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by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – These guys have been called the godfathers of the Swedish Sleaze Metal Movement. Newer acts like Crazy Lixx and Hardcore Superstar may be resurrecting that sleazy ‘80s hard rock sound, but Nasty Idols were actually THERE during the ‘80s. They [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Ten returns with their 10th studio album titled Heresy And Creed. Singer and songwriter Gary Hughes pulls in new members to the Ten family and follows up last year’s Stormwarning with a heavier album. Hughes, John Halliwell and Steve Mckenna welcome new [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – The San Francisco Bay Area metal scene in the mid to late 1980s is obviously famous for its thrash metal bands, but there was also a smaller, but still dedicated, scene devoted to Hollywood-style “hair metal.” Rattleshake was one of the lesser known [...]
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 [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Motel Six might leave the light on for you, but Hotel Diablo will rock your socks off and make you want to bang your head, not lay it on a pillow. For those who don’t know, Hotel Diablo is a sort-of supergroup featuring members of WASP, Quiet Riot, [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist – Disclaimer: This record is being released as a CD/DVD combo (on Oct. 21 in Europe and Oct. 25 in the U.S.) but this review is just for the CD. It will also be released digitally with several bonus tracks. KIX have released their first live album in nearly 20 [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – The Darkness arrival in 2003 heralded the return of campy, if not pompous, tongue-in-cheek hard rock wrapped in a visage of decadence, while backed up with serious chops and playing ability. The band was glammed out and quite far out in left field when [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Hell To Pay is an up-and-coming band from the U.K. Their latest EP release Time To Rise follows up the 2011 EP, So Far … So Good. Founded in 2010, the band has been generating quite a buzz in its home country. Winning 2010’s 106.1 Manchester Rock [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Knock Out Kaine sport enough sonic muscularity and crunchy guitars to put a bruising on your ears. They may be young, but they have done their homework and studied the greats, so when you spin House of Sins, you will hear influences ranging from L.A. [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – The gnawing question of what songwriting direction the ultimate guitar hero has been busy devising for himself for 7 years – while not releasing any new studio material – has finally been answered. Steve Vai’s spanking new, lavishly [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Germany has blessed the world with a bevy of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal bands, from the legendary Scorpions, to the born-again Accept, to the slightly less heralded but immeasurably talented Bonfire — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Timewarp is Christian Muenzner’s first solo studio album. For the uninitiated, Muenzner is known in the death metal communities having worked with the bands like Necrophagist, Defeated Sanity and Obscura and Spawn of Obsession. Having appeared on seven [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – It seems like every year enterprising labels manage to dig up previously unreleased material from lesser known ‘80s rock bands. More often than not, you can tell right away why no one had released it until now. The Eonian label has earned a reputation [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – As the Olympics have finally come to a close, Dokken is also going for the gold with the much-anticipated release of their 11th studio release Broken Bones. For three decades Dokken has remained a very popular touring act selling over 10 million albums [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – The list of successful Aussie rock bands is a long one. There’s AC/DC, there’s INXS, there’s…uh…um…well, okay, maybe the list isn’t that long after all. But there’s a decent chance that in the not too distant future you will be able to [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Built on the bedrock of contagious riffs, tight grooves, and raunchy guitar leads, Frank Hannon’s new solo record upholds the all familiar hard rock truisms with commendable conviction. Few virtuosos of Hannon’s calibre are interested these [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Apart from having to do with how the industry works, there is perhaps an additional reason why Kiko Loureiro likes to release his solo albums in the summer. Their sprawling, transparent melodies, dancing grooves, and easy-going vibe make these [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Alright, there is going to be a little confusion over this DVD release by Ozzy Osbourne called Speak of the Devil. Fans will remember that the original live album released in ’82 comprised of performances strictly from Sabbath’s catalog. 1982’s [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Hailing from Mansfield, England and formed in the late ’70s, Savage is one of Britain’s NWOBHM bands that pioneered the way for such lofty giants such as Metallica. Their initial trek into the world of music produced the song titled “Let [...]
by Ron Higgins Staff Writer – Riot Avenue is the third release from the impressive Swedish outfit Crazy Lixx. It’s their second release on Frontiers Records, following their sophomore album New Religion in 2010 (their debut album Loud Minority was independently released in 2007). Although [...]
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