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Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert The histories of the Shred genre and its 'offspring' are populated by acts that appear, quickly blossom and burn before returning to obscurity. Fortunately, this is not the truth with Mr. Big/ex-Racer X axe-man Paul Gilbert. Unleashing his solo debut King Of Clubs in 1998, he would release eight additional efforts in less than a decade. Reuniting with Mr. Big in 2011, Gilbert continued onto his adventurism. Returning with the wholly monstrous Behold Electric Guitar, his first release with Mascot Label Group since 2012, he's seemingly guaranteed to fully reascend to the inanely dizzying heights of global acclaim.Read More

SOTO

SOTO

Within the realm of 'Melodic Hard Rock', few have enjoyed bows in their professions as varied as the iconic Jeff Scott Soto. Debuting with Rising Force, the 1984 debuts from Yngwie Malmsteen, stints amid Talisman and guitarist Axel Rudi Pell would soon follow. Bolstering his résumé with time in Journey, TSO and all-star Prog Metal icons Sons Of Apollo, the future remains impossibly bright. Accordingly, with the issuance of the mighty Origami (2019), the latest--and possibly greatest--auditory offering released under the SOTO moniker now upon us, we were again only more than happy to truly re-indulge.Read More

Whitesnake

Whitesnake Let's just face it; when legendary main-man David Coverdale 'went on' a solo career with the death of the Mark IV line-up, many wondered what lay ahead for the charismatic singer. Fortunately, he wasted zero time re-emerging in 1978 via Snakebite (EP) and Trouble. While initially successful in Asia and Europe, they would achieve global publicity with the issuances of Slide It In (1984) and 1987. Now, the long-running group has once again returned with a vengeance courtesy of the hook-laden gem that is so often the impossibly mighty Flesh & Blood, their first new studio recordings in nearly a full decade (!).Read More

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David Shankle

David Shankle

As a whole, the bulk of the 'journalists' amid the blogosphere are often eager to overuse the words groundbreaking, revolutionary and breathtaking. To whit, my adjective-riddled prattling is not an exception as I've subjected everyone to my inklings regarding Anthrax, Dream Theater and Iron Maiden. Thus, when approached regarding coverages of ex-Manwoar guitarist David Shankle--specifically his role within the oft-underrated David Shankle Group--we were only more than happy to once again entirely over-indulge.Read More

L.A. Guns

L.A. Guns

Let's face it; line-up changes have long been a necessary evil in the history of the Glam/Hair Metal sub-genre. While many groups can speak of 'departures' few have survived the turmoils of L.A. Guns. Alas, when frontman Phil Lewis and axemaster Tracii Guns reunited in 2016, it was a serious event. Recently, Lewis, always a man of many thoughts and interesting stories, was kind enough to once again speak with us regarding, among so many other things, the release of the sincerely high-octane The Devil You Know.Read More

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Urge Overkill

Urge Overkill

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 long-gestating Porterhouse Records re-issue of the Urge Orverkill epitome Saturation.Read More

Vio-lence

Vio-lence

When Thrash Metal upstarts Vio-lence unleashed Eternal Nightmare in 1990, the 'vocally unorthodox' effort left many a fan truly unsure of how to react to it. Armed with the deftly-executed jewels 'Calling In The Coroner' and 'Kill On Command', it would eventually gain a dedicated cult following. Now, nearly fifteen (!) years after the original Megaforce Records re-release, the group's greatest mosh-inducing moments are finally receiving the bonus track-laden (i.e. 'Torture Tactics'), 2X vinyl treatment is so rightfully deserves via re-issue specialists Wax Maniax. Read More

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Gruesome

Marty Friedman

Amid the septic bowels of the 'typically tumultuous' realms best known as the Death Metal genre(s), few groups have captured the essence of another artist. Even with the presence of acts such as Incantation spawning a true myriad of followers, few would ever succeed. As a result, you can only imagine our zest for the highly-anticipated release of the mighty Twisted Prayers, the second full-length effort from the Chuck Schulinder (Death Scream Bloody Gore, Spiritual Healing), Matt Harvey-voltaic icons Gruesome.Hear More

Marty Friedman

Marty Friedman

I'll be the the first to admit my life-long love of instrumental guitarists. Although the 'collective catalogs' of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai once left me enthralled, I ultimately found myself searching for a fresher alternative. Accordingly, when I was introduced to Marty Friedman as a solo artist, I became a truly dedicated fan of his uniquely distinctive tonalities. Now, with the release of the mighty One Bad M.F. Live!, he has re-asserted his rightful place in the curiously-overlooked Instrumental Guitar (or 'シュレッド') sub-genre.Hear More

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Audio-Technica BPHS1 Headset

Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset

As a Podcaster who also happens to be a passionate husband and father, interviewing artists sans annoyance is a concern. Once I had discovered the Audio-Technica BPHS1 Headset, so many of my worries were quelled. As you can imagine, we were only more than happy to share our newest auditory realization(s) with our readers as part of our re-vamped GeekTech feature that now focuses entirely on the various hardware, software and, to a larger extent, the latest must-have gear everyone needs to reach their 'ultimate' full Geek potentialities.Read More

Popsky Vintage Bluetooth Turntable

Popsky Vintage Bluetooth Turntable

I'll be the first to admit that I've quickly become a turntable snob. Although I often attempt to justify my behavior by 'falling back' on comparisons of sound quality, my blue collar roots are low-fi. Fortunately, the new Popsky Vintage Bluetooth Turntable, both flexibilities and practicality are delivered via a small, full-featured unit. Putting ours to the test with a series of classic Thrash Metal titles, we quickly found ourselves throwing the horns. Stay tuned to experience our abuse and discover why you should or shouldn't spend all your hard-earned dough.Read More

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Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Mötley Crüe The Dirt deluxe bundle Giveaways! One winner will receive a soft cover copy of The Dirt book, The Dirt soundtrack on CD and Vinyl, The Dirt movie poster, an actual tin of 'The Dirt' and a set of The Dirt coasters and stickers! The soundtrack to their oft-gritty Netflix Biopic, thirteen of the group's classics are packaged as an honor to their finest moments, this The Dirt Giveaway is a true must for all Mötley Crüe enthusiasts!Read More

Toto

Toto

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Toto All In CD Box Set Giveaway(s)! Featuring newly re-Mastered versions of thirteen of the group's classics, the set includes the limited Live In Tokyo EP. Fortified throughout via a twenty-four page booklet, All In documents the group's multi-Platinum past. Jam-packed with a wealth of both classic and deep, lesser-known 'album tracks', All In effectively represents the absolute finest the improbably long-running group has to offer us.Read More

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