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Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani 'What Happens Next' I'll be the first to admit my search for the latest and greatest guitarist amidst my surely mis-spent youth weren't 'fruitful'. Immersing myself amid a steady diet of Michael Angelo Batio, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, my thirst for new, unexplored tonalities was oft-insaitable. Accordingly, when I discovered Flying In A Blue Dream (1989) from guitarist extraordinaire Joe Satriani, I was quite intrigued by his fleet-fingered brilliance. Now, nearly three decagons (!) later, I once again find myself truly fascinated by the Glenn Hughes & Chad Smith-led What Happens Next.Read More

Mile Marker Zero

Mile Marker Zero 'The Fifth Row'

As a choate, the music journalists at the epicenters of the interwebs are far too eager to overuse terms à la 'highest' and 'stellar'. Unfortunately for you, the ever-faithful reader, this has led to you being subjected to my many loquacious-isms in regards to Anthrax, Dream Theater, Quiet Riot and Styx on a semi-regular basis. Needless to say, when we were approached apropos of coverage of the highly-anticipated gem The Fifth Row, the latest--and quite possibly greatest--offering by Progressive Metal veterans Mile Marker Zero, we were only more than happy to re-indulge.Read More

Orphaned Land

Orphaned Land 'Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs' Amid the scores of deviations the Metal scene has 'lorded', the Folk Metal sub-genre has repelled the tests of our time. Personified by the usage of traditional Folk-ish instruments, it soon swelled in popularity. Among the earliest pioneers were Israeli veterans Orphaned Land. Issuing their full-length debut Sahara in 1994, it featured a diversity of Eastern and Oriental influences, only adding to their enduring mystique. Returning with the mighty Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs, the improbably long-running group again appears entirely destined for worldwide domination.Read More

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Jason Bieler

Jason Bieler

Once upon a time, the very mention of the term Power Ballad was capable of driving a Metalhead into a bout of rage. Among the contributors to this auditory 'oddity' were Miami, Florida-born icons Saigon Kick and their haunting chart-topping smash 'Love Is On The Way'. Recently, charasmatic mainman Jason Bieler was kind enough to discuss with us the futures of Saigon Kick, Bieler Brothers Records and Jason Bieler, the highly-anticipated follow-up to his stunning entrées Houston, We Have A Problem (1998).Read More

Timothy Gaines

Timothy Gaines

Among the few 'Christian Metal' artists and groups to fully arise to both critical and commercial supremacy, few would prove to be as successful as Stryper. Fueled by Michael and Robert Sweet, they were eventually joined by guitarist Oz Fox and bassist Timothy Gaines prior to the release of The Yellow And Black Attack in 1984. Thirty-five long years later, Gaines at last finds himself about to embark on what is undoubtedly the most exciting and perhaps unnerving chapter of his already notoriously storied career.Read More

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Accept

Accept 'Balls To The Wall' Re-Issue

Just when it appeared my increasingly-damaged psyche had been graced with every noteworthy variation of the 'tried and true' Vinyl Re-Issue formulation, a release that actually piqués my interest emerges. My lingering obsessions with the singularly ingenious Black Crowes and Krokus deluxe vinyl treatments not fully withstanding, the impacts of such artists have typically fallen well short of their expectation(s). Not surprisingly, you can only imagine our true satisfaction with the Back On Black Records re-issue of the classic Accept tour de force Balls To The Wall.Read More

Bruce Dickinson

Bruce Dickinson ' Soloworks 1990 - 2005'

When iconic Iron Maiden 'air raid siren' Bruce Dickinson unleashed Tattooed Millionaire in 1990, the notoriously un-Maiden-esque effort left countless fans questioning it's slick Hard Rock tonality. However, armed with a deftly-executed rendition of the David Bowie warhorse 'All The Young Dudes' and an airtight Production, it would eventually yield four Top 40 (UK) singles. Accordingly, with the release of Solo Works 1990 - 2005 (2017), the vinyl box set chronicling his solo career, all but the most truly pessimistic of listeners will find themselves re-visiting the past.Read More

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Jeff Scott Soto

Jeff Scott Soto

I'll be the the first to admit my life-long love for Melodic Hard Rock. Although the 'collective catalogs' of Boston and Journey once left me fully enthralled, I did ultimately find myself searching for a fresher alternative. Accordingly, when I was introduced to vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, I became a wholly dedicated fan of his uniquely distinctive tonalities in groups as diverse as the Mike Portnoy-fueled Prog 'Super Group' Sons Of Apollo, Swedish AOR goliaths Talisman and truly blistering axe-master Yngwie Malmsteen.Hear More

The Letter Black

The Letter Black

Let's face it, folks; when the 'typically tumultuous' realms best known as the Heavy Metal and Christianity co-exist, the cumulative end result(s) are often disastrous. Even with the inescapable presences of full-fledged classics such as the P.O.D. Nü-metal jewel Satellite, (2001), many listeners remained quite unimpressed. As a result, you can only imagine our anticipation with the release of 'Last Day That I Cared', the debut single from Pain, the fourth full-length effort from Pennsylvania-born icons The Letter Black.Hear More

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Etymotic ER•20®XS Earplugs

Etymotic ER•20®XS Earplugs

As someone who often finds himself a mere inches away from the amplified stages of Rock and/or Metal, hearing protection has become consequential. Although I've been afforded countless opportunities to 'test drive' numerous new products, nothing has compared to the result(s) we'd achieved with the Etymotic ER•20®XS Earplugs. Since that moment, my hearing (and, as a result, my sanities and the quality of my oft-beloved home life) have been fully preserved without diminishing my ability to enjoy the fabled in-concert experience in all its glory.Read More

Even H1 Headphones

Even H1 Headphones

As a 'Metalhead' who also happens to be a passionate husband and father, having the ability to experience music without disturbing everyone I care for. Once we were approached regarding Even H1 Headphones, our 'universe' was forever changed for the better as we began experiencing their unique EarPrint technology. As a you can only imagine, we were only more than happy to share our auditory realization with our readers as part of our new and improved GeekTech feature focusing on hardware, software and practically everything in betwixt.Read More

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Bulletboys

Bulletbots 'From Out Of The Skies'

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Bulletboys From Out Of The Skies CD, Vinyl & T-Shirt Giveaways! Led by the 'oft-charming' Marq Torien, the group delivers the goods via a deftly-executed take on the classic Glam and Hair Metal tonalities. Easily their most truly cohesive and maddeningly infectious effort, the truly mighty From Out Of The Skies is seemingly guaranteed to leave both the most die-hard completists and clueles newcomers alike importuning for more.Read More

Monster Magnet

Monster Magnet 'Mindfucker'

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Monster Magnet Mindfucker Merch Giveaways! The long-overdue follow-up to the 'often ingenious' Last Patrol (2013), the boisterous Mindfucker is the acclaimed Space/Stoner Rock group's foray into a more straight-forward sound. An true must-have for every genuine and sincere Monster Magnet buff, Mindfucker is the Dave Wyndorf and Philip Caivano-fueled slice of audio insanity that you have all been so anxiously waiting for.Read More

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