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Metal

by Nikiforos Skoumas – Columnist – It would be fair to say that Jorn’s role in rock/metal is a rather an unusual one. Despite various high-profile collaborations that often found the singer fronting a band on a full-time basis, his solo works have drawn similar or greater attention [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Picture this: the lush goth-rock of Evanescence entwined with the fragile-yet-powerful vocals of Flyleaf filigreed with some muscular modern hard rock and occasionally sprinkled with some metal-core or scream-core or whatever core you want to call it. [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Shredguy Records’ latest release comes from instrumental shredder Tom Kopyto, whose first studio album, YTK, was released in 2000 and featured Michael Angelo Batio as executive producer. Kopyto has appeared on three compilation albums since then; Lion [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Hailing from the land of pizza and pasta, Naughty Whisper whip up a fairly tasty concoction of hard rock, metal, Goth, and sleaze that is topped off with impeccable modern production. It’s not going to blow your mind or anything like that, but it’s [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – It only took around 11 years, but the most talented band to come out of Sioux Falls, S.D. in over a decade finally released an album of original music — 26 songs to be exact. Well, not all are originals; each band member chose one cover song, so [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Looking for a rocking way to celebrate the season? Look no further than the instrumental release by Intuition entitled A Season To Rock. Intuition is a group of musicians fronted by well-respected guitarist Mike Bidwell and standout drummer Gaetano [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – If a male metal vocalist sang with as much attitude as Liv Jagrell unleashes on this album, we would be calling him a badass motherf***er. But since Jagrell is a woman, we’ll just have to call her a badass sister. Doesn’t have quite the same ring [...]
by Joe Mis – Columnist – Dark Rising is the debut release from Portugal’s EnChanTya. The band bills itself as Progressive Goth Metal, and that seems to be an apt term. Their music is definitely a blend of the two genres -plus a little death metal – and thanks to the powerhouse [...]
by Cameron Edney – Guest Columnist – Aussie Extreme Metaller’s Blood Duster are back on the touring scene, currently hitting Australia as part of the Bastardfest line-up featuring an array of Australian bands from various sub-genres of metal. Having formed in 1991 Blood Duster are [...]
by Steve Patrick – Columnist – Humanitarianism and metal music are rarely closely associated (except for the glory of Hear ’n Aid, of course). However, in 2011 Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi, two metal legends, assembled a group of musicians under the moniker of WhoCares to raise money to [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Hell To Pay is an up-and-coming band from the U.K. Their latest EP release Time To Rise follows up the 2011 EP, So Far … So Good. Founded in 2010, the band has been generating quite a buzz in its home country. Winning 2010’s 106.1 Manchester Rock [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Germany has blessed the world with a bevy of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal bands, from the legendary Scorpions, to the born-again Accept, to the slightly less heralded but immeasurably talented Bonfire — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – As the Olympics have finally come to a close, Dokken is also going for the gold with the much-anticipated release of their 11th studio release Broken Bones. For three decades Dokken has remained a very popular touring act selling over 10 million albums [...]
by Cameron Edney – Guest Columnist – Bay area Thrash Metal legends are back with album number ten, and they’re holding nothing back! Previously releasing one of the best metal albums of the past decade The Formation of Damnation set the tone for something special with this killer [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Those following closely the heavy metal scene would probably agree, there was somewhat of a minor resurgence of the guitar hero axiom in Europe during the late ‘90s with such talents as Magnus Karlsson, Jaron Sebstian Raven, Gus G and Rolf Munkes making [...]
by Steve Patrick Staff Writer – The primary benefit of an album like Primal Rock Rebellion‘s Awoken Broken is that it allows an artist that currently performs in a timeless band, in this case Iron Maiden‘s Adrian Smith, to make music that is sonically quite different without alienating [...]
by Ron Higgins Staff Writer – Riot Avenue is the third release from the impressive Swedish outfit Crazy Lixx. It’s their second release on Frontiers Records, following their sophomore album New Religion in 2010 (their debut album Loud Minority was independently released in 2007). Although [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – From ‘94 to ‘04, Jaded Heart, fronted by the golden voice of Michael Bormann, was a melodic hard rock band, and a great one at that. Then Bormann got kicked to the curb and the sound of his dismissal reverberated through the melodic rock community, signifying [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – When the press release proclaims “the metal world will never be the same” with the release of your new record, the pressure is on to provide evidence. Which Jeff Loomis tries to do on his sophomore solo release with iron-jawed resolve. From the rapid-fire [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – Modern Day Escape’s latest shot at leaving a mark on the modern metal market is Under the Gun, a serviceably rote release in the Escape the Fate or Black Veil Brides vein. In other words, the skinny-legged jeans-wearing congregation at Hot Topic will suck this [...]
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