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by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – The Birmingham-based Magnum belongs in the particular league of privileged bands, after the last few decades they’re a band who does not need to prove anything anymore, and simply live up to their well-deserved reputation. For the audience enamored [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Its more of the same from Axel Rudi Pell on his latest release, Into The Storm… In this case – more explosive guitars, more solid vocal performances, more well-crafted songs, more of everything that has allowed the German guitar virtuoso to [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Fair Warning is one of the “big” names in the melodic hard rock world and as such, there is a tendency to excuse shortcomings for which other bands would be blasted. Well, if you’re inclined to indulge in that tendency, prepare to have lots of [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – Artlantica’s debut album, Across The Seven Seas, is a compilation of Neo-classical charm and witty instrumentals. The band comes from the remnants of Artension and Angel of Eden and includes guitarist Roger Staffelbach, vocalist John West, and [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor/Senior Columnist – It’s been an interesting couple of years in the Kamelot camp. Longtime vocalist and Roy Khan abruptly left Kamelot almost immediately after the progressive/power metal band’s 2010 album Poetry for the Poison was released, leaving the [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor – Long running British melodic rockers Magnum are back with a new studio album, their 16th overall, titled On the 13th Day. The band has been active since the mid ‘70s, has released a steady run of albums since reuniting a decade ago, and was one of the [...]
by Marcel “Mars” Groeneveld – Columnist – Lita Ford, a British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. As a founding member of the Runaways, Ford was part of one of the first girl [...]
by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – It took a quarter of a century, but the metal world can finally witness the return of one of the American cult heavy metal scene’s most beloved bands. Malice is back…sort of. The “sort of” qualifier is there for a couple of reasons, both of which take [...]
by Erik Tweedy Staff Writer – Over 40 years have passed since UFO released their debut record in 1970. Since that time, they have released some damn fine hard rock music and 20 studio albums. It would be understandable that after a career of that magnitude, in an extremely tough business, the [...]
by Marcel ”Mars” Groeneveld Staff Writer – “We did it again, ha ha ha ha,” that is how Vengeance’s 1987 classic Take It Or Leave It starts off. Although a lot has changed over the years since their breakthrough album Leon Goewie, the driving force of the band, has certainly [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer German melodic power metal outfit Freedom Call return with a new album that instantly rates as one of the best power metal releases of 2012. Okay, the year is less than a month old, so maybe that’s not saying much, but it really is hard to imagine any melodic power [...]