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  • 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 »
  • Liv Sin: Follow Me – Album Review

    Liv Sin: Follow Me – Album Review

    Artist: Liv Sin Album: Follow Me Genre: Metal Label: Despotz Records Release Date: April 28, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: One of the best metal bands to hit the scene in the 2000’s had to be Sister Sin, lead by the incomparable Liv “Sin” Jagrell. However after numerous tours and some really great albums, the band suffered from burnout and called it quits. But, luckily Liv has returned to the scene to claim her throne as the...Read More »
  • Tommy Paris Band – Album Review

    Tommy Paris Band – Album Review

    Artist: Tommy Paris Band Album: Tommy Paris Band Genre: Melodic Hard Rock Label: Tommy Paris Release Date: Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: After a really long wait for a new album by Britny Fox, I recently heard that the band is not going to be releasing any new material anytime in the near future. I was really disappointed by the news because I really enjoyed the band’s albums with Tommy Paris at the helm. Bite Down...Read More »
  • Rock Goddess – It’s More Than Rock N’ Roll

    Rock Goddess – It’s More Than Rock N’ Roll

    Artist: Rock Goddess Album: It’s More Than Rock N’ Roll Genre: Metal Label: Bite You To Death Records Release Date: May 19, 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Damn right, It’s more than rock n’ roll. It’s what we live for.  Nothing could ring more true than that feeling on this long awaited release by Rock Goddess. It’s been 30 long years since the last album by Rock Goddess was released. The title track alone is well...Read More »
  • One Desire – Review

    One Desire – Review

    Artist: One Desire Album: One Desire Genre: Melodic Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music srl. Release Date: March 24, 2017 Reviewed by: Madz Lenthall Review: The self-titled debut album from Finnish melodic rockers One Desire is the result of several years work and different collaborations by founding member and drummer, Ossi Sivula. As debuts go, it’s one of the finest I have heard in a long time. Initially formed in 2012, it has taken until now...Read More »
  • Lionville – A World Of Fools Review

    Lionville – A World Of Fools Review

    Artist: Lionville Album: A World Of Fools Genre: Melodic Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: February 24, 2017 Review by: Madz Lenthall  Review: Roaring out of Italy, Lionville has grown in popularity since the band formed in 2009. Brain child of the multi talented Stefani Lionetti, the band now return with their third release, A World Of Fools. Sounding like a glorious mix of Toto and Journey, the guys have created a record...Read More »
  • Accept Platinum Edition Digipak Re-Releases Review

    Accept Platinum Edition Digipak Re-Releases Review

    Artist: Accept Albums: Accept, Breaker, I’m A Rebel,  and Restless And Wild Platinum Digipaks (Bonus Tracks) Genre: Metal Label: AFM Records Release Date: April, 14, 2017 Review: Okay, so let me clarify this before I get started with the review. All four of these CD’s are sold separately and not part of a set, but I decided to review them all together as Accept fans might be inclined to buy them all. Former lead vocalist for...Read More »
  • Crazy Lixx: Ruff Justice

    Crazy Lixx: Ruff Justice

    Artist: Crazy Lixx Album: Ruff Justice Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: Frontiers Music srl. Release Date: April 21, 2017 Review: If you love bands from the eighties hair band era, then you should already be a fan of Crazy Lixx. If you haven’t heard them before, it will only take one listen to make you a fan of their sound. It truly is a retro sound from the past. Crazy Lixx is a great...Read More »
  • Art Of Anarchy: The Madness

    Art Of Anarchy: The Madness

    Artist: Art Of Anarchy Album: The Madness  Genre: Hard Rock / Metal Label: Century Media Release Date: March 24, 2017 Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect from the second release from the supergroup “Art Of Anarchy”. After all, their first album sounds like it was a real challenge to finish and then, vocalist Scott Weiland did his best to distance himself from the project, claiming to be just a hired hand, and instead trying to shift attention...Read More »
  • Eclipse: Momentum

    Eclipse: Momentum

    Artist: Eclipse Album: Momentum Genre: Hard Rock, Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: March 24, 2017 Review: Do you like guitar driven rock? If the answer is yes, you’re going to really like Eclipse‘s new album “Momentum”. With a sound that’s influenced by the hair bands and hard rock kings of the eighties, Eclipse continue to create great rock n’ roll that deserves to be heard. These guys are one of the new young bands that...Read More »
  • Bonfire: Byte The Bullet Review

    Bonfire: Byte The Bullet Review

    Artist: Bonfire Album: Byte The Bullet Genre: Hard Rock, Metal Label: UDR /Warner music Release Date: March 24, 2017 Review: After quite a few line up changes, Bonfire seems to have created an album that hearkens back to the sounds of the best of their discography. New vocalist, Alexx Stahl sounds really quite similar to original vocalist Claus Lessmann. I was quite surprised when Bonfire and former vocalist David Reece (Ex-Accept, Bangalore Choir) parted ways after...Read More »
  • Sinner: Tequila Suicide

