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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Italian Symphonic/Death/Black Metal (the exact mix keeps changing) band Graveworm is back with a new album, their ninth full-length offering to date – titled Ascending Hate. Newly signed to the AFM label, the band has served up a sinister new [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — With Michael Bormann’s new solo material being finally finished, recorded and released, one could have treated his last year’s “best of ballads” compilation Love Is Magic as a postscriptum – or a rundown – to a finished chapter. [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — American rockers Edge Of Paradise have just released a new full-length album entitled Immortal Waltz. Fans of the band will be immediately at home since the lineup fronted by dynamic vocalist Margarita Monet and guitar wizard Dave Bates has remained [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Originally released in 1991, Second Coming is the – you guessed it – second album from Swedish glam metal band Shotgun Messiah. The band, which was more or less Sweden’s answer to the Hollywood hair metal scene, made a major splash with their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Swedish glam metal band Shotgun Messiah made their debut in 1989 with this self-titled release. The band, which was more or less Sweden’s answer to the Hollywood hair metal scene, was originally known as Kingpin and featured vocalist Zinny Zan [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Even if pink’s the new black, the deliberately cheesy cover artwork for this album is not exactly a sight for the sore eyes. And still, it’s good news to see Hungryheart back in the game, five years after their previous album One Ticket To [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Finnish melodic/glam/sleaze/party (take your pick) rockers Santa Cruz are back with a new album, their third overall. It’s a self-titled release, which typically means a band is: a) redefining their sound or b) going back to their roots after an [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Finnish “all-star” – Progressive, Melodic Death, Doom Metal – band Barren Earth is back with a new album, their third full-length release, titled On Lonely Towers. The band features bassist Olli-Pekka Laine (ex-Amorphis), keyboardist [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Turtles All the Way Down is the seventh full-length release from Maryland-based progressive rock band Odin’s Court. It’s also the first album of all-new material since the band’s 2011 release Human Life in Motion. Since that point, the band [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Swedish melodic hard rockers Degreed are back with a new album, their third to date, titled Dead But Not Forgotten. Degreed of course features the vocal (and bass) talents of Swedish Idol finalist Robin Ericsson alongside guitarist Daniel Johansson, [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Pioneering Finnish soprano Tarja Turunen has just put the finishing touches on a superb live album entitled Luna Park Ride. For those not familiar with the name, Tarja is one of the most influential female singers in the Symphonic/Operatic Metal genres. [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The Steve Coyne Conspiracy arrives with the debut album Feelings of Euphoria via Shredguy Records. Guitarist Steve Coyne is joined by fellow guitarist Jimi Bell; bassists Chris McCarvill, Steve Buskowe and Rob Liptrot; drummers BJ Zampa, Tom Swift and Ralph [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — To age gracefully is to embrace both the past and the future, and this rule – as it turns out – applies to the music bands as well. Every concert attendee knows the pain of going through a set list of band’s newly recorded songs which [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Screaming out of Hollywood is a new Rock band called Beat the Drag. Their debut full-length, What’s Your Damage, is chock-a-block full of snarky lyrics, biting social commentary, tales of drunken abandon, and good ol’ fashioned tainted love and [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Piratical stories… The spellbinding mystery oozing from them, freedom of sailing the seven seas unrestrained. All of us remember reading these gripping tales which fed our wildest dreams in the early days of ours. Those were the tales of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Originally released in 1988, What Do You Know About Rock ‘n Roll? was the second album from Minneapolis-based glam metal band Slave Raider. The term “cult classic” gets tossed around pretty freely, but in Slave Raider’s case it [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — 2015 is shaping up to be a very good year for fans of Symphonic/Progressive/Power Metal. We’ve already seen outstanding releases from Nightwish and Damnation Angels; now Kamelot has delivered their much-anticipated follow-up to [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Veteran British hard-rockers Thunder have released their 10th studio album after a six year hiatus – and Wonder Days is indeed a wonder, proving that this decades old band hasn’t lost a step. A gritty yet reflective album, Wonder Days is a [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — German Melodic Metal collaboration Wolfpakk returned this year with a new album, their third to date, titled Rise of the Animal. Wolfpakk is, of course, the project put together by vocalists Michael Voss (Mad Max, Casanova) and Mark [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Perspective is the latest offering from Florida-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jace Pawlak, whose previous releases came under the Jace and Chasing Magic banners. Pawlak has also been involved in the songwriting process [...]
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