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by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Los Angeles-based traditional heavy metal band Blade Killer made their debut earlier this year with this 4-song, self-titled EP on the Stormspell label. The band is one of the new breed of old school heavy metal bands (along with Night Demon, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – There is no doubt Uriah Heep has already secured themselves a place among the “classic” or “legendary” bands a rock fan enumerates in a single breath – with their early and mid-1970s cult albums, recorded by the classic Heep line-up. Past [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Years before such hybrid genre-related terms as New Wave Of Swedish Sleaze Metal were coined, Scandinavia was a very fruitful land for a different genre to flourish. And no talking about black metal here – think the 1980s, think Treat, Da Vinci, Bad [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Michael Sweet, front-man for the Christian rock band Stryper, is set to release his latest solo album; I’m Not Your Suicide, May 6 on Big3 Records. Sweet also will release his autobiography Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed the same day. Sweet’s [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Helstar is gearing up for the release of This Wicked Nest on April 29 via AFM Records. The speed metal band that hails from Texas return to their ‘80s thrash roots on This Wicked Nest. Singer James Rivera is at the top of his game belting out Spartan vocals. [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Norwegian guitarist Kjetil By, with the help of some very well respected friends, has just released his fourth solo album entitled Better Days. Fans of commercial rock will truly appreciate this long awaited release thanks to the fine work of Kjetil’s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – After having the audience introduced to their classic heavy metal sound with their EP We Are Not The Same, this year Scream Maker returns with the full length album Livin In The Past. The cover artwork was designed by Rosław Szaybo (a Polish artist and [...]
by Craig Newman - Columnist – Norwegian symphonic rock group SAVN have just released a new, eleven-track album of fresh music and this album rocks! It has the right blend of hard and soft energy to keep your body moving. The band is founded by The Sins Of Thy Beloved members Stig Johansen and [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Much hubbub abounds about the fact that Johnny Depp blessed this album with his stamp of approval. Problem is, Depp also claimed The Lone Ranger was a good movie. Well, he got one out of two right. Live Fast Die Loud is a good album. It never crosses the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Do you feel like having a trip down the U.S. South, cruising from one smoky joint to another, where the whiskey flows and the rich bluesy tones fill the air? If you do, Moonshine’s eponymous debut album might be just what you were looking for. Brought up [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – Who else but Edguy could write a song about Baba Yaga, cover a Falco hit and make it flow with the other songs on the album, or turn a tiger more METAL, merely by adding in a “Y?” That’s right—no other band in the universe! Thankfully, Edguy [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – For the so-called European power metal, the motherland traditionally was nowhere else but Germany – think Helloween, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian and other “pioneer fathers” of the genre (influenced by Scorpions and Accept, needless to say). In spite of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Captain Black Beard seems to “have it all,” a fancy band name, a team of solid musicians, the renowned producers to work with, a critically acclaimed debut album … The only task they have to face now with their sophomore effort entitled Before [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – If a regular member of a currently existing band goes solo, there are two possible explanations to such a move. As it often happens, there are some personal tensions within a band and most likely it’s going to split up faster than one can say its name. [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Gone are the thrashier days of Teramaze? Yes and no. The Australian act, labeled not-so-precisely as “melodic thrash,” returns with their new release Esoteric Symbolism. Two years after their previous, critically acclaimed Anhedonia album saw the light [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – L.A. rock band Steel Panther return to the mix with their latest release All You Can Eat. The ‘80s were a time of excessive partying and groupies. Steel Panther have the tongue in cheek humorous lyrics down to a science. The band is currently on tour in the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Think catchy melodies, fine songwriting, polished production, big hooks, massive keyboard sound and power-chord-heavy guitar riffs. Call it AOR, AOR/Westcoast, Melodic Rock or lite metal — whatever the name is, within this particular (and often [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – For the majority of bands, raw and inexperienced at first, it takes much longer than just a few years and two albums to carve out their trademark sound. And yet, even with their 2009 debut album the Greek/American melodic rock act Outloud knew it was the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Frontiers Records melodic rock explosion continues! And so does, it seems, the present tendency for super-groups to spring up — in recent months several more appeared, one of them being L.R.S. Their newly released Down To The Core album is a unique [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Multi-instrumentalist and singer David J. Caron is back. After dropping a 28-track debut release in 2012, he has release a package called 9 Singles, consisting of four new tracks that will appear on his upcoming album, and five of the most memorable ones pulled [...]
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