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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Finnish “all-star” – Progressive, Melodic Death, Doom Metal – band Barren Earth is back with a new album, their third full-length release, titled On Lonely Towers. The band features bassist Olli-Pekka Laine (ex-Amorphis), keyboardist [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — Plenty of artists have graced the stage at Red Rocks in Colorado, but very few of them have offered a set of classic Blues tunes from the catalogs of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf interpreted through one of Modern Blues’ greatest [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Turtles All the Way Down is the seventh full-length release from Maryland-based progressive rock band Odin’s Court. It’s also the first album of all-new material since the band’s 2011 release Human Life in Motion. Since that point, the band [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Swedish melodic hard rockers Degreed are back with a new album, their third to date, titled Dead But Not Forgotten. Degreed of course features the vocal (and bass) talents of Swedish Idol finalist Robin Ericsson alongside guitarist Daniel Johansson, [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Pioneering Finnish soprano Tarja Turunen has just put the finishing touches on a superb live album entitled Luna Park Ride. For those not familiar with the name, Tarja is one of the most influential female singers in the Symphonic/Operatic Metal genres. [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The Steve Coyne Conspiracy arrives with the debut album Feelings of Euphoria via Shredguy Records. Guitarist Steve Coyne is joined by fellow guitarist Jimi Bell; bassists Chris McCarvill, Steve Buskowe and Rob Liptrot; drummers BJ Zampa, Tom Swift and Ralph [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Because you’re just not a proper metal label until you’ve done a Dio tribute album, Massacre Records has served up A Light in the Black: A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio. Yes, another Dio tribute album, this one arriving around the same [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — To age gracefully is to embrace both the past and the future, and this rule – as it turns out – applies to the music bands as well. Every concert attendee knows the pain of going through a set list of band’s newly recorded songs which [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Screaming out of Hollywood is a new Rock band called Beat the Drag. Their debut full-length, What’s Your Damage, is chock-a-block full of snarky lyrics, biting social commentary, tales of drunken abandon, and good ol’ fashioned tainted love and [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Piratical stories… The spellbinding mystery oozing from them, freedom of sailing the seven seas unrestrained. All of us remember reading these gripping tales which fed our wildest dreams in the early days of ours. Those were the tales of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Originally released in 1988, What Do You Know About Rock ‘n Roll? was the second album from Minneapolis-based glam metal band Slave Raider. The term “cult classic” gets tossed around pretty freely, but in Slave Raider’s case it [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — 2015 is shaping up to be a very good year for fans of Symphonic/Progressive/Power Metal. We’ve already seen outstanding releases from Nightwish and Damnation Angels; now Kamelot has delivered their much-anticipated follow-up to [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Veteran British hard-rockers Thunder have released their 10th studio album after a six year hiatus – and Wonder Days is indeed a wonder, proving that this decades old band hasn’t lost a step. A gritty yet reflective album, Wonder Days is a [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — German Melodic Metal collaboration Wolfpakk returned this year with a new album, their third to date, titled Rise of the Animal. Wolfpakk is, of course, the project put together by vocalists Michael Voss (Mad Max, Casanova) and Mark [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Perspective is the latest offering from Florida-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jace Pawlak, whose previous releases came under the Jace and Chasing Magic banners. Pawlak has also been involved in the songwriting process [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — You probably know Rob Lane, or Laney74 as he’s sometimes referred to, as the bassist in Teenage Casket Company (TCC) or as the sometimes European touring bassist for Bulletboys. Or, you may have heard the original Straight to Video EP that came out [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — After a 3-year break guitar virtuoso Christophe Godin returns to the helm of this leading-edge French trio to take it on another mind-boggling adventure. With 20 years of music-making under its belt, the band remains the quirkiest rock act Europe [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — We Rock/Metal listeners are people who perceive the world in simplistic categories, it seems. In accordance with this fact, new and coming bands are given every right to make drastic changes style- and sound-wise, either to define their own [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Having started over 20 years ago playing knotty math Metal, ATP gradually grew into a phenomenally expansive band. These days the trio digs deeper and wider than anyone else on today’s rock scene. But it’s been a long journey — moving from [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — The traditional heavy metal revival in the United States has been in full swing for several years now, but every once in a while a band will emerge from the underground and take the scene by storm. We’ve been lucky enough to see two [...]
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