Reviews and Features For February 2015
This Atlanta-based hard rock five-piece features both clean and death growl vocals on their songs and on title cut Dream Eater it may seem at first listen that the two styles are acting out a good vs evil scenario
Read the full Separations - Dream Eater review
If Pat Benatar had fronted a metal band it might have sounded something like this band. All the hallmarks of metal are here: grinding guitar riffs, thrumming bass, rapid fire drumbeats and growled out background vocals
Read the full Roses Unread - The Silver Lining review
Nuclear is from Chile and plays a Kreator-based style of thrash, and while style points stick them ahead of the pack by an inch, the reality of Formula for Anarchy sets them back a mile.
Read the full Nuclear - Formula for Anarchy review
Heres an advance look at what will be going on at some of the tastiest music festivals coming up this spring, including two that are taking place this year for the very first time.
Read the full Spring Music Festival Preview review
This pop punk band is from Johannesburg, South Africa and most of their gigs are performed there but, also having performed some shows in SoCal, they are not completely unknown to fans in the U.S.
Read the full Made For Broadway - Life Lessons review
Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards takes the Rhapsody of Fire formula and runs with it barefacedly. The effort transcends just stupid worship of a trailblazing band
Read the full Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards review
One of the musically blessed Escovedo clan that includes Sheila E., Pete, Coke and Alejandro Escovedo, Javier was a founding member of late 70s band the Zeros and the True Believers
Read the full Javier Escovedo - Kicked Out of Eden review
One of the most pleasant musical surprises for me last year was the introduction to Dioni Vertsayas or just Dioni to her many fans. With his curiosity piqued about this wonderful singer, Morley had to find out more about her.
Read the full Dioni MorleyView
Reviews and Features For January 2015
Sic Lvceat Lvx is one of those albums that had a chance to be incredible but it sounds like an album that has neither a head nor feet to keep it balanced. Everything in the album lacks pacing, nuance, any sense of resolve
Read the full Schammasch - Sic Lvceat Lvx review
Svbversvm may be something of importance to the RAM catalog as it manages to shed much of the inconsistency that has loitered around the group since the dawn of time.
Read the full RAM - Svbversvm review
Members of the band wear evil clown make-up in concert and in their videos so an album title like Its Time to Get Weird is very fitting, but the guys prove right here that theres no fooling around when it comes down to laying down the riffs.
Read the full Sunflower Dead - It's Time to Get Weird review
Witchsorrow rides this cool wavelength that touches on the evil atmosphere of Electric Wizard while brushing against the bluesy drawls of Black Sabbath and the attitude of Cathedral.
Read the full Witchsorrow - No Light Only Fire review
Kevin Wierzbicki returns with a special edition of Rock Pile where he looks at the new prog releases: Moraz Alban Projects MAP, Yuka & Chronoships The 3rd Planetary Chronicles and Consider the Sources World War Trio (Parts II & III).
Read the full Prog Edition review
Whenever the scene changes in music, fashion inevitably changes with it, and here author Knee has gathered a wonderful archive of previously unpublished photographs that represent 36 distinct tribes
Read the full The Bag I'm In: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960-1990 review
We continue our look back on the life of David Bowie. Today we revisit Tony Ks 2010 review of the Special Edition 40th Anniversary of Bowies classic Space Oddity.
Read the full Remembering David Bowie: Space Oddity 40th Anniversary Special Edition review
antiMusic continues to look back on the life of David Bowie. Today we look at one of the definitive books which details his Berlin period from 1976-79: Bowie in Berlin: A New Career in a New Town
Read the full Remembering David Bowie: Bowie in Berlin: A New Career in a New Town review
How can someone I never met leave such a gap? His music has been so intrinsically a part of my life I cant fathom a world where there will never be another album, another video or a final concert.
Read the full We Are Infinite: Remembering David Bowie review
If youre a longtime fan of the CDB but have been out of touch with the performer for a while you might be surprised to know that the bearded southern rocker was 78-years-old when this show was taped in early 2015.
Read the full The Charlie Daniels Band review
Golgotha isnt restricted by age, but style. It is a pacified version of this band without the bite- this is something evident in the songwriting. The tracks are lighthearted and feathery for a heavy metal group
Read the full W.A.S.P. - Golgotha review
In this edition of Battle of the Band, two new releases from English classic rock band Uriah Heep duke it out! Lets take a closer look at British Live Performance Series and the two disc set Totally Driven.
Read the full Battle of the Band: Uriah Heep review
This Norwegian prog band has been wowing fans for more than a decade with their big and melodic keyboard and guitar-driven sound. This set was recorded in 2014 during their appearance at the ProgPower USA Festival
Read the full Pagan's Mind review
Reviews and Features For December 2015
The ten songs housed on his seventh record are nothing short of a magnificent miracle. The landscapes these characters inhabit may be bleak, but their spirit is strong.
Read the full Best of 2015: Butch Walker - Afraid Of Ghosts review
Despite being in and out of the hospital for much of the year, Lemmy mustered the strength to join fellow Motorhead members Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell to record one last album.
