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  • Sainted Sinners – Back With A Vengeance

    Sainted Sinners – Back With A Vengeance

    Artist: Sainted Sinners Album: Back With A Vengeance Genre: Metal Label: El Puerto Records Release Date: February 16, 2018 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Less than a year ago, I was writing a review for the debut album from Sainted Sinners. And what a debut it was. The album made it into the XS ROCK top 5 albums of 2017.  While the last album leaned more heavily on the bluesy hard rock side, “Back With A Vengeance” has a bit...Read More »
  • Fragile Things – Echo Chambers EP review

    Fragile Things – Echo Chambers EP review

    Artist: Fragile Things Album: Echo Chambers Genre: Hard Rock Label: Fragile Things Release Date: February 4, 2018 Reviewed by: Madeleine “Madz” Lenthall Review: Releasing their first EP, Broken Sun in 2016, 4-piece UK rockers Fragile Things have gone from strength to strength building a solid fan base through gigging, and have just released their second EP Echo Chambers. I am pleased to report that it’s stunning! Born out of Heavens Basement and Endless Mile, Fragile Things consists of Richie...Read More »
  • Fu Manchu – Clone Of The Universe Review

    Fu Manchu – Clone Of The Universe Review

    Artist: Fu Manchu Album: Clone Of The Universe Genre: Hard Rock / Stoner Rock Label: At The Dojo Release Date: February 9, 2018 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: If you miss the sonic glory of Black Sabbath or Kyuss, then put those headphones on and prepared to be transported to another universe….or at the very least Clone Of The Universe.  These guys always make great albums and this one is no exception. Along with Clutch, Fu...Read More »
  • Disciples Of Babylon, The Rise And Fall Of Babylon – Review

    Disciples Of Babylon, The Rise And Fall Of Babylon – Review

    Artist: Disciples Of Babylon Album: The Rise And Fall Of Babylon Genre: Hard Rock / Alternative Label: Symbiotic Records Release Date: October 6, 2017 Reviewed by: Madz Lenthall Review: Last summer I flagged up an EP from Hollywood rockers, Disciples Of Babylon, which featured a brilliant track called Karma. Since then the band have released their first album, The Rise and Fall of Babylon, and I am delighted to report it is even better. Disciples of Babylon forge together classic and alternative...Read More »
  • Saxon – Thunderbolt Review

    Saxon – Thunderbolt Review

    Artist: Saxon Album: Thunderbolt Genre: Metal Label: Militia Guard Release Date: February 2, 2018 Review: If you’re a fan of Saxon, you already know that this legendary band never disappoints. It’s simply incredible to think that Saxon‘s debut album release will be 40 years old next year. The band sounds in top form on Thunderbolt. Like a fine wine, Saxon just gets better with age. Biff Byford sounds incredible. By the way, he’s now 67 years old and...Read More »
  • Ammunition – Review

    Ammunition – Review

    Artist: Ammunition Album: Ammunition Genre: Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: January 26, 2018 Review:  If melodic metal / hard rock is your thing, you absolutely have to check out Ammunition. What an incredible album this is! Exploding out of your speakers with the opening track “Time”, you can tell this going to be an awesome and special album. This is some really great rock n’ roll. “Freedom Finder” has an incredibly infectious beat. It’s...Read More »
  • Burdens Within – Burdens Within

    Burdens Within – Burdens Within

    Artist: Burdens Within Album: Burdens Within Genre: Metal Label: Pavement Entertainment Release Date: January 26, 2018 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: If you’re looking for a band with a great modern metal sound, look no further. Burdens Within are here to save the day. With their debut release the band explodes onto the music scene with a thunderous roar. With more than it’s share of great classic metal riffs fused with a nice modern sound, the band makes...Read More »
  • Every Mother’s Nightmare – Grind Review

    Every Mother’s Nightmare – Grind Review

    Artist: Every Mother’s Nightmare Album: Grind Genre: Hard Rock Label: HighVolMusic Release Date: October 6, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: It’s been 15 years since EMN released their last full length album. I’m happy to confirm that Every Mother’s Nightmare have returned with some of the best songs they’ve ever done.  Starting with the opening track Loco Crazy, Rick Ruhl and company set the tone for this album with a really great rocker. Followed up immediately by...Read More »
  • Circus Of Power – Four Review

