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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 [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been a good few years for fans of old school Heavy Metal, with new and exciting traditional Heavy Metal bands emerging from every corner of the globe. Australia has been a surprisingly strong source of these up-and-coming artists. One such [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been five years since the release of Thomsen’s debut album Let’s Get Ruthless, but guitarist/band leader Rene Thomsen finally returned late last year with a follow-up album, titled Unbroken. It’s an album – and a band [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Released at the tail end of 2014, Free Nation is the debut album from Metal Machine, a new project masterminded by vocalist Csaba Zvekan (of Raven Lord and Exorcism). Zvekan also handles keys and some guitar work on this album. Csaba Zvekan’s [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Legendary hard rock guitarist Michael Schenker’s notoriety begins with the Scorpions before taking over as the axeslinger for UFO. In 1972, at the age of 16, Schenker recorded the studio album Lonesome Crow, alongside his brother, Rudolph, with the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s quite possible that 1980 was the single most important and influential year in heavy metal. AC/DC released their comeback Back in Black, Judas Priest unleashed their defining British Steel album and Ozzy Osbourne had his smash hit solo debut [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — The word influential gets thrown around a lot these days, but when you listen to your favorite bands from the last couple of decades, you can’t help but wonder, who influenced them- who gave them the motivation to pick up a microphone, guitar, bass [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Now here’s an album that slipped under the radar in the closing days of 2014. Swedish band Empire 21 is a supergroup of sorts. The players involved aren’t exactly superstars, but between them they have quite an impressive [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Now here’s a super-group with a lineup that’s sure to get people’s attention. Level 10 is the latest project to emerge from the mad scientists at the Frontiers label. This time around they’ve assembled a [...]
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