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MIKE TRAMP Announces New Release 'Songs of White Lion' Out April 14

Mike Tramp’s White Lion Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Bobby CaughronMay 15, 20241 min read

Mike Tramp has announced that his version of White Lion, Mike Tramp’s White Lion will be touring the U.S. starting in August with more dates to follow soon! Aug. 23 – [venue to be announced] – Las Vegas, NVAug. 24…

Ashes to Omens - Feed Me More (Review)

Ashes to Omens – Feed Me More (Review)

Bobby CaughronMay 12, 20241 min read

Ashes To Omens comes on strong with their new single “Feed Me More”. This modern metal sex-fueled anthem has an instantly likable groove. Ashes To Omens’ sound should have a broad range of appeal in the hard rock community. It…

Watch The New Video For “Blood Empress” From Unleash The Archers

Watch The New Video For “Blood Empress” From Unleash The Archers

Bobby CaughronMay 12, 20244 min read

Canadian modern power metal icons UNLEASH THE ARCHERS recently announced the upcoming release of their massive sixth studio album, ‘Phantoma’, out this Friday, May 10, 2024 via Napalm Records! Following their highly-acclaimed latest singles “Green & Glass”, “Ghosts In The…

Sam Ash Music Store Chain Closing All Stores

Sam Ash Music Store Chain Closing All Stores

Bobby CaughronMay 10, 20241 min read

Sam Ash, the music retailer that has been in business for 100 years has announced the following sad news: It is with a heavy heart that we announce that effective May 2nd 2024, all Sam Ash Music Store locations will begin…

Watch Brand New Sebastian Bach Video For "What Do I Got To Lose?"

If You Miss The Classic Skid Row…Check Out This New Sebastian Bach Song “Freedom”!

Bobby CaughronMay 10, 20242 min read

SEBASTIAN BACH has a lot to celebrate today. It’s the release day for his much-anticipated CHILD WITHIN tHE MAN (Reigning Phoenix Music) album—his first solo effort in 10 years—and tonight he’ll launch the U.S. leg of his “WHAT DO I GOT…

Black Metal, Extreme Metal And Death Metal Articles

Black Metal Band GAEREA Release "World Ablaze" Video

Black Metal Band GAEREA Release “World Ablaze” Video

Bobby CaughronApr 29, 20242 min read

With talons dipped in the inky blood of black metal and scraped across the flesh of human suffering, GAEREA is leading a charge into the future of darkness, and all those who find beauty and power in the dark side…

Watch "Endless Machine" Music Video By Ingested

Watch “Endless Machine” Music Video By Ingested

Bobby CaughronApr 20, 20242 min read

https://youtu.be/dsnnX4UJpNY Since their fifth album, 2020’s Where Only God May Tread, INGESTED has been on a creative tear that has produced almost a full record every year, each displaying the kind of musical growth that only comes from constantly practicing,…

Nifelheim Singer Hellbutcher Returns With New Album-Watch The Video For "Sword Of Wrath"

Nifelheim Singer Hellbutcher Returns With New Album-Watch The Video For “Sword Of Wrath”

Bobby CaughronApr 18, 20243 min read

From the depths of the black metal underground, comes one of its most elite figures with a new band and an even more evil attitude. As frontman of legendary Swedish maniacs Nifelheim, Hellbutcher upheld the bad name of real black…

Watch Video For New Song "War" From Satanic North's Debut Album

Watch Video For New Song “War” From Satanic North’s Debut Album

Bobby CaughronApr 18, 20242 min read

SATANIC NORTH will unleash their self-titled debut full-length on April 19th, via Reaper Entertainment. In advance of the record’s release, today the band reveals first single, “War.” The band comments, “‘War’ is a face-melting song to show you what’s coming…

French Black Metal Band SETH Release First Video From Upcoming New Album

French Black Metal Band SETH Release First Video From Upcoming New Album

Bobby CaughronApr 16, 20247 min read

In an era where the echoes of revolution have dulled to whispers, SETH roars back into the heart of the metal realm with their new album La France des Maudits. Its lead single, “Et Que Vive le Diable !”, channels…

Latest Alternative And Punk Articles

Filter To Release New Album "The Algorithm" Listen To New Song "Obliteration" Now!

Filter Return With One Of The Best Albums Of Their Career With “The Algorithm”

Aug 25, 20232 min read

Filter is always creative with each album outing and their latest, “The Algorithm” is no exception to that rule. This album sees Richard Patrick really reaching for the stars with insightful lyrics, poignant topics and some great new songs that…

The Original Misfits Deliver “Legendary” Live Show

The Original Misfits Deliver “Legendary” Live Show

Jun 29, 20233 min read

The term “legendary” is often thrown around loosely these days, but the word legendary absolutely applies to the Misfits. The Misfits hit the scene as a DIY punk band. With no massive media campaigns, no videos on MTV rotation, and…

Pop-Punkers SUM 41 Call It Quits!

Pop-Punkers SUM 41 Call It Quits!

