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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish traditional heavy metal titans Wolf are back with another fierce studio album, titled Devil Seed. It’s the seventh album to date from the Wolf, who was one of the first (and is still one of the best) bands to emerge from what [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Seattle-based traditional heavy metal warriors Skelator are back with a new full-length release. King of Fear is the band’s fourth album overall, and first on the Swords and Chains label. The band has been kicking around the [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Before you hear note one on Zero Down’s new release, No Limit to the Evil, you know you are in for a freakin’ Metal joy ride … and that’s just based on the artwork! As on two of their prior three studio albums, the insane Preacher Man (or a [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish traditional heavy metal band Rocka Rollas is back with a new album, their third full-length release in the past four years, titled The Road to Destruction. There have been some changes in the Rocka Rollas camp recently, most [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Now here’s an underground heavy metal gem that is likely known only to the most die-hard collectors, or those who happened to witness the Oklahoma City metal scene in the ‘80s. Formed mainly by Los Angeles transplants, Powerlord made [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – When Empires Fall is the 2014 debut album from San Francisco-based traditional heavy metal band Ancient Empire, which was put together by Shadowkiller (and ex-Rocka Rollas) frontman/guitarist Joe Liszt alongside ex-Rapid Fire rhythm [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – AlogiA is a progressive metal band from Serbia, and their popularity proves that music is a universal language (despite producing most of their material in their native Serbian tongue). In fact, AlogiA has developed such an international following that [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – If looking back 12 months prior to date, it can be said 2014 was an intense year in melodic rock – well, to say the least! Among the multitude of releases able to both take your breath away and drain your pockets dry, many had this [...]
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 Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – The Divebomb label has reissued some interesting demo releases, both new and old, as part of their Bootcamp series, but this may be the best thing they’ve unearthed to date. Way before they became one of the more innovative bands to emerge from [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Originally released in 1990, World Won’t Miss You was the debut full-length album from Reverend, the power/thrash metal band formed more or less from a vocalist swap between the bands Metal Church and Heretic. Heretic’s singer Mike Howe joined [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Now here’s an interesting item unearthed by the Divebomb label as part of their Bootcamp series spotlighting rare and forgotten demo recordings. The Hidden was a short-lived project put together by four veterans of the Swedish metal scene – [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Riding the waves of popularity from the great success of their last studio album, Dutch symphonic metal masters Within Temptation and their label, Nuclear Blast, have just released Enter & The Dance. This is a win for any new fans of the band as it [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Lead vocalist Big Dad Rich often describes Texas Hippie Coalition’s sound as Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top having a child raised by Pantera, and that southern-metal formula rolls on unabated like a monster truck with no brakes on their fourth album. This [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Although it’s rather raw hard rock sound of AC/DC and Rose Tattoo that you associate immediately with the land Down Under, there’s much more that Australia holds in store for the rock-oriented music fans. From the Melbourne-based pomp rock [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Just one year after their last release (2013’s The Nexus), Swedish pop metal sensation Amaranthe is back with a new album, their third overall, titled Massive Addictive. The band seems to have both momentum and serious backing from their label, so [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Aurin is a four piece alternative rock act hailing from New Jersey, and the band has just released a new CD entitled Catharsis. A heavy blend of alternative, new metal, and dark rock elements, Aurin’s music and lyrics are modern yet raw, and packed [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist – Oakland, Calif. band Machine Head recently released their eighth album titled Bloodstone and Diamonds. The first album to feature new bassist, Jared MacEachern, is already receiving rave reviews from fans, fellow musicians and the entire music [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – As for Riot, the band wouldn’t have needed any introduction among the metal circle – there’s an entire generation of fans who banged their heads and pumped their fists to anthems such as “Warrior” or “Thundersteel” this [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Southern Rock is a subgenre of rock that was always all about the quality and impact of the live performance, often favored to the studio crafts. Playing live in concert allowed the Dixie rockers not only to indulge themselves in the extended [...]
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