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by Derric Miller — Managing Editor— What the hell is going on in Sweden? Without a doubt, two of the best bands in the world not enough people are talking about are De Van and Hellsingland Underground. It’s nonsensical at best how these two bands aren’t on everyone’s playlist. [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Fans of guitar rock and instrumental metal have a reason to rejoice – Australian guitar master Nick Miller has put together a new gem entitles Ocean And Earth. He’s also made it available at no cost from his website! For those not familiar with Nick, [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — With their blend of Folk, Symphonic and Power Metal, Italy’s Elvenking was formed in 2007 with this being their ninth studio release and the follow up to 2014’s excellent Pagan Manifesto. Released on the AFM Records label, this is a [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor— There’s something about the Indie rock scene that brings music back to where it belongs. There’s so much musical airbrushing, auto-tuning, and sonic plastic surgery in music today “fake” doesn’t begin to describe whatever the hell it is [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — If there’s one common complaint every Richie Sambora shares since time immemorial, it’s about the periods of time between the release of his subsequent solo works. Although Sambora spent a substantial part of his career as a member of Bon [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Having more than one album coming out over a relatively short time span often involves a risk of unnecessary haste and dreadful repetitiveness. The shorter the period between the two release dates is, the more reviewers and listeners will end up [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Gone are the days when having a frontwoman was a rarity for a Rock band, and when the boldest female pioneers of the genre were labeled “caricatures of male rockers” by narrow-minded music scribes. Now there’s an entire league of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Although it’s mostly experiment that leads to enlightenment – in music and elsewhere – sometimes it’s better to follow the above adage after all, and this is something the L.A.-based quintet [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — In 1984, bassist Jesper Jensen and guitarist/vocalist Henrik Fevre first came together as members of the band V-AXE, which then morphed into Graff Spee. However, creative differences split up Graff Spee, but not to be deterred Jensen and Henrik [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor— Back in 2009, an unassuming band by the name of Holy Water released an album on Perris Records that was unheralded but such a comfortable and familiar brand of Hard Rock it did make an impact to those rock aficionados paying any attention. In fact, because of [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Italian bass master, composer, and producer Alberto Rigoni has just released his sixth solo studio album entitled Duality, returning to his more Progressive-Funk-Fusion roots. This seven track instrumental release should be on the radar of anyone who sees [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor— Straight outta Compton, no, make that Sweden, ColdSpell is back with A New World Arise, a sonic form of the “ice bucket challenge” to all the bands who are just going through the motions and releasing boring, rote, that [...]
by Don Higgins – Columnist — Thrill of a Lifetime was King Kobra’s second album in two years. Unfortunately, it caused more head scratching than head banging. In the early 1980’s drummer, Carmine Appice formed the Hard Rock band King Kobra. He, along with four other talented [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Many have clamored for Ritchie Blackmore to return his fire and brimstone days when he wielded his six-string Fender Strat fronting his band Rainbow. And in 2016, the unimaginable happened. Blackmore once again resurrected Rainbow. As always, a new lineup [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Shaman’s Harvest returns with the group’s sixth studio album, Red Hand Black Deeds, and second with Mascot Records. Red Hand Black Deeds features 14 songs, with underlying social and political themes, which is a direct response to the band writing the [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — It’s a shame really that such a hierarchy exists, but it does. At one end of the spectrum are the true heavyweights within the genre of Female-fronted Symphonic/Melodic Metal bands – Lacuna Coil, Leaves’ Eyes, After Forever, Epica, Xandria, [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Here’s an interesting recipe: take 4 powerhouse female vocalists, a talented (but sadly uncredited) studio band, and a mix of songs from pop to rock – then cut them loose. The ultimate result is Exit Eden, and they are debuting an 11 track release of [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — This kind of album needed to be released today. Like literally, whatever day you read this … THAT day. If you are paying even the slightest bit of attention to the world today, everything kind of sucks. You know what doesn’t suck? Moonlight [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — For fans of Aldaria, Vanishing Point, Lords of Black, Astralion, or Sinbreed, Serious Black featuring members of some of the finest Power Metal bands around (Helloween, Blind Guardian, Tad Morose, Firewind), have released this new album, Magic, on [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — George Lynch and Oni Logan return, once again, with their latest Lynch Mob studio album titled The Brotherhood, released on Rat Pak Records. The current Lynch Mob lineup includes bassist Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, House of Lords) and drummer Jimmy [...]
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