Hot off the Press

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by Sherry Thomas – Columnist – Seven Kingdoms’ third offering (the second with powerhouse vocalist Sabrina Valentine), The Fire Is Mine, delivers pure heat from start to finish. The album, which was released on Nightmare Records, shows that the band is going in the right [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It is nearly impossible to claim that AOR legend Jimi Jamison has been one to neglect his fans and audience in any way: 2011 saw the release of two full-length studio collaborations, the highly acclaimed Kimball – Jamison duet album and the lesser [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – It only took around 11 years, but the most talented band to come out of Sioux Falls, S.D. in over a decade finally released an album of original music — 26 songs to be exact. Well, not all are originals; each band member chose one cover song, so [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Guitarist Tore St Moren has spent the majority of his professional career as a member of Jorn. Since 1999, he also has worked in other bands, such as Rain, Street Legal, Carnivora and Arctutus. After years of working with the celebrated Jorn Lande, Tore St [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – William Shakespeare once wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Well, to paraphrase the bard, a Kane Roberts album by any other name would still sound as sweet. You see, when the Rambo-emulating guitarist who gained a following by [...]
by Trevor Portz – Columnist – Offering up a solution to something most wouldn’t deem a problem, Croatian depressive-metallers Ashes You Leave have apparently discovered The Cure for Happiness. Certainly bearing some resemblance to now-extinct Finish rockers Sentenced (and the offshoot [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Sonja Perenda probably is not a familiar name to many outside of her native Austria, but this operatic singer is out to change that. Sonja has released her debut album entitled Time Has Come, and it should do wonders. Not purely operatic or symphonic [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Well, what have we here? Metal-core that actually dares to crack—if not outright break—the mold? A metal-core band that boldly challenges what is acceptable within the genre and seeks to expand the boundaries? And we’re not just talking about [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor/Senior Columnist – Originally released in 1989, Control and Resistance was the second album from Texas-based Watchtower, one of the true underground legends of the progressive metal genre. The four years between this album and the band’s 1985 debut [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – John Corabi’s most notable claim to fame was replacing Vince Neil in Motley Crue from 1992 to ’96, recording one album with the band, the self-titled Motley Crue. His first exposure to the world came with the band The Scream, which featured guitarist [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – An album called Payback Time would seem to be one rife with anger, frustration, darkness and hopefully violence. But Swiss band Silver Dirt almost takes the expression in a new direction on their third album release, with music so professional, [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – It’s a fact that AC/DC won’t be around forever, and that means the band’s infectious brand of raw rock ‘n’ roll will live on in the music, but it eventually will be lost to the live venues. Now, it seems that every country has its own version of [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Looking for a rocking way to celebrate the season? Look no further than the instrumental release by Intuition entitled A Season To Rock. Intuition is a group of musicians fronted by well-respected guitarist Mike Bidwell and standout drummer Gaetano [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor/Senior Columnist – Washington, DC-based metal band Fallen Martyr released their full-length debut (after a pair of prior EPs), titled Shadows, this year on the Siegen label. The band has a sound that’s tough to classify, as they can swing from the most [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Texas Hippie Coalition refer to their loud, oversized, and utterly infectious brand of heavy rock as “red dirt metal,” a tip of their Stetsons to the Red River Valley where they originated, but most hard rocking hell-raisers will probably just call [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Candlelight Red is a hard rocking quartet hailing from that hotbed of metal – central Pennsylvania. They’ve just released Demons, a four track follow up EP to their well-received debut album, The Wreckage. These guys are a young band, and have [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor/ Senior Columnist – Swedish retro hard rock band Graveyard didn’t waste any time getting their third album out. Lights Out is the band’s second release in two years and second release since signing to Nuclear Blast. Graveyard’s 2011 album Hisingen [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Norwegian melodic rock princess Issa Oversveen returns with her third album in as many years. This time she’s hopping on the covers album bandwagon and while that bandwagon is as overdone as a kielbasa left on the grill for too long, Issa’s [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Lebanon and heavy metal – an unlikely pairing perhaps, but Ostura is doing their best to put the Lebanese metal scene on the world-wide map with their debut release Ashes of the Reborn. Ostura (meaning “legend” in Arabic) was founded in 2009 by [...]
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