    Circus Of Power – Four Review

    Artist: Circus Of Power Album: Four Genre: Hard Rock Label: Noize In The Attic Records Release Date: December 8, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Well, considering a lot of rumors that I heard about Circus Of Power, I feel lucky to have this album in my hands. For a while, at least, it sounded like Circus Of Power was finished and had broken up for good. Thankfully, that’s not the case and the band has given...Read More »
  • Hogan’s Goat – Review

    Hogan’s Goat – Review

    Artist: Hogan’s Goat Album: Hogan’s Goat Genre: Metal Label: Hogan’s Goat Release Date: July 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: If Guns N’ Roses and the grunge sounds of Soundgarden and Alice and Chains had a love child, it’d be Hogan’s Goat. Mixing a bit of bluesy hard rock with a 90’s grunge sound turns out to be quite a cool combination.  Annie Off The Rails is by far my favorite track represented on their debut album. It’s...Read More »
  • OPERATION: MINDCRIME – The New Reality Review

    OPERATION: MINDCRIME – The New Reality Review

    Artist: OPERATION: MINDCRIME Album: The New Reality Genre: Metal / Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: December 1st, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: According to Geoff Tate, The New Reality is the last album by Operation: Mindcrime. The New Reality is the third part in a trilogy, that started with “The Key” followed by “Resurrection”. I have to say out of the all three albums, The New Reality is the best and most satisfying...Read More »
  • EISLEY / GOLDY – Blood, Guts and Games Review

    EISLEY / GOLDY – Blood, Guts and Games Review

    Artist: EISLEY / GOLDY Album: Blood, Guts and Games Genre: Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: December 1st, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: One of the best voices in rock music during the 1980’s was David Glenn Eisley. The two albums released by Giuffria featuring Eisley on vocals were incredible. The band had a few commercial hits, but was worthy of so much more. Then suddenly Giuffria called it quits. Much of the band morphed...Read More »
  • Pretty Boy Floyd – Public Enemies Review

    Pretty Boy Floyd – Public Enemies Review

    Artist: Pretty Boy Floyd Album: Public Enemies Genre: Metal / Glam/Sleaze Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: December 1, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Pretty Boy Floyd have returned to the scene of the crime with their all new album “Public Enemies”. What’s really amazing about this release, is that it has all of the intensity and raw energy of a band back in the heyday of the sunset strip. You know, when glam metal bands...Read More »
  • Warrior Soul – Back On The Lash Review

    Warrior Soul – Back On The Lash Review

    Artist: Warrior Soul Album: Back On The Lash Genre: Metal / Rock N’ Roll Label: Livewire/Cargo Records UK Release Date: December 1st, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Kory Clarke and his version of apocalyptic rock with Warrior Soul. And with his latest outing “Back On The Lash”, I am even more convinced than ever that Clarke is one of the greatest living rock stars around. A modern day poet with...Read More »
  • Souldrinker – War Is Coming

    Souldrinker – War Is Coming

    Artist: Souldrinker Album: War Is Coming Genre: Metal Label: El Puerto records Gbr Release Date: November 24, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Wow! This album has the ferocity and some of the same energetic vibe of Pantera‘s “Cowboys From Hell” Album, but…..wait for it…..with incredibly powerful female vocals propelling it. This is my first listen to Souldrinker and “War Is Coming” is one outstanding album. Starting out like a slap in the face, Let...Read More »
  • Pink Cream 69 – Headstrong Review

    Pink Cream 69 – Headstrong Review

    Artist: Pink Cream 69 Album: Headstrong Genre: Metal Label: Frontiers Music SRL. Release Date: November 10, 2017 Review: Pink Cream 69 are back again! And they’ve delivered the goods once again. I’m a big fan of these guys. They’ve been around for quite some time now and always manage to deliver quality album after album with each release. But this time you even get a second bonus album full of great live material of songs throughout their...Read More »
  • Madam X – Monstrocity

    Madam X – Monstrocity

    Artist: Madam X Album: Monstrocity Genre: Metal Label: EMP Label Group Release Date: October 31, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: So here’s one of the coolest releases that I’ve had come across my desk in quite a while. Why? Well, Way back in 1984 Madam X released a kick-ass metal album called “We Reserve The Right”. And then, just like that, they disappeared. So, this is their second album. So here we are 33 years later...Read More »
  • The Nearly Deads – Revenge Of The Nearly Deads

