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Reviews and Features For February 2015
Ron Bumblefoot Thal fits the profile of the modern archetype of a blue collar rock and roll hero. He is accomplished in a variety of areas and during a conversation with Thal, his humble, unassuming personality draws you in as effectively as his virtuoso guitar talent.
- Read the full Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal Interview review
The Australian singer/songwriter is relatively new on the scene over here but will undoubtedly be known across the globe soon if these songs are any indication of whats to come. (5 stars)
- Read the full Josef Salvat - In Your Prime (EP) review
For this installment Album of the Week, Johnny Hardcore somberly marks would have been Kurt Cobains 48th birthday this month with a look back at Kurt and Nirvanas landmark Nevermind album.
- Read the full Nirvana's Nevermind review
For this edition of Root 66, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new rootsy albums including Murder By Deaths Big Dark Love, Jim Ed Browns In Style Again, and Sam Morrows Ephemeral.
- Read the full Murder By Death- Jim Ed Brown- Sam Morrow review
2014 was possibly the best year for film since 1997 when Good Will Hunting, LA Confidential, Boogie Nights, The Ice Storm, Wag the Dog, In the Company of Men, Titanic, Jackie Brown and The Full Monty invaded cinemas.
- Read the full Best Films Of 2014 review
The tragic and untimely passing of Mike Scaccia marked the end of Rigor Mortis- consider Slaves to the Grave the parting gift. The riffs are excellent, the vocals are ruthless, the sound quality is loud and intense. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Rigor Mortis - Slaves to the Grave review
Pointing out that Venom zoomed past the last exit to relevancy years ago is like telling your neighbor he can save fifteen percent or more on his car insurance by switching to GEICO-- everybody knows that. (2 stars)
- Read the full Venom - From the Very Depths review
Mekong Delta has been an eccentric exception to the rule, traversing progressive landscapes on which twisting and turning pages honor their enduring works. In a Mirror Darkly, too, is warped like the mind of a mad genius. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly review
In celebration of legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Toni Iommis 67th birthday this week, we kick off Johnny Hardcores new Album of the Week series where he looks back at essential albums.
- Read the full Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell review
Its really saying something about Randy Rhoads life and legacy that this all-star tribute is coming out more than 30-years after his death, a span of time that is longer than Randy lived. (4 stars)
- Read the full Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute review
Inked in Blood is solid as a rock, but with the incredible extras added, I am now completely on the side of crowdfunding. Thank you, Obituary, for giving the fans what they want. (4 stars)
- Read the full Obituary - Inked in Blood review
It took some big cojones for the surviving parts of Riot to carry on after Mark Reale, the bands founder and its only consistent member throughout its multiple decades of heavy metal, tragically passed away. (4 stars)
- Read the full Riot V - Unleash the Fire review
Saying goodbye to Cathedral was tough but Death Penaltys self-titled record is a brazen slab of doom, big enough to make even the most frustrated Cathedral lamenter feel at least marginally better. (4 stars)
- Read the full Death Penalty - Death Penalty review
Perhaps the most egregious blunder here is the production, which helps Death Is Not Dead become utterly gutless. The flat guitar tone and weak drum sound make the mix an ineffective channel to transmit songs of any quality (2 stars)
- Read the full The Crown - Death Is Not Dead review
Plastic Handgun comes off, upon first glance, as an impotent name. However, the music it creates is quite powerful. This music sounds a lot like 80s The Cure did, back when it wasnt uncommon for that Goth-related act to create extended tracks with very little vocalization (3 stars)
- Read the full Plastic Handgun - Involuntary Memories review
Arthur Fowler may have grown up as a Jimi Hendrix-loving singer/guitarist, but hes since evolved into a far more gentle singer/songwriter type. His album Whats Keeping Me Going is mostly filled with humble singing, (mainly) acoustic guitar work (3 stars)
- Read the full Arthur Fowler - What's Keeping Me Going review
Sir Cadian Rhythm is a fantastic name for a band. It bespeaks Duke Ellington-meets-the human body clock. Sadly, though, this self-titled EP doesnt quite live up to such an ambitious moniker. (2 stars)
- Read the full Sir Cadian Rhythm review
This is without a doubt one of the most fun punk records to come along in a long time. The effort starts with Vince, a classic New York-style punk rocker filled with buzz saw guitar and throaty vocals, both from Pests main man Steve Halprin
- Read the full The Pests - A Damn Fine Mixture review
Heres something a bit different for Beatles fans- a film about Beatles tribute bands. Come Together focuses on a handful of them like 1964 The Tribute, The Cavern Beat, The Fab Four, The Mersey Beatles and American English. (4 stars)
- Read the full Come Together: A Beatles Tribute Documentary review
Many know Johnson just for his music but he is in fact a performance artist and here in this film by Charles Atlas he presents, in his own words, a Show about dignity and beauty. (4 stars)
- Read the full Anthony and the Johnsons - Turning review
Taking a cue from bands like Nasum and Napalm Death, the band offers catchy guitar riffs over mile-a-minute drumbeats that, unfortunately, end too soon. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Corrupt Leaders - Grindmother EP review
Get the Blues, where we have a listen to some of the hottest new blues releases from Brad Absher & Swamp Royale, Tas Cru, Robin Banks and Bill Phillippe.
- Read the full Brad Absher & Swamp Royale- Tas Cru- Robin Banks- Bill Phillippe review
Neon Leather Drip features members of experimental/avant garde outfit Florida = Death. The albums title is a pretty good hint they have a sense of humor, albeit a juvenile one, and its on display throughout the album. (3 stars)
- Read the full Neon Leather Drip - Beef Strokinoff review
Echo Sparks is a roots-y trio from Orange County, California. That may read like an oxymoron to some, but if you believe no good thing comes out of The OC, you probably watch far too much reality television. (3 stars)
- Read the full Echo Sparks - Ghost Town Girl review
Based in Fountain Valley, a small Orange County city, the act claims to be influenced by such pop-rock acts as Blur and Coldplay. But its other influences (Nirvana, Pixies) show up much more on this hard rocking release. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Torn Images - Reviver review
CommonUnion59 might call San Francisco, California home, but when Laura Malasig sings Little White House on this duos Heartbeat Serenade, youd swear she came straight from the Appalachian Mountains. (3 stars)
- Read the full CommonUnion59 - Heartbeat Serenade review
Reviews and Features For January 2015
Swerve On is fun and catchy enough that fans will no doubt quickly demand more from Strickland. For now the singer is mum on when a full-length might drop but fans can rest assured it wont be long
- Read the full Denny Strickland review
U.D.O. have sold millions of records in their lengthy career and this solid effort could add significantly to that total, especially if American metal heads give it the listen it deserves. (4 stars)
- Read the full U.D.O. - Decadent review
New imprint Onus Records makes an impressive debut with the latest from this rock four-piece who start the nine-song offering with a song called Tribute which may or may not be an homage to the Meat Puppets.
- Read the full No Volcano review
Tonic is that band who are currently heard on major radio stations across the globe, still draw major crowds on tour and most importantly still has fun making music and performing.
- Read the full Tonic review
If you were to assemble, Frankenstein style, the protypical Canadian rocker, surely Sean Kelly would stand at the very top of the list of pieces for the puzzle. In fact, you wouldn't need anybody else.
- Read the full Sean Kelly (Author of Metal on Ice) MorleyView
Birmingham, Alabama has a few nicknames. Some affectionately refer to the city as "The Ham," and long ago, back when the area's steel industry was booming, Birmingham became known as "Magic City" because it was growing so fast it was as if it was happening by magic.
- Read the full A Visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Road Trip article
On Thursday we learned the sad news that acclaimed producer and music icon Kim Fowley had died at the age of 75. Back in late 2012, antiMusic's Morley Seaver did an extensive interview with Kim, which turned out to be one of the most entertaining and informative interviews we have ever published. In tribute to Kim Fowley we are republishing the full interview
- Read the full Kim Fowley Interview Revisited MorleyView
For this edition of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on the new rock releases including Alpha Tigers Identity, Poisons ICON 2 and Red Jacket Mines Pure Delight.
