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Anthrax

Europe 'War Of Kings (Special Edition)'

Once the mighty Anthrax 'parted' ways with their multi-octave vocalist Joey Belladonna, I was disappointed. Although the prospect of Armored Saint frontman John Bush the group's leader wasn't dissatisfying, I occasionally found myself speculating 'what might have been'. However, with the release of the Modern Rock-tinged We've Come For You All (2003) and an embarrassing and protracted falling out with Bush, the group reunited with Belladonna, culminating with Worship Music (2011). Five severely long years later, the quintet has now returned with For All Kings (2016). Read More

Dream Theater

King Diamond 'The Spider's Lullabye (Deluxe Edition)'

Whilst I'll be the first to admit I'm a truly dedicated 'disciple' of Prog Metal dissidents Dream Theater, there was a time when I'd wholeheartedly avoided them. However, with the 2003 release of the woefully-underrated Train Of Thought, my now-unthinkable aversions to their unabashed compositional wizardries at long last eroded within the grandiose, histrionic strains of “This Dying Soul” and the The Davidians-fueled laments “In The Name Of God”. Now, with the highly-anticipated release of their latest (and possibly the greatest) conceptual masterpiece The Astonishing, I again find myself fully stunned.Read More

Megadeth

Volume

Once Metallica had ousted Dave Mustaine in 1983, I had wondered what would become of the mercurial axeman. Fortunately for the all parties involved, the wait would be brief as he quickly joined forces with Jazz guitarist Chris Poland, bassist David Ellefson and Gar Samuelson in the oft-mighty Megadeth. Forging ahead with Rust In Peace (1990) and Countdown To Extinction (1992), the group ultimately ascended to the oft-dizzying heights of international acclaim. Three decades, fifteen studio albums and an avalanche of line-up changes later, the group now unleashes Dystopia.Read More

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Stryper

Jethro Tull

Ever get the feeling that barring a most 'Christian' Hard Rock and Heavy Metal groups lack the musical conviction and of their Secular counterparts? While I'll be the first to confess I wholeheartedly enjoy the arguably-pioneering works of Tourniquet and Underoath as much as any Headbanger, it's not often that I am afforded the opportunities to deploy descriptors such as 'a breath of fresh air'. Fortunately, this was indeed the case with the ingenious Fallen the latest high-octane efforts from long-running icons Stryper.Read More

Ugly Kid Joe

Michael Kiske

As an oft-vociferous supporter of Isla Vista, California-born Alternative/Hard Rock wunderkind Ugly Kid Joe, I have frequently found myself enraptured by their earliest efforts. Although many felt the quintet's 'fifteen minutes of shame' expired with “Everything About You”, but both Menace To Sobriety (1995) and Motel California (1996) hinted at their latent creativity. Now, a full two decades later, the group has at long last persevered, releasing their highly-anticipated revivals Uglier Than They Used Ta Be (2015).Read More

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The Black Crowes

Let's face in; at the dawn of the '90's, the Southern Rock genres had largely ceased to exist. As a result, when the stunning Marietta, Georgia assemblage The Black Crowes first unleashed the chart-topping The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion in 1992, I found myself utterly enthralled with the group. Now, less than a year after their official dissolution, the acclaimed group has re-released each of their first four titles on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, making them a truly resplendent sonic must-have for any genuine '90's Southern Rock enthusiast.Read More

Unisonic

Just when it seemed my increasingly-damaged psyche had been graced with every noteworthy variation of the 'tried and true' Super Group formulations, a group that genuinely piques my interest emerges. My ongoing obsessions with the acutely short-lived Arc Angels and the Guns 'n' Roses/Stone Temple Pilots ignoblemen Velvet Revolver not withstanding, the impacts of such artists have fallen short of their expectation(s). Needless to say, you can imagine my satisfaction with Light Of Dawn, the ingenious sophomore effort from the oft-mighty Unisonic.Read More

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Exotype

Exotype

Let's face it folks; when the 'typically tumultuous' realms best known as the Heavy Metal and the Sci-Fi genre(s) collide, the cumulative end results are often highly disastrous. Even with the presence of full-fledged classics such as the Fear Factory debut Soul Of A New Machine, the vast majority of listeners remained unimpressed. As a result, you can only imagine our level of genuine and sincere excitement with Orlando, Florida-born quintet Exotype and their indescribably stunning full-length release.Hear More

Maxxxwell Carlisle

Maxxxwell Carlisle

I'll be the the first to admit my life-long affliction for shred guitarists. Although the collective catalogs of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai had once left me fully satisfied, I did ultimately find myself in search of something different. That's when I was introduced to Maxxxwell Carlisle. Since that moment, I have been an oft-dedicated purveyor of his distinctive tonalities in groups as diverse as former Anthrax front man Neil Turbin's ever-morphing Thrash Metal venture Deathriders and the now re-activated Hellion.Hear More

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Dream Theater

Dream Theater

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here for our exclusive Dream Theater The Astonishing CD/Merch Giveaway! A conceptual masterpiece focusing on a band of rebels trying to oust a mysterious, oppressive empire, The Astonishing is the end result(s) of nearly a year (!) of staunch creative focuses. Once again embarking on a fresh, bold new chapter within their already storied careers, Dream Theater now appears on the verge of what will undoubtedly be their most enduring world-wide successes.Read More

Megadeth

Megadeth

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive and new Megadeth Dystopia CD/Merch Giveaway! Co-Produced by Mustaine Chris Rakestraw, Dystopia finds the now-rejuvenated Thrash Metal titans operating amid a bona fide creative and commercial peak. Delivering the blistering 'Old School' return-to-form (think the pre-Crytpitc Writings heaviness of yore) their notoriously rabid fan base has so patiently been waiting for, the mighty Dystopia is quite possibly as good as it gets. Read More

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