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Heavy Metal

by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – If you think musicians that blatantly mimic other musicians are nothing more than talentless bottom feeders, then you may want to avoid this latest album from Scum of the Earth, the band founded by ex-Rob Zombie guitarist Mike Riggs, who continues to kneel, [...]
by Justin Gaines - News Editor – When you consider the way the American heavy metal scene exploded in the mid ‘80s and then the thrash explosion of the late ‘80s, it’s obvious how some bands could be overlooked entirely by the larger metal scene, only to be rediscovered decades later. [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist – The Stormspell label may be best known for their high quality collections of rare and previously unavailable thrash metal, but every once in a while they’ll come up with a real gem from the melodic hard rock era. They did it a few years back with their [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Alright, there is going to be a little confusion over this DVD release by Ozzy Osbourne called Speak of the Devil. Fans will remember that the original live album released in ’82 comprised of performances strictly from Sabbath’s catalog. 1982′s version [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist – Originally recorded in 1991, but never officially released until present day, Time Out of Mind is the second full-length album from New York-based cult heavy metal heroes Blacksmith. It follows the Heaven and Hell label’s successful Blacksmith [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Hailing from Mansfield, England and formed in the late ’70s, Savage is one of Britain’s NWOBHM bands that pioneered the way for such lofty giants such as Metallica. Their initial trek into the world of music produced the song titled “Let it [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Reverence, metal’s latest band to emerge from the Motor City, Detroit that is, have released their debut album When Darkness Calls on Razor Ice Records. The group was founded in 2010 by Toyko Blade guitarist Bryan Holland and vocalist Todd Michael Hall, who [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – It has been two years since the release of Days of Defiance and Greek-based melodic-power metallers Firewind are back with their seventh studio offering entitled Few Against Many. A couple word tours and quite a few side-projects intervening, Firewind are [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Italian power metal band Clairvoyants may have started out as an Iron Maiden cover band, but with their 2009 debut Word to the Wise they proved to the metal world just how powerful their own music was. Unfortunately, despite Word to the Wise being one of that [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Norwegian super-vocalist Jorn Lande and company are back with a new album, titled Bring Heavy Rock to the Land. It’s Jorn’s first original studio album since 2009’s Spirit Black, but Jorn has hardly been idle these past few years. In addition to his work [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – The Pure Steel Records’ Pure Underground division reached deep into the metal vault to find this lost gem. Sacred Heart was a Cleveland-area heavy metal band active for a brief period of time as the 1980s gave way to the ‘90s. The band, which featured [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Swedish traditional heavy metal band Air Raid makes their debut this year with an EP titled Danger Ahead. Following in the footsteps of fellow Swedes Wolf and Enforcer, Air Raid falls into what has been called the New Wave of Traditional Metal – an emergence [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – It took a quarter of a century, but the metal world can finally witness the return of one of the American cult heavy metal scene’s most beloved bands. Malice is back…sort of. The “sort of” qualifier is there for a couple of reasons, both of which take [...]
by John Kindred Publisher – What on oddity to have a band that comprises Englishmen dressed up as Nazi’s, portraying vampires straight out of the World War II era. Calling themselves Stuka Squadron, their name is derived from the German two-man dive bomber squadrons from that time period. [...]
by John Kindred Publisher – Alcatrazz was formed by former Rainbow and MSG vocalist Graham Bonnet in the early ’80s. The band featured former members of the band New England, bassist Gary Shea and keyboardist Jimmy Waldo, as well drummer Jan Uvena of Iron Butterfly and a member of Alice [...]
by Ron Higgins Staff Writer – Serpents Kiss is the first album from the unlikely duo of original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and Christian metal guitarist Paul May. Although this is their first full-blown collaboration, May has appeared on some Al Atkins solo albums in the past. So the [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – In retrospect most would agree that Accept served the metal community with one of the best comebacks in the new decade through Blood of the Nations. Blood of the Nations introduced American singer Mark Tornillo as the front-man of Accept along side founding [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – You know those female-fronted metal bands where a rousing symphonic arrangement sets the stage for a doe-eyed waif in a Stevie Nicks dress to emerge, much like a delicate flower, to serenade us with a light and airy operatic verse – possibly about leaves [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – There’s been a noticeable trend in recent years towards darker, traditionally-minded heavy metal. We’ve seen it in bands like Portrait, Witchcraft, Blood Ceremony and especially Ghost, and when you look for a common denominator one of the bands that seems [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Leave it to the traditional metal merchants at the Pure Steel label to bring back another cult American heavy metal band. After more than two decades on hiatus, New Jersey-based traditional metal band Sleepy Hollow is finally back with a new album. Skull 13 is [...]
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