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by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The third vintage band to be spotlighted by Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series (which focuses on overlooked and forgotten demos, both new and old), is Long Island NY-based Firstrike (not to be confused with Firstryke or any of the First [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – It is intriguing that in a year that witnessed the release of two divisive Queensryche creations under divergent incarnations, the most Queensryche-sounding album of 2013 has been issued by resurrected white-metal band Sacred Warrior, who have returned to [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Instrumental guitarist and composer Alan Williamson is back with his latest studio album. This time around, Williamson pays homage to the 2004 EP that started it all for him by re-recording and re-releasing Another Kind of World. This new release has been [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Hardcore Superstar, the godfathers of the Swedish sleaze rock scene returned earlier this year with a new album, their ninth overall, titled C’Mon Take On Me. In the nearly 15 years since the band debuted, a whole wave of party rocking bands [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Canadian rock band Varga returns to the rock scene with their latest release Enter The Metal. The band reformed in 2011. Enter The Metal was produced by Julius Butty. Varga has a sound that is kind of a mix of Anvil meets Fear Factory. Enter The Metal has a [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – The South Wales band, Sonic Temple, has added to their discography. Their second album is titled The Nature of Time, and it proves that the talented duo can continue to crank out good hard rock. This album seems to pick up where the first album left off. The [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – The power metal band Armory was founded in 2001 by Chad Fisher (guitars) and Joe Kurland (guitars/drums). The band’s first album The Dawn of Enlightenment was released in 2004 and subsequently re-recorded and re-released in 2007. After six years, the band has [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The bearded German stoner rock/doom metal/heavy rock power trio Kadavar quickly followed-up their 2012 self-titled debut EP with the full-length Abra Kadavar, which was released earlier this year. Kadavar, which can be described as the German [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Dear Sanity is the debut offering from melodic hard rock newcomers LaValle. Led by guitarist Eddie LaValle and featuring bassist Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse), vocalist Carsten “Lizard” Schulz (Evidence One) and drummer Ramy Ali (Evidence [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The folks at Nuclear Blast have been on a roll lately, signing retro rock bands left and right, from Kadavar to Graveyard to Orchid. The latest addition to their roster is Austin-based Scorpion Child, who delivered their self-titled debut [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – If you relish red-blooded hard rock with a southern-fried swagger, prepare to have your ears steamrolled like an 18-wheeler flattening an armadillo. It has been said that the devil has all the good music. If so, then this new album from Trucker Diablo is [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Metal history is about to be made as one of the most prolific guitarists to emerge out of the metal genre Jake E. Lee returns to the music scene with his new band Red Dragon Cartel. The new self-titled album is slated for release January 28th via Frontiers [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – Where the hell did these guys come from? De Van’s new album Current End of Days is only their second release, following the incredible debut Planet Botox, and they are simply one of the best bands on the planet making music today. Period. Stick a fork in [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock is gearing up for the release of Bridge The Gap on Jan. 7 via Inakustik Label. The album comes in three configurations, including a deluxe edition that features a bonus track by Don Dokken entitled “Faith.” Bridge The Gap [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Thrive is the debut solo album from Angelica Rylin, the lead vocalist of the Swedish rockers The Murder of My Sweet. Following a dream, Angelica has put together a strong melodic rock release that should have broad appeal, especially to fans of Heart, Robin [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The second band to be spotlighted by Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series (which focuses on overlooked and forgotten demos, both new and old), is UK-based Inner Sanctum. Given past reissues, Divebomb’s appreciation for the UK thrash scene [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Fragments of the Inner Shadow is the full-length debut album from German progressive/power metal band Javelin, but unlike a lot of bands making their debut these days, this band has been around since 1982. Despite releasing a pair of EPs [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Adfectus Infernus is the fourth full-length release from Cincinnati-based metal band Silver Cypher. The band bills themselves as a “dark power metal” outfit, a term that brings to mind the likes of Evergrey and Bloodbound. The reality – [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Three years after they stunned many a doom metal fan with their full-length debut The Golden Bough, Germany’s Atlantean Kodex is back with a much-anticipated follow-up. Their new album is titled The White Goddess, and expectations [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – In the early ‘70s and ‘80s, one band that emerged out of Beantown and sold over 31 million records was Boston. Boston was the brainstorm of MIT Graduate Tom Scholz. In 1976 “More Than A Feeling” blasted over Boston radio stations such as WAAF and WBCN. [...]
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