May 8, 20231 min read

SUM 41 has decided to disband after 27 years. You can see their statement below:

Check Out This Limited Edition GG Allin and the Murder Junkies Throbblehead Set

Check Out This Limited Edition GG Allin and the Murder Junkies Throbblehead Set

Feb 16, 20231 min read

LIMITED TO ONLY 500 SETS  SHIPPING MID-2023 You asked for it… You got it. GG Allin and the Murder Junkies are now a Throbblehead set! This limited edition (500) three-figure set includes GG Allin, Merle Allin, and Dino Sex. Inspired…

Who Are The Big 4 Of Emo Rock?

Who Are The Big 4 Of Emo Rock?

Dec 26, 20224 min read

Emo music is generally seen as having started in the 1990s. The genre is stereotyped by dark clothing, crazy hair, and depressed lyrics. However, there is a lot more to it than that. This genre includes some of the greatest…

Watch Punk Legend Steve ‘Cast Iron’ Smith (R.I.P. 2022) with Red Alert In Concert 1995

Watch Punk Legend Steve ‘Cast Iron’ Smith (R.I.P. 2022) with Red Alert In Concert 1995

Dec 7, 20222 min read

Recently Steve “Cast Iron” Smith, vocalist for the legendary punk band Red Alert, passed away. His legend lives on if you can access the internet thanks to contributors who post concerts and footage online. Check out this great live concert…

Vocalist For Punk band Red Alert, Steve “Cast Iron” Smith Dies

Vocalist For Punk band Red Alert, Steve “Cast Iron” Smith Dies

Dec 1, 20221 min read

The Official Red Alert band page has posted the following regarding Steve’s untimely passing: It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to let everyone know that Steve Castiron Smith passed away last night. He had been in hospital for…

Check Out The New Funko Pops Of Robert Smith And The Cure

Check Out The New Funko Pops Of Robert Smith And The Cure

Nov 17, 20221 min read

Dim the lights and cue the smoky blue fog. The Cure is taking center stage in your POP! Rocks collection as a 5-pack of POPs! All the band members have united in this set, including POPs! of Jason Cooper, Reeves…

Dead Kennedys Drummer D.H. Peligro Dead At 63

Dead Kennedys Drummer D.H. Peligro Dead At 63

Oct 29, 20221 min read

The Dead Kennedys have released the following statement regarding the death of D.H. Peligro: Dead Kennedys’ drummer D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley) passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday, October 28th. Police on the scene stated that he died from…

The 60 Best Classic Punk Bands From The U.K.

The 60 Best Classic Punk Bands From The U.K.

Jun 18, 202223 min read

Some of the greatest punk bands of all time have come from The United Kingdom. While you would practically have to be living under a rock to not be aware of bands like The Sex Pistols and The Clash, there…

8 Goth Rock Bands That Made A Big Impact During The 1980's

8 Goth Rock Bands That Made A Big Impact During The 1980’s

Apr 10, 20207 min read

Recently, we published the article “10 Bands That Helped Form The Gothic Rock Movement” which you can read here.  Now, we’re going to start to dig in a little deeper and take a look at some more bands that started,…

10 Bands That Helped Start The Gothic Rock Movement

10 Bands That Helped Start The Gothic Rock Movement

Apr 8, 20208 min read

If you’re a fan of Gothic Rock and you haven’t heard all of these bands before, by all means, check them out.  These bands along with numerous others helped create a new sub-genre of rock music that still thrills fans…

Ministry Guitarist Sin Quirin Discusses New Project 3 Headed Snake With XS ROCK

Ministry Guitarist Sin Quirin Discusses New Project 3 Headed Snake With XS ROCK

Oct 27, 20181 min read

Ministry guitarist Sin Quirin has just released a new EP by his side project “3 Headed Snake”. If you haven’t had a chance to hear it yet, go check it out! It’s killer classic metal in the vein of Judas…

Latest General Rock Music Articles

Watch The Video For "Might Love Myself" From Beartooth

Watch The Video For “Might Love Myself” From Beartooth

Oct 28, 20231 min read

Beartooth released their brand new album ‘The Surface” on October 13th. Watch the video for the single “Might Love Myself” right here: https://youtu.be/83rcK9Xne5A Official website: http://beartoothband.com Tour Tickets: http://beartoothtickets.com TikTok:   / beartoothband   Instagram:   / beartoothband   Facebook:   / beartoothband   Twitter:   / beartoothband  

Listen To First Single By Paul Stanley's Son, Evan Stanley With His Band Amber Wild

Listen To First Single By Paul Stanley’s Son, Evan Stanley With His Band Amber Wild

Oct 20, 20232 min read

“All live all the time.” AMBER WILD started in January 2023 with one simple goal: make the kind of music they wanted to hear. Fiery guitars, thunderous drums, and raw vocals filtered through a kaleidoscope of influences make for something…

Watch Lenny Kravitz’s New Video For TK421 From Upcoming New Album

Watch Lenny Kravitz’s New Video For TK421 From Upcoming New Album

Oct 19, 20231 min read

Rock superstar Lenny Kravitz is set to release his new album ‘Blue Electric Light’ in March of 2024. Here’s a taste of the first video and song called TK421! https://youtu.be/JqNZxEMaRrY Follow Lenny Kravitz on… Instagram – http://instagram.com/lennykravitz Twitter – http://twitter.com/lennykravitz…

Listen To The Classic Retro Rock Sound Of Silveroller On New Song "Hold"

Listen To The Classic Retro Rock Sound Of Silveroller On New Song “Hold”

