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

by Alexandra Mrozowska – Colomnist – Staunch House of Lords fans can’t really rail against the politics of their favorite band – just a few months after James Christian’s solo album Lay It All On Me saw the light of day, the newest collective effort of the whole group arrives – [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – A legend of the Polish heavy metal underground and one of the most underrated bands in the scene – Hetman – returns with a new album You. Despite the line-up changes throughout the recent decade, the group around mastermind of the lead guitarist [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – What the recent years have brought – apart from the obvious ‘80s nostalgia and the trend of retromania – is the growing number of contemporary rock/metal acts and young musicians who don’t deny their classic hard rock roots (and their having [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Freedom Call – a.k.a. the happiest power metal band in the universe – are back with a new studio offering, their eighth overall, titled Beyond. The long-running German band took a risk with their last album – 2012’s Land of the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The second wave of Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series is here, and unlike the first wave, which focused on bands from decades past, this wave puts the spotlight on new bands whose demo releases didn’t get the attention they [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The second wave of Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series is here, and unlike the first wave, which focused on bands from decades past, this wave puts the spotlight on new bands whose demo releases didn’t get the attention they [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Starsoup’s Bazaar Of Wonders lives up to its name in a number of ways. This Russian studio project fronted by singer and guitarist Alexey Markov (Shadow Host, Distant Sun) is indeed a bazaar of styles, and some tracks are indeed wonderful, but the [...]
by Justin Gainesx – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been a long time coming – nine years to be exact – but melodic hard rockers Adriangale are finally back with a new studio album, their fifth overall, titled Suckerpunch. Adriangale is probably best known for featuring [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Vanishing Point is a band that hails from Australia. They are gearing up for the release of their fifth CD Distant Is The Sun via AFM Records on March 4 in North America. There is always something intriguing about bands that hail from the land of down [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – The return of ‘80s-inspired NWOBHM continues as Salvación releases its third album titled God Gold and Glory. Hailing from Wilmington, N.C., the duo of Carlos Denogean and Nicholas Sponsel has been a mission since 2009 in order to keep classic heavy [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Multi-instrumentalist and composer Walter Monsanto has released his full-length solo album titled The Master Key. Hailing from Guatemala, Monsanto has been making a name for himself throughout the region, opening for international live acts, such as Michael [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Swedish quintet Dead By April’s third album Let The World Know sees a change in their line-up, but no change in their melodic metal sound that has become synonymous with the Gothenburg band. Scream vocalist Christoffer Andersson replaced founding [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Stripping away some of the staleness from the mega-saturated modern rock genre is 3 Years Hollow, whose debut album drops on February 11, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life. Who needs glittering diamonds [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – The Swedish near-supergroup Lover Under Cover has just released Into The Night, a solid follow up to 2012’s debut Set The Night On Fire. Despite this being a sophomore album, the members of Lover Under Cover have many decades of experience, and it [...]
by Bryan J. Kilmore – Senior Columnist – Shapist is a relatively new and young progressive metal-core band from St. Louis. The band released its first demo in 2012 titled We Speak Volumes and in 2013 released the single “Samsara,” which featured Garrison Lee of ERRA. Recently [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – The Dutch five piece act calling themselves RENTAP has given itself some pretty big shoes to fill. Apparently, RENTAP translates from ancient Malaysian as “Shaker Of The World” – a title given to a warrior ahead of his time. After putting out [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist – It’s such a rare thing to come across a musical project that can truly be called original, but that’s exactly what can be said of Joe Bonamassa’s latest Blu-ray/DVD releases. The entire project is called Tour de Force – Live in London and [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Blues-rock, rockabilly, country, and even touches of gospel boil with such heat in this pressure cooker of styles, the lid is about to fly off. Twenty-five year-old Canadian vixen Colleen Rennison not only gives the band its name (No Sinner is [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Jacob Bunton and Lonny Paul step away from Adler to release their latest record with Lynam, which brings eighteen minutes of unrelenting and emphatic hard rock in the form of Halfway To Hell. “Rise Up” is a stomping opener with delicious guitar [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – After all these years, Ron Keel (KEEL, Steeler, Fair Game, IronHorse, Saber Tiger, etc.) finally has what he considers to be a true solo album, and he called it Metal Cowboy. Although an extensive list of musicians played on the album, the main [...]
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