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by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — In the 1970s, a new subgenre of music – called Southern Rock – was born out of the Allman brothers’ bluesy vibe and Skynyrd’s Dixie pride. Little did they know back then that their whiskey-soaked, Blues-filled heritage will be given a [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Dutch Heavy Metal band Exises made their debut in 1986 with this self-titled release on the Megaton label. This is a band that ran in the same circles as Picture, Bodine and Highway Chile, but never really emerged from the underground. This, despite [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The trans-media project, Dragon Kings, is spearheaded by Timothy Brown, who is a Dungeons and Dragons setting designer, fantasy author and musician. Dragon Kings is a role-playing action, adventure board game based in the exotic world of Khitus, a fantasy [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Prolific singer and songwriter Phil Vincent (solo artist, Legion, D’Ercole, Tragik) has struck again! He’s just released what in effect are 3 CDs worth of material with long time collaborator and guitar whiz Vince O’Regan. Unreleased, [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — Live albums rarely carry the weight and impact that they once did. Nowadays it seems that a live album is only produced and distributed as a way to tide fans over in between studio recordings. However, every once and a while a live album will come [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It has been way too long since NWOBHM-turned-melodic rock band Praying Mantis delivered some new music. It’s been four years since their Metamorphosis release, and that was just an EP of re-recordings. Their last proper studio album – the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Long-running German Power Metal band Iron Savior is certainly delivering the goods this year. No, not with a new studio album (besides, it’s only been a year since they released their excellent Rise of the Hero), but with the re-recording of their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — After a lengthy absence, Karyn Crisis – vocalist for Death Metal turned Metalcore band Crisis – has resurfaced with a new project, titled Karyn Crisis’ Gospel of the Witches. It’s essentially a two-person effort, with Crisis handling vocals [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Guitar virtuoso George Lynch is back for the attack with another new project, which provides the musical support for his upcoming documentary on the plight of modern Native American Indians. The documentary, titled Shadow Nation, partially lends its name to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Long-running cult U.S. Heavy Metal band Satan’s Host returned this year with not one but two new studio albums, titled Pre-Dating God, Parts 1 and 2. The Colorado-based band has been revitalized since original vocalist Leviathan Thisiren (a.k.a. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Long-running cult U.S. heavy metal band Satan’s Host returned this year with not one but two new studio albums, titled Pre-Dating God, Parts 1 and 2. The Colorado-based band has been revitalized since original vocalist Leviathan Thisiren (a.k.a. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Italian Symphonic/Death/Black Metal (the exact mix keeps changing) band Graveworm is back with a new album, their ninth full-length offering to date – titled Ascending Hate. Newly signed to the AFM label, the band has served up a sinister new [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — With Michael Bormann’s new solo material being finally finished, recorded and released, one could have treated his last year’s “best of ballads” compilation Love Is Magic as a postscriptum – or a rundown – to a finished chapter. [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — American rockers Edge Of Paradise have just released a new full-length album entitled Immortal Waltz. Fans of the band will be immediately at home since the lineup fronted by dynamic vocalist Margarita Monet and guitar wizard Dave Bates has remained [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Originally released in 1991, Second Coming is the – you guessed it – second album from Swedish glam metal band Shotgun Messiah. The band, which was more or less Sweden’s answer to the Hollywood hair metal scene, made a major splash with their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Swedish glam metal band Shotgun Messiah made their debut in 1989 with this self-titled release. The band, which was more or less Sweden’s answer to the Hollywood hair metal scene, was originally known as Kingpin and featured vocalist Zinny Zan [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Even if pink’s the new black, the deliberately cheesy cover artwork for this album is not exactly a sight for the sore eyes. And still, it’s good news to see Hungryheart back in the game, five years after their previous album One Ticket To [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Finnish melodic/glam/sleaze/party (take your pick) rockers Santa Cruz are back with a new album, their third overall. It’s a self-titled release, which typically means a band is: a) redefining their sound or b) going back to their roots after an [...]
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 [...]
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