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Divine Heresy

Divine Heresy As a 'yuge' Fear Factory enthusi-ast, my fascinat-ion regarding Di-vine Heresy wa -s inevitable. Aft-er an acrimonio-us departure from the Industrial Metal icons, the axeman quickly launched the group with frontman Tommy Vext and drummer Tim Yeung. Issuing their full-length debut Bleed The Fifth in 2007, the quartet soon imploded following the release of Bringer Of Plagues (2009) and the re-formation of Fear Factory. Accordingly, with the limited (e.g., three hundred total copies globally) vinyl re-issue release (via M-Theory Audio) at last here, I once again find myself only too happy to participate. Read More

Fear Factory

Fear Factory

I'll be the first to admit my first ex -periences with I -ndustrial Metal pioneers Fear F-actory were uns -satisfying. Havi-ng received a copy of Demanufacture (1995) via BMG Music Service, I foun-d myself confused by their mechanized assault. Despite this, with the release of Remanufacture (1997), I embraced them with a true enthusiasm. As I'm su-re you've deduced, this led to the start of a long, obsessive love affair. Now, ov -er twenty-five years later, the release of Aggression Continuum, their latest and quite possibly greatest offering to date, the group appears destined for a major career resurgence.Read More

Helloween

Helloween

When Power M-etal icons Hello -ween and voca -list Michael Ki-ske parted ways in 1993, I initially was less than t-hrilled. While the performances of Pink Bubbles Go Ape (1991) and Chamel-eon (1993) left them with little choice, the 'death' of their revolutionary tonality left me disillusioned. Accordingly, when the group announced a reunion with b-oth Kiske and co-founding guitarist Kai Hansen, they found themselves at the center of intense renewed interest. No-w, with the release of the oft-triumphant Helloween, the newly-rejuvenated gro-up has released this monstrous, career -defining auditory revival. Read More

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Todd La Torre

Crystal Viper

When I first became acquainted with v-ocalist Todd La Torre of Heavy Metal i-cons Queensrÿche, my admiration wa-s immediate. Once at the helm, his arri-vals signaled the beginning of a much-welcomed re-start. Recently, La Torre, always a man of many words and inter-esting stories, was kind enough to spe-ak with us regarding both his still-burg-eoning solo career (e.g., Rejoice In The Suffering and the c-ontinued struggle of following within the footsteps of the grou-p's 'oft-embattled' original frontman Geoff Tate.Read More

Todd Michael Hall

Todd Michael Hall

When vocalist Todd Michael Hall was announced as the vocalist for Riot V, f-ew could have accurately predicted the impact he would have. Boldly forging a-head in the absence of Mark Reale, th-ey now appear destined for a well-des-erved creative resurgence. Now, with t-he highly-anticipated release of the mi-ghty Kurdt Vanderhoof-fueled full-len-gth solo debut Sonic Healing now officially upon us, the mul-ti-octave Hall seems destined for the critical and commercial breakthrough we all know he rightfully deserves.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

Donnie Vie

Donnie Vie

I'll be the the first to admit my life-long obsession with Glam Metal. Although the collected works of Guns N' Roses, L.A. Guns and Mötley Crüe once left me content, I was soon searching for a fresh alternative. Fortunately, this is the case with Enuff Z'nuff 'idolate' Donnie Vie. Now, with the release of Beautiful ThingsVie has officially solidified his reputations as a genuine and sincere creative force not to be ignored within the woefully-overcrowded (and, for that matter, inbred) Glam/Hair Metal and Power Pop genres.Hear More

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Aiwa Prodigy Air Wireless Earbuds

Aiwa Prodigy Air Wireless Earbuds

As wanna-be critic who also happens to be a husband and father, listening to music sans annoyance is always a concern. Thus, once the truly mighty Aiwa Prodigy Air Wireless Earbuds appeared on our 'radars', many of my worries were quelled. As a result, we were only more than happy to share our auditory discoveries as part of our GeekTech feature which now focuses entirely on the various hardware, software and, to a certain extent, the latest and/or greatest must-have gear our readers need to reach their ultimate full Geek potentialities. Read More

HP Wired Stereo Gaming Headset

HP B087J7PR83 Headset

I'll be the first to admit that I've quickly become a headphone/headset snob. Although I've attempted to 'justify' this behavior by referring to comparisons of sound quality, my blue collar roots are financially-fueled. Fortunately, the HP B087J7PR83 Headset offers both flexibility and practicality are delivered via this full-featured unit. Putting it to 'the test' with a wealth of support calls and other exploits, I quickly found myself engulfed in an auditory experience. Check out our detailed abuse and discover why you should spend some hard-earned fundage.Read More

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Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter this exclusive new Black Sabbath Heaven And Hell Pi-cture Disc Giveaway! Now joined by Ronnie James Dio, the re-juvenated group fired on all cylinders. Featuring the original 'Smoking Angels' cover art via Lynn Curlee, it remains an absolute must-have for both clueless newcomer-s and die-hard completists alike, Heaven And Hell is quite possibly as great as any non-Ozzy Osbourne/Tony Martin era (!) Black Sabbath effort will truly ever get.Read More

King's X

King's X

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter this exclusive, all- new King's X Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous Vinyl Giveaways! First issued in May of 2000, Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous found the often underrated group 'delivering the goods'. Produced, recorded and Mixed via Ty Tabor, PCH ...MB is fueled by a series of instant classics. Arguably the most overlooked post-Atlantic Records opus yet, this limited re-press is a much-welcomed reminder of their unabashed musical dexterity.Read More

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