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Demons & Wizards

Demons & Wizards Amid my youth, my connections to 'Heavy Metal' lay within copies of quasi-tabloids à la Metal Edge. Accordingly, I'd find myself making musical purchases based entirely on the the impacts of the cover art. Among the most memorable of my guesstimates was the Iced Earth masterwork Night Of The Stormrider. Quickly becoming an obsessive fan of Jon Schaffer's tomes, it would lead to a 'disturbingly intense' obsession. Now, nearly thirty (!) years later, I again find myself fascinated by the group with the release of the oft-mighty III, the newest offering from the epochal Super Group duo Demons & Wizards.Read More

Hexvessel

Hexvessel

I've always 'self'-recognized as a Metal 'guy'. As a result, my tastes have not always ripened. Despite this, many of the extremities of yore have been replaced by an array of auditory misadventures. Among my most fervent obsessions in this regard is Folk Metal master-minds Hexvessel. Formed circa 2009 by Mat 'Kvohst' McNerney, the group issued their full-length debuts Dawnbearer in 2011 and promptly began establishing themselves internationally. Fortunately, with the release of the hotly-anticipated Kindred, they at long last appear to be destined for the global recognition they unquestionably deserve.Read More

Lucifer

Lucifer As a 'whole', the journalists of the internet are too eager use terms such as 'ground- breaking', 'revol- lutionary' and/or 'breathtaking' when discussing artists and groups they feel deserve additional or re-newed recognition. Unfortunately, this has led to you being subjected to my ideals regarding AC/DC, Anthrax, Dream Theater and Rush. Thus, once approached regarding coverages of the highly-anticipated gem Lucifer III from Johanna Sadonis (ex-The Oath)-led Doom, Gloom and Occult-fueled Hard Rock and Metal throwbackers Lucifer, we were only more than happy to once again fully over-indulge.Read More

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David Reece

David Reece

Lets face it; the careers of some artists and groups never truly end; they simply 'roll' with the proverbial changes. While such descriptives may seem contrived, they remain valid when discussing ex-Accept frontman David Reece. Having survived an array of turmoils, he again finds himself poised for success via the stellar Cacophony Of Souls. Recently, the oft-charismatic Reece was kind enough to speak with us regarding, among many other things, his Eat The Heat legacy and his touring plans with Udo Dirkschneider. Read More

Tim 'Ripper' Owens

Tim 'Ripper' Owens

When I initially discovered vocalist Tim 'Ripper' Owens via Jugulator (1997), I found myself unsure of what to expect. However, the resulting sonic onslaught would be embraced by all but the most pessimistic of purists. Despite this, his tenure would be short-lived, leading to Owens exploring all new opportunities. Thus, with the successes of the Harry Conklin (Jag Panzer) and Sean Peck (Cage, Death Dealer) led 'Super Group' The Three Tremors, Owens is once again the focus of intensified commercial recognitions.Read More

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Motörhead

Motörhead

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 Motörhead Bomber and Overkill LP reissues. Read More

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

When Pop-Punk masters Taking Back Sunday 'issued' Tell All Your Friends, their reputation was already Rock solid. Propelled by the single 'You're So Last Summer', it quickly became their best-selling effort to date. Re-solidifying their ever-morphing line-up after the release of their self-titled debut EP, Now, with the oddly well-timed re-issue upon us (via newly-anointed catalog juggernaut Craft Recordings which acquired Victory Records in 2019), they appear destined to carry on with the quasi-Emo and Hardcore spirits of their prototypical, genre-defining past. Read More

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Lindsay Schoolcraft

Lindsay Schoolcraft

At this point, my obsession with Cradle Of Filth has been 'well documented'. Not surprisingly, those feelings extend to their keyboardist. Accordingly, once I'd discovered Lindsay Schoolcraft as a solo artist, I became a truly dedicated fan of her oft-distinctive tonality. Now with the release of the brilliant Martyr, the Ontario-born multi-octave vocalist is destined--or so it would seem--for a long and fruitful career that, believe it or not, manages to encompass elements from several Classical and Black Metal sub-genres. Hear More

Pyramids On Mars

Pyramids On Mars

I'll be the the first to admit my life-long love of instrumental guitarists. Although the 'collective catalogs' of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai once left me enthralled, I ultimately found myself searching for a fresher alternative. Fortunately, this is truly the case with Pyramids On Mars maestro Kevin Estrella. Now with their latest Extraterrestrial-dictated release Edge Of The BlackEstrella has once again resolidified his reputation as a genuine and sincere creative force not to be ignored amid the Instrumental Prog Rock genre. Hear More

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Audio-Technica BPHS1 Headset

Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset

As a Podcaster who also happens to be a passionate husband and father, interviewing artists sans annoyance is a concern. Once I had discovered the Audio-Technica BPHS1 Headset, so many of my worries were quelled. As you can imagine, we were only more than happy to share our newest auditory realization(s) with our readers as part of our re-vamped GeekTech feature that now focuses entirely on the various hardware, software and, to a larger extent, the latest must-have gear everyone needs to reach their ultimate full Geek potentialities. Read More

Popsky Vintage Bluetooth Turntable

Popsky Vintage Bluetooth Turntable

I'll be the first to admit that I've quickly become a turntable snob. Although I often attempt to justify my behavior by 'falling back' on comparisons of sound quality, my blue collar roots are low-fi. Fortunately, the new Popsky Vintage Bluetooth Turntable, both flexibilities and practicality are delivered via a small, full-featured unit. Putting ours to the test with a series of classic Thrash Metal titles, we quickly found ourselves throwing the horns. Stay tuned to experience our abuse and discover why you should or shouldn't spend all your hard-earned cash. Read More

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Def Leppard

Def Leppard

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive Def Leppard London To Vegas DVD/CD Giveaway! Comprised of Hysteria At The O2 and it's US 'counterpart' Hits Vegas -- Live At Planet Hollywood, London To Vegas finds the group delivering tracks such as 'Let's Get Rocked', 'Photograph' and 'Rock Of Ages'. A must-have for any Def Leppard fan, the mighty London To Vegas is guaranteed to leave all but the most hopelessly of pessimistic, die-hard purists begging for more. Read More

Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Dennis DeYoung 26 East: Volume 1 LP Giveaway! Initially planned as the ex-Styx vocalist's 'final' recording, 26 East: Volume 1 delivers the goods as DeYoung unleashes an array of nostalgia-fueled anthems ('East Of Midnight') and less-than-likely surprises ('To The Good Old Days', a new duet with Julian Lennon). An ideal companion for all pre-Gowan Styx fans, 26 East: Volume 1 represents the best of the Classic Rock genre. Read More

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