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by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Though not quite a household name of the Greek rock/metal scene, singer George Gakis has been active since the early ‘90s serving such styles as bluesy hard rock and melodic rock. In recent years he has supported, and in many occasions has provided, a [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Halfway to Heartache is the third full-length album from Finnish melodic rockers Human Temple. The band, which features vocalist Janne Hurme (something of a solo star in Finland) has a dynamic, polished melodic rock sound not too far removed from bands like [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Heaven & Hell Records went deep into the vaults for the sixth entry in their Lost Relics reissue series. North Carolina’s Overlorde (now operating under the Overlorde SR moniker) was active from the early part of the 1980’s, releasing just one demo – [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Hysterica, Sweden’s self-proclaimed “girls made of heavy metal,” are back with their second full-length album, titled The Art of Metal. The all-girl traditional metal band may have garnered attention by being, well, an all-girl traditional metal band, but [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Already counting album number two are Switzerland’s Sahara Rain with their brand new release simply titled Eternity. Sahara Rain’s debut Sand in Your Eyes was released in 2009, bridging to front a melodic hard rock combo directly influenced by Gotthard [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – There are a lot of “should have made it” stories from the 1980s, but one that really stands out is the American melodic rock band Axe. If you remember them at all, it’s probably from their one hit – 1982’s “Rock n’ Roll Party in the Streets.” [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – Good ol’ Cannibal Corpse, perhaps the only death metal band that, according to Scott Ian, could be considered “classic” enough to be shown on VH1’s That Metal Show. Through vocalist and guitarist changes, Bob Dole-fronted criticism, continuous banning in [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – The Relapse Records reissue campaign for Death continues with their latest release Vivus! This two-CD affair comprises two live concert performances that originally were released separately in 2001, Live In L.A (Death & Raw) and Live In Eindhoven on Nuclear [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Somewhere between prog-rock, instrumental guitar rock and the barefaced theatricality of a Broadway musical, the record at hand is a curious mixture of safe, time-tested styles unified by a pathos-laden melancholy mood, although occasional up-beat tracks such [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Swedish outfit Grand Design shook the melodic rock world in 2009 through the release of their debut album Time Elevation. At the time a good part of the press labeled their approach as ‘Def-Leppard on steroids’ which, in retrospect, proves a fair [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Knight Fury, not sure what it means, or what it is meant to symbolize, but it is a pretty rocking band name one has to admit. Time to Rock is Knight Fury’s debut album, bound to establish them as a prime force in melodic/power metal. And that is not a big [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – What do you get when you take former members of UFO and MSG and throw them in a blender? Well, they call themselves X-UFO. The group comprises Laurence Archer, Danny Peyronel, Clive Edwards and Rocky Newton. Self-described as an “… alternate version of UFO [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Neverworld’s End marks the welcome return of Germany’s Xandria to the symphonic metal scene, and the debut of their new dynamic lead vocalist Manuela Kraller. Together since the early 2000s, Xandria has developed a significant following courtesy of a [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Swedish Christian neoclassical metal group Golden Resurrection are back with their second album Man With a Mission a follow up to Glory to My King of 2010. Golden Resurrection was put together by renowned Christian metal vocalist Christian Liljegren [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Pioneering all-female hard rock/heavy metal band (and New Wave of British Heavy Metal veterans) Girlschool delivered an unexpected release late last year in the form of Hit and Run Revisited. As you probably guessed from the title, Girlschool is marking the [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Aussies from Down Under strike again! This time, thrash metal reigns supreme in the guise of Head In A Jar. Hailing from Sydney, the quartet has been on a quest since their first gig in the spring of 2011 to put their own twist on their beloved thrash metal. [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Melodic hard rockers Underride deliver their latest studio album Distorted Nation, an 11-track affair that revels in the ‘80s, while maintaining a modern edge. Hailing from Seattle, which is commonly known for Grunge, Underrides is far from that genre with its [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Derek Davis’ name may not be as familiar to hard rock fans as, say, Bret Michaels, but he also fronted a hair metal band back in the day. But whereas Michaels and Poison sold 25 million records, Davis and Babylon A.D. sold… not 25 million records. They were [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer – California rock band Venrez has just wrapped up a very successful tour with Fuel. Comprised of Steven Berez aka Venrez, Jason Womack on guitar, Alex Kane on guitar, Ed Davis on drums, and Michael Bradford on bass. Venrez is gearing up for a February 28th release of [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Quantum Leap is the second album from Greek progressive metal band Persona Non Grata. When the band debuted with 2009’s Shade in the Light, they were clearly operating from the Dream Theater/Fates Warning playbook, and that’s true of this album as well. You [...]
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