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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – What is it with Swedish bands and the Toto-worship? The Swedes have always led the rest of the world in melodic rock, but lately they’ve cornered the market on Toto’s brand of “West Coast” AOR. The latest band to take this [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Just in time for the cheerful holidays comes the new release Dead Winter Sun from the American metal band Born of Fire. Although they’ve been around since 1998, the band’s releases have been intermittent and far between. In fact, Dead Winter Sun [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – It’s hard to believe that German power metal band Mob Rules has been around long enough to be celebrating their 20th anniversary. Their debut album was released 15 years ago, but apparently they’ve been active a full two decades now. The [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – It’s been five years since Bulgarian melodic/progressive/power metal band Project Arcadia’s debut album From the Desert of Desire, but the band is finally back with a follow-up. Project Arcadia figured out a sure-fire way to get [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Although it’s just their debut album that’s hit the shelves this summer, State Of Salazar are a group of experienced and versatile musicians, skilful in both progressive pop and ska – and also, having learned their chops in Malmö [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – It’s been four years since melodic metal project Allen-Lande last released an album (2010’s The Showdown). Russell Allen has been active in Symphony X and Adrenaline Mob in the meantime, and Jorn Lande has released several solo albums [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Swedish quintet Crazy Lixx have followed up 2012 release Riot Avenue with another record full of 80’s influenced glam tinged metal. Along with fellow countrymen Crashdiet and Finns Reckless Love, the popular sub-genre of the past continues to make a [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Starting out a musical career in your teens usually ends up with a highly-publicized nervous breakdown, a string of DUI accusations and, as a grand finale, the act of shaving your head off… unless you’re in a rock band and it’s a [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – “You’re not my lover, is it wrong or right…? You’re not my lover, but you were last night…” Do you remember this tune? Maybe not as much an exact #1 chart favorite as a cult classic in Scandi melodic rock-oriented circles, the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Imagine a melodic rock album that takes back you right into the heyday of the genre, the one that screams the late ‘80s with every single note and chord on it and rarely – if ever at all – wanders off this beaten track. With In Faith’s [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – British melodic rockers Vega are back with their third album, titled Stereo Messiah. When Vega debuted back in 2010 with Kiss of Life it was tempting to write the band – which features Tom and James Martin of Khymera – off as just [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – It has to be clearly stated that there’s one slight hitch in exploring the musical spheres of what the reviewers usually dub Melodic Hard Rock. As there’s been many before those who carry the torch within this genre now, and perhaps twice [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Hailing from Northern Ireland, Selene is making a valid attempt to join the swelling ranks of female fronted metal. Paradise Over is their latest effort – a six-track EP. Symphonic and Gothic elements are blended well with near-operatic vocals, solid [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Never judge a book by its cover, the wise men say – and they couldn’t be all wrong, could they? Upon the first look at the album cover of Bulletrain’s Start Talking, you see a black-and-white photo that portrays a really strange case of [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Making the best of a tragic situation is oftentimes impossible; why even bother reliving the moments of utter darkness when you can just walk away and hopefully put it behind you? That was the question guitarist Tom Jude and bassist Freddy Villano [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Shredguy Records’ latest studio release arrives from known shredders Toby Knapp and Markus Johansson. Using the moniker, Knapp/Johansson, the duo has joined efforts to deliver an eight-track shredfeast titled Unborn Spirits Immortal. The album is a [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – The busiest man in metal music strikes again. Phil Vincent’s full band, Legion, returns with a very solid release – their sixth CD – entitled Tempest. Phil seems to have a truly bottomless pit of inspiration, as despite prodigious output as [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Many bands have their fair share of ups and downs, setbacks and tragedies; and in the six years since All Hope Is Gone, it’s fair to say that Slipknot have certainly been through the ringer. If the passing of Paul Gray, one of their most influential [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – From out of the wilds of northern New Jersey comes Corevalay, bringing with them an interesting musical mix of hard rock, metal, pop, and hip-hop. Laying down 10 diverse tracks on their debut release entitled This Beautiful Ride, they should have broad [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – “It’s all in the family,” you might have thought when looking upon the family affairs that’s been the core of many a rock band throughout the history of the genre. Think brothers Duane and Gregg Allman crossing the border between the [...]
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