Oct 11, 20233 min read

Introducing the sound of Silveroller.  Hi-energy rock n’ roll played with heart and soul, played tight but loose, with the kind of swagger you just don’t hear anymore. The band’s lead single “Hold” is led by a driving drum intro, a…

Fleetwood Mac Singer Stevie Nicks Gets An Official Barbie Doll Of Her Likeness

Fleetwood Mac Singer Stevie Nicks Gets An Official Barbie Doll Of Her Likeness

Oct 3, 20232 min read

Barbie® celebrates the iconic “Queen of Rock and Roll,” Stevie Nicks, with a Barbie® doll in her likeness. Nicks achieved worldwide success with the band Fleetwood Mac before embarking on a critically acclaimed, chart-topping solo career. Known for her captivating stage…

Alice Cooper Live In Tampa 2023

Alice Cooper Live In Tampa 2023

Aug 29, 20231 min read

Live concert shots of Alice Cooper on The Freaks On Parade Tour on August 26th, 2023. All photos by Bobby Caughron (XSROCK)

Bonnie Tyler Releases Biography Called “Straight From The Heart”

Bonnie Tyler Releases Biography Called “Straight From The Heart”

Jul 31, 20232 min read

You know the name and you can’t mistake the voice. Now you can read the incredible story of how a shy, music-loving teenager called Gaynor Hopkins morphed into legendary international superstar Bonnie Tyler, and carved out an extraordinary career that…

Who is Kate Bush, The New Rock Hall Of Fame Inductee?

Who is Kate Bush, The New Rock Hall Of Fame Inductee?

May 5, 20233 min read

While I rarely agree with The Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame and many of the inductees that it chooses, (even more so, the ones that don’t get chosen that truly belong), I was happy to see the Hall induct…

Aerosmith Announces "Peace Out" Final Tour

Aerosmith Announces “Peace Out” Final Tour

May 1, 20233 min read

Announcing Aerosmith’s PEACE OUT Farewell Tour Today, four-time GRAMMY® award-winning and diamond-certified rock legends Aerosmith have announced their final outing – PEACE OUT with special guest The Black Crowes! The monumental 40-date North American tour kicks off in Philadelphia on…

Watch The Music Video That Killed Rock Super Star Billy Squier's Career

Watch The Music Video That Killed Rock Super Star Billy Squier’s Career

Nov 21, 20222 min read

Billy Squier’s career caught on fire with the release of his second album “Don’t Say No”, which would ultimately achieve Triple Platinum status in record sales. The album featured such hits as “Lonely Is the Night”, “In the Dark”, “My…

Listen To Sammy Hagar's Son, Andrew Hagar's First Song From Upcoming Debut Album

Listen To Sammy Hagar’s Son, Andrew Hagar’s First Song From Upcoming Debut Album

Nov 18, 20215 min read

Rocker ANDREW HAGAR makes a strong statement with the hard-charging song “Red Light Appetite” and its video, a cinematic + blood-thirsty vampire Western video that he shared today (November 18) ahead of the single’s release tomorrow (November 19). https://youtu.be/xszPfN1CM0k “Red…

Latest 80s Rock And Pop Articles

80s Singers George Michael, Kate Bush, And Chaka Khan Inducted Into Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame...Cyndi Lauper Left Out After Receiving Most Votes

80s Singers George Michael, Kate Bush, And Chaka Khan Inducted Into Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame…Cyndi Lauper Left Out After Receiving Most Votes

May 4, 20231 min read

The always controversial Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame has shockingly ignored the fan vote for 2023 nominees and entirely left Cyndi Lauper out of the inductees. While it was a good class for 80s singers that includes George Michael,…

Belinda Carlisle Releasing Surprise Album Called Kismet

Belinda Carlisle Releasing Surprise Album Called Kismet

Apr 25, 20231 min read

Belinda Carlisle, singer for The Go-Go’s has announced a surprise release of a new solo album called “Kismet”. Belinda has posted the following info regarding the album: We are now making 5,000 copies of #Kismet in CD format and it will be…

Listen To The First New Single By Billy Squier in 25 Years “Harder On A Woman”

Listen To The First New Single By Billy Squier in 25 Years “Harder On A Woman”

Mar 9, 20231 min read

Often reclusive rock star Billy Squier has returned with his first new song in 25 years. The new track called “Harder On A Woman” can be heard below. https://youtu.be/3zfYmCL_e_I Hopefully, there’s a new full album to follow soon!

80s Superstar Lionel Richie Announces Tour With Earth Wind And Fire

80s Superstar Lionel Richie Announces Tour With Earth Wind And Fire

Mar 8, 20232 min read

Lionel Richie has announced the tour of a lifetime performing his solo hits on tour along with Earth Wind and Fire. https://youtu.be/QErqfJEkJK8 Lionel Richie / Earth Wind And Fire 2023 Concert Dates: Aug 4 Fri • 7:30pm Lionel Richie and…

80s Singer Kenny Loggins (Known For Footloose, Top Gun) Announces Final Tour

80s Singer Kenny Loggins (Known For Footloose, Top Gun) Announces Final Tour

Mar 6, 20232 min read

Kenny Loggins has announced his final concert tour.  The “This Is It” tour will kick off on March 10 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, FL, and will include stops in New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles metro…

