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by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Originally released in 1988, Another Return was the debut album from Norwegian power metal band Artch. Obviously Norway’s best known contribution to metal is their infamous Black Metal scene, but before the corpse paint and church burnings, bands [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Fool is the second full length studio release from the Australian symphonic rock singer known as Darkyra Black. Like its predecessor Dragon Tears, Fool is a powerful, full story concept album that features fine musical performances by the band and the [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Sr. Photojournalist — When you mention “old school” Metal, bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest come to mind. As Darkness Dies has earned the privilege to be added to that list. Formerly known as Graven Image, As Darkness Dies (ADD) has been on the regional scene [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — In 2013 guitarist/songwriter Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Kiske-Somerville, Starbreaker, Allen-Lande) released his debut solo album, titled Free Fall, which featured guest vocals from several A-list singers who had collaborated with him in the [...]
by James West – Columnist — Coming in hot from Orange County is RadioDrone, a band that features heavy instrumentals and melodic vocals packed behind sound bites of famous political speeches on government and humanity. Political or humanity is up to you to decide what each song means as [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — A musician who’s been recognizable and sought-after for years, touring and recording a lot, but still not able to show all his talents – until now. That’s Nalle Påhlsson’s story in a nutshell, as the Swedish bass player has been [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — California-based power/thrash band Intrinsic was doing pretty well as the 1990s rolled in, especially when you consider how far removed they were geographically from both the L.A. and San Francisco metal scenes. They had one full-length (1987’s [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Oh, now this is going to be something special. This self-titled, 3-song EP is the first taste we get of The Paralydium Project, a new band featuring former Dynazty guitarist John Berg alongside current Dynazty members Georg Egg (drums) and Jonathan [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — A British Hard Rock band with a soft spot for a sound that’s the American heritage rather than their own – this may raise a few eyebrows at the both sides of the pond. However, the incorporation of Country and Blues influences may become [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Few things in this world are as predictable as line-up changes within Whitesnake. Last year’s brought the news of Doug Aldrich leaving the group only to be replaced by Joel Hoekstra (formerly of Night Ranger and Trans-Siberian Orchestra – [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Devil’s Dozen is an appropriate title for the 13th studio album by Danish Melodic/Progressive Metal band Royal Hunt. It’s the band’s third album since vocalist DC Cooper rejoined the lineup, and helps usher in a third decade of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Long-running German Power Metal band Iron Savior has been quite productive this year. It’s only been a year since they released their last studio album (the most excellent Rise of the Hero), but they’ve delivered two new releases that are [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been more than a decade since we last saw a new studio album from Enertia, one of the more overlooked bands to emerge from the American Progressive/Power Metal scene in the mid ‘90s. The New York-based band is finally back with their fourth [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Native New Yorker Madame Mayhem brought all her NYC attitude and swagger into the studio when she laid down the vocal tracks for her latest album, Now You Know. A veritable melting pot of genres and styles (just like NYC), Now You Know leaves nothing on [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Has there ever been a “hype band” that was actually worth the critical buzz and who continued to live up to that hype over the course of three (and a half) albums? At this point it’s safe to say that Ghost is the real deal; a “next big [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been nearly a decade since we last heard from Street Talk, the Swedish AOR band featuring Goran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Brazen Abbott). Street Talk was arguably the best band in the modern era at crafting pure, Toto-inspired AOR songs. [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Apparently set to remain the most prolific – and also the busiest – band in the Melodic Hard Rock universe, Ten returns with a new EP only a few months after the release of their full-length Isla De Muerta. Equipped with quite a few [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — OK, so everyone knows the story of why Geoff Tate is no longer part of Queensryche, and everyone knows that he had to give up the band name, therefore shooting for Operation: Mindcrime, named after one of the best concept albums ever to be released in [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — It’s been six long years since Babylon, W.A.S.P.’s last studio release, in part due to Blackie Lawless’ visits to hospital for reconstructive shoulder surgery and then later a broken leg. Continuing with the biblical themed album titles, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — When a thrash veteran starts chasing trends after 30 years of plugging away as a niche act, you realize that a show biz career is indeed an unpredictable journey. Singer Dave Padden’s recent departure must have prompted band leader Jeff Waters [...]
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