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by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Sweden apparently has an unending supply of new traditional metal bands, and they all seem to be really really good. Stockholm’s Lethal Steel is the latest band to carry forth the banner of old school Heavy Metal. They recently released their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — You know that scene in the first Star Wars movie when Obi-Wan Kenobi says “now that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time?” That’s the scene that immediately comes to mind upon finding out that Wicked Maraya is still alive and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band Bloodbound released their first-ever live offering this year. It’s called One Night of Blood – Live at Masters of Rock MMXV, and in keeping with the AFM label’s other live releases this is no ordinary live [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — New Jersey’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene in the ‘80s was best known for bands like Cinderella, Skid Row and TT Quick. Working that same circuit, albeit without the same national attention, was Pierce, a band formed by guitar wizard (and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been eight years, but Indiana-based Heavy/Power Metal band Zephaniah is finally back with a follow-up to their 2008 debut Stories From the Book of Metal. Their new album is titled Reforged, and right away you can tell how much the band has [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band Manimal is back after a six-year absence with their second album, titled Trapped in the Shadows. That title is actually a pretty fitting summary of the band’s trajectory up to this point. Their 2009 debut The Darkest [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Columnist — Pasadena, California’s Holy Grail continue their brand of Heavy Metal on their third release, Times of Pride and Peril released on the Prosthetic Records label, their follow up to 2013’s Ride the Void. Fans of Savage Messiah, Charred Walls of the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Originally released in 1987, Reign of Terror was the third album from American heavy metal band Wild Dogs. This is the first Wild Dogs album to feature vocalist Michael Furlong, who had a pair of solo albums to his credit before joining. And of course [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Savage return with the double-CD release of its new studio album, 7, packaged with the release of the groups live album Live N Lethal. The double CD release arrives on Minus 2 Zebra Records. 7 is the seventh full-length release by Savage. Following up [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Arguably the best comeback story in Metal in recent years, New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Satan has been on fire lately. First they returned after a 25 year absence in 2013 with the excellent Life Sentence, then they followed it up with [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Whatever seemed to be swept away by a giant grunge wave twenty years ago, now is back in all its bombastic, melodic glory. Recent years brought a huge number of new bands trying to emulate, at their best, the ‘80s Glam/Hair Metal or Melodic [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — U.S.-based Heavy/Power Metal band Reverence returned this year with their second full-length album, titled Gods of War. The band, which features vocalist Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, Jack Starr’s Burning Star), guitarists Bryan Holland (ex-Tokyo [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — After a series of well-received demo releases, Detroit-based Heavy/Power Metal band Wulfhook finally unleashed their full-length debut album this year. It’s titled The Impaler, and as the fierce metallic beast on the cover suggests, it’s a monster [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Another year, another U.D.O. live set, right? Well, it seems that way at least, what with three separate live packages in the past four years. Navy Metal Night is the latest, and if nothing else you have to give U.D.O. and the AFM label credit for [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — A bizarre but common situation in the world of Rock these days is to have two (or more) versions of the same band. Each of them is usually launched by the former member(s) of the original ensemble after its unfortunate split. That’s what [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — For the 22nd installment in their Bootcamp series, which spotlights overlooked new and vintage Metal demos, the Divebomb label set its sights on Wichita Falls, Texas-based band Obscene Jester. The hard working band made a name for themselves in the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Originally released in 1991, For the Sake of Mankind was the second album from Norwegian Heavy/Power Metal band Artch. The band made quite an impression with their critically acclaimed debut Another Return a few years earlier, which put a European spin [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — America has a very vibrant underground Metal scene. Regardless of your preferred genre, you’re likely to find some extremely talented bands making great music. In the Power Metal scene, one of the most impressive young bands is Judicator, which was [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Originally released in 1988, Another Return was the debut album from Norwegian power metal band Artch. Obviously Norway’s best known contribution to metal is their infamous Black Metal scene, but before the corpse paint and church burnings, bands [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been more than a decade since we last saw a new studio album from Enertia, one of the more overlooked bands to emerge from the American Progressive/Power Metal scene in the mid ‘90s. The New York-based band is finally back with their fourth [...]
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