SELENE – The Ravages Of Time (Album Review)

SELENE – The Ravages Of Time (Album Review)

Selene hails from the land of my ancestors, Northern Ireland, which is surprising to me. On June 23rd 2017 Selene will release their 2nd full-length album. With many lesser known Symphonic Metal bands throughout the world, it is not easy to achieve the worldwide status of bands like Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation, Delain, Xandria, Leaves’ Eyes and Sirenia. I was asked to write about Selene‘s up coming independent release, The Ravages Of Time. Even though I…

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RICHIE KOTZEN – Salting Earth (Album Review)

RICHIE KOTZEN – Salting Earth (Album Review)

Unless you are a hardcore fan like I am, you probably have missed the happenings in the Richie Kotzen camp over the last 3 decades.  You may know him as a “guitar god”. You may remember he was a member of Poison and Mr. Big.  You may know he is in The Winery Dogs with Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy and that this supergroup released an INCREDIBLE 2 albums (The Winery Dogs and Hot Streak). …

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TYTAN – Justice Served (Album Review)

TYTAN – Justice Served (Album Review)

It’s amazing the music discovery avenues we have in this day and age of the internet. There are the pros and cons, of course, overloading with music, missing the feeling of flipping through albums. cassettes, CDs in the shop for hours etc. But the doors are opened up worldwide to bands and albums that you may never have had access to before. And for the record, I for one still purchase music the old fashioned…

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DANZIG – Black Laden Crown (Album Review)

DANZIG – Black Laden Crown (Album Review)

If there is an upside to music sales being in the toilet it’s the artists have fewer people to answer to and typically can do a record because they are inspired to do so and can do it the way they want. That never really applied to Glenn Danzig or any of his projects.  From the Misfits to Samhain to Danzig, he’s managed to make his path as he chose without a lot of outside…

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FRONTLINE – Cold World (Album Review)

FRONTLINE – Cold World (Album Review)

Guitarist / singer / songwriter Jason Delismon put together Chicago based modern rock act Frontline after leaving his former band, A.D.D. (for whom he was the drummer) when his initial idea for a solo project grew legs and began adding members after writing sessions with guitarist, Mike Nowak. The quintet became a fully working entity in January 2016 and began hitting the local club scene just shy of a year later, after working through all…

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NIGHT RANGER – Don’t Let Up (Album Review)

NIGHT RANGER – Don’t Let Up (Album Review)

35 years and Night Ranger is stronger than ever! On March 24th 2017 the band saw the release of their twelfth studio album, Don’t Let Up, and believe me they do not let up! Night Ranger are known for their most popular song, the ballad “Sister Christian”. While the song was a career defining moment for the group, it also put them in the position of following it up. While they did that with the ballad,…

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NEWMACHINE – Karma (Album Review)

NEWMACHINE – Karma (Album Review)

Karma is the debut album by Florida-based Newmachine and as we all know, (er, after I looked it up) the word karma basically means the actions taken by a person will have inevitable consequences, good or bad. Bearing that in mind, I sincerely hope the band gets what it deserves in terms of consequences after their actions produced an album of this quality. Although each band member has a deep history in music this is…

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WARRANT – Louder, Harder, Faster (Album Review)

WARRANT – Louder, Harder, Faster (Album Review)

There is a world without heroes, and there is a world without Jani Lane. They may be one and the same to me. There I said his name in the first sentence. Who is kidding who if you are not thinking of Jani when you think of Warrant. Now that I have said that I will also make this clear. I have given Warrant the chance with other singers. I am after all one who prefers…

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ART OF ANARCHY – The Madness (Album Review)

ART OF ANARCHY – The Madness (Album Review)

Supergroups aren’t new.  It probably started with Cream.  Later, Fastway.  But the trend appears to be picking up steam – Sixx A.M., Velvet Revolver, and Winery Dogs, to name a few.  Whether consciously or unconsciously, fans let their expectations run artificially high when standout musicians from disparate bands get together.  A sort of Dream Team effect, if you will.  Art Of Anarchy is no exception.  Fans naturally expect that if Scott Stapp brings the hitmaking…

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WALPYRGUS – Walpyrgus Nights (Album Review)

WALPYRGUS – Walpyrgus Nights (Album Review)

And soon I shall be off to Chicago for the Legions of Metal Festival (May 18, 19 & 20, 2017). It’s a completely new fest on my radar. Loving a good majority of the bands attached to the “NWOBHM” stigma label, there’s no way I could pass this up. There are stalwart attractions, some I’ve seen several times and some never before for some odd reason. We have the heavy hitting likes of Diamond Head,…

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