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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — When you think of the wave of melodic death metal that swept out of Europe in the mid to late ’90s, it’s usually the big Swedish bands – At the Gates, In Flames and Dark Tranquillity – that come to mind. But while those [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Norway’s Sarpedon released an EP a few years back … a raw, unpolished but promising journey through Progressive Metal, with tinges of Power Metal too. Anomic Nation can really be noted as their first official release, unless you want to get [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Path Of Destruction is the fifth studio release from the Phil Vincent fronted power trio Tragik. Following a familiar path, this new album displays what Phil Vincent does best – making modern, edgy melodic hard rock that tips its hat to the great bands [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — If you were a young glam metal fan living in Europe in mid 2000s and not quite satisfied only with watching faded music videos from the ‘80s, sometime between 2005 and 2007 there were two groups that really counted for you. On the more [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — The wait is finally over. Five years after their last release, 2009’s Homeland, Red Circuit has released another monster album full of melodic Prog-Metal goodness. Haze of Nemesis is the band’s third album. For the uninitiated, Red Circuit first hit the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — It’s been five years since we last saw a new studio album from Brazilian progressive/power metal legends Angra. During that time, the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of their classic debut album Angels Cry with a live CD and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Now here’s an album that slipped under the radar in the closing days of 2014. Swedish band Empire 21 is a supergroup of sorts. The players involved aren’t exactly superstars, but between them they have quite an impressive [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Now here’s a super-group with a lineup that’s sure to get people’s attention. Level 10 is the latest project to emerge from the mad scientists at the Frontiers label. This time around they’ve assembled a [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Finnish melodic death metal veterans Mors Principium Est closed out the year with a new album, their fifth to date, titled Dawn of the 5th Era. It’s the first Mors Principium Est album to feature guitarist Kevin Verlay (of [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Stryper’s Michael Sweet returns after his amazing solo album released in 2014, I’m Not Your Suicide, joining up with legendary shredder George Lynch (Lynch Mob, ex-Dokken). The duo released the new album, Sweet & Lynch. The initial idea for Sweet [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Canadian symphonic metal songstress Leah McHenry has put the finishing touches on Kings & Queens – her second full-length studio release. Leah continues to blend Celtic, world music, and progressive metal influences into European-style symphonic [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Reset The Dial is the fourth studio release from the New Jersey-based rock / power-pop quartet The Fletchers. Fans of old school guitar rock/pop/punk will most certainly appreciate this strong mix of simple, hard rocking melodies delivered with a ton of [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Shadow Eden is the Progressive Rock instrumental trio led by David Mercado. Founded in 2009, the band features drummer Kenny Lane and the late Randy Coven on bass (2011-2014). Last year, Shredguy Records released the trio’s Perpetual Motion studio album. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — The new year is upon us, and we already have a contender for our “top ten of 2015” list wih As Daylight Breaks, the debut album from Serious Black. This is a new band – not just a one-off project – from some very familiar names [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Now here’s an album that caused many a melodic rock fan to do a double-take. It’s not that a collaboration between super-vocalist Jorn Lande and Wig Wam guitarist Trond Holter is unusual, but did anyone really expect that [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — 2014 seems to have been a banner year for new projects and collaborations by veteran melodic rock artists. Here’s one of the better ones that didn’t get much notice (but probably should have). Skyscraper features vocalist Lee [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — With Voices Of Rock, Wolfpakk or Frederic Slama’s AOR around and releasing one album after another, a studio-based project comprised of numerous big names of the scene is hardly a novelty in melodic rock. However, an idea behind Elements Of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — After three years of struggle with happenings way beyond their control, White Widdow regrouped and rejuvenated so as to strike back again. Good news is that the Aussie rockers come back this year with what turns out to be their third album – [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — They’re young, loud and proud, their 2011 EP Welcome To The Wicked Side gained some rave reviews from all around the world, and now they strike with what is their self-titled debut album. A four-piece heavy metal band from Poland, Wicked [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Virginia-based progressive metal trio Iris Divine returned late in 2014 with a new full-length album, their second to date, title Karma Sown. Iris Divine is one of a select few American progressive metal bands (The Deadstation and The [...]
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