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

by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — As the well-known names of the music industry join forces to create something together, a result – the emergence of a so-called super-group – is burdened with a multitude of expectations from the very start. You can deal with them in two [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — The Divebomb label has a knack for finding those “wrong place, wrong time” bands that have been largely forgotten but deserve a fresh look, and German band Skeptic Sense is definitely one of those bands. Their sole album – 1994’s Presence [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — German Heavy Power Metal band Mystic Prophecy returned earlier this year with a new album, their ninth overall, titled War Brigade. It’s an apt title for an album by a band that’s been waging their heavy, intense campaign on the Power Metal [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Five years. That’s how long Widow made us wait for a follow-up to their fantastic 2011 album Life’s Blood. The North Carolina-based traditional metal band hasn’t exactly been idle during that time, playing shows all over the world, [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Based in Los Angeles, guitarist Vernon Neilly is an established musician who, over the course of his career, has worked and performed with the late Johnny Guitar Watson, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Jennifer Batten, Slash and several other well-known artists. As a [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — Ten years after his first impressive solo album, 2006’s Collateral Damage, Ted Poley returns with Beyond the Fade, and once again hits it out of the park. Most people are familiar with Ted Poley as the lead singer of the Hair/Glam Metal band Danger Danger. [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — The overall tendency of many seasoned Rock musicians is to go back to their roots – which in practice usually becomes the (in)famous tendency to go Country at some point in their careers. Some attempts at doing so are worthwhile artistically. [...]
by Justin Gianes – Sr. Columnist — German melodic hard rockers Kissin’ Dynamite are back with a new album, its fifth overall, titled Generation Goodbye. It’s the first album the band produced on their own and is yet another example of why they’re one of the most [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — After hammering away an existence in the club scene for years and her recent battle with cancer, Bella D breaks out with her debut studio album The Crystal Ceiling. The Crystal Ceiling is a concept album of Symphonic Rock with a storyline that follows [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Doogie White is one of those names the vast majority of rock listeners recognize immediately, be it his participation on the 1995 Rainbow album Stranger In Us All or such bands as Cornerstone, Tucker/Evans’ incarnation of Tank or Michael [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Norwegian super-vocalist Jorn Lande is back with a new solo album, titled Heavy Rock Radio. It’s the eleventh (or twelfth, depending on how you count Symphonic) Jorn studio album, and as the title suggests Heavy Rock Radio is a covers album. With [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Sr. Photojournalist — Among the multitude of bands that exist in the United States, Blackwater Drowning is a band from Salisbury, N.C., that you’ll certainly appreciate a lot. The band delivers a mix of genres between Metalcore and Death Metal, which is quite [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Not to be confused with the Hard Rock band from Argentina with the same name, this Airbag has released their latest, Disconnected, on the Karisma Records label, and the follow up to their much-lauded 2013 release, The Greatest Show On Earth. As [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — It’s hard not to notice the two contradictive tendencies that seem to dominate the contemporary music industry. Guessing by what the music press headlines scream these days, one would have to use the past rather than the present tense to [...]
by Grace Kindred – Columnist — Hailing from Los Angeles, hard rockin’ Sixx:A.M. comprises James Michael, lead vocals; DJ Ashba, lead guitar; Nikki Sixx, bass; and Dustin Steinke on drums. The band began its journey in 2007 when it released its first studio album The Heroin Diaries: [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Sr. Columnist — Having realized that virtuosity on its own is rapidly declining in value, Paul Gilbert these days uses comicality and compositional simplicity to attract new listeners. Amusing song titles, jokey lyrics and the overall easy vibe of his new release [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — You know it’s a good sign when a band name is taken from a classic New Wave of British Heavy Metal song title. That’s not the only nod to the NWOBHM we get from San Francisco-based heavy metal band Midnight Chaser, who delivered their second [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — With Treat, The Defiants, Drive She Said, Jeff Scott Soto, Sunstrike, Ted Poley, First Signal and Vega all lately releasing a standout collection of music, 2016 is already panning out to be another grand year for fans of the kind of music that never [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — These days, if you want some old school, super-melodic party rock like they used to make in the late ‘80s, you turn to the Scandinavian countries, and bands like Hardcore Superstar, Crashdiet, Reckless Love and Crazy Lixx. People tend to forget that [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Michael Schenker continues to enthrall music fans with his extraordinary guitar virtuoso skills. From his beginnings with the Scorpions to UFO, MSG, Schenker has provided fans an impressive body of recorded works. With studios albums, live releases on audio [...]
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