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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 [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Florida-based Power Metal quintet Seven kingdoms is one of the few American bands that can go toe-to-toe with the Europeans. Except for an EP released in 2016, the band has been quiet since dropping The Fire is Mine in 2012, but the wait has been worth it. [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — It’s a horrible thing when during the final production stages of a debut release a band member passes away. Dedicated to the memory of their late band member, drummer Adam Sagan (Circle II Circle, White Empress, Into Eternity) who, in 2016 [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Taking a more melodic, more mature, cleaner, more harmonic, but yet heavier approach to their songwriting is Danger Angel’s latest, its 3rd, All The King’s Horses released on the outstanding MelodicRock Records label, and the follow up [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — For fans of Power Quest, Persuader, Domine, Steel Attack, Iron Savior or Cryonic Temple, Cellador’s music needs to be a must have. Heavy as hell, melodic, fierce, fast, layered, soaring and relentless from Omaha, Neb. is Cellador’s [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Sr. Columnist — After gaining notoriety in the guitar virtuoso circles in the late Nineties with his avant-garde Heavy Metal outfit Mörglbl, French master chopsman Christophe Godin didn’t rest on his laurels. The following decades saw him delve into [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Rock Candy Records has reached across the pond and opened operations in the U.S. The U.K.-based label kicks off its distribution of its catalog of re-release and re-mastered music with Salty Dog’s 1990 debut Every Dog Has Its Day. Salty Dog was formed by [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — In the pecking order of Power Metal bands, Greece’s Firewind ranks up towards the top. In fact, it can be said that their beyond extraordinary 2008 release The Premonition is one of the best Melodic Power Metal albums ever to be released. From [...]
by Chris A. – Sr. Photojournalist — Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister — 1945 – 2015 “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — How do you know an album is a classic? When it still sounds as good thirty-five years after its release as it did the day it hit the streets. And make no mistake, Back in Black is a badass, bona fide classic. You can be nitpicky and point out that the [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Legendary hard rock guitarist Michael Schenker’s notoriety begins with the Scorpions before taking over as the axeslinger for UFO. In 1972, at the age of 16, Schenker recorded the studio album Lonesome Crow, alongside his brother, Rudolph, with the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — The album opens on an upbeat note: We’re gonna live out the Hollywood dream All through the Eighties Everything’s gonna be just what it seems All through the Eighties Gonna find a better way to run our cars All through the Eighties And our feet [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Given the perspective of the last 36 years, Whitesnake is perhaps one of the most fascinating bands to look at from many different points of view. Even though the personal changes within the band’s line-up were more than frequent, the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s quite possible that 1980 was the single most important and influential year in heavy metal. AC/DC released their comeback Back in Black, Judas Priest unleashed their defining British Steel album and Ozzy Osbourne had his smash hit solo debut [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Before we all got aural diabetes from hearing schlock like “Make Love Like a Man,” “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” or “Long Long Way to Go,” Def Leppard used to be a balls out Hard Rock band that changed the face of the music [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — The word influential gets thrown around a lot these days, but when you listen to your favorite bands from the last couple of decades, you can’t help but wonder, who influenced them- who gave them the motivation to pick up a microphone, guitar, bass [...]
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