- Read the full Poison- Alpha Tiger- Red Jacket Mine review
Since it is a serial publication you can think of Radio Silence as a magazine, but it is delivered in paperback book form, which is really thoughtful since most readers will want to keep their copies. (4 stars)
- Read the full Rock Reads: Radio Silence - Issue No. 3 review
Ritually Abused marked the debut of Num Skulls short run. For a period when thrash was alive and death metals stillborn corpse had been wiggling its way out into the world, Ritually Abused is a child of its time. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Num Skull - Ritually Abused (Reissue) review
Anaal Nathrakh has aged gracefully (if one finds cause to call a group whose sonic assault burns in a little-kids-forced-to-bathe-in-napalm kind of way graceful). (4 stars)
- Read the full Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum review
Lets go for a spin! Spinning records that is. Heres a look at some tasty new titles available on vinyl including David Bowies Sue (Or in a Season of Crime), The Sharrows Days of Yore and Miles Davis and Gil Evans Blue Xmas b/w Devil May Care.
- Read the full David Bowie- The Sharrows- Miles Davis and Gil Evans review
Brothers Ray and Dave Davies have been known to resort to fisticuffs from time to time. This time out the battle is strictly musical as a reissue of the classic Kinks album Muswell Hillbillies dukes it out with the new Dave Davies solo album.
- Read the full Battle of the Band: The Kinks review
This film was shot at a concert in Dusseldorf, Germany back in 2004, long before there were daily worries about whether or not the poor health of front man Lemmy Kilmister would bring an end to the band (4 stars)
- Read the full Motorhead - Stage Fright review
Mixing stoner-rock with a touch of blues and some hardcore, there is enough variety on High Fighter's new EP to keep you spinning these tracks for the foreseeable future. Morley spoke with vocalist Mona Miluski about the new EP and more.
- Read the full High Fighter MorleyView
16 years it took for Soulburn to return, and they have done a magnificent job. This album is a bombing balance of impious death/black metal in the vein of Necrophobic or Unanimated and authentic Asphyx-grade grooves that could doom one to death. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Soulburn - The Suffocating Darkness review
The EP covers a lot of ground in presenting the many angles and motifs of Haken during its run of thirty-four minutes. They are, of course, quite seamless in their collective execution (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Haken - Restoration review
Under Command makes Portrait and RAM go head to head. Both bands on the six-cut split contribute a new song and a cover paying tribute to an idol of their choosing, but also a reinterpretation of a track written and performed by the other group. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full RAM and Portrait - Under Command Split review
Brief sampler of Necrowretchs With Serpents Scourge in the form of a two-song EP. From France this Necrowretch hails, a vile band whose brand of death metal strikes up similarities to old Death, Grotesque, Autopsy, other acts of sickness. (4 stars)
- Read the full Necrowretch - Even Death May Die review
Amulet is genuinely influenced by NWOBHM, a classic brand of heavy metal whose influence has, unfortunately, dwindled down to a trickle compared to the Slayer tribute bands and Machine Head clones running amok. (4 stars)
- Read the full Amulet - The First review
Stormborn has rekindled the Bloodbound charm and conjured up some nice power metal customs a la Helloween, which coincide agreeably next to the Mystic Prophecy-esque hammerings. (4 stars)
- Read the full Bloodbound - Stormborn review
Sodoms Sacred Warpath EP comes a year and some change after Tom Angelripper and company pulverized a fair number of balls on the long-running factions fourteenth full-length album called Epitome of Torture. (4 stars)
- Read the full Sodom - Sacred Warpath review
Stacked up next to the near-decade it took Portal of I to see the light of day, Citadel was chalked up and heaved out fast enough to make Mike Portnoys head spin. (4 stars)
- Read the full Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel review
Radio Sister is a bit of a departure for Dave Plaehn, an artist that usually records and performs contemporary blues. While he still plays harmonica on this effort, he also many times applies it to non-bluesy material. (3 stars)
- Read the full Dave Plaehn - Radio Sister review
The Kiss That Took A Trip is the creation of Spaniard M.D. Trello. A self-described factotum, Trello does have a sneaky way of creating musical beauty. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Kiss That Took A Trip - Electroforest review
This alternative rock act is a bit of an oddball collective, yet there is something appealing about a band that strives to create art for arts sake. And with this self-titled album, they clearly succeed. (3 stars)
- Read the full I Am Love - Self-titled review
Ethan Jano is certainly a throwback artist. He goes all the way back to Bob Dylan, particularly when Dylan connected with Johnny Cash to create Nashville Skyline. (3 stars)
- Read the full Ethan Jano - I'll Be Fine review
Although much of what Oswald does with Ride amounts to hip hop social commentary, the track Figure It Out stands out from the short set with a rap built over an acoustic guitar part. (3 stars)
- Read the full Oswald - Ride review
Con is no Im THE man! sort of rapper, but more of a sensitive, singer-songwriter that chooses rap to best express himself. Had James Taylor been born a few decades later, he may have sounded just a little like Con. (3 stars)
- Read the full Joe Con - I Choose You review
G2P is a power trio from Tampa, Florida and EP is a short little offering filled with a whole lot of angst. Led by Nathaniel Shepherd, this release sometimes sounds like a slightly more funky Nirvana. (3 stars)
- Read the full G2P - EP review
Previous Reviews and Features
The delights of the Caribbean are easy to reach and best explored aboard a small cruise ship like the tall ships operated by Star Clippers, who currently have multiple Caribbean sailings on offer through March.
- Read the full Road Trip Revisited: Star Clippers Road Trip article
Lots of reissues, compilations, box sets and enhanced versions of vintage hit albums came out in 2014. Here are our picks for a handful of good ones including Bryan Adams, Bob Marley, Tears for Fears, in case you missed them.
- Read the full Bryan Adams- Bob Marley- Tears for Fears review
Lots of reissues, compilations, box sets and enhanced versions of vintage hit albums came out in 2014. Here are our picks for a handful of good ones including Bobby Darin, Joni Mitchell and Elvis Presley, in case you missed them.
- Read the full Bobby Darin- Joni Mitchell- Elvis Presley review
One of the most exciting bands Morley has heard in a while is Pennsylvania's Crobot and he recently spoke with singer Brandon Yeagley about the band, their sophomore album 'Something Supernatural', and a lot more!
- Read the full Crobot MorleyView
British metalcore band Asking Alexandria has never put out a DVD until now but fans will forgive the wait because the guys have put together a really nice package here. The main part of the show was filmed at O2 Academy Brixton in London. (4 stars)
- Read the full Asking Alexandria - Live From Brixton and Beyond review
Santa checks in with some of the best Christmas releases to get you in the holiday spirit including releases from Celtic Thunder, Mannheim Steamroller, The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album, The Classic Christmas Country Album and more.
- Read the full Celtic Thunder- Mannheim Steamroller- Hard Rock- More review
Yes this is the same Tyler Hilton who starred as Chris Keller on TVs One Tree Hill and who also got the plum part of playing Elvis Presley in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. So obviously Hilton is no beginner and on this set of Americana-leaning pop he sounds extremely seasoned. (4 stars)
- Read the full Tyler Hilton - Indian Summer review
Soens Tellurian is full of catchy progressive music and will appeal to fans of Porcupine Tree and A Perfect Circle - along with anyone looking for a good, dark alternative album. (4 stars)
- Read the full Soen - Tellurian review
Heres a holiday offering from Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry that features four familiar tunes including a take on the well-traveled Run Run Rudolph which is commonly thought of as a Chuck Berry tune.
- Read the full Joe Perry's Merry Christmas review
Last Saturday a time warp occurred at Gallaghers In Huntington Beach. The very last band to ever grace the stage at The Golden Bear (A gone but not forgotten venue in HB) The Earwigs played the 2nd of three farewell shows.
- Read the full The Earwigs Farewell Show review
Something Supernatural definitely crosses over into some mysterious realms lyrically but theres nothing hard to understand about what to do with it: just turn it up and play it over and over. (4 stars)
- Read the full Crobot - Something Supernatural review
Matt Hensch recently caught up with Corrosion of Conformitys Reed Mullin as the band tour with Gwar in support of their new album IX. Read Matts review of the album and full interview with Reed.
