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Reviews and Features For November 2015

Road Trip: Cruise to the Edge 2015

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

Road Trip: Travel Gadgets Gift Guide

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

On The Record: Flexx Bronco- Spritzer

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

Thrust - Fist Held High

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

Exhumed - Gore Metal: A Necrospective

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

Rock Reads: Hippie Chick- A Tale of Love, Devotion and Surrender

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 - Laguz

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

Ann Wilson - The Ann Wilson Thing! EP

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

Root 66: MonkeyJunk - Moon Turn Red

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

Sites and Sounds: Def Leppard and Monsters of Rock Cruises

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

Adakain - Never Coming Home

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 Boy From The Crowd - Where The Bees Come To Die

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

Classics: Razor - Open Hostility

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

Leslie West - Soundcheck

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

Midwest Soul Xchange - New American Century

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

Root 66: The Infamous Stringdusters - Undercover

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

Halloween Special: The Art of Horror- Curious Case of H.P. Lovecraft- More

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

Noctum - Until Then... Until the End

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

Opium Denn - Demarkation

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

Blackmore's Night - All Our Yesterdays

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 - Self-titled

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

Barren Earth - On Lonely Towers

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

Razorbats - Camp Rock

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

Road Trip: The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

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

Iron Savior - Megatropolis 2.0

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

Adley Stump's New Single "Ex to See"

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 Humanity - Self-Titled

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

Get To Know... Nikki's Wives

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

Clutch - Psychic Warfare

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

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