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Delain

Delain 'Moonbathers'

Amid the realms of the Metal sub-genre known as 'Symponic', few of these musical icons have been as un-perishably unappreciated as iconoclasts Delain. Formed by Within Temptation 'alumni' Martijn Westerholt and Jazz vocalist Charlotte Wessels, the group thrusted onto the scenes in 2006 with their full-length advent Lucidity. Quickly finding themselves justifiably at the forefront of a Symphonic Metal revival, the rest, as they say, is history as the sextet again flexes their considerable muscle(s) with the release of the often mighty musical tome Moonbathers (2009), their most ambitious efforts to date. Read More

Dio

Dio 'A Decade Of Dio 1983 - 1993'

Let's just face it; when legendary 'warbler' Ronnie James Dio had originally been ousted from the ranks of the oft-legendary Black Sabbath, the futures appeared to be decidedly bright for the erstwhile Mr. Padavona. The resulting full-length debut Holy Diver (1983) and it's predecessors would ultimately form the very foundations for the generation of like-minded brethren that followed in their wake. Now, six (!) years after his untimely passing, his legacies can now courtesy of the 'all-encompassing' box set compilation A Decade Of Dio 1983 - 1993. The question is, are you really ready for this excitation?.Read More

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet 'One Sided War' The career(s) of certain 'Rockers' never truly end; they adapt to the changes they're dealing with and in some events, re-define their sonic identites. Although the abuse of such a clichéd descriptive may seem contrived, it remains entirely appropriate when discussing legendary Stryper vocalist and guitarist Michael Sweet. Having weathered a plethora of label turmoils and line-up changes that would have destroyed a less-dedicated individual, Sweet has again discoverd himself basking amid a well-deserved critical renaissance. Accordingly, when I was presented with One Sided War, I quite happily re-indulged Read More

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Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet

When the average Metalhead ponders the Christian Hard Rock and/or Heavy Metal genres, thoughts invariably lead to oft-embattled icons Stryper. Offering a variety of 'positive' communiqués via their quasi-mosh-inducing gem In God We Trust (1988), the group preached to the unconverted through an array of arena-worthy tracks. Now, seven years after their Reborn (2009)-fueled reunion, vocalist and guitarist Michael Sweet was once again kind enough to speak with us regarding his latest solo efforts One Sided War.Read More

Thousand Foot Krutch

Thousand Foot Krutch

Throughout my ADD-addled 'career' as a music and occasional entertainment journalist, I've been graciously afforded the opportunity to work with artists and groups that the public at large are quite possibly less than familiar with. I have thus found myself embracing an array of bands that are arguably deserving of your time. Not surprsingly, my focus is now fully centered on the Peterborough, Ontario Canada-born Christian Hard Rock icons Thousand Foot Krutch and their latest chart-topping, hook-fueled tome Exhale.Read More

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Accept

Accept 'Balls To The Wall'

Just when it seemed my increasingly-damaged psyche had been graced with every noteworthy variation of the 'tried and true' Vinyl Re-Issue formulation, a release that actually piques my interest emerges. My ongoing obsessions with the deftly-executed the Black Crowes and Unisonic deluxe vinyl treatments not 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

Krokus

Krokus 'One Vice At A Time'

As a disturbingly dedicated fan of Hard Rock icons Krokus, I devoted hours of my misspent youth and early adulthood to the collecting of the improbably long-running group's occasionally hairspray -encrusted efforts. Among the 'legacy' releases I was fortunate to obtain was the oft-mighty One Vice At A Time (1982). 'Jam-packed' with the soon-to-be fan/crowd favorites "Long Stick Goes Boom", "Bad Boys, Rag Dolls" and an unorthodox re-imagination of the Guess Who war horse “American Woman”, the group rose to the heights of international recognition.Read More

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Exotype

Exotype

Let's face it folks; when the 'typically tumultuous' realms best known as the Heavy Metal and the Sci-Fi genre(s) collide, the cumulative end results are often highly disastrous. Even with the presence of full-fledged classics such as the Fear Factory debut Soul Of A New Machine, the vast majority of listeners remained unimpressed. As a result, you can only imagine our level of genuine and sincere excitement with Orlando, Florida-born quintet Exotype and their indescribably stunning full-length release.Hear More

Maxxxwell Carlisle

Maxxxwell Carlisle

I'll be the the first to admit my life-long affliction for shred guitarists. Although the collective catalogs of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai had once left me fully satisfied, I did ultimately find myself in search of something different. That's when I was introduced to Maxxxwell Carlisle. Since that moment, I have been an oft-dedicated purveyor of his distinctive tonalities in groups as diverse as former Anthrax front man Neil Turbin's ever-morphing Thrash Metal venture Deathriders and the now re-activated Hellion.Hear More

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Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge 'The Last Hero'

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our 'W.I.A.Y.C.B.I.' Alter Bridge The Last Hero 'Merch' Giveaway! Recorded at the acclaimed Studio Barbarosa, The Last Hero is the long-awaited follow-up to the oft-ingenious Fortress (2013). Once again flexing their creative muscles, the group is about to embark on the latest chapter within their already notoriously storied career. On the verge of what will assuredly be an extension of their initial success, this is again quite possibly as good as it gets.Read More

Candiria

Candiria 'While They Were Sleeping'

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our 'W.I.A.Y.C.B.I.' Cabdiria While They Were Sleeping CD/Merch Giveaway! Now fueled by 'precentor' Carley Coma and guitarist John LaMacchia, While They Were Sleeping finds the rejuvenated quintet firing on all cylinders. Wisely improving upon the curiously-overlooked gem Kiss The Lie (2009), While They Were Sleeping serves as the genuine (and long-overdue) successor to the oft-thunderous, genre-denoting 300 Percent Density (2001).Read More

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