- Read the full Corrosion of Conformity Interview and IX Review review
Jeremy Spencer, drummer for Five Finger Death Punch, is a total scumbag. Thats not a personal judgment of Spencer, its his own opinion, and as he chronicles a lifetime of debauchery here he uses far worse terms to describe himself (4 stars)
- Read the full Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem review
These hymns of triumphant grandeur are among the most motivating and spirited within the massive Celtic folk/black metal panorama that is Primordials wonderful catalog. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen review
Listening to the music of Johnny Thunders is generally a lot of fun. While Looking for Johnny is a well-made and thoroughly entertaining documentary film, its difficult to watch without being overwhelmed with sadness. (4 stars)
- Read the full Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders review
Necrocracy caters mostly to the energy and expertise of the band while presenting memorable, authentic slabs of death metal with no shortage of striking riffs or intricate situations. (4 stars)
- Read the full Exhumed - Necrocracy review
Schillace has a voice that bleeds weariness, and with the song playing out to just forlorn acoustic guitar and foreboding cello it sounds like something that would be on the soundtrack to an episode of Hell on Wheels (4 stars)
- Read the full Lac La Belle - A Friend Too Long review
Theres so much sonic variety on this album, its difficult to know where to start in singing its praises. This is one fantastic album, and should be required listening for anybody on the lookout for the potential next-great-band. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Great Escape review
Workers vocalist Dan Greenwald sings these three songs with a warbling, yet effectively sincere voice. Although pop is the best generic description of this music, there is also a distinctively Americana influence on these recordings.
- Read the full Workers - Totem review
While this is a constantly powerful recording, it tends adhere a little too closely to the anger emotion, without too much variation. However, if youre feeling angry, but also in the mood to dance, this just might do the trick. (3 stars)
- Read the full Lovesucker review
Nov. 28 holds special meaning for fans of music on vinyl as thats when Record Store Days Black Friday event takes place at indie brick & mortar record stores. Legacy Records, has a handful of interesting titles dropping for RSD Black Friday, and weve received a couple of them in advance.
- Read the full Record Store Day: Joe Satriani and Dave Matthews Band review
Adore is a disconsolate album birthed out of incertitude and lament which is blended beautifully amongst electronic weeps and vocals so hushed that haunt you even when the music fades away. (5 stars)
- Read the full The Defining Reissue of 2014: Smashing Pumpkins Adore Deluxe Reissue review
The Divination of Antiquity is the first of Winterfylleths albums to create a dominating presence, crushing expectations and shattering creative barriers that had slightly impeded the bands journey on The Threnody of Triumph. (5 stars)
- Read the full Winterfylleth - The Divination of Antiquity review
The second part of Virgin Steeles rightfully-lauded The Marriage of Heaven and Hell epic is not only the finest cut of the groups excellent zenith, but a timeless classic whose obscurity among the herd is unpardonable. (5 stars)
- Read the full Classics: Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part 2 review
Melana Chasmata is profoundly deep and compelling, for darkness itself is mysterious and unpredictable, and if it had a soundtrack, it would look upon Triptykon and look no further. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Triptykon - Melana Chasmata review
Pacanomad is a soulful quartet from London, Ontario in Canada, even though the words soulful and Canada dont often naturally play together well within the same sentence. However, vocalist Chantel Rivard leads this outfit through five punchy tunes. (3 stars)
- Read the full Pacanomad - Restless review
Michael Cullen is a songwriter almost as open and honest as Nick Cave, with a singing style nearly as low registered as that famous Australian- albeit with more ability to remain on key. If anything, Michael Cullen is a true believer, primarily in sad romantic songs (3 stars)
- Read the full Michael Cullen - True Believer review
Theres always been a debate about what exactly constitutes Southern rock but here Bomar posits that the term was coined to refer to the Allman Brothers Band, and accordingly they get far more in depth coverage here than anyone else. (5 stars)
- Read the full Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock review
In this latest Get To Know feature, Kevin Wierzbicki talks to Stone Foxes lead singer Shannon Koehler about their new album, Twelve Spells, the unusual way they are releasing it, Jack Bruce, and more.
- Read the full Stone Foxes review
Hearts 2013 concert to welcome the holiday season begins with a beautiful reading of Joni Mitchells The River that features, with minor exceptions, just Ann Wilsons voice backed by a symphony orchestra. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays review
This is the second record since the return of vocalist Michael Sadler (who left for several years to devote more time to his young family) and I can only surmise that the time away from the band has revitalized both singer and band as these tracks are sizzling! (4 stars)
- Read the full Saga - Sagacity review
Rather than repackage the beloved bands hits again, the songs found here were selected because they all reflect significant moments in Queens development. (4 stars)
- Read the full Queen - Forever review
Sadly, IX is not prime Trail of Dead but rather a revisit of the Century of Self / Tao of the Dead era. There is nothing here that could stand with the best of the bands catalog of songs. (2 stars)
- Read the full ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - IX review
On this self-titled debut, John Bassetts one-man band puts forth a body of dark, bleak, and apocalyptic sound (Bassetts own spot-on description of the music.) (4 stars)
- Read the full Arcade Messiah review
Soulburn is a band whose genre can best be identified as blackened death doom metal, obviously the formula for a unique sound. But Soulburn never really achieve the potential of any of their influencing genres. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full Soulburn - The Suffocating Darkness review
The 7 Deadly Sins is, needless to say, as tight and fulfilling a record as Necrodeaths knowledge and abilities within the sector of their black/death/thrash metal style will allow. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Necrodeath - The 7 Deadly Sins review
A staunch continuation of the Nevermore sound, this is a fairly underwhelming experience that adds just a smidge of relevancy to the Sanctuary brand, an album based more on a few prime moments than its actual songs. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full Sanctuary - The Year The Sun Died review
Heres the collection that Stevie Ray Vaughan completists have long desired: a 12-disc box set containing every official album thats ever been released plus rarities and a live concert recording that has until now been unavailable commercially. (5 stars)
- Read the full Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - The Complete Epic Recordings Collection review
Bands like The Oxford Coma likely get lumped in with contemporary metal, simply because the guitar riffs are thick and loud. However, if you listen to Morphine youll hear that something much deeper is going on. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Oxford Coma - Morphine review
Its uncanny how much RxGFs Angeline Schaaf sounds Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees during Any Other Way. This is actually a good thing, because that Goth pioneers vocals always grabbed your attention. (4 stars)
- Read the full RxGF - Any Other Way review
Make no mistake about it, Unfathomed of Abyss is Kevin Prices baby. This project is described as an apocalyptic symphonic black metal album, which provides an imaginative view into the cosmos. (3 stars)
- Read the full Unfathomed of Abyss - Arisen Upon Oblivion review
Its easy to forget just how enjoyable a fine blues band can sound until a really good act crosses your path. Cold Blue Water (with its self-titled release) is just such a worthy act. (3 stars)
- Read the full Cold Blue Water review
Roberts has a cynical-sounding voice that comes out more like The Dream Syndicates Steve Wynn - with and extra dose of Lou Reeds cynicism added in - than anything we in America might call country. (3 stars)
- Read the full Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders - The Last of the Originals review
One imagines Dimestore Prophets appreciate sunny days more than most, as theyre from Moses Lake, WA, a place where it likely rains a lot. However, if these guys can celebrate the sunshine, why cant the rest of us? (3 stars)
- Read the full Dimestore Prophets - Be Yourself review
Witham has a way of drawing you into his musical scenarios that his irresistible. Storytelling is quickly becoming a lost art in contemporary music, and that leaves Witham one of the treasured endangered species. (3 stars)
- Read the full Michael Leonard Witham - A Scandal in the Violets review
These Are They are a supergroup of sorts from Chicago containing members from Novembers Doom, Loudmouth, and Hurtlocker. On this, their third and best album, the group bursts back from hiatus offering a slab of double-bass blasted death metal (4 stars)
- Read the full These Are They - At the Feast of Seven Funerals review
Neal Smith of Alice Cooper Band fame and well-traveled guitarist Steve Hunter are spotlighted in our round-up of new music from performers with an Arizona connection.
