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by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – With enthusiastic reviews from the renowned UK music magazines – from Kerrang! and Classic Rock to Fireworks – and names such as Voodoo Six or Sisters of Mercy featured in résumé of the respective band members, Night By Night are a band you can’t [...]
by Ron Higgins - Columnist – A Stan Bush record is like an episode of “Modern Family”— you can always count on it being good. The Ultimate, his twelfth studio album in over 30 years, is no exception. And to be clear, it’s not a greatest hits record but it’s certainly filled with [...]
by Matt Karpe - Senior Columnist – South Africa’s finest rock band return with their sixth studio album Isolate and Medicate, with just under 40 minutes of trademark post-grunge anthems. Seether have always been masters at writing gloomy angst ridden songs with catchy radio friendly [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – Having released an album of new music in 2013, Grip, M!ss Crazy wasted no time in churning out another blazing and brazen gem of ‘80s flavored Hard Rock/Metal called Resurrection Hard Rock. If for some reason you haven’t checked out these guys yet, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – It’s been more than a decade since the Polish band Kruk (‘kruk’ is ‘the raven’ in English, hence a bit of ornithological terminology) left the nest and embarked on their musical journey. Throughout this flight, Kruk had their deserved share of [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Tattooed Woman is the debut album from Miracle Master, the new German melodic hard rock band formed from the ashes of Pump. Pump didn’t exactly set the melodic rock world on fire, but now that they’ve hooked up with Danish vocalist Oliver [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – There are entirely too many bands whom writers and critics call underrated. The only time all of them are right is when they use “underrated” and “Lillian Axe” in the same sentence. The album Love and War should be on everyone’s “if stranded [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – With their musical résumés content-rich (and their family connections influential – one of the band’s two guitarists, Sebastian LaBar, is the son of Cinderella’s Jeff LaBar ), a Philadelphia-based act Mach22 has just released their debut album [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally self-released last year (and now given a proper CD release by the Kivel label), Unhinged is the third album from Bay Area hard rockers Madman’s Lullaby. They’re a relatively recent band, but their sound is anything but, drawing [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – These days, artistic collaborations between well-known musicians are nothing rare and the number of star-studded projects spring up like mushrooms. Still, WAMI is a unique formation for many reasons – the whole idea for this project was started by Marco [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – There is so much doubt thrown in the direction of the sinfully sexy Taylor Momsen. Fronting The Pretty Reckless has caused opinion to swirl involving the talent of the former actress. Going to Hell is the second studio offering from the band. Admittedly, this [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – There is no doubt Uriah Heep has already secured themselves a place among the “classic” or “legendary” bands a rock fan enumerates in a single breath – with their early and mid-1970s cult albums, recorded by the classic Heep line-up. Past [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – After having the audience introduced to their classic heavy metal sound with their EP We Are Not The Same, this year Scream Maker returns with the full length album Livin In The Past. The cover artwork was designed by Rosław Szaybo (a Polish artist and [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Much hubbub abounds about the fact that Johnny Depp blessed this album with his stamp of approval. Problem is, Depp also claimed The Lone Ranger was a good movie. Well, he got one out of two right. Live Fast Die Loud is a good album. It never crosses the [...]
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 of the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – The “older” generation of hard rock fans do it out of nostalgia, the “younger” out of longing for what they’ve never had a chance to experience themselves. And yet, you can hear almost everyone complaining there’s no time machine to be used [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – The U.K. seems to have harnessed the power of resurrection as traditional heavy metal has become a dominant force and created the rejuvenated acronym NWOTHM which follows in the footsteps of ‘80s NWOBHM bands. It should come as no surprise that the latest band [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Here’s another debut release on the Kivel Records roster that slipped by us last year. Forever is the first album by Maxx Explosion, a U.S.-based melodic hard rock band consisting of Chris McCarvill (vocals, bass, keyboards), Jimi Bell [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue …” How accurate this couplet is in reference to the “best of” or catalog albums, being released in dozens each year with some previously unreleased tracks or the other bonuses? [...]
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