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by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Fans who have been chomping at the bit to sink their teeth—well, ears, technically—into this comeback album from Trixter will find it to be a mixed bag. There are some sweet melodic hard rock treats to be savored, but there are some less-tasty tricks as well. [...]
by Scott Alisoglu Guest Writer – Jack Blades has been a name associated with numerous melodically potent, spirited rock albums over the past three decades, the best known being Night Ranger, Shaw/Blades, and Damn Yankees. Blades took a look back over his storied career and summarized the ups, [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Half a decade has passed since this German band released their last CD. In the world at large, much has changed since then. Obama is the President of the United States. Bin Laden bit a bullet. Miley Cyrus is now legal. But what has not changed in those five years [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Finnish progressive metal band Status Minor is back with their second full-length album, titled Ouroboros. The band turned some heads with their 2009 debut Dialog, and if anything Ouroboros is an even stronger album. The band still plays a highly melodic, Dream [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – If you’re the kind of fan of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s melodic rock scene that still follows the bands all these years later, you’re no doubt aware of the fact that the original Tyketto lineup is back together and has a new album out. Tyketto’s [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Danish melodic/progressive metal band Royal Hunt celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, and what better way to do that than with an extensive, multi-disc “best of” collection that captures the highlights of the band’s career and best albums? [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – More and more interesting rock of all sub-genres is coming out of Italy these days, and fans of flowing and melodic progressive rock are in for a treat if they pick up the debut album from the Italian 3-piece, L’Alba Di Morrigan. The Turin-based trio has just [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – You’ll need a turntable to hear this release as it will not be available in any other format but a vinyl LP – a decision Jimmy Page perhaps took as a tribute to the epoch when the material was recorded while subtly hinting at its exclusivity. A compilation [...]
by Ron Higgins Staff Writer – Serpents Kiss is the first album from the unlikely duo of original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and Christian metal guitarist Paul May. Although this is their first full-blown collaboration, May has appeared on some Al Atkins solo albums in the past. So the [...]
by Steve Patrick Staff Writer – Terrance Zdunich is one of the world’s true Renaissance men. Not only did he come up with the ridiculously original concept of Repo! The Genetic Opera, but he also developed the visuals in the cult classic movie musical, composed the film’s songs, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – April 5, 2012 at Purple Turtle in London, U.K. Keeping in step with the perpetually changing underground rock scene, the famous Purple Turtle bar in London’s Camden Town is now hosting a radically different breed of rock star candidates compared to 5 or even [...]
by Chris A. Staff Writer – Meet Columbus-based hard-rock band SEVER. Combining high energy vocals with thick classic rock and thrash inspired licks, this foursome has the potential to move up the rock ‘n roll food chain. Check out more about sever at www.reverbnation.com/sever and [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – In retrospect most would agree that Accept served the metal community with one of the best comebacks in the new decade through Blood of the Nations. Blood of the Nations introduced American singer Mark Tornillo as the front-man of Accept along side founding [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – The Veer Union sound a bit more pissed off since their last effort, Against the Grain. Maybe it’s because their label dropped them after just one album. Maybe it’s because two members bid the band adieu at a critical juncture. Or maybe it’s just because [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska Staff Writer – Forget the 2007 farewell: Tyketto is back and not to call it quits! New Jersey rockers, known from such classics of melodic rock as Forever Young or The End of the Summer Days released in the early ‘90s, return in triumph with their new album Dig in [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska Staff Writer – Having released their first self-titled album in 1990, Trixter achieved some moderate success but was never able to be counted among the biggest acts of an era. The story of this underrated band follows perfectly the hair band cliché: early success – [...]
by Marcel ”Mars” Groeneveld Staff Writer – Of course when you say Donny Vie, one thing comes to mind, frontman of the amazing ‘90s poprock sensations Enuff Z’Nuff. But he is not only just that. He is a minstrel, a painter with words, so much a poetic songwriter and a multiply talented [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – This self-titled release is the first full-length album from Swedish crossover/thrash metal band Dr. Living Dead. The band, whose members operate under aliases (Drs. Rad, Dawn, Toxic and Ape) and wear skull masks, obviously have a real love for classic thrash [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – You know those female-fronted metal bands where a rousing symphonic arrangement sets the stage for a doe-eyed waif in a Stevie Nicks dress to emerge, much like a delicate flower, to serenade us with a light and airy operatic verse – possibly about leaves [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Not exactly bringing anything new to the modern hard rock/metal stakes is Nox Aeris, the latest album from Chicago-based Janus. While it’s all played very well and professionally engineered, the band’s Chevelle-meets-Red style of dark, melodic, [...]
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