Maryland-based Ironchrist hit the scene in the late ‘80s just as the thrash metal movement was exploding across the country. The members of Ironchrist cut their musical teeth in local punk bands, and you hear a lot of punk and hardcore elements in their [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer – One word that would describe the Charm City Devils in concert is “explosive.” The Baltimore based band is currently on the road in support of their latest release Sins on Fat Lady Music. I first had the opportunity to see the band perform on Cruefest a [...]
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