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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 [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – The morphing of a punk-laced Indy rock band to Corporate Rock mammoths is sometimes a sad, sell out tale … and sometimes it ends up giving the masses songs, to name a few, like “Black Balloon,” “Name,” “Slide” and “Iris,” creations [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Heart Attack is the second full-length album from San Francisco-based heavy metal band Space Vacation, another in a growing scene of old school metal bands that has been dubbed the New Wave of Traditional Metal. Now signed to the Pure [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – If melodic hard rock is your religion, then you’ll want to make Faith Circus part of your creed. Hot damn if some of the songs on this new album aren’t good enough to put you on your knees thanking God, Jesus, or your deity of choice. Granted, the [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – The 80s’ was a haven for glam rock and metal, with Mötley Crüe, Kiss and Hanoi Rocks to name just a few, flying the flag of drunken debauchery whilst writing catchy anthemic music. Fast forward nearly thirty years and Reckless Love are attempting a glam [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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