- Read the full Neal Smith- Steve Hunter review
For fans of bands like Century and Black Breath, and with elements of Converge and Botch, Norways Timeworn represent a lot of whats good in hardcore music. Timeworn manage to keep it interesting and never meander into the cheese-metal zone. (4 stars)
- Read the full Timeworn - Luminescent Wake review
Theres a new artist on the Americana scene, but Shelly Waters is not a beginner. A native of Louisianas Cajun country, Waters previously worked in the genre known regionally as swamp pop.
- Read the full Shelly Waters - Drive review
Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about 7 45-RPM record releases from Baby Jaymes (21 Questions b/w The Visit on colored vinyl) and The Hooten Hallers (War with Hell/Missouri Boy b/w Holy Moses).
- Read the full Baby Jaymes- The Hooten Hallers review
Front Country is a six-piece modern bluegrass outfit with a strong-voiced female lead vocalist in the person of Melody Walker. For fans of groups like the Steep Canyon Rangers and the also female-fronted Run Boy Run.
- Read the full Front Country - Sake of the Sound review
Theres a little bit of a joke involved in this albums title which implies that theres going to be plenty of hot fiddle playing going on here. Actually, Strings is a guitarist and Julin plays mandolin
- Read the full Billy Strings & Don Julin - Fiddle Tune X review
Exodus has re-entered onto earth from the stratosphere still on fire, still ready to beat the hell out of you and probably better than ever. The great thing about this album is you can tell from beginning to the end, it is ALL Exodus. (4 stars)
- Read the full Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out review
This spoken word film finds Scott Ian reflecting on his role as the guitarist for fabled thrash band Anthrax as well as going off on a couple of tangents, one of which is uncharacteristically poignant (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Scott Ian - Swearing Words in Glasgow review
Who would you expect to meet if you were up in the cold far north above the Arctic Circle? Santa Claus? The chilly location is the home stomping grounds of melodic metal monster band Lordi. (4 stars)
- Read the full Lordi - Scare Force One review
If you know all the lyrics to "Come Sail Away" by Styx, you know that the classic rock hit ends with spacemen sailing away in their starships. Styx fans who recently saw the band perform the song aboard the Carnival Breeze cruise ship didn't get whisked off into the ether but went somewhere heavenly.
- Read the full Styx Rocks Cozumel, Mexico Aboard The Carnival Breeze Road Trip article
When bands agree to appear live part of the paperwork involved is called a rider, a list of stipulations from the band or performer that must be met by the show producer. (4 stars)
- Read the full Excess All Areas: Demands and Idiosyncracies of Rock Icons on Tour review
Ever since 1975, Riot has been rocking with the best of them. With a sound reminiscent of Riots Thundersteel era, Unleash the Fire serves its purpose as an old-school metal call to arms and should have you head-banging in no time. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Riot V - Unleash the Fire review
Quality records have been the law for Anubis Gate. Silently and without much to-do they have coughed up a number of enjoyable releases without dropping the ball over singer swaps and the general grind of time. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Anubis Gate - Horizons review
Riffs that churn slowly are recurrently strewn over strange black metal parts lurking deep in the chasm of Oblique to All Paths, while samples and feedback augment this forlorn world to make it feel uneasy and calamitous. (3 stars)
- Read the full Culted - Oblique to All Paths review
World of Tombs is perfectly listenable, sure. The problem I have with it is that it is so conservative, so foreseeable, so willing to take the easy way out when things get hairy. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full Horned Almighty - World of Tombs review
UB40 singer Ali Campbell left that group six years ago but with UB40 founding and core members Mickey (keyboards) and Astro (additional vocals) on board here you may as well go ahead and think of this as a UB40 record. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Ali Campbell (UB40) - Silhouette review
There was a barn-burning at The Observatory as Hank 3 came to town. As you may or may not know Hank 3 is Hank Williams Jr.s son and of course the great Hank Williams grandson. So there is huge pedigree involved here.
- Read the full Hank 3 Live review
With the book I Am Ozzy Osbourne has already written his memoir but fans have a chance with this 2-DVD set to see some of his solo career play out through performance and also hear Ozzy being candid in interview segments (5 stars)
- Read the full Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs of a Madman review
Is the last bite as good as the first? Well, Invictus has the decency to rightfully accept its place as the weakest chapter in Virgin Steeles three-part The Marriage of Heaven and Hell saga. (5 stars)
- Read the full Classics: Virgin Steele - Invictus review
The style and general execution are commonplace, but Strikers focus is on unloading a good time of heavy metal without trend-whoring their dignity to death. City of Gold is solid as steel, nothing like the run-of-the-mill plastic crap. (4 stars)
- Read the full Striker - City of Gold review
Esoteric Warfare is in its own little world-one owned by Mayhem, of course. The big elephant in the room is the departure of Blasphemer, who proved to be an integral part in the bands creative avenues during his tenor. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare review
These are the kinds of sounds that must be stretched out and fully developed to have maximum impact. Darrin James has a fantastic thing going on, and these two tracks are a pair of perfect samples of his sound. (4 stars)
- Read the full Darrin James - Bombs Away/Covert Mission Anthem single review
Manilow is surely an ironic name for this London rock band. Vocalist Dean Moston is far closer to Johnny Rotten than crooner Barry, thats for sure. Its four-song EP may remind you of early Sex Pistols. (4 stars)
- Read the full Manilow - Cease and Desist review
If all you think about is Krafwerk when you consider Germany, The Society Islands may cause you to makes some serious reconsiderations of your German music knowledge. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Society Islands - The Big Sleep review
When you imagine music from Brooklyn, you picture hipsters playing complicated, deeply lyrical songs for the enlightened few. You dont expect a whole lot of angry, political punk to come out of that scene. (3 stars)
- Read the full EndAnd - Fun Times with Sh-tty People review
Coming up with somewhat of a clever idea, Sister Hazel celebrates their 20th anniversary here by presenting a set of 20 songs filmed at 20 different venues. Some of the songs are performed in very unique settings. (3 stars)
- Read the full Sister Hazel - 20 Stages review
Bryan Adams pays tribute to his musical roots here with cover versions of 10 songs. Catering to his memories instead of his fans may be worthy of respect but the end result is that many will find Tracks of My Years very dull. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years review
Morley once again speaks with St. Madness vocalist Prophet. This time they discuss the band's 20th anniversary release Carnimetal and St. Madness, its past and its future as well as whole lot more.
- Read the full St. Madness MorleyView
Part One is a masterpiece, no debate. And you know what? This isnt even Virgin Steeles best album. From its whispers to its screams, Part One is as good as it gets. (5 stars)
- Read the full Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part One review
The Swedes know how to do heavy metal-no big secret there. Crossroads is heavy metal at its absolute best and a superb moment in the evolution of this wonderful band. A masterpiece? You better believe it. (5 stars)
- Read the full Portrait - Crossroads review
The Pagan Manifesto, in some ways, changes the game for Elvenking. Im not going to call the record a masterpiece, because its not, but clearly there were huge improvements in nearly every category that needed work. (4 stars)
- Read the full Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto review
Full of powerful and memorable songs, Hymns for the Broken has been built to last. And for those who have a need and who listen closely to Englunds words and take them to heart there might even be a way here to get things on the mend. (4 stars)
- Read the full Evergrey - Hymns for the Broken review
For the bulk of Bowie fans that cant make it to see the fabulous exhibition called David Bowie is, featuring items from the David Bowie collection in person, this film, also called David Bowie is, is a very nice consolation.
- Read the full David Bowie is review
FLRTA have all the trappings of a Nightwish or a Within Temptation. Morley spoke with VK Lynne recently to talk her involvement with this band, following her stint as vocalist for a critically-lauded record last year with stOrk.
- Read the full From Light Rose The Angels MorleyView
Big on the thrash metal/crossover motifs of Suicidal Tendencies, Cro-Mags, D.R.I., and Cryptic Slaughter, Split Image created ample room for Excel to stand up next to the big boys (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Excel - Split Image review
Three brilliant songs and unnecessarily redone oldies. Thats the story of A Fallen Temple: from excellent to excessive, debatably redundant; a bit of a weird one. Nice Paradise Lost cover, though. (3 stars)
- Read the full Septicflesh - A Fallen Temple review
Plodding, monotonous doom numbers crammed alongside FOUR useless instrumental tunes stack up to almost forty-five minutes of these American doomsters asleep at the wheel. (1.5 stars)
- Read the full Pilgrim - II: Void Worship review
It's not very often that you get a chance to stand almost right on the edge of an active volcano as steam rising swirls around you. Amazingly that's something you can safely enjoy when you take a cruise to Nicaragua on the Star Flyer.
