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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – If the Heaven & Hell Records roster can be said to have a type, it’s probably a hybrid of thrash and power metal sounds with a strong ‘80s influence. Bands like Ancient Creation, Seventh Calling and Core Device all fit that [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist – Described as a “fictional horror story where each song communicates a portion of the overall narrative,” Noctum’s Final Sacrifice, offers clear, solid vocals, rippin’ guitar solos and creative riffs supported by a rhythm section that [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Siren’s Cry is the latest band to make their way into the now crowded symphonic power metal scene with their debut full length album entitled Scattered Horizons. The Austrian band’s music is a melding of symphonic, progressive, and power metal, and [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Once again a strong Canadian Wind is blowing – this time it is a reunited Harem Scarem delivering a solid and complete re-recording of their classic 1993 album Mood Swings. With a fresh and clean sound plus three new tracks, Mood Swings II should [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Smashing down genre barriers like a berserk bull blowing through a sheet of balsa wood, Texas-based metal act Downfall 2012 return with the aptly-titled Issue Two, the 2nd installment in their series of Every Man For Himself EPs. As before, the trio [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Sacramento four-piece Restrayned play a combination of hard rock and melodic metal, which works well in some instances, but in others it lacks the muscle to make any serious waves in a genre containing many more accomplished acts. Sacramento’s favorite sons [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Italian five-piece Voodoo Highway add their name to an ever expanding list of classic hard rock artists, with their sophomore album Showdown. The thing is, this genre has been played to death by Brits and Americans alike, yet with Voodoo Highway, they have [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It has been a good three years since the release of the remarkable melodic rock debut of all-star band W.E.T. (the musical combination of Work of Art, Eclispe and Talisman). While the original concept brought together a member from each of the bands [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – At this point we’re well into a new wave of old school heavy rock/stoner metal/doom metal/(insert your favorite term here) bands. It seems like legions of bearded heavy rockers are emerging from all corners of the globe to take up the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Rise Above This is the latest EP release from New Jersey’s New Day Dawn, and the group not only brings it with tons of Jersey sass and attitude, but a good deal of raw musical talent as well. Despite considering themselves to be “alternative rock”, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Here’s one that slipped by us at the tail end of 2012 and deserves another look. In Death’s Shadow is the debut full-length from Melbourne-based heavy metal band Knightmare. Despite having a name that’s as overused as it is cheesy, [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Tigertailz is back—well, sorta; this is hardly an all-original lineup—with a brand new EP that, against all odds, isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll train wreck. In fact, prepare to be shocked by just how good this is. Any fan of big, loud, anthemic, [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – It’s been a few years—ok almost seven—but Teenage Casket Company (TCC) is back with a new studio album called Still Standing. For their career, these musicians have found a way to meld Punk attitude with Hard Rock melodies and make a hybrid [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – The Way I Am is the third album release from the LA-based alternative/progressive rock act Starfire. Founded and fronted by vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter Dairenn Lombard, Starfire’s mission is to bring large-scale production and [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – As of late, reunions for bands have been pretty popular. This is true for different locations, including Denmark. Jackal will be re-releasing Cry of the Jackal with five bonus tracks. The band is musically walking down the same path that they did in ’80s [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Having made a name for herself and won accolades in the blues and classic rock circles, Joanne Shaw Taylor now seeks to expand her identity with a stunning third album. Part of it is growing up, part – the innate draw of any true artist toward [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – After delivering one of the absolute best progressive metal albums of the decade with 2011’s Bilateral, it’s safe to say that expectations were very high for Leprous’s follow-up effort. The Norwegian band, who also double as former [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – With Locked & Loaded, Eve To Adam (ETA) have moved from the modern rock minor leagues to the majors. Not by proffering anything innovative to the proverbial table, but by precisely nailing the genre in which they have elected to operate. All the [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – In 2010 German melodic rock label, Avenue of Allies released Shining Line, one of the most ambitious albums of their catalog, an all-star melodic rock project based on the songwriting core of bassist Amos Monti and drummer Pierpaolo Monti. 2013 sees [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Dreams of the Heart is the third release from melodic rock act D’Ercole, and it certainly is a solid one. Never one to be caught resting on his laurels, Phil Vincent continues to produce solid music – this time in conjunction with guitarist Damian [...]
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