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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Is there a band in the European Power Metal scene with more buzz than Germany’s Orden Ogan? Their 2012 album To The End was a major breakthrough for the band, and their stunning performance at last year’s ProgPower USA event made a huge [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been five years since the release of Thomsen’s debut album Let’s Get Ruthless, but guitarist/band leader Rene Thomsen finally returned late last year with a follow-up album, titled Unbroken. It’s an album – and a band [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Here is a collection of ten home-made tracks which proves you don’t have to have virtuoso chops or a huge production budget to create your own universe. Johnston uses styles ranging from country to surf as launching pads for his extrapolations, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Released at the tail end of 2014, Free Nation is the debut album from Metal Machine, a new project masterminded by vocalist Csaba Zvekan (of Raven Lord and Exorcism). Zvekan also handles keys and some guitar work on this album. Csaba Zvekan’s [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — How do you know an album is a classic? When it still sounds as good thirty-five years after its release as it did the day it hit the streets. And make no mistake, Back in Black is a badass, bona fide classic. You can be nitpicky and point out that the [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Legendary hard rock guitarist Michael Schenker’s notoriety begins with the Scorpions before taking over as the axeslinger for UFO. In 1972, at the age of 16, Schenker recorded the studio album Lonesome Crow, alongside his brother, Rudolph, with the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — The album opens on an upbeat note: We’re gonna live out the Hollywood dream All through the Eighties Everything’s gonna be just what it seems All through the Eighties Gonna find a better way to run our cars All through the Eighties And our feet [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Given the perspective of the last 36 years, Whitesnake is perhaps one of the most fascinating bands to look at from many different points of view. Even though the personal changes within the band’s line-up were more than frequent, the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s quite possible that 1980 was the single most important and influential year in heavy metal. AC/DC released their comeback Back in Black, Judas Priest unleashed their defining British Steel album and Ozzy Osbourne had his smash hit solo debut [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Before we all got aural diabetes from hearing schlock like “Make Love Like a Man,” “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” or “Long Long Way to Go,” Def Leppard used to be a balls out Hard Rock band that changed the face of the music [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — The word influential gets thrown around a lot these days, but when you listen to your favorite bands from the last couple of decades, you can’t help but wonder, who influenced them- who gave them the motivation to pick up a microphone, guitar, bass [...]
by Alex Barbieri – Senior Columnist — Fans of Livio Gravini’s soulful rock voice have been waiting for his first solo release, and it’s finally here. It is in a word, real. If you’re into organic, blues-based rock ‘n roll sung and played with heart and soul, put Livio Gravini [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — One of the greatest vocalists in rock and metal—Tony Mills—has just graced his fans with a brand new solo effort, Over My Dead Body. Whether you are a fan of Mills because of Shy back in the day, or Siam, or projects like China Blue, or his [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — The vast number of new Rock/Metal bands and promising debut albums emerging one after another these days prompts the question – is it a long-awaited rock revival we are to witness? And assuming more than a half of those bands base their [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — Metal-core can be a genre that you simply love or you simply hate, and it can be a stagnant rut that is begging for a band to come along and breathe new life into it. Step forward, Feed Her To The Sharks. The Melbourne bruiser’s third studio album is [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — To name your band Temple Of Rock is pompous, pretentious, snooty (at least a bit)? Well, not if you’re Michael Schenker. Temple Of Rock is not only the title of his 2011 solo album, but it’s also an assembly he put together for the support [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — When it comes to acts such as the German Kissin’ Dynamite or the Melbourne-based quartet Mystery, it’s widely known that these musicians and subsequent bands started their careers at very early ages. On one hand, it’s a bit unfair to [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Founded in the late 1990s, Slovakia’s Tristana brings inspiration from the wilds of the Carpathian Mountains to their power metal. Cold, snow swept forests and magical mountain landscapes form a mystical backdrop for the band’s blend of power, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Here is a cool bundle of six honest-to-goodness Thrash tracks spiced up with some of the finest guitar work the East Coast metal has to offer. Guitar player Rob Castoria presides over this release as the sole writer, guitar player, bass player, and [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Have you ever wondered how Thin Lizzy would have sounded if it was transferred into the 21st century? And, of course, we are not talking the star-studded touring assembly under the Lynott’s band moniker that’s perhaps one of the most [...]
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