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Heavy Metal

by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Here’s one that slipped by us at the tail end of 2012 and deserves another look. In Death’s Shadow is the debut full-length from Melbourne-based heavy metal band Knightmare. Despite having a name that’s as overused as it is cheesy, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Zakk Wylde struck it double lucky when Ozzy hired him back in 1987. Not only was it one of the most prolific, best-paid gigs in rock, but the man whom Wylde to this day calls “Boss” was utterly unboastful, never letting himself or his musicians go on [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – California-based traditional heavy metal warriors White Wizzard are back with a new album this year. The Devil’s Cut is the band’s third full-length album, and as with nearly all of their previous releases it features an almost totally new [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Heart Attack is the second full-length album from San Francisco-based heavy metal band Space Vacation, another in a growing scene of old school metal bands that has been dubbed the New Wave of Traditional Metal. Now signed to the Pure Steel [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Asking Alexandria are one of the UK’s premiere metal acts, and on third album From Death To Destiny, they up the ante with more of their trademark metalcore, as well as incorporating some hard rock to their ever maturing CV. Vocalist Danny Worsnop has had some [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1991, The Dying Race was the debut album from German power metal band Crows, a very early Century Media signing and one of the most unfairly overlooked bands of that highly influential scene. Crows was a band with deep [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been four years in the making, but Austin-based traditional heavy metal crew Witches Mark is finally back with a full-length follow up to their 2009 debut EP A Grim Apparition. The band’s new album is called Witching Metal Ritual, and [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – The first go around of watching Finding the Sacred Heart Live in Philly 1986 was on a laptop. Writing a review based on that small screen and tiny speakers just wouldn’t have done Dio and his band justice. As big as the stage and the presence of Ronnie James [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Metal icons Judas Priest bring forth, from what has been stated to be their last large scale world tour, the audio and visual experience aptly titled Epitaph. Wrapping up their 50 week tour, where the band performed 120 shows that crossed four continents and [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Pittsburgh heavy metal quintet Lady Beast releases their self-titled debut full of NWOBHM influences and in particular, odes to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. In female vocalist Deb Levine, Lady Beast has a strong diverse singer, but her best moments come when she [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The return of the (mostly) original lineup of the mighty Black Sabbath has been one of the bigger stories in metal recently, so the band’s new studio album, titled 13, has been eagerly anticipated. 13 is Black Sabbath’s first studio album [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Toby Knapp’s follow up to 2010’s The Campaign has been three years in the making. That doesn’t mean Knapp was holed up in a studio for three years, but life had reared its ugly head, causing Knapp to re-evaluate his situation as a musician and a person. [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Been praying for relief from all the Cookie Monster growls, larynx-bleeding screams, and brutal breakdowns that dominate the modern metal scene? Not that there’s anything wrong with that particular style—different strokes for different folks, after [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Fronted by ex-Vicious Rumors vocalist Brian O’Connor, this red-blooded American heavy metal band will make fans that crave power and thrash in equal measures happier than an ailurophobic running over a stray cat. Deadlands’ DNA consists of bands like [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Stormzone has released their fourth studio album, Three Kings. This band that hails from Ireland has been around since 2006. Right off of the bat, the album begins with a military-like sound. There are drum rolls, melodies similar to an anthem, and Churchill’s [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Niji Entertainment Group, the record label started by the late Ronnie James Dio and Wendy Dio, continue to revisit the Dio catalog. This go around Niji has re-released the studio album Magica which was originally released in 2000. This two-CD deluxe edition of [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Swedish heavy rockers Sister Sin, who happen to be female-fronted, have a re-mastered version of their first studio album Dance of the Wicked. It includes all eight tracks from the original album, three bonus unreleased demo tracks, and two cover songs. There is [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Rebirth is an apt title for Seven Witches ninth studio album. Founding member Jack Frost continues to show off his innovative guitar skills, and is joined by Ronnie Parkes on bass and Johnny Kelly on drums. The line-up is completed by new vocalist Anthony Cross who [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – U.D.O. has released an album that metal heads everywhere will appreciate. This German band, consisting of Udo Dirkschneider and company, has delivered Steelhammer. Many expected the album to mirror the work of Udo’s work in Accept, but this is an album that [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor– It’s been three years since the last Masterplan album (2010’s Time To Be King), and to no one’s surprise, the melodic metal band has gone through yet another lineup change. This time around, founding guitarist Roland Grapow and [...]
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