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Brightside Festival Features Magical Performance By SUBLIME

Brightside Festival Features Magical Performance By SUBLIME

Alexander SinkMay 19, 202410 min read

Alexander Sink April 27, 2024 Orlando, FL Like late Sublime founder and frontman Bradley Nowell, I don’t practice Santeria and even if I had a crystal ball; I couldn’t have predicted all the exciting news about the band over the…

Inaugural Brightside Festival Rocks Orlando

Inaugural Brightside Festival Rocks Orlando

Alexander SinkMay 13, 20244 min read

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 add to the myriad choices. That was not the case on Saturday when the inaugural Brightside…

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…

Devilskin-Barracuda (Review)

Devilskin-Barracuda (Review)

Bobby CaughronMay 9, 20242 min read

Let me start by saying that it takes some serious balls to cover any song by Heart’s Ann Wilson. However, Devilskin vocalist Jennie Skulander does a really great job on this song. The song is definitely on the heavier side…

Them Damn Kings-"Shown With A Fist" Review

Them Damn Kings-“Shown With A Fist” Review

Bobby CaughronMay 9, 20241 min read

Incendiary guitar solos….check Pounding drums to rattle the walls…check Scowling aggressive vocals with a catchy chorus…check “Shown With A Fist” is a recipe of all the ingredients for a hard rock lovers buffet. Sounding somewhere between the classic hard rock…

ZZ Top And Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock Historic Night On Capitol Hill

ZZ Top And Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock Historic Night On Capitol Hill

Alexander SinkApr 22, 20243 min read

Concert Review April 5, 2024 Tallahassee, FL Legendary Hall of Fame rockers ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd brought their Sharp Dressed / Simple Man tour to Tallahassee on April 5th, much to the delight of a multi-generational crowd at the…

Phasers Engage-Departure Initiated" Album Review

Phasers Engage-Departure Initiated” Album Review

Bobby CaughronApr 13, 20242 min read

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 over again by different bands, have I got an album for you to listen to! Phasers…

Scarefield-A Quiet Country Album Review

Scarefield-A Quiet Country Album Review

Bobby CaughronApr 13, 20242 min read

The 80’s were one of the best times for both great horror movies and heavy metal music. Now, years later, along comes the band Scarefield. Scarefield delivers a solid thrash-based heavy metal album with more than a mere nod to…

Extreme’s Fantastic Live Concert Leaves Audience In Awe

Extreme’s Fantastic Live Concert Leaves Audience In Awe

Bobby CaughronMar 14, 20243 min read

Extreme performed for what appeared to be a sold-out performance for their show at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg Florida on March 8th, 2024. The venue is a really cool and unique place. With its outside courtyard feel, it’s a…

Watch Video for Hell, Fire And damnation From Saxon's New Album

Saxon – Hell, Fire And Damnation Album Review

Bobby CaughronJan 25, 20242 min read

The mighty Saxon have returned with one of the best albums in years. Hell, Fire, And Damnation represent everything that I love about Saxon. This is a strong album armed to the teeth with great metal tracks that take no…

Seven Of Sevendust Box Set Review

Seven Of Sevendust Box Set Review

Bobby CaughronNov 20, 20232 min read

Sevendust is one of those bands that I listened to originally from their first album and then somewhere along the way about 2 or 3 albums later I lost track of the band. Shame on me for doing so. The…

Watch The Video For Dokken's Song "The Fugitive" From New Album "Heaven Comes Down"

Dokken Returns With One Of The Best Albums Of Their Career

Bobby CaughronOct 25, 20233 min read

Dokken returns to release their 13th studio album, ‘Heaven Comes Down’, their first new album in 11 years. During that time Don Dokken had a multitude of health issues including arm paralysis after a neck and spine surgery. Many people…

Glenn Hughes Live Concert Review

Glenn Hughes Live Concert Review

Bobby CaughronSep 25, 20232 min read

Glenn Hughes is known as “The Voice Of Rock”, and with good reason. After stints in bands like Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and more recently The Dead Daisies, and of course, an incredible solo career, his versatility, and soulful…

