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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 [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Michael Sweet returns with his latest solo album One Sided War. Sweet has been on a tear over the course of the last few years, releasing new music with Stryper, George Lynch (Sweet/Lynch) and his own solo music. Sweet’s previous solo album I’m Not Your [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Guitarist Neil Hibbs has joined forces with vocalist Lee Small (SHY, Skyscraper, Phenomena), forming the band Arkham’s Razor and releasing the band’s debut album Carnival of Lost Souls. The band is rounded out by bassist Mart Trail (Fury, Tainted [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Even though there must be something in the water indeed as far as talking about the American Southern states and their rich music tradition, the Tennessee-based One Less Reason are far from tapping into the Country or Southern Rock vibe. They [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Germany’s Lanfear really is one of the good, if not one of the better Power Metal bands around. The music of The Code Inherited, the band’s latest, released on the Pure Legends label, is the follow-up to 2012’s This Harmonic Consonance. With 4 [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — 2016 sees the debut of Phantom 5, a bonafide supergroup featuring some of the brightest stars in the German Melodic Rock scene. The band was formed by vocalist Claus Lessmann (until recently the voice of Bonfire) and guitarist/singer/producer Michael [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — It was a pretty big deal when legendary Swedish Melodic Rock band Treat returned after a nearly two-decade absence in 2010. That they did so with arguably the strongest album of their career in Coup de Grace was just the icing on the cake. Then they [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — If you wanted listen to a diverse mish-mash of rockers, then look no further than Project N-fidelikah. The band, self-described as “Funk Punk ghetto underground,” is built from parts of Fishbone, Dokken/Lynch Mob, Endangered Species and WAR. Fishbone [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Steve Vai is known for his time spent working with Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Carvin amplifiers and Ibanez guitars. He also is a successful solo artist, an instrumental guitar wizard, producer and record label owner. As of today, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Utah-based hard rockers Hard Knox made their debut in 1993 with the independently-released Psyco’s R Us. The band was a little too late for the Hair Metal party, but they rocked like that party was never going to end. Hard Knox played loud, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — It’s pretty well established at this point that Dan Swano is Heavy Metal’s true Renaissance Man, right? The Swedish singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer has been in bands as varied as Progressive/Melodic rocking Nightingale, Melodic Death [...]
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