Reviews and Features For February 2016

Bad Reed - Bad Reed EP Its been often said that the best things come in small packages, and so Bad Reed has done us a good deed in supplying this brief, three-track introduction. Read the full Bad Reed - Bad Reed EP review

Decomposed - Hope Finally Died... Nestled somewhere within the catacombs of metal groups left to dust rests the deceased Decomposed. Not much of a splash was made by the English doom/death metal band during their short run. Read the full Decomposed - Hope Finally Died... review

Prong - X - No Absolutes Although they have undergone periods of inactivity and tons of line-up changes over the decades, 2016 marks a 30th anniversary for Prong, still helmed by founding member, singer and guitarist Tommy Victor. Read the full Prong - X - No Absolutes review

RockPile: Gary Douglas- Quill- The Giraffes Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about some new rock releases including Gary Douglas Keepin Faith, Quills Brush with the Moon and The Giraffess new Usury EP. Read the full Gary Douglas- Quill- The Giraffes review

On The Record: Disastroid This band has a name that sounds like the title of one of those wacky, over-the-top movies seen on the SyFy channel, and the music found within is just as much fun. Read the full Disastroid review

Billy Crain - Family Matters Billy Crain is likely better known to the insider music world, than the wider public. Hes toured and/or recorded with such high profile artists as Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain and The Outlaws. Read the full Billy Crain - Family Matters review

Get To Know... Get to Know: Mudface Currently counting the days until The Bane of Existence, a sophomore full-length effort due to drop on March 18, Mudface has released the albums pummeling first single Hellfoot. Read the full Get to Know: Mudface review

Road Trip: Carolina Cool: Find it in Raleigh! Most cities of any size have tons of things to see and do and Raleigh. NC is no exception. It can be tough to figure out where to start when you only have a couple days to explore, so we've done some of the work (er, play!) for you. Read the full Carolina Cool: Find it in Raleigh! Road Trip article

School of Rock: The Musical (Original Cast Recording) Based on the School of Rock film that starred Jack Black, the Broadway cast recording includes songs from the film and 14 newly-penned tunes from master composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Read the full School of Rock: The Musical (Original Cast Recording) review

Separations - Dream Eater 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

Roses Unread - The Silver Lining 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 - Formula for Anarchy 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

Sites and Sounds: Spring Music Festival Preview 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

Made For Broadway - Life Lessons 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

Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards 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

Javier Escovedo - Kicked Out of Eden 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

MorleyView: Dioni 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

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