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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 [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Has there ever been a “hype band” that was actually worth the critical buzz and who continued to live up to that hype over the course of three (and a half) albums? At this point it’s safe to say that Ghost is the real deal; a “next big [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — OK, so everyone knows the story of why Geoff Tate is no longer part of Queensryche, and everyone knows that he had to give up the band name, therefore shooting for Operation: Mindcrime, named after one of the best concept albums ever to be released in [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — It’s been six long years since Babylon, W.A.S.P.’s last studio release, in part due to Blackie Lawless’ visits to hospital for reconstructive shoulder surgery and then later a broken leg. Continuing with the biblical themed album titles, [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Third time and charmed Canadian rockers Diemonds return with their third album Never Wanna Die via Napalm Records. Fronted by the sultry Priya Panda, this female-fronted band offers fans hard rockin’, skull-crushing tunes that maintain a metallic edge and [...]
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 [...]
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