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by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Hailing from the heart of NASCAR country (Charlotte, North Carolina) is the five-piece alternative rock, metal band known as Another Lost Year. They had released their debut album, Better Days, in late 2012, and have spent much of their time touring with some [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Blue October are one of the most passionate, talented and dedicated bands in the world today. Their back catalog has always contained splendid diversity, with tracks of alternative rock, hard rock, electronica, acoustic and piano ballads. However all of this would [...]
by Jonna Ambur - Senior Photojournalist – Georgia’s own alternative band, Lullwater, is set to release their debut self-titled album on Sept. 17. The album, recorded at London Bridge Studios, was done totally on tape which lends itself to a quality production. The raw and full sound is a [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Nine years after Ryan McCombs gave up vocal duties with Soil to later join Drowning Pool, he returns home to pick up where he left off on 2004’s Redefine with new release Whole. Original members Adam Zadel (guitar) and Tim King (bass) are the only other full time [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – A collection of Ratt’s first five albums not only sums up the spirit of the Eighties, but also reminds us how much originality and sheer musical brilliance never received proper recognition from the industry. Ratt may have been multi-million selling [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – A document of disintegration of a once dazzling band, this release also shows what dissatisfaction can bring out in true artists. In 9 years time Deep Purple would resurrect with swaggering assurance, but already without David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Home to a diverse lineup of artists from melodic rockers Line of Fire to thrashers Blatant Disarray to modern metal bands Vanisher and Age of Ruin to metalcore and hardcore bands like Killwhitneydead and Jonin, Tribunal Records has just celebrated their 100th [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – There’s been a noticeable trend in recent years towards darker, traditionally-minded heavy metal. We’ve seen it in bands like Portrait, Witchcraft, Blood Ceremony and especially Ghost, and when you look for a common denominator one of the bands that seems [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Long running Danish melodic metal masters Pretty Maids are back with another live offering this year, their first since 2003’s Alive at Least. It Comes Alive – Maid in Switzerland is the title, and it is being released in conjunction with the band’s [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Leave it to the traditional metal merchants at the Pure Steel label to bring back another cult American heavy metal band. After more than two decades on hiatus, New Jersey-based traditional metal band Sleepy Hollow is finally back with a new album. Skull 13 is [...]
by Derric Miller Staff Writer – On the German-based band Lanfear’s sixth studio album, This Harmonic Consonance, we are once again exposed to one of the most glaringly underrated bands on the planet. (Which by the way, is how they tout themselves on their website. It just happens to be [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Much like sitcoms and slasher flicks, modern female-fronted metal bands tend to follow an established formula, leading to an overall sense of ex-changeability within the genre. Sometimes it is impossible to shake the feeling that if you’ve heard one beautiful [...]
by Bartek Paszylk Guest Staff Writer – Sure, we had to wait for this quite a bit but the important thing is that it finally happened. Vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen, both of Helloween’s Keeper of the Seven Keys fame, joined forces in an actual band! Before this we could [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Requiem For The Indifferent is the latest release from veteran Dutch rockers Epica. Founded in 2002, this female-fronted symphonic-orchestral-progressive-death-Gothic-metal group continues to refine and perfect its somewhat over-the-top sound in what is the band’s [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Starting a conversation on the topic of British melodic rock-AOR pioneers will most definitely bring up names such as Shy, FM and Heartland. Steven Newman on the other hand has been putting out solo-project albums for over a decade, an admirable servant of [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – It would seem obvious to say that Nicke Andersson is one of the most versatile and talented musicians of the modern rock and metal world. From death metal (Entombed, Death Breath), to hard rock (the Hellacopters), to noisy punk (Supershit 666), to Detroit soul [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – If you are looking for something a little bit different, the debut album from the Italian metal band Evenoire may be just the ticket. Their upcoming album entitled Vitriol blends influences of Gothic metal, symphonic metal, and folk metal into an interesting and [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – In the international music industry of today, releasing a standard CD is all that is expected. Single or EP releases seem a thing of the past for metal in particular, but really it has more to do with the band in question. A lesson learned through the case [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Torn in two – between the past and the future, between the old formulas and an emerging new perception – is how John 5 sounds on his new album. To highlight the clash between his familiar tried-and-tested electric guitar methods and the newly found [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – German heavy-melodic-metal legends Rage are back with their brand new album 21, that’s how many studio works they have put out since their formation in 1985. One has to hand it to Rage, they have been through the various twists and turns of the music [...]
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