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by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer — Few rock bands have ever managed to successfully convey the spirit of their songs in the unplugged live show scenario. Not for the lack of trying, but perhaps due to the intrinsic pitfalls which await anyone who tries to translate what has been written for the [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer — Though troubled the music industry may be, it has been well documented throughout the past decade that just about any musical comeback is possible. On this occasion the AOR community is very happy to welcome back ‘80s melodic rock heroine Fiona Flanagan. [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer — Merging a woman with a pretty face and a smooth silky voice, who wears tight black leather pants with raging, distorted guitars and heavy percussion doesn’t really equate to “metal,” yet this ongoing trend has manifested itself into this: [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer — Hailing from Sweden (though the band does feature American guitarist Ryan Roxie of Alice Cooper/Electric Angels fame) and with knob-maestro Chris Laney at the production helm, it would have been enticingly easy for Casablanca to simply take the “monkey see, [...]
by Jonathan Staff Writer — January 26, 2012 at Midland Theater in Kansas City, MO Anthrax live at the Midland theater in Kansas City, Missouri was a unique performance and definitely a night to remember. The audience welcomed the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna with open arms but [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer — And just when you thought major labels no longer invest on newcomer acts, comes Battle Beast. The plainly titled Steel is their debut album, issued by Nuclear Blast in an attempt to increase their slice of the pie labeled as New Wave of Traditional Heavy [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer — Cedric is the debut release from Cincinnati-based alternative/heavy/goth rockers Chakras. Formed and fronted by singer Andrea Simler DeGolier, Chakras blends elements of alternative rock, metal, gothic rock and a hint of classical into a unique and compelling sound. [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer — Top Heavy is the brand debut album by American sleaze-glam-metal band On Top. Lets get this out of the way before moving to the heart of the matter; what many young bands do not get quite right on their debuts is often the concept of the cover artwork. [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer — Those of us lucky enough to grow up amidst the excess of the ‘80s fondly recall when Aqua Net and spandex ruled the metal world, when bands like Poison, Stryper, and Trixter could be found in every record shop and bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Stone [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer — We’ve all seen the recent trend of traditional metal revival bands emerge in the past few years. There’s even a catchy moniker – NWOTM – to describe bands like White Wizzard, Holy Grail, Enforcer and the like. But before those bands came forward to put [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer — It took a full decade, but guitarist Dario Mollo and vocalist Tony Martin have finally delivered another collaboration under the Cage moniker. Their third release together, the appropriately titled The Third Cage, once again finds the Italian guitar maestro [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer — One of the more interesting chapters in the early history of the late Ronnie James Dio’s storied career, and the one that is perhaps least in line with the epic heavy metal Dio was so well known for, was the band Elf. Elf – previously known as The Elves and [...]
by Deb Rao Staff Writer — January 23, 2012 at House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV The second leg of the Anthrax/Testament Tour kicked off on Sunday, Jan. 23 in Las Vegas at the House of Blues. What better way to end a long day of NFL football playoffs then with a little headbanging from what [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer — The 6-song EP Whispers of War is the debut release from Ohio-based metal band Age of Distrust. The band plays high speed, high aggression, heavy metal with one foot in the thrash metal sound and the other in the traditional metal domain. Throw in some melodic [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer — Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy have returned with their ninth studio album Khaos Legions. Over the past decade, fans and media have attached multiple labels to the outfit called Arch Enemy, most notably, ‘female fronted metal’, ‘melodic [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer — Despite being named after one of the more memorable tragedies in American history, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster is actually a five-piece “atmospheric art metal” act hailing from London, England. Blending influences of old school rock, heavy metal, and [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer — Embodying the spirit of Warrior-Metal, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr returns with their latest offering Land of the Dead. Starr, who cut his teeth in the band Virgin Steele in the early ‘80s, left the group after two albums, went out on his own, released a solo [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer — Domain is the second album from Oceans of Night, and the latest in a series of collaborations between songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Scott Mosher and vocalist Scott Oliva. Under the Oceans of Night moniker, the duo delivers an interesting and effective mix of [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer January 14, 2012 at Brixton Academy in London, United Kingdom This was Chickenfoot’s second ever show in London, the band having played here previously in June 2009. During between-the-songs banter Sammy Hagar shared that the band loves coming to the UK, while for [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer On his new solo release – the first in 10 years – Tony MacAlpine presents his classically inspired experimental rock in an edgier, more complex and sombre mood than ever before. One of Mike Varney’s most uniquely gifted former proteges to this day finds fresh [...]
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