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by Ron Higgins - Columnist – A Stan Bush record is like an episode of “Modern Family”— you can always count on it being good. The Ultimate, his twelfth studio album in over 30 years, is no exception. And to be clear, it’s not a greatest hits record but it’s certainly filled with [...]
by Justing Gaines - Senior Columnist/news Editor – Well, Swedish melodic death metal mainstays Arch Enemy definitely got people talking in advance of their ninth full-length album, titled War Eternal. The departure of co-founding guitarist Christopher Amott would have been noteworthy all by [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Classic rock band Yes is gearing up for release of Heaven And Earth on July 18 via Frontiers Records. The release inspires the signature symphonic sound of the band. Opening track “Believe Again” infuses the harmonic vocals and carefully crafted lyrics. [...]
by Matt Karpe - Senior Columnist – South Africa’s finest rock band return with their sixth studio album Isolate and Medicate, with just under 40 minutes of trademark post-grunge anthems. Seether have always been masters at writing gloomy angst ridden songs with catchy radio friendly [...]
by Matt Karpe - Senior Columnist – Over the years, Linkin Park have always had the ability to amaze and stun. After setting the bar to incredibly high with a debut album of record breaking proportions, the Californian sextet have spent the last decade venturing into musical territories that [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – It’s been more than a decade since the Polish band Kruk (‘kruk’ is ‘the raven’ in English, hence a bit of ornithological terminology) left the nest and embarked on their musical journey. Throughout this flight, Kruk had their deserved share of [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – “Shred is not dead!” is the proclamation of Shredguy Records. With the release of Adrian English’s third, mostly instrumental album, Total Chaos, both English and Shredguy Records put their money where their mouth is. Following up Innerplanetarium, [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been seven long years, but Australian progressive metal band Vanishing Point is finally back with a new studio album, their fifth overall, titled Distant Is the Sun. It’s not the first time fans have had to wait several years for a [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – After nine studio albums over the course of a nearly two-decade career, it makes sense for Swiss melodic hard rockers Shakra to release a “best of” collection, and like everything the band touches, they do it with style. 33 – The Best of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – In the case of posthumous albums, there’s always an uneasy feeling of the possible motivation behind their release – all this being about the financial profit rather than a continuation of the particular artist’s musical legacy. If the legions of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – The Swedish act Lake Of Tears, active since the mid-‘90s, is labeled anything from ‘Death to Doom to Gothic/Dark metal – and there is no doubt about their sound and specific atmosphere being targeted at a particular, tight circle of rock music [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – San Antonio rock band Nothing More is gearing up for their self-titled release June 24 via Eleven Seven Music. They say Texas does everything bigger and Nothing More proved that cliché’ ever so true. The San Antonio band really proves who they are on this [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Australian melodic progressive metal band Voyager is back with a new album, their fifth overall, appropriately titled V. The band has generated a fair amount of buzz in the last couple of years, appearing at both the ProgPower Europe and [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 2007, Healing Through Fire was the sixth album from long-running UK stoner/doom metal band Orange Goblin. It was released by the now-defunct Sanctuary label, so it’s been out of fans’ hands for several years. Given [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – 2013’s Our Own Devices is the debut full-length album from American progressive/power metal band Mindcage, one of the more promising bands to hit the scene in recent years. Mindcage’s sound is clearly influenced by classic Queensryche and [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Tattooed Woman is the debut album from Miracle Master, the new German melodic hard rock band formed from the ashes of Pump. Pump didn’t exactly set the melodic rock world on fire, but now that they’ve hooked up with Danish vocalist Oliver [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – When you think of hotspots for pagan and folk metal bands, Arizona probably doesn’t spring to mind. It’s not exactly prime territory for landing Viking long-ships after all. Hell, America in general doesn’t have the same kind of [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – You wouldn’t think that as late as 1996 a new metal album could come out and completely define an entire genre, but that’s exactly what happened when Swedish metal band Therion released their fifth studio album, titled Theli. The band [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – There are entirely too many bands whom writers and critics call underrated. The only time all of them are right is when they use “underrated” and “Lillian Axe” in the same sentence. The album Love and War should be on everyone’s “if stranded [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Hungarian groove merchants Ektomorf are back with a new studio album, their ninth overall, titled Retribution. Once again the band has enlisted producer/engineer Tue Madsen, and once again they’ve delivered a thick, grooving, angry slab of [...]
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