Read the full Best of 2015: Motorhead's Bad Magic review
Graveward represents the Sigh we know and love, no derailments. With such quality at hand, its becoming quite the task to find a group whose unconventional approach to metal discharges such a profound aura.
Read the full Sigh - Graveward review
This is the only live recording ever released by Tony Orlando, culled from two shows that took place at Greenwich Village club the Bottom Line in Orlandos hometown of New York City.
Read the full Tony Orlando and the Lefty Brothers Band - Live at the Bottom Line review
This year is the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Youngbloods, famed for their hit Get Together and underground FM staples and here founding member Banana has reimagined these songs and nine others in tribute.
Read the full Lowell Levinger - Get Together: Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics review
Cornwell left revered English rock band the Stranglers 25-years ago and this anthology of his solo work, the first of his career, compiles tunes from early albums Wired, Guilty, Hi Fi, Beyond Elysian Fields and Hooverdam.
Read the full Hugh Cornwell - The Fall and Rise of Hugh Cornwell review
As long as there are classic rock and oldies radio stations there will be plenty of exposure for Lee Michaels as his 1971 hit Do You Know What I Mean remains an airplay staple 45-years on
Read the full Lee Michaels - Heighty Hi: The Best of Lee Michaels review
Kevin Wierzbicki concludes his Christmas music round-up with a look at offerings from The Hill in Mind, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra with Santino Fontana and the Muppets from Sesame Street and more.
Read the full Mormon Tabernacle and the Muppets from Sesame Street- More review
Plastic Yellow Band calls what it does new classic rock. Above Gravity may include fewer light moments than darker ones, but its nevertheless a skilled effort, from start to finish.
Read the full Plastic Yellow Band - Above Gravity review
Kevin Wierzbicki checks in with his next installment of Santas Jukebox where he tells us about Christmas music releases including the all-star The Classic Christmas 80s Album and singles Christmas singles from Corvus and Ed Ivey.
Read the full Classic Christmas '80s Album- Corvus- Ed Ivey review
You would have thought that by now anything worth releasing from this most-revered of country music legends, dead for more than 60-years now, would already be available. But Hank fans are in for a real treat with this 3-CD+DVD set
Read the full Hank Williams - I Saw the Light: The Unreleased Recordings review
Kevin Wierzbicki returns with his next installment of Santas Jukebox where he tells us about Christmas music releases from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Sarah McLachlan, and Jela Cello with the Power Symphony Orchestra.
Read the full Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings- Sarah McLachlan- Jela Cello review
Aria of Vernal Tombs possesses the creative and instrumental poise of one of the boldest records to come out in recent times, barking up the tree of a masterpiece.
Read the full Obsequiae - Aria of Vernal Tombs review
Ho, ho, ho music lovers! Its that time of year to break out some holiday sounds! Here are a few of our choices from Brian Setzer Orchestra- Earth, Wind & Fire- Celtic Thunder and more to put a little extra merry in your year-end festivities.
Read the full Brian Setzer Orchestra- Earth, Wind & Fire- Celtic Thunder- Astrocolor review
It is important to note that this book is not a biography; this is not the book for you if youre interested in how Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland grew up. It is the perfect book for you though if you want to know how their music grew up
Read the full Sting and the Police: Walking in Their Footsteps review
Music cruise promoters On the Blue and classic prog rock band Yes teamed up once again this year for the Cruise to the Edge. The third iteration of the prog festival on the high seas took place Nov. 15-19.
Read the full Cruise to the Edge 2015 Road Trip article
Traveling can be tons of fun but just like those days where you stay at home, stuff happens. Here's our round-up of new products that can either prevent those little snafus or help you deal with them when they happen. Bon voyage!
Read the full Travel Gadgets Gift Guide Road Trip article
Just in time for Black Fridays Record Store Day Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on two vinyl releases: Flexx Broncos Volume 3 on 12 LP and Spritzers Dont Die, Kill Me b/w Melt 7 single on colored vinyl with picture sleeve.
Read the full Flexx Bronco- Spritzer review
Reviews and Features For November 2015
Thrust, a heavy metal group from Chicago, captures without fault the more tedious and uninspiring edge of 80s metal throughout Fist Held High, released way back in 1984.
Read the full Thrust - Fist Held High review
The art of rerecording albums is a baffling practice. Youd think after bands like Exodus and Manowar kidnapped their flawless masterpieces and defiled them in unspeakable ways that other groups would get the picture.
Read the full Exhumed - Gore Metal: A Necrospective review
Some will see this book as a reminiscence but actually Hippie Chick is a thoroughly up-to-date and thoroughly enchanting look at how an element of a one-time counter culture endears itself to the masses today.
Read the full Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion and Surrender review
Ancient Rites is a phenomenal group, responsible for creating outstanding opuses of both black metal and symphonic-loaded folk stuff, although rudimentary terms hardly scratch the mystery hiding beneath the surface.
Read the full Ancient Rites - Laguz review
Despite Hearts long-run with a catalog of songs thats allowed Wilson to sing in many different styles, there are still things she hasnt done, some of which she explores on this four-song EP.