    The Nearly Deads – Revenge Of The Nearly Deads

    Artist: The Nearly Deads Album: Revenge Of The Nearly Deads Genre: Alternative / Hard Rock Label: The Nearly Deads Release Date: June 9, 2017 Review: If you’re into Halestorm, you’ve got to check out The Nearly Deads. Starting with the “Diamond in the Rough”, the band shows that they have what it takes to kick out the jams. It’s a great opening track with a lot of energy. Lead vocalist, T.J. has a great voice. It’s incredibly smooth,...Read More »
  • L.A. Guns : The Missing Peace Album Review

    L.A. Guns : The Missing Peace Album Review

    Artist: L.A. Guns Album: The Missing Peace Genre: Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music srl. Release Date: October 13, 2017 Review by: Bobby Caughron Review: So now that hell has finally frozen over and Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis have officially reunited L.A. Guns, what’s the verdict you ask? It’s a contender for hard rock album of the year. It’s good. Scratch that. It’s great. Actually, it’s damn great! This is the first time that L.A....Read More »
  • Air Raid – Across The Line

    Air Raid – Across The Line

    Artist: Air Raid Album: Across The Line Genre: Metal Label: High Roller Records Release Date: September 29, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Wow! this is my first experience with this band and these Sweden natives kick major ass! This is classic metal in all of it’s glory. If you like the classic style of Accept, Dio, Iron Maiden, etc. You need to add this to your collection. Across The Line kicks you in the face with...Read More »
  • Coldspell – A New World Arise

    Coldspell – A New World Arise

    Artist: Coldspell Album: A New World Arise Genre: Metal Label: Escape Music Ltd Release Date: September 22, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Wow! Just Wow! This is my first time listening to Coldspell. All I keep thinking, is how is it that this band is not on a major label? This is some of the best stuff that I’ve heard in quite a long time. Starting off with the energetic first track, Forevermore, this is pure melodic metal...Read More »
  • Ektomorf: Warpath

    Ektomorf: Warpath

    Artist: Ektomorf Album: Warpath Genre: Metal Label: AFM Records Release Date: June 30, 2017 Review: Finally, we get a live performance of Ektomorf. I’ve been a fan for quite some time and really dig their sound. Although, I’ve never had the chance to actually see them perform live, this seems to be a great representation of what the band brings. If you get the deluxe edition with CD / DVD you get even more live goodness...Read More »
  • The Grand Masquerade – MMXVI Review

    The Grand Masquerade – MMXVI Review

    Artist: The Grand Masquerade  Album: MMXVI  Genre: Melodic Hard Rock Label: Spinnup Release Date: August 2016 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Wow! This five track debut EP by The Grand Masquerade is simply outstanding!  Hailing from Sweden, this four piece have created an incredible first outing. Starting out with the opening track “By My Side”, you’ll quickly understand that is a focused, professional band with the ability to craft some of the most catchy songs you’ll hear from...Read More »
  • Wayward Sons, Ghosts Of Yet To Come – Album Review

    Wayward Sons, Ghosts Of Yet To Come – Album Review

    Artist: Wayward Sons Album: Ghosts Of Yet To Come Genre: Melodic Metal / Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music srl. Release Date: September 15, 2017 Reviewed by: Madz Lenthal (http://denimandblether.blogspot.co.uk/) Review: More than 20 years after Little Angels disbanded, vocalist Toby Jepson is back with a bang. After writing and producing for the likes of Toseland and The Answer, as well as performing with GUN, Fastway and Dio Disciples since Little Angels called it a day,...Read More »
  • Shadowside – Shades Of Humanity

    Shadowside – Shades Of Humanity

    Artist: Shadowside Album: Shades Of Humanity Genre: Metal Label: EMP Label Group Release Date: June 27, 2017 Review: I’m really impressed with the latest outing from Shadowside. This album sees the band proving once and for all that they are in the same league as bands like Arch Enemy, In This Moment and Battle Beast. Shades Of Humanity starts off strong with the album opener “The Fall”. Dani Nolden has a great voice. She’s able to hit the high...Read More »
  • Lords Of Altamont – The Wild Sounds Of Altamont

    Lords Of Altamont – The Wild Sounds Of Altamont

    Artist: Lords Of Altamont Album: The Wild Sounds Of Altamont Genre: Rock / Garage Rock / Hard Rock Label: Heavy Psych Sounds Release Date: October 6, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: I first took notice of The Lords Of Altamont with their 2002 release “To Hell With The Lords Of Altamont”. I stumbled on them quite by accident and thought the name was cool. I remember wondering how many 20-somethings of the current generation knew about The...Read More »
  • H.E.A.T. – Into The Great Unknown