Debbie Gibson Pays Heartwarming Tribute To Her Late Mother

Debbie Gibson Pays Heartwarming Tribute To Her Late Mother

Feb 20, 20232 min read

80s Icon Debbie Gibson recently shared this post on her Facebook page in a moving tribute to her Mother: We covered a lot of ground me and this FABULOUS Lady Her legacy and greatest joy was her 4 girls and…

Watch Hilarious New Commercial For Chex Mix Starring Sir Mix-A-Lot

Watch Hilarious New Commercial For Chex Mix Starring Sir Mix-A-Lot

Jan 11, 20231 min read

Sir Mix A Lot has returned to spoof his own song and parody the video for “Baby’s Got Back” in this brand new Chex Mix Commercial! But don’t say we didn’t warn you….those snacks you got, make me so hungry!…

80s Music Video Of The Day: Wall Of Voodoo-“Mexican Radio”

80s Music Video Of The Day: Wall Of Voodoo-“Mexican Radio”

Dec 12, 20221 min read

Wall Of Voodoo released their hit single “Mexican Radio” in 1982 and MTV and Alternative/Progressive Radio Stations at the time gave it ample airplay. The band released four albums during the 80s, but nothing would ever be as big as…

The Top 5 Worst 80s Music Videos By Good Artists

The Top 5 Worst 80s Music Videos By Good Artists

Nov 27, 20225 min read

Let’s start by stating that we don’t hate these songs or the artists. However, the videos that accompanied these songs were just plain awful. Music videos exposed many of these artists to a broader audience when MTV took over the…

Watch The Music Video That Killed Rock Super Star Billy Squier's Career

Watch The Music Video That Killed Rock Super Star Billy Squier’s Career

Nov 21, 20222 min read

Billy Squier’s career caught on fire with the release of his second album “Don’t Say No”, which would ultimately achieve Triple Platinum status in record sales. The album featured such hits as “Lonely Is the Night”, “In the Dark”, “My…

Watch Pat Benatar And The Eurythmics Performing At The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Watch Pat Benatar And The Eurythmics Performing At The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Nov 7, 20221 min read

Unless you were at the concert, these fan-filmed clips are the only way to see these performances until the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concert for 2022 is aired on HBO Max later this month. The Eurythmics ripped through…

Duran Duran Guitarist Andy Taylor Diagnosed With Incurable Prostate Cancer

Duran Duran Guitarist Andy Taylor Diagnosed With Incurable Prostate Cancer

Nov 6, 20221 min read

Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame last night, but the night turned somber when Andy Taylor, who was supposed to join the band for a live performance was unable to attend after announcing he…

80s Singer And Model Samantha Fox Offers Autographed Fox Box Set

80s Singer And Model Samantha Fox Offers Definitive Autographed Fox Box Set

Oct 14, 20226 min read

Play It Again, Sam: The Fox Box is the long-awaited, first-ever definitive retrospective of Samantha Fox’s musical career to date. This lavish 2CD + 2DVD box set is replete with a fold-out double-sided poster, a set of button badges, and…

80s Music Video Of The Day: Nena-99 Red Balloons (99 Luftballons)

80s Music Video Of The Day: Nena-99 Red Balloons (99 Luftballons)

Oct 13, 20221 min read

In 1983 German singer Nena recorded her hit single “99 Luftballons” which was also recorded the same year as “99 Red Balloons” for English listeners. The song was a smash hit thanks to MTV and radio airplay and landed at…

80s Music Video Of The Day: Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

80s Music Video Of The Day: Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

Oct 3, 20221 min read

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) is actually from the 2nd Eurythmics album, but it was the one that made them a household name. The song went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Charts and helped the band…

Devo...Where Are They Now?

Devo…Where Are They Now?

Sep 25, 20224 min read

Devo proved that it’s never too late for you to “Whip It” and with that song, they reached #8 on The Billboard Charts which also propelled the album “Freedom Of Choice” to be a Platinum seller. The band became a…

80s Music Video Of The Day: Eddie Murphy - Party all The Time

80s Music Video Of The Day: Eddie Murphy – Party all The Time

Sep 24, 20221 min read

In 1985 comedian Eddie murphy was on top of the world. He was already a successful television actor, movie actor, and stand-up comedian, and with the release of his album “How Could It Be”, a singer with a song that…

80s Music Video Of The Day: Falco -"Rock Me Amadeus"

80s Music Video Of The Day: Falco -“Rock Me Amadeus”

Sep 23, 20221 min read

Released on Falco’s album Falco 3 in 1985. Not only was it Falco’s only #1 hit in the U.S. And the U.K., but it was also the only German-language song to make it to the number one position on the…

80s Music Video Of The Day: Hall & Oates - Maneater

80s Music Video Of The Day: Hall & Oates – Maneater

Sep 15, 20221 min read

“Maneater” by Hall & Oates landed on the #1 spot in December 1982 and held that spot for four straight weeks. It was the most successful single of the duo’s career and helped the album H20 reach double platinum status.…

80s Music Video Of The Day: Devo - "Whip It"

80s Music Video Of The Day: Devo – “Whip It”

Sep 14, 20221 min read

Devo released their third studio album “Freedom Of Choice” in 1980. Leading the album was the first single “Whip It” which quickly became a Top 40 hit and helped Devo become a household name. “Whip It” is still considered one…

