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by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – The “older” generation of hard rock fans do it out of nostalgia, the “younger” out of longing for what they’ve never had a chance to experience themselves. And yet, you can hear almost everyone complaining there’s no time machine to be [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – The U.K. seems to have harnessed the power of resurrection as traditional heavy metal has become a dominant force and created the rejuvenated acronym NWOTHM which follows in the footsteps of ‘80s NWOBHM bands. It should come as no surprise that the latest [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Here’s another debut release on the Kivel Records roster that slipped by us last year. Forever is the first album by Maxx Explosion, a U.S.-based melodic hard rock band consisting of Chris McCarvill (vocals, bass, keyboards), Jimi Bell [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue …” How accurate this couplet is in reference to the “best of” or catalog albums, being released in dozens each year with some previously unreleased tracks or the other [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – If you ever wished the mellow power ballad “Ballerina” off Baltimoore’s debut album had been your prom song (or if you’re completely stuck in the ‘80s to the point of rocking out to AOR gem “Blue Moon”), forget it. Gone are the days of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Were you awe-stricken by any of the W.E.T. releases, or Joe Lynn Turner’s project Sunstorm? Were the classic records of the ‘80s era Rainbow, FM and Foreigner a soundtrack to your youth? And the most important issue, perhaps – do you treasure [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The second wave of Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series is here, and unlike the first wave, which focused on bands from decades past, this wave puts the spotlight on new bands whose demo releases didn’t get the attention they [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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