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by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Budgie, Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, ZZ Top, Rush, Motörhead all led the way to Satriani’s famous G3 project. A “power trio” formula always has been extensively used by bands that go for instrumental performance and musicianship rather than [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Hydra is the upcoming release from European symphonic rockers Within Temptation – and it very well could be their strongest release to date. Smoothly firing on all cylinders with the support of a number of well-known guests, Within Temptation is returning to [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Italy’s Steve Saluto has just released his latest 4 song EP titled 12. Saluto picked up the guitar at age 15 and began learning Jazz before hearing Eddie Van Halen’s solo on Michael Jackson’s song “Beat It.” From there he quickly took to the rock genre. [...]
by Matt Karpe - Senior Columnist – Fans of monster rock act Lordi may be familiar with Naked Idol, the hard rock band featuring ex-Lordi bassist Magnum. For those new to either of these bands, Naked Idol are another fine addition to the prolific Finnish music scene, and although they have [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Crystal Viper, led by vocalist Marta Gabriel, is gearing up for the release of Possession via AFM Records on Jan. 21. The band was formed in 2003 and hails from Poland. Crystal Viper has a huge heavy metal arena sound. Marta Gabriel’s vocals are a cross [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Its more of the same from Axel Rudi Pell on his latest release, Into The Storm… In this case – more explosive guitars, more solid vocal performances, more well-crafted songs, more of everything that has allowed the German guitar virtuoso to stay on [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – If you’re looking for that melodic rock “surprise hit” of 2013, the album that sneaked in under the radar from an unexpected source (Germany’s Power Prog label) and just blew away the competition, look no further than The Sound of [...]
by Jonna Ambur - Senior Photojournalist – West Virginia’s Bobaflex released their sixth full-length album, Charlatan’s Web in September of 2013. Brothers and co-frontmen, Shaun and Marty McCoy, trade off guitar and lead vocals, depending on the song, adding a unique twist to this [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – After releasing a pair of mind-blowing concept albums (2004′s Mabool and 2010′s Never Ending Way of Orwarrior), Israeli progressive/death/symphonic/folk metal band Orphaned Land decided to try a different approach with their latest [...]
by Matt Karpe - Senior Columnist – Maryland quartet Silvertung are a refreshing addition to the Hard Rock and Alt. Metal genre, and with independently released Devil’s In the Details, they prove to be more than just the average rock band. After a very short intro, there are eleven tracks [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – California-based progressive power metal band Shadowkiller made their debut in 2013 with the Stormspell release Slaves of Egypt. The band, which features vocalist/guitarist Joe Liszt (Rocka Rollas), play a heavier, more complex brand of power [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The third vintage band to be spotlighted by Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series (which focuses on overlooked and forgotten demos, both new and old), is Long Island NY-based Firstrike (not to be confused with Firstryke or any of the First [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – It is intriguing that in a year that witnessed the release of two divisive Queensryche creations under divergent incarnations, the most Queensryche-sounding album of 2013 has been issued by resurrected white-metal band Sacred Warrior, who have returned to [...]
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