- Read the full Under the Volcano: Fun Erupts on Star Flyer Cruise to Nicaragua Road Trip article
The famous line "Elvis has left the building" was first uttered in 1956 in Shreveport, Louisiana at the end of an Elvis performance for the Louisiana Hayride radio program. Presley had indeed left the building immediately after his set but he never, in spirit at least, really left Shreveport
- Read the full Elvis in Shreveport: Still in the Building Road Trip article
Our spotlight on new vinyl releases focuses on 7 singles this time out including The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection and Skylar Gudaszs Car Song b/w Dream Lover.
- Read the full The Turtles- Skylar Gudasz review
Its been a long wait. A Very long wait to get deliverance on something new from Godsmack. Just a little over 4 years since their last album release of Oracle in March of 2010 and they have brought an early Christmas. (4 stars)
- Read the full Godsmack - 1000hp review
The great thing about Leprosy is that its not necessarily the seminal Death album, but for several reasons the seminal Death album of a certain era of the group when the band was undoubtedly at its peak. (5 stars)
- Read the full Death - Leprosy review
Lightning strikes twice for these Greek magicians, and Im rather fond of visiting the land of Oi Magoi, where the non sequiturs make a frightening amount of sense and the cogs of perdition tick, tick, tick on clocks. (5 stars)
- Read the full Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi review
A Skeletal Domain sounds exactly how any death metal journeymen will picture it, and it comes away winning over the carved-out hearts. An abattoirs delight. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain review
Titan gets its dagger in the heart through mundane songwriting and lethargic performances that have absolutely nothing to say or show on their own and instead lean on the huge symphony to carry the weight.
- Read the full Septicflesh - Titan review
Osbourne told his life story quite nicely about five years back with his I Am Ozzy memoir and it is not Popoffs intention to repeat or try to best what was included in that tome.
- Read the full Rock Reads: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day- Teenage News Issue 2 review
With water, when it hits the boiling point it turns into steam and disappears into the ether. Boiling Point the band also lives high up in the ether but theyre quite visible, or maybe that should be audible, and the heavens is their beat for a couple of different reasons. (4 stars)
- Read the full Boiling Point - More review
This film has been around for years and has been released by various companies that couldnt manage to keep it in print- it is now where it belongs in the catalog of powerhouse music and music documentary film imprint Eagle Vision. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story review
The Men Who Make the Music hit the recording industry where it hurts by presenting a tale of how bands are (sometimes ruthlessly) taken advantage of by big business with little regard for anything but their bottom line. (4 stars)
- Read the full Devo - The Men Who Make the Music review
Exposed! We reveal all the dirty little secrets of Arizonas Voodoo Sex Cult (and youre gonna love it!) Everyone from bikers to metal heads will dig A Year and a Day, and if the band can get on a national tour, so will everyone else.
- Read the full Voodoo Sex Cult's A Year and a Day review
Anthrax has a history of drawing especially rabid crowds in Santiago so they decided that the Chilean city would be the perfect place to shoot this film as their tour to support their Worship Music and Anthems releases neared its end in 2013. (4 stars)
- Read the full Anthrax - Chile on Hell review
The first question here is how Rick James wrote an autobiography since he has been dead for a decade. The book was put together by David Ritz who had been interviewing James for quite some time prior to his death. (4 stars)
- Read the full Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James review
Theres plenty of social commentary here, but hey, the band is called the Chimpz. Theyre having fun and they want you to have fun too. And with this EP its not a difficult task; turn it up as loud as you can and rock out till the cops come. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Chimpz - Self Titled EP review
This time out for On The Record our vinyl spotlight shines on Brooklyn-based synth poppers Kodacrome and their newly released 12 LP, 180 gram vinyl entitled Aftermaths.
- Read the full Kodacrome - Aftermaths review
This set shows that the String Cheese Incidents Kyle Hollingsworth refuses to be pigeonholed but the funky instrumental stuff is the best of whats on offer here with his third solo effort Speed of Life. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Kyle Hollingsworth - Speed of Life review
It is good to know and very refreshing to see that some of the up and coming new bands that are hitting the alternative hardcore scene actually GET IT. Its only the bands that have true passion for what they do that will be successful. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Meridian - The Awful Truth review
In this show the former Jethro Tull front man revisits the bands 1972 concept album Thick as a Brick as well as its 2012 follow-up, Thick as a Brick 2. There are a few differences in the performance from the sound of the studio version. (4 stars)
- Read the full Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson - Thick as a Brick - Live in Iceland review
ZZ Top are so polished at this stage of the game that they make the show seem effortless, and its nice here that they rock out from start to finish with a minimum of stage patter. (4 stars)
- Read the full ZZ Top - Live at Montreux 2013 review
A ballistic barrage of heavy metal goodness but better than "Glory of Chaos," which was better than "The King of Hell," which was an impressive yet contemporary return from one of heavy metal's darlings
- Read the full Helstar - This Wicked Nest review
Hagen Grohe, Andrew The Bullet Lauer, Alex Landenburg and Marco Wriedt have logged zillions of hours on the road as members of acts like the Joe Perry Project, Rhapsody, Axxis and Paul Gilberts band. Now the four have formed 21Octayne.
- Read the full 21Octayne review
The album title, Be Careful What You Wish For..., nearly begs the question: What if I wished for a rejuvenated Ozzy Osbourne? If you made such a wish, it may be granted in the form of AUG. (3 stars)
- Read the full AUG - Be Careful What You Wish For... review
Hot in the City loves the Arizona music scene and with bands putting out releases like the ones we profile this time out, we have good reason. Come along as we check out some of the summers, well, hottest releases.
- Read the full Best Dog Award- Consider Me Dead- Mallevs review
"Ruining Lives" deserves neither a trophy nor a fistful of egg to its face, but it's clearly a depreciated version of the records that came before it-take that how you will.
- Read the full Prong - Ruining Lives review
A ballistic barrage of heavy metal goodness but better than "Glory of Chaos," which was better than "The King of Hell," which was an impressive yet contemporary return from one of heavy metal's darlings
- Read the full Helstar - This Wicked Nest review
The EP best captures the group identifying its unique surroundings while implementing what is the most 'primitive' sounding foundation of the Septicflesh epic.
- Read the full Septicflesh - Temple of the Lost Race review
The Steady as She Goes is guitarist/singer Tal Wallace and impending doom is an overarching theme in his work on Dangerous & Dead- it doesnt hurt that Wallace has a voice and vocal styling that recalls Jim Morrison.
- Read the full The Steady As She Goes - Dangerous & Dead review
Despite the depressing subject matter that Decoup explores on Pain the songs are fun, uplifting even, thanks to hook-filled arrangements built around lots of screaming guitar licks. (4 stars)
- Read the full Rob Decoup - Pain review
No cover versions, no imitators, and no famous singers paying tribute to the Godfather of Soul. This soundtrack to the recent James Brown biopic wisely features only music performed by Brown himself- 5 stars! (5 stars)
- Read the full James Brown - Get On Up Original Motion Picture Soundtrack review
How does one start a review when you think what you are gonna get (based on past experience) is a bunch of throw back 80s BS from a band that had loads of hits back then that dont matter at all today... or so you might think.
- Read the full Echo And The Bunnymen Live review
The title of this film is a reference to the fact that Gabriel performs the music from his breakthrough album So in its entirety and in order here. But the So material only accounts for about half of the concert. Gabriel likens the shows three distinct segments to that of a meals starter, entree and dessert (4 stars)
- Read the full Peter Gabriel - Back to Front review
Minneman is an accomplished guitarist and synth player and demonstrates this throughout Eeps but he is first and foremost a drummer and this set will appeal to fans of fellow skins men like Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford and Terry Bozzio (4 stars)
- Read the full Marco Minnemann - Eeps review
Lollapalooza 2014 came to a climax amongst a series a pulsating rain showers which made the day a muddy mess, theres no way to sugarcoat it. Miraculously, it didnt diminish the sets of any of the performers and may have helped a few as they had to up their game to ensure the crowd wouldnt run for shelter.
