HELION PRIME – Helion Prime (Album Review)

HELION PRIME – Helion Prime (Album Review)

Science fiction and science fact aren’t what you’d quite expect as a unique selling point for a power metal band, but this is exactly what Helion Prime has done, and to great effect. The Helion Prime idea was conceived by Jason Ashcraft and Heather Michele during 2014, combining their two loves of science and heavy metal music. With Ashcraft on guitar and Michele on lead vocals, they were joined by Jeremy Steinhouse on bass and…

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AXXIS – Retrolution (Album Review)

AXXIS – Retrolution (Album Review)

I first became attracted to the band AXXIS based on their logo. Seeing the band listed in the roster during my inaugural excursion to Sweden Rock Festival, but I was completely in the dark when it came to them. I did my due diligence and researched the bands in that Sweden Rock roster, sampling songs from videos on Youtube. The AXXIS logo really stood out to me even before hearing their musical compositions, it just screams 80’s…

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HOUSE OF LORDS – Saint of the Lost Souls (Album Review)

HOUSE OF LORDS – Saint of the Lost Souls (Album Review)

On Friday, March 24th House of Lords will release their tenth studio album entitled Saint of the Lost Souls. This is the third consecutive release of theirs I have reviewed for the site, and House of Lords continue to be one of the most consistent bands on the scene today. While singer James Christian, guitarist Jimi Bell, and drummer BJ Zampa have been together since 2005 the band does usher in new bassist Chris Tristram…

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OBITUARY – Obituary (Album Review)

OBITUARY – Obituary (Album Review)

Obituary is an American Death Metal band formed in October 1984 in Tampa, Florida in the US, under the name Executioner. Then changed the name’s spelling to Xecutioner before eventually changing their name to Obituary in 1988. The band’s current lineup consists of vocalist John Tardy, lead guitarist Kenny Andrews, rhythm guitarist Trevor Peres, bassist Terry Butler and drummer Donald Tardy. Obituary has gone through several lineup changes, with Peres and the Tardy brothers being…

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CRYSTAL VIPER – Queen of the Witches (Album Review)

CRYSTAL VIPER – Queen of the Witches (Album Review)

Crystal Viper: what a great heavy metal name which certainly invokes the required image and reflects the music they produce. The vocals are beautiful and pure (in the main) but the music is striking and powerful; a great match. This Polish metal band was formed in 2006 and released their debut album a year later. Queen of the Witches is their sixth full-length studio album and the first in four years following health issues of…

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BE-BOP DELUXE – Futurama (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

BE-BOP DELUXE – Futurama (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

It’s time for another “That 70’s Guy – Retro Review”. This time the 70’s hidden gem will be 1975’s Futurama by Be-Bop Deluxe. If there is any guitar player that sits at the top of any list of underrated 6 stringers it should be Bill Nelson. You probably won’t hear his name mentioned anywhere nor I bet you have even heard the name. Believe me, Bill can play! In my opinion, he sits in a…

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PLACE VENDROME – Close To The Sun (Album Review)

PLACE VENDROME – Close To The Sun (Album Review)

Place Vendome is a melodic hard rock project, founded in 2004 by Frontiers Records‘ President Serafino Perugino. Place Vendome was formed by ex-Helloween and current Unisonic vocalist Michael Kiske, Dennis Ward (bass and production), Kosta Zafiriou (drums) and Uwe Reitenauer (guitars) from the band Pink Cream 69 and Gunther Werno (keyboards) from the band Vanden Plas.  The pedigree is undeniable and the results are suitably stratospheric. I am a huge Michael Kiske fan from Helloween to…

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TOKYO MOTOR FIST – Tokyo Motor Fist (Album Review)

TOKYO MOTOR FIST – Tokyo Motor Fist (Album Review)

Is this a “supergroup” by definition? Sure why not utilize such hyperbole. I prefer to think of Tokyo Motor Fist as a coming together of like-minded musicians with a knack for hard rockin’ melodies. Comprised of Steve Brown from Trixter on guitar, Ted Poley of Danger Danger on vocals and a couple of fairly well-known and long-serving rhythm duos Greg Smith on bass and Chuck Burgi on drums both having served time with the likes…

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ANTHRAX – For All Kings 7″ Vinyl Boxset

ANTHRAX – For All Kings 7″ Vinyl Boxset

Anthrax – For All Kings 7 Inch Vinyl Boxset March 24, 2017 Megaforce Records If there is an upside to the decline of record sales it has to be some of the bonus/deluxe editions that come out almost as quick as the original release itself.  Sometimes the “deluxe” edition can underwhelm (I’m looking in your direction Ace Frehley) but some are undoubtedly awesome.  Enter Anthrax’s latest foray into the realm of collectors editions, The For All…

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CHICKENFOOT – Best + Live (Album Review)

CHICKENFOOT – Best + Live (Album Review)

Chickenfoot – Best + Live eOne Music March 10th, 2017 “Why” – Bakko Don’t think for a $econd I don’t under$tand why.  But seriously.  Why?  I love almost everything about Chickenfoot.  The name.  How they came up with it.  The fact that they are a “Super-Group” without a member of Kings-X.  Probably the “superist” since the Highwaymen.  And can anyone deny that no singer in rock history with his chops has aged as well as Sammy Hagar? …

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