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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Now here’s an underground heavy metal gem that is likely known only to the most die-hard collectors, or those who happened to witness the Oklahoma City metal scene in the ‘80s. Formed mainly by Los Angeles transplants, Powerlord made [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – When Empires Fall is the 2014 debut album from San Francisco-based traditional heavy metal band Ancient Empire, which was put together by Shadowkiller (and ex-Rocka Rollas) frontman/guitarist Joe Liszt alongside ex-Rapid Fire rhythm [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – AlogiA is a progressive metal band from Serbia, and their popularity proves that music is a universal language (despite producing most of their material in their native Serbian tongue). In fact, AlogiA has developed such an international following that [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – If looking back 12 months prior to date, it can be said 2014 was an intense year in melodic rock – well, to say the least! Among the multitude of releases able to both take your breath away and drain your pockets dry, many had this [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – German Gothic/Folk Metal band Lyriel is back with a new album, their fifth overall, titled Skin and Bones. In a very crowded “female fronted metal” pack (and yes, that’s a terrible term but it does fit), Lyriel has always stood out just a bit, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – The Divebomb label has reissued some interesting demo releases, both new and old, as part of their Bootcamp series, but this may be the best thing they’ve unearthed to date. Way before they became one of the more innovative bands to emerge from [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Originally released in 1990, World Won’t Miss You was the debut full-length album from Reverend, the power/thrash metal band formed more or less from a vocalist swap between the bands Metal Church and Heretic. Heretic’s singer Mike Howe joined [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Now here’s an interesting item unearthed by the Divebomb label as part of their Bootcamp series spotlighting rare and forgotten demo recordings. The Hidden was a short-lived project put together by four veterans of the Swedish metal scene – [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Riding the waves of popularity from the great success of their last studio album, Dutch symphonic metal masters Within Temptation and their label, Nuclear Blast, have just released Enter & The Dance. This is a win for any new fans of the band as it [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Lead vocalist Big Dad Rich often describes Texas Hippie Coalition’s sound as Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top having a child raised by Pantera, and that southern-metal formula rolls on unabated like a monster truck with no brakes on their fourth album. This [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Although it’s rather raw hard rock sound of AC/DC and Rose Tattoo that you associate immediately with the land Down Under, there’s much more that Australia holds in store for the rock-oriented music fans. From the Melbourne-based pomp rock [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Just one year after their last release (2013’s The Nexus), Swedish pop metal sensation Amaranthe is back with a new album, their third overall, titled Massive Addictive. The band seems to have both momentum and serious backing from their label, so [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Aurin is a four piece alternative rock act hailing from New Jersey, and the band has just released a new CD entitled Catharsis. A heavy blend of alternative, new metal, and dark rock elements, Aurin’s music and lyrics are modern yet raw, and packed [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Senior Photojournalist – Oakland, Calif. band Machine Head recently released their eighth album titled Bloodstone and Diamonds. The first album to feature new bassist, Jared MacEachern, is already receiving rave reviews from fans, fellow musicians and the entire music [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – As for Riot, the band wouldn’t have needed any introduction among the metal circle – there’s an entire generation of fans who banged their heads and pumped their fists to anthems such as “Warrior” or “Thundersteel” this [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Southern Rock is a subgenre of rock that was always all about the quality and impact of the live performance, often favored to the studio crafts. Playing live in concert allowed the Dixie rockers not only to indulge themselves in the extended [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1991, Play God was the second full-length album from Reverend, the power/thrash metal band formed by vocalist David Wayne (R.I.P.) after his departure from Metal Church. In the year since Reverend’s debut [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Now here’s an album no one saw coming. Swedish band Dynazty already had three albums under their belts, all of which followed the basic sleaze/melodic rock approach of bands like Hardcore Superstar and Crashdiet. That’s about all [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Well, the guys in Adriangale sure didn’t waste any time following up their 2013 release Suckerpunch. Granted, it did take them the better part of a decade to get that one out, but still, it is a bit surprising in this day and age to [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – With their American counterparts having the time of their lives down the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California, in the late ‘70s and the ‘80s the British must have had their mecca for rockers to hang out at too. Thus the emergence of the [...]
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