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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 [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – When none other than Blackie Lawless calls a band “kick ass” but then follows it up by calling them crazy, you can guarantee you’re not listening to music that has the Southern Baptist Convention seal of approval. Fatal Smile does indeed kick ass on this [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Chrysalis Records continues to revisit the past recorded works of UFO; this time around looking back to the “post-Schenker” albums. These five studio albums, along with live recordings, rare tracks, alternate takes, single edits comprise the five-CD set [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Post-industrial meets hard rock meets sleaze-metal in an expectations-exceeding mash-up on this debut from rock ‘n’ roll insurgent Davey Suicide. The press release refers to him as “a rebel raging through town with distortion blaring, middle finger in the [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – The new EP release by George Lynch is an instantly gratifying guitar fest comprised of 4 rousing instrumentals – all about the shred-meister’s technical brilliance, but also his sharply focused, vigorous songwriting. Raunchy grooves and blistering solos [...]
by John Kindred Publisher – Shredguy Records’ latest guitar prodigy, Chris Bickley, has stepped forth from the shadows and has released his debut solo CD titled Tapestry of Souls. Bickley hasn’t actually been hidden from view; he has been hammering out an existence as a musician at a [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – If you are an admirer of the Scandinavian melodic-glam-scene, you are probably aware of the Swedish melodic hard rock group called Crazy Lixx. While their name brought them a fair amount of ridicule by segments of the press during their earlier career [...]
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