HAIR METAL HEAVEN (…or Hell?) – Day 3 (Festival Review/Blog)

HAIR METAL HEAVEN (…or Hell?) – Day 3 (Festival Review/Blog)

The first ever Hair Metal Heaven Festival in Hull UK has wrapped up its inaugural run. I’m here to give you a brief synopsis from a Canadian who traveled the Atlantic for this first-time event. You may agree or disagree but these are my truthful and honest thoughts as I sit here days after the event has wrapped up. I certainly do not know all of the facts, not the ins and outs. I haven’t even…

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AIR RAID – Across the Line (Album Review)

AIR RAID – Across the Line (Album Review)

Swedish five-piece Air Raid return with their third full-length album, and coincidentally, their third lead singer. Entitled Across the Line, the album continues the Scandinavian pattern of polished, well performed melodic hard rock, although it may be a touch heavier than others. Following on from 2015’s Point of Impact, the album picks up from where the band left off, albeit with Fredrik Werner taking over from Arthur W Andersson behind the mic. Whilst musically there…

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Listen to New Sweet & Lynch Song “Bridge of Broken Lies”

Listen to New Sweet & Lynch Song “Bridge of Broken Lies”

The song “Bridge Of Broken Lies” from SWEET & LYNCH — the band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of STRYPER, legendary guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), bassist James LoMenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, ACE FREHLEY) and drummer Brian Tichy (THE DEAD DAISIES, WHITESNAKE) — can be streamed below. The track is taken from SWEET & LYNCH’s second album, Unified, which will be released on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. Unified track listing:…

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UNPARALLELED HEIGHT – Resurgence, Vol 1 (Album Review)

UNPARALLELED HEIGHT – Resurgence, Vol 1 (Album Review)

So you like metalcore riffing and the blast beats?  You love the aggression and technical chops, but you can’t stand the Cookie Monster vocals (as The Meister would say).  Unparalleled Height (UPH) have the answer (as did the late great Affiance) – get a fantastic singer in and utilise the growling sparingly! From the outskirts of Pittsburgh, these guys have released possibly my favorite EP of the year, so far.  This EP is made up…

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LEGENDARY BAND RIOT INDUCTED INTO THE HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME (NEWS)

LEGENDARY BAND RIOT INDUCTED INTO THE HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME (NEWS)

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, Dream Theater Keyboardist Jordan Rudess, bass virtuoso Billy Sheehan. and other metal royalty will be featured in the Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Induction Ceremony. The 2018 All-Star Induction Ceremony takes place Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at the Anaheim Wyndham Garden Grove, Anaheim CA. Television and Radio star Eddie Trunk will host the event. An All-Star Jam, and surprise artists will part of the ceremony. Budderside will perform…

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Radio Sucks Radio Show v31 – Ep295

Radio Sucks Radio Show v31 – Ep295

DBG VIP and host of Digital Killed the Radio Star podcast David Hudson joins the guys this week for Radio Sucks Radio Show v31. David was a supporter of the recent Rock n Pod Expo in Nashville. When asked for a desired show theme, Radio Sucks was his choice and this one is packed with great tracks. In this long-form music and discussion show you’ll get tracks from Warrant, Tora Tora, Poison, Gaslight Anthem, RATT,…

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That 70’s Guy : RIOT – Narita (Retro Review)

That 70’s Guy : RIOT – Narita (Retro Review)

For this fogottem gem of the 70’s, I’m time warping you back to the final year of the decade (1979) for what I call the lesser known or “forgotten” album of Riot’s big three with Guy Speranza.  Sandwiched in between Rock City and Fire Down Under was their second release Narita.  It was released initially in Japan and available as an import only in the USA at first. Officially released on October 5th 1979, Narita…

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HAIR METAL HEAVEN (…or Hell?) – Day 2 (Festival Review/Blog)

HAIR METAL HEAVEN (…or Hell?) – Day 2 (Festival Review/Blog)

The first ever Hair Metal Heaven Festival in Hull UK has wrapped up its inaugural run. I’m here to give you a brief synopsis from a Canadian who traveled the Atlantic for this first-time event. You may agree or disagree but these are my truthful and honest thoughts as I sit here days after the event has wrapped up. I certainly do not know all of the facts, not the ins and outs. I haven’t even…

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NOCTURNAL RITES – Phoenix (Album Review)

NOCTURNAL RITES – Phoenix (Album Review)

Ten years is a long time between albums. This is, however, the gap between The 8th Sin and Phoenix the latest release from Swedish metal band Nocturnal Rites. As titles go it is I suppose appropriate considering many fans probably thought they had called it a day. Apart from one change of personnel with Per Nilsson from Scar Symmetry replacing Nils Norberg on lead guitar, it is the same line up from the last album. Having only a…

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EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE – Grind (Album Review)

EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE – Grind (Album Review)

There existed a time period in the early 1990’s when the shift of the prevailing musical trend moved from melodic metal (AKA Hair Metal or Glam Metal) to Grunge. During this transition, many very good hard rock/metal bands fell through the cracks of the collective public consciousness as their record labels made the decision to promote bands following the hotter genre of the moment. Many of these bands languished and eventually disappeared altogether. However, a…

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