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Graham Bonnet Band

Graham Bonnet Band Once I initially 'di -scovered' Hard Rockers Alcatra -zz via No Parol -e From Rock '-n ' Roll (1983), I soon found mys-elf enthralled amid their now-trademark blend of gritty vocals and razor-sharp fr -etwork. Accordingly, hook-laden jewels such as 'Island In The Sun' became b-eloved additions to my repertoire. Alth-ough I lost touch with them at the onset of their Doogie White era, my admira-tion for Graham Bonnet continued un-abated. Fortunately, with the release of Day Out In Nowhere, the group (and, as a result, Bonnet himself) now appe-r poised for the critical and commercial rebirth they truly deserve.Read More

James LaBrie

James LaBrie

As a later-day P-rog Metal conve-rt, I have devot-ed untold hours of to Fates War-ning and/or Ope -th. Accordingly, I'll be the first to admit I've been a fan o -f 'all things' Dream Theater since Oc- tavarium (2005). An example of this is Beautiful Shade Of Grey from frontm- an James LaBrie. Joined by the accla-imed Paul Logue and his son Chance, only time will tell if the notoriously fickle and indifferent Prog Rock/Metal comm-unities (and, for that matter, the occasi-onally 'mercurial' Dream Theater fan) will once again wholeheartedly embra-ce his undeniably ingenious yet oddly- polarizing solo offerings.Read More

Zero Hour

Zero Hour

As 'a whole', the journalists at the center of the bl-ogosphere are t-oo eager to use terms such as b-reathtaking whe-n describing the artists and groups they feel deserve attention. Unfortunately, t-his has led to you being subjected to prattling regarding Anthrax, Dream T-heater and Quiet Riot. Not surprisin-gly, when we were initially approached in regards to coverage of the ingenious Agenda 21, the long-awaited comeba-ck (i.e., the follow-up to Dark Deceiv-er, 2008) from curiously-unsung Progr-essive Metal master-minds Zero Hour, we were, of course, again only more t-han happy to re-indulge.Read More

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Terry Ilous

Terry Ilous

Amid the hairspray-encrusted strains of the 'Hair' Metal genre, the stagnation t-hat fueled the birth of Grunge was alre-ady brewing when XYZ unleashed their self-titled debut in 1989. Unfortunately, it's successor Hungry (1991) would fail to further their 'cause' as Nirvana et al overtook the airwaves. Emerging virtu-ally unscathed, vocalist Terry Ilous wo-uld embark on a solo career before fronting Great White. No-w, with the release of the debut from Land Of Gypsies here, Ilous reminds us of his compositional prowess.Read More

Dennis Stratton

Lionheart

When guitarist Dennis Stratton was o-usted from Iron Maiden, many wonde-erd what lay ahead for the 'axemaster'. Re-emerging in 1980 via Lionheart, th-e group issued their debut Hot Tonight in 1984 before a reunion would lead to the release of Second Nature (2017) a -nd The Reality Of Miracles in 2020. Recently, the oft-charismatic Stratton, always a man of many words and interesting stories, was kind enough to speak with in regards to, among many other things, the long-overdue re-release of Second Nature.Read More

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Epica

Epica

Amid the realms of Symphonic Metal, few groups have had the impact of Dut-tch masters Epica. Fueled by the multi-octave Simone Simons, the group bu-rst upon the scene with their debut The Phantom Agony (2003). Quickly hittin-g their stride, they found themselves at the apex of a later-day revival. The rest, as they say, is history as the group continued to work their 'creative muscles' with Design Your universe (2009). Thus, when we were approac-hed regarding the vinyl re-issue of the emotionally-overwroug-ht opus Ωmega, we were happy to overindulge.Read More

Queensrÿche

Queensrÿche

When Queensrÿche released Empire (1990), there was little doubt regarding the group's pending success(es). unle-ashing a new slick commercial tonality, the single 'Silent Lucidity' soon prope-pelled them to international acclaim an-d would lead to a Grammy nomination and an array of headlining tours (most notably with Suicidal Tendencies). Fortunately, with the highly-anticipated vinyl re-issue at last upon us all, the long-suffering group's (arguably, at least) greatest Geoff Tate era offering is now poised to be re-embraced in all of it's delightful analog glory.Read More

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Ascension Of The Watchers

Ascension Of The Watchers

At this point, my 'love' for Fear Factory has been well-documented. As a result, my feelings for the Burton C. Bell-fuel-ed Ascension Of The Watchers are of little surprise to our few listeners. Now with the brilliant Apocrypha, the multi- octave vocalist is now destined (or so it would seem) for a long and fruitful post -Fear Factory, G/Z/R (Geezer Butler), and perhaps even Ministry career that, believe it or not, has now encompassed a total of thirty-two (!) years and no less that nine different genres and seventeen artists.Hear More

John Corabi

Siglos

I'll be the the first to admit my life-long obsession with Glam Metal. Although the collected works of Guns N' Roses and L.A. Guns initially left me content, I was soon searching for a fresh alter-native. Fortunately, this is the case with ex-Mötley Crüe vocalist John Corabi. Now, with the release of Horseshoes And Hand Grenades: Tales From Th-e Other Mötley Crüe Frontman And Journeys Through A Life In And Out Of Rock And RollCorabi has solidified his reputation as a creative force not to be ignored.Hear More

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Brad Tolinski

Aiwa Prodigy Air Wireless Earbuds

As wanna-be critic who has also had aspirations of becoming a legit writer, I've found listening to audiobooks pro-vides a vast wealth of insights. Thus, when Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen appeared on our r-adar, we were only more than happy to share our auditory discoveries as part of our Book feature which now focuses on various Hard Rock and Heavy Metal books and, to a certain extent, the latest and/or greatest titl-es and Podcasts from the Crime (Fiction), Fantasy, Horror and True Crime genre(s) we feel you'd enjoy.Read More

Ronnie James Dio

Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography

I'll be the first to admit that I've quickly become an audiobook 'snob'. Althou-gh my primary vice is crime fiction, m-y love of Metal trumps all. Fortunate-ly, Rainbow In The Dark: The Auto-biography, offers an ear-pleasing alt-ernative. Co-Authored by the legend-ary Mick Wall (of Classic Rock and Kerrang! fame), I qui-ckly found myself en-gulfed in a refreshingly informative au-ditory experience of epic proportions. Check out our detailed review and discover how much you really know and why yo-u can't know enough about the mighty legend.Read More

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Memphis May Fire

Memphis May Fire

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter this exclusive new Memphis May Fire Remade In Mise-ry Giveaway! The follow-up to the oft-ingenious Broken (2018), Remade In Misery finds the Metalcore icons firin-g on all cylinders. Armed with a staggering array of tracks à la the melodic 'Make Believe' (view the video), Remade In Misery is a must-have for every Memphis May Fire fanatic. Serving as a milestone within an already storied career, Re-made In Misery is possibly as good as it gets.Read More

Zombi

Zombi

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter this exclusive new Zombi Zombi & Friends, Vol. 1 Give -away! For nearly two decades (!), the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania duo have b-een making atmospheric instrumental music thus, the 'all-covers' collection Zombi & Friends, Vol. 1, should come as no surprise. Offering astute renditions of material from the Alan Parsons Project and Neil Diamond, Zombi & Friends, Vol. 1 is one of the most hotly-anticipated (and 'outright-odd') releases of this mid-point.Read More

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