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

by Erik Tweedy – Sr. Columnist — Surviving 25 years in the music business as a band is a major milestone and should be celebrated in a big way. In 1992, the legendary Swiss rockers Gotthard released their self-titled debut with tempered expectations and have done nothing but churn out [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Florida-based Power Metal quintet Seven kingdoms is one of the few American bands that can go toe-to-toe with the Europeans. Except for an EP released in 2016, the band has been quiet since dropping The Fire is Mine in 2012, but the wait has been worth it. [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — It’s a horrible thing when during the final production stages of a debut release a band member passes away. Dedicated to the memory of their late band member, drummer Adam Sagan (Circle II Circle, White Empress, Into Eternity) who, in 2016 [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Taking a more melodic, more mature, cleaner, more harmonic, but yet heavier approach to their songwriting is Danger Angel’s latest, its 3rd, All The King’s Horses released on the outstanding MelodicRock Records label, and the follow up [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — For fans of Power Quest, Persuader, Domine, Steel Attack, Iron Savior or Cryonic Temple, Cellador’s music needs to be a must have. Heavy as hell, melodic, fierce, fast, layered, soaring and relentless from Omaha, Neb. is Cellador’s [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Sr. Columnist — After gaining notoriety in the guitar virtuoso circles in the late Nineties with his avant-garde Heavy Metal outfit Mörglbl, French master chopsman Christophe Godin didn’t rest on his laurels. The following decades saw him delve into [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Rock Candy Records has reached across the pond and opened operations in the U.S. The U.K.-based label kicks off its distribution of its catalog of re-release and re-mastered music with Salty Dog’s 1990 debut Every Dog Has Its Day. Salty Dog was formed by [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — In the pecking order of Power Metal bands, Greece’s Firewind ranks up towards the top. In fact, it can be said that their beyond extraordinary 2008 release The Premonition is one of the best Melodic Power Metal albums ever to be released. From [...]
by Cynthia Jo – Sr. Columnist — “Surprise” albums have been the norm lately by mainstream artists. At the beginning of 2016 Avenged Sevenfold was on lists of most anticipated albums of the year. In mid-October the Orange County natives released the primary single “The Stage” [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — With the obvious exception of KISS’ die-hard fans, the general audience may not be that familiar with the band’s particular albums and line-up changes as well as treat their credo of “rock and roll all nite, party every day” less than [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Hear The Sound is the second solo release from German-born singer/songwriter Cathrine Jauer. Once better known as the vocalist and bassist for the rock-pop band First Child, Jauer has come into her own as a solo artist and once again delivers a tight and [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — The groundbreaking self-titled release from Hard Rock legends Nymphs has been remastered by the good folks at Rock Candy Records. More than just a well-executed remaster, the new deluxe edition also includes a 16-page booklet with the history of the band, [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — 2016 has proven itself to be one hell of a year for lovers of Melodic Hard Rock with Treat, Cry Of Dawn, Palace, Tango Down, Nordic Union, Seven, Dante Fox, Ted Poley, and the beyond astonishing release by Pretty Maids, all of whom have released [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Coming together in 1984 as Enough Z’nuff in Illinois, it was in the latter part of that decade that the band would change their name to Enuff Z’nuff and began to slowly build up a loyal fan base through their relentless touring. The [...]
by Brenda McTaggart – Columnist — Among the first generation of Thrash bands still keeping it brutal and, more importantly, relevant today, is Testament. This shredding legend has now released its 11th studio album Brotherhood of the Snake and is showing no signs of letting up or fading [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — It has gotta be said, it just doesn’t get better than this. Integrating so many things that make something great – one of the great bands of Melodic Hard Rock, fronted by one of the great voices, remastered by one of the great talents in [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Still rockin’ the world like a hurricane, the Scorpions are back with another live concert video release. Live in Munich 2012 captures the band on its 2012 tour in support 2010’s studio album Sting in the Tail. This was the final Dec. 17, 2012 show of [...]
by Brenda McTaggart – Columnist — The Doomsday Kingdom is the brainchild of Leif Edling (or Doomfather as he prefers), the multi-talented musician and mastermind behind Candlemass and Avatarium. After a severe case of chronic fatigue syndrome two years ago, Edling took a well-earned [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Waiting is hard, and waiting for good music is harder. It has been 3 long years since we last heard new material from Danish Metal masters Pretty Maids, but the wait – as hard as it was – was worth it. Kingmaker, the band’s 15th studio release, is [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Following a very successful crowd-funding campaign, the hard rocking trio calling themselves Lucid Fly has released their first full-length album entitled Building Castles in Air. Their fans and supporters will not be disappointed as this one has been a long [...]
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