Filter Live Concert Review

Filter Live Concert Review

Bobby CaughronAug 31, 20232 min read

Date: August 26th Venue: Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa, FL Filter got the opening spot on the Freaks On Parade tour which also included Ministry, Alice Cooper, and Rob Zombie. Taking the stage around 6:15 pm, just as the sun…

W.A.S.P. Live Concert Review

W.A.S.P. Live Concert Review

John WardDec 10, 20222 min read

Since my last post, I have moved from North Carolina to Texas. While there, Blackie Lawless paid a visit during his band’s first visit to the U.S. in over a decade. What followed was unlike any concert I’d been to…

Review: Barely Legal-Dirtier Than You

Review: Barely Legal-Dirtier Than You

Bobby CaughronJul 2, 20222 min read

Artist: Barely Legal Album: Dirtier Than You Fans of the sleazy metal sound of the late 80s and early 90s are in for a treat with this recently discovered gem released by DDR Music Group. If you’re an aficionado of…

Review: Classless Act-Welcome To The Show

Review: Classless Act-Welcome To The Show

Michael MascioniJun 26, 20222 min read

Classless Act’s Debut Album “Welcome to the Show” Is a Class Act Contrary to their name, Classless Act is a classy purveyor of hard rock with hooks and energy galore.  Their sterling debut album “Welcome to the Show” scores on…

MICHAEL MONROE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘I LIVE TOO FAST TO DIE YOUNG’

Review-Michael Monroe “I Live Too Fast To Die Young”

Michael MascioniJun 10, 20222 min read

Monroe, the grandmaster of glam and punk rock, has returned with a punchy offering on “I Live Too Fast To Die Young.”  He continues to deliver with this vibrant oeuvre, and some of his material is complemented by provocative lyrics…

Holy Mother - Face The Burn (Review)

Holy Mother – Face This Burn (Review)

Bobby CaughronJan 11, 20212 min read

Review: I absolutely love it when an album comes across my desk that surprises me with how good it is. As rock a journalist I receive a lot of stuff for review on a daily basis and honestly only about…

Def Leppard: The Early Years 79-81' Box Set (Review)

Def Leppard: The Early Years 79-81′ Box Set (Review)

Bobby CaughronMar 25, 20204 min read

Artist: Def Leppard Album: The Early Years Box Set 79-81′ Box Set Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: Ume/Virgin Release Date: March 20, 2020 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: If you were to add Pyromania to this box set,…

Dio – The Studio Album Collection: 1996-2004 (Review)

Dio – The Studio Album Collection: 1996-2004 (Review)

Bobby CaughronMar 22, 20205 min read

Artist: Dio Album: The Studio Collection 1996-2004 Genre: Metal Label: BMG/Niji Release Date: March 20, 2020 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: The late great Ronnie James Dio is now a legendary figure in the Heavy Metal genre.  His untimely death…

Dirty Shirley - Dirty Shirley (Review)

Dirty Shirley – Dirty Shirley (Review)

Bobby CaughronJan 23, 20202 min read

Artist: Dirty Shirley Album: Dirty Shirley Genre: Melodic Metal \ Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: January 24, 2020 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Okay, so I hate the album cover and the name of the band….but believe…

Death Angel To Release New Album Humanicide in May

Death Angel – Humanicide (Review)

Bobby CaughronMay 12, 20192 min read

Artist: Death Angel Album: Humanicide Genre: Metal Label: Nuclear Blast Records Release Date: May 31, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: If the new Death Angel album Humanicide was your opponent in a boxing match, you’d be pummelled into…

Whitesnake – Flesh & Blood (Review)

Whitesnake – Flesh & Blood (Review)

Bobby CaughronMay 3, 20194 min read

Artist: Whitesnake Album: Flesh & Blood Genre: Hard Rock / Classic Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: May 10, 2019 Review By: Bobby Caughron   Review: It seems like it’s been an incredibly long wait for an album of new material from…

Stephen Pearcy - View to a Thrill (Review)

Stephen Pearcy – View to a Thrill (Review)

Bobby CaughronNov 9, 20183 min read

Review: Extra! Extra! Read all about it….The latest news headlines should read Stephen Pearcy releases great new Ratt album, on his own!  Why? Because the material on Pearcy’s latest release “View To A Thrill” sounds so much like Ratt, that…

