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by John Kindred - Publisher – V.H.F. is the brainchild of drummer Todd “Vinny” Vinciguerra. The three-piece trio also features bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) and guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger, Whitesnake, TSO). The V.H.F. moniker comprises the initials from each [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – If you check out the cover of Red Zone Rider’s self-titled release and see the sci-fi-ish artwork – a motorcycle rider in the desert with a space-scene behind – the last thing you’d probably expect is a thick, juicy slab of heavy old-school [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – German melodic/power metal supergroup Unisonic is back with their second full-length album, titled Light of Dawn. Unisonic of course features bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), drummer Kosta Zafiriou (ex-Pink Cream 69), and guitarist Mandy [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Former Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki, yes the one who swore he was retiring from the music scene, is back with the second volume in his Avalon symphonic metal opera series. The new album is titled Angels of the Apocalypse and finds [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Senior Columnist – Promoting themselves with a combination of words “rock” and “sex” and all possible derivations of the two, Midnight Sin may appear to be an Italian answer to Steel Panther. The title of their debut Sex First, released via Bakerteam Records, [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Voyag3r (pronounced Voyager Three) has released its debut album titled Doom Fortress. The album features six instrumental songs. What sets Voyag3r apart from its peers is that the band’s focus lies within the confines of soundtrack music from the ‘70s and [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Senior Columnist – After the days under the moniker of Black Country Communion, a supergroup that created an enormous buzz among the rock fans all around the globe, there comes a time to introduce another brainchild of Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham. With the addition [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – If you were a guitar player with solid chops and were looking to release an album that let you display them all, you’d want to put together something like Nick Miller’s debut release – Parallel Universe. This six-track EP gives the Aussie native a [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – For his new 2-disk compilation Richie Kotzen chooses tracks that pitch him to the mainstream audience – 22 easily accessible, but nevertheless stunning cuts. No matter if he leans toward soul, rock, or blues, each song not only stays self-explanatory, [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – A one-line review of this German hard rock band would read: Unbreakable sound like the Scorpions. However, a writer who dared submit such a succinct review would probably find his fingers smashed by an irate editor. So in order to avoid fractured phalanges, [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Fifteen years and six albums later, Machinae Supremacy is back with their combination of power metal and pop, which results in odd but catchy grooves and sounds. This Swedish five-some formed at the turn of the century and became a well known online act. They [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Dragonforce has released their latest contribution to their over-the-top, power metal collection. The speeds and technicality of their music is always a topic of interest for metal fans. Whether or not it is pure skill or studio deception, their music is [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – My Way or the Highway is the second solo studio release by guitarist Tore St Moren. While Moren’s first solo disc, Devilbird, was an instrumental album, this time around, Moren offers us seven songs, featuring vocals and one instrumental. So, fans are in for a [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish heavy metal warriors Grand Magus returned earlier this year with their seventh full-length album, titled Triumph and Power. In the years since their 2001 self-titled debut, the Stockholm-based band has evolved from a more [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Thermonuclear Epiphany is the debut full-length release from Portuguese thrash metal band Perpetrator, a recent discovery of the Stormspell label. The three-piece band is made up of veterans from the Lisbon metal scene, and takes their sound [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – One of South Africa’s finest heavy metal bands, Octainium, will be releasing their long awaited second album on Aug. 29. The timing is everything in this album. From the quick paced double petal to the harsh growls, Suffer the Clock is just the right name for [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – A Sound of Thunder is getting ready to release their fourth full-length album titled The Lesser Key of Solomon. This album was produced by Kevin “131” Gutierrez (While Heaven Wept, Raven, Shinedown). Time’s Arrow was a major hit for 2013, so A Sound of [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1989, Dead End was album number two from German thrash metal band Grinder. Of course, when you say “German thrash metal” obviously the first thing that comes to mind is the “big three” of Sodom, Destruction and [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Senior Columnist – A fleeting glimpse of the cartoon-ish album cover… and the first thought you have is “how come it’s 1989 again?” You must know it’s a sign of progress anyway – the cover of the previous album of Julian Angel-fronted project was graced by [...]
by Craig Newman - Columnist – Being the guitarist for one of the ‘80s most popular metals bands, Jeff Labar of Cinderella releases a raw rock album One For the Road that has Jeff on vocals, guitars, keyboards and bass with various drummers (Troy Lucketta, Chris Williams, Cheney Brannon and [...]
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