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by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Walking Papers being referred to in the press as a “supergroup” says little about the past record of each member of this newly formed Seattle quartet. But a lot about today’s tawdry catch-phrase rock journalism where honorable titles (such as, for [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Venturing to widen his ever-expanding musical horizons even further, Paul Gilbert on his new solo release is stepping outside of his stylistic comfort zone with trademark diligence. Apart from surprising his fans with unexpected jazz fusion detours, [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – The Chimpz and Jesus have something in common: both possess the power of resurrection. Christ may have brought Lazarus—not to mention Himself—back from the grave, but with their high-velocity energy, heavy-hitting guitars, memorable rhymes, and sharp [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – For some hard rock aficionados, the thought of another corporate, cookie-cutter modern rock band is enough to make them grab the nearest axe and go on a murderous rampage that starts at the nearest Hot Topic and ends in a sea of soccer moms softly singing [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Chris Robinson’s talent for emulating retro styles reaches its apogee on his new band’s fresh release. Aided and abetted by roots buff Neal Casal, here Robinson churns out impeccable forgeries of the Sixties R&B, country rock, soul-blues [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – For those who can’t get enough of Queen, Eagle Rock Entertainment delivers a two-disc DVD set of the band’s performance videos. Greatest Video Hits comprises more than three hours of Queen’s promotional videos from the 1970s and ‘80s, 33 videos in all. [...]
by Nikiforos Skoumas - Columnist – Any conversation on the subject of reformed bands that have lost none of their creativity should head straight for Asia. Asia, the British melodic rock group founded by former Yes members Steve Howe and Geoff Downes, set the foreground for ‘80s melodic [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Somewhere between endearing nostalgia and eerily sterile earnestness, the self-titled debut by Swedish quintet Gin Lady offers an accurate, yet somewhat stultified impression from the 70s hard rock template. Hefty grooves, catchy melodies, and [...]
by John Kindred Publisher – Shredguy Records’ latest guitar prodigy, Chris Bickley, has stepped forth from the shadows and has released his debut solo CD titled Tapestry of Souls. Bickley hasn’t actually been hidden from view; he has been hammering out an existence as a musician at a [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – French veteran trio Mröglbl led by guitar guru Christophe Godin deliver a familiar brew on their new release: an off-the-wall, heady mixture of jazz fusion, metal, hard rock, prog, and whatever else they feel like including into their whimsically singular [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – If you get your jollies by discovering unknown bands that sound like they should be bigger than they are, then listening to Teenage Casket Company will get you more excited than the high school geek scoring a date with a hot cheerleader who promises the night will [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Somewhere between the sublimity of Bill Frisell’s recent tribute to John Lennon “All We Are Saying…” and the kitsch of Big Jim Sullivan’s renditions of the late 60s- early 70s pop classics, the record at hand is a hit-and-miss affair, albeit [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer – Jay Parmar returns with his sophomore studio release titled Circle of Fire on Steve Vai’s label Digital Nations.The album follows up his 2005 debut release, Strange Day, and tracks his musical progress and growth over the last seven years. Although it seems [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – It would seem obvious to say that Nicke Andersson is one of the most versatile and talented musicians of the modern rock and metal world. From death metal (Entombed, Death Breath), to hard rock (the Hellacopters), to noisy punk (Supershit 666), to Detroit soul [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer – This German band has coined a catchy tag for their style of music: ProMeRo, which stands for Progressive Metal-Rock. It’s a memorable descriptor designed to announce their presence as a hybrid band that incorporate several different genres into their sound [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Released in September 2011 after decades in the Hendrix family vault, the material on this 4-disk live box set is another compelling testimony to the ultimate guitar hero’s genius. Tapes of three shows the Jimi Hendrix Experience played in October 1968 at [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – Dismissing the stereotypical presumptions about instrumental rock guitar albums as myopic self-indulgences, the Adagio guitarist’s first full-length solo release is anything but an exercise in fretboard solipsism. It’s all about spectacular splashes of [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer – There are glimpses of earnest striving on this collection of demos, jams and half-baked ideas, which is, curiously, packaged and presented as a finished album. But a finished album it is not, with both material and production at their tadpole stages, and with [...]
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 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 [...]
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