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by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – A legend of the Polish heavy metal underground and one of the most underrated bands in the scene – Hetman – returns with a new album You. Despite the line-up changes throughout the recent decade, the group around mastermind of the lead guitarist [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Freedom Call – a.k.a. the happiest power metal band in the universe – are back with a new studio offering, their eighth overall, titled Beyond. The long-running German band took a risk with their last album – 2012’s Land of the [...]
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 demo releases didn’t get the attention they [...]
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 demo releases didn’t get the attention they [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Starsoup’s Bazaar Of Wonders lives up to its name in a number of ways. This Russian studio project fronted by singer and guitarist Alexey Markov (Shadow Host, Distant Sun) is indeed a bazaar of styles, and some tracks are indeed wonderful, but the [...]
by Justin Gainesx – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been a long time coming – nine years to be exact – but melodic hard rockers Adriangale are finally back with a new studio album, their fifth overall, titled Suckerpunch. Adriangale is probably best known for featuring [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Vanishing Point is a band that hails from Australia. They are gearing up for the release of their fifth CD Distant Is The Sun via AFM Records on March 4 in North America. There is always something intriguing about bands that hail from the land of down [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – The return of ‘80s-inspired NWOBHM continues as Salvación releases its third album titled God Gold and Glory. Hailing from Wilmington, N.C., the duo of Carlos Denogean and Nicholas Sponsel has been a mission since 2009 in order to keep classic heavy [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Multi-instrumentalist and composer Walter Monsanto has released his full-length solo album titled The Master Key. Hailing from Guatemala, Monsanto has been making a name for himself throughout the region, opening for international live acts, such as Michael [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Swedish quintet Dead By April’s third album Let The World Know sees a change in their line-up, but no change in their melodic metal sound that has become synonymous with the Gothenburg band. Scream vocalist Christoffer Andersson replaced founding [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Stripping away some of the staleness from the mega-saturated modern rock genre is 3 Years Hollow, whose debut album drops on February 11, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life. Who needs glittering diamonds [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – The Swedish near-supergroup Lover Under Cover has just released Into The Night, a solid follow up to 2012’s debut Set The Night On Fire. Despite this being a sophomore album, the members of Lover Under Cover have many decades of experience, and it [...]
by Bryan J. Kilmore – Senior Columnist – Shapist is a relatively new and young progressive metal-core band from St. Louis. The band released its first demo in 2012 titled We Speak Volumes and in 2013 released the single “Samsara,” which featured Garrison Lee of ERRA. Recently [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – The Dutch five piece act calling themselves RENTAP has given itself some pretty big shoes to fill. Apparently, RENTAP translates from ancient Malaysian as “Shaker Of The World” – a title given to a warrior ahead of his time. After putting out [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – After all these years, Ron Keel (KEEL, Steeler, Fair Game, IronHorse, Saber Tiger, etc.) finally has what he considers to be a true solo album, and he called it Metal Cowboy. Although an extensive list of musicians played on the album, the main [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist – After 2013’s live release Live – From Chaos to Eternity, Rhapsody of Fire are back with their eagerly awaited new studio album, Dark Wings of Steel. Adding to the anticipation of this new release is the curiosity surrounding how they would proceed [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Founded on the southern edge of Finland in 2008, Battle Beast represents everything that makes metal amazing – swift solos, immense choruses, and shrill screams. Nitte Valo, who was the band’s initial beloved front woman, is no more. This album is now [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – The Fiction Maze is the fourth studio album for Swedish power metal band, Persuader. This album is thought to be a combination of their other creations but with a more aggressive side. It has been over seven years since the band last released a studio [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor/Senior Columnist – The fourth vintage band to be spotlighted by Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series (which focuses on overlooked and forgotten demos, both new and old), is Weapons, a thrash metal unit out of Maine (of all places) that was active in the [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor/Senior Columnist – The fifth and final band in the first wave of Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series, which focuses on overlooked and forgotten demos, both new and old, is Los Angeles-based progressive thrashers Ministers of Anger. The band, which was [...]
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