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Heavy Metal

by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist – Many bands have their fair share of ups and downs, setbacks and tragedies; and in the six years since All Hope Is Gone, it’s fair to say that Slipknot have certainly been through the ringer. If the passing of Paul Gray, one of their most influential [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – Swedish hard rock/heavy metal wrecking crew Fatal Smile returned this year with a new album, their fifth overall, titled White Trash Heroes. The hard rocking and relentlessly touring band has released a string of very impressive albums in recent [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Traditional heavy metal has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, with classic bands like Saxon, Angel Witch and Satan releasing albums worthy of the NWOBHM glory days, and bands like Enforcer, Visigoth and Skull Fist taking up the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish heavy metal warriors Grand Magus returned earlier this year with their seventh full-length album, titled Triumph and Power. In the years since their 2001 self-titled debut, the Stockholm-based band has evolved from a more [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – One of South Africa’s finest heavy metal bands, Octainium, will be releasing their long awaited second album on Aug. 29. The timing is everything in this album. From the quick paced double petal to the harsh growls, Suffer the Clock is just the right [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – A Sound of Thunder is getting ready to release their fourth full-length album titled The Lesser Key of Solomon. This album was produced by Kevin “131” Gutierrez (While Heaven Wept, Raven, Shinedown). Time’s Arrow was a major hit for 2013, so A Sound [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1990, Check & Mate was the debut (and only) full-length album from Swiss heavy metal band Sultan. Switzerland wasn’t exactly a hotbed of heavy metal back in the late ‘80s, and aside from a pair of notable [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been six years since we last saw a new studio album from heavy metal icons Judas Priest, and that was the controversial 2008 release Nostradamus. In the years since then, the British legends have embarked on a massive [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – Although most of us are familiar with the Teutonic thrash metal term describing the particularity of the German thrash metal scene, its counterpart related to heavy metal genre should be in equal use. There is, and always was, something [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Swedish traditional heavy metal band Portrait is back with a new album, their third overall and second for Metal Blade, titled Crossroads. Portrait’s previous album (2011’s Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae) was a big breakthrough for [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Over the years there have been a handful of Dio tribute albums, but it’s always fun to hear new ones. Between the late, great heavy metal icon’s work with Black Sabbath, Rainbow and his solo band, there are so many great and [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – It has been two decades since Kix has released any new music. This is all about to change, as the pride of Maryland gear up for the release of Rock Your Face Off on Aug. 5 via Loud And Proud Records. A lot has changed since the heyday of metal. But it is [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe is back with his third solo CD Electric Wake. This could be his strongest release to date with shades of vocals that are reminiscent of Ronnie James Dio prevalent throughout the entire album. Electric Wake features many [...]
by Matt Karp – Senior Columnist – After 2011s’ Top Heavy album, Pennsylvanian trio On Top follow up with a four track EP full of sleazy swagger. 80s’ influenced glam metal continues to be a revisited and revitalized genre, and with “No Shame,” Top To Bottom opens with a huge [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – German heavy metal icon Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. are back with a new live offering, titled Steelhammer – Live From Moscow. Long time U.D.O. fans can be forgiven if their initial reaction to this set is “again?” or [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – “Shred is not dead!” is the proclamation of Shredguy Records. With the release of Adrian English’s third, mostly instrumental album, Total Chaos, both English and Shredguy Records put their money where their mouth is. Following up Innerplanetarium, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – In the case of posthumous albums, there’s always an uneasy feeling of the possible motivation behind their release – all this being about the financial profit rather than a continuation of the particular artist’s musical legacy. If the legions [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – San Antonio rock band Nothing More is gearing up for their self-titled release June 24 via Eleven Seven Music. They say Texas does everything bigger and Nothing More proved that cliché’ ever so true. The San Antonio band really proves who they are on [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Hungarian groove merchants Ektomorf are back with a new studio album, their ninth overall, titled Retribution. Once again the band has enlisted producer/engineer Tue Madsen, and once again they’ve delivered a thick, grooving, angry [...]
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