    Sinner: Tequila Suicide

    Artist: Sinner Album: Tequila Suicide Genre: Metal Label: AFM Release Date: March 31, 2017 Review: Sinner was one of Germany’s top act’s during the 80’s reign of metal. Along with Accept, Scorpions and Helloween, they ruled the charts and airwaves in their home country. However, and unfortunately, that same success never seemed to follow them to the United States. Those of us in the U.S. who have been fans of Sinner, know how great they are. They...Read More »
  • Black Mirrors: Funky Queen Review

    Black Mirrors: Funky Queen Review

    Artist: Black Mirrors Album: Funky Queen Genre: Hard Rock Label: Napalm Records Release Date: March 3, 2017 Review: This is a really cool and fun surprise. I put on the new debut EP by Black Mirrors called Funky Queen. I’m expecting something completely different than what I’m hearing. From the front cover, I would have thought that this was another dark metal band, especially with the name Black Mirrors. But, no, this is a sort...Read More »
  • House Of Lords: Saint of the Lost Souls Review

    House Of Lords: Saint of the Lost Souls Review

    Artist: House Of Lords Album: Saint of the Lost Souls Genre: Metal, Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: March 24, 2017 The House Of Lords are back with another great melodic metal album. Saint of the Lost Souls is a welcome addition to the already great discography of the band. This follow up to 2015’s “Indestructible” sees the band continue to create rock solid releases. The opening track “Harlequin” is an epic beginning that builds as...Read More »
  • Night Ranger: Don’t Let Up Review

    Night Ranger: Don’t Let Up Review

    Artist: Night Ranger Album: Don’t Let Up Genre: Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: March 24, 2017 Review: From the very start of the opening track “Somehow Someway”, you can just tell that Night Ranger have created one of the best albums of their long and great career. If, you listen closely, you can actually hear the “fun” they had making this record. Released some 35 years after their debut album “Dawn Patrol”, it’s clear...Read More »
  • Ex Deo: Immortal Wars Review

    Ex Deo: Immortal Wars Review

    Artist: Ex Deo Album: Immortal Wars Genre: Metal Label: Napalm Records Release Date: February 24, 2017 Review: Led by Maurizio Iacono, the outstanding front man from Kataklysm. Ex Deo have delivered another great metal album with Immortal Wars. Take the imagery of the movie “300” and picture a brutal metal soundtrack. Now, you’re getting close to what Ex Deo is all  about. Filled with headbanging metal along with some orchestral, symphonic and operatic moments, Immortal Wars plays like an musical...Read More »
  • Crystal Viper: Queen Of The Witches

    Crystal Viper: Queen Of The Witches

    Artist: Crystal Viper Genre: Queen Of The Witches Label: AFM Records Release Date: February 17, 2017 Review: This album starts off by going for the throat and never letting go. Marta Gabriel is an impressive vocalist with a really powerful voice. She reminds me of a lot of two of the best female metal vocalists out there….Leather Leone from Chastain and Doro Pesch. Yes, she’s really that good. Starting with the Witch Is Back, you are pummeled...Read More »
  • Derek Davis – Revolutionary Soul

    Derek Davis – Revolutionary Soul

    Artist: Derek Davis Album: Revolutionary Soul Genre: R&B/Funk/Hard Rock Label: Apocalypse Records Release Date: January 21, 2017 Review: So let’s start with saying that I’ve always thought Derek Davis has had a great singing voice. Babylon A.D. has always been underrated as far as I’m concerned. And Davis’ voice was always front and center. So I was curious, what will this solo release sound like. After all, I’m familiar with him singing hard rock and melodic heavy metal....Read More »
  • Sainted Sinners-Review

    Sainted Sinners-Review

    Artist: Sainted Sinners Album: Sainted Sinners Genre: Hard Rock Label: El Puerto Records Gbr Release Date: February 24th, 2017 Review: David Reece has been the lead singer for a long list of great bands. Most probably know him as the guy to take Udo Dirkschneider’s place in Accept on the Eat The Heat album. I’ve followed his career for a while now with bands like Bangalore Choir, Sircle Of Silence, Gypsy Rose, Tango Down and more recently Bonfire....Read More »
  • Striker-Review

    Striker-Review

    Artist: Striker Album: Striker Genre: Metal Label: Record Breaking Records Release Date: February 24, 2017 Review: Damn! This self titled release by Striker is one of the best metal albums that I’ve heard this year, maybe “The Best”! Starting with the opening track “Former Glory” this is the kind of metal album that makes you take notice. This one just grabs you by the throat and never let’s go. Striker hits you with an intensity that I last...Read More »
  • The Ghosts Of Lovers

    The Ghosts Of Lovers

    Artist: The Ghosts Of Lovers Album: The Ghosts Of Lovers Genre: Rock / Alternative/ Glam-Punk Label: Angels In Exile Release Date: November 2016 Review: What do you get if you mix Hanoi Rocks, Bauhaus and the Sex Pistols? Well, I’d say you’d probably get the debut album by “The Ghosts Of Lovers”. I suppose if I had to pick just one band that they most remind me of, it would be Hanoi Rocks. Mind you, there’s more...Read More »
  • Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard: Supersonic Rock N’ Roll

    Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard: Supersonic Rock N’ Roll

    Artist: Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard Album: Supersonic Rock N’ Roll Genre: Metal Label: Napalm Records Release Date: February 24, 2017 Review: Australia’s Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard is like a rock n’ roll version of Frankenstein’s Monster. Start with the body of Clutch. Add an arm of Ministry, another arm from ZZ Top. Join a leg of Motorhead and another from your favorite hardcore punk band of choice. Add in some fingers and toes of Black Sabbath, The...Read More »
  • Burning Point: The Blaze

    Burning Point: The Blaze

    Artist: Burning Point Album: The Blaze Genre: Metal Label: AFM Records Release Date: January 20, 2017 Review: Finnish metalers Burning Point have really impressed me with their past releases. In 2014 the band added Nitte Valo (ex- Battlebeast) as the their new lead vocalist. After hearing and becoming accustomed to the band with a male vocalist, I was curious how the band would sound with female vocals. Good. Quite good, actually. Burning Point sounds re-energized with Nitte...Read More »
  • Stephen Pearcy: Smash

    Stephen Pearcy: Smash

    Artist: Stephen Pearcy Album: Smash Genre: Hard Rock / Metal Label: Frontiers music srl. Release Date: January 27, 2017 Review: If you’re anything like me, you were really disappointed to hear that Ratt had broken up after producing such an incredible album with “Infestation”.  I’ve been a big fan of Ratt over the years, as well as lead singer Stephen Pearcy‘s solo and side project albums. You have to give credit to Stephen Pearcy. He stays busy. Both...Read More »
  • Overkill: Grinding Wheel

    Overkill: Grinding Wheel

    Artist: Overkill Album: The Grinding Wheel Genre: Thrash Metal Label: Nuclear Blast Release Date: Feb. 10, 2017 Review: Overkill has been strong on the media wagon since Nov. ’16 when they started pumping their upcoming eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, due on February 10, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Jesus, think about that for a minute. Eighteenth album. Eighteen albums in thirty six years. The band was formed in 1980 from the ashes of the punk...Read More »
  • HYDROGYN-Redemption

    HYDROGYN-Redemption

    Artist: HYDROGYN Album: Redemption Genre: Metal Label: HighVol Music Release Date: March 10, 2017 Review: Starting with the opening track “Fixir”, you immediately get the impression that is a new-sounding Hydrogyn. With a more aggressive tone throughout, Hydrogyn are back with a new album called “Redemption”. Let me start out by saying that I’ve enjoyed all of the previous albums that Hydrogyn have released. I was curious when I heard that longtime vocalist Julie had left the...Read More »
  • Jack Russell’s Great White: He Saw It Comin’

    Jack Russell’s Great White: He Saw It Comin’

    Artist: Jack Russell’s Great White Album: He Saw It Comin’ Genre: Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Label: Frontiers Music srl. Release Date: January 27, 2017 Review: The break up between the original members of Great White, which saw Great White carry on with new singer (Terry Ilous Ex-XYZ) and longtime vocalist Jack Russell start his own band, known as Jack Russell’s Great White has been well documented and publicized in recent years. Great White released their first...Read More »
  • Eternal Idol: The Unrevealed Secret

    Eternal Idol: The Unrevealed Secret

    Artist: Eternal Idol Album: The Unrevealed Secret Genre: Metal Label: Frontier Music srl. Release Date: December 2, 2016 Review: Wow! Here’s a great epic sounding band with duel male and female fronted vocals. Evil Tears kicks the album off and is one of my favorite tracks on The Unrevealed Secret. Crunchy guitar, pounding bass and drum and symphonic sounding keyboards. What’s not to like? Fans of bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray and Symphony X should really...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

  • 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 »
  • Jack Russell’s Great White Prove They’re The Real Deal

    Jack Russell’s Great White Prove They’re The Real Deal

    Jack Russell’s Great White October 7, 2016 Englewood, Florida Englewood Event Center Concert Review: When I heard that Jack Russell’s Great White was going to be performing nearby, I was excited but skeptical. Why? You ask? Well, I have heard all kinds of stories about the legendary singer, from people bashing him and writing him off as washed up and  others referring to Jack Russell as a dead man walking because of his addiction problems....Read More »
  • Heart /Joan Jett/Cheap Trick Concert Review

    Heart /Joan Jett/Cheap Trick Concert Review

    The Rock Hall Three for All tour was a night of pure classic rock celebrations that came through Arizona recently. Heart with Joan Jett and opening support from Cheap Trick – all three bands that finally got in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame long after they were first eligible – on one bill. You simply can never go wrong with having Cheap Trick open a show. The energy, the iconic tunes, the anthems...Read More »