Budderside - S/T Album Review

Budderside – S/T Album Review

Bobby CaughronFeb 28, 20183 min read

Artist: Budderside Album: Budderside Genre: Metal Label: Motorhead Music Release Date: September 2017 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Budderside’s self-titled release is an incredible album filled with diversity of both sounds and style that still manages to create a cohesive,…

L.A. Guns : The Missing Peace Album Review

L.A. Guns : The Missing Peace Album Review

Bobby CaughronOct 6, 20173 min read

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…

80s Heavy Metal News

80s Heavy Metal

“No Problem” was written as a lullaby from Steve Blaze to his son. Letting him know, even when one day, he is gone, he...

Listen To Brand New Def Leppard Song "Just Like 73" Listen To Brand New Def Leppard Song "Just Like 73"

80s Heavy Metal

Kickstarting what promises to be yet another unforgettable summer, Def Leppard unveil a brand-new standalone single entitled “Just Like 73” featuring Tom Morello today!...

80s Heavy Metal

ARMORED SAINT, leaders and stalwarts of the American heavy metal scene since the early 1980s, are back with a brilliant rendition of “One Chain...

80s Heavy Metal

Respected vocalist and guitarist MIKE TRAMP returns with ‘Songs Of White Lion – Vol. II‘ which will drop on August 23rd via Frontiers Music...

80s Heavy Metal

Megadeth released their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good on June 12th, 1985. After being let go from Metallica, Dave...

JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCES MORE INVINCIBLE SHIELD TOUR DATES JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCES MORE INVINCIBLE SHIELD TOUR DATES

80s Heavy Metal

Sabaton To Join Across All Shows Tickets Available Starting Wednesday, June 12 with Artist Presale General Onsale Begins on Friday, June 14 at 10AM...

Hard Rock & Metal News

DIO Gets "The Complete Donnington Collection" 5 LP Boxset Release

80s Heavy Metal

On July 19th, Niji Entertainment & BMG will release The Complete Donington Collection, a Limited Edition 5LP boxset housing Dio’s classic Donington ’83 and...

Listen To First Two Songs From Testament's Remastered Albums "The Legacy" and "The New Order Listen To First Two Songs From Testament's Remastered Albums "The Legacy" and "The New Order

80s Heavy Metal

Iconic Bay Area thrash metal pioneers TESTAMENT are proud to announce an explosive celebration of the band’s enduring legacy and their influential presence in the thrash...

80s Heavy Metal

David Lee Roth has covered the 80’s One Hit Wonder 867-5309 “Jenny” By Tommy Tutone with a little added harmonica in there just for...

SKID ROW Announces "Live In London" Album, Watch "Slave To The Grind" Video Now SKID ROW Announces "Live In London" Album, Watch "Slave To The Grind" Video Now

80s Heavy Metal

Just announced! SKID ROW will release their first official live album & concert film, Skid Row – Live In London, hitting everywhere on September...

80s Heavy Metal

CATEGORY 7, the new heavy metal collective featuring the all-star lineup of John Bush (Armored Saint, Anthrax), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob, Sonic Universe, Noturnall),...

Hard Rock & Metal

Heavy metal titans HAMMERFALL are thrilled to announce the release of their electrifying new single, ´The End Justifies.´This classic HAMMERFALL anthem is the second...

XS ROCK Featured Articles

The Top 20 Hard Rock And Metal Albums Of 2023

Featured Articles

2023 had some really good hard rock and metal albums released if you know where to look and listen. The hard rock and metal...

45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear 45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

80s Heavy Metal

Angelica Attempting to hit on the sound of guitar slingers like Van Halen and George Lynch, Angelica went for a more glam-sounding singer, similar...

20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear 20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear

80s Heavy Metal

Each year, it seems that the remaining 80s hard rock and metal bands that are still putting out new music seem to get smaller...

Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names

80s Heavy Metal

Check out these 80’s Hard Rock And Metal Stars’ Real Names! Some of these names are well known to fans, while others might find...

Who Were The Top 15 Most-Glam Mainstream Metal Bands Of The 80s? Who Were The Top 15 Most-Glam Mainstream Metal Bands Of The 80s?

