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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 [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – This Texas “instruMETAL” trio has released their debut album. Mahogany Head Grenade may be a trio, but the power that they put out sounds so much larger than expected. They are an instrumental band, and a compelling vocalist would be promising for [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Rebirth is an apt title for Seven Witches ninth studio album. Founding member Jack Frost continues to show off his innovative guitar skills, and is joined by Ronnie Parkes on bass and Johnny Kelly on drums. The line-up is completed by new vocalist Anthony [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Judicator has released their second full album titled Sleepy Plessow. John Yelland and Tony Cordisco are surprisingly the only ones to make up this band, but there are nine guest musicians on this album. This album is supposed to tell the story of Prussia. [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – This Australian band is gunning for that big, loud, in-your-face sleaze-rock sound and while not every aspect is a perfect bulls-eye, they hit the mark more than enough to score a—wait for it—kill shot. The drums smack your ears like sonic bullets, [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Wow! Amazing! Awesome! There is not much more that can be said about Free Fall, the solo debut of Primal Fear / Last Tribe guitarist Magnus Karlsson. The Swede proves himself to be a complete musician – playing everything but drums, and singing lead on [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Ex-Manowar drummer Rhino returns with Angels Of Babylon’s follow-up to the 2010 release Kingdom Of Evil. As well as showing his class on the drum kit, Rhino contributes all the vocals to Thundergod, and he is joined by new recruits Alex Stephens on guitar [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Ugly Kid Joe are a distinguished hard rock band. They found fame with albums like America’s Least Wanted and Menace to Sobriety. “Neighbor” is a prominent hit of theirs. The band split up in 1997, but they made their way back together in 2010. With [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Jon Oliva’s first “solo” album arrives with the release of Raise the Curtain. While some will argue that Oliva went solo with his other band, Jon Oliva’s Pain, others could say this is the first album on which Oliva primarily plays all instruments. [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Vigilance, the classical style heavy and speed metal band, hails from the small town of Slovenia. For not being old enough to remember the beginning of the speed metal days, this band can really hold their own. They bring the heaviness with melody, speed, [...]
by Anabel Dflux – Photojournalist – June 8, 2013 at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA. – Fear Factory is back — and they are wilder than ever before. Having been around since 1989, Fear Factory is a monumental force in the metal music industry. With their industrial theme and [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Spain’s Guru is the latest release from MelodicRock Records, first known as a website keeping the spirit of melodic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal alive, and now injecting its own passion for music to the masses via new artists. It’s hard to argue [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – U.D.O. has released an album that metal heads everywhere will appreciate. This German band, consisting of Udo Dirkschneider and company, has delivered Steelhammer. Many expected the album to mirror the work of Udo’s work in Accept, but this is an album [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – June 2, 2013 at Vamp’d in Las Vegas, NV. After being on the road with Slash for the past nine months, Las Vegas welcomed home Todd Kerns for his very special CD release Borrowing Trouble party at Vamp’d on June 2. The night was filled with [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor– It’s been three years since the last Masterplan album (2010’s Time To Be King), and to no one’s surprise, the melodic metal band has gone through yet another lineup change. This time around, founding guitarist Roland Grapow and [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – The wait is finally over. Nine years in the making, Las Vegas singer songwriter Todd Kerns has released a solo album entitled Borrowing Trouble. Dedicated in the memory of Greg Verdusco, Borrowing Trouble is a very up close and personal acoustic album. [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Fans of gothic metal, rejoice! Tristania, one of the genre’s true pioneering bands, has just released their seventh studio album entitled Darkest White. The Norwegian powerhouse act has a storied fourteen year history stretching back to their 1998 [...]
by Alex Barbieri – Senior Columnist – MAY 31, 2013 AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE, PORT CHESTER, NY – It was still 90 degrees outside as New York area rock fans hung out and queued up outside of the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The marquee above the doors read BILLY IDOL … SOLD [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Ancestral Energy is the second full-length album from Artizan, one of the more exciting bands to emerge from the American power metal scene in recent years. The Florida-based band once again enlisted the services of Jim Morris at the [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Kaledon, an Italian symphonic power metal ensemble, has released their seventh album called Altor: The King’s Blacksmith. The main praiseworthy aspect of this album is the band’s ability to create a saga and provide listeners with storytelling. The [...]
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