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by Brenda McTaggart – Columnist — Among the first generation of Thrash bands still keeping it brutal and, more importantly, relevant today, is Testament. This shredding legend has now released its 11th studio album Brotherhood of the Snake and is showing no signs of letting up or fading [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — It has gotta be said, it just doesn’t get better than this. Integrating so many things that make something great – one of the great bands of Melodic Hard Rock, fronted by one of the great voices, remastered by one of the great talents in [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Waiting is hard, and waiting for good music is harder. It has been 3 long years since we last heard new material from Danish Metal masters Pretty Maids, but the wait – as hard as it was – was worth it. Kingmaker, the band’s 15th studio release, is [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Following a very successful crowd-funding campaign, the hard rocking trio calling themselves Lucid Fly has released their first full-length album entitled Building Castles in Air. Their fans and supporters will not be disappointed as this one has been a long [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Trees of Eternity was formed in 2009 by singer-songwriter Aleah Starbridge and guitarist-composer Juha Raivio. In 2012, the band signed a publishing deal with AMF Publishing. After three years, the long, arduous road to the release of its debut studio [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Sr. Columnist — Formed in 2004, Alter Bridge recently released its fifth studio alum The Last Hero, which was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette, a longtime collaborator. There is a huge, heavier sound heard on this album, as it covers themes of current news and [...]
by Steve Patrick – Sr. Columnist — Creative growth in a musician is something that should always be encouraged. However, as is the case of The Pretty Reckless’ latest album Who Are You Selling For, making too large of a stylistic change can be a bad thing. Taylor Momsen and company [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — As the lowest common denominator continues its inexorable embrace of the universe—be it religion, politics, art, humanity, stuffing low-quality spray cheese into a can, etc.—there is one unfairly unknown band in Sweden who will not go gentle into [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper‘s Walking in the Shadows is a hard rocking example of the Metal genre commonly known as NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) – not at all bad for a band that has been on hiatus for nearly three decades! In fact [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Toby Knapp’s last solo album, 2013’s Static Warfare, saw Knapp return and exorcise lingering demons from his past. This expulsion seemed to have empowered Knapp to open up the vaults and revisit his old band Onward, release Shred Black Metal with his [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Instrumental guitarist Sean Baker returns to the fray with a new band, ClownHammer, and self-titled debut CD release. Joining Baker in this new endeavor are fellow Sean Baker Orchestra bandmates bassist David Donigan and drummer Clint Sabon, with guitarist [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Heidi Parviainen’s wonderful Cinematic Metal character Dark Sarah is returning to the spotlight at long last. For those not familiar, Dark Sarah is a cinematic, theatrical Metal project from Finland fronted by singer and songwriter Heidi Parviainen [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — Gimme an H – H – E -E – L – L – I – I – X – X. Watcha got? Helix! And watcha gonna do?! Helix is out with yet another greatest hits compilation. It’s a nice retrospective of their career, starting with songs [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Divebomb Records’ latest album release is from Kansas City metalers Banshee. The group’s rise to fame began with the EP release Cry In the Night via Metal Blade Records in ’86, later signing with Atlantic Records and dropping its debut studio album [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Despite a busy schedule with his Progressive Metal band AlogiA, guitarist and songwriter Srdjan Brankovic somehow found the time to front Srdjan Brankovic’s Expedition: Delta, a “supergroup” that has recently released its second album entitled simply 2 [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Paul Sabu (Only Child) has joined forces with Phil Vincent and delivered their first studio album under the moniker Cranston. Sabu is known for working with artists such as Lee Aaron, David Bowie, Little Caesar, Alice Cooper, Jesse Damon, Fatal Smile, [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Epica – THE quintessential Symphonic Metal act – is poised to release its latest evolutionary gem entitled The Holographic Principle. Die-hard fans of the band will certainly not be disappointed, and Epica weaves enough conventional elements into [...]
by Erik Tweedy – Columnist — If you consider getting your head kicked in for 45 minutes a good time, then Meshiaak is what you have been waiting all year for. Hailing from Melbourne Australia, this Speed Metal foursome was the brainchild of 4Arm guitarist Danny Camilleri and Teramaze [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Formed in Tampa, Fla. by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1988 as “Camelot,” by 1991, the band would change their name to “Kamelot” and sign a deal with Noise Records and release their debut Eternity in 1991. Which brings us to this, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — In the world of copycats and continuous recycling of old, worn-out ideas, the albums which capture and hold the audience’s attention are those which dare to go beyond the established scheme. And that is exactly what Darrel Treece-Birch does on [...]
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