DIRKSCHNEIDER – Live Back To The Roots

DIRKSCHNEIDER – Live Back To The Roots

I don’t commonly review live albums. Gone are the days where a live album can define a band the way Cheap Trick, Kiss and Peter Frampton‘s respective live albums did for them. Nowadays there are some bands like Rush and Iron Maiden who basically release a live album after every studio album. Sure some of these albums hold significance, like Rush‘s R40 Live being (so far still unofficially) the last tour featuring all three classic…

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ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero (Album Review)

ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero (Album Review)

Alter Bridge is that rare band in the modern day who are such professionals that no matter what they do, you have to respect it. They have a confidence that I don’t think any other band rightfully has and with it they have produced album after album of pure unmatched drive and power. With their fourth album Fortress released in 2013, they went back to a familiar formula after experimenting in fine form on AB…

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KRYPTOS – Burn Up The Night (Album Review)

KRYPTOS – Burn Up The Night (Album Review)

When listening to Indian metal Kryptos, I’m reminded of classic thrash metal. I’ve heard the Kryptos name thrown around here and there throughout the years so for a band that has what I would consider veteran status (formed in 1998 and set to release their fourth album Burn Up The Night) it comes as no surprise that their sound has come to a point where they cleverly use influences from 80’s thrash as well as taking…

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THE PACK A.D. – Positive Thinking (Album Review)

THE PACK A.D. – Positive Thinking (Album Review)

It was two years and four days ago that I saw The Pack A.D. open for Alice In Chains, prompting me to buy their then most recent album Do Not Engage after having a pleasant encounter with them between sets. You can read my review of that album here. The rock duo was five full-length albums deep at that time and I had, in fact, heard their name thrown around every now and then before…

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Distant Past – Rise of the Fallen (Album Review)

Distant Past – Rise of the Fallen (Album Review)

What would you do if you could cross Judas Priest with Iron Maiden? Would you take on the responsibility of trying to make metal music as timeless as those two heavy metal giants? It takes a brave band to try that. Distant Past seem to have taken on the responsibility with their upcoming Rise of the Fallen album. The comparisons I make of Distant Past and Judas Priest lie in the vocals. Rise of the…

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Sarasin – Sarasin (Album Review)

Sarasin – Sarasin (Album Review)

Hamilton, Ontario’s Sarasin are a heavy metal band of the relatively traditional sense. They set out to make straight-ahead music with no tricks and no innovations, but rather take formulas previously used by some of the best metal bands of all time and create new musical ideas with it. Their self-titled album is evidence of this metal mindset with elements of classic metal and thrash metal. Sarasin succeed at not sounding like anyone but themselves…

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Album Review: Axel Rudi Pell “Game of Sins”

Album Review: Axel Rudi Pell “Game of Sins”

Before reviewing Axel Rudi Pell‘s Into The Storm two years ago, I was never really a fan. Sure I knew his name very well, but I never had a true push to give his stuff a listen. Around that time, I went back to listen to some of his previous albums – and there sure are a lot of them – to find that not all of them are as good as Into The Storm…

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Armored Saint “Win Hands Down” Review

Armored Saint “Win Hands Down” Review

Armored Saint have been around for over 30 years, yet I’ve never really given them a chance. Hell, I only just found out in recent months that John Bush is their vocalist. Some, like myself, may know John as the one-time singer of Anthrax. Those who know Armored Saint know the two bands are not very similar. Anthrax being veterans in the field of thrash metal, Armored Saint have made a career of making metal…

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Moxy “40 Years and Still Riding High”

Moxy “40 Years and Still Riding High”

I’ve regarded Moxy as one of my favourite bands for years now. They proved at many points during the height of their popularity in the 70’s to be the quintessential no bullshit hard rock band, with surprisingly large success that saw them headlining shows that included opening acts such as AC/DC. I say “surprisingly” because that popularity has unfortunately dwindled ever so much to where Moxy is back to being a bar band playing for…

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Halestorm – Into The Wild Life: Album Review

Halestorm – Into The Wild Life: Album Review

Halestorm‘s The Strange Case Of… was the first album I’ve ever given a perfect score for, and I’ve only given two others since. I thought so highly of that album from a band whose self-titled debut album also blew me out of the water the first time I heard it, all almost completely thanks to the voice of Lzzy Hale. Having been a fan since not long after the release of the first album, I…

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