- Read the full Lollapalooza 2014: Day Three review
The second day of Lollapalooza 2014 may not have reached the emotional heights of day one, but it contained the single best set I witnessed all weekend (thank you to Fitz and the Tantrums).
- Read the full Lollapalooza 2014: Day Two review
The first day of Lollapalooza 2014 was an extraordinary one, quite possibly the single greatest day of music Ive ever been witness to. For each of its ten hours, I roamed stages across Grant Park in the search of enlightenment, discoveries and surprises and I found it all.
- Read the full Lollapalooza 2014: Day One review
It's an essential piece of death metal history for enthusiasts hunting for the great classics of a bygone era and another guaranteed snapshot of the superiority of one of the most astonishing metal scenes to ever grace the world.
- Read the full God Macabre - The Winterlong review
Sonically PM5K has returned to the sound their fans have always preferred too, a pummeling electronic version of metal that earned the band a platinum award for sales of their breakthrough record Tonight the Stars Revolt! (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Powerman 5000 - Builders of the Future review
Metallicas landmark sophomore album Ride The Lightning celebrates its 30th anniversary this week and to celebrate we revisit Tony Ks previous in-depth look at the album that we published 5 years ago. (5 stars)
- Read the full Metallica's 'Ride the Lightning' Turns 30 review
The box set of Feast features the original album, the 15-song Re-Kill album and a bonus DVD featuring the bands show from Germanys Wacken Open Air festival in 2013. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Annihilator - Feast Box Set review
California Breed is a new power trio featuring hard rocks go-to vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) along with rock royalty drummer Jason Bonham and relatively unknown young guitar hotshot Andrew Watt.
- Read the full California Breed- Pistol Day Parade review
Fans who have maybe shied away from the band since long time singer Jon Anderson left the band can comfortably come back now since Jon Davison, handling lead vocals since 2012, sounds virtually identical to Anderson. (4 stars)
- Read the full Yes - Heaven & Earth review
In this edition of Rock Pile, Kevin tells us about the Broods, the latest entry in the pop sweepstakes to hail from New Zealand and their self-titled release. Plus the Steely Dan-esque esoterica of Neomythics More Protection.
- Read the full Broods- Neomythics review
Looking for something new to let your ears nibble on? There is a cool new Alt/Punk trio out of Cumbria, UK that seems to be lighting it up out there a little bit called Colt 45. (3 stars)
- Read the full Colt 45 - The Tide Is Turning review
The big concern for longtime fans with a Toto show filmed in 2013 is the Bobby Kimball factor: the bands original (and some would say best) lead vocalist was not on hand for this show that coincided with the bands 35th anniversary. (4 stars)
- Read the full Toto - 35th Anniversary Tour Live from Poland review
Zombie is perhaps as well-known for his filmmaking these days as he is for his music and in consideration of that it is surprising that he has never put out a concert film until now. (4 stars)
- Read the full Rob Zombie - The Zombie Horror Picture Show review
Counting Down Bruce Springsteen is an entertaining and informative read but its greatest value probably lies in the fact that by books end readers will have a newfound craving for the music whether they try to pick favorites or not. (4 stars)
- Read the full Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs review
Over the last few years Franti has managed performing shows across the globe in a variety of functions as headliner, opener, festival circuit and now his own mini yoga festival entitled Soulshine, the name taken from a song on his 2001 album Stay Human.
- Read the full Michael Franti and Spearhead's Soulshine Tour review
Any longhaired rocker who released a record between 1985 and 1991 regrettably has the hair metal label linked to them. Some of the acts merit it, as they had limited talent relying on all style and no substance. Then there are acts like Cinderella, led by Tom Keifer. (4 stars)
- Read the full Tom Keifer - The Way Life Goes review
This is the rare summer package that offers the fans a great bang for the buck as they are given the opportunity to see two bands arguably both at the peak of their powers.
- Read the full Live: Fall Out Boy and Paramore Monumentour review
Not too many places can tout the fact that they're home to a famous outhouse. But such a thing can be found deep in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region, where they also know a little something about fried chicken and bourbon.
- Read the full Kentucky's Bluegrass Country- Don't Miss These Five Attractions Road Trip article
There is a reason that Shes So Unusual made Rolling Stone magazines list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and its now been remastered and reissued in an elaborate and deluxe package for your rediscovery. (4 stars)
- Read the full Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual 30th Anniversary Special Edition review
What do the Allman Brothers Band, Jason Aldean, Young Jeezy, Otis Redding, Lucinda Williams, James Brown and Little Richard have in common? They have in common a strong link to Macon, Georgia.
- Read the full Rock Candy- Macon, Georgia's Music Tour Road Trip article
If somebody happens to tell you to "Get lost!" while you're visiting Odysea in the Desert, don't get upset. They're just wishing you a good time in the Odysea Mirror Maze, one of three attractions at Odysea in the Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona.
- Read the full Odysea in the Desert- Scottsdale's A-Maze-Ing New Attraction Road Trip article
Besides the natural beauty and fun-in-the-sun attitude of Key West, there's something of significance everywhere you look, much of which is unexpected.
- Read the full Key West: Where Florida Ends and the Fun Begins Road Trip article
There's no stopping it- it happens every year in late spring in Shreveport, Louisiana, right around Memorial Day. Mudbug Madness! The whole city comes down with it, and folks in the outlying regions too. And visitors...
- Read the full Mudbug Madness- Shreveport, Louisiana's Salute to the Crawfish Road Trip article
This is the first all new studio album from Nugent in seven years but fans neednt worry that hes changed his sound; hes made a lengthy career out of playing loud and proud blue collar guitar rock and, without being too derivative, theres more of the same here. (4 stars)
- Read the full Ted Nugent - SHUTUP&JAM! review
When NBA superstar LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010, fans residing in Cleveland were devastated. They were also angry and many continue to hold a grudge against the Cleveland area (Akron) native to this day.
- Read the full Losing LeBron review
Vans Warped Tour invaded Pomona, CA on Friday June 20th at the Fairplex. Living up to its reputation as one of the longest running and largest tours of the summer.
- Read the full 2014 Vans Warped Tour review
We recently gave this Alice Cooper documentary a 5-star rating, our highest, earlier this year when the film was only viewable in theaters. Now Eagle Rock has released the film on DVD and Blu-ray so fans can enjoy in the comfort of their homes (5 stars)
- Read the full Super Duper Alice Cooper DVD and Blu-Ray review
Because this band features the pedal steel playing of Tucker Jackson prominently, they are inevitably going to be pegged as an Americana band. But this is no hoedown record
- Read the full The Delines - Colfax review
In this installment of On the Record, Kevin tells us about new vinyl releases including Eyehategods The Liars Psalm, Florida = Deaths Post Information and Vallenfyres The Great Divide.
- Read the full Florida = Death- Eyehategod- Vallenfyre review
A super group consisting of Wally Palmar from the Romantics, Clem Burke from Blondie, Elliot Easton from the Cars and Andy Babiuk from the Chesterfield Kings, the Empty Hearts certainly have the knowhow to make a great record
- Read the full The Empty Hearts review
It boggles the mind to think that this is the bands first live concert film in 22-years. The upside is that Appetite for Democracy is so good that fans will probably never have to wait for another concert film- this is the definitive performance right here (5 stars)
- Read the full Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Democracy 3D review
He's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and no wonder. The harmonica playing style of late bluesman Little Walter was so unique that it's been compared to the genius of Jimi Hendrix or jazzman Charlie Parker.
