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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

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…

The Original Misfits Deliver “Legendary” Live Show

The Original Misfits Deliver “Legendary” Live Show

Bobby CaughronJun 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…

Savage Grace Release First Album In 37 Years and It's F*#kin' Incredible 80s Style Metal!

Savage Grace Release First Album In 37 Years and It’s F*#kin’ Incredible 80s Style Metal!

Bobby CaughronMay 6, 20232 min read

Formed in 1981, Savage Grace was never a band that was mentioned alongside 80s metal bands like Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Ratt, Quiet Riot, etc. But, the band has just released their first album in 37 years, Sign Of The…

Listen To New Overkill Song

Overkill – Scorched (Review)

Bobby CaughronApr 2, 20232 min read

Artist: Overkill Album: Scorched Label: Nuclear Blast Records Release Date: April 14th, 2023 Overkill is like AC/DC to me in the fact that you always kind of know what you’re going to get soundwise from a new album by them.…

DOKKEN ‘The Elektra Albums 1983-1987’ Box Set Review

DOKKEN ‘The Elektra Albums 1983-1987’ Box Set Review

Bobby CaughronJan 18, 20233 min read

So, I just received the new Dokken vinyl box set “The Elektra Albums 1983-1987 and it’s quite impressive. These are 180 Gram Audiophile vinyl versions of the first four Dokken studio albums released on Elektra Records (There is a CD…

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…

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

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

Bobby CaughronJan 4, 20174 min read

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…

80s Heavy Metal News

Judas Priest Announces New Album "Invincible Shield"

80s Heavy Metal

Judas Priest just dropped their newest track from their upcoming new album “Invincible Shield” and it should really appeal to fans of the Judas...

Listen To Brand New Ace Frehley Song "10,000 Volts" Listen To Brand New Ace Frehley Song "10,000 Volts"

80s Heavy Metal

Ace Frehley comments on the new video: THE CHERRY MEDICINE VIDEO IS HERE!! This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, and...

80s Heavy Metal

Def Leppard has released several videos on YouTube showcasing their concert at The Whisky back in 2022. Def Leppard is currently out on tour...

80s Heavy Metal

For the first time since the band wrapped the last concert of its Final World Tour back in November 2019, Slayer – Tom Araya/...

helix helix

80s Heavy Metal

Helix vocalist Brian Vollmer has posted the following news regarding Hinz’s death on his Official Facebook Page: Greg “Fritz” Hinz: January 23rd/1956-February 16th/2024. R.I.P....

Sweet Pain Finally Get Debut Album Released On CD With Bonus Tracks Sweet Pain Finally Get Debut Album Released On CD With Bonus Tracks

80s Heavy Metal

Remastered by lead singer, Corky Gunn, who also came up with the new cover concept, this glam cult gem includes a 24-page booklet featuring...

Hard Rock & Metal News

CRASHDÏET Announces New Singer And Drummer

Hard Rock & Metal

CRASHDÏET has announced the following update: The time has come to enter the next chapter in the CRASHDÏET book of madness. After much soul-searching,...

Hard Rock & Metal

March 1, 2024Big Big Train – The Likes Of Us (InsideOut)Blind Channel – Exit Emotions (Century Media)Bruce Dickinson – The Mandrake Project (BMG)Devastator –...

Molly Hatchet Live Photos From Thunder By The Bay Festival, Sarasota, FL Molly Hatchet Live Photos From Thunder By The Bay Festival, Sarasota, FL

Hard Rock & Metal

Legendary Southern Hard Rockers Molly Hatchet played all their greatest hits to a large, enthusiastic crowd that was on their feet throughout the entire...

Vain To Release New Album "Disintegrate Together" Vain To Release New Album "Disintegrate Together"

80s Heavy Metal

Vain has posted the following info on their Official Facebook Page regarding their upcoming new album: VAIN IS BACK… WITH A VENGEANCEIt’s been 6...

Former Dokken Members Return With New The End Machine Song For "Killer Of The Night" Former Dokken Members Return With New The End Machine Song For "Killer Of The Night"

80s Heavy Metal

Today, THE END MACHINE shares the second single from their highly anticipated upcoming release, ‘The Quantum Phase‘ due out March 8th via Frontiers Music...

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

80s Heavy Metal

Stryper is releasing this two-disc set containing an audio CD and Blu-ray video. The band’s first acoustic album and video recorded and filmed at...

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

80s Music Video Of The Day

Take a trip down memory lane with this list of one-hit wonders on the U.S. charts from the years 1980 and 1981. How many...

