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by Erik Tweedy Staff Writer – Over 40 years have passed since UFO released their debut record in 1970. Since that time, they have released some damn fine hard rock music and 20 studio albums. It would be understandable that after a career of that magnitude, in an extremely tough business, the [...]
by Cyndi Jo Staff Writer – Los Angeles based band Abigail Williams have been demonstrating how black metal should be done since their 2006 debut EP Legend. Now, four years later, Abigail Williams’ third full-length album, Becoming, is sixty minutes of just genuine symphonic black metal from [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Turning Maybes Into Reality is the debut release from Italian groove metal band Rhope, and this CD is definitely not a “maybe.” The Milan-based quartet delivers heavy and intense music combining elements of groove metal, metal-core, thrash and pure heavy metal [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – It is arguable that Belgian neo-classical metal band Iron Mask put out one of the best albums of the genre in early 2010 with the release of their third album Shadow of the Red Baron. At that time guitar hero and band leader Dushan Petrossi had been [...]
by Marcel ”Mars” Groeneveld Staff Writer – “We did it again, ha ha ha ha,” that is how Vengeance’s 1987 classic Take It Or Leave It starts off. Although a lot has changed over the years since their breakthrough album Leon Goewie, the driving force of the band, has certainly [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – It’s been over two years since Dreamland singer Jake E. and Nightrage guitarist Olof Morock sat down to discuss the possibility of forming an original band/concept in Swedish metal. Knowing that Jake’s background is melodic metal and melodic hard rock [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Who doesn’t love their hard rock or metal from down under? Australia, that is, which has given us bands like Airbourne and AC/DC, now delivers up Diamond Eye. Formed in Perth, Western Australia in 2007 by vocalist Will Kelly and guitarist Greg Faucet, the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – The creative method Lamb of God have been meticulously perfecting since 1999, has now reached its apex. The band has finally managed to distil all of its influences into one laconic formula, and tighten and tweak to exactness the way they present it. The end [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Voyage of the Damned is the seventh studio from Danish power metal band Iron Fire. Good old Iron Fire. You know, with the cheesy name and the cheesy album covers and the cheesy songs about battles and metal warriors. Shove ‘em off to the side with Metalium [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – After a series of announcements that they might, wouldn’t, may never, and ultimately would be releasing a new album, Brit stoner kings Orange Goblin are finally delivering their seventh opus, A Eulogy for the Damned. Picking up where Healing Through Fire left [...]
by Erik Tweedy Staff Writer – When you crack open the CD case from Iron Savior’s seventh studio release, The Landing, don’t be surprised when you find the record label has included your very own seat belt and crash helmet. The intro track “Descending” with its slow building symphonic [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – The original album cover does not do this release any justice… What looks like a compilation of Swedish pop/AOR songs turned metal by various artists, is actually the brainchild of one man alone. We are looking at no other than young guitar prodigy Tommy [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – It is a travesty of ‘80s rock justice that this German band was never given their crack at the U.S. market. As the disheartening tale is told, Mad Max recorded their career-defining Night of Passion album in ‘87 and were on the cusp of getting that crack when [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Dismissing the stereotypical presumptions about instrumental rock guitar albums as myopic self-indulgences, the Adagio guitarist’s first full-length solo release is anything but an exercise in fretboard solipsism. It’s all about spectacular splashes of [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Back in 2007, when Nightwish introduced Anette Olzon as their new lead singer, a major part of the press came to label the move as the ‘greatest risk in the band’s career.’ One feels that their new album Imaginaerum sets higher and harsher odds for [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Prelude to Tragedy is the debut EP from Indiana-based progressive/power metal band Draekon. Indiana is hardly the first place you think of when it comes to progressive and power metal bands, let alone one this good, but they have produced a real gem in this [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – There are glimpses of earnest striving on this collection of demos, jams and half-baked ideas, which is, curiously, packaged and presented as a finished album. But a finished album it is not, with both material and production at their tadpole stages, and with [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Few rock bands have ever managed to successfully convey the spirit of their songs in the unplugged live show scenario. Not for the lack of trying, but perhaps due to the intrinsic pitfalls which await anyone who tries to translate what has been written for the [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Though troubled the music industry may be, it has been well documented throughout the past decade that just about any musical comeback is possible. On this occasion the AOR community is very happy to welcome back ‘80s melodic rock heroine Fiona Flanagan. [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Coming on February 1st is the debut album of British guitarist Will Wallner and Croatian singer Vivien Vain. Having both relocated to the United States; Los Angeles, CA., in particular, they enjoyed some high profile rock acquaintances including Carmine [...]
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