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by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — OK, so everyone knows the story of why Geoff Tate is no longer part of Queensryche, and everyone knows that he had to give up the band name, therefore shooting for Operation: Mindcrime, named after one of the best concept albums ever to be released in [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — It’s been six long years since Babylon, W.A.S.P.’s last studio release, in part due to Blackie Lawless’ visits to hospital for reconstructive shoulder surgery and then later a broken leg. Continuing with the biblical themed album titles, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — When a thrash veteran starts chasing trends after 30 years of plugging away as a niche act, you realize that a show biz career is indeed an unpredictable journey. Singer Dave Padden’s recent departure must have prompted band leader Jeff Waters [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster, the self-described “instrumental Progressive, Metal, Alternative Rock Band” from London, have completed work on their third self-released album entitled Wires/Dream\Wires. This latest release follows in the footsteps of [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Third time and charmed Canadian rockers Diemonds return with their third album Never Wanna Die via Napalm Records. Fronted by the sultry Priya Panda, this female-fronted band offers fans hard rockin’, skull-crushing tunes that maintain a metallic edge and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Old Habits Die Hard may just be the most unexpected release of 2015. Former Angel (yes, that Angel, whose last release was in 1979) frontman Frank DiMino returned after a very long absence this year with his very first solo album. And he’s in [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Originally released in 1993, Nothing Lasts Forever was the third album from Swiss Thrash Metal band Poltergeist. Now, you might have just read “Swiss” and “Thrash” and went directly to Coroner, but Poltergeist was actually closer (in both [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Thirteen brand-new tracks straight out of Motörhead’s crucible of frenzy may not deviate from the familiar recipe, but they do hit the spot with the hallmark nonchalance of the most brazen band on earth. The media’s applause to their previous [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — King of Kings marks the triumphant return of Leaves’ Eyes to the pinnacle of the Symphonic Metal world. After adopting somewhat of a softer and more varied sound on their prior release Symphonies of the Night, King Of Kings cranks the power and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Best known as the frontwoman for Heavy/Power Metal band Benedictum, Veronica “The V” Freeman is spreading her wings with the launch of her solo career. Now or Never is her debut solo offering, and she has assembled quite the array of supporting [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Originally self-released in 1986 (then remixed and reissued in 1989), Take the World By Storm was the debut album from Minneapolis-based Glam Metal band Slave Raider. The term “cult classic” gets tossed around pretty freely, but in Slave [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Get ready to howl! German Power Metal wolf pack Powerwolf is back with a new album, their sixth, titled Blessed & Possessed. The band has been issuing albums every two years like clockwork since they debuted in 2005, and with each new release [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Even though the cover artwork of this album could have been a rejected idea for a mid-‘90s Skynyrd album (or a washed-up country star even), it’s no such thing but rather another largely anticipated Rock release. A decade after his first [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — It was 2012, Denis Ward’s finishing touch and Perris Records’ auspices when the previous album released by the Italian act under the moniker of Beverly Killz saw the light of day. Rave reviews of Gasoline & Broken Hearts earned [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Some bands have invented Classic Rock, some took decades to become classic, but George Lynch managed to latch on to the formula right off the bat — ever since his first release in 1983 with Dokken. The space-rocking riffs straight out of the Led [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Operatic songstress Sonja Perenda has recently released her second full length album, and is building a fan base that now spreads well outside of her native Austria. Sonja’s Winter Eyes is the follow up to her well-received 2012 debut Time Has Come. [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — In the 1970s, a new subgenre of music – called Southern Rock – was born out of the Allman brothers’ bluesy vibe and Skynyrd’s Dixie pride. Little did they know back then that their whiskey-soaked, Blues-filled heritage will be given a [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The trans-media project, Dragon Kings, is spearheaded by Timothy Brown, who is a Dungeons and Dragons setting designer, fantasy author and musician. Dragon Kings is a role-playing action, adventure board game based in the exotic world of Khitus, a fantasy [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Prolific singer and songwriter Phil Vincent (solo artist, Legion, D’Ercole, Tragik) has struck again! He’s just released what in effect are 3 CDs worth of material with long time collaborator and guitar whiz Vince O’Regan. Unreleased, [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — Live albums rarely carry the weight and impact that they once did. Nowadays it seems that a live album is only produced and distributed as a way to tide fans over in between studio recordings. However, every once and a while a live album will come [...]
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