Legendary 80s Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces 2024 American Tour Legendary 80s Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces 2024 American Tour

80s Rock & Pop

Adam Ant is pleased to announce his ANTMUSIC 2024 U.S. tour, which commences March 21st in St. Louis, MO. The English Beat will be supporting...

Foreigner And Styx Announce Renegades And Jukebox Heroes Tour With John Waite Foreigner And Styx Announce Renegades And Jukebox Heroes Tour With John Waite

80s Rock & Pop

Foreigner has announced the following: This summer we’re hitting the road with Styx! “We always look forward to being with our buddies in Styx,”...

80s Heavy Metal

Goodwyn was not only the singer but also the guitarist and main songwriter for the band. Goodwyn was widely revered as a great songwriter...

80s Pop Icon Tiffany releases new single “Angels All Around” 80s Pop Icon Tiffany releases new single “Angels All Around”

80s Rock & Pop

Just in time for the Holidays Tiffany is set to release the new single “Angels All Around” and the Limited Edition NEW Shadows cover....

Daryl Hall Gets Restraining Order Against John Oates Daryl Hall Gets Restraining Order Against John Oates

80s Rock & Pop

There’s big drama in the Hall & Oates camp as an ongoing legal battle between Daryl Hall and John Oates continues with Hall gaining...

Alternative-Punk-Electronic

Alternative / Punk

Toxic misogyny, violence against women, and incels are the latest target Al Jourgensen takes aim at in the song “B.D.E.” (aka “Big Dick Energy”)...

Punk Legends Cock Sparrer To Release Their Final Album "Hand On Heart" Punk Legends Cock Sparrer To Release Their Final Album "Hand On Heart"

Alternative / Punk

Punk legends Cock Sparrer announce their 8th and final album on vinyl, splatter vinyl, picture disc, CD, cassette and digital formats! No one (band...

Social Distortion And Bad Religion Announce Co-Headliner U.S. Tour Social Distortion And Bad Religion Announce Co-Headliner U.S. Tour

Alternative / Punk

Social Distortion’s Mike Ness has posted the following regarding the tour: It gives us great pleasure to announce that in April we will be...

Co-Founder Of The Dictators, Scott Kempner Dead At 69 Co-Founder Of The Dictators, Scott Kempner Dead At 69

Alternative / Punk

The guitarist and co-founder of The Dictators Scott “Top Ten” Kempner has died at age 69 from complications of dementia. He would also co-found...

Shane MacGowan, Pogues Singer Dead At 65 Shane MacGowan, Pogues Singer Dead At 65

Alternative / Punk

Pogues singer Shane MacGowan has died after a lengthy stay in ICU for an infection. A statement on behalf of Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria...

Controlled Bleeding's Entire Discography On Bandcamp Free This Week! Controlled Bleeding's Entire Discography On Bandcamp Free This Week!

Alternative / Punk

Controlled Bleeding has announced the following: The entire Controlled Bleeding digital discography is FREE on Bandcamp for Cyber week starting today!! controlledbleeding.bandcamp.com To claim...

Rock News

Hard Rock & Metal

The 26th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival is a three-day event held Feb. 16-18, 2024 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds that...

Watch AC/DC's First Live Appearance Since 2016 At The Power Trip Festival Watch AC/DC's First Live Appearance Since 2016 At The Power Trip Festival

80s Heavy Metal

You can watch the full live performance of AC/DC from their Power Trip show courtesy of the Riff Raff YouTube channel. The band ripped...

DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR 2024 WITH STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART, AND CHEAP TRICK DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR 2024 WITH STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART, AND CHEAP TRICK

80s Heavy Metal

Def Leppard and Journey are teaming up for the Summer Stadium Tour 2024 with Steve Miller Band, Heart, and Cheap Trick! The Rock &...

Head East Release Their First album In Over 40 Years Head East Release Their First album In Over 40 Years

Rock

Legendary AOR band Head East is back and better than ever with the highly anticipated release of “Full Circle,” their first studio album in...

Listen To Brand New Ace Frehley Song "10,000 Volts" Listen To Brand New Ace Frehley Song "10,000 Volts"

80s Heavy Metal

Ace Frehley, former and original KISS guitarist will return with a brand new album called “10,000 Volts” on February 23, 2024. You can listen...

Eric Martin Band Gets 40th Anniversary Album Release featuring members of Mr. Big, Tesla and Y & T Eric Martin Band Gets 40th Anniversary Album Release featuring members of Mr. Big, Tesla and Y & T

80s Heavy Metal

Eric Martin Band – Sucker For A Pretty Face – Original Sessions Tracklist: 1.    Sucker For A Pretty Face 2.    Don’t Stop 3.    Private Life 4.    Letting It...

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),...