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by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The Answer Of Insanity marks the triumphant return of Faithsedge to the metal scene. This near super-group brings a harder and heavier approach music on their sophomore release – and to put it simply, they rock – without losing the strong sense of melody [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The busiest man in Rock and Roll strikes again. From the heavy metal hotbed of Rhode Island, vocalist-multi-instumetalist-songwriter Phil Vincent has recently released another solo album entitled Slave To Sin. A bit heavier and edgier than his last release, [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Leave Your Mark is a solid attempt by the LA-based band Stars In Stereo to do just that – and they succeed. Good riffs, flowing melodies, and superb vocals highlight the sophomore release by this female-fronted quartet. Pulling inspiration from real life, [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Denver-based hard rockers Red Tide Rising delivered a new studio album – their third overall – earlier this year. The album is appropriately titled The Rising, and with it the band hopes to make the jump from regional act to the national [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Have you, melodic rock aficionados, managed to cool off after the late 2013 release of Frédéric Slama’s AOR project, The Secrets Of LA…? The apparently restless French musician and producer doesn’t let his listeners for this, as just a few months [...]
by Chris A. - Senior Photojournalist – KISS 40: Retrospective Offers Cuts From Every Kiss Album Released Kiss is a lot like America. Flashy, brash, in-your-face, resilient, versatile, incredibly successful and when it comes right down to it, lots of fun. Kiss has made a living being the life [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish power metal battalion Sabaton is back with a new album, their seventh overall, titled Heroes. It’s the band’s first studio release since the lineup change that brought guitarists Chris Rorland and Thobbe Englund and drummer Hannes [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Should someone walk up to you and say, “If Laney’s Legion appears on any Top Ten lists at the end of the year, I’ll eat my shorts,” go ahead and take the bet, because when December rolls around, you’ll enjoy watching them chow down on their own [...]
by Matt Karpe - Senior Columnist – Two years after the release of the original album, The Veer Union have re-packaged their third record, fully remastering the 10 tracks that made the first cut, and adding three new numbers. The album is just as good as before, and with the instrumentation [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – With enthusiastic reviews from the renowned UK music magazines – from Kerrang! and Classic Rock to Fireworks – and names such as Voodoo Six or Sisters of Mercy featured in résumé of the respective band members, Night By Night are a band you can’t [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – German power metal band Sinbreed is back after a four-year absence with their second album, titled Shadows. The band, of course, features a pair of Blind Guardian members (guitarist Marcus Siepen and drummer Frederik Ehmke) as well as Beyond [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Tothem is one of the latest entries into the now crowded Gothic Metal scene in Italy. Formed back in 2003, the band misfired and broke up after releasing their self-titled EP. The quintet reformed in 2010, with only vocalist Roslen and guitarist Black Cyril [...]
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 [...]
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