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by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Now Or Never’s self-titled debut finds a group of musicians, already masters of their craft through various stints in other bands, joining forces to fuse hard rock and heavy metal together in storming fashion. “Reach Out For The Sky” is a sensational [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – There are becoming more and more 80s’ influenced hard rock bands entering the scene as of late; a resurgence of one of the best decades that there has ever been. However a lot of these bands fail to bring something new to the table, but that cannot be said [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Fans of Richie Blackmore who relish his return to his Neo-classical hard rock roots may not find a future Rainbow album on the horizon. But you can leave it to Eagle Rock Entertainment to dig up classic concert footage of Rainbow. Black Masquerade features [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Well that old cliché’ does not ring true in this case. As music fans worldwide can now enjoy the performance of Def Leppard live at The Joint forever. It seems the going trend these days for ‘80s bands to take up [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Sacramento four-piece Restrayned play a combination of hard rock and melodic metal, which works well in some instances, but in others it lacks the muscle to make any serious waves in a genre containing many more accomplished acts. Sacramento’s favorite sons [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Italian five-piece Voodoo Highway add their name to an ever expanding list of classic hard rock artists, with their sophomore album Showdown. The thing is, this genre has been played to death by Brits and Americans alike, yet with Voodoo Highway, they have [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – The Sixxis are an American hard rock trio whose influences are stated to include Zeppelin, Muse and System Of A Down. It is a rather strange and diverse list, which is why this self-titled release is hard to fathom. The Georgia natives know how to play the [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Aramis Records revisits Richie Scarlet’s 2012 I Plead The Fifth by re-releasing the studio effort on vinyl. The LP has been pressed on 180g red vinyl and is a limited-edition run of 500 copies. The album contains the same track listing and is being [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Zakk Wylde struck it double lucky when Ozzy hired him back in 1987. Not only was it one of the most prolific, best-paid gigs in rock, but the man whom Wylde to this day calls “Boss” was utterly unboastful, never letting himself or his musicians [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – It’s been a few years—ok almost seven—but Teenage Casket Company (TCC) is back with a new studio album called Still Standing. For their career, these musicians have found a way to meld Punk attitude with Hard Rock melodies and make a hybrid [...]
by Alex Barbieri – Senior Columnist – Looking for a new CD to rock during the fall/Halloween season? Check out Riot Kings’ Devil’s Medicine. One of the pleasures of following a good band is seeing them become great over time. Such is the case with Connecticut’s Riot Kings, one of [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – The morphing of a punk-laced Indy rock band to Corporate Rock mammoths is sometimes a sad, sell out tale … and sometimes it ends up giving the masses songs, to name a few, like “Black Balloon,” “Name,” “Slide” and “Iris,” creations [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Many metal fans are familiar with the work of Mat Sinner through his time with German power metal masters Primal Fear, but there is so much more to Mat than just the bass guitar. Besides massive bass chops, Mat is also a fine songwriter, producer, and the [...]
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 [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Face It is the latest release from melodic metal’s own one-man-band, Phil Vincent. Phil is out once again to prove that one man CAN do it all – and he succeeds. This is newest in a large and ever-growing discography that includes not only his solo [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Naming your band after a popular Pantera song takes balls and arrogance, and after hearing Snakebite, it’s plain to see that UK rockers The Goddamn Electric have plenty of both and its fully justified. Their energetic rock includes elements of southern [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Nine years after Ryan McCombs gave up vocal duties with Soil to later join Drowning Pool, he returns home to pick up where he left off on 2004’s Redefine with new release Whole. Original members Adam Zadel (guitar) and Tim King (bass) are the only other [...]
by Alex Barbieri – Senior Columnist – Hardrock Haven news flash! Geoff Tate and George Lynch had a musical love child, and its name is Coldspell. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of Coldspell’s sound, but you get the gist. If you’re not yet familiar with the pride of Kiruna, [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Asking Alexandria are one of the UK’s premiere metal acts, and on third album From Death To Destiny, they up the ante with more of their trademark metalcore, as well as incorporating some hard rock to their ever maturing CV. Vocalist Danny Worsnop has had [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Every so often a band comes along that, whilst having a strong cult following, appear to be rather unknown in the great wide rock world. One Less Reason is one of those bands, and after hearing their powerful and emotive music, you wonder how they slipped [...]
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