- Read the full The Little Walter Music Festival: Alexandria, Louisiana Gets the Blues Road Trip article
This is the quintessence of Queen and its heart is still beating loud and proud. It may be too much for you to bear to hear these songs sung by someone other than Mercury, but I hope you brave it, because Queen + Adam Lambert is pure majesty. (5 stars)
- Read the full Queen + Adam Lambert Tour Opening Night review
The album title, Be Careful What You Wish For..., nearly begs the question: What if I wished for a rejuvenated Ozzy Osbourne? If you made such a wish, it may be granted in the form of AUG. (3 stars)
- Read the full AUG - Be Careful What You Wish For... review
Its fitting that boxer, mixed martial artist and sometimes actor Kimbo Slice appears in the video for Rock Bottom, the first single from Xombie of its Capital X album. This bands music is like the soundtrack to a street brawl (3 stars)
- Read the full Xombie - Capital X review
When you consider Larusso you may likely be thinking to yourself, Can any good punk band come out of Salt Lake City? Not the first place youd think of when looking out for great new punk rock music (3 stars)
- Read the full Larusso - Life in Static review
Science tells us nebulae is the plural of a nebula, which are interstellar clouds of dust, hydrogen, helium and other gases. That doesnt sound very musical, though. (2 stars)
- Read the full Heylel - Nebulae review
The performances, songwriting, sound quality, and other vital facets of the musical experience are refined but undeniably marked by the Freedom Call stamp. Credit is earned when credit is due- "Beyond" isn't too shabby.
- Read the full Freedom Call - Beyond review
This album is pretty much the completion of Cynic's conversion over to the progressive rock station. It seems in a lot of ways that the ethereal ingenuity and complex algorithms of Cynic's yesteryears have gone from a million screaming spirits to a feeble creative whisper.
- Read the full Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us review
The fact that Grave Digger is sixteen albums deep and they can create twelve fiery tracks and have not one of them be disposable is pretty outstanding. Consistent and brazen, "Return of the Reaper" is everything one could ask for in a Grave Digger record.
- Read the full Grave Digger - Return of the Reaper review
Bombs of Hades members were once involved with a handful of Swedish death metal bands that are historically legendary to the development and spread of the genre during its formative years-important factions like God Macabre, Abhoth, Utumno.
- Read the full Bombs of Hades - Atomic Temples review
At first I really, really enjoyed "All Hell's Martyrs," because it's an epic, colossal display of stomps and dark atmosphere. However, subsequent listens have not been too kind.
- Read the full Dread Sovereign - All Hell's Martyrs review
Lovesick Saints sure sound a lot like Social Distortion. However, instead of coming off like a rip-off of that fine band, they instead sound more like a really nice chip off the old block. (4 stars)
- Read the full Lovesick Saints - Dia De Los Muertos review
Below is a fitting name for this Swedish doom metal export. Sweden has established itself the capital of classic heavy metal worship, as high levels of quality continue to pour out of bands like Portrait and In Solitude.
- Read the full Below - Across the Dark River review
Keith Alan Mitchell may not be the strongest vocalist - he tends to drift off key now and again. However, theres one song on this folk-y 12-song collection, Swaying, which makes this album above average. (3 stars)
- Read the full Keith Alan Mitchell - This Clumsy World review
If you think Gothic music died with the demise of Bauhaus and the like, The Lost Poets may prove you wrong. Led by vocalist/guitarist David Rosengren, this act sings a lot about death, and other dark subject matter. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Lost Poets - Insubordia review
Wetwood Smokes Earth Tones & Red opens with the catchy A Better Man, which combines a Kings Of Leon-esque vocal in some places, with a world music-y Local Natives groove. Lyrically, though, it fails the truth test (3 stars)
- Read the full Wetwood Smokes - Earth Tones & Red review
Stylistically, Colour may remind you of 80s new wave pop. Such is certainly the case with Save Our Souls. You can also catch a bit of Weezers influence on the lumbering groove of Liar -- especially its big guitar intro. (3 stars)
- Read the full Sulu Babylon - Colour review
These Canucks play a nifty style of heavy/speed metal, which is cool, but that's all that can be said about the group's music, frankly. It's cool. It's fun. It's energetic and frenzied. But truth be told Skull Fist is a one-trick pony.
- Read the full Skull Fist - Chasing the Dream review
Like the bulk of the revivalist refugees trying to illegally cross over into Thrashistan, Suicidal Angels' outings have been mostly unremarkable-typical worship of Slayer, Exodus, Kreator, and so on.
- Read the full Suicidal Angels - Divide and Conquer review
If all you heard by The Falling Birds was Darling, you might suspect this trio was attempting to become the second coming of Nirvana. However, most of the rest of this EP is far less rocking. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Falling Birds - Native America review
The Age of the Universe has drawn comparisons to Muse. And when singer/guitarist Isaac Reese pours on the electric guitar riff-age during Alive, the opening song for the album, you realize such a RIYL is not at all unfounded. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Age of the Universe - Singularity review
If youre looking for something a little out of the ordinary that will force you to pay extra close attention, Dinah Thorpes Lullabies and Wake-Up Calls will reward you with a satisfying, creative listening experience (3 stars)
- Read the full Dinah Thorpe - Lullabies and Wake-Up Calls review
Mangoseed is a four member funk-rock-reggae band from London. Led by vocalist Nicholai La Barrie, who originally formed the act with guitarist Karlos Coleman, has titled its album Basquiat. This group is all over the map, stylistically. (3 stars)
- Read the full Mangoseed - Basquiat review
Vocally, Dishart is a little bit of an acquired taste, in that he combines the un -Velvety, off key vocal tone of Lou Reed-inspired Dean Wareham singing, with the permanently depressed attitude of Sun Kil Moon (and former Red House Painters) Mark Kozelek. (2 stars)
- Read the full Books on Fate - Memory review
Iron Savior is like a dog that can only do one trick, but that trick happens to be the ability to throw up titanic power metal covered in crispy riffs, bombastic choruses, and an authentic degree of raw sound quality.
- Read the full Iron Savior - Rise of the Hero review
Life can get a little dull when there are so many (too many) predictable guitar/bass/drum bands making simplistic hard rock. But Bridges is like an ever so slightly exotic meal, in an otherwise generic fast food world. (3 stars)
- Read the full Direct Divide - Bridges review
Last summer someone suggested to me to spin an album from a local indie artist named Jeff Morris. I reluctantly accepted having only recently taken a self-imposed break from listening and reviewing unknown artists. (4 stars)
- Read the full Jeff Morris - Original Songs On a Borrowed Guitar review
"Darkness Unbound" is enough death metal destruction to whisk away even the blackest of hearts and make them blasphemous, profane warriors in the order of Demonical's eternal army of doom. No need to fix what's not broken.
- Read the full Demonical - Darkness Unbound review
The demolition of Hail of Bullets makes "III: The Rommel Chronicles" a surefire product of noisome, wreckful, annihilative death metal cooked up by the most credible musicians around.
- Read the full Hail of Bullets - III: The Rommel Chronicles review
"Obsideo" mostly has the right idea and overrides many of the issues that plagued "Doctrine," but Pestilence is still caught up in an accustomed arduousness which ultimately makes "Obsideo" a wash.
- Read the full Pestilence - Obsideo review
It occasionally provides a tune greater than the sum of its parts, but the whole package generally leaves the local yokels feeling disappointed, like a Sunday without a case of Busch Light.
- Read the full Glorior Belli - Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls review
Most of "Legions" delivers multitudes of admirable guitar work with an unparalleled power of thrashing heavy metal goodness. This isn't a wasteful investment or redundant in the least- Artillery lives up to the hype.
- Read the full Artillery - Legions review
"VI" is actually a fairly decent album, and I'm thrilled to see a thrash band from the early 1980s like Onslaught make a slab of atrocity this homicidal and savage. A winner in my book.
- Read the full Onslaught - VI review
Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, otherwise known as The Milk Carton Kids, are one of the most popular acts on the neo-folk scene and here in this live performance film they present a generous selection of songs mostly drawn from their 2013 The Ash & Clay album. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre review
School is out for summer and thousands and thousands of young music fans are descending on Warped Tour. This is the Warped Tours 20th Anniversary and the tour is a bigger freight train than it has ever been.
- Read the full 2014 Vans Warped Tour Preview review
Labels continue to scour their archives for any previously unreleased Ronnie James Dio material they can dig up and why not, Dios fan base remains ravenous for anything having to do with the late rock god, and this concert film from 20-years ago fits the bill nicely (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Dio - Live in London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993 review
When Tony was told Superunknown was the first rock album ever to be mixed in 11.1 sound and it was available as an app on your phone, he just couldnt imagine how the listening experience would be overpowering.
