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

by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — As luck would have it, the arena-filling, Melodic Rock sounds of the ’80s seems to be making a comeback of sorts with bands like Place Vendome, Eclipse, First Signal, House of Lords and Pride of Lions all releasing pleasing on the ears, [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Female-fronted rockers MindMaze have just finished work on Resolve, the band’s third full-length release. Continuing their traditional blend of power, progressive, old school heavy metal, and melodic rock, MindMaze has produced a gem of a concept album [...]
by Steve Patrick – Sr. Columnist — As the old adage goes, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Michigan’s own Greta Van Fleet is the embodiment of that saying. On its debut EP Black Smoke Rising, Greta Van Fleet prove that Rock is not only still alive but has been reborn in [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — Hammerfall is back with its 10th studio album and it’s a monster. The Swedish juggernaut has been churning out killer Power Metal for 20 years and they’re still going strong. They first appeared back in 1997 with their debut release Glory to the Brave [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — More Pain, More Gain is the debut full-length release from the Italian collaboration group Badass. This quartet of Metal stars has pooled talents and come up with something that will definitely kick butt particularly if you are a fan of bass guitar, or like [...]
by Don Higgens – Columnist — Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice has played with a number of classic artists and bands over the years. He’s kept the beat for everyone from Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne to Vanilla Fudge and John Syke’s Blue Murder. Back in the early ‘80s, he [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — For those in the know, it should come as no surprise when it is said that the Italian label Frontiers has become masters in the art of creating the “supergroup.” Find Me, The Defiants, One Desire, Revolution Saints, Prime Suspect, Khymera, [...]
by Joe Mis — Senior Columnist — The California-based quintet Letters From The Fire have dug into their own experiences and lives to create their latest release entitled Worth the Pain. Founded by guitarist Mike Kellar, Letters From The Fire has been around for a while. Originally called [...]
by John Kindred — Publisher — Chris Bickley has to be one of the hardest working musicians on the East Coast right now. He is currently working on wrapping up the forthcoming debut studio album from Eynomia that features vocalist Phyllis Rutter, Mike LePond (Symphony X), Jimmy Pitts [...]
by Jonna Ambur — Sr. Photojournalist — This might be the debut album for Vescera but these four amazing musicians are not newbies to the scene. Vocalist Michael Vescera, who is known for fronting Obsession, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Loudness to name a few, launched this newest project and [...]
by John Kindred — Publisher — Michael Schenker returns with his latest multi-media release of the Michael Schenker Fest: Tokyo International Forum Hall on the inakustik music label. The Michael Schenker Fest, a celebration of music from the legendary guitarist, made a handful of [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor — On their sixth studio album Whiplash Splash, The Dollyrots come full circle and find the perfect mix of Pop, Punk, Rock, snark, neato-ness and everything else that makes The Dollyrots so golly gee great. Just listen to Kelly sing “whoo!” at the [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Fans of Female-fronted Hard Rock may have found a new heroine in Helen Ceri Clarke, the frontwoman of the U.K.’s Psycho Kiss. For those not familiar, Psycho Kiss hails from Wales, and the quintet hits all the right notes in their newly release third [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Echoes of The Aftermath marks the triumphant return of Swedish rockers The Murder of My Sweet to the European and world Metal stage. Quiet since 2015, the Symphonic, Gothic, Progressive quartet has proven that they have only gotten better over time, and have [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Classic Albums Revisited — TNT’s much anticipated My Religion heralded the return of the band, as the new album was its first full-length album with original band members since 1987s Tell No Tales. Following up 2003’s teaser EP release [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Comprising some of Chicago’s finest musicians from the underground Metal scene, Black Sites debut the group’s first album on the Mascot Label Group. Black Sites features ex-Trial members, guitarists Mark Sugar and Ryan Bruchert, with Sugar also handling [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Rising from the ashes of the Metal band Eye, Vanishing Point was formed in the early 1990s in Melbourne, Australia by guitarist Tommy Vucur, drummer Jack Lukic and bassist Joe Del Mastro, with vocalist Silvio Massaro and keyboardist Pep Sammartino [...]
by Cynthia Jo – Columnist — If you’re looking for new music to go with that New Year’s resolution workout, there’s a trio hailing from London that just might help that adrenaline pump more iron. The Survival Code released Broken Strings, a three-track EP last November, which [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Classic Albums Revisited — Repackaged. If that doesn’t define this decade’s entertainment industry, nothing does. Remakes of hit movies (King Kong, War of the Worlds, The Longest Yard, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — There have been many great bands named after their founding members. Van Halen, Dokken, Vandenberg, and Vain, come immediately to mind. Now you can add another one to the list — Palace. Michael Palace is the founder, lead singer, guitarist, and [...]
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