    H.E.A.T. – Into The Great Unknown

    Artist: H.E.A.T. Album: Into The Great Unknown Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: EarMusic Release Date: September 17, 2017 Reviewed by: Madz Lenthal http://denimandblether.blogspot.co.uk/ Review: H.E.A.T fans have been getting a bit hot under the collar recently. Lead single, Time On Our Side split opinion with it’s contemporary sound, but do not fear, it sits at the heart of a tremendous record. The talented 5 piece have indeed experimented with more modern recording sounds, and in...Read More »
  • Dirkschneider – Live Back To the Roots: Accepted! DVD/CD

    Dirkschneider – Live Back To the Roots: Accepted! DVD/CD

    Artist: Dirkschneider Album: Live Back To the Roots: Accepted! DVD/CD Genre: Metal Label: AFM Records Release Date: August 25, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review:  At first glance this looked to be a re-packaged version of Dirkschneider‘s last release, but I am happy to report that is not. While the track list may be almost identical, the songs are completely different live versions. I have to say that although, I loved the previous “Live” Back To The...Read More »
  • End Of Green – Void Estate

    End Of Green – Void Estate

    Artist: End Of Green Album: Void Estate Genre: Alternative / Goth/ Rock Label: Napalm Records Release Date: August 18, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: If you like your rock and metal with a bit of goth, you’re going to love End Of Green. With nods to bands like Type O Negative, Bauhaus and HIM, the band have released a really impressive album with Void Estate. The album starts with the ultra catchy “Send In The...Read More »
  • Serious Black – Magic

    Serious Black – Magic

    Artist: Serious Black Album: Magic Genre: Metal Label: AFM Records Release Date:  August 25, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Serious Black is seriously back….with their new album “Magic”. These guys have really been making waves in the power metal scene and continue to forge new territory with their latest release. In good company with bands like Symphony X, Dream Theater and Firewind, Serious Black are out to prove they have what it takes to be a...Read More »
  • Josh Todd And The Conflict – Year Of The Tiger

    Josh Todd And The Conflict – Year Of The Tiger

    Artist: Josh Todd & The Conflict Album: Year Of The Tiger Genre: Metal / Hard Rock Label: Century Media Release Date: September 15, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Let me start by saying that I absolutely love this album. Going into this I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to be getting. I like Buckcherry. But, this isn’t Buckcherry. That’s somewhat surprising to say, considering that The Conflict has the guitarist and lead singer from...Read More »
  • Michael Monroe – The Best

    Michael Monroe – The Best

    Artist: Michael Monroe Album: The Best Genre: Hard Rock / Glam Rock Label: Spinefarm Release Date: June 30, 2017 Review: Michael Monroe has released no less than ten solo albums of material between 1987 and 2015. While, he will probably always be most famous for fronting the infamous band Hanoi Rocks in the early 80’s, his solo albums deserve a release like this one, which is entitled simply….The Best. Just for a quick history lesson, Hanoi Rocks...Read More »
  • Byzantine – The Cicada Tree

    Byzantine – The Cicada Tree

    Artist: Byzantine Album: The Cicada Tree Genre: Metal Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: July 28, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Byzantine have done what many bands attempt, but few accomplish. And that’s creating a new metal sounding album that stays true to it’s traditional metal roots. The first song, New Ways To Bear Witness is a blistering track that comes out swinging. Followed up quickly by Vile Maxim, the band continues to pummel...Read More »
  • THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN – Cypress Ave.

    THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN – Cypress Ave.

    Artist: THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN Album: Cypress Ave. Genre: Hard Rock / Blues / Stoner Rock Label: Napalm Records Release Date: July 28, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Cypress Ave. is an exhilarating, blues-soaked stoner rock masterpiece. The opening track “Tonight” is quite brilliant and I can’t seem to keep it from repeating in my mind long after the album is finished. It’s an eclectic journey on this album with elements of Sabbath, Clutch and Orange Goblin...Read More »
  • DGM – Passing Stages Live In Milan and Atlanta

    DGM – Passing Stages Live In Milan and Atlanta

    Artist: DGM  Album: Passing Stages: Live in Milan and Atlanta Genre: Metal Label: Frontiers Music srl. Release Date: June 2, 2017 Review: DGM have created an incredible double album filled with quality music that takes on a whole new life with these live versions. This band has been making waves across Europe and the United States with their progressive metal sound and melodic vocals. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the studio versions of the songs, I have to...Read More »
  • OHRENFEINDT: Zwei Fäuste für Rock’n’Roll