80s Heavy Metal

The 80s were the decade of excess and musically that was absolutely true as well. The hard rock and heavy metal musical landscape exploded...

Who Were The Best Straight Up, No Frills Hard Rock And Metal Bands Of The 80s? Who Were The Best Straight Up, No Frills Hard Rock And Metal Bands Of The 80s?

80s Heavy Metal

The 1980s hard rock and metal scene is widely known as a generation of excess and a lot of over-the-top imagery. In fact, most...

80s Rock & Pop

Cyndi Lauper Announces Faewell Tour

80s Rock & Pop

80s pop-rock icon Cyndi Lauper has announced her “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” Farewell Tour! Tickets can be purchased at this link: Cyndi...

What's Happened To Jon Bon Jovi's Voice? What's Happened To Jon Bon Jovi's Voice?

80s Rock & Pop

Bon Jovi has a brand new album coming out on June 7th and the band has just released their second single from the album...

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

Wang Chung’s Jack Hues sat down for an interview to discuss the new All-Star tour for “Abducted By The 80s” which features Wang Chung,...

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

80s Heavy Metal

BON JOVI, Grammy Award@-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, and oneof history’s most iconic acts, continue their 40th-anniversary celebration, withthe release of...

Listen To INXS' Michael Hutchence's Previously Unreleased Song "One Way" Listen To INXS' Michael Hutchence's Previously Unreleased Song "One Way"

80s Rock & Pop

In the great pantheon of musicians transcending above mere “celebrity” status, the late MICHAEL HUTCHENCE towers over most. A consummate “rock star” if there...

'80s POP HITMAKERS WANG CHUNG, MEN WITHOUT HATS, THE MOTELS, AND NAKED EYES ANNOUNCE THE “ABDUCTED BY THE '80s” TOUR '80s POP HITMAKERS WANG CHUNG, MEN WITHOUT HATS, THE MOTELS, AND NAKED EYES ANNOUNCE THE “ABDUCTED BY THE '80s” TOUR

80s Rock & Pop

The 1980s were a unique, fun-filled era of music shaped in no small part by the emergence of MTV and the genre of New...

Alternative-Punk-Electronic

JANE’S ADDICTION AND LOVE AND ROCKETS ANNOUNCE 2024 TOUR

Alternative / Punk

After reuniting for the first time in 14 years to perform an intimate show in London, Jane’s Addiction, with their original band members, and...

Alternative / Punk

Alexander Sink April 27, 2024 Orlando, FL Like late Sublime founder and frontman Bradley Nowell, I don’t practice Santeria and even if I had...

Alternative / Punk

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...

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

Alternative / Punk

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...

Rock News

Sam Ash Music Store Chain Closing All Stores

Hard Rock & Metal

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...

Hard Rock & Metal

The AC/DC comparison is relevant throughout the entire album, and it fits the raspy vocal style of Robert Zawisza to give it a real...

Watch Pink Floyd's David Gilmour's New Solo Music Video For "The Piper's Call" Watch Pink Floyd's David Gilmour's New Solo Music Video For "The Piper's Call"

Rock

David Gilmour announces his new album ‘Luck and Strange’, to be released September 6th. The album features eight new tracks along with a beautiful...

ZZ Top And Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock Historic Night On Capitol Hill ZZ Top And Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock Historic Night On Capitol Hill

Music Reviews

Concert Review April 5, 2024 Tallahassee, FL Legendary Hall of Fame rockers ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd brought their Sharp Dressed / Simple Man...

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

Rock

Today, legendary rockers BLUE ÖYSTER CULT share a fresh single to celebrate the release of their new album, ‘Ghost Stories,’ out now on Frontiers...

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

80s Rock & Pop

The Bacon Brothers, featuring Michael and Kevin Bacon, are excited to announce the release of their new video, “Losing The Night”, from their forthcoming...

Rock Stars…Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

W.A.S.P. was originally known for outrageous antics such as throwing raw meat into the audience and appearing to torture people on a horror-themed stage....

Winger...Where Are They Now? Winger...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

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?

Hard Rock & Metal

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

badlands badlands

Hard Rock & Metal

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?

Hard Rock & Metal

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?

Hard Rock & Metal

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