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by John Kindred – Publisher – Shredguy Records’ latest studio release arrives from known shredders Toby Knapp and Markus Johansson. Using the moniker, Knapp/Johansson, the duo has joined efforts to deliver an eight-track shredfeast titled Unborn Spirits Immortal. The album is a [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – The busiest man in metal music strikes again. Phil Vincent’s full band, Legion, returns with a very solid release – their sixth CD – entitled Tempest. Phil seems to have a truly bottomless pit of inspiration, as despite prodigious output as [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Many bands have their fair share of ups and downs, setbacks and tragedies; and in the six years since All Hope Is Gone, it’s fair to say that Slipknot have certainly been through the ringer. If the passing of Paul Gray, one of their most influential [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – From out of the wilds of northern New Jersey comes Corevalay, bringing with them an interesting musical mix of hard rock, metal, pop, and hip-hop. Laying down 10 diverse tracks on their debut release entitled This Beautiful Ride, they should have broad [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – “It’s all in the family,” you might have thought when looking upon the family affairs that’s been the core of many a rock band throughout the history of the genre. Think brothers Duane and Gregg Allman crossing the border between the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Perhaps the most unique thing about Whitesnake is that this four- or five-piece band is in fact a one man’s band in many respects and that the frequent personal changes within their line-up are nothing surprising. Whitesnake is then a band [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Call it postmodernism or think about the freedom of choice that comes with seniority – there’s more super groups in rock than you can enumerate in one breath now. Still, every classic rock fan must have felt an urgent need to pinch [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Revolution is the debut release from Spanish rockers Xtasy. The band began as a studio project consisting of vocalist Silvia and guitarist Jorge in 2011, and the pair recorded a number of tracks over the next 2 years with a bunch of guest musicians. [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – As Mötley Crüe are slowly bidding farewell to the rock world, Nikki Sixx has returned with his third studio album with Sixx:A.M. Over three years since This Is Gonna Hurt, this is the first Sixx:A.M. record which doesn’t accompany a book written by [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Mike Tramp is a name that you surely recognize – from his early days spent singing in a front of a Danish teenybopper audience, through White Lion and Freak Of Nature eras to current solo work he’s pursuing since 1998 Capricorn album. But [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Swedish hard rock/heavy metal wrecking crew Fatal Smile returned this year with a new album, their fifth overall, titled White Trash Heroes. The hard rocking and relentlessly touring band has released a string of very impressive albums in recent [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – UK-based technical metal band Synaptik makes their debut this year with a full-length album titled The Mechanisms of Consequence. Synaptik is a new band, but its members have an established track record. Guitarist Ian Knight, vocalist John Knight [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Shaman’s Harvest’s fifth studio album, their first since 2009, finds the band ready to cement their position amongst the best in the U.S. hard rock scene. Smokin’ Hearts… is the Shaman’s debut release for Mascot Records and after a tumultuous [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – American hard rockers Tango Down are back with a new album, their fourth overall, titled Charming Devil. The band made a major splash with their previous album (2012’s Identity Crisis), thanks in large part to the addition of David Reece [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Overloaded is the latest release by Italian bass master Alberto Rigoni. In a departure from his older releases, Rigoni has moved his music in a much more progressive and heavier direction without neglecting the core melodies that have always filled his [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – The wait is finally over. This Fall if you were looking for an album that explodes with huge guitar riffs and explosive vocals than World On Fire featuring Slash and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will ignite your world. This is the third album by [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swiss melodic rock kings Gotthard are back with a new studio album, their eleventh overall, titled Bang!. It’s the second album since the unfortunate death of founding vocalist Steve Lee, whose shadow still looms large over the band. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 2008, Are You Ready to Rock was the third album from Swedish melodic rockers Eclipse. In recent years Eclipse, which features singer/guitarist Erik Martensson (also with W.E.T.) – has become one of the brightest [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Ronny Lee is a name that might not have been a trademark in the world of rock and perhaps is not so widely known. This status quo, however, may be just about to change as his debut album Original Retro comes out this year – the seasoned [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Midnight Rising is the fourth progressive metal release from the trio that calls themselves Oceans of Night. This Scott Mosher led project blends melodic progressive rock with heavy metal, and delivers it with a bit of theatrical flair. Oceans of Night is [...]
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