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by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Finnish modern melodic rock group Carmen Gray are back with their third studio album Gates of Loneliness. Carmen Gray have been a household name of the Finnish scene for over seven years and yet they are just making their debut in the international rock [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Somewhere between endearing nostalgia and eerily sterile earnestness, the self-titled debut by Swedish quintet Gin Lady offers an accurate, yet somewhat stultified impression from the 70s hard rock template. Hefty grooves, catchy melodies, and [...]
by Marija Brettle Staff Writer – The Quireboys first emerged during the late 1980’s with the classic singles ‘There She Goes Again’ and ‘Hey You’, incorporating elements of blues, as well as rock ’n’ roll. In 1990 they were signed by EMI for the release of their acclaimed debut, [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Emerging at the tail end of the NWOBHM scene, Brighton-based band Deathwish, along with bands like Onslaught and Xentrix, was part of the UK’s answer to the emerging Bay Area thrash scene in the US. With their high-speed riffing, heavy rhythms, hardcore [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Post-industrial meets hard rock meets sleaze-metal in an expectations-exceeding mash-up on this debut from rock ‘n’ roll insurgent Davey Suicide. The press release refers to him as “a rebel raging through town with distortion blaring, middle finger in the [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Since the release of their debut- Double Eclipse – in 1992 it took a good decade for the world to see a second Hardline album (II) and another seven years for a third one (Leaving the End Open); so clearly few would have expected a fourth Hardline [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – 2012 is a very interesting time for Swedish power metal band Sabaton. At a time when the band is arguably on top of the world – impressive sales numbers at home and abroad, steady touring and being one of the only real breakout power metal bands in the US [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – When the press release proclaims “the metal world will never be the same” with the release of your new record, the pressure is on to provide evidence. Which Jeff Loomis tries to do on his sophomore solo release with iron-jawed resolve. From the rapid-fire [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – There is a song on Money, Sex & Power called “Sleaze Deluxe” and that title could also serve as a perfect two-word encapsulation of this album. For their third time at bat, these youngsters have knocked it out of the park by joining the ranks of the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – The new EP release by George Lynch is an instantly gratifying guitar fest comprised of 4 rousing instrumentals – all about the shred-meister’s technical brilliance, but also his sharply focused, vigorous songwriting. Raunchy grooves and blistering solos [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Modern Day Escape’s latest shot at leaving a mark on the modern metal market is Under the Gun, a serviceably rote release in the Escape the Fate or Black Veil Brides vein. In other words, the skinny-legged jeans-wearing congregation at Hot Topic will suck this [...]
by John Kindred Publisher – Shredguy Records’ latest guitar prodigy, Chris Bickley, has stepped forth from the shadows and has released his debut solo CD titled Tapestry of Souls. Bickley hasn’t actually been hidden from view; he has been hammering out an existence as a musician at a [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – The Pure Steel Records’ Pure Underground division reached deep into the metal vault to find this lost gem. Sacred Heart was a Cleveland-area heavy metal band active for a brief period of time as the 1980s gave way to the ‘90s. The band, which featured [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Few British guitarists have given themselves to the blues with the same tenacity and perseverance as Alvin Lee. What to many of his generation was still a received method, to Lee was an organically absorbed culture he completely assimilated in. And what others [...]
by Chris A. Staff Writer – Georgia-based rock n roll band “Namesake” are currently on tour with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, meeting and making new fans as they promote their soon-to-be released new album. In this video, rock n’ roll writer/photographer Chris A. has a relaxed [...]
by Steve Patrick Staff Writer – Legendary thrash metal vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza’s latest band Hatriot is ready to bring their brand of thrash to new live audiences as soon as possible. Souza is probably best known as the lead singer of Exodus from 1986-1993 and again from 2002-2004. [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Long before “progressive” was a genre – back in the days when it was only a mere adjective – there was Fates Warning. Reaching back into the archives, Metal Blade has remastered Fates’ superb 1994 progressive metal opus Inside Out, bringing a fresh [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Swedish traditional heavy metal band Air Raid makes their debut this year with an EP titled Danger Ahead. Following in the footsteps of fellow Swedes Wolf and Enforcer, Air Raid falls into what has been called the New Wave of Traditional Metal – an emergence [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – If you are an admirer of the Scandinavian melodic-glam-scene, you are probably aware of the Swedish melodic hard rock group called Crazy Lixx. While their name brought them a fair amount of ridicule by segments of the press during their earlier career [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – May 26, 2012 at Divan du Monde, Paris, France The idea of France as a high-tech guitar hotspot takes some getting used to, but anglo-centric doubting Thomases were given something to chew on after tonight’s show at Divan du Monde. The gritty, grotty Parisian [...]
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