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Orden Ogan

Orden Ogan I'll be the first to admit I'd missed out on Germanic Power Metal ico- ns Orden Ogan. Founded in 199- 6, they released their debut Vale circa 2008. Solidifying their reputation via To The End (2012) and Gunmen (2017), the group forged ahead with their trademark flare for the dramatic. Once I was 'acquainted' with their Folk and Prog Metal intricacies, I found myself embracing the depths of their catalogs. Now, with the release of the mighty Final Days, their latest--and possibly greatest--auditory offering yet, they now appear truly destined for the worldwide recognitions they undeniably acquired for themselves.Read More

Ronnie Atkins 

Ronnie Atkins

As a life-long fan of 'Metal' and it's bastardized off-spring, I found it difficult to digest the array of acts intended to flood the feelings. Aptly, when Pretty Maids burst upon this scene, many US-based fans were all unaware of their activities. Having over-indulged in the hairspray-encrusted offerings of Guns N' Roses, it wasn't until Future World (1987) that many began taking notice. Thus, when mastermind Ronnie Atkins announced the release of the oft-delayed gem One Shot, domestic audiences (i.e. outside of the Japan) at long last appear all too willing to embrace his trademark Hard Rock and Metal offerings.Read More

Turbulence

Turbulence When 'Prog' first began it's unions within Metal à la 1984, many rec-ordings that so-on become land-marks originated from Europe and North America. Sadly, this would lead to an oft-homogenized experience that begged for a change. Fortunately for all parties involved, with the inevitable progression of time, acts from less-than-likely sources began to develop and emerge, offering listeners the opportunity to greatly broaden their musical horizons. A perfect example of this rapid, increased growth is woefully-unsung Lebanese upstarts Turbulence and their uniquely stunning (trust me!) second exertion Frontal.Read More

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Crystal Viper

Crystal Viper

When vocalist Marta Gabriel launched Crystal Viper circa 2003, few could've predicted the impact they'd have on the the entirety of their genre. Issuing their debuts The Curse Of Crystal Viper in 2007, they spearheaded a new wave of female-led acts. Methodically asserting themselves as a true creative force not to be ignored via Legends in 2010 and Crimen Excepta (2012), they surged forward. Thus, with the release of the highly-anticipated The Cult (2021), the group sees itself the 'focal point' of intense new fervor.Read More

Philm

Philm

When post-Hardcore trio Philm 'parted ways' with Dave Lombardo, the future seemed precarious. However, with the talented Anderson Quintero on board, Gerry Nestler and Poncho Tomaselli appear rejuvenated. The resulting opus Time Burner (2021) offers a wealth of support of their evolution. Recently, the charismatic Nestler, was kind enough to speak with us regarding, among other things, the group's signing with Metalville Records and their connections to the award-winning animated film spanish Flowers.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 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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Fear Factory

Fear Factory

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Fear Factory Demanufacture Re-Is- ssue 3 LP Giveaway! First issued in '95, Demanufacture wisely avoiding the brutal approach featured on their earliest recordings. Partially fueled via previously unreleased live tracks recorded at Ozzfest in 1996, the improbably long-running quartet effortlesssly proves themselves. The first in a series of storied re-issues, Demanufacture is an absolute must-have for every real Heavy Metal fanatic.Read More

Marty Friedman

Marty Friedman

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Marty Friedman Tokyo Jukebox 3 V-inyl Giveaway! The third of a trio of r -ecordings that began circa 2009, the former Megadeth axeman 'displays' a wide variety of J-Pop songs. A must-have for anyone with a genuine interest in broadening their horizons, the oft-mighty Tokyo Jukebox 3 deftly showcases Friedman's razor-sharp six string skill-set, making it one of his most enticing and, for that matter, thought-provoking offerings ever.Read More

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