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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Hungarian groove merchants Ektomorf are back with a new studio album, their ninth overall, titled Retribution. Once again the band has enlisted producer/engineer Tue Madsen, and once again they’ve delivered a thick, grooving, angry [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Riding a wave of ‘80s nostalgia might be a good idea these days. But no matter if you think about the new ‘80s-infused bands (such as Brother Firetribe, Outloud or White Widdow) or the reunited-and-back classic acts of the genre, the majority of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Well, the Souza clan certainly didn’t waste any time. Just one year after releasing their debut album Heroes of Origin, Hatriot is back with another devastating serving of thrash metal, titled Dawn of the New Centurion. Hatriot, of [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Canadian rock is much more than Rush, Helix, and Harem Scarem. Edmonton’s own Ironstorm is new to the scene, and brings female frontier metal into the mainstream of the Great White North. Formed in 2012, Ironstorm (in the band’s own words) was [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – In 2008, the Swedish melodic rock act named H.E.A.T emerged from the Nordic wilderness to bring catchy guitar-laden melodies and huge ‘80s-infused choruses back with their self-titled debut album. Six years later, they return after some major [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – With their musical résumés content-rich (and their family connections influential – one of the band’s two guitarists, Sebastian LaBar, is the son of Cinderella’s Jeff LaBar ), a Philadelphia-based act Mach22 has just released their debut [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally self-released last year (and now given a proper CD release by the Kivel label), Unhinged is the third album from Bay Area hard rockers Madman’s Lullaby. They’re a relatively recent band, but their sound is anything but, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Melodic rock/metal vocalist David Readman, best known as the frontman for both Pink Cream 69 and Voodoo Circle, released his debut solo album in 2007. It came at a time when the Frontiers label was licensing some – but not all – of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – These days, artistic collaborations between well-known musicians are nothing rare and the number of star-studded projects spring up like mushrooms. Still, WAMI is a unique formation for many reasons – the whole idea for this project was started by [...]
by Craig Newman – Columnist – Swedish singer Anette Olzon has her first album released this year, titled Shine, with 10 songs and the first single teaser is “Lies.” It’s on her Facebook page along with the official lyric video “Falling” on her website. She is known for being [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – If thinking about a contemporary band that embodies the term “pomp rock” in the strict sense of the word, the Finnish melodic rock act Brother Firetribe is one of the first that come to mind. What’s been started as one of many side-projects of [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Altered Sky is fulfilling their fairy tale while they paint stories with their self-written material. This Glasgow rock band has an ambitious feat ahead of them with 3 U.K. tours. The contagious words of lyricist Ana Nowosielska let this female fronted [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Put Springsteen, Mellencamp, and latter-day Bon Jovi into a musical blender and the result might sound very much like guitarist/singer/songwriter John Taglieri. If you must hang a tag on it, call it “all American working man rock ‘n’ roll.” [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – New York-based rock act Bob Dee with Petro – comprised of the singer/guitarist Bob Dee and his backing band – released their greatest hits compilation entitled Burning Rain just a while ago. Having chosen the large number of 17 tracks [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Once again, the Italian metal scene has given the world another gem of a band. Old Man’s Cellar, a five-piece hailing from Modena, has successfully blended modern techniques and old school hair metal influences into a lively and enjoyable debut [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Released at the tail end of last year, Raided Land is the fourth album from Germany’s Human Fortress, and the first to feature Gus Monsanto (ex-Adagio, ex-Revolution Renaissance) on vocals. Monsanto is the band’s third singer in as [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Just when you thought there weren’t any bands making good, classic-style melodic death metal anymore, here comes Words of Farewell with their second album, titled The Black Wild Yonder, to make you remember everything you loved about [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – There is so much doubt thrown in the direction of the sinfully sexy Taylor Momsen. Fronting The Pretty Reckless has caused opinion to swirl involving the talent of the former actress. Going to Hell is the second studio offering from the band. Admittedly, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene may have gotten most of the attention from fans and the press (and rightly so) back in the early ‘80s, but the heavy metal sound and spirit were certainly not confined to the UK. [...]
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