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by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Hydra is the upcoming release from European symphonic rockers Within Temptation – and it very well could be their strongest release to date. Smoothly firing on all cylinders with the support of a number of well-known guests, Within Temptation is [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Its more of the same from Axel Rudi Pell on his latest release, Into The Storm… In this case – more explosive guitars, more solid vocal performances, more well-crafted songs, more of everything that has allowed the German guitar virtuoso to [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Where the hell did these guys come from? De Van’s new album Current End of Days is only their second release, following the incredible debut Planet Botox, and they are simply one of the best bands on the planet making music today. Period. Stick a [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Rebuild is the latest release from Christian rockers The Letter Black, and a solid release it is. Fronted by the husband and wife team of Mark and Sarah Anthony, The Letter Black delivers a strong and varied rock-metal mix pulling from multiple genres and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Apparently not content with simply having released 2013’s best album (Infestissumam), Papa Emeritus II and his band of Nameless Ghouls is back with another unholy offering. Alongside producer Dave Grohl (yes, that Dave Grohl, who [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Dario Lorina has been turning heads on the guitar aficionado circuits for years. First as an awkward, but technically brilliant teenage virtuoso with amateur clips on YouTube, then (at 16) as the late Jani Lane’s underage axeman, and now as the [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – San Diego based band Benedictum is gearing up for their fourth studio release Obey on Frontiers Records in North America on Dec. 3. Benedictum was first discovered by Dio guitarist Craig Goldy. He later referred the band to Jeff Pilson who produced their [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Defy Tolerance occupy that middle ground between rock and metal. Heavier than Hinder, but not quite as gruffly bruising as, say, Five Finger Death Punch. This album—their debut—is bulging with muscle yet sports plenty of commercial hooks, but never [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Of all the tools in a guitarist arsenal, the pick may be the most overlooked. The guitar pick, or plectrum, typically is made of plastic, nylon or tortoiseshell but also can be made from rubber, wood, glass or stone. What may not be obvious is that these [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – “Not only is it Mikey’s last parting shot, it’s my last parting shot,” Al Jourgensen confirmed yet again last week, this time in his interview to Loudwire magazine. “I am not doing another Ministry record without Mikey. Zero. None.” [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Many metal fans are familiar with the work of Mat Sinner through his time with German power metal masters Primal Fear, but there is so much more to Mat than just the bass guitar. Besides massive bass chops, Mat is also a fine songwriter, producer, and the [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Former Hanoi Rocks singer Michael Monroe returns to the metal scene with his latest release Horns and Halos on Spinefarm Records. Horns and Halos finds Michael Monroe returning to his punk rock New York roots in full metal glory. This album could easily [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Face It is the latest release from melodic metal’s own one-man-band, Phil Vincent. Phil is out once again to prove that one man CAN do it all – and he succeeds. This is newest in a large and ever-growing discography that includes not only his solo [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Nine years after Ryan McCombs gave up vocal duties with Soil to later join Drowning Pool, he returns home to pick up where he left off on 2004’s Redefine with new release Whole. Original members Adam Zadel (guitar) and Tim King (bass) are the only other [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – We Are Infinity is the second full length release from the Swiss sextet AudioLegend. Naming your band AudioLegend is a bit presumptuous and egotistical, but at least they make a valid attempt at living up to it by making solid and enjoyable (but not [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – German hard rockers Meroe deliver their second album within a year with Suite 524. Opener “I Am” is a decent start, with some good hard rock riffs and a decent solo from Alex Kah. Vocalist Oli Monroe’s raspy voice is pretty strong and at times his [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Just listen to the opening scream from Sean Peck (Cage) on Death Dealer’s ode to themselves “Death Dealer” from their new album War Master and explain to someone how he isn’t one of the biggest names in metal? He’s the next generation Rob [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – There are plenty of people out there who think Skid Row should have come to a screeching halt when Sebastian Bach stopped doing the rattlesnake shake and left the band. And based on the subpar caliber of Thickskin and Revolutions Per Minute (both [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Kemilon is a metal band based in Montreal, but they originally formed in Sherbrooke by current guitarist Chris Geoffroy in 2007. Since the formation of this band, there have been several lineup changes. Despite the changes, Kemilon has released their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist – It’s been nearly three years since Volbeat released Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, and the Danish band has certainly not been idle. The album was a huge success, thanks in equal parts to extremely catchy and unique metal songs and almost nonstop [...]
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