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by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – In melodic rock circles, disrespecting James Christian will earn you five knuckles right in the kisser and deservedly so—the man is a singing legend, a vocal god. So it is with the utmost respect that his latest solo album must be dubbed a moderate [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – After two successful EP’s, Furiosity is Monster Truck’s first full length album, packed with hard southern rock fused with some delicious blues guitar rhythms. Vocalist and bassist Jon Harvey has a strong and dominating voice, which is on show straight [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – July 29 2013 at Under the Bridge Club in London, United Kingdom – Trends come and go, chopsmen appear and drop out of sight, but the raw, direct energy of Taj Mahal’s connection to the Earth itself stays untouched by time. Channeling the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Eterea is album number two from Mindwork, a progressive/technical death metal band from the Czech Republic. Originally self-released in 2012, Eterea (as well as Mindwork’s 2009 debut Into the Swirl) has been newly issued here in the [...]
by Lexi Baird – Guest Columnist – JULY 29, 2013 at Verizon Amphitheater in Charlotte, NC. – Warped Tour: an annual gathering for teenage fans of everything from EDM to Metalcore music, with over 90 unique bands playing at any given show. What makes Warped Tour stand out from the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1991, The Dying Race was the debut album from German power metal band Crows, a very early Century Media signing and one of the most unfairly overlooked bands of that highly influential scene. Crows was a band with [...]
by Anabel Dflux – Photojournalist – JULY 31, 2013 at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA. – Escape the Fate rocked the sold-out 20th Anniversary of the House of Blues in Hollywood this past Wednesday, July 31st. Having been around for 5 years with the current vocalist, and gone [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been four years in the making, but Austin-based traditional heavy metal crew Witches Mark is finally back with a full-length follow up to their 2009 debut EP A Grim Apparition. The band’s new album is called Witching Metal [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1988, Deception Ignored was the third album from German thrash metal band Deathrow. The band had released a pair of solid albums at that point, but it wasn’t until they enlisted Uwe Osterlehner as lead guitarist [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – July 25, 2013 at House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV. The final date of the Apocalyptic Tour featuring Slash and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at the House of Blues in Vegas on July 25 proved to be epic and it was only fitting that the tour end in the [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Australian trio Ragdoll’s second EP Here Today picks up where their promising debut release left off- with explosive and fascinating melodic hard rock. Starting off, title track “Here Today” is a gigantic hard rock anthem. Guitarist Leon Todd’s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Not to rest on one’s laurels is definitely a motto of Andrzej Citowicz, the Polish guitarist who has released his first EP Shot Down? Get Up just a few months ago now comes back with a package of twelve guitar-driven compositions which altogether [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – The first go around of watching Finding the Sacred Heart Live in Philly 1986 was on a laptop. Writing a review based on that small screen and tiny speakers just wouldn’t have done Dio and his band justice. As big as the stage and the presence of Ronnie [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Beautiful Curse is The Quireboys first album of original material since Homewreckers & Heartbreakers which was released in 2008. On show here are twelve tracks of blues influenced rock ‘n’ roll that shows this band have still got it. “Too Much Of a [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Metal icons Judas Priest bring forth, from what has been stated to be their last large scale world tour, the audio and visual experience aptly titled Epitaph. Wrapping up their 50 week tour, where the band performed 120 shows that crossed four continents [...]
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 Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The early 1970s was an interesting time for rock music. Black Sabbath was essentially writing the rules for heavy metal, and Led Zeppelin was redefining what hard rock sounded like. Across the globe, new bands emerged to take rock n’ [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – July 19, 2013 The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK – It’s uncanny how such compelling moods can be set with such minimal devices. Tonight Nancy G has shown how the simplicity of a voice accompanied by an acoustic guitar can [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Pittsburgh heavy metal quintet Lady Beast releases their self-titled debut full of NWOBHM influences and in particular, odes to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. In female vocalist Deb Levine, Lady Beast has a strong diverse singer, but her best moments come when [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – July 18, 2013 at Southpoint Casino in Las Vegas, NV. – The Southpoint Casino turned into a ’80s extravaganza on Thursday July 18 as special guests Keel and Stephen Pearcy took the stage. Keel made a special Las Vegas appearance and hit the [...]
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