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by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Things get better with age, and Mark Schuster’s latest instrumental release Unstable Melodics is proof. The Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist has followed up on his 2010 release Losing Faith with a fiery and passionate instrumental release that [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Fans of radio-friendly modern hard rock should be—wait for it—salivating to get their ears on this album. The addition of new vocalist Bobby Amaru (replacing original singer Josey Scott) seems to have injected new energy into the band after their [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist – Although they have only released two studio albums, melodic rock supergroup W.E.T. have released an impressive live album that needs to be in the collection of every rocker who likes big hooks, big melodies and big choruses. For the uninitiated, W.E.T. is [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Linda and The Punch are a young English band that are planting a firm foot in the modern rock industry. Linda’s voice is a prominent forefront for their album, Obsession. Her voice is an odd mix of sweetheart meets Pat Benatar sass. The contributions [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – The Polish band Turbo has deservedly achieved its cult status among rock and metal fans of their homeland. Founded in 1980, it laid the ground for Polish heavy metal with their first Maiden-esque album Dorosle Dzieci, released in 1982. Later on, they [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Long running Danish melodic metal band Pretty Maids has been on a hot streak lately. Since 2010 they’ve released two amazing new studio albums (2010’s Pandemonium and 2013’s Motherland), a killer live CD/DVD set (2012’s It Comes [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – It’s been four years since we lost one of the most memorable voices of metal history to a battle with stomach cancer. Friends and musicians, who continue to have the upmost respect for Ronnie James Dio, have gathered together for a tribute album [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Long running German progressive metal band Vanden Plas is back with a new album, their seventh full-length release, titled Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld – Path 1. Once again the band, which has impressively maintained the [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Hardrock Haven is always discovering the next cutting edge band making waves in the music industry. KXM is that next band, featuring ex-Dokken virtuoso George Lynch, Korn drummer Ray Luzier and Dug Pinnick from Kings X. KXM embraces all of these [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – The Birmingham-based Magnum belongs in the particular league of privileged bands, after the last few decades they’re a band who does not need to prove anything anymore, and simply live up to their well-deserved reputation. For the audience enamored [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Katharsis is the latest release from Finish sextet Shear. Despite a history reaching back to 2001, Katharsis is only the band’s second full length release. They dropped their debut Breaking The Stillness in 2012, and an EP (In Solitude) in 2009 – [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – In spite of their almost 50-year existence as a band (launched by the guitarist Rudolf Schenker as early as in 1965) and 40 years of recognition as a hard rock giant, the German group Scorpions somehow escaped the early/middle-‘90s MTV Unplugged [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – From the ashes of the late 1970s and 1980s heavy metal, a new generation of musicians emerges now to pick up almost exactly where their heroes – Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Dio – left off. Scream Maker, a band founded in 2010 in [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – London’s Savage Messiah returns with its fourth studio album, The Fateful Dark, which will be released in Europe March 10 and in the United States on March 18. The album follows up the band’s 2012 release Plague of Conscience and continues the [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Pardon the pun, but you don’t need a crystal ball to know what this album will sound like. Now on their seventh release, this Swiss melodic metal band has a firmly established, easily identifiable style. Simply put, you know a Crystal Ball album when [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The second wave of Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series is here, and unlike the first wave, which focused on bands from decades past, this wave puts the spotlight on new bands whose demos or self-released material didn’t get the [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Royal Bliss has spent the last 16 years writing, recording and touring. Over the course of those years, the band has released eight studio albums, faced adversity and has continued to do what they love to do. The band’s latest release titled Chasing the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Change Of Time is the upcoming release from Greek power-metallers Secret Illusion. It is the quintet’s second full length album, and simply put – it is a good one. Melodic power metal is sometimes difficult to achieve smoothly, but the boys in [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – German power metal masters Primal Fear are back with a new studio album, their tenth overall, titled Delivering the Black. It’s the band’s second album to feature the Scheepers/Sinner/Beyrodt/Karlsson/Black lineup, and you can tell [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been seven long years since we last heard from (mostly) German power metal band Silent Force. The band gave every indication that 2007’s Walk the Earth was their farewell album, so fans were shocked when Silent Force announced [...]
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