    OHRENFEINDT: Zwei Fäuste für Rock’n’Roll

    Artist: OHRENFEINDT Album: Zwei Fäuste für Rock’n’Roll Genre: Metal / Hard Rock Label: AFM Records Release Date: June 23, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Have you ever wondered what an AC/DC fronted by Brian Johnson would sound like in German? Well, wonder no more. Ohrenfeindt is the answer. I have no idea what the hell they are saying, but I also don’t mind, because it’s got that same bar room boogie woogie style that made AC/DC...Read More »
  • Harem Scarem – United

    Harem Scarem – United

    Artist: Harem Scarem Album: United Genre: Melodic Metal Label: Frontiers Music srl. Release Date: May 12, 2017 Review by: Madz Lenthall Review: Roaring out of Canada in the late 1980’s, Harem Scarem are certainly not new-comers to the world of melodic hard rock. The band took a couple of breaks during their long career, but have just released their latest album United, the second record since their comeback in 2013. 11 killer tracks, featuring the oh so...Read More »
  • Goatwhore: Vengeful Ascension

    Goatwhore: Vengeful Ascension

    Artist: Goatwhore Album: Vengeful Ascension Genre: Metal Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: June 23, 2017 Review: I first became aware of Goatwhore‘s brand of New Orleans style metal with the album “Carving Out The Eyes Of God”. I quickly became a convert to their style of brutal head banging metal and have been a fan ever since. With their new album “Vengeful Ascension”, Goatwhore is at the top of their game. Starting from the opening...Read More »
  • PRIMAL FEAR – Angels of Mercy – Live in Germany Review

    PRIMAL FEAR – Angels of Mercy – Live in Germany Review

    Artist: PRIMAL FEAR Album: Angels of Mercy – Live in Germany Genre: Metal Label: Frontiers music srl. Release Date: June 2, 2017 Review: I’ve been a fan of Primal Fear for quite some time. I have all of their previously released albums. They are one of the bands that continue to release quality metal music on each and every album. Angels Of Mercy-Live In Germany is an awesome, essentially, greatest hits live release. Sounding somewhat similar to...Read More »
  • Jorn – Life On Death Road

    Jorn – Life On Death Road

    Artist: Jorn Album: Life On Death Row Genre: Metal Label: Frontier music Srl. Release Date: Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: I’m always amazed when I mention Jorn to someone and they answer, who? Jorn Lande is such a talented vocalist that it doesn’t seem possible that their are still metal fans out there that haven’t heard him. Starting with the opening and title track, Life On Death Row, you get a taste of what Jorn...Read More »
  • Adrenaline Mob – We The People Review

    Adrenaline Mob – We The People Review

    Artist: Adrenaline Mob Album: We The People Genre: Metal Label: Century Media Release Date: June 2, 2017 Review: Adrenaline Mob are one of the very few modern metal bands that consistently release straight ahead, ass-kicking rock on each album that they release. We The People is no exception to that rule as the band comes out with all guns blazing. Starting with the opening track King Of The Ring, you know you’ve got a winner, and it’s...Read More »
  • Veins – Innocence

    Veins – Innocence

    Artist: Veins Album: Innocence Genre: Metal Label: Extreme Metal Music Release Date: June 16, 2017 Review: Veins is an outstanding extreme metal band sounding somewhere along the lines of Kreator and occasionally like Ministry. The band thrashes away yet keeps a consistent heavy beat that shows musical prowess as well as the ability to flat out rock.  These newcomers have released Innocence, their debut album and it’s far better than many band’s third or fourth...Read More »
  • The Dead Daisies – Live & Louder

    The Dead Daisies – Live & Louder

    Artist: The Dead Daisies Album: Live & Louder Genre: Hard Rock Label: Spitfire Music Release Date: May 19, 2017 Reviewed by: Madz Lenthall Review: When a supergroup featuring musicians from the likes of Whitesnake, Motley Crue, Thin Lizzy and Foreigner, record a live album filled with stunning tracks it’s almost guaranteed to be amazing. The Dead Daisies (John Corabi, Marco Mendoza, Doug Aldrich, David Lowy and Brian Tichy) have just released their fourth record Live & Louder, featuring...Read More »
  • Kobra and the Lotus “Prevail I” – Album Review

