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Jason Bieler

Jason Bieler As a 'lifer' Hard Rock enthusiast, my love of short-lived acts has le-d me to a series of truly pleasant surprises. With a youth devoted to the hairspray-caked encrusted offerings of Guns N' Roses, L.A. Guns, Et Al., my instincts almost never failed me. An example of this is Miami, Florida-born Saigon Kick. Their sophomore effort The Lizard (1992) l- ed them to worldwide recognition. Now, nearly a quarter of a century after their final new release, guitarist and maste-rmind Jason Bieler has finally issued the axemaster's highly-anticipated solo slab Songs For The Apocalypse. Are you really ready for this?Read More

Pantera

Pantera

Ever not 'get' an artist or group? Specifically, did you not get them because of their fanbase? Sadly, this is what I felt re: Pantera and the massive Cowboys From Hell (1990). The group's second effort to feature Phil Anselmo, it fueled their ascent to the apogee of the Heavy Metal genre. Even with the presence of 'Cemetery Gates', I'd still found it hard to join their family. However, I came to appreciate their bravado after attending the Extreme Steel Tour in 2001. Now, forty years after my introduction, I find myself entirely immersed amid the oft-almighty Reinventing The Steel 2XLP And CD Vinyl ReIssues.Read More

Ricky Warwick

Ricky Warwick Once Hard Rock 'iconoclasts' The Almighty issued Blood, Fire And Love (in '88), it was immediately clear that Ricky Warwick was a creative focal point of the red-hot outfit. Accordingly, when he launched what would soon prove to be a delightfully prolific solo pilgrimage, he would soon earn a rock-solid reputation as a genuine and sincere creative force to be reckoned with. Now, with the oft- charismatic frontman's latest solo opus When Life Was Hard & Fast (2021) n- ow about to be unleashed, he appears truly destined for the global critical and commercial recognition he's obviously rightfully earned himself.Read More

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Ellefson

Ellefson

When Megadeth bassist & co-founder David Ellefson issued his solo debut in 2019, few knew what to truly expect. Joined by vocalist Thom Hazaert and an array of guests, the group earned a reputation as a top tier act. Armed with a wave of momentum, the pair began assembling the 'covers' compilation No Cover (2020). Recently, the charming Ellefson and Hazaert were kind enough to converse with us regarding, among many other things, their blistering takes on the Cheap Trick klassische 'Auf Wiedersehen'.Read More

Reb Beach

Reb Beach

As a Gen X 'child' of the '70's, '80's and '90's, I found myself gravitating towards the Glam/Hair Metal genre. Unleashing their self-titled debut in 1988, Winger blended a true array of Prog influences amid MTV-ready hits. Among the keys to their success is guitarist Reb Beach. Now, with the release of the oft-mighty gem A View From The Inside (2020), his latest and greatest solo offering to date, the charismatic, fleet-fingered axemaster now appears entirely destined for the commercial accolades he so rightfully deserves.Read More

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Immortal

Immortal

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 expectations. Not surprisingly, you can only imagine our pure listening satisfaction with the highly-anticipated release of the Immortal jewels Sons Of Northern Darkness. Read More

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

When NWOBHM masters Iron Maiden released Dance Of Death (1999), their reputation was already legendary. Led by the infectious single 'Rainmaker', it would soon reinforce their post-reunion mettle. Adorned via cover art courtesy of the often acclaimed David Patchett (Cathedral), it was the group's first release to be Produced by Kevin Shirley (Dream Theater) Now, with this stunning vinyl variation upon us all, they once again appear truly destined to carry on with the prototypical, genre-defining Classic Heavy Metal so many 'purists' already know and love. 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 by this full-featured unit. Putting it to the test via a series of support calls and an array of gaming exploits (notably DOOM Eternal), we soon found ourselves entirely engulfed in an auditory experience. Stay tuned for our detailed use and abuse and discover why you should spend some hard-earned fundage. Read More

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Accept

Accept

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Accept Too Mean To Die Giveaway! Produced by Andy SneapToo Mean To Die is their fifth offering to feature vocalist Mark Tornillo. Showcasing a now-legendary penchant for delivering the proverbial goods, the rejuvenated sextet fires on all cylinders. A must-have for any Accept enthusiast (particularly those with an interest in their post-Udo eras), Too Mean To Die is the 'insta-classic' their notoriously rabid fanbase truly deserves. Read More

Michael Schenker Group

Michael Schenker Group

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Michael Schenker Immortal CD&LP Giveaway! Continuing with the format of Revelation, Immortal is 'charged' with an array of guests including Joe Lynn Turner, Ralph Scheepers and Brian Tichy. Featuring a re-recording of the Lonesome Crow (1972) era classic 'In Search Of The Peace Of Mind' amid it's ten razor-sharp tracks, it's arguably one of Schenker's most ear-pleasingly solo offerings yet. Guaranteed to leave everyone begging for more, this is quite possibly as good as it getsRead More

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