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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 [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The Ritchie Blackmore Story is comprehensive documentary which focuses on the life and music career of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Released by Eagle Rock Entertainment, the documentary is being released on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a deluxe [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Columnist — Pasadena, California’s Holy Grail continue their brand of Heavy Metal on their third release, Times of Pride and Peril released on the Prosthetic Records label, their follow up to 2013’s Ride the Void. Fans of Savage Messiah, Charred Walls of the [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Canadian Rockers Van Halst may not be well know outside of their native Alberta, but their full length debut album entitled World of Make Believe may just change that. Van Halst’s music is mostly Hard Rock mixed with Metal, Gothic, Punk, and a touch of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — After a seven-year absence, Melodic Rock project Khymera returned at the end of 2015 with a new album, their fourth to date, titled The Grand Design. This is the first Khymera album not to feature founder Daniele Liverani. Instead, bassist/vocalist [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — After a significant break, pioneering Gothic Rockers Beseech have reunited and put the finishing touches on their latest dark and melancholic release entitled My Darkness, Darkness. If the title doesn’t give you a clue, the band hails from the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Divebomb Records is celebrating the 25th installment in their Bootcamp series by paying tribute to the series that inspired it: Combat’s classic Boot Camp line. Divebomb’s Bootcamp Origins CD is an upgraded reissue of Combat’s [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Columnist — Brutal, aggressive, antagonistic and skull crushing – all ways to describe what really is a pretty solid outing of Power Metal from Germany’s Fireleaf and their debut, Behind The Mask released on the always great Massacre Records. Naming everyone [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Long running German Progressive Metal band Vanden Plas helped wind down 2015 with their eighth full-length release, titled Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld II. As the title suggests this is the second part of the band’s very ambitious [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — The quintessential Power Metal juggernaut that is Primal Fear rocks on taking no prisoners. Rulebreaker is the band’s eleventh studio album – and fortunately they did not break any of the Metal rules that they themselves established over a long and [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Michael Abdow has been quite busy as of late. He released his sophomore solo instrumental studio album, Life Symbolic, in 2013, worked with the Progressive Metal outfit Frozen on 2015’s 3 studio album and had been continuously touring with Fates Warning. [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Columnist — Getting their moniker from the words “avalan” and “fantasia” that describes “a world beyond human imagination,” Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia have come roaring back, following 2013’s Mystery of Time with their 6th studio album [...]
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