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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 [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – If love for ‘80s Christian metal flows through your veins, then you no doubt greeted news of Bloodgood’s resurrection with happiness, enthusiasm, and perhaps even a grateful prayer to the God they serve. But surely trepidation existed as well, as [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – After a nine-year hiatus, Ring Of Fire featuring former Yngwie Malsteem singer Mark Boals is gearing up for their fourth release entitled, Battle Of Leningrad via Frontiers Records on in North America on Jan. 28. Battle Of Leningrad is a true story of the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Guitarist and composer Adrian Galysh returned in 2013 with a new solo album, his fourth overall, titled Tone Poet. This time around Galysh is joined by vocalist Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Royal Hunt, Ring of Fire), bassist Phillip Bynoe [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – “Radio, Radio … Play that song … Take me back to when I was young” appears in the first track of Overland’s new release, Epic – and it captures the spirit of the album perfectly. Considering the musical longevity of Steve Overland, [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Hydra is the upcoming release from European symphonic rockers Within Temptation – and it very well could be their strongest release to date. Smoothly firing on all cylinders with the support of a number of well-known guests, Within Temptation is [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Crystal Viper, led by vocalist Marta Gabriel, is gearing up for the release of Possession via AFM Records on Jan. 21. The band was formed in 2003 and hails from Poland. Crystal Viper has a huge heavy metal arena sound. Marta Gabriel’s vocals are a cross [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Its more of the same from Axel Rudi Pell on his latest release, Into The Storm… In this case – more explosive guitars, more solid vocal performances, more well-crafted songs, more of everything that has allowed the German guitar virtuoso to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – If you’re looking for that melodic rock “surprise hit” of 2013, the album that sneaked in under the radar from an unexpected source (Germany’s Power Prog label) and just blew away the competition, look no further than The Sound [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist – West Virginia’s Bobaflex released their sixth full-length album, Charlatan’s Web in September of 2013. Brothers and co-frontmen, Shaun and Marty McCoy, trade off guitar and lead vocals, depending on the song, adding a unique twist to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – After releasing a pair of mind-blowing concept albums (2004’s Mabool and 2010’s Never Ending Way of Orwarrior), Israeli progressive/death/symphonic/folk metal band Orphaned Land decided to try a different approach with their [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Maryland quartet Silvertung are a refreshing addition to the Hard Rock and Alt. Metal genre, and with independently released Devil’s In the Details, they prove to be more than just the average rock band. After a very short intro, there are eleven [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – California-based progressive power metal band Shadowkiller made their debut in 2013 with the Stormspell release Slaves of Egypt. The band, which features vocalist/guitarist Joe Liszt (Rocka Rollas), play a heavier, more complex brand of [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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