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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – There has been a resurgence in recent years of Toto-inspired AOR. Bands like Sonic Station, Lionville and Houston have all done well revisiting that classic sound, but the unquestioned leader of the new AOR pack is Sweden’s Work of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Lest we think that British rock is all Coldplay and Radiohead, here comes York-based Scream Arena to remind us that British rock n’ roll used to be fun. The band hooked up with melodic rock veteran Paul Sabu (Only Child) to bring [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Don’t be fooled by the title of the ninth endeavor of the Swedish Power Metal giants! Even though the title of Hammerfall’s newly released album suggest there’s been some kind of (r)evolution going on, the truth is that it has the band [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Traditional heavy metal has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, with classic bands like Saxon, Angel Witch and Satan releasing albums worthy of the NWOBHM glory days, and bands like Enforcer, Visigoth and Skull Fist taking up the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – California-based Hailey Woodruff is aiming to do it all, and her debut release simply entitled LP shows that she comes pretty darn close. Hailey paints herself as a solo artist, and taking a page from the Phil Vincent playbook, she does everything on her [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – V.H.F. is the brainchild of drummer Todd “Vinny” Vinciguerra. The three-piece trio also features bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) and guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger, Whitesnake, TSO). The V.H.F. moniker comprises the initials from [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – If you check out the cover of Red Zone Rider’s self-titled release and see the sci-fi-ish artwork – a motorcycle rider in the desert with a space-scene behind – the last thing you’d probably expect is a thick, juicy slab of heavy [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – German melodic/power metal supergroup Unisonic is back with their second full-length album, titled Light of Dawn. Unisonic of course features bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), drummer Kosta Zafiriou (ex-Pink Cream 69), and guitarist [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Former Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki, yes the one who swore he was retiring from the music scene, is back with the second volume in his Avalon symphonic metal opera series. The new album is titled Angels of the Apocalypse and finds [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Promoting themselves with a combination of words “rock” and “sex” and all possible derivations of the two, Midnight Sin may appear to be an Italian answer to Steel Panther. The title of their debut Sex First, released via Bakerteam [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Voyag3r (pronounced Voyager Three) has released its debut album titled Doom Fortress. The album features six instrumental songs. What sets Voyag3r apart from its peers is that the band’s focus lies within the confines of soundtrack music from the ‘70s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – After the days under the moniker of Black Country Communion, a supergroup that created an enormous buzz among the rock fans all around the globe, there comes a time to introduce another brainchild of Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham. With the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – If you were a guitar player with solid chops and were looking to release an album that let you display them all, you’d want to put together something like Nick Miller’s debut release – Parallel Universe. This six-track EP gives the Aussie [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – For his new 2-disk compilation Richie Kotzen chooses tracks that pitch him to the mainstream audience – 22 easily accessible, but nevertheless stunning cuts. No matter if he leans toward soul, rock, or blues, each song not only stays [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – A one-line review of this German hard rock band would read: Unbreakable sound like the Scorpions. However, a writer who dared submit such a succinct review would probably find his fingers smashed by an irate editor. So in order to avoid fractured [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Fifteen years and six albums later, Machinae Supremacy is back with their combination of power metal and pop, which results in odd but catchy grooves and sounds. This Swedish five-some formed at the turn of the century and became a well known online act. [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Dragonforce has released their latest contribution to their over-the-top, power metal collection. The speeds and technicality of their music is always a topic of interest for metal fans. Whether or not it is pure skill or studio deception, their music is [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – My Way or the Highway is the second solo studio release by guitarist Tore St Moren. While Moren’s first solo disc, Devilbird, was an instrumental album, this time around, Moren offers us seven songs, featuring vocals and one instrumental. So, fans are in [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish heavy metal warriors Grand Magus returned earlier this year with their seventh full-length album, titled Triumph and Power. In the years since their 2001 self-titled debut, the Stockholm-based band has evolved from a more [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Thermonuclear Epiphany is the debut full-length release from Portuguese thrash metal band Perpetrator, a recent discovery of the Stormspell label. The three-piece band is made up of veterans from the Lisbon metal scene, and takes their [...]
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