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by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Over the years, Linkin Park have always had the ability to amaze and stun. After setting the bar to incredibly high with a debut album of record breaking proportions, the Californian sextet have spent the last decade venturing into musical territories [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – It’s been more than a decade since the Polish band Kruk (‘kruk’ is ‘the raven’ in English, hence a bit of ornithological terminology) left the nest and embarked on their musical journey. Throughout this flight, Kruk had their deserved share [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – “Shred is not dead!” is the proclamation of Shredguy Records. With the release of Adrian English’s third, mostly instrumental album, Total Chaos, both English and Shredguy Records put their money where their mouth is. Following up Innerplanetarium, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been seven long years, but Australian progressive metal band Vanishing Point is finally back with a new studio album, their fifth overall, titled Distant Is the Sun. It’s not the first time fans have had to wait several years [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – After nine studio albums over the course of a nearly two-decade career, it makes sense for Swiss melodic hard rockers Shakra to release a “best of” collection, and like everything the band touches, they do it with style. 33 – The [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – In the case of posthumous albums, there’s always an uneasy feeling of the possible motivation behind their release – all this being about the financial profit rather than a continuation of the particular artist’s musical legacy. If the legions [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – The Swedish act Lake Of Tears, active since the mid-‘90s, is labeled anything from ‘Death to Doom to Gothic/Dark metal – and there is no doubt about their sound and specific atmosphere being targeted at a particular, tight circle of rock music [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Although not easy to digest for everyone, progressive rock is a form of music that requires both technical skill and artistic sensitivity – and yet, because of complexity, elaborate form and distinctively cerebral nature of the genre, it’s often [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – San Antonio rock band Nothing More is gearing up for their self-titled release June 24 via Eleven Seven Music. They say Texas does everything bigger and Nothing More proved that cliché’ ever so true. The San Antonio band really proves who they are on [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Australian melodic progressive metal band Voyager is back with a new album, their fifth overall, appropriately titled V. The band has generated a fair amount of buzz in the last couple of years, appearing at both the ProgPower Europe and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 2007, Healing Through Fire was the sixth album from long-running UK stoner/doom metal band Orange Goblin. It was released by the now-defunct Sanctuary label, so it’s been out of fans’ hands for several years. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – 2013’s Our Own Devices is the debut full-length album from American progressive/power metal band Mindcage, one of the more promising bands to hit the scene in recent years. Mindcage’s sound is clearly influenced by classic [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Tattooed Woman is the debut album from Miracle Master, the new German melodic hard rock band formed from the ashes of Pump. Pump didn’t exactly set the melodic rock world on fire, but now that they’ve hooked up with Danish vocalist [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – When you think of hotspots for pagan and folk metal bands, Arizona probably doesn’t spring to mind. It’s not exactly prime territory for landing Viking long-ships after all. Hell, America in general doesn’t have the same kind of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – You wouldn’t think that as late as 1996 a new metal album could come out and completely define an entire genre, but that’s exactly what happened when Swedish metal band Therion released their fifth studio album, titled Theli. The [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – There are entirely too many bands whom writers and critics call underrated. The only time all of them are right is when they use “underrated” and “Lillian Axe” in the same sentence. The album Love and War should be on everyone’s “if [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Hungarian groove merchants Ektomorf are back with a new studio album, their ninth overall, titled Retribution. Once again the band has enlisted producer/engineer Tue Madsen, and once again they’ve delivered a thick, grooving, angry [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Riding a wave of ‘80s nostalgia might be a good idea these days. But no matter if you think about the new ‘80s-infused bands (such as Brother Firetribe, Outloud or White Widdow) or the reunited-and-back classic acts of the genre, the majority of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Well, the Souza clan certainly didn’t waste any time. Just one year after releasing their debut album Heroes of Origin, Hatriot is back with another devastating serving of thrash metal, titled Dawn of the New Centurion. Hatriot, of [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Canadian rock is much more than Rush, Helix, and Harem Scarem. Edmonton’s own Ironstorm is new to the scene, and brings female frontier metal into the mainstream of the Great White North. Formed in 2012, Ironstorm (in the band’s own words) was [...]
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