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

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 [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — For those who have yet to experience the instrumental sci-fi explorations of Voyag3r, the time is at hand. The group returns with its follow-up to last year’s release of Doom Fortress, this time asking the question Are You Synthetic? Paraphrasing a bit [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Instrumental composer Guy Elyahu has released his debut album Empire of Chaos. Elyahu, who is from Israel, features musical explorations that offer listeners what he has dubbed Middle-Eastern Rock, which combines elements from the Rock, Metal and Fusion [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Long running German Power Metal band Brainstorm kicked off the New Year with a new studio album, their eleventh overall, titled Scary Creatures. Brainstorm has been steadily delivering hard-hitting Power Metal albums for the better part of two decades [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — A part of the groundbreaking all-girl band The Runaways in the 1970s and a successful solo artist in male-dominated industry throughout the 1980s, Lita Ford is undoubtedly an important figure in rock annals. However, the vast majority of [...]
by Matt Karpe – Sr. Columnist — Reckless Love’s last album Spirit found the band arguably reaching their pinnacle, a near perfect collection of glam-tinged modern rock that, whilst some might call cheesy, was undoubtedly fun, energetic and goddamned addictive. So, after potentially [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — After releasing eight studio albums in their 15+ year career, Italian Folk/Power Metal band Elvenking has finally delivered their first-ever live album, titled The Night of Nights – Live. Now, this being the DVD era and Elvenking being signed to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band Manimal is back after a six-year absence with their second album, titled Trapped in the Shadows. That title is actually a pretty fitting summary of the band’s trajectory up to this point. Their 2009 debut The Darkest [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Riding high on the success of 2011’s Worship Music, Anthrax returns with its new studio album, For All Kings. The band, surging with new energy with the return of Joey Belladonna, continues to build upon its storied career releasing its 11th album to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Self-released and funded through fan support via Kickstarter, Deathanity R3 is the latest offering from Maryland-based progressive rockers Odin’s Court. If you’re a longtime fan of the band, the Deathanity title (and cover artwork) will be very [...]
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