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by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Danish hard rockers D-A-D (briefly known as Disneyland After Dark) celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year, a fact that may surprise a lot of American fans who only know the band from their breakthrough 1989 album No Fuel Left For the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – “Epic”, “classic”, “traditional” – these are suitable (yet clichéd) terms to describe Dark Forest’s third album The Awakening, the follow-up to their 2011 Dawn Of Infinity release, which saw the light of day just recently. The Black [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – For some reason—OK, many good ones—Black Metal bands seem to write about “winter.” And not a Frosty the Snowman type winter, but an “everything is dead and bleak” Samhain sort of winter. New band Ashen Horde nods at those classic stereotypes on [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Dutch symphonic metal masters Delain are getting ready to release their fourth studio release entitled The Human Contradiction. The female fronted act dropped their last full studio album (We Are The Others) back in 2012, and their fans will more than likely [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – My Revolution is no revolution for Johnny Lima music-wise – this is a fact that needs to be stated in the first place, in spite of the album’s title. The fifth album by the Made In California rocker brings an expected solid dose of ‘80s-infused [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – North Carolina-based melodic rockers No Love Lost made their debut last year on the Kivel Records label with this self-titled offering. The band features vocalist Scott Board, who fans of the NC scene might recall from bands like Dimage and [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Things get better with age, and Mark Schuster’s latest instrumental release Unstable Melodics is proof. The Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist has followed up on his 2010 release Losing Faith with a fiery and passionate instrumental release that cements [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Fans of radio-friendly modern hard rock should be—wait for it—salivating to get their ears on this album. The addition of new vocalist Bobby Amaru (replacing original singer Josey Scott) seems to have injected new energy into the band after their last [...]
by Ron Higgins - Columnist – Although they have only released two studio albums, melodic rock supergroup W.E.T. have released an impressive live album that needs to be in the collection of every rocker who likes big hooks, big melodies and big choruses. For the uninitiated, W.E.T. is the [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Linda and The Punch are a young English band that are planting a firm foot in the modern rock industry. Linda’s voice is a prominent forefront for their album, Obsession. Her voice is an odd mix of sweetheart meets Pat Benatar sass. The contributions from this [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – The Polish band Turbo has deservedly achieved its cult status among rock and metal fans of their homeland. Founded in 1980, it laid the ground for Polish heavy metal with their first Maiden-esque album Dorosle Dzieci, released in 1982. Later on, they went [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Long running Danish melodic metal band Pretty Maids has been on a hot streak lately. Since 2010 they’ve released two amazing new studio albums (2010’s Pandemonium and 2013’s Motherland), a killer live CD/DVD set (2012’s It Comes Alive) [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – It’s been four years since we lost one of the most memorable voices of metal history to a battle with stomach cancer. Friends and musicians, who continue to have the upmost respect for Ronnie James Dio, have gathered together for a tribute album titled [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Long running German progressive metal band Vanden Plas is back with a new album, their seventh full-length release, titled Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld – Path 1. Once again the band, which has impressively maintained the same [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Hardrock Haven is always discovering the next cutting edge band making waves in the music industry. KXM is that next band, featuring ex-Dokken virtuoso George Lynch, Korn drummer Ray Luzier and Dug Pinnick from Kings X. KXM embraces all of these artists’ [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – The Birmingham-based Magnum belongs in the particular league of privileged bands, after the last few decades they’re a band who does not need to prove anything anymore, and simply live up to their well-deserved reputation. For the audience enamored with [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Katharsis is the latest release from Finish sextet Shear. Despite a history reaching back to 2001, Katharsis is only the band’s second full length release. They dropped their debut Breaking The Stillness in 2012, and an EP (In Solitude) in 2009 – and [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – In spite of their almost 50-year existence as a band (launched by the guitarist Rudolf Schenker as early as in 1965) and 40 years of recognition as a hard rock giant, the German group Scorpions somehow escaped the early/middle-‘90s MTV Unplugged craze. [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – From the ashes of the late 1970s and 1980s heavy metal, a new generation of musicians emerges now to pick up almost exactly where their heroes – Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Dio – left off. Scream Maker, a band founded in 2010 in Poland, [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – London’s Savage Messiah returns with its fourth studio album, The Fateful Dark, which will be released in Europe March 10 and in the United States on March 18. The album follows up the band’s 2012 release Plague of Conscience and continues the [...]
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