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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 [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Swedish traditional heavy metal titans Wolf are back with another fierce studio album, titled Devil Seed. It’s the seventh album to date from the Wolf, who was one of the first (and is still one of the best) bands to emerge from what [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Seattle-based traditional heavy metal warriors Skelator are back with a new full-length release. King of Fear is the band’s fourth album overall, and first on the Swords and Chains label. The band has been kicking around the [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Before you hear note one on Zero Down’s new release, No Limit to the Evil, you know you are in for a freakin’ Metal joy ride … and that’s just based on the artwork! As on two of their prior three studio albums, the insane Preacher Man (or a [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Swedish traditional heavy metal band Rocka Rollas is back with a new album, their third full-length release in the past four years, titled The Road to Destruction. There have been some changes in the Rocka Rollas camp recently, most [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Now here’s an underground heavy metal gem that is likely known only to the most die-hard collectors, or those who happened to witness the Oklahoma City metal scene in the ‘80s. Formed mainly by Los Angeles transplants, Powerlord made [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — When Empires Fall is the 2014 debut album from San Francisco-based traditional heavy metal band Ancient Empire, which was put together by Shadowkiller (and ex-Rocka Rollas) frontman/guitarist Joe Liszt alongside ex-Rapid Fire rhythm [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — AlogiA is a progressive metal band from Serbia, and their popularity proves that music is a universal language (despite producing most of their material in their native Serbian tongue). In fact, AlogiA has developed such an international following that [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — If looking back 12 months prior to date, it can be said 2014 was an intense year in melodic rock – well, to say the least! Among the multitude of releases able to both take your breath away and drain your pockets dry, many had this [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — German Gothic/Folk Metal band Lyriel is back with a new album, their fifth overall, titled Skin and Bones. In a very crowded “female fronted metal” pack (and yes, that’s a terrible term but it does fit), Lyriel has always stood out just a bit, [...]
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