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by Matt Karpe - Columnist – The Sixxis are an American hard rock trio whose influences are stated to include Zeppelin, Muse and System Of A Down. It is a rather strange and diverse list, which is why this self-titled release is hard to fathom. The Georgia natives know how to play the [...]
by Alex Barbieri - Senior Columnist – Hardrock Haven news flash! Geoff Tate and George Lynch had a musical love child, and its name is Coldspell. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of Coldspell’s sound, but you get the gist. If you’re not yet familiar with the pride of Kiruna, [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Asking Alexandria are one of the UK’s premiere metal acts, and on third album From Death To Destiny, they up the ante with more of their trademark metalcore, as well as incorporating some hard rock to their ever maturing CV. Vocalist Danny Worsnop has had some [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – German power metal band Powerwolf is back with a new album, their fifth, titled Preachers of the Night. The band’s previous album – 2011’s excellent Blood of the Saints – was a major breakthrough for Powerwolf, and with Preachers of [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Sabinas Rex is a massive, New York based rock opera project masterminded by Vlado Kormos. If an album could be rated solely on packaging this one would get perfect scores everywhere – but in this case the content comes pretty darn close to matching the [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Every so often a band comes along that, whilst having a strong cult following, appear to be rather unknown in the great wide rock world. One Less Reason is one of those bands, and after hearing their powerful and emotive music, you wonder how they slipped below [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – In melodic rock circles, disrespecting James Christian will earn you five knuckles right in the kisser and deservedly so—the man is a singing legend, a vocal god. So it is with the utmost respect that his latest solo album must be dubbed a moderate [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – After two successful EP’s, Furiosity is Monster Truck’s first full length album, packed with hard southern rock fused with some delicious blues guitar rhythms. Vocalist and bassist Jon Harvey has a strong and dominating voice, which is on show straight away on [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Eterea is album number two from Mindwork, a progressive/technical death metal band from the Czech Republic. Originally self-released in 2012, Eterea (as well as Mindwork’s 2009 debut Into the Swirl) has been newly issued here in the States [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1991, The Dying Race was the debut album from German power metal band Crows, a very early Century Media signing and one of the most unfairly overlooked bands of that highly influential scene. Crows was a band with deep [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been four years in the making, but Austin-based traditional heavy metal crew Witches Mark is finally back with a full-length follow up to their 2009 debut EP A Grim Apparition. The band’s new album is called Witching Metal Ritual, and [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1988, Deception Ignored was the third album from German thrash metal band Deathrow. The band had released a pair of solid albums at that point, but it wasn’t until they enlisted Uwe Osterlehner as lead guitarist that [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Australian trio Ragdoll’s second EP Here Today picks up where their promising debut release left off- with explosive and fascinating melodic hard rock. Starting off, title track “Here Today” is a gigantic hard rock anthem. Guitarist Leon Todd’s excellent [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Not to rest on one’s laurels is definitely a motto of Andrzej Citowicz, the Polish guitarist who has released his first EP Shot Down? Get Up just a few months ago now comes back with a package of twelve guitar-driven compositions which altogether [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Beautiful Curse is The Quireboys first album of original material since Homewreckers & Heartbreakers which was released in 2008. On show here are twelve tracks of blues influenced rock ‘n’ roll that shows this band have still got it. “Too Much Of a Good [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – We Are Infinity is the second full length release from the Swiss sextet AudioLegend. Naming your band AudioLegend is a bit presumptuous and egotistical, but at least they make a valid attempt at living up to it by making solid and enjoyable (but not legendary) [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The early 1970s was an interesting time for rock music. Black Sabbath was essentially writing the rules for heavy metal, and Led Zeppelin was redefining what hard rock sounded like. Across the globe, new bands emerged to take rock n’ roll [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Pittsburgh heavy metal quintet Lady Beast releases their self-titled debut full of NWOBHM influences and in particular, odes to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. In female vocalist Deb Levine, Lady Beast has a strong diverse singer, but her best moments come when she [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – The man behind Miss Crazy (and a few other bands, like Freakshow with Jeff LeBar, Tony Franklin and Frankie Banali), Markus Allen Christopher, is back at it with a solo effort aptly called Hard Rock 101. If there’s anyone producing no frills, straight up [...]
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