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by John Kindred - Publisher – Guitarist Michael Abdow continues to amaze fans with his virtuoso talent. After releasing his latest solo album Life Symbolic in 2013, his name resurfaced with the re-release of the album 3 by the progressive metal outfit Frozen. 3 originally was released in 2011 [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Breaking Free is the debut EP from Copenhagen’s Forever Still. While not groundbreaking or evolutionary, this four track release is a shining example of the female-fronted Gothic Rock genre. Forever Still has a history going back to 2009 when [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Year after year, it’s getting clearer and clearer it must be something in the air in Scandinavia (or maybe it’s the water that is to blame?). Just because it’s the residents of this cold peninsula who tend to deliver the most melodic and catchy… [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – UFO – who celebrate their 45th anniversary this year – remain a group as influential and important as their peers Deep Purple, Black Sabbath or Uriah Heep. However, it’s arguable that they enjoy the same deserved cult status as their above [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Guitarist Jeff Summers (Statetrooper) and vocalist Danny Hynes have revived their ‘80s NWOBHM band, Weapon. Officially known today as Weapon (UK), it seems another group had formed under the same name, and to stay away from any legal issues, UK was added to [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – It has been two decades since Kix has released any new music. This is all about to change, as the pride of Maryland gear up for the release of Rock Your Face Off on Aug. 5 via Loud And Proud Records. A lot has changed since the heyday of metal. But it is good [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Generic and repetitive, being a third-league copy of the particular artist’s original band – or too drastically apart from the previously taken music direction, laden with unnecessary sound experiments. That’s how things usually end up for musicians [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The band name enkElination is a play on words and perhaps a bit of a gimmick, but that’s where the silliness ends. “Enkeli” means “angel” in Finnish, and the lead singer is named Elina – but this band needs no gimmicks to get by. Fans of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Do you remember 91 Suite? They created quite a buzz among melodic rock fans with their self-titled debut back in 2002 and even topped it with its follow-up Times They Change three years later. And yes, the singer sounded as a cross of Jon Bon Jovi and [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Corruption are no newbies to the Polish metal scene – founded in 1991, they’ve come a long way from their doom/death metal beginnings to their current stoner metal incarnation. Now, four years after the well-received Bourbon River Bank, they return [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe is back with his third solo CD Electric Wake. This could be his strongest release to date with shades of vocals that are reminiscent of Ronnie James Dio prevalent throughout the entire album. Electric Wake features many special [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – German power/speed/traditional heavy metal band Stormwarrior is back with a new album, their fifth full-length release, titled Thunder & Steele. It’s the perfect title for a band equally obsessed with old school power/speed metal and [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The Answer Of Insanity marks the triumphant return of Faithsedge to the metal scene. This near super-group brings a harder and heavier approach music on their sophomore release – and to put it simply, they rock – without losing the strong sense of melody [...]
by Matt Karp - Senior Columnist – After 2011s’ Top Heavy album, Pennsylvanian trio On Top follow up with a four track EP full of sleazy swagger. 80s’ influenced glam metal continues to be a revisited and revitalized genre, and with “No Shame,” Top To Bottom opens with a huge middle [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The busiest man in Rock and Roll strikes again. From the heavy metal hotbed of Rhode Island, vocalist-multi-instumetalist-songwriter Phil Vincent has recently released another solo album entitled Slave To Sin. A bit heavier and edgier than his last release, [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Leave Your Mark is a solid attempt by the LA-based band Stars In Stereo to do just that – and they succeed. Good riffs, flowing melodies, and superb vocals highlight the sophomore release by this female-fronted quartet. Pulling inspiration from real life, [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Denver-based hard rockers Red Tide Rising delivered a new studio album – their third overall – earlier this year. The album is appropriately titled The Rising, and with it the band hopes to make the jump from regional act to the national [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Have you, melodic rock aficionados, managed to cool off after the late 2013 release of Frédéric Slama’s AOR project, The Secrets Of LA…? The apparently restless French musician and producer doesn’t let his listeners for this, as just a few months [...]
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