    Kobra and the Lotus “Prevail I” – Album Review

    Artist: Kobra and the Lotus Album: Prevail I Genre: Metal Label: Napalm Records Release Date: May 5, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Kobra and the Lotus have just released the best album of their career. Prevail is a two-part release with Prevail II coming later this year or early 2018. After hearing Prevail I,  I am incredibly excited to get the opportunity to hear the second album. Kobra and the Lotus is a band that just...Read More »
  • Inglorious: II Review

    Inglorious: II Review

    Artist: Inglorious Album: II Genre: Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music srl. Release Date: May 12, 2017 Reviewed by: Madz Lenthall Review: Fronted by singer Nathan James, Inglorious are UK based hard rockers, formed in 2014. A classic sounding band, inspired by the likes of Deep Purple, Inglorious II is the follow up to their self titled debut. Picking up where the last record left off, it is an album full of chunky riffs, great playing and...Read More »
  • Snake Charmer: Second Skin Review

    Snake Charmer: Second Skin Review

    Artist: Snake Charmer Album: Second Skin Genre: Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music srl. Release Date: May 12, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: If you’re looking for a bluesy hard rock treat then Snake Charmer will be right up your alley. Snake Charmer was originally formed by former Whitesnake members Mick Moody and Neil Murray. And, yes, it does have a pre-Whitesnake (1987) sound to it, but also a big infusion of blues and retro...Read More »
  • The Watchers: Sabbath Highway Review

    The Watchers: Sabbath Highway Review

    Artist: The Watchers Album: Sabbath Highway Genre: Metal Label: Ripple Music Release Date: November 4, 2016 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: When was the last time that you heard a new rock band that was so damn good, you just wanted to call of your friends and tell them about it? Well, that’s exactly how I feel about Sabbath Highway by The Watchers. I mean, this is ridiculously good. I feel like I’m on the...Read More »
  • Satan Takes A Holiday: Aliens Review

    Satan Takes A Holiday: Aliens Review

    Artist: Satan Takes A Holiday Album: Aliens Genre: Rock / Garage / Alternative Label: Despotz Records Release Date: February 24, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Are you a fan of Queens Of The Stone Age, Eagles Of Death Metal, Jack White, or Electric Six? If you’re answer is yes to any of these, then you’ll really dig what Satan Takes A Holiday has constructed on their new album Aliens. I was instantly hooked on the first song Good...Read More »
  • Edge Of Paradise: Alive Review

    Edge Of Paradise: Alive Review

    Artist: Edge Of Paradise Album: Alive Genre: Metal Label: Independent Label Services Release Date: March 10, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Wow! That’s the first thought that comes to mind when reviewing the new EP by Edge Of Paradise. The band has altered their sound to deliver a fresh metal punch in the face. Starting with the opening song, Alive, I’m completely hooked. I can listen to this song and actually the whole Alive EP over...Read More »
  • Treat: The Road More Or Less Traveled (Live) Review

    Treat: The Road More Or Less Traveled (Live) Review

    Artist: Treat Album: The Road More Or Less Traveled (Live) Genre: Melodic Metal / Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music srl. Release Date: April 21, 2017 Reviewed by: Madz Lenthall Review: We have seen a wave Scandinavian melodic rock bands emerge in recent years (One Desire, H.E.A.T, and Brother Firetribe to name a few), but a band that helped to kick it all off along with Europe, are fellow Swedish rockers Treat. Their latest release, The Road More...Read More »

Retro Reviews

  • Heaven’s Edge: Heaven’s Edge

    Heaven’s Edge: Heaven’s Edge

    Artist: Heaven’s Edge Album: Heaven’s Edge Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: CBS/Columbia Release Date: 1990 (Re-release Rock Candy Records 2012) Review: I will probably go to my grave thinking that if the debut album by Heaven’s Edge had only been released a few years earlier, they would have been one of the biggest name is 80’s hard rock.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t released until 1990, just as grunge and alternative rock were becoming all the...Read More »
  • Kix: Midnite Dynamite

    Kix: Midnite Dynamite

    Artist: Kix Album: Midnite Dynamite Genre: Hard Rock / Metal Label: Atlantic Records Release Date: August 6, 1985 Review: Today, I’m going way back to 1985 when Kix released their groundbreaking album “Midnite Dynamite”. An album, that I can safely say has no filler and no bad songs anywhere on it. A virtual audio tour of every teenage boys hormonal thoughts about girls, sex and generally living life at a break neck speed. This was...Read More »
  • Vollmer: When Pigs Fly

