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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Originally released in 1991, Second Coming is the – you guessed it – second album from Swedish glam metal band Shotgun Messiah. The band, which was more or less Sweden’s answer to the Hollywood hair metal scene, made a major splash with their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Swedish glam metal band Shotgun Messiah made their debut in 1989 with this self-titled release. The band, which was more or less Sweden’s answer to the Hollywood hair metal scene, was originally known as Kingpin and featured vocalist Zinny Zan [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Finnish melodic/glam/sleaze/party (take your pick) rockers Santa Cruz are back with a new album, their third overall. It’s a self-titled release, which typically means a band is: a) redefining their sound or b) going back to their roots after an [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — To age gracefully is to embrace both the past and the future, and this rule – as it turns out – applies to the music bands as well. Every concert attendee knows the pain of going through a set list of band’s newly recorded songs which [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Screaming out of Hollywood is a new Rock band called Beat the Drag. Their debut full-length, What’s Your Damage, is chock-a-block full of snarky lyrics, biting social commentary, tales of drunken abandon, and good ol’ fashioned tainted love and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Originally released in 1988, What Do You Know About Rock ‘n Roll? was the second album from Minneapolis-based glam metal band Slave Raider. The term “cult classic” gets tossed around pretty freely, but in Slave Raider’s case it [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Veteran British hard-rockers Thunder have released their 10th studio album after a six year hiatus – and Wonder Days is indeed a wonder, proving that this decades old band hasn’t lost a step. A gritty yet reflective album, Wonder Days is a [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Heartbeat’s Facebook Lover is the work of singer and songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Jauer. Paired with an upcoming comic book, Facebook Lover is a bit of current social commentary delivered with music that spans genres from Hard Rock to [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — If you think Whitesnake, perhaps the first thing that comes to your mind is the band around mastermind of one of the best and most charismatic singers in the history of rock. Then go another two important factors. One is about it being a one [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Just the band name, Go Betty Go, sounds like this is going to be a fun trip, right? Once the music starts, and you hear this all-female band pour out a joyous, polished brand of commercial Punk, and the smooth, effortless vocals of Nicolette Vilar [...]
by Don Higgins – Columnist — Europe, one of Sweden’s biggest rock groups, are back with their tenth hard-hitting album titled War of Kings. An aptly titled release because these guys are performing at their peak and taking no prisoners. This is a heavy, rocking album that continues [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — There’s hardly more original way for a Rock band to debut than to record a cover version of… an EDM hit. But with their eagerly awaited, full length album Reach Out To Rock, the Swedish quartet Reach proved there’s much more to them than [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — Through his turbulent yet successful years with British Metalcore hotshots Asking Alexandria, Danny Worsnop never kept it secret of his love for 80s’ classic rock. On AA’s last studio album From Death To Destiny, there was more of a Hard Rock [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — Fifteen years ago, All That Remains started out, but it wasn’t until 2006 release The Fall of Ideals that the American bruisers truly arrived to the party. Mixing furious Metalcore with soaring melodies and infectious choruses, ATR struck gold and [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Uli Jon Roth is a guitar legend who continues building on his legacy, this time, revisiting the past and reinventing Classic Rock songs from his days spent with the Scorpions in the ‘70s. Aptly titled Scorpions Revisited, Roth offers fans a two-CD [...]
by John Kindredx – Publisher — Shredguy Records is back, making noise early in 2015 with the release of the labels 27th album. Game On!! heralds the return of Sean Baker Orchestra and offers 13 new songs, 11 instrumentals and two songs with guest vocalists. Sean Baker Orchestra is a [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — How do you know an album is a classic? When it still sounds as good thirty-five years after its release as it did the day it hit the streets. And make no mistake, Back in Black is a badass, bona fide classic. You can be nitpicky and point out that the [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Legendary hard rock guitarist Michael Schenker’s notoriety begins with the Scorpions before taking over as the axeslinger for UFO. In 1972, at the age of 16, Schenker recorded the studio album Lonesome Crow, alongside his brother, Rudolph, with the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — The album opens on an upbeat note: We’re gonna live out the Hollywood dream All through the Eighties Everything’s gonna be just what it seems All through the Eighties Gonna find a better way to run our cars All through the Eighties And our feet [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Given the perspective of the last 36 years, Whitesnake is perhaps one of the most fascinating bands to look at from many different points of view. Even though the personal changes within the band’s line-up were more than frequent, the [...]
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