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by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — It has been five long years since Solution .45’s debut album (2010’s excellent For Aeons Past), but the Swedish Melodic/Progressive/Death Metal band finally gave us a follow-up late last year with Nightmares in the Waking State – Part I. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Originally released in 1987, Reign of Terror was the third album from American heavy metal band Wild Dogs. This is the first Wild Dogs album to feature vocalist Michael Furlong, who had a pair of solo albums to his credit before joining. And of course [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — First thing’s first, just in case you’re looking at that cover and thinking “this seems awfully light for a Paradise Lost album cover;” this is not the UK Gothic/Doom Metal band Paradise Lost. Way back in the mid 1980s, there was a band [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Norway, the land of the midnight sun, offers ups its latest native son Lars Lind. Lind, guitarist and composer, has just released his latest studio album Soul Kicker. The 9 track instrumental release on Shredguy Records features performances from drummer [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Savage return with the double-CD release of its new studio album, 7, packaged with the release of the groups live album Live N Lethal. The double CD release arrives on Minus 2 Zebra Records. 7 is the seventh full-length release by Savage. Following up [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — It almost isn’t fair to all the other Melodic Rock bands planning on new releases this year. 2016 just started and the bar for Melodic Rock has been set impossibly high by the debut of Nordic Union, a new Frontiers project that pairs Pretty Maids [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Pennsylvania-based progressive metal band MindMaze followed-up their well-received 2014 album Back to the Edge this year with Dreamwalker, a limited EP featuring cover songs and a few other surprises. The seven-song EP contains the following tracks: 1. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Arguably the best comeback story in Metal in recent years, New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Satan has been on fire lately. First they returned after a 25 year absence in 2013 with the excellent Life Sentence, then they followed it up with [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — You might have missed their Live In Concert release. Perhaps you were also not able to travel to Scandinavia to catch them somewhere during the sold out tour back in 2012. But still you’re familiar with the musicians behind the [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — With the release of Queen’s A Night At The Odeon – Hammersmith 1975, the band celebrates its 40th anniversary of the group’s first-ever TV appearance that, for years, has been available as a bootleg. The concert at London’s Hammersmith Odeon [...]
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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