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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Starting with Wolf and carrying on through bands like Enforcer and Air Raid, Sweden has been at the forefront of the traditional heavy metal revival. Stockholm-based Starblind is the latest Swedish band to pick up the banner of old school heavy [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It took more than a decade, but Swiss melodic progressive/power metal band Kirk is finally back with a follow-up to their 2003 debut The Final Dance. Their new album is titled Masquerade, and in addition to featuring a new drummer – Philipp [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — If the so-called New Wave of Traditional Metal is a real movement, it’s definitely a global one. Hailing from Australia, traditional heavy metal band Johnny Touch delivered their full-length debut Inner City Wolves earlier this year. It’s out on [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Regardless of the actual genre, for a band that’s labeled “classic” making new album may be a risky business. Some appear determined to go on channeling their inner youngsters – their contemporary albums being so drastically detached [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Once the wind filled his sails, Nigel Bailey’s apparently not about to rest on his laurels. This year he gained major recognition from fronting a British three-piece band Three Lions, whose self-titled debut album was released under the wing [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — Davey Suicide slashes back onto the scene with his sophomore album and his musical creed is loudly defined as “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So if you found yourself stirred by the industrial-tinged hard rock/metal sound that he showcased [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — Sister Sin’s fifth studio album Black Lotus brings more 80s’ influenced heavy metal to the table. The Swedish quartet, led by the charismatic vixen that is Liv Jagrell don’t stray too far from the formula of their previous records, yet Black [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — While thinking about the bands in the history of rock who eagerly utilize theatricality of performance to build their image and then end up accused of “style over substance” kind of thing, you may come up with such names as KISS, GWAR or [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — The music of Luxembourg’s My Own Ghost is difficult to pigeon-hole. Perhaps the band’s own words describe it best: “We are a rock band. And sometimes a pop band. With electronic things.” However you classify it – power metal, Gothic [...]
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 [...]
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