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Alexandra Zerner

Alexandra Zerner Amid the realms of Prog Metal all but the ignorant can speak of the lightning-fast ax men Among the most talented of these six-string warriors is Alexandra Zerner. Emerging in 2001 as an audio Engineer, guitar instructor and session musician, her debut 9 Stories was self-released in 2014 and it's oft-underrated follow-up Aspects in 2015 despite also contributing to the all-star-laden Vivaldi Metal Project. Fortunately for you, the wait is over as Zerner has at long last unleashed her most ambitious and, as a result, most truly-satisfying solo effort to date via the ingenious and arguably-'conceptual' Opus 1880.Read More

Mark Deutrom

Mark Deutrom

For better or for worse, I 'identify' as a Metalhead. Despite this, the multeities of my palette has often thrust me into an array of genre-defying misadventures. Among my most rewarding discoveries is Mark Deutrom. After departing from The Melvins, he would embark upon a solo career in 1998, releasing his debut The Silent Treatment in 2001 and The Gate in 2005 and Iraq in 2006 before going on an extended hiatus. Now, with the release of the key The Blue Bird, Deutrom at long last appears destined to receive the critical, commercial and, with enough right momentum, the sales recognitions he deserves.Read More

Soen

Soen As a 'Later-Day' Prog Metal fan, I have disposed a massive section of time and effort to the collective works of Dream Theater et al. I have since developed a thirst for artists and/or groups that exist outside the proverbial mainstream. An ideal case-in-point is the Super Group Soen. Formed by ex-Opeth skins-man Martin Lopez, the group issued their debut Cognitive in 2012 and Tellurian in 2014 to international acclaims. Now, with the release of Lotus, their latest--and quite possibly greatest--offerings, I once again find myself over-indulging in the unique lyrical and compositional complexities of their craft.Read More

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A Pale Horse Named Death

Bobby Rock

When ex-Type O Negative skins-man Sal Abruscato unleashed Doom icons A Pale Horse Named Death in 2011, few could have predicted the brilliance of their debut And Hell Followed With Me in 2011. Proving themselves to be a bona fide creative force to be re'koned with, they then issued Lay My Soul To Waste in 2013 and When The World Becomes Undone in 2019. Recently, Abruscato was kind enough to speak regarding, among other things, his departure from oft-embattled 'Alt-Metalers' Life Of Agony.Read More

Quiet Riot

Quiet Riot

When outspoken Quiet Riot 'frontman' Kevin DuBrow passed away, the long-running quartet understandably ceased to exist. Despite this, drummer Frankie Banali chose to re-launch the group in 2010 with axemaster Alex Grossi and returning bassist Chuck Wright. Using a variety of vocalists prior to American Idol would-be James Durbin joining in 2017, they released One Night In Milan (2019). Now, Banali and his cohorts have proven themselves more than capable of carrying on the legacies of the oft-storied act. 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 jewles '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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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

Gretchen Menn

Gretchen Menn

Let's face it, folks; within the 'typically tumultuous' realms best known as the Heavy Metal genre(s), there have been few examples of well-respected female guitarists. Despite artists à la Orianthi garnering followers world-wide, so few have succeeded. Fortunately, that is all about to change with six-string heroine Gretchen Menn. Still basking amid the glory of Abandon All Hope, her second full-length solo effort, the guitarist is now seemingly guaranteed to achieve all the critical and commercial accolades she deserves.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 found ourselves throwing the horns without limiting anything. Stay tuned (i.e. click here) to fully experience the entirety of our use and abuse and discover why you should or shouldn't spend all your hard-earned cash. Read More

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Delain

Delain

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Delain Hunter's Moon CD and Blu-Ray Giveaways! Comprised of four all new studio tracks and ten 'in-concert' offerings, Hunter's Moon show cases their Symphonic Metal amalgam. The final stage in a trilogy that also includes Lunar Prelude (2016) and Moonbathers (2016), Hunter's Moon represents the finest the sub-genre has to offer us, this--and thus the oft-enduring Dutch sextet itself--are quite possibly as good as it will get.Read More

Queensrÿche

Queensrÿche

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Queensrÿche The Verdict CD/Vinyl Giveaway! Capturing the re-juvenated quintet flexing their 'creative muscles', The Verdict is the follow-up to the oft-ingenious Condition Hüman (2015). Fortified via Production from Christopher 'Zeuss' Harris, The Verdict is the group's third effort to feature front-man Todd La Torre. Easily one of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2019, The Verdict only further solidifies their already iron-clad reputation as an unquestionable sonic force not to be ignored.Read More

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