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by Ron Higgins – Columnist — Hammerfall is back with its 10th studio album and it’s a monster. The Swedish juggernaut has been churning out killer Power Metal for 20 years and they’re still going strong. They first appeared back in 1997 with their debut release Glory to the Brave [...]
by Don Higgens – Columnist — Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice has played with a number of classic artists and bands over the years. He’s kept the beat for everyone from Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne to Vanilla Fudge and John Syke’s Blue Murder. Back in the early ‘80s, he [...]
by Jonna Ambur — Sr. Photojournalist — This might be the debut album for Vescera but these four amazing musicians are not newbies to the scene. Vocalist Michael Vescera, who is known for fronting Obsession, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Loudness to name a few, launched this newest project and [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Comprising some of Chicago’s finest musicians from the underground Metal scene, Black Sites debut the group’s first album on the Mascot Label Group. Black Sites features ex-Trial members, guitarists Mark Sugar and Ryan Bruchert, with Sugar also handling [...]
by Alisssa Ordabai – Sr. Columnist — On his 9th solo release, the grand master of Modern Rock guitar proves yet again that he remains at the forefront of the global super-chops game. While not telling us anything we don’t already know about his colossal technique or his genre-bending [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Ken Cassell, better known as Ken Orth, is in the process of resurrecting his band, Wycked Synn. Thirteen years after the release of The Vision, the album is being reissued on HighVolMusic. The debut release of Wycked Synn’s The Vision is the only [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — It’s a horrible thing when during the final production stages of a debut release a band member passes away. Dedicated to the memory of their late band member, drummer Adam Sagan (Circle II Circle, White Empress, Into Eternity) who, in 2016 [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — For fans of Power Quest, Persuader, Domine, Steel Attack, Iron Savior or Cryonic Temple, Cellador’s music needs to be a must have. Heavy as hell, melodic, fierce, fast, layered, soaring and relentless from Omaha, Neb. is Cellador’s [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Sr. Columnist — After gaining notoriety in the guitar virtuoso circles in the late Nineties with his avant-garde Heavy Metal outfit Mörglbl, French master chopsman Christophe Godin didn’t rest on his laurels. The following decades saw him delve into [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper‘s Walking in the Shadows is a hard rocking example of the Metal genre commonly known as NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) – not at all bad for a band that has been on hiatus for nearly three decades! In fact [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Toby Knapp’s last solo album, 2013’s Static Warfare, saw Knapp return and exorcise lingering demons from his past. This expulsion seemed to have empowered Knapp to open up the vaults and revisit his old band Onward, release Shred Black Metal with his [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — Gimme an H – H – E -E – L – L – I – I – X – X. Watcha got? Helix! And watcha gonna do?! Helix is out with yet another greatest hits compilation. It’s a nice retrospective of their career, starting with songs [...]
Polish heavy metal band Ceti return this Autumn with their tenth studio album entitled “Snakes Of Eden”. The follow-up to the acclaimed album “Brutus Syndrome” (2014) is scheduled for the worldwide release on next Friday, October, 7th 2016 via Metal Mind Productions. [...]
by Erik Tweedy – Columnist — If you consider getting your head kicked in for 45 minutes a good time, then Meshiaak is what you have been waiting all year for. Hailing from Melbourne Australia, this Speed Metal foursome was the brainchild of 4Arm guitarist Danny Camilleri and Teramaze [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Michael Sweet returns with his latest solo album One Sided War. Sweet has been on a tear over the course of the last few years, releasing new music with Stryper, George Lynch (Sweet/Lynch) and his own solo music. Sweet’s previous solo album I’m Not Your [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Guitarist Neil Hibbs has joined forces with vocalist Lee Small (SHY, Skyscraper, Phenomena), forming the band Arkham’s Razor and releasing the band’s debut album Carnival of Lost Souls. The band is rounded out by bassist Mart Trail (Fury, Tainted [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Utah-based hard rockers Hard Knox made their debut in 1993 with the independently-released Psyco’s R Us. The band was a little too late for the Hair Metal party, but they rocked like that party was never going to end. Hard Knox played loud, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Swedish melodic rockers Dynazty raised a lot of eyebrows when they reinvented themselves as a Heavy Metal band for their 2014 album Renatus. They went from playing Hardcore Superstar/Crashdiet-style Sleaze Rock to a much harder-hitting (yet still [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — It seems to be only yesterday that the self-described “lady in a Rock n’Roll hell” – or the First Lady of the German Metal Doro Pesch debuted However, facts are that 2014 marked three decades since the world heard Warlock’s Burning The [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Five years. That’s how long Widow made us wait for a follow-up to their fantastic 2011 album Life’s Blood. The North Carolina-based traditional metal band hasn’t exactly been idle during that time, playing shows all over the world, [...]
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