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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. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been five long years since Finnish melodic rock band Free Spirit released their unforgettable debut album Pale Sister of Light, but they’re finally back with a follow-up album, titled All the Shades of Darkened Light. The band [...]
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. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The World Below is the debut album from Twilight Messenger, a new traditional/power metal project put together by vocalist Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez and guitarist/bassist Andy “CloudRunner” Feehan. The two are probably best [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Gloryful was formed in the summer of 2010, and merely 10 months after the strong release of their first album, The Warrior’s Code, they are at it again with their second album. Ocean Blade is full of metal hymns that have a stomping speed metal sound. [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Making their debut from Southern Bavaria from Massacre Records is EDGEDOWN. Statues Fall is an album that delivers galloping metal with a vocal range that could have a slight comparison to Iron Maiden’s Dickinson. They seem to deliver what they hoped to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Los Angeles-based traditional heavy metal band Blade Killer made their debut earlier this year with this 4-song, self-titled EP on the Stormspell label. The band is one of the new breed of old school heavy metal bands (along with Night [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – There is no doubt Uriah Heep has already secured themselves a place among the “classic” or “legendary” bands a rock fan enumerates in a single breath – with their early and mid-1970s cult albums, recorded by the classic Heep line-up. Past [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Years before such hybrid genre-related terms as New Wave Of Swedish Sleaze Metal were coined, Scandinavia was a very fruitful land for a different genre to flourish. And no talking about black metal here – think the 1980s, think Treat, Da Vinci, [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Michael Sweet, front-man for the Christian rock band Stryper, is set to release his latest solo album; I’m Not Your Suicide, May 6 on Big3 Records. Sweet also will release his autobiography Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed the same day. [...]
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