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by Gary Dean Staff Writer – March 23, 2012 at Harrahs Voodoo Lounge in Kansas City, MO Van Mclain, singer, songwriter and guitartist for Shooting Star, kicked off his new solo project, “Van and the Movers,” at The VooDoo Lounge, in Kansas City on March 23. Van and other members of [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Greek-Swedish melodic death metal outfit Nightrage is back with its fifth studio album Insidious. It is the band’s third album under Lifeforce Records and is being promoted as their best work ever. Nightrage is bandleader: guitarist Marios Iliopoulos, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska Staff Writer – Italian revolution in the European scene? Who knows! Ferrara-based Voodoo Highway is one of the young, promising bands that emerged from this Mediterranean country in recent years. Surprisingly enough – what they delivers is ‘70s-oriented hard rock [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – Brendan Small is a talented guy. Come on, he’s managed to successfully blend extreme metal and comedy on the surprisingly popular Metalocalypse. Plus, he spearheaded one of the most underrated animated shows of the last 20 years (Home Movies). On top of all [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Judas Priest originally was formed in 1969 in Birmingham, England, but they didn’t solidify the core of the band until 1974 before recording their first studio album Rocka Rolla. Originally a four-piece outfit rounded out by Halford, Downing and Hill, [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – The latest entry in Tom Galley’s long-running super-group series sees the man summoning another impressive talent pool to deliver the songs, and therein immediately lies the problem: the talent is impressive, the songs… not so much. Listening to this album, [...]
by Steve Patrick Staff Writer – The Canadian horde known as 3 Inches of Blood have been flying the flag of heavy metal for over a decade. Immediately recognizable thanks to Cam Pipes ear-shattering high notes, the band has a hard-earned and well-deserved reputation of destroying audiences [...]
by Steve Patrick Staff Writer – Guitarist/producer Paul Crook has a pretty impressive resume thus far. He toured and recorded with the mighty Anthrax on Stomp 442 and Volume 8: The Threat Is Real, the latter of which he also co-produced. Ex-Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach then enlisted Crook [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – It would be safe to assume that any conversation regarding the pioneers of the glam/sleaze metal scene of the United Kingdom in the ‘80s is would bring two band references to front- these are Tigertailz and Wrathchild. Though Wrathchild did not release a [...]
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 [...]
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