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by Christophe Pauly – Sr. Photojournalist — Escape From Shadow Island is the first EP from the band Shadowrise. Based in Eindhoven (Netherlands), this five-piece band creates music by mixing different genres, such as Symphonic, Power Metal and Death Metal. Shadowrise features female [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — That sound you hear is the wailing and gnashing of teeth, as legions of Circus Maximus fans digest the Norwegian band’s latest offering – Havoc – and realize the band they fell in love with a decade ago has moved on. The writing has been on the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Ah, the dreaded double-dip, when barely a year after an album is released, fans are asked to buy a second, “deluxe edition” with all sorts of extras. It’s a fairly recent trend and ones that a lot of fans have (justifiably) complained about. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Sweden apparently has an unending supply of new traditional metal bands, and they all seem to be really really good. Stockholm’s Lethal Steel is the latest band to carry forth the banner of old school Heavy Metal. They recently released their [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Thunderstone returns with a new album, Apocalypse Again, and the band’s original vocalist Pasi Rantanen. Following up 2009’s release of Dirt Metal with former vocalist Rick Altzi, Thunderstone, led by guitarist Nino Laurenne, continues to deliver [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Los Angeles-related album titles and cover artwork distinctively Californian in theme are hallmarks for the AOR series now – associated of French musician Frédéric Slama and his star-studded project immediately, now that the 15th album [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Danish Melodic Progressive Metal band Section A is back after a six-year absence with a new studio album, titled Wall of Silence. It’s the band’s fourth overall, and the first Section A album not to feature vocalist Anders Engberg. His [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Right on schedule, Swiss Melodic Hard Rock veterans Shakra are back with a new studio album, their tenth overall, titled High Noon. The big news from the Shakra camp is that vocalist Mark Fox, who was the frontman for Shakra’s best albums, is [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Resurrection Kings is one of two high-profile projects that debuted this year featuring former Dio guitarists (Vivian Campbell’s Last in Line being the other). Resurrection Kings features guitarist Craig Goldy, who played on Dio’s Dream [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Not to take anything away from American Metal, for there is some extraordinary music coming from bands hailing from this side of the great pond (New Jersey’s Symphony X, Utah’s Katagory V, Florida’s Circle II Circle and Kamelot, Michigan’s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Although it would have surely been a crime to put any labels on a writer – any bookworm whose shelves sag under a load of the Martin Popoff-penned books usually associate the Canadian-born scribe with coverage of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Danish Melodic/Progressive Metal band Royal Hunt has spent a fair amount of time on the road lately, and they served up live albums in 1996 and 2006, so seeing another live release from them isn’t exactly a surprise. Their latest live offering, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — You know that scene in the first Star Wars movie when Obi-Wan Kenobi says “now that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time?” That’s the scene that immediately comes to mind upon finding out that Wicked Maraya is still alive and [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — Deftones have always made consistent albums throughout their career. From the early days where they were labeled amongst the front-runners of the Nu-Metal genre, to the utter genius of White Pony where experimental-ism showed that the Sacramento [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Right on schedule, British Melodic/Pomp Rock legends Magnum are back with a new studio album. It’s titled Sacred Blood ‘Divine’ Lies, and is their 18th studio release (19th if you count that acoustic album they did way back when). [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band Bloodbound released their first-ever live offering this year. It’s called One Night of Blood – Live at Masters of Rock MMXV, and in keeping with the AFM label’s other live releases this is no ordinary live [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — After unleashing their epic masterpiece Tales of the Sands in 2011, Tunisian Progressive/Power Metal band Myrath made fans wait nearly five long years for a follow-up. Myrath’s new album, their fourth overall, is titled Legacy, and needless to say [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — New Jersey’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene in the ‘80s was best known for bands like Cinderella, Skid Row and TT Quick. Working that same circuit, albeit without the same national attention, was Pierce, a band formed by guitar wizard (and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been eight years, but Indiana-based Heavy/Power Metal band Zephaniah is finally back with a follow-up to their 2008 debut Stories From the Book of Metal. Their new album is titled Reforged, and right away you can tell how much the band has [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Columnist — Fans of Ride The Sky, Psychework, Nocturnal Rites, Armory, Masterplan, the excellent Silverlane and Sky of Rage are going to want to jump all over this one, for this is one damn fine slice of Power Metal. Determined to show the listener that the music [...]
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