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by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — November 10, 2017 at Rocker Club in Szczecin, Poland –- While Heraclitus’ famous quote “No man ever steps in the same river twice” doesn’t seem to be a part of a rocker’s creed, it could have been applicable to a certain extent when [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Gone are the days when having a frontwoman was a rarity for a Rock band, and when the boldest female pioneers of the genre were labeled “caricatures of male rockers” by narrow-minded music scribes. Now there’s an entire league of [...]
by Don Higgins – Columnist — Thrill of a Lifetime was King Kobra’s second album in two years. Unfortunately, it caused more head scratching than head banging. In the early 1980’s drummer, Carmine Appice formed the Hard Rock band King Kobra. He, along with four other talented [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — In general, the music industry in the early 1990s was dominated by the grunge invasion. Somewhat ironically, in Poland, the same period was marked by the emergence of a considerable number of new Hard Rock acts such as Fatum, Non Iron, Lessdress, [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Senior Columnist — Gorgeous, dramatic, melodic, galloping, loud, bombastic, and ripe with the sounds of Power, Celtic, Progressive, Folk and Heavy Metal is Orden Ogan’s latest, Gunmen, released under the AFM Records label. And oh my god is this one astonishing [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — In celebration of Edguy’s 25th anniversary, the group is preparing to take to the stage this fall for its ‘Best of Tour,’ performing the group’s greatest hits live. Preceding this outing will be the release of Monuments, Edguy’s greatest hits [...]
by Brenda McTaggart – Columnist — Guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer admirably had the drive of a man on a mission on this new album. Have any doubts? The evidence has never been more abundantly clear than on Incorruptible – the 12th full length and mighty offering from Florida’s [...]
by Chris Baird – Photojournalist — May 5-7, 2017 at Rock City Campground @ Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. — The 2017 Carolina Rebellion festival took place May 5 -7 and featured bands from Def Leppard, The Pretty Reckless to Citizen Zero covering multiple genres of Metal [...]
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 [...]
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