Belinda Carlisle Announces First U.S Tour Dates In Over Six Years

Belinda Carlisle Announces First U.S Tour Dates In Over Six Years

Sep 14, 20221 min read

Go-Go’s frontwoman and solo artist Belinda Carlisle has just announced the following: It seems like I’ve hardly got home and it’s time to start thinking about leaving again. For my first US dates in over six years. Mostly West coast…

80s Music Video Of The Day: Missing Persons - "Words"

80s Music Video Of The Day: Missing Persons – “Words”

Sep 13, 20221 min read

Today’s 80s Music Video Of The Day comes from the new wave band Missing Persons. The band which was fronted by Dale Bozzio featured a futuristic look mixed with sex appeal…sort of a Barbarella meets Marilyn Monroe. MTV played this…

Watch Billy Idol's Music Video For New Song "Cage"

Watch Billy Idol’s Music Video For New Song “Cage”

Sep 10, 20221 min read

Official video for the new Billy Idol single “Cage” from the 4-song EP “The Cage” to be released on September 23 via Dark Horse Records! “The Cage” 4-song EP is available now for pre-order on CD and vinyl LP with a…

Debbie Gibson Gets Deluxe Re-Issues Of First Four CDs With Bonus Tracks

Debbie Gibson Gets Deluxe Re-Issues Of First Four CDs With Bonus Tracks

Sep 9, 202210 min read

Check out these Deluxe Re-Released Editions Of Debbie Gibson’s First Four Albums!   Extensive three CD re-issue of Debbie Gibson’s big selling Atlantic Records’ debut album from 1987 • Featuring the hit singles ‘Only In My Dreams’, ‘Shake Your Love’,…

Listen To Brand New Bananarama Song “Forever Young”

Listen To Brand New Bananarama Song “Forever Young”

Sep 9, 20222 min read

Banarama has just released a new single from their new album Masquerade called “Forever Young” and it has a definite 80s vibe to it. You can listen to the new song below: https://youtu.be/0wK0Twob6w8 2022 sees legendary pop band Bananarama celebrate 40 sensational years…

Latest Christian Rock And Metal Articles

Stryper's Michael Sweet Talks About Hypocrisy In The Christian Music Industry

Stryper’s Michael Sweet Talks About Hypocrisy In The Christian Music Industry

Jul 2, 20214 min read

Michael Sweet, lead vocalist and guitarist for Christian metal band Stryper has posted the following on his thoughts about the “Christian” music industry on his Facebook page: You can read the whole article and more on Michael Sweet’s Facebook page:…

Top 15 Christian Metal Bands Of The 80's

Top 15 Christian Metal Bands Of The 80’s

Feb 1, 201911 min read

01. Stryper-Stryper has to be at the top of this list. Not because I think they’re the best, but because their contribution to Christian metal is the equivalent of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest in the non-christian metal…

Michael Sweet Talks With XS ROCK

Michael Sweet Talks With XS ROCK

Oct 23, 201711 min read

Michael Sweet (Stryper) and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)  have reunited once again to create Unified, the second album by Sweet & Lynch. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Michael Sweet about the new album, working…

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Tim Gaines Confirms That He Has Been Fired From Stryper

Aug 31, 20172 min read

Here’s the latest news direct from Tim Gaines about his dismissal from the Christian metal band Stryper: Howdy folks, Here is a KNAC interview that I gave with Faithsedge vocalist Giancarlo Floridia, earlier this week. This is the “official” unofficial…

Latest Featured Articles

Ranked: KISS Albums Of The 80s

Ranked: KISS Albums Of The 80s

Oct 10, 20216 min read

KISS released 8 studio albums during the 1980s. These albums cover a lot of territory including the albums that most likely saved and re-invigorated their career as well as the ones that almost ended the bands’ career altogether. So keep…

The Top 5 Australian Metal Bands Of The 80s

The Top 5 Australian Metal Bands Of The 80s

Oct 9, 20214 min read

Australia…the land down under provided some really good metal and hard rock bands during the 1980s. While one of these bands went on to superstardom, most flew under the radar. The five listed below are all worth your time to…

The Top 15 Canadian Metal Bands Of The 80s

The Top 15 Canadian Metal Bands Of The 80s

Oct 5, 202110 min read

Canada has produced some great metal bands over the years. This list is based on what was considered heavy metal during the 80s. Today, a few of these bands are often classified as hard rock or mainstream rock, but during…

The Top 15 Japanese Metal Bands Of The 80s

The Top 15 Japanese Metal Bands Of The 80s

Oct 2, 202111 min read

#15 Aion Formed in 1983 by guitarist Izumi Ochiai, Aion started out as a thrash band but would later develop into more of a power metal-sounding entity. . Along with X Japan, Aion was one of the creators of the…

The Top 15 German Metal Bands Of the 80s

The Top 15 German Metal Bands Of the 80s

Sep 29, 20219 min read

# 15 Rage Rage actually formed in Germany in 1984 under the name Avenger but changed their name to Rage in 1985 after another band was also using the name. The band has had a large album output over the…

Top 10 Metal Screamers

Top 10 Metal Screamers

Sep 18, 20216 min read

Metal has been around for over half a century. Many stars have risen during that time. From the new wave of British heavy metal to American power metal, until today, screams have become a part of the genre. Not just…

The Top 50 Thrash Bands

The Top 50 Thrash Bands

Sep 14, 202126 min read

Sure, everyone who’s a true metal fan knows about “The Big 4” of Thrash, but do you know the other 46 bands that make up the “Top 50 Thrash Metal Bands”? Check out the entire list below counting down from…

Metal Music Is A Constantly Evolving Art Form

Metal Music Is A Constantly Evolving Art Form

Jul 24, 20217 min read

Some of the greatest pioneers of music have been metal artists, ever since the inception of the genre. Black Sabbath, widely credited with creating heavy metal started as a blues band called Earth. Their self-titled debut album, with a song…

Is Emo Metal Underrated?

