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by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – It has been two decades since Kix has released any new music. This is all about to change, as the pride of Maryland gear up for the release of Rock Your Face Off on Aug. 5 via Loud And Proud Records. A lot has changed since the heyday of metal. But it is good [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Generic and repetitive, being a third-league copy of the particular artist’s original band – or too drastically apart from the previously taken music direction, laden with unnecessary sound experiments. That’s how things usually end up for musicians [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The band name enkElination is a play on words and perhaps a bit of a gimmick, but that’s where the silliness ends. “Enkeli” means “angel” in Finnish, and the lead singer is named Elina – but this band needs no gimmicks to get by. Fans of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Do you remember 91 Suite? They created quite a buzz among melodic rock fans with their self-titled debut back in 2002 and even topped it with its follow-up Times They Change three years later. And yes, the singer sounded as a cross of Jon Bon Jovi and [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Corruption are no newbies to the Polish metal scene – founded in 1991, they’ve come a long way from their doom/death metal beginnings to their current stoner metal incarnation. Now, four years after the well-received Bourbon River Bank, they return [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe is back with his third solo CD Electric Wake. This could be his strongest release to date with shades of vocals that are reminiscent of Ronnie James Dio prevalent throughout the entire album. Electric Wake features many special [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – German power/speed/traditional heavy metal band Stormwarrior is back with a new album, their fifth full-length release, titled Thunder & Steele. It’s the perfect title for a band equally obsessed with old school power/speed metal and [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The Answer Of Insanity marks the triumphant return of Faithsedge to the metal scene. This near super-group brings a harder and heavier approach music on their sophomore release – and to put it simply, they rock – without losing the strong sense of melody [...]
by Matt Karp - Senior Columnist – After 2011s’ Top Heavy album, Pennsylvanian trio On Top follow up with a four track EP full of sleazy swagger. 80s’ influenced glam metal continues to be a revisited and revitalized genre, and with “No Shame,” Top To Bottom opens with a huge middle [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The busiest man in Rock and Roll strikes again. From the heavy metal hotbed of Rhode Island, vocalist-multi-instumetalist-songwriter Phil Vincent has recently released another solo album entitled Slave To Sin. A bit heavier and edgier than his last release, [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Leave Your Mark is a solid attempt by the LA-based band Stars In Stereo to do just that – and they succeed. Good riffs, flowing melodies, and superb vocals highlight the sophomore release by this female-fronted quartet. Pulling inspiration from real life, [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Denver-based hard rockers Red Tide Rising delivered a new studio album – their third overall – earlier this year. The album is appropriately titled The Rising, and with it the band hopes to make the jump from regional act to the national [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Have you, melodic rock aficionados, managed to cool off after the late 2013 release of Frédéric Slama’s AOR project, The Secrets Of LA…? The apparently restless French musician and producer doesn’t let his listeners for this, as just a few months [...]
by Chris A. - Senior Photojournalist – KISS 40: Retrospective Offers Cuts From Every Kiss Album Released Kiss is a lot like America. Flashy, brash, in-your-face, resilient, versatile, incredibly successful and when it comes right down to it, lots of fun. Kiss has made a living being the life [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – In 2012, Norwegian melodic rockers Valerie (an all-male band, despite what the name would lead you to believe) released their eponymous debut with the stated goal of being “1987 in 2012” and they succeeded remarkably well. It is now two years later and [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish power metal battalion Sabaton is back with a new album, their seventh overall, titled Heroes. It’s the band’s first studio release since the lineup change that brought guitarists Chris Rorland and Thobbe Englund and drummer Hannes [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – German heavy metal icon Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. are back with a new live offering, titled Steelhammer – Live From Moscow. Long time U.D.O. fans can be forgiven if their initial reaction to this set is “again?” or [...]
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