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by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – After the days under the moniker of Black Country Communion, a supergroup that created an enormous buzz among the rock fans all around the globe, there comes a time to introduce another brainchild of Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham. With the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – If you were a guitar player with solid chops and were looking to release an album that let you display them all, you’d want to put together something like Nick Miller’s debut release – Parallel Universe. This six-track EP gives the Aussie [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – For his new 2-disk compilation Richie Kotzen chooses tracks that pitch him to the mainstream audience – 22 easily accessible, but nevertheless stunning cuts. No matter if he leans toward soul, rock, or blues, each song not only stays [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – A one-line review of this German hard rock band would read: Unbreakable sound like the Scorpions. However, a writer who dared submit such a succinct review would probably find his fingers smashed by an irate editor. So in order to avoid fractured [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Fifteen years and six albums later, Machinae Supremacy is back with their combination of power metal and pop, which results in odd but catchy grooves and sounds. This Swedish five-some formed at the turn of the century and became a well known online act. [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Dragonforce has released their latest contribution to their over-the-top, power metal collection. The speeds and technicality of their music is always a topic of interest for metal fans. Whether or not it is pure skill or studio deception, their music is [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – My Way or the Highway is the second solo studio release by guitarist Tore St Moren. While Moren’s first solo disc, Devilbird, was an instrumental album, this time around, Moren offers us seven songs, featuring vocals and one instrumental. So, fans are in [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish heavy metal warriors Grand Magus returned earlier this year with their seventh full-length album, titled Triumph and Power. In the years since their 2001 self-titled debut, the Stockholm-based band has evolved from a more [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Thermonuclear Epiphany is the debut full-length release from Portuguese thrash metal band Perpetrator, a recent discovery of the Stormspell label. The three-piece band is made up of veterans from the Lisbon metal scene, and takes their [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – One of South Africa’s finest heavy metal bands, Octainium, will be releasing their long awaited second album on Aug. 29. The timing is everything in this album. From the quick paced double petal to the harsh growls, Suffer the Clock is just the right [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – A Sound of Thunder is getting ready to release their fourth full-length album titled The Lesser Key of Solomon. This album was produced by Kevin “131” Gutierrez (While Heaven Wept, Raven, Shinedown). Time’s Arrow was a major hit for 2013, so A Sound [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1989, Dead End was album number two from German thrash metal band Grinder. Of course, when you say “German thrash metal” obviously the first thing that comes to mind is the “big three” of Sodom, Destruction [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – A fleeting glimpse of the cartoon-ish album cover… and the first thought you have is “how come it’s 1989 again?” You must know it’s a sign of progress anyway – the cover of the previous album of Julian Angel-fronted project was [...]
by Craig Newman – Columnist – Being the guitarist for one of the ‘80s most popular metals bands, Jeff Labar of Cinderella releases a raw rock album One For the Road that has Jeff on vocals, guitars, keyboards and bass with various drummers (Troy Lucketta, Chris Williams, Cheney [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1990, Check & Mate was the debut (and only) full-length album from Swiss heavy metal band Sultan. Switzerland wasn’t exactly a hotbed of heavy metal back in the late ‘80s, and aside from a pair of notable [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – It was after the release of their debut record that Framing Hanley really made their breakthrough. When they released the deluxe version, there was a cover song included that was both risky and extremely courageous to even consider tackling. [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Once again, Dave Goddess and friends have proven that classic rock isn’t dead! The Dave Goddess Group has recently released a 4 track EP of new material entitled Blown Away, and fans of the genre will quite probably feel that way. To put it simply, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s hard to believe, but we’re already up to album number six from U.S.-based hard rockers Bombay Black. The hangover is barely faded from their 2012 album Bullets and Booze, and they’re already taking us on the Walk of Shame. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been six years since we last saw a new studio album from heavy metal icons Judas Priest, and that was the controversial 2008 release Nostradamus. In the years since then, the British legends have embarked on a massive [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new from Firehouse, but vocalist C.J. Snare hasn’t been sitting idle. Along with Furyon guitarist Chris Green (as well as guitarist Jeff Lerman, bassist Simon Farmery and drummer Robert [...]
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