Is Emo Metal Underrated?

Jul 16, 20214 min read

From the early 2000s to the 2010s emo culture seemed to take over. For some, it was the next big thing. Some considered it diet goth. Others looked at emo as a joke. Oftentimes it would even be confused with…

Featured Artist – Dirty Honey

Featured Artist – Dirty Honey

Jul 12, 20216 min read

Check out this recent list of accomplishments by Dirty Honey, the band that’s hit the rock scene like an explosion. These guys are the real deal and you haven’t checked them out yet, you’re in for a real treat. Just…

Ranked: The Top 10 Two Guitar Systems In Metal

Ranked: The Top 10 Two Guitar Systems In Metal

Jul 7, 20219 min read

For this list, I will be counting down the best double-stringed assaulters of our parent’s ears in heavy metal. This also includes sub-genres such as speed and power metal with a bit of glam. Some are here more for their…

3 Metal Bands That Deserve More Respect

3 Metal Bands That Deserve More Respect

Jun 30, 20215 min read

Quiet Riot was around for a long time before they made it big. Originally with the legendary Randy Rhoads at guitar, they released two albums for Japan. By the time they broke into the scene, their original bassist had planned…

Can K.K.'s Priest Compare To Judas Priest?

Former Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Should Shut Up And Put His Money Where His Mouth Is

May 3, 20213 min read

I don’t know about everyone else, but I for one, am sick of seeing interview after interview with former Judas Priest guitarist, K.K. Downing complaining about his exit from the band. Now, before all of K.K.’s fans attempt to crucify…

Happy Birthday To Ratt Vocalist Stephen Pearcy Who Turns 64 Today!

What If Stephen Pearcy Had Replaced Vince Neil In Motley Crue After Their Break Up?

Mar 3, 20213 min read

What if Stephen Pearcy had auditioned for Motley Crue when Vince Neil left and had become their new singer instead of John Corabi? I know, I know… of course that didn’t happen, but there were actually a lot of things…

5 Lesser-Known Grunge Bands From The 90s That You Should Hear

5 Lesser-Known Grunge Bands From The 90s That You Should Hear

Feb 7, 20213 min read

Grunge music exploded commercially with the first riff of Nirvana’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit”. The scene became huge very quickly with bands like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam becoming successful and elevating the scene to…

XS ROCK Featured Artist: Holy Mother

XS ROCK Featured Artist: Holy Mother

Jan 21, 202115 min read

The XS ROCK Featured Artist Holy Mother simply has to be heard to be believed. The band is a great mix of traditional metal with some modern touches. Fans of classic bands like Dio, Judas Priest, and Whitesnake…

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 5)

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 5)

Jan 4, 202129 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

Over 200 Metal Bands From The 80s That You Absolutely Must Hear

Over 200 Metal Bands From The 80s That You Absolutely Must Hear

Jan 3, 2021134 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

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200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 4)

Dec 19, 202030 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

Can K.K.'s Priest Compare To Judas Priest?

Can K.K.’s Priest Compare To Judas Priest?

Sep 2, 20203 min read

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has started his own band called KK’s Priest.  The band featuring Downing on guitars, AJ Mills on guitar, Tony Newton On bass, Les Binks on drums, and former Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens…

Would You Support A Version Of KISS That Features None Of The Original Members?

Would You Support A Version Of KISS That Features None Of The Original Members?

Aug 26, 20202 min read

While KISS still has some dates to resume on their “End Of The Road” Tour, it appears that the end of KISS is near. Or is it? Paul Stanley and KISS manager have both hinted at the possibility of “KISS”…

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 3)

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 3)

Aug 20, 202029 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 2)

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 2)

Aug 17, 202028 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 1)

200+ Hard Rock And Metal Bands From The 80s That Are Worth Listening To (Part 1)

Aug 15, 202024 min read

The 1980s saw heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into sub-genres like Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM, Traditional Metal, and more. Regardless of which sub-genre you preferred, there was no…

Seriously...How Many People Thought At Least Some Of The Band Members In Poison Were Female At First?

Seriously…How Many People Thought At Least Some Of The Band Members In Poison Were Female At First?

Jul 15, 20203 min read

Okay, let’s talk about this for a minute.  I seriously can’t be the only guy that thought at least one of the band members was a girl when this album first came out.  Back in August of 1986, Poison released…

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Bon Harris Says Nitzer Ebb Have No Plans For A New Studio Album Anytime In The Near Future

Bon Harris Says Nitzer Ebb Have No Plans For A New Studio Album Anytime In The Near Future

May 28, 201911 min read

As one of the founding members of the iconic EBM band Nitzer Ebb, Bon Harris is practically a legend to fans of the genre.  Nitzer Ebb has a combined output of fourteen albums and EP’s since 1983.  If you ask…

David Ellefson Discusses Super-Group Metal Allegiance, Megadeth and More!

