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Extreme

Extreme 'Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale)'

I'll be the first to admit I'm a fan of Hard Rockers Extreme. While I am not certain what first piqued our interests, by the time I was as a Sophomore in high school, the bulk of the group's catalog wasin what can only be described as a 'heavy personal rotation'. Now, twenty-five very long years later, the group is poised to unleash a re-issue of the brilliant Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale). Read More

HIM

Rock Legends KISS Moving into Mobile Marketing!

Once upon a time, when one discussed Finnish Hard Rock and Heavy Metal artists and groups, thoughts invariably turned to some of the most obvious--and, oddly enough, most dissimilar--of choices: Hanoi Rocks (Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks, Self Destruction Blues) and Nightwish (Wishmaster, Dark Passion Play). While the lyrical and stylistic similarities between each group are indeed few and far between, the talent and chemistry that ultimately serve as their creative catalysts remain undeniable, making each group invariably entertaining. Unfortunately, with the 2001-2009 Hanoi Rocks 'reunion' arguably failing to yield an array of noteworthy material and the Floor Jansen era of Nightwish remaining, at this point, at least, largely unproven, there remains a profound artistic chasm that simply begs for a remedy. Needless to say, when we were approached regarding coverage of Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective '96 -'03, the long-awaited--and oft-delayed--vinyl compilation from Helsinki-based HIM, we were only more happy to re-indulge.

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Judas Priest

U.D.O. 'Decadent'

Having been born and raised amid an economically and geographically depressed and isolated region of northeastern Minnesota, I frequently found myself seeking new and undiscovered music from less than likely sources, often with less-than-desirable results (i.e. the now-defunct BMG and Columbia House Music Services and their universally dreaded 'Selection Of The Month'). As a result, you can imagine my initial apprehension when my notoriously closed-minded maternal Grandmother presented me with well-worn copies of the Judas Priest classics British Steel (1980). I found myself dreamily wondering 'is this really happening?' and 'what's the catch?' as the soon-to-be overplayed strains of “Breaking The Law”, “Living After Midnight” and “The Rage” roared through the headphones of my battered Sony Walkman. The rest is indeed ancient history as I've been quite happily 'throwing the horns' and 'banging my head' to all things Judas Priest and Judas Priest-related since.


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Ari Stidham

Jeff LaBar

As a self-proclaimed 'Big Music Geek', my movie and television viewing habits have been heavily influenced by my seemingly ceaseless thirst for all things Heavy Metal and Heavy Metal-related. While I've shamelessly devoted countless hours to episodes of Headbangers Ball and VH1 Metal Mania, my unabashed appreciation for scripted dramas has remained steadfastly intact. This obsession is perhaps best exemplified by my ongoing infatuation with the breakout CBS hit Scorpion. Loosely based on the life of computer expert Walter O'Brien, the series focuses on O'Brien and his genius friends as they help each other solve complex global problems and save lives. Recently, acclaimed actor Ari Stidham (The Crazy Ones, Glee, Huge) was kind enough to speak with us regarding, among many other things, his emotionally-charged portrayal of 'human calculator' Sylvester Dodd.

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Richie Kotzen

Papa Roach

When oft-embattled Glam Metal icons Poison added guitarist Richie Kotzen to their ranks, so many fans wondered what would come of such a less-than-obvious union. While it failed to match the successes of yore, it represented a period of new artistic growth. Recently, the axeman was kind enough to speak with us about the Billy Sheehan/Mike Portnoy-fueled super group The Winery Dogs and the 'Best Of' aggregations The Essential Richie Kotzen.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 Sci-Fi/Horror genres collide, the cumulative end results are often highly disastrous. Even with the presence of full-fledged classics such as the Fear Factory classic Soul Of A New Machine, the vast majority of listeners remained unimpressed. As a result, you can only imagine our absolute excitement with Exotype and their stunning full-length release.Hear More

Maxxxwell Carlisle

Maxxxwell Carlisle

The Urban Dictionary best defines a nuts-winger as 'someone who follows ever move they make'. Although such a description may lack in originality, it does indeed accurately summarizes my feelings about notoriously muscle-bound shredder Maxxxwell Carlisle. In fact, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been a disturbingly-dedicated fan of his distinctive, shred-laden tonalities in groups as diverse as the Neil Turbin's Deathriders and Hellion.Hear More

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Michael Pinnella

HIM

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive All That Remains The Order Of Things CD Giveaway! Helmed by Producer Josh Wilbur (Crowbar, Escape The Fate), The Order Of Things finds the quintet operating with a heightened sense of ferociousness. Jam-packed with an often staggering array of bloodthirsty wares, The Order Of Things is again seemingly guaranteed to leave die-hard 'metallers' begging for more.Read More

Nightwish

U.D.O.

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to also enter our exclusive Supralunar A New Hope CD/merch Giveaway! Fueled by vocalist/guitarist Petri Tuulik, the Stockholm, Sweden-born Supralunar offer a sound 'with one foot in the seventies'. Promising to improve upon the equally thunderous lament Unzip To Rock! (2012), A New Hope finds the rapidly burgeoning power trio again releasing one of the finest new 'Rock' releases of 2015. Read More

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