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Heavy Metal

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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s only been a year since Norwegian super-vocalist Jorn Lande’s last studio album (2012’s Bring Heavy Rock to the Land), but we’ve already seen a symphonic re-recordings album (Symphonic) and now a brand new studio offering. [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – A Sound of Thunder has released Time’s Arrow, and this album proves to be, if possible, a fun heavy metal soundtrack. It is compelling and doesn’t have weak moments. Nina Osequeda is a powerhouse vocalist and gives women musicians a promising lead [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1990, God’s Gift was the second album from UK-based thrash metal band Toranaga. The two years since their Peaceville debut Bastard Ballads found the band signed to a major label (Chrysalis) and poised to take [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Meroe has released their third album, Sick Society, and is already working on their next one. This heavy rock band originates from Munich and has a very ’80s style with catchy hooks and riffs that are decades old. Their sound is simple in terms of the [...]
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