Read the full Ann Wilson - The Ann Wilson Thing! EP review
Fans not yet familiar with blues-rockin trio MonkeyJunk but who like classic rock will find that lead singer Steve Marriner sounds not unlike Paul Rodgers from Bad Company.
Read the full MonkeyJunk - Moon Turn Red review
On the Blue has two opportunities coming up early next year for fans who want to do some straight-up rockin on the water: The inaugural Def Leppard Hysteria on the High Seas cruise and the ever-exciting sailing of the Monsters of Rock cruise.
Read the full Def Leppard and Monsters of Rock Cruises review
Reviews and Features For November 2015
Some of the polish of Never Coming Home comes via the production skills of Sahaj Ticotin of Ra, who also co-wrote throughout, but Adakain proves to have serious chops no matter whos behind the board.
Read the full Adakain - Never Coming Home review
The Bees Come To Die is a good, sincere blast of rock & roll noise. Its not calculated or in many ways premeditated. Instead, it retains a degree of relentless spontaneity, and is intended to be played loud and often.
Read the full The Boy From The Crowd - Where The Bees Come To Die review
Razor is a member of a very exclusive club- they are among a rare breed of bands who did not bottom out and suck more than a Hoover after having spent a number of years in the game.
Read the full Razor - Open Hostility review
For his sixteenth solo album, West, the former guitarist for late-60s hard rockers Mountain (Mississippi Queen) offers a set comprised mostly of cover tunes, and a well-chosen lot they are.
Read the full Leslie West - Soundcheck review
Reviews and Features For October 2015
Although the group includes the word soul in its name, you wont hear a lot of what might be considered American soul music over these 11 tracks. Instead, the sounds of Pink Floyd seems to have had a bigger impact on this acts overall style.
Read the full Midwest Soul Xchange - New American Century review
Bluegrass is today more popular than its ever been. Certainly its more interesting, and one of the reasons why is that groups like the Infamous Stringdusters, while honoring traditional bluegrass, are not afraid to color outside the lines.
Read the full The Infamous Stringdusters - Undercover review
While there are many elements to this EP, its safe to say that anybody who is a fan of Adele will love this record. Dioni doesnt use her voice the same way as Adele but her material is much more catchy and she is as equally expressive.
Read the full Dioni review
Happy Halloween! We know youre busy thinking about tricks, treats and what costume youre going to wear, so weve taken the liberty of creating a Halloween shopping list for you.
Read the full The Art of Horror- Curious Case of H.P. Lovecraft- More review
Until Then... Until the End gets down to business in ten minutes. Its imprudent to call a two-track 7 a bands best release, but this stuff makes the case to topple most of what the group has done thus far.
Read the full Noctum - Until Then... Until the End review
The group Opium Denn likes to shroud itself in mystery and is also said to use HEV (Health-Science Enhanced Vibrations to create music that gives the listener an unusual buzz.
Read the full Opium Denn - Demarkation review
If you happened to live in medieval times, probably the one time a year that you could forget about the plague and marauding hordes was the day the traveling minstrels brought their show to your village and everyone drank and danced.
Read the full Blackmore's Night - All Our Yesterdays review
Robot Garden is an alternative rock band from Argentina that is said to be inspired by White Stripes. While this is definitely stripped down hard rock, what comes out of the speakers is only slightly like that famous Detroit duo
Read the full Robot Garden - Self-titled review
This is the kind of album that requires several rotations to truly grasp, though as calorific as it is, On Lonely Towers is a treat, and wouldnt have been as massive had it been trimmed.
Read the full Barren Earth - On Lonely Towers review
The cover of this album from Norwegian band Razorbats depicts a night club crowd wearing clothing with patches honoring the likes of Black Sabbath, Scorpions and Rush
Read the full Razorbats - Camp Rock review
The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival just took place and bluegrass fans were treated to non-stop pickin' while artists like Flatt Lonesome, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Alison Krauss and Union Station enjoyed plenty of grinnin'.
Read the full The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Road Trip article
My process of dissecting rerecorded albums has become an art without excitement. Interestingly, Megatropolis 2.0 is packaged clandestinely as a rerelease of Iron Saviors 2007 album of the same name
Read the full Iron Savior - Megatropolis 2.0 review
When last we heard from Adley Stump she had just released her album Like This (Deluxe). Now Stump has released a new non-album single that may come as a bit of a surprise to some: a cover of Sam Hunts Ex to See.
Read the full Adley Stump's New Single "Ex to See" review
A Vile Display of Humanitys self-titled album lives up to its punk rock reputation. This is also not that annoying pop-punk either, which is an oxymoron if there ever was one. Youre either punk, or youre not.
Read the full A Vile Display of Humanity - Self-Titled review
Ghost doesnt need moving pictures to garner attention- Whitehead does that nicely with her voice, and fans can expect that to be the hallmark of this intriguing outfit as they move toward the release of their forthcoming E.P. For E-V-E-R.
Read the full Nikki's Wives review
When it comes to heavy, blues-informed and inventive stoner rock few do it better than Clutch, and fans who ate up their recent release Earth Rocker will love this one too.
Read the full Clutch - Psychic Warfare review