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Latest Blu-ray CD DVD reviews of today’s Hard Rock and Metal artists.

by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Helstar is gearing up for the release of This Wicked Nest on April 29 via AFM Records. The speed metal band that hails from Texas return to their ‘80s thrash roots on This Wicked Nest. Singer James Rivera is at the top of his game belting out Spartan [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Norwegian guitarist Kjetil By, with the help of some very well respected friends, has just released his fourth solo album entitled Better Days. Fans of commercial rock will truly appreciate this long awaited release thanks to the fine work of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – After having the audience introduced to their classic heavy metal sound with their EP We Are Not The Same, this year Scream Maker returns with the full length album Livin In The Past. The cover artwork was designed by Rosław Szaybo (a Polish artist [...]
by Craig Newman – Columnist – Norwegian symphonic rock group SAVN have just released a new, eleven-track album of fresh music and this album rocks! It has the right blend of hard and soft energy to keep your body moving. The band is founded by The Sins Of Thy Beloved members Stig [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Much hubbub abounds about the fact that Johnny Depp blessed this album with his stamp of approval. Problem is, Depp also claimed The Lone Ranger was a good movie. Well, he got one out of two right. Live Fast Die Loud is a good album. It never crosses [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Do you feel like having a trip down the U.S. South, cruising from one smoky joint to another, where the whiskey flows and the rich bluesy tones fill the air? If you do, Moonshine’s eponymous debut album might be just what you were looking for. [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Nostalgic trips down memory lane (or organizing one’s old memorabilia) can turn out to be surprisingly fruitful sometimes. Especially if you’re a singer of a once successful ‘80s hard rock act, who happens to find a twenty-year-old reel [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Who else but Edguy could write a song about Baba Yaga, cover a Falco hit and make it flow with the other songs on the album, or turn a tiger more METAL, merely by adding in a “Y?” That’s right—no other band in the universe! Thankfully, Edguy [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – For the so-called European power metal, the motherland traditionally was nowhere else but Germany – think Helloween, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian and other “pioneer fathers” of the genre (influenced by Scorpions and Accept, needless to say). In [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Captain Black Beard seems to “have it all,” a fancy band name, a team of solid musicians, the renowned producers to work with, a critically acclaimed debut album … The only task they have to face now with their sophomore effort entitled Before [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – If a regular member of a currently existing band goes solo, there are two possible explanations to such a move. As it often happens, there are some personal tensions within a band and most likely it’s going to split up faster than one can say its [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Gone are the thrashier days of Teramaze? Yes and no. The Australian act, labeled not-so-precisely as “melodic thrash,” returns with their new release Esoteric Symbolism. Two years after their previous, critically acclaimed Anhedonia album saw the [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – L.A. rock band Steel Panther return to the mix with their latest release All You Can Eat. The ‘80s were a time of excessive partying and groupies. Steel Panther have the tongue in cheek humorous lyrics down to a science. The band is currently on tour in [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Think catchy melodies, fine songwriting, polished production, big hooks, massive keyboard sound and power-chord-heavy guitar riffs. Call it AOR, AOR/Westcoast, Melodic Rock or lite metal — whatever the name is, within this particular (and often [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – For the majority of bands, raw and inexperienced at first, it takes much longer than just a few years and two albums to carve out their trademark sound. And yet, even with their 2009 debut album the Greek/American melodic rock act Outloud knew it was [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Frontiers Records melodic rock explosion continues! And so does, it seems, the present tendency for super-groups to spring up — in recent months several more appeared, one of them being L.R.S. Their newly released Down To The Core album is a unique [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Multi-instrumentalist and singer David J. Caron is back. After dropping a 28-track debut release in 2012, he has release a package called 9 Singles, consisting of four new tracks that will appear on his upcoming album, and five of the most memorable ones [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Long-running German power metal band Iron Savior is back after a three-year absence with Rise of the Hero, their eighth full-length album. The band released what may be their best album ever in 2011’s The Landing, so the pressure is on [...]
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