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by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — With Treat, The Defiants, Drive She Said, Jeff Scott Soto, Sunstrike, Ted Poley, First Signal and Vega all lately releasing a standout collection of music, 2016 is already panning out to be another grand year for fans of the kind of music that never [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — These days, if you want some old school, super-melodic party rock like they used to make in the late ‘80s, you turn to the Scandinavian countries, and bands like Hardcore Superstar, Crashdiet, Reckless Love and Crazy Lixx. People tend to forget that [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The Jelly Jam is set to release its fourth studio album titled Profit. The band is a power-house trio that comprises King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor, Dream Theater bassist John Myung and Winger drummer Rod Morgenstein. The group musically travels down many [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Sr. Photojournalist — The German band Mayze has released its debut studio album titled The Land Of Lucid Feathers. The group is known not only for its unique music but also for its live performances. Formed in 2012 by Marcel Schiborr (guitar) and Matt Bauer [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Sr. Photojournalist — Sisters Of Suffocation, a Death Metal band coming from the Netherlands, have just released their first EP called Brutal Queen. The group is an all-female band but don’t judge them by their looks because when you take a look at the artwork of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — German Heavy Metal band Roxxcalibur is back with another tribute to the legendary New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) era. Their latest offering is called Gems of the NWOBHM, and once again they’ve enlisted famed cover artist Rodney Matthews [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — German Power Metal band Human Fortress is back with a new album, their fifth overall, titled Thieves of the Night. It’s the second Human Fortress album under the current lineup, which features former Adagio vocalist Gus Monsanto, and shows just how [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Canadian Rock vixen Lee Aaron has been on a hiatus of sorts. After the release of 2004’s Beautiful Things, she took a step back from the spotlight, focusing on her family. With 11 studio albums released at that time, going back to her 1982 debut, The Lee [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — That sound you hear is the wailing and gnashing of teeth, as legions of Circus Maximus fans digest the Norwegian band’s latest offering – Havoc – and realize the band they fell in love with a decade ago has moved on. The writing has been on the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Ah, the dreaded double-dip, when barely a year after an album is released, fans are asked to buy a second, “deluxe edition” with all sorts of extras. It’s a fairly recent trend and ones that a lot of fans have (justifiably) complained about. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Sweden apparently has an unending supply of new traditional metal bands, and they all seem to be really really good. Stockholm’s Lethal Steel is the latest band to carry forth the banner of old school Heavy Metal. They recently released their [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Thunderstone returns with a new album, Apocalypse Again, and the band’s original vocalist Pasi Rantanen. Following up 2009’s release of Dirt Metal with former vocalist Rick Altzi, Thunderstone, led by guitarist Nino Laurenne, continues to deliver [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Los Angeles-related album titles and cover artwork distinctively Californian in theme are hallmarks for the AOR series now – associated of French musician Frédéric Slama and his star-studded project immediately, now that the 15th album [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Danish Melodic Progressive Metal band Section A is back after a six-year absence with a new studio album, titled Wall of Silence. It’s the band’s fourth overall, and the first Section A album not to feature vocalist Anders Engberg. His [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Right on schedule, Swiss Melodic Hard Rock veterans Shakra are back with a new studio album, their tenth overall, titled High Noon. The big news from the Shakra camp is that vocalist Mark Fox, who was the frontman for Shakra’s best albums, is [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Resurrection Kings is one of two high-profile projects that debuted this year featuring former Dio guitarists (Vivian Campbell’s Last in Line being the other). Resurrection Kings features guitarist Craig Goldy, who played on Dio’s Dream [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Not to take anything away from American Metal, for there is some extraordinary music coming from bands hailing from this side of the great pond (New Jersey’s Symphony X, Utah’s Katagory V, Florida’s Circle II Circle and Kamelot, Michigan’s [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Danish Melodic/Progressive Metal band Royal Hunt has spent a fair amount of time on the road lately, and they served up live albums in 1996 and 2006, so seeing another live release from them isn’t exactly a surprise. Their latest live offering, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — You know that scene in the first Star Wars movie when Obi-Wan Kenobi says “now that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time?” That’s the scene that immediately comes to mind upon finding out that Wicked Maraya is still alive and [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — Deftones have always made consistent albums throughout their career. From the early days where they were labeled amongst the front-runners of the Nu-Metal genre, to the utter genius of White Pony where experimental-ism showed that the Sacramento [...]
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