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by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Jazz fusion is a difficult genre to engage in – many have tried and few have succeeded. How much of rock’s swagger do you surrender to the knowingness of jazz? And how much of the jazz’s expansiveness do you curtail to align with rock’s laconic [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – It’s called pop-core. Take the sugary hooks and squeaky-clean vocals of bands like Blink 182, merge them with the growls, screams, and breakdowns of hardcore, and presto, you’ve got yourself a nice, shiny, pre-packaged subgenre to sell to the masses. [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Swiss four-piece Adrenaline 101 release their sophomore album Demons In The Closet, with ten tracks of hard rock containing sleaze elements and occasional rap-core. It is an album with enough diversity to keep the listener engaged, but not always fulfilled. The [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – According to legend, “wood shampoo” refers to being struck repeatedly on the head with a wooden object such as a club, nightstick, or baseball bat. Fortunately there is nothing quite as drastic here, and the debut release from the band called Wood Shampoo [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The return of the (mostly) original lineup of the mighty Black Sabbath has been one of the bigger stories in metal recently, so the band’s new studio album, titled 13, has been eagerly anticipated. 13 is Black Sabbath’s first studio album [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – According to some critics, commercial modern hard rock is a dying genre, gasping its last, suffering the same fate as hair-metal did circa. 1991. In other words, too many bands that all sound identical, stifling creativity and fostering an atmosphere of [...]
by Ron Higgins - Columnist – King Kobra are back again. This time, it’s their release II, which is actually their 6th studio album, not their 2nd. That would be Thrill of a Lifetime, which was the follow-up to their debut album Ready to Strike, not their self-titled King Kobra album, which [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Swedish four-piece The Quill return with their stoner/southern influenced hard rock for latest release Tiger Blood. Back in the fold is original member Roger Nilsson, who returns to bass duties after seven years away, and he joins ex-Hanoi Rocks man Jolle Atlagic [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Toby Knapp’s follow up to 2010’s The Campaign has been three years in the making. That doesn’t mean Knapp was holed up in a studio for three years, but life had reared its ugly head, causing Knapp to re-evaluate his situation as a musician and a person. [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Having already delivered a deluxe reissue of Forte’s debut album Stranger Than Fiction, not to mention presenting the band’s scorching comeback album Unholy War, reissue specialists Divebomb Records have turned their attention to the [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Veteran rocker Pat Travers has had a storied career over the last 3 decades, and his latest release entitled Can Do shows that he hasn’t lost a step. The Canadian guitarist/vocalist started as a straight up hard rock musician, then drifted into softer rock [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Christian hard rockers Skillet are back with a concept album for their ninth release Rise, packed full of high energy and catchy anthems. Singer John Cooper revealed the theme for the album is based upon a normal American teenager growing up into a world full of [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Colorado thrash metallers Havok release their third album Unnatural Selection, paying homage to Slayer and at times Pantera on ten tracks of fury. David Sanchez spits venom like there’s no tomorrow, whilst he also lets rip on guitar along with lead axe man Reece [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Been praying for relief from all the Cookie Monster growls, larynx-bleeding screams, and brutal breakdowns that dominate the modern metal scene? Not that there’s anything wrong with that particular style—different strokes for different folks, after [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – German hard rockers Meroe deliver their second album within a year with Suite 524. Opener “I Am” is a decent start, with some good hard rock riffs and a decent solo from Alex Kah. Vocalist Oli Monroe’s raspy voice is pretty strong and at times his harmonious [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – The Finnish five-piece, Children of Bodom, continues to surpass other Scandinavia metal bands. The evolution of these brutal musicians can be traced back to their debut release of Something Wild in 1997. They can still be thought of as something wild because of [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – More of the same from Blackmore’s Night – but this is a good thing. More of Ritchie’s fabulous guitars, more medieval tunes ready to sing in Sherwood Forest, more odd and unique instruments, and of course – more of Candice Night’s sweet voice… [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – Earlier this year, legendary rock band Deep Purple treated their countless fans to a new studio effort, their first in eight years, and therefore added another worthy chapter to the already rich history of a band that has 45 years under its belt. The album, [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Robin Beck is full of surprises with her new album Underneath. She allowed for some new writers to submit material to her this time. It was a great decision on her part, because she was “blown away” by what she found. In addition to her, Denander and [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Turkish musician Oganalp Canatan’s power and prog metal CV includes his bands Dreamtone & Iris Mavraki’s Neverland, but this time he goes it alone, with a little help from some heavy metal friends, under the name Maegi. Skies Fall contains 10 tracks of [...]
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