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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Here’s another debut release on the Kivel Records roster that slipped by us last year. Forever is the first album by Maxx Explosion, a U.S.-based melodic hard rock band consisting of Chris McCarvill (vocals, bass, keyboards), Jimi Bell [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – The band may hail from the land of pizza, pasta, and Pisa (as in, the Leaning Tower of), but their name summons up images of sleazy Sunset Strip glam-metal circa 1989. And there certainly are some glam-sleaze elements supplementing Beverly Killz’ [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – Most following the contemporary melodic rock scene are well aware of the Swedish female-fronted melodic hard rock group Alyson Avenue. Active in the early 2000s, Alyson Avenue released two highly regarded albums in Presence of Mind (2001) and Omega [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Are you looking for something to shake your speakers and rattle the windows? This latest album from melodic hard rockers Shakra has you covered. While the band may have better entries in its lengthy discography, this one is still pretty good and [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Candlelight Red is a hard rocking quartet hailing from that hotbed of metal – central Pennsylvania. They’ve just released Demons, a four track follow up EP to their well-received debut album, The Wreckage. These guys are a young band, and have [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – Any conversation on the subject of reformed bands that have lost none of their creativity should head straight for Asia. Asia, the British melodic rock group founded by former Yes members Steve Howe and Geoff Downes, set the foreground for ‘80s [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Jay Parmar returns with his sophomore studio release titled Circle of Fire on Steve Vai’s label Digital Nations.The album follows up his 2005 debut release, Strange Day, and tracks his musical progress and growth over the last seven years. Although it seems [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Much like sitcoms and slasher flicks, modern female-fronted metal bands tend to follow an established formula, leading to an overall sense of ex-changeability within the genre. Sometimes it is impossible to shake the feeling that if you’ve heard one beautiful [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – This German band has coined a catchy tag for their style of music: ProMeRo, which stands for Progressive Metal-Rock. It’s a memorable descriptor designed to announce their presence as a hybrid band that incorporate several different genres into their sound [...]