- Read the full Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' in DTS 11.1 Headphone: X Format review
This album IS a Metal Masterpiece. There is absolutely no doubt about that. Ice-T and the band have put their feet in the ground and are firmly planted and are ready to charge. This album gets 5 out of 5 stars on hardcore scale. Get this record period. (5 stars)
- Read the full Body Count - Manslaughter review
Gustavo De Beauville is a brilliant guitarist, with a successful track record of contributing music for games, films and even other bands. However, Volume 1 represents his brave move of stepping out as a solo artist. (3 stars)
- Read the full Gustavo De Beauville - Volume 1 review
This 1973 title is re-issued now because it features Angus and Malcolm Young on guitar, who would go on to fame with AC/DC. Fans should not expect the music here to sound like early AC/DC. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full The Marcus Hook Roll Band - Tales of Old Grand-Daddy review
The news surrounding this album, the 23rd from Nazareth overall, is that it is in all likelihood the last to feature the whisky-soaked vocal styling of Dan McCafferty, the bands long-standing lead singer who is now experiencing ill health (5 stars)
- Read the full Nazareth - Rock 'n' Roll Telephone (5 Stars) review
Bruce Springsteens hit album Born in the U.S.A. celebrates its 30th anniversary this week and to celebrate we take look a back at Tony K's feature about the album from our Bruce Springsteen month in 2009.
- Read the full Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. review
Empire of the Undead is Gamma Rays The X Factor (the Iron Maiden album for the unacquainted). Im not being facetious: the similarities are striking. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead review
Whats in a name? For the Nearly Deads, lots of tongue-in-cheek fun but little truth in advertising. Contrary to their moniker, indie rockers the Nearly Deads are very much alive and ready to rock summertime playlists with Invisible Tonight. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Nearly Deads - Invisible Tonight review
In this edition of Psychedelic Shack tells us about the new releases A Psych Tribute to the Doors, Telekrexs Leap and the 4-way split single from Triptides, Frankie & the Witch Fingers, The See See and The Young Sinclairs.
- Read the full A Psych Tribute to the Doors- Telekrex- More review
This is a real treat for fans of 70s era Little Feat as Live in Holland presents a hot set list drawn primarily from the Sailin Shoes, Dixie Chicken and Feats Dont Fail Me Now albums. (4 stars)
- Read the full Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976 review
Eron Falbo is an enigma. Hes from Brazil, but youd never guess that by the way he sings. He vocalizes with Leonard Cohens cynicism, yet he combines this emotional approach with a Lou Reed snarl. (4 stars)
- Read the full Eron Falbo - 73 review
This year's GABBF, the 25th edition of the event, takes place June 5-8 at various outdoor venues in the downtown Danville area and at several locations just outside of town.
- Read the full The Great American Brass Band Festival Road Trip article
Theres a lot here that gives the Slough Feg moniker justice, but a huge chunk of the album holds little substance and sounds like a band hinged to its sound because thats just what people expect: Digital Resistance is Slough Fegs Death Magnetic. (3 stars)
- Read the full Slough Feg - Digital Resistance review
Rise Up is Salivas best effort ever. And that includes their debut album which came out in 2001 entitled Every Six Seconds - Us metal heads know that to be the album with the infamous single Click Click Boom. (4 stars)
- Read the full Saliva - Rise Up review
Comparisons to the Argus-era are inevitable. Longtime fans really have a treat in Blue Horizon and new fans will be inspired here to go back and start buying the oldies. (4 stars)
- Read the full Wishbone Ash - Blue Horizon review
Plastic Yellow Band (which reads an awful lot like John and Yokos Plastic Ono band, intentionally), is pretty much Gerry Jennings one-man-band. Similarly, there is the obvious influence of the Beatles - on both World Party and Plastic Yellow Band. (4 stars)
- Read the full Plastic Yellow Band - Breathe Air review
For this special edition of Root 66, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the standout new releases from Dolly Parton (Blue Smoke), Kelley Hunt (The Beautiful Bones), Patti Parks (Cheatn Man) and Hannah Aldridge (Razor Wire)
- Read the full Ladies Edition - Dolly Parton- Kelley Hunt- Patti Parks- Hannah Aldridge review
We wrap up our Cruise to the Edge 2014 coverage with a conversation with Roger Dean, the renowned English artist who designed the iconic Yes album covers including Close to the Edge, the celebrated prog rock classic.
- Read the full Cruise to the Edge Part 3 - Roger Dean Interview Road Trip article
The late Ronnie James Dio is beloved for many reasons, primary among them is for his powerfully evocative voice. With that in mind, fans should go into this tribute album knowing that the contributing artists are not trying to do the impossible and outdo Ronnie with their takes on his songs (4 stars)
- Read the full Ronnie James Dio - This is Your Life review
Greetings, heh-heh friends. Its wonderful to have you join us tonight at the Cutting Edge Medical Centre for this autopsy of a legend. I know how excited most of you were to hear that we would be digging into this groundbreaking FIGURE known as Alice Cooper. (5 stars)
- Read the full Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (Hybrid SACD edition) review
Astute fans may recognize the two men who make up 7Horse, guitarist Joie Calio and vocalist/drummer Phil Leavitt as being longtime members of the band Dada (Dizz Knee Land.) But the guys have changed horses, er, musical styles. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full 7Horse - Songs for a Voodoo Wedding review
Eagles legend Don Felder is part of the Soundtrack of Summer tour, also with Styx and Foreigner. Morley was lucky enough to have another go-round with Don this week to talk about it and the extended edition of The Road to Forever.
- Read the full Don Felder MorleyView
Our fun aboard the MSC Divina continues as the Cruise to the Edge sails into sunny Cozumel, Mexico. The event's name is actually a play on the title of the epic prog rock album Close to the Edge by Yes, the stars of the massive floating music festival.
- Read the full Cruise to the Edge Part 2 -Yes and Cozumel Road Trip article
Its been a long... long time since Black Francis and Co. came out an albums worth of material. But here it is. After 23 years we waited... and waited for the next album after Trompe le Monde. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Pixies - Indie Cindy review
"Empyrean Realms" sounds like Armory breaking out of its shell and soaring high above the clouds, proudly dynamic and boasting explosive, mighty feathers of elegance and poignancy.
- Read the full Armory - Empyrean Realms review
The bands penchant for spot-on radio rock was recognized early on by guitarist Clint Lowery of Sevendust who not only produced this debut full-length for 3 Years Hollow but also co-wrote a handful of the songs and performs on the, you guessed it, surefire radio biggie For Life. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full 3 Years Hollow - The Cracks review
2nd annual Cruise to the Edge, starring the legendary English band Yes and featuring Marillion, UK, Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited, Renaissance, Strawbs, Queensryche, Lifesigns, the Pineapple Thief and many others.
- Read the full Cruise To The Edge Part 1 - Rockin' the Caribbean Road Trip article
In this edition of Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new DVD releases 83 US Festival, Days 1-3 which features performances from the iconic music festival featuring U2, Judas Priest, The Clash and more and he tells us about Punk in Africa, which looks at the punks legacy on the continent
- Read the full '83 US Festival, Days 1-3- Punk in Africa review
If you like that AC/DC style
You are gonna love this record. Simply put, this is a FUN live album. You can sense it in the music. In the crowd. In the overall vibe. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From The House Of Rust review
Currently showing in theaters, Super Duper Alice Cooper chronicles the band and the man over about a 20-year period, from early-60s beginnings to a fresh start in the 80s. The story begins with Vincent Furnier and Dennis Dunaway meeting in high school in Phoenix. - 5 Stars (5 stars)
- Read the full Super Duper Alice Cooper review
If you occasionally like to spend the day just horsin' around, have I got a place for you! Saddle up and head to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky where you can interact in all sorts of fun ways with the equine creatures.
- Read the full Horsin' Around: A Visit to the Kentucky Horse Park Road Trip article
In this edition of Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new DVD releases Concert for Ronnie Montrose which showcases the all-star tribute show to the legendary guitarist and Joni Mitchells Woman of Heart & Mind/Paintings with Words and Music.
- Read the full Concert for Ronnie Montrose- Joni Mitchell review
Its been twelve years since Will Hoge released his first album. Some listeners and reviewers will say Hoge is rock, others say he is more country. With the Fall 2013 release of Never Give In classification lines of genre become very blurry.
- Read the full Will Hoge review
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