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Autograph

Autograph 'Get Off Your Ass' Having lived the Gen X heyday of the 'me decade', my senses were most thoroughly engulfed via an often astounding variation of Rock 'n' Roll. Force-fed a steady diet of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and Rainbow, I found myself in search of a fist-pumping abatement. Fortunately, Pasadena, California-bred Autograph offered a truly noteworthy reprieve with their chart-topping smash 'Turn Up The Radio'. Thusly, with the release of the long-overdue 'comeback' Get Off Your Ass, their first full-length recording in over twenty-five (!) years, I once again find myself wholeheartedly re-indulging within the group's long and incredibly storied lineage.Read More

Revolution Saints

Revolution Saints 'Light In The Dark'

As a self-styled 'connoisseur' of almost all music, my appetites for the absolutes of youth have been quite thoroughly counter-balanced by a truly unnervingly erratic, ADHD-induced parade of Hard Rock, Metalcore and AOR. Among my most fervent of obsessions was the oft-mighty icons Journey and their various offsprings. Armed with a propensity for soaring, three-octave harmonies, even the absurd over-playing of 'Don't Stop Believin'' failed to dampen my 'simple' enjoyment. Thus, when I'd become re-acquainted with the Deen Catronovo-led Revolution Saints and their latest sonic masterpiece Light In The Dark, I was pleased to re-oblige.Read More

Sons Of Apollo 

Sons Of Apollo 'Psychotic Symphony' In the glory days of Heavy Metal, so many 'Super Groups' truly fail to eclipse much of their towering expectations or hype often greatly exceeds the desired results of their collective efforts. This is most definitely not the case with Sons Of Apollo. Comprised of vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, veteran bass extraordinaire Billy Sheehan, contributory Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian and The Winery Dogs drummer Mike Portnoy, the group quietly began the writing and recording processes. Following months of rumors, they at long last announced the release of the oft-cataclysmic debut is Psychotic Symphony.Read More

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Autograph

Autograph

Right when it seemed that the industry was again to unleash the banalities of 'yore', I find myself in the presence of a group that epitomizes the Hard Rock genre(s). Founded in 1983, Autograph issued the Gold-selling Sign In Please in 1984, That's The Stuff in 1985 and Loud And Clear in 1987, they'd quietly dissolve shortly thereafter. Now, armed with Get Off Your Ass (2015), their first all-new recordings in over thirty years (!), they once again appear destined for the ofttimes dizzying heights of world wide acclaim.Read More

Fireball Ministry

Fireball Ministry

When 'Hard Rockers' Fireball Ministry unveiled Their Rock Is Not Our Rock (2005), few could have truly anticipated the resulting onslaught. Replete with a staggering array of fist-pumping, mosh-inducing wares, their interpretation was harmonious, heavy and very infectious. Recently, charismatic frontman James A. Rota III was cordial enough to once again speak with us in regards to the recruitment of ex-Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder and the release of their long-overdue, fuzztone magnum opus Remember The Story.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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Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden 'The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter'

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new W.I.A.Y.C.B.I. Iron Maiden The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter Giveaways! Led by 'oft-histrionic' frontman Bruce Dickinson and bassist Steve Harris, the group delivers a deftly-executed--and sweat-soaked--in-concert testament captured during their The Book Of Souls world tour, The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter is destined to re-affirm the iconic group's already well-deserved reputation as a bona fide touring force not to be ignored.Read More

Metallica

Metallica 'Master Of Puppets' Re-Issue

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Metallica Master Of Puppets deluxe re-master Giveaways! A truly in-depth analysis of the group's break-through 1986 effort, Master Of Puppets finds them performing within a genuine creative apex. Fortified by the haunting title track, the often anthemic 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)', and the instrumental gem 'Orion', Master Of Puppets is truly an absolute must-have for any genuine and sincere Metallica or Thrash Metal aficionado.Read More

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