Hot off the Press


by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — According to some critics, commercial modern hard rock is a dying genre, gasping its last, suffering the same fate as hair-metal did circa. 1991. In other words, too many bands that all sound identical, stifling creativity and fostering an atmosphere [...]
by Ron Higgins – Columnist — King Kobra are back again. This time, it’s their release II, which is actually their 6th studio album, not their 2nd. That would be Thrill of a Lifetime, which was the follow-up to their debut album Ready to Strike, not their self-titled King Kobra album, [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist — Swedish four-piece The Quill return with their stoner/southern influenced hard rock for latest release Tiger Blood. Back in the fold is original member Roger Nilsson, who returns to bass duties after seven years away, and he joins ex-Hanoi Rocks man Jolle [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Toby Knapp’s follow up to 2010’s The Campaign has been three years in the making. That doesn’t mean Knapp was holed up in a studio for three years, but life had reared its ugly head, causing Knapp to re-evaluate his situation as a musician and a [...]
by Lexi Baird – Guest Columnist — July 11, 2013 at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh N.C. — Garage Rock, a very simple, raw subgenre of rock and roll music that was originally popular in the 1960’s is making another comeback. Or is it? In the early 2000’s, several [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Having already delivered a deluxe reissue of Forte’s debut album Stranger Than Fiction, not to mention presenting the band’s scorching comeback album Unholy War, reissue specialists Divebomb Records have turned their attention to the [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — July 4th At Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, NV. — What better way to spend July 4th than in Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience with Three Days Grace? The week also sparked the return of the UFC fights to the area. Special treat was [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Veteran rocker Pat Travers has had a storied career over the last 3 decades, and his latest release entitled Can Do shows that he hasn’t lost a step. The Canadian guitarist/vocalist started as a straight up hard rock musician, then drifted into softer [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist — Christian hard rockers Skillet are back with a concept album for their ninth release Rise, packed full of high energy and catchy anthems. Singer John Cooper revealed the theme for the album is based upon a normal American teenager growing up into a world full [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist — Colorado thrash metallers Havok release their third album Unnatural Selection, paying homage to Slayer and at times Pantera on ten tracks of fury. David Sanchez spits venom like there’s no tomorrow, whilst he also lets rip on guitar along with lead axe man [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — June 29, 2013 at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, NV. — As the temperature soared to 117 degrees, the Summerland Tour kicked into high gear as part of the free concert series at Fremont Street Experience on June 29. This year’s line-up [...]
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 [...]
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