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by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s hard to believe, but we’re already up to album number six from U.S.-based hard rockers Bombay Black. The hangover is barely faded from their 2012 album Bullets and Booze, and they’re already taking us on the Walk of Shame. It’s [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been six years since we last saw a new studio album from heavy metal icons Judas Priest, and that was the controversial 2008 release Nostradamus. In the years since then, the British legends have embarked on a massive kind-of/sort-of [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new from Firehouse, but vocalist C.J. Snare hasn’t been sitting idle. Along with Furyon guitarist Chris Green (as well as guitarist Jeff Lerman, bassist Simon Farmery and drummer Robert [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Monuments is an apt name for the new release by Swedish rockers We Are The Catalyst, as it borders on monumental. The hard working duo of Cat Fey and Kenny B (both formerly of the alternative metal act One Without) are poised to release their first full length [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Eagle Rock Entertainment transferred the release of Banger Film’s Super Duper Alice Cooper from theater to the Blu-ray and DVD format. The film chronicles Vincent Furnier’s childhood to his taking on the mantle of the alter ego known as Alice Cooper. [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – One of the most weirdly awesome bands in the world are back, releasing a brand new studio album after an eight-year hiatus called Sweet Nothings. Yes, that band is Dog Fashion Disco (DFD). Their seventh release is better than being the “vultures that [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Senior Columnist – Put your acid-washed denim jacket and your favorite worn-out Foreigner tee on … and don’t forget to comb back your hair, as it’s going to be a long but worthy trip thirty years back. The tour guides are, this time, the Swedish act NIVA, whose [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – New Super group The Dead Daisies has just released their new four song EP entitled Face I Love. The band has just wrapped up a tour with Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour and is currently taking the U.S. by storm on the Kiss/Def Leppard Tour. The Dead Daisies is [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Back in 2011, Swedish AOR sensation Houston followed up their acclaimed self-titled debut with a collection of covers (and a few extras), titled Relaunch. Now with two full-length albums out, Houston is going back to that idea with Relaunch [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Many rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts believe that Bon Jovi’s albums strike the perfect synchronicity between rock and pop; others believe that the best thing to do with Bon Jovi albums is to pile them high, pour on some gasoline, and toss a match. But love [...]
by Matt Karpe - Senior Columnist – After a long four years since The Oracle, some began to wonder whether a new Godsmack album would ever be released, and now over half way through 2014, 1000hp has arrived and all seems right with the world once again … just about. The album title gives the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Senior Columnist – Although most of us are familiar with the Teutonic thrash metal term describing the particularity of the German thrash metal scene, its counterpart related to heavy metal genre should be in equal use. There is, and always was, something [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Senior Columnist – What can be say about this – or actually, any – book on ZZ Top…? Well, one certain thing is that it’s neither The Dirt nor a story about The Rolling Stones and you won’t find many shocking vignettes about notorious sexual stunts, bloody [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish traditional heavy metal band Portrait is back with a new album, their third overall and second for Metal Blade, titled Crossroads. Portrait’s previous album (2011’s Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae) was a big breakthrough for the [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Over the years there have been a handful of Dio tribute albums, but it’s always fun to hear new ones. Between the late, great heavy metal icon’s work with Black Sabbath, Rainbow and his solo band, there are so many great and influential [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – The departures of band members often end up shaking the foundations of the group, but can also result in some fruitful additions to the line-up further on. One of the bands apparently strengthened with the significant personal changes within the line-up is [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – A long, long time ago… that’s how a fairy tale about the Swedish band which never joined the first league of fame dominated by their peers Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi, but which certainly had their share of success back in the ‘80s, should start. And [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – With their 2009 debut Time Elevation and 2011 Idolizer, Grand Design made quite a buzz among melodic rock fans, having crafted what is perhaps the best Def Leppard albums that Joe Eliott and his gang never really recorded. And although this year saw [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – X-Drive is another star-studded, rock-oriented project worth taking a look at. Founded by Oregon-based guitarist and songwriter Jeremy Brunner, it’s comprised of Midline/Cure For The Fall drummer Fred Fischer and bassist James Lomenzo, well-known among [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Gone are the days when hard rock was exclusively a boys’ thing, women’s role within the genre limited only to rolling around on the hood of a Jaguar – at least, it seems so! Although the ‘80s saw the rise (and fall) of a few notable female-fronted [...]
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