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by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Fronted by ex-Vicious Rumors vocalist Brian O’Connor, this red-blooded American heavy metal band will make fans that crave power and thrash in equal measures happier than an ailurophobic running over a stray cat. Deadlands’ DNA consists of bands like [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – The first impression you get upon hearing Mark Claytor is “Wow, that guy can sure play a guitar,” and that impression becomes confirmation after hearing Uprising. Thirteen instrumental songs stretched over forty minutes show the skill Claytor has when his [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Stormzone has released their fourth studio album, Three Kings. This band that hails from Ireland has been around since 2006. Right off of the bat, the album begins with a military-like sound. There are drum rolls, melodies similar to an anthem, and Churchill’s [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Niji Entertainment Group, the record label started by the late Ronnie James Dio and Wendy Dio, continue to revisit the Dio catalog. This go around Niji has re-released the studio album Magica which was originally released in 2000. This two-CD deluxe edition of [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – The metal scene is intense lately with newcomers who pave the way. Bands like Halestorm, Clutch, Lamb of God, and Alabama Thunderpussy all come from areas like Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Virginia. These bands already have a name made for themselves. The local [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Swedish heavy rockers Sister Sin, who happen to be female-fronted, have a re-mastered version of their first studio album Dance of the Wicked. It includes all eight tracks from the original album, three bonus unreleased demo tracks, and two cover songs. There is [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Dangerously Addictive is the second release from Canadian punk/alternative rockers Neverfriend. Raw and aggressive, it manages to capture much of the genre’s base appeal and gives it a slightly more modern sound without altering its old school underpinnings. [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Californian quintet Huntress are back with the follow up to last year’s debut album Spell Eater. Starbound Beast fuses melodic heavy metal with elements of thrash and doom, and in front-woman Jill Janus, Huntress have a vocalist with such a diverse range in her [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Jade Hearts is the solid second release from France’s Chasing Violets – and it is a dynamic and upbeat radio-friendly album. Fronted by sisters Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine – and ably supported by AOR’s Frédéric Slama – Chasing Violets has [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – This Texas “instruMETAL” trio has released their debut album. Mahogany Head Grenade may be a trio, but the power that they put out sounds so much larger than expected. They are an instrumental band, and a compelling vocalist would be promising for them, but [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Rebirth is an apt title for Seven Witches ninth studio album. Founding member Jack Frost continues to show off his innovative guitar skills, and is joined by Ronnie Parkes on bass and Johnny Kelly on drums. The line-up is completed by new vocalist Anthony Cross who [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Judicator has released their second full album titled Sleepy Plessow. John Yelland and Tony Cordisco are surprisingly the only ones to make up this band, but there are nine guest musicians on this album. This album is supposed to tell the story of Prussia. It [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – This Australian band is gunning for that big, loud, in-your-face sleaze-rock sound and while not every aspect is a perfect bulls-eye, they hit the mark more than enough to score a—wait for it—kill shot. The drums smack your ears like sonic bullets, the [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Wow! Amazing! Awesome! There is not much more that can be said about Free Fall, the solo debut of Primal Fear / Last Tribe guitarist Magnus Karlsson. The Swede proves himself to be a complete musician – playing everything but drums, and singing lead on three [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Ex-Manowar drummer Rhino returns with Angels Of Babylon’s follow-up to the 2010 release Kingdom Of Evil. As well as showing his class on the drum kit, Rhino contributes all the vocals to Thundergod, and he is joined by new recruits Alex Stephens on guitar and [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Ugly Kid Joe are a distinguished hard rock band. They found fame with albums like America’s Least Wanted and Menace to Sobriety. “Neighbor” is a prominent hit of theirs. The band split up in 1997, but they made their way back together in 2010. With noted [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Jon Oliva’s first “solo” album arrives with the release of Raise the Curtain. While some will argue that Oliva went solo with his other band, Jon Oliva’s Pain, others could say this is the first album on which Oliva primarily plays all instruments. The [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Vigilance, the classical style heavy and speed metal band, hails from the small town of Slovenia. For not being old enough to remember the beginning of the speed metal days, this band can really hold their own. They bring the heaviness with melody, speed, and [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – Spain’s Guru is the latest release from MelodicRock Records, first known as a website keeping the spirit of melodic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal alive, and now injecting its own passion for music to the masses via new artists. It’s hard to argue with the [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – U.D.O. has released an album that metal heads everywhere will appreciate. This German band, consisting of Udo Dirkschneider and company, has delivered Steelhammer. Many expected the album to mirror the work of Udo’s work in Accept, but this is an album that [...]
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