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Cellar Darling

Cellar Darling 'This Is The Sound'

Amid the history of Heavy Metal, instrumentations have been open to interpertation. As a result, acts such as AC/DC, Jackyl and Van Halen have employed bagpipes, chainsaws and electric drills to 'accompany' them. An ideal current example of such neo-traditionalism is Cellar Darling. Once the epicenter of Celtic/Folk Metal heroes Eluveitie, the group armed themselves with a hurdy-gurdy and a truly adventurous musical mentality prior to releasing their highly-anticipated full-length entrée(s) This Is The Sound (2017), officially upon us all, the group is poised to unleash their intensely creative tonality.Read More

Iced Earth

Iced Earth 'Incorruptible'

In an time when 'Heavy Metal' is being re-defined (let's face it; the acts of our youth are truly aging), many previously prominent acts have found themselves the focus of intensly renewed interest. Unfortunately, many of the resurgences are marred by dysfunctional line-ups, substandard releases and sporadically-executed touring. Fortunately, this isn't the case with Heavy/Power Metal icons Iced Earth. Enthusiastically 'emerging' with Incorruptible, their latest auditory masterpiece, the notoriously-prolific act is now fully poised to once again kick our collective asses. But the question remains; are you ready?Read More

Styx

Styx 'The Mission' Whene one is to speak in regards to the realms so often avowed as 'Hard Rock', our thoughts yield to the long-running icons of Styx. Fueled by a series of hit singles, they were hurriedly thrust upon public consciousness. Deftly blending a unique brand of Pop-fueled Prog Rock, massive internal strife would leave the group divided until a full-fledged 1995 reunion eventually led to a rightly well-received commercial resurgence and a series of truly successful national tours. Fortunately, the group has once again returned with the mighty The Mission, their first all-new in studio recordings in over a decade and a half.Read More

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Donnie Vie

Donnie Vie

Once the Penelope Spheeris cine The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988) debuted, it deftly highlighted the many excesses of Glam Metal sub-genre. As it emitted it's dying gasps, few of such acts survived the onslaught of Nirvana and Grunge. A prime example of such an act is Blue Island, Illinois archetype Enuff Z'nuff. Now, nearly thirty years later, group co-founder Donnie Vie is poised for a long-overdue 'comeback' as he quietly prepares for the newest chapter in his storied solo career.Read More

Richie Kotzen

Richie Kotzen

When Glam/Hair Metal goliaths Poison recruited 'new' guitarist Richie Kotzen, many wondered what would become of the union. While the resulting recording Native Tongue (1993) failed to mirror the success of it's predecessors, it did act as a catalyst for his oft-prolific solo career. Recently, the axeman, always a man of so many words and interesting stories, was kind enough to speak with us regarding both the release of his latest solo effort Salt The Earth (2017) and the futurity of the 'Super Group' The Winery Dogs.Read More

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Accept

Accept 'Balls To The Wall'

Just when it seemed if 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 advancing obsession with new The Black Crowes, Carcass and Unisonic vinyl treatments not withstanding, the impact(s) of such releases have typically been outpacing so many 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

Unisonic

Unisonic 'Light Of Dawn'

As a truly dedicated fan of Power Metal icons Helloween, I have devoted hours of my misspent youth to the collecting of the improbably long-running group's occasionally sprawling lineage. Among the 'related' releases I was fortunate to acquire was the mighty Light Of Dawn (2014) from the Michael Kiske/Kai Hansen-fueled Unisonic. Jam-packed with an array of soon-to-be fan favorites "Blood", "Manhunter" and "Judgement Day", the quintet arose to the heights of international recognition on the cusp of the highly-anticipated new-meets-old Helloween reunion.Read More

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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 enthralled, I did ultimately find myself in search of something entirely different. Thus, when I was initially introduced to Maxxxwell Carlisle, I instantly became an oft-dedicated purveyor of his overtly distinctive tonalities in groups as diverse as departed Anthrax front man Neil Turbin's ever-morphing Thrash Metal venture Deathriders and the newly re-activated Hellion.Hear More

Raptor Command

Raptor Command

Let's face it, folks; when the 'typically tumultuous' realms best known as the Heavy Metal and Outer Space collide, the cumulative end result(s) are often disastrous. Even with the inescapable presences of full-fledged classics such as the Ayreon Metal Opera 01011001, the great majority of listeners remained unimpressed. As a result, you can only imagine our anticipation with the release of "Elon: Champion For Humanity", the debut single from Raptor Command, the Heavy Metal tribute to Space X and Elon Musk.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 acheived 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 abilitiy 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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Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge 'Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities'

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 Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities CD and Merch Giveaway! Fueled by frontman Myles Kennedy (Slash) and ex-Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, the group delivers a thought-provoking, politically-charged variation of the classic Heavy Metal formula. Deftly capturing them at an absolute peak, Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities is destined to re-affirm the group's reputation as a chart-topping creative and commercial force.Read More

Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe 'Girls, Girls, Girls' Re-Issue

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.' Mötley Crüe Girls, Girls, Girls Vinyl re-issue Giveaway! The long-overdue re-release of the group's fourth effort, Girls, Girls, Girls finds them within a bona fide creative peak. Fortified by the iconic title track and the smash single 'Wild Side' (and five new, exclusive bonus tracks as well as a limited edition 'Making Of' DVD), Girls, Girls, Girls is an absolute must-have for any genuine and sincere Mötley Crüe /Glam Metal enthusiasts.Read More

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