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by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – German heavy metal queen Doro Pesch is back with her 12th studio album Raise Your Fist. It has been three years since her previous album Fear No Evil which celebrated the front-woman’s 25 years in the music industry. Raise Your Fist also marks a [...]
by Cynthia Jo – Columnist – Houston natives and one of the pioneers of what was 80s power metal, Helstar are celebrating 30 years of power metal with their new CD/DVD release: 30 Years of Hel, a collection of 18 of their greatest songs, all live and fans will appreciate every beat. The [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Anyone in the mood for some old-school American heavy metal with minimal modern intrusion should run to the nearest store faster than Rosie O’Donnell chasing a Twinkie truck and snag this new Obsession album. The band rose to prominence in the metal [...]
by Cameron Edney – Guest Columnist – 2012 has turned into a banner year for rock fans; first rock legends Kiss released their new album MONSTER, and now the iconic Aerosmith just unveiled their new studio album Music From Another Dimension. Aerosmith have been hard at work on this and [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – The Chicago-based Heavy Metal group Vision’s latest studio effort Hope & Fear is a follow-up to their 2009 effort, The Other Side of Grey. The band features Nefarious on vocals, Sean P. Gahgan on guitars and keyboards, bassist Azrael and drummer Alex [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – There is no doubt that the legacy of Ronnie James Dio will burn forever in the heart of metal fans all over the world. With that said, Niji Entertainment has released The Very Beast of Vol. 2, which is the follow-up to The Very Beast Of Dio and covers the [...]
by Steve Patrick – Columnist – Anyone familiar with the band Meldrum is most likely also aware of the untimely demise of the band’s namesake and founder, guitarist Michelle Meldrum. The driving force of the band unexpectedly past away from a cystic growth that restricted blood flow to [...]
by Chris A. – Photojournalist – As the volume on this disc’s opening cut, “Levitation” slowly and almost menacingly rises; the intensity level goes off the scale. It’s a perfect opening song. It sucks you into the vibe and the buildup is awesome. That’s typical of [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Timewarp is Christian Muenzner’s first solo studio album. For the uninitiated, Muenzner is known in the death metal communities having worked with the bands like Necrophagist, Defeated Sanity and Obscura and Spawn of Obsession. Having appeared on seven [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – It’s been five years since the last Witchcraft album (2007’s The Alchemist) was released, and in that time the Swedish traditional/doom metal band more or less broke up, reformed with new members and switched record labels. Now signed to Nuclear [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – Hailing from Puerto Rico, traditional/power metal band Sacred Guardian makes their debut this year with this self-titled full-length release. While you can’t always judge a book by its cover, any time you see an album cover with a fire-breathing dragon [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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