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by Joe Mis — Senior Columnist — The California-based quintet Letters From The Fire have dug into their own experiences and lives to create their latest release entitled Worth the Pain. Founded by guitarist Mike Kellar, Letters From The Fire has been around for a while. Originally called [...]
by John Kindred — Publisher — Chris Bickley has to be one of the hardest working musicians on the East Coast right now. He is currently working on wrapping up the forthcoming debut studio album from Eynomia that features vocalist Phyllis Rutter, Mike LePond (Symphony X), Jimmy Pitts [...]
by Jonna Ambur — Sr. Photojournalist — This might be the debut album for Vescera but these four amazing musicians are not newbies to the scene. Vocalist Michael Vescera, who is known for fronting Obsession, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Loudness to name a few, launched this newest project and [...]
by John Kindred — Publisher — Michael Schenker returns with his latest multi-media release of the Michael Schenker Fest: Tokyo International Forum Hall on the inakustik music label. The Michael Schenker Fest, a celebration of music from the legendary guitarist, made a handful of [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor — On their sixth studio album Whiplash Splash, The Dollyrots come full circle and find the perfect mix of Pop, Punk, Rock, snark, neato-ness and everything else that makes The Dollyrots so golly gee great. Just listen to Kelly sing “whoo!” at the [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Fans of Female-fronted Hard Rock may have found a new heroine in Helen Ceri Clarke, the frontwoman of the U.K.’s Psycho Kiss. For those not familiar, Psycho Kiss hails from Wales, and the quintet hits all the right notes in their newly release third [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Echoes of The Aftermath marks the triumphant return of Swedish rockers The Murder of My Sweet to the European and world Metal stage. Quiet since 2015, the Symphonic, Gothic, Progressive quartet has proven that they have only gotten better over time, and have [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Classic Albums Revisited — TNT’s much anticipated My Religion heralded the return of the band, as the new album was its first full-length album with original band members since 1987s Tell No Tales. Following up 2003’s teaser EP release [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Comprising some of Chicago’s finest musicians from the underground Metal scene, Black Sites debut the group’s first album on the Mascot Label Group. Black Sites features ex-Trial members, guitarists Mark Sugar and Ryan Bruchert, with Sugar also handling [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Rising from the ashes of the Metal band Eye, Vanishing Point was formed in the early 1990s in Melbourne, Australia by guitarist Tommy Vucur, drummer Jack Lukic and bassist Joe Del Mastro, with vocalist Silvio Massaro and keyboardist Pep Sammartino [...]
by Cynthia Jo – Columnist — If you’re looking for new music to go with that New Year’s resolution workout, there’s a trio hailing from London that just might help that adrenaline pump more iron. The Survival Code released Broken Strings, a three-track EP last November, which [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Classic Albums Revisited — Repackaged. If that doesn’t define this decade’s entertainment industry, nothing does. Remakes of hit movies (King Kong, War of the Worlds, The Longest Yard, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — There have been many great bands named after their founding members. Van Halen, Dokken, Vandenberg, and Vain, come immediately to mind. Now you can add another one to the list — Palace. Michael Palace is the founder, lead singer, guitarist, and [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Classic Albums Revisited — Following in the tradition of classic Hard Rock bands such as Rainbow and MSG, the Finnish band Leverage weighs in with their debut CD, Tides. The band is comprised of six talented musicians that have combined their love of [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Everyone loves a story of redemption, of comebacks, of someone on the verge of losing it all (in this case, Jack almost lost his life) and then against all odds, like a phoenix from the ashes, rises from the rubble and takes back what was rightfully [...]
by Alisssa Ordabai – Sr. Columnist — On his 9th solo release, the grand master of Modern Rock guitar proves yet again that he remains at the forefront of the global super-chops game. While not telling us anything we don’t already know about his colossal technique or his genre-bending [...]
by Brenda McTaggart – Columnist — There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there’s anything special in the water in the state of New Jersey, but whatever it is that continues to deliver thoroughbred bands of the Rock and Metal genres that continue to enthral us is showing no [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Ken Cassell, better known as Ken Orth, is in the process of resurrecting his band, Wycked Synn. Thirteen years after the release of The Vision, the album is being reissued on HighVolMusic. The debut release of Wycked Synn’s The Vision is the only [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — The debut novel from English writer Alissa Ordabai, Biblically-titled Grapes from Thornbushes, introduces you to a writer with keen insight into the human condition … at least the condition of wannabe rock stars. Grapes from Thornbushes follows the [...]
by Erik Tweedy – Sr. Columnist — Surviving 25 years in the music business as a band is a major milestone and should be celebrated in a big way. In 1992, the legendary Swiss rockers Gotthard released their self-titled debut with tempered expectations and have done nothing but churn out [...]
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