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Kalidia

Kalidia The Symphonic Power Metal sub -genre has been populated by an array of female-led acts. Among the most 'prime' of modern examples is Italian upstarts Kalidia. Formed in 2010, the foursome released their debut EP Dance Of The Four Winds in 2012 to nearly universal praise. Following shortly thereafter with the self-released Lies' Device in 2014, the group was thought by others to be on the cusp of greatness. Now, with the highly-anticipated The Frozen Throne, their latest (and quite possibly greatest) offerings ever, the group is once again seemingly destined for the commercial recognition they deserve.Read More

Li-sa-X

Li-sa-X

Ask anyone who is subscribed to my musings and they'll 'tell you' of my love of shred guitars. Despite this, I had found myself tiring of my obsessions with the most obvious of players. This was all before I'd discovered Japanese prodigy Li-sa-X. Born in February of 2005, she started playing the guitar at the almost unthinkable age of five (!). At the age of seven, she began posting performance clips via You Tube. Now, at the age of thirteen, this lightning-fast teen prodigy has at last unleashed her blistering full-length debut WILL upon what can only be described as a wholly unsuspecting international assemblage.Read More

Metal Church

Metal Church It's true; when it was announced that Seattle, WA iconoclast Metal Church 'ousted' front-man David Wayne and had hired ex-Heretic vocalist Mike Howe, I found myself questioning their futures. I was not apprised with Howe's résumé and my experience with the mighty The Dark (1986) had left a seriously lasting impression. Fortunately, I was able to set aside my misguided misgivings and wholeheartedly re-embraced a newly-rejuvenated group as they issued both Blessing In Disguise in 1989 and The Human Factor in 1991, leading to the continuation of my already disturbingly intense love of the group.Read More

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Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock

Amid the history of the Glam/Hair Metal genre, few artists successfully survived the Grunge 'purges'. Among those who thrived was drummer Bobby Rock. An original member of the would-be super group Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Rock would become a well-regarded session player for Lita Ford, Nelson and Nitro. Now, with his induction within the Rock Godz Hall Of Fame officially complete (11/18/18), the chart-topping 'skins-man' and author of Rock-Solid Fitness is now poised for continued global touring domination.Read More

Michael Graves

Michael Graves

As a life-long fan of all things Misfits-related (most notably the Collection II 'compilation'), I embraced the addition of vocalist Michael Graves prior to the recording of American Psycho (1997). Leading the group through an array of international tours, Graves would soon embark on a solo career. Recently, the multi-octave frontman was kind enough to speak with us regarding, among other things, his histories with the Horror Punk group and his tour supporting the iconic jewel The World Turned Upside Down (2017).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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All Hail The Yeti

Adrian Galysh

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 Adrian Galysh, I became a truly dedicated fanatic of his uniquely distinctive tonalities. Now, with the release of Venusian Sunrise20th Anniversary Edition, Galysh has once again reasserted his rightful place amid the often overlooked Instrumental Prog Rock genre.Hear More

Gruesome

Gruesome

Let's face it, folks; within 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

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 JBL Charge 3 Blue-Tooth Speaker

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Speaker

As someone who often finds himself a mere inches away from the amplified stages of Rock and Heavy Metal, my hearing has become rather damaged. The end result? The speakers I utilize during my 'insanely busy' life need to deliver the goods. Although I've been afforded opportunities to test drive numerous new products, nothing has compared to the result(s) I've achieved with the JBL Charge 3 Blue tooth Speaker have been nothing short of extraordinary. Now, my ability to Rock Out has been fully restored without lessening my enjoyment level.Read More

Sony MDR-7520 Headphones

Sony MDR-7520 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 has always been a serious concern. Thus, once we discovered the mighty Sony MDR-7520 Headphones, many of my worries were soon quelled. As a you can only imagine, we were only more than happy to share our newest auditory realization(s) with our readers as part of our vastly improved GeekTech feature newly focused on hardware, software and nearly everything else Geek and Geek-related.Read More

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Anthrax

Anthrax 'Kings Among Scotland' 3 LP Box Set

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Anthrax Kings Among Scotland (3 LP) Box Set Giveaway(s)! Fueled by returning frotnman Joey Belladonna, Kings Among Scotland 'documents' the group's 02/15/17 performance in Glasgow. Produced by the oft-acclaimed Paul M. Green, Kings Among Scotland epitomizes the Anthrax in-concert experience. Undoubtedly their most potent live release ever, Kings Among Scotland is the Thrash Metal fix you've been waiting for.Read More

Def Leppard

Ethernity 'The Human Race Extinction'

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Def Leppard The Story So Far - The Best Of CD Giveaway(s)! Capturing the Sheffield-born icons again flexing their more-than-considerable creative muscles, The Story So Far - The Best Of is the latest 'Best Of' collection in the group's discography. Fortified throughout by both obvious classics and lesser-known gems, The Story So Far - The Best Of showcases their finest efforts, making it the most refreshing compilation of this year.Read More

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