David Ellefson Discusses Super-Group Metal Allegiance, Megadeth and More!

Apr 22, 201913 min read

David Ellefson, the legendary bassist for Megadeth, is gearing up for some special tour dates with his all-star group Metal Allegiance.  Metal Allegiance’s core members are David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Ex-Dream Theater) and Mark Menghi.  Guest…

Phil Lewis From L.A. Guns Discusses New Album, Reunion With Tracii Guns and More!

Phil Lewis From L.A. Guns Discusses New Album, Reunion With Tracii Guns and More!

Mar 19, 20198 min read

XS ROCK: So I’ve had a chance to listen to the new album, The Devil You Know and it’s fantastic. It sounds just like what I remember from listening to the first two LA Guns albums years ago. It’s kind…

Doug Aldrich Talks About Burning Rain Album, Whitesnake, Ronnie James Dio and More!

Doug Aldrich Talks About Burning Rain Album, Whitesnake, Ronnie James Dio and More!

Mar 11, 201916 min read

When your resume’ includes playing in both legendary rock bands, Dio and Whitesnake, you know you’re doing something right.  That’s definitely the case with Doug Aldrich. With a long history of playing and creating incredible songs with bands like Lion,…

Legendary Metal Drummer Ken Mary Talks With XS ROCK

Legendary Metal Drummer Ken Mary Talks With XS ROCK

Jan 10, 201913 min read

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with legendary drummer Ken Mary.  Over the years, Ken has played with some of the best bands around, including Alice Cooper, Accept, House Of Lords, Chastain, Fifth Angel and most…

Ministry Guitarist Sin Quirin Discusses New Project 3 Headed Snake With XS ROCK

Ministry Guitarist Sin Quirin Discusses New Project 3 Headed Snake With XS ROCK

Oct 27, 20181 min read

Ministry guitarist Sin Quirin has just released a new EP by his side project “3 Headed Snake”. If you haven’t had a chance to hear it yet, go check it out! It’s killer classic metal in the vein of Judas…

XS ROCK Interview With Geoff Tate

XS ROCK Interview With Geoff Tate

Nov 30, 201714 min read

Geoff Tate seems to be sort of an enigmatic person for a lot of people. Always a bit mysterious and probably often misunderstood. Prior to meeting Geoff for the first time, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I have…

Michael Sweet Talks With XS ROCK

Michael Sweet Talks With XS ROCK

Oct 23, 201711 min read

Michael Sweet (Stryper) and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)  have reunited once again to create Unified, the second album by Sweet & Lynch. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Michael Sweet about the new album, working…

Interview With Legendary Drummer Carmine Appice

Interview With Legendary Drummer Carmine Appice

Oct 22, 201712 min read

Carmine Appice is a legend in the world of rock drummers. Over the years he has played with a virtual who’s who list of artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Pink Floyd, Michael…

XS ROCK Interview With Quiet Riot's Frankie Banali

XS ROCK Interview With Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali

Jul 23, 201715 min read

XS ROCK: So, Quiet Riot now has James Durbin as lead vocalist. I’ve had a chance to listen to Road Rage and I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people. I was surprised that he was able to…

XS ROCK Interview With Buckcherry Vocalist Josh Todd

XS ROCK Interview With Buckcherry Vocalist Josh Todd

Jul 20, 201715 min read

Recently, I received an advanced release for Josh Todd & The Conflict’s debut album, “Year Of The Tiger”. Most of you probably know Josh and guitarist Stevie D from the band Buckcherry. Buckcherry is still alive and well, but I’ve…

Interview With Warrant’s Robert Mason

Interview With Warrant’s Robert Mason

May 12, 20179 min read

XS ROCK: Hey Robert! It’s a pleasure to talk with you. I’ve been a fan for many years. I want to talk about the new Warrant album in a moment, but first, let’s go back to the beginning for a…

Interview With Former Sister Sin Vocalist Liv Jagrell

Interview With Former Sister Sin Vocalist Liv Jagrell

Apr 22, 201710 min read

    In my opinion, one of the best metal bands to come out after the year 2000 had to be Sister Sin. Each album seem to be better than the one before it as the band continued to release…

Interview With Ex-Guns N’ Roses and Art Of Anarchy Guitarist Bumblefoot

Interview With Ex-Guns N’ Roses and Art Of Anarchy Guitarist Bumblefoot

Apr 16, 201717 min read

Recently, I reviewed the latest album by Art of Anarchy called “The Madness”. Which you can read here.  Needless to say I was blown away by it. When I got the chance to interview guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, I was thrilled.…

Interview With Alex Grossi From Beautiful Creatures and Quiet Riot

Interview With Alex Grossi From Beautiful Creatures and Quiet Riot

Apr 13, 201712 min read

Today I had the privilege to sit down and talk with Alex Grossi. Most of you probably know Alex as the guitarist in Quiet Riot. But Alex is quite the journeyman of rock n’ roll and always seems to have a…

