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by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Derek Davis’ name may not be as familiar to hard rock fans as, say, Bret Michaels, but he also fronted a hair metal band back in the day. But whereas Michaels and Poison sold 25 million records, Davis and Babylon A.D. sold… not 25 million records. They were [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer – California rock band Venrez has just wrapped up a very successful tour with Fuel. Comprised of Steven Berez aka Venrez, Jason Womack on guitar, Alex Kane on guitar, Ed Davis on drums, and Michael Bradford on bass. Venrez is gearing up for a February 28th release of [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Quantum Leap is the second album from Greek progressive metal band Persona Non Grata. When the band debuted with 2009’s Shade in the Light, they were clearly operating from the Dream Theater/Fates Warning playbook, and that’s true of this album as well. You [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – Grab your chain mail and turkey leg, Dutch folk metallers Heidevolk are back! Following their well-received third album, Uit Oude Grond, the band that proved twin, clean, male-lead vocals can be done in a very effective and metal way have delivered yet another [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – British modern-melodic hard rock band The Morning After are back in 2012 with their brand new second album Legacy; and it is the UK’s answer to Blessed by a Broken Heart. Having debuted in the summer of 2009 with You Can’t Hurt Steel, the young quartet [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Back in 2010, Scorpions fans were stung by the announcement that Sting in the Tail would be the band’s final album, the accompanying tour the band’s farewell. As a swan song, the album expertly captured all the elements that made the Scorps a hard rock success [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – It would be safe to assume that a good part of the international community dreamed of this day during the past decade, the day when Van Halen would put out a new studio album. Well A Different Kind of Truth is indeed that and a hell of a fiery record. For [...]
by Steve Beebee Guest Staff Writer – The most important thing to know about The Trial – this remarkable, squalling, sneering, despairing riot of art rock – is that this is the proto-Warrior Soul. The place, for Kory Clarke, that it all truly began. By the time Warrior Soul started [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – El Dorado Hotel marks the triumphant return of one of the most captivating voices of modern rock, Lana Lane. After a four-year break from the music scene, Lane has released an incredible album that proves to the world that “the queen of symphonic rock” hasn’t [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – Anyone drawn to the darker side of metal undoubtedly cites Venom as a major influence, or at the very least, recognizes the importance they played in the development of extreme metal. While Cronos remains the sole original member flying the still-waving Venom [...]
by Kathy Kindred Staff Writer – In January, Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision released a two-part documentary, Queen: Days of Our Lives, which was produced by two lifelong Queen fans and collaborators, Simon Lupton and Rhys Thomas, and directed by Matt Casey. The legendary rock band asked [...]
by Cynthia Jo Staff Writer – Originally hailing from the glorious land of Dubai and now residing in Toronto, the newly sought after band Nephelium has taken the ordinary grinding slashing guitars of heavily impacted death metal to deliver an ear shattering and mind blowing first full-length [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – You know all those Chuck Norris factoids on the ‘Net? For example, “Chuck Norris doesn’t fold paper airplanes, he folds airplanes into paper,” or “The boogeyman checks his closet at night for Chuck Norris.” This pop culture phenomenon paints [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Released in September 2011 after decades in the Hendrix family vault, the material on this 4-disk live box set is another compelling testimony to the ultimate guitar hero’s genius. Tapes of three shows the Jimi Hendrix Experience played in October 1968 at [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – While we’re waiting patiently for a new studio album from German melodic rock masters Fair Warning, the band has served up a hefty 2-disc greatest hits package titled Best and More. There have been a couple of Fair Warning collections already (Early Warnings [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of L.A. Woman, the Doors and Eagle Rock Entertainment have released Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman on Blu-ray and DVD. This documentary tells the story of the making of L.A. Woman through interviews with [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – The Light of Which I Dream is the debut full-length from Taberah, a heavy metal band out of Tasmania, Australia. Taking their name from the Biblical site of God’s wrath, Taberah plays a kind of metal that’s equal parts power metal and traditional heavy [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Sonic Station is a new West Coast (by way of Sweden) AOR project put together by guitarist/composer/producer Alexander Kronbrink and smooth jazz keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen. Now if you read “West Coast” and “smooth jazz” and started feeling drowsy, [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – The 22-year-old Australian rocker, Laura Wilde, has been let loose on the U.S.A. Currently based in Los Angeles, Wilde released her first studio album titled Sold My Soul. Her debut release features 12 songs that musically fall into the realm of punk, glam and [...]
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