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by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — German Hard Rock turned Melodic Metal band Jaded Heart is back with a new studio album, their twelfth overall, titled Guilty By Design. The band has some new blood this time around, with guitarist Masahiro Eto and drummer Bodo Strickler replacing long [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Swedish melodic rockers Dynazty raised a lot of eyebrows when they reinvented themselves as a Heavy Metal band for their 2014 album Renatus. They went from playing Hardcore Superstar/Crashdiet-style Sleaze Rock to a much harder-hitting (yet still [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — It seems to be only yesterday that the self-described “lady in a Rock n’Roll hell” – or the First Lady of the German Metal Doro Pesch debuted However, facts are that 2014 marked three decades since the world heard Warlock’s Burning The [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Sr. Photojournalist — Spain is well known for its Flamenco music, but the country has many great talents to discover in other genres. Synlakross, a Death Metal band from Valencia, is one of those groups. The band recently released its second album, Death Bullets [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — You’d think that long-running German Power Metal band Iron Savior might have stopped to take a breath, what with releasing the re-recorded Megatropolis 2.0 and the massive live set Live at the Final Frontier since their last studio album (the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Ah, the infamous self-titled album. When you see that from a band and it’s not their debut album, you know they’re either a) completely reinventing its sound or b) attempting to press the “reset button” on their career. Given the fact that this [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — As the well-known names of the music industry join forces to create something together, a result – the emergence of a so-called super-group – is burdened with a multitude of expectations from the very start. You can deal with them in two [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — German Heavy Power Metal band Mystic Prophecy returned earlier this year with a new album, their ninth overall, titled War Brigade. It’s an apt title for an album by a band that’s been waging their heavy, intense campaign on the Power Metal [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Five years. That’s how long Widow made us wait for a follow-up to their fantastic 2011 album Life’s Blood. The North Carolina-based traditional metal band hasn’t exactly been idle during that time, playing shows all over the world, [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Based in Los Angeles, guitarist Vernon Neilly is an established musician who, over the course of his career, has worked and performed with the late Johnny Guitar Watson, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Jennifer Batten, Slash and several other well-known artists. As a [...]
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 [...]
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