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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Originally released in 1987, The 7th of Never was the third studio album from Chastain, the band formed by guitar wizard David T. Chastain and featuring powerhouse female vocalist Leather Leone. This was also the first album Chastain [...]
by John Kindredx – Publisher — Shredguy Records is back, making noise early in 2015 with the release of the labels 27th album. Game On!! heralds the return of Sean Baker Orchestra and offers 13 new songs, 11 instrumentals and two songs with guest vocalists. Sean Baker Orchestra is a [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — There’s hardly a subgenre of Rock that’s so easy to digest as Melodic Hard Rock/AOR – neat and catchy, relatively plain, with charming melodies and a certain degree of radio-friendliness that doesn’t require a trained ear to [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Apart from his songwriting brilliance and being the driving force behind Survivor and The Ides Of March, Jim Peterik also developed what could be called a “radar” for the first-league Rock vocalists. From Dave Bickler and Jimi Jamison [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Fans of female fronted Melodic/AOR Rock rejoice! Norwegian singer Issa is back with her latest studio release entitled Crossfire, and it is packed with enough energy to please even the most jaded listener, and surprise even her most devoted fans. Cut from [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been a good few years for fans of old school Heavy Metal, with new and exciting traditional Heavy Metal bands emerging from every corner of the globe. Australia has been a surprisingly strong source of these up-and-coming artists. One such [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — The Divebomb label is back with a new wave in its Bootcamp series, which spotlights overlooked demo releases, both new and old. This time they’ve set their sights on Azrael, a short-lived thrash metal band from the Florida scene in the late [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been more than two decades since the release of Screams and Whispers, the final album from the criminally overlooked progressive thrash band Anacrusis. The band’s recent reunion gave fans hope for a new album, but that reunion [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Is there a band in the European Power Metal scene with more buzz than Germany’s Orden Ogan? Their 2012 album To The End was a major breakthrough for the band, and their stunning performance at last year’s ProgPower USA event made a huge [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been five years since the release of Thomsen’s debut album Let’s Get Ruthless, but guitarist/band leader Rene Thomsen finally returned late last year with a follow-up album, titled Unbroken. It’s an album – and a band [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Here is a collection of ten home-made tracks which proves you don’t have to have virtuoso chops or a huge production budget to create your own universe. Johnston uses styles ranging from country to surf as launching pads for his extrapolations, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Released at the tail end of 2014, Free Nation is the debut album from Metal Machine, a new project masterminded by vocalist Csaba Zvekan (of Raven Lord and Exorcism). Zvekan also handles keys and some guitar work on this album. Csaba Zvekan’s [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — How do you know an album is a classic? When it still sounds as good thirty-five years after its release as it did the day it hit the streets. And make no mistake, Back in Black is a badass, bona fide classic. You can be nitpicky and point out that the [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Legendary hard rock guitarist Michael Schenker’s notoriety begins with the Scorpions before taking over as the axeslinger for UFO. In 1972, at the age of 16, Schenker recorded the studio album Lonesome Crow, alongside his brother, Rudolph, with the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — The album opens on an upbeat note: We’re gonna live out the Hollywood dream All through the Eighties Everything’s gonna be just what it seems All through the Eighties Gonna find a better way to run our cars All through the Eighties And our feet [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Given the perspective of the last 36 years, Whitesnake is perhaps one of the most fascinating bands to look at from many different points of view. Even though the personal changes within the band’s line-up were more than frequent, the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s quite possible that 1980 was the single most important and influential year in heavy metal. AC/DC released their comeback Back in Black, Judas Priest unleashed their defining British Steel album and Ozzy Osbourne had his smash hit solo debut [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Before we all got aural diabetes from hearing schlock like “Make Love Like a Man,” “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” or “Long Long Way to Go,” Def Leppard used to be a balls out Hard Rock band that changed the face of the music [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — The word influential gets thrown around a lot these days, but when you listen to your favorite bands from the last couple of decades, you can’t help but wonder, who influenced them- who gave them the motivation to pick up a microphone, guitar, bass [...]
by Alex Barbieri – Senior Columnist — Fans of Livio Gravini’s soulful rock voice have been waiting for his first solo release, and it’s finally here. It is in a word, real. If you’re into organic, blues-based rock ‘n roll sung and played with heart and soul, put Livio Gravini [...]
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