Interview With Night Ranger's Jack Blades

Interview With Night Ranger’s Jack Blades

Mar 4, 201712 min read

Jack Blades Talks To XS ROCK About New Night Ranger Album, His Career and More… Rewind back to the year 1982. I was in middle school and I had gotten a part time job so that I could buy my…

Interview With David Reece

Interview With David Reece

Feb 19, 201714 min read

XS Rock readers know that I’ve recently been raving about the debut album by Sainted Sinners featuring David Reece (Accept, Bonfire, Bangalore Choir). Well, today I had the chance to talk with him about his new band, his past work…

Interview With Jack Russell

Interview With Jack Russell

Jan 14, 20178 min read

XS ROCK: So tell me about your great new album “He Saw It Comin”. I just did a review on it recently and in my opinion, it’s some of the best material that you’ve ever done. Does the title reference your…

Happy Birthday To Ratt Vocalist Stephen Pearcy Who Turns 64 Today!

Interview With Stephen Pearcy From Ratt

Jan 13, 201711 min read

When I was in high school, I had the walls of my room covered with posters and magazine pages from my favorite bands. No one got more space on those walls than my favorite band, Ratt. When “Out Of The…

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Udo Dirkschneider Says He Will Never Reunite With Accept

Oct 13, 201610 min read

When it comes to metal’s greatest anthems, Accept’s Balls To The Wall is always listed as one of the top songs. And, with good reason. From the opening chords, you immediately recognize it, your head begins to start rocking in…

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Alexander Sink April 27, 2024 In a city that is known for it’s world-class entertainment, one would think that there is little room to...

Ashes to Omens - Feed Me More (Review) Ashes to Omens - Feed Me More (Review)

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If you’re a fan of electronic music, like me, and you’re tired of hearing what sounds like the same album being released over and...

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Winger released their debut album “Winger in 1988 and it scored the band its first platinum-selling album. Winger released its second album In the...

Britny Fox...Where Are They Now? Britny Fox...Where Are They Now?

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Britny Fox was formed in 1985 with “Dizzy” Dean Davidson on vocals, former Cinderella drummer Tony Destra, former Cinderella guitarist Michael Kelly Smith and...

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After guitarist Jake E. Lee was fired from Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band, Badlands was formed when Lee recruited bassist Greg Chaisson, former Black Sabbath...

Hurricane...Where Are They Now? Hurricane...Where Are They Now?

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Hurricane started out in 1983-84 with the original lineup of lead vocalist Kelly Hansen (vocals/rhythm guitar), Robert Sarzo (guitar), Tony Cavazo (bass), and Jay...

Black N' Blue...Where Are They Now? Black N' Blue...Where Are They Now?

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  Black ‘N Blue was formed in 1981 and released four successful and critically acclaimed albums through Geffen Records including their self-titled debut (1984),...

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Watch "Mercy" Video From Suicide Vocalist Alan Vega's Unreleased Album "Insurrection"

Alternative / Punk

Brooklyn-born master of minimalism Alan Vega is today announcing a previously unreleased new album, “Insurrection,“ and sharing the video for the lead single “Mercy.“ The video, directed by founding member of Jesus...

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Classic U.K. punk band Vice Squad has just released a newly remixed version of the song “Spitfire” along with a new video for the...

Bon Harris Says Nitzer Ebb Have No Plans For A New Studio Album Anytime In The Near Future Bon Harris Says Nitzer Ebb Have No Plans For A New Studio Album Anytime In The Near Future

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Electro-industrial legends Nitzer Ebb have released the following message regarding Douglas McCarthy’s health issues and the band’s future:

Face To Face, Save Ferris, Unwritten Law, Zebrahead & More Face To Face, Save Ferris, Unwritten Law, Zebrahead & More

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Brew Ha Ha Productions has announced the initial music lineup for the first-ever BRIGHTSIDE Music Festival, presented by WJRR-FM, on Saturday, April 27 at Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida.  Summer comes...

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After an incredible 40-plus-year run on the road, Belgian EBM act Front 242 are setting an end to their live concert career, announcing their...

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Wang Chung's Jack Hues Discusses New All-Star "Abducted By The 80s Tour" Wang Chung's Jack Hues Discusses New All-Star "Abducted By The 80s Tour"

80s Rock & Pop

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Watch Brand New Bon Jovi Video For "Legendary" Watch Brand New Bon Jovi Video For "Legendary"

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Watch Kevin Bacon Perform The Song "Losing The Night" With His Band The Bacon Brothers Watch Kevin Bacon Perform The Song "Losing The Night" With His Band The Bacon Brothers

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Apocalyptica are thrilled to announce the third single from Apocalyptica Plays Metallica, Vol. 2 – the hotly-anticipated sequel to their legendary debut record. One falls hot on the...

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XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news. Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Paul-Yes indeed. Today we release our...

Stryper to Release Their First Ever Acoustic Album 'Acousticyzed' On Feb. 16th Stryper to Release Their First Ever Acoustic Album 'Acousticyzed' On Feb. 16th

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Stryper has announced the following: We want to share an important update regarding our guitarist, Oz Fox. Many of you might remember the challenges...

MIKE TRAMP Announces New Release 'Songs of White Lion' Out April 14 MIKE TRAMP Announces New Release 'Songs of White Lion' Out April 14

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