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by Ron Higgins – Columnist — Ten years after his first impressive solo album, 2006’s Collateral Damage, Ted Poley returns with Beyond the Fade, and once again hits it out of the park. Most people are familiar with Ted Poley as the lead singer of the Hair/Glam Metal band Danger Danger. [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — The overall tendency of many seasoned Rock musicians is to go back to their roots – which in practice usually becomes the (in)famous tendency to go Country at some point in their careers. Some attempts at doing so are worthwhile artistically. [...]
by Justin Gianes – Sr. Columnist — German melodic hard rockers Kissin’ Dynamite are back with a new album, its fifth overall, titled Generation Goodbye. It’s the first album the band produced on their own and is yet another example of why they’re one of the most [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — After hammering away an existence in the club scene for years and her recent battle with cancer, Bella D breaks out with her debut studio album The Crystal Ceiling. The Crystal Ceiling is a concept album of Symphonic Rock with a storyline that follows [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Doogie White is one of those names the vast majority of rock listeners recognize immediately, be it his participation on the 1995 Rainbow album Stranger In Us All or such bands as Cornerstone, Tucker/Evans’ incarnation of Tank or Michael [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Norwegian super-vocalist Jorn Lande is back with a new solo album, titled Heavy Rock Radio. It’s the eleventh (or twelfth, depending on how you count Symphonic) Jorn studio album, and as the title suggests Heavy Rock Radio is a covers album. With [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Not to be confused with the Hard Rock band from Argentina with the same name, this Airbag has released their latest, Disconnected, on the Karisma Records label, and the follow up to their much-lauded 2013 release, The Greatest Show On Earth. As [...]
by Grace Kindred – Columnist — Hailing from Los Angeles, hard rockin’ Sixx:A.M. comprises James Michael, lead vocals; DJ Ashba, lead guitar; Nikki Sixx, bass; and Dustin Steinke on drums. The band began its journey in 2007 when it released its first studio album The Heroin Diaries: [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Sr. Columnist — Having realized that virtuosity on its own is rapidly declining in value, Paul Gilbert these days uses comicality and compositional simplicity to attract new listeners. Amusing song titles, jokey lyrics and the overall easy vibe of his new release [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — You know it’s a good sign when a band name is taken from a classic New Wave of British Heavy Metal song title. That’s not the only nod to the NWOBHM we get from San Francisco-based heavy metal band Midnight Chaser, who delivered their second [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — With Treat, The Defiants, Drive She Said, Jeff Scott Soto, Sunstrike, Ted Poley, First Signal and Vega all lately releasing a standout collection of music, 2016 is already panning out to be another grand year for fans of the kind of music that never [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — These days, if you want some old school, super-melodic party rock like they used to make in the late ‘80s, you turn to the Scandinavian countries, and bands like Hardcore Superstar, Crashdiet, Reckless Love and Crazy Lixx. People tend to forget that [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The Jelly Jam is set to release its fourth studio album titled Profit. The band is a power-house trio that comprises King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor, Dream Theater bassist John Myung and Winger drummer Rod Morgenstein. The group musically travels down many [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Sr. Photojournalist — The German band Mayze has released its debut studio album titled The Land Of Lucid Feathers. The group is known not only for its unique music but also for its live performances. Formed in 2012 by Marcel Schiborr (guitar) and Matt Bauer [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Sr. Photojournalist — Sisters Of Suffocation, a Death Metal band coming from the Netherlands, have just released their first EP called Brutal Queen. The group is an all-female band but don’t judge them by their looks because when you take a look at the artwork of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — German Heavy Metal band Roxxcalibur is back with another tribute to the legendary New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) era. Their latest offering is called Gems of the NWOBHM, and once again they’ve enlisted famed cover artist Rodney Matthews [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — German Power Metal band Human Fortress is back with a new album, their fifth overall, titled Thieves of the Night. It’s the second Human Fortress album under the current lineup, which features former Adagio vocalist Gus Monsanto, and shows just how [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Canadian Rock vixen Lee Aaron has been on a hiatus of sorts. After the release of 2004’s Beautiful Things, she took a step back from the spotlight, focusing on her family. With 11 studio albums released at that time, going back to her 1982 debut, The Lee [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — That sound you hear is the wailing and gnashing of teeth, as legions of Circus Maximus fans digest the Norwegian band’s latest offering – Havoc – and realize the band they fell in love with a decade ago has moved on. The writing has been on the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Ah, the dreaded double-dip, when barely a year after an album is released, fans are asked to buy a second, “deluxe edition” with all sorts of extras. It’s a fairly recent trend and ones that a lot of fans have (justifiably) complained about. [...]
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