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Asking Alexandria

Asking Alexandria 'Asking Alexandria' Amid the history of Metalcore, the vast majority of groups that have endured the loss of a lead vocalist with their dignity and sanity entirely intact. However, this was most definitely not the case when York, North Yorkshire quintet Asking Alexandria parted ways with the multi-octave Danny Worsnop. Wasting little time releasing the Denis Stoff-led The Black in (2016) to universal acclaim, Stoff would himself depart later that year, 'paving the way' for Worsnop to re-join. Returning with the eponymous Asking Alexandria (2017), they again appear destined to ascend to the top of the hierarchy of the past.Read More

Eisley/Goldy

Eisley/Goldy 'Blood, Guts And Games'

When one of the once-prominent residents of the Sunset Strip join 'forces', much of the materials fail rather miserably. Fortunately, this, for better or for worse, is definitely not the case with the duo of Eisley/Goldy. Originally joining forces in Guiffria, Eisley would remain as the group's de facto leader until they were forcibly re-christened by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons as House Of Lords in 1988 while Goldy would soon depart to join a pre-Dream Evil era Dio. Finally reuniting after a protracted separation, they've unleashed their truly blistering, full-length entrée(s) Blood, Guts And Games (2017) on us all. Read More

Operation: Mindcrime

Operation: Mindcrime 'The New Reality' Once embattled Prog Metal icons Queensrÿche at last parted ways from Geoff Tate, the litigation for the rights to their legacy were less-than-amicable. With Tate ultimately 'retaining' the right(s) to the Operation: Mindcrime moniker, he quietly assembled a diverse variety of musicians, notably ex-band mate Kelly Gray, Disturbed bassist John Moyer, keyboardist Randy Gane and former AC/DC skinsman Simon Wright. Now, with the highly-anticipated release of The New Reality (2017), Tate is at last poised for the final (?) chapter in what had seemingly been an almost entirely unthinkable revitalization.Read More

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Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend

When first introduced to vocalist/multi- instrumental icon Devin Townsend via the Vai 'opus' Sex & Religion (1993), I was entirely dumbfounded. Anticipating the follow-up to Passion And Warfare (1990), the resulting onslaughts were a radical departure. Fortunately for us, Townsend wasted little time launching Extreme Metal titans Strapping Young Lad and an often morphing solo career. Now, twenty-five (!) years later, Townsend is the focus of intense attentions with the release of the stout Transcendence (2016).Read More

Operation: Mindcrime

Operation: Mindcrime

As an 'unabashed' fan of post-Empire (1990) Queensrÿche, my admiration of Geoff Tate was frequently equal to the ministrations I bestowed upon so many of his like-minded brethren. Following the trials and tribulations of the group's career, I found myself re-gravitating to Tate once he had launched Operation: Mindcrime. Recently, the multi-octave vocalist was kind enough to speak with us regarding, among so many other things, the release of The New Reality (2017), the final installment of a truly innovative trilogy.Read More

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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

Judas Priest

Judas Priest 'British Steel'

As a truly dedicated fan of Heavy Metal veterans Judas Priest, I have devoted countless hours to the collecting of the group's exhaustive catalog. Among the releases I was fortunate to acquire was the oft-mighty Killing Machine (1978). Jam-packed with a staggering array of soon-to-be favorites such as 'Delivering The Goods', 'Hell Bent For Leather' and their variation of the Fleetwood Mac classic scarcity 'The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)', the quintet's new accessibilities would propel them to the dizzying heights of world-wide exaltation.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 achieved 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 ability 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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Avatar

Avatar 'Avatar Country'

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Avatar Avatar Country CD, Vinyl & T-Shirt Giveaways! Led by the ever- charming Johannes Eckerström, the quintet delivers a deftly-executed take on their now trademark Melodic Death Metal tonality. Easily their most truly cohesive and maddeningly infectious efforts to date, the mighty Avatar Country is seemingly guaranteed to leave die-hard completists and clueless newcomers alike begging for more from the Swedish mad men.Read More

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani 'What Happens Next'

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive Joe Satriani What Happens Next CD & Vinyl Giveaway! Produced by the oft-acclaimed Mike Fraser, the ingenious  What Happens Next  'mates' Satch with ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Showcasing the truly triumphant return to the straightforward, accessible sound of his not-so-recent past, What Happens Next is a must-have for every genuine and sincere Satriani fanatic.Read More

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