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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, [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – If you ever wished the mellow power ballad “Ballerina” off Baltimoore’s debut album had been your prom song (or if you’re completely stuck in the ‘80s to the point of rocking out to AOR gem “Blue Moon”), forget it. Gone are the days of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The second wave of Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series is here, and unlike the first wave, which focused on bands from decades past, this wave puts the spotlight on new bands whose demo releases didn’t get the attention they [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Danish hard rockers D-A-D (briefly known as Disneyland After Dark) celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year, a fact that may surprise a lot of American fans who only know the band from their breakthrough 1989 album No Fuel Left For the [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – It’s been four years since we lost one of the most memorable voices of metal history to a battle with stomach cancer. Friends and musicians, who continue to have the upmost respect for Ronnie James Dio, have gathered together for a tribute album [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Hardrock Haven is always discovering the next cutting edge band making waves in the music industry. KXM is that next band, featuring ex-Dokken virtuoso George Lynch, Korn drummer Ray Luzier and Dug Pinnick from Kings X. KXM embraces all of these [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Royal Bliss has spent the last 16 years writing, recording and touring. Over the course of those years, the band has released eight studio albums, faced adversity and has continued to do what they love to do. The band’s latest release titled Chasing the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – A legend of the Polish heavy metal underground and one of the most underrated bands in the scene – Hetman – returns with a new album You. Despite the line-up changes throughout the recent decade, the group around mastermind of the lead guitarist [...]
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 John Kindred – Publisher – Multi-instrumentalist and composer Walter Monsanto has released his full-length solo album titled The Master Key. Hailing from Guatemala, Monsanto has been making a name for himself throughout the region, opening for international live acts, such as Michael [...]
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