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Latest Blu-ray CD DVD reviews of today’s Hard Rock and Metal artists.

by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — For the 22nd installment in their Bootcamp series, which spotlights overlooked new and vintage Metal demos, the Divebomb label set its sights on Wichita Falls, Texas-based band Obscene Jester. The hard working band made a name for themselves in the [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Back in late 2009 English DJ Don Morter put forth a challenge to Simon Cowel’s X-Factor to push the current X-Factor winners #1 Christmas hit out of that spot on the U.K. singles chart. Nominating Rage Against the Machines’s “Killing In the Name,” [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Melody & Madness is the new dynamic 6 song EP from the multi-talented duo of Phil Vincent and Vince O’Regan. Despite being only a duo, this pair continues to put out solid music that would shame most five piece acts. As is their prior releases, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Now here’s something you don’t see every day. Swedish Hard Rock band Casablanca, which features former Alice Cooper/Electric Angels guitarist Ryan Roxie as well as members of bands like Sahara Hotnights and Melody Club, has a new album out, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Originally released in 1991, For the Sake of Mankind was the second album from Norwegian Heavy/Power Metal band Artch. The band made quite an impression with their critically acclaimed debut Another Return a few years earlier, which put a European spin [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — What does an established act releasing a self-titled album suggest? The usual policy in the music industry is that the self-titled album is a debut one, therefore an introduction of an artist or a band to the audience. Among the older acts, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — America has a very vibrant underground Metal scene. Regardless of your preferred genre, you’re likely to find some extremely talented bands making great music. In the Power Metal scene, one of the most impressive young bands is Judicator, which was [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — As the 1980s came to a close, Los Angeles-based Heavy Metal band Bitch thought it was time for a change. Bitch was one of the earliest bands signed to the Metal Blade label, but was struggling to reach the kind of wider audiences that the Hollywood [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Originally released in 1988, Another Return was the debut album from Norwegian power metal band Artch. Obviously Norway’s best known contribution to metal is their infamous Black Metal scene, but before the corpse paint and church burnings, bands [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Fool is the second full length studio release from the Australian symphonic rock singer known as Darkyra Black. Like its predecessor Dragon Tears, Fool is a powerful, full story concept album that features fine musical performances by the band and the [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Sr. Photojournalist — When you mention “old school” Metal, bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest come to mind. As Darkness Dies has earned the privilege to be added to that list. Formerly known as Graven Image, As Darkness Dies (ADD) has been on the regional scene [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — In 2013 guitarist/songwriter Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Kiske-Somerville, Starbreaker, Allen-Lande) released his debut solo album, titled Free Fall, which featured guest vocals from several A-list singers who had collaborated with him in the [...]
by James West – Columnist — Coming in hot from Orange County is RadioDrone, a band that features heavy instrumentals and melodic vocals packed behind sound bites of famous political speeches on government and humanity. Political or humanity is up to you to decide what each song means as [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — A musician who’s been recognizable and sought-after for years, touring and recording a lot, but still not able to show all his talents – until now. That’s Nalle Påhlsson’s story in a nutshell, as the Swedish bass player has been [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — California-based power/thrash band Intrinsic was doing pretty well as the 1990s rolled in, especially when you consider how far removed they were geographically from both the L.A. and San Francisco metal scenes. They had one full-length (1987’s [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Oh, now this is going to be something special. This self-titled, 3-song EP is the first taste we get of The Paralydium Project, a new band featuring former Dynazty guitarist John Berg alongside current Dynazty members Georg Egg (drums) and Jonathan [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — A British Hard Rock band with a soft spot for a sound that’s the American heritage rather than their own – this may raise a few eyebrows at the both sides of the pond. However, the incorporation of Country and Blues influences may become [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Few things in this world are as predictable as line-up changes within Whitesnake. Last year’s brought the news of Doug Aldrich leaving the group only to be replaced by Joel Hoekstra (formerly of Night Ranger and Trans-Siberian Orchestra – [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Devil’s Dozen is an appropriate title for the 13th studio album by Danish Melodic/Progressive Metal band Royal Hunt. It’s the band’s third album since vocalist DC Cooper rejoined the lineup, and helps usher in a third decade of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Long-running German Power Metal band Iron Savior has been quite productive this year. It’s only been a year since they released their last studio album (the most excellent Rise of the Hero), but they’ve delivered two new releases that are [...]
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