    Vollmer: When Pigs Fly

    Artist: Vollmer Album: When pigs Fly Genre: Hard Rock / Metal Label: Perris Records Release Date: Re-Released April 15, 2016 Review:  On July 22nd Helix will be releasing “Rock It Science”. The CD is a “Greatest Hits collection with one new track called (Gene Simmons) says”Rock Is Dead”.  I have been a big fan of Helix‘s music for years. Legends in the rock scene with tracks like “Rock You” ,  “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’, “Heavy Metal...Read More »
  • Halloween: Horrorfire

    Halloween: Horrorfire

    Artist: Halloween Album: Horrorfire Genre: Metal Label: Pure Steel Records Review: Recently, I did a review of Halloween‘s album “No One Gets Out” and a lot of our readers asked for more. So, today I’m offering mt review of their 2006 album, Horrorfire. So lets start there. by 2006 the band had been through several personnel changes. In 1997, former members Rick Craig and Bill Whyte rejoined only to leave again and George Neal had also...Read More »
  • Aska: Nine Tongues

    Aska: Nine Tongues

    Artist: Aska Album: Nine Tongues Genre: Metal Label: Pure Steel Records Release Date: May 3, 2013 Review: Aska is one of those bands that I completely stumbled upon by accident. I was looking through the CD rack at my local record store and came upon Nine Tongues by Aska. Now, I’ve always been one to take chances on by albums by bands that I’ve never heard before, and this was no exception. It was obvious...Read More »
  • Halloween: No One Gets Out

    Halloween: No One Gets Out

    Artist: Halloween Album: No One Gets Out Genre: Metal Label: Pure Steel Records Release Date: March 29, 2013 Review: When I was merely a teenager, there was a metal band that everyone talked about in our metal music social circles. That band was Halloween. But, here’s the tricky thing about it. None of us had ever actually heard them before. Keep in mind that this was before the internet was in every household. Hell, really...Read More »

Concert Reviews

  • Budderside Live Concert Review

    Budderside Live Concert Review

    Budderside February 9, 2018 Tampa, Florida The Brass Mug Review by: Bobby Caughron Review: Motorhead Music, the record label started by the late Lemmy Kilmister and the members of Motorhead, signed the band Budderside as their first act on the label. You can’t get any better than being hand-picked by the boys in Motorhead. Naturally, I wanted to catch Budderside perform live and I got my chance recently in Tampa, FL. Budderside took the stage...Read More »
  • L.A. Guns Reunion Concert Tour Review

    L.A. Guns Reunion Concert Tour Review

    L.A. Guns Reunion Concert February 9, 2018 Tampa, Florida The Brass Mug Review: When I heard that the almighty L.A. Guns were doing a reunion tour to support their latest album ‘The Missing Peace” I jumped at the chance to see Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns on the same stage together again. The first time that I saw the band perform was almost 30 years ago. They were coming off of their (now classic) self titled...Read More »
  • Leaves Eyes – Concert Review

    Leaves Eyes – Concert Review

    Leaves Eyes May 20, 2017 Ybor City, (Tampa) Florida The Orpheum Review: When I heard the news that Leaves Eyes were coming to a venue near me, I was already ready for a road trip. This would be my first time witnessing the band perform live, after being a fan for quite some time. When I arrived at the Orpheum, the line to get in was about a city block long and seemed to just...Read More »
  • Overkill Live Concert Review

    Overkill Live Concert Review

    Supporting the release of their 18th (18th!) release, The Grinding Wheel, Overkill is back in Arizona to fuck shit up. Unfortunately, they are at a venue that seems to have been going downhill quality-wise for the past few years, but even so, I still can never resist catching the guys wherever they play. The band wasted no time hitting the stage and laying waste to those in attendance. “Mean Green Killing Machine”, “Rotten to the...Read More »
  • Ace Frehley Live Concert Review

    Ace Frehley Live Concert Review

    Ace Frehley January 28, 2017 Tempe, Arizona Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ace Frehley came to the dusty desert of Arizona last month and rocked the packed house of the Marquee. Fans ranged from seven to 77 it seemed, reminding you just what an impact he has had in his career. It’s easy to forget that fellow musicians such as Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag, John 5, Marty Friedman and James Hetfield, among countless others,...Read More »