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by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — After a series of well-received demo releases, Detroit-based Heavy/Power Metal band Wulfhook finally unleashed their full-length debut album this year. It’s titled The Impaler, and as the fierce metallic beast on the cover suggests, it’s a monster [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Thunderhead follows up its 2013 release of ’75 with Thunderhead 2010. The new album is a compilation of music originally written in the ‘70s, some new songs and four songs recorded live at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl in New Orleans July 31, 2010. Original [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Tears Of Silence is the fourth release from the multinational European quartet know as Imperia. Crossing genre boudaries, Imperia’s latest should prove a popular choice for fans of the Gothic, Operatic, and Orchestral Metal as well as mainstream metal. [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — At long last the Copenhagen-based modern rock act Forever Still has readied their full length debut album – and Tied Down was definitely worth the wait! Their debut fully lives up to the promise shown in their 3 EP releases, so fans of the band will not be [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Hold High the Flame is the debut album from North Carolina-based Traditional Heavy Metal band Final Sign, which was put together by October 31 guitarist Brian “Hellstorm” Williams and features Livesay/Line of Fire vocalist Shawn Pelata. The two had [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Things must be pretty bleak and depressing in the world of the U.K.’s Bad Pollyanna. The Alternative/Gothic quarter has put the finishing touches on their second album, entitled The Broken Toys – an apt name since the lyrics tend to focus on the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Another year, another U.D.O. live set, right? Well, it seems that way at least, what with three separate live packages in the past four years. Navy Metal Night is the latest, and if nothing else you have to give U.D.O. and the AFM label credit for [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Melodic rockers Voodoo Circle help close out 2015 on a high note with Whisky Fingers, their fourth studio album. The band is, of course, the brainchild of Silent Force/Primal Fear guitarist Alexander Beyrodt and features an all-star lineup that [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — Sweden once again offers up some tasty melodic hard rock to satisfy the world’s musical appetite. S.A.Y. is a new project featuring longtime members of StoneLake, which pumped out six studio records between 2006 and 2013. As you might expect from an album [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — A bizarre but common situation in the world of Rock these days is to have two (or more) versions of the same band. Each of them is usually launched by the former member(s) of the original ensemble after its unfortunate split. That’s what [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Once a counterculture and an expression of defiance against the social norms, now Rock music is re-appropriated even by the apparently fossilized academic environment. However, if there had been a university which offers a specific [...]
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 [...]
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