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by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – After releasing a string of instrumental solo recordings, a Cairo-based Polish guitarist Andrzej Citowicz returns with a new EP. This time, however, he abandons the convention his listeners were familiar with in favor of the co-operation with [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – “Never judge a book by its cover”, wise men used to say, a rightful approach in about nine cases out of ten. However, there’s always some exception to the rule. Just imagine four guys wearing their best Ziggy-Stardust-meets-Ace-Frehley [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Chicago’s Hessler is back with a revamped lineup and a new studio release. Following the departure of vocalist Lariyah Daniels, who left the group and then joined the occult metal band Khaotika, Hessler recruited the 2012 X-Factor contestant Jessikill. [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – The Chimpz swing back onto the scene with a raucous new EP and rap-rock fans should be happier than a kid getting a barrel full of dancing monkeys for Christmas. One of the tracks (“Right to Left”) has already been featured on the record-breaking [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – After the more mature sounding Confessions album from last year, Buckcherry have returned with an expletive filled EP simply titled Fuck. All six songs feature the F-bomb in the titles, and it’s clear from the start that this isn’t meant to be [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – New Super group The Dead Daisies has just released their new four song EP entitled Face I Love. The band has just wrapped up a tour with Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour and is currently taking the U.S. by storm on the Kiss/Def Leppard Tour. The Dead [...]
by Matt Karp – Senior Columnist – After 2011s’ Top Heavy album, Pennsylvanian trio On Top follow up with a four track EP full of sleazy swagger. 80s’ influenced glam metal continues to be a revisited and revitalized genre, and with “No Shame,” Top To Bottom opens with a huge [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – In 2012, Norwegian melodic rockers Valerie (an all-male band, despite what the name would lead you to believe) released their eponymous debut with the stated goal of being “1987 in 2012” and they succeeded remarkably well. It is now two years later [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Altered Sky is fulfilling their fairy tale while they paint stories with their self-written material. This Glasgow rock band has an ambitious feat ahead of them with 3 U.K. tours. The contagious words of lyricist Ana Nowosielska let this female fronted [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Nostalgic trips down memory lane (or organizing one’s old memorabilia) can turn out to be surprisingly fruitful sometimes. Especially if you’re a singer of a once successful ‘80s hard rock act, who happens to find a twenty-year-old reel [...]
by Anabel Dflux – Senior Photojournalist – The Amatory Murder is on the verge of releasing their EP Exploiting Our Dreams. An electronic Goth band from New York, they are determined to take over. The EP includes five songs and multiple remixes, all showcasing this band’s talents. The [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – What the recent years have brought – apart from the obvious ‘80s nostalgia and the trend of retromania – is the growing number of contemporary rock/metal acts and young musicians who don’t deny their classic hard rock roots (and their having [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Jacob Bunton and Lonny Paul step away from Adler to release their latest record with Lynam, which brings eighteen minutes of unrelenting and emphatic hard rock in the form of Halfway To Hell. “Rise Up” is a stomping opener with delicious guitar [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Budgie, Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, ZZ Top, Rush, Motörhead all led the way to Satriani’s famous G3 project. A “power trio” formula always has been extensively used by bands that go for instrumental performance and musicianship rather [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Italy’s Steve Saluto has just released his latest 4 song EP titled 12. Saluto picked up the guitar at age 15 and began learning Jazz before hearing Eddie Van Halen’s solo on Michael Jackson’s song “Beat It.” From there he quickly took to the rock [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Fans of monster rock act Lordi may be familiar with Naked Idol, the hard rock band featuring ex-Lordi bassist Magnum. For those new to either of these bands, Naked Idol are another fine addition to the prolific Finnish music scene, and although they [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Self-iteration has always been the biggest sin of rock songwriting. Some bands allow the same tune recur once in a while – rehashed and released under a different title. Switch around a few chords, slightly change the melody, write different [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – You have to admire the sheer honesty of someone who releases an EP instead of a full-length album simply because this is how much top-drawer material they have at the moment. Especially if that someone is an instrumental guitarist – a myopic [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Nasty Crüe – spelled with the obligatory infamous “metal umlaut” (or röck döt, if you prefer) – was founded in Poland in 2007. The quartet (earlier, a quintet) is, unsurprisingly, the bastard child of ‘80s hard rock aesthetics – with [...]
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