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by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Thirteen brand-new tracks straight out of Motörhead’s crucible of frenzy may not deviate from the familiar recipe, but they do hit the spot with the hallmark nonchalance of the most brazen band on earth. The media’s applause to their previous [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Best known as the frontwoman for Heavy/Power Metal band Benedictum, Veronica “The V” Freeman is spreading her wings with the launch of her solo career. Now or Never is her debut solo offering, and she has assembled quite the array of supporting [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Originally self-released in 1986 (then remixed and reissued in 1989), Take the World By Storm was the debut album from Minneapolis-based Glam Metal band Slave Raider. The term “cult classic” gets tossed around pretty freely, but in Slave [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Dutch Heavy Metal band Exises made their debut in 1986 with this self-titled release on the Megaton label. This is a band that ran in the same circles as Picture, Bodine and Highway Chile, but never really emerged from the underground. This, despite [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Long-running cult U.S. Heavy Metal band Satan’s Host returned this year with not one but two new studio albums, titled Pre-Dating God, Parts 1 and 2. The Colorado-based band has been revitalized since original vocalist Leviathan Thisiren (a.k.a. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Long-running cult U.S. heavy metal band Satan’s Host returned this year with not one but two new studio albums, titled Pre-Dating God, Parts 1 and 2. The Colorado-based band has been revitalized since original vocalist Leviathan Thisiren (a.k.a. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Because you’re just not a proper metal label until you’ve done a Dio tribute album, Massacre Records has served up A Light in the Black: A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio. Yes, another Dio tribute album, this one arriving around the same [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — German Melodic Metal collaboration Wolfpakk returned this year with a new album, their third to date, titled Rise of the Animal. Wolfpakk is, of course, the project put together by vocalists Michael Voss (Mad Max, Casanova) and Mark [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — The traditional heavy metal revival in the United States has been in full swing for several years now, but every once in a while a band will emerge from the underground and take the scene by storm. We’ve been lucky enough to see two [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor– Guitarist Stu Marshall’s Empires of Eden project is back with a new album, titled Architect of Hope. Marshall is an Australian guitarist who was in Dungeon and is currently a member of Death Dealer. He started Empires of Eden in [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — “Are You Ready?… 1, 2, 3… VENOM!!! So starts the latest release from this legendary outfit. After a much too long six year absence, Impellitteri is back and they haven’t slowed down one bit! Venom is a full-throttle, full-frontal attack on your [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — For the latest installment in their Bootcamp series, which spotlights overlooked bands with only demo or self-released material, the Divebomb label has set its sights on Enertia, an overlooked American band that emerged in the mid 1990s [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Multi-national melodic metal band Eden’s Curse delivered their first ever live album this year with the two-disc Live With the Curse. Live albums seem a bit passé in the DVD/Blu-ray age, but given the buzz this band has generated with [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — While the new super-group Level 10 is getting a fair bit of attention, there’s another “all-star” project featuring Primal Fear members that is worth noting. Blackwelder is the brainchild of American guitarist Andrew Szucs [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Guitarist Toby Knapp, alongside bassist Dean Sternberg (Ashes of Ares, ex-Into Eternity), returns with his latest studio project Where Evil Follows. Most recently, Knapp released his second solo album on Shredguy Records, Static Warfare, and released [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — The traditional Heavy Metal revival in the United States has been in full swing for several years now, but every once in a while a band will emerge from the underground and take the scene by storm. In 2015, one of those bands (Night Demon is the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Originally released in 1988, The Voice of the Cult was the fourth studio album from Chastain, the band formed by guitar wizard David T. Chastain and featuring powerhouse female vocalist Leather Leone. This was also the second Chastain [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Beneath one of the ugliest album covers since Warrant’s Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich lies Decadent, the fifteenth studio album from German Heavy Metal institution U.D.O. The former Accept frontman and his band have been one of the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Originally released in 1987, The 7th of Never was the third studio album from Chastain, the band formed by guitar wizard David T. Chastain and featuring powerhouse female vocalist Leather Leone. This was also the first album Chastain [...]
by John Kindredx – Publisher — Shredguy Records is back, making noise early in 2015 with the release of the labels 27th album. Game On!! heralds the return of Sean Baker Orchestra and offers 13 new songs, 11 instrumentals and two songs with guest vocalists. Sean Baker Orchestra is a [...]
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