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by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Have you ever wondered how Thin Lizzy would have sounded if it was transferred into the 21st century? And, of course, we are not talking the star-studded touring assembly under the Lynott’s band moniker that’s perhaps one of the most [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Extreme, one of the later arrivals on the hair metal scene, are the latest to receive the anniversary re-release treatment, for their second album Pornograffitti. By the time the album hit the shelves in 1990, a little thing called grunge was starting [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – The Deep, while new to the music scene, is not a new band. In fact, the formation of the group can be traced back to 1982, when the group began writing and performing under the moniker Deep Machine. As with any marriage of complex personalities, the band [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – When Battleaxe released Power… back in 1984, they was just another band throwing their name into the NWOBHM hat. It was always going to be hard to compete with the likes of Judas Priest and Motörhead, and share the same success that those British [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Falling Again is the debut EP from Dauzat St.Marie, an L.A.-based duo formed by Mat Dauzat and Heather St. Marie. While only 5 tracks long, Falling Again is a mostly acoustic rock journey built around the voices and duet harmonies of Heather and Mat, and [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – The American hard rock scene continues to go from strength to strength. Thanks in part to the radio airwaves, more and more bands are coming through, and they are being given the exposure that they desperately need. You only need to check out Sirius [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band helped close out 2014 with a bang with the release of their latest album, titled Stormborn. It’s the band’s sixth album overall, and it appears Bloodbound is still trying to figure out exactly what [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Back in the ‘80s, the band Zwarte was one of the biggest bands around the Midwest. They are probably known for their greatest hit “Sturgis,” an ode to the largest bike rally in the world, in Sturgis, S.D. All these years later, the main [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Is there a hotter name in melodic rock these days than Erik Martensson? Between peforming in W.E.T. and writing and producing for names like Toby Hitchcock, Jimi Jamison and Adrenaline Rush, he has made a big impact on the melodic rock scene in the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – L.A.-based rockers Lucid Fly have just released Stasis, a three track EP that follows in the footsteps of their last EP, The Escape Stage – and hopefully a prelude to a full length album. Lucid Fly has been together since 2001, when vocalist Nikki Layne [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – When you think of the wave of melodic death metal that swept out of Europe in the mid to late ’90s, it’s usually the big Swedish bands – At the Gates, In Flames and Dark Tranquillity – that come to mind. But while those [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Norway’s Sarpedon released an EP a few years back … a raw, unpolished but promising journey through Progressive Metal, with tinges of Power Metal too. Anomic Nation can really be noted as their first official release, unless you want to get [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Path Of Destruction is the fifth studio release from the Phil Vincent fronted power trio Tragik. Following a familiar path, this new album displays what Phil Vincent does best – making modern, edgy melodic hard rock that tips its hat to the great bands [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – If you were a young glam metal fan living in Europe in mid 2000s and not quite satisfied only with watching faded music videos from the ‘80s, sometime between 2005 and 2007 there were two groups that really counted for you. On the more [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist – The wait is finally over. Five years after their last release, 2009’s Homeland, Red Circuit has released another monster album full of melodic Prog-Metal goodness. Haze of Nemesis is the band’s third album. For the uninitiated, Red Circuit first hit the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been five years since we last saw a new studio album from Brazilian progressive/power metal legends Angra. During that time, the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of their classic debut album Angels Cry with a live CD and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Now here’s an album that slipped under the radar in the closing days of 2014. Swedish band Empire 21 is a supergroup of sorts. The players involved aren’t exactly superstars, but between them they have quite an impressive [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Now here’s a super-group with a lineup that’s sure to get people’s attention. Level 10 is the latest project to emerge from the mad scientists at the Frontiers label. This time around they’ve assembled a [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Finnish melodic death metal veterans Mors Principium Est closed out the year with a new album, their fifth to date, titled Dawn of the 5th Era. It’s the first Mors Principium Est album to feature guitarist Kevin Verlay (of [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Stryper’s Michael Sweet returns after his amazing solo album released in 2014, I’m Not Your Suicide, joining up with legendary shredder George Lynch (Lynch Mob, ex-Dokken). The duo released the new album, Sweet & Lynch. The initial idea for Sweet [...]
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