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by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – June 30, 2013 at Barbican Hall in London, United Kingdom – A sold-out 2000-seater posho venue, a standing ovation, and the crowd yelling “Bravo” for what seemed like ages — not bad for a prog-rock band that has been avoiding any [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Been praying for relief from all the Cookie Monster growls, larynx-bleeding screams, and brutal breakdowns that dominate the modern metal scene? Not that there’s anything wrong with that particular style—different strokes for different folks, after [...]
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 Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – The Finnish five-piece, Children of Bodom, continues to surpass other Scandinavia metal bands. The evolution of these brutal musicians can be traced back to their debut release of Something Wild in 1997. They can still be thought of as something wild [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – More of the same from Blackmore’s Night – but this is a good thing. More of Ritchie’s fabulous guitars, more medieval tunes ready to sing in Sherwood Forest, more odd and unique instruments, and of course – more of Candice Night’s sweet voice… [...]
by Steve Patrick – Columnist – Earlier this year, legendary rock band Deep Purple treated their countless fans to a new studio effort, their first in eight years, and therefore added another worthy chapter to the already rich history of a band that has 45 years under its belt. The [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Robin Beck is full of surprises with her new album Underneath. She allowed for some new writers to submit material to her this time. It was a great decision on her part, because she was “blown away” by what she found. In addition to her, Denander and [...]
by Anabel Dflux – Photojournalist – June 29, 2013 at San Manuel Amphitheate in Devore, CA. – Heidi Shepherd – Butcher Babies One of the most highly anticipated metal festivals in the United States, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, finally came around on June 29, taking [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – June 24, 2013 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, United Kingdom – There is a craftier reason — beyond the obvious — why RIAA certification categories are named gold and platinum. A hit song, as was proven again tonight, remains [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Turkish musician Oganalp Canatan’s power and prog metal CV includes his bands Dreamtone & Iris Mavraki’s Neverland, but this time he goes it alone, with a little help from some heavy metal friends, under the name Maegi. Skies Fall contains 10 tracks [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Fronted by ex-Vicious Rumors vocalist Brian O’Connor, this red-blooded American heavy metal band will make fans that crave power and thrash in equal measures happier than an ailurophobic running over a stray cat. Deadlands’ DNA consists of bands [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – The first impression you get upon hearing Mark Claytor is “Wow, that guy can sure play a guitar,” and that impression becomes confirmation after hearing Uprising. Thirteen instrumental songs stretched over forty minutes show the skill Claytor has when his [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Stormzone has released their fourth studio album, Three Kings. This band that hails from Ireland has been around since 2006. Right off of the bat, the album begins with a military-like sound. There are drum rolls, melodies similar to an anthem, and [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Niji Entertainment Group, the record label started by the late Ronnie James Dio and Wendy Dio, continue to revisit the Dio catalog. This go around Niji has re-released the studio album Magica which was originally released in 2000. This two-CD deluxe edition [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – The metal scene is intense lately with newcomers who pave the way. Bands like Halestorm, Clutch, Lamb of God, and Alabama Thunderpussy all come from areas like Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Virginia. These bands already have a name made for themselves. The [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Swedish heavy rockers Sister Sin, who happen to be female-fronted, have a re-mastered version of their first studio album Dance of the Wicked. It includes all eight tracks from the original album, three bonus unreleased demo tracks, and two cover songs. [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – June 17, 2013 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, UK – Far from igniting the same furore as his groundbreaking albums did some 27 or even 15 years ago, Satriani’s new release Unstoppable Momentum has nevertheless done a brilliant thing [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Dangerously Addictive is the second release from Canadian punk/alternative rockers Neverfriend. Raw and aggressive, it manages to capture much of the genre’s base appeal and gives it a slightly more modern sound without altering its old school [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Californian quintet Huntress are back with the follow up to last year’s debut album Spell Eater. Starbound Beast fuses melodic heavy metal with elements of thrash and doom, and in front-woman Jill Janus, Huntress have a vocalist with such a diverse range in [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Jade Hearts is the solid second release from France’s Chasing Violets – and it is a dynamic and upbeat radio-friendly album. Fronted by sisters Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine – and ably supported by AOR’s Frédéric Slama – Chasing Violets [...]
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