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by Alexandra Mrozowska - Senior Columnist – Promoting themselves with a combination of words “rock” and “sex” and all possible derivations of the two, Midnight Sin may appear to be an Italian answer to Steel Panther. The title of their debut Sex First, released via Bakerteam Records, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Riding a wave of ‘80s nostalgia might be a good idea these days. But no matter if you think about the new ‘80s-infused bands (such as Brother Firetribe, Outloud or White Widdow) or the reunited-and-back classic acts of the genre, the majority of them [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Tigertailz is back—well, sorta; this is hardly an all-original lineup—with a brand new EP that, against all odds, isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll train wreck. In fact, prepare to be shocked by just how good this is. Any fan of big, loud, anthemic, [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – The 80s’ was a haven for glam rock and metal, with Mötley Crüe, Kiss and Hanoi Rocks to name just a few, flying the flag of drunken debauchery whilst writing catchy anthemic music. Fast forward nearly thirty years and Reckless Love are attempting a glam revival [...]
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 Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – $kyhigh guitarist and lead guitarist of the Bon Jovi tribute band Bon Jersey drives home a simple point on his debut release. Fame and hype – he reminds us – don’t guarantee substance or quality. Bigger names on bigger budgets have been releasing [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Fans of that Scandinavian neo-sleaze sound will think Christmas has come early when they hear the combustible licks and red-hot hooks of Santa Cruz, the Finnish band poised to make some serious noise in the retro-rock revival realm. If you like your [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – A collection of Ratt’s first five albums not only sums up the spirit of the Eighties, but also reminds us how much originality and sheer musical brilliance never received proper recognition from the industry. Ratt may have been multi-million selling [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas - Columnist – It really seems like yesterday when the debut album by some newcomer glam metal band boldly named Steel Panther hit the music stores in Europe; Feel the Steel became available in May 2009 effectively putting hair metal on the map as an international musical [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Youngblood originally signed a recording contract with Sony/Epic Records in 1989. At that time, the band included vocalist Bobby Sisk, guitarists Jeff Diehl and Eric Saylors, keyboardist Danny William, bassist Kyle Koker and drummer Kevin Kale. Youngblood spent [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – With cover art showing a close-up of a woman’s leather-clad ass, member names like Nazzty, Roxx, Crash, and Sin, and song titles like “Hands of Rock” and “Wild at Heart,” nobody will mistake Excess All Areas for the latest Rush CD. This debut from [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll dreams, it seems axiomatic that the fire of raw hunger belongs solely to the young. Granted, there are exceptions to the rule—rules always have exceptions—but are there any headbangers out there who would argue that Reload [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Swedish outfit Grand Design shook the melodic rock world in 2009 through the release of their debut album Time Elevation. At the time a good part of the press labeled their approach as ‘Def-Leppard on steroids’ which, in retrospect, proves a fair [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Those of us lucky enough to grow up amidst the excess of the ‘80s fondly recall when Aqua Net and spandex ruled the metal world, when bands like Poison, Stryper, and Trixter could be found in every record shop and bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Stone [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Along with Steel Panther, Reckless Love is the second part of the plan devised by Universal Music to take over the international melodic rock/glam metal scene. Through their debut album Reckless Love established themselves as one of the premiere [...]