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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Like a comet that only blazes through the sky and disappears only to return after several years, the arrival of each new Magic Kingdom album seems to occur only after a five year absence. Of course, founding guitarist Dushan Petrossi is [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Multi-national melodic metal band Eden’s Curse delivered their first ever live album this year with the two-disc Live With the Curse. Live albums seem a bit passé in the DVD/Blu-ray age, but given the buzz this band has generated with [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Beneath one of the ugliest album covers since Warrant’s Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich lies Decadent, the fifteenth studio album from German Heavy Metal institution U.D.O. The former Accept frontman and his band have been one of the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Is there a band in the European Power Metal scene with more buzz than Germany’s Orden Ogan? Their 2012 album To The End was a major breakthrough for the band, and their stunning performance at last year’s ProgPower USA event made a huge [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band helped close out 2014 with a bang with the release of their latest album, titled Stormborn. It’s the band’s sixth album overall, and it appears Bloodbound is still trying to figure out exactly what [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Finnish melodic death metal veterans Mors Principium Est closed out the year with a new album, their fifth to date, titled Dawn of the 5th Era. It’s the first Mors Principium Est album to feature guitarist Kevin Verlay (of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — The new year is upon us, and we already have a contender for our “top ten of 2015” list wih As Daylight Breaks, the debut album from Serious Black. This is a new band – not just a one-off project – from some very familiar names [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — German Gothic/Folk Metal band Lyriel is back with a new album, their fifth overall, titled Skin and Bones. In a very crowded “female fronted metal” pack (and yes, that’s a terrible term but it does fit), Lyriel has always stood out just a bit, [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Norway’s Triosphere returns with its latest album The Heart of the Matter, which follows up its 2010 release The Road Less Traveled. It has taken four years for fans to get their hands on new material. And the wait was well worth it. The Heart of the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — While thinking about the bands in the history of rock who eagerly utilize theatricality of performance to build their image and then end up accused of “style over substance” kind of thing, you may come up with such names as KISS, GWAR or [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s hard to believe that German power metal band Mob Rules has been around long enough to be celebrating their 20th anniversary. Their debut album was released 15 years ago, but apparently they’ve been active a full two decades now. The [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Starting out a musical career in your teens usually ends up with a highly-publicized nervous breakdown, a string of DUI accusations and, as a grand finale, the act of shaving your head off… unless you’re in a rock band and it’s a [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — There have been some major changes in the Evergrey camp since the Swedish dark progressive metal pioneers released their 2011 album Glorious Collision. Drummer Hannes Van Dahl left to join Sabaton, so former Evergrey drummer Jonas Ekdahl [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — It’s always good to see a band that has lost their way return to making great albums. After a pair of disappointing releases (2008’s Two Tragedy Poets and 2010’s Red Silent Tides), Italian power/folk metal band Elvenking turned [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — German hard rock group 21 Octayne makes their debut this year with Into the Open. While probably not quite a “supergroup,” the band is made up of some veterans of the hard rock and metal scenes, including vocalist Hagen Grohe (The [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — German power metal band Sinbreed is back after a four-year absence with their second album, titled Shadows. The band, of course, features a pair of Blind Guardian members (guitarist Marcus Siepen and drummer Frederik Ehmke) as well as [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — It’s been seven long years, but Australian progressive metal band Vanishing Point is finally back with a new studio album, their fifth overall, titled Distant Is the Sun. It’s not the first time fans have had to wait several years [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — After nine studio albums over the course of a nearly two-decade career, it makes sense for Swiss melodic hard rockers Shakra to release a “best of” collection, and like everything the band touches, they do it with style. 33 – The [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — The Swedish act Lake Of Tears, active since the mid-‘90s, is labeled anything from ‘Death to Doom to Gothic/Dark metal – and there is no doubt about their sound and specific atmosphere being targeted at a particular, tight circle of rock music [...]
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 [...]
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