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Cirith Ungol

Cirith Ungol Ask anyone who 'listens' to my cr-itiques and they will speak of my love for Ventura, California-born i-dols Cirith Ung-ol. Named for a mountain pass in The Lord Of The Rings, their debut Frost And Fire (1981) serves as an example of both prototypical Doom and Power Metal. Armed with a jarring tonality, the group's delivery would pave the way for a series of well-regarded releases. Re-emerging within I'm Alive in 2019 and the woefully-underrated Forever Black (2020), with the fortieth anniversary (!) of it's release upon us, they've unveiled the Frost And Fire (40th Anniversary Edition) box 'collection'.Read More

Moonspell

Moonspell

I'll be 'the first' to admit my affinity for Gothic Metal vets Moonspell. Issued amid the turmoil of the fall of 2001, the gro-up's fifth offering Darkness And Hope (2001) would lead to global acclaims. Initially derided by die-hard fans, they'd already earned a reputation for musical diversity with Sin/Pacado. However, as time passed, an all new generation (!) of fans discovered what many already knew. Ergo, with Darkness And Hope (20th Anniversary Edition), the group have at last been afforded the opportu- nity to celebrate one of their absolutely finest audio moments amid an already truly impressive résumé.Read More

Orphaned Land

Orphaned Land

Amid the countle -ss 'off-spring' of Heavy Metal, O-riental Metal has remained as the most underappr-preciated forces. Heavily influenced by Arabic, Jewish a-nd Middle Eastern Folk music, it slowly grew in popularity. Emerging with their full-length debut Sahara in 1994, the g-roup would continue issuing a series of well-regarded offerings. Now, with the entirety of their catalog painstakingly d-etailed via the massive, rarity-laden 30 Years Of Oriental Metal (2021), the g-roup's multi-dimensional, genre-defying approach to Metal could finally receive the long-overdue global recognitions it still so rightfully deserves.Read More

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Carmine Appice

Carmine Appice

Let's face it; Brooklyn, New York-born drummer Carmine Appice is a legend. Fueled by tenures within Blue Murder, Ozzy Osbourne and Rod Stewart, his presence was unavoidable. Among the most intriguing of his groups is Classic Rock icons Vanilla Fudge. Unleashing their debut in 1967, their cover of 'You Keep Me Hangin' On', would prove to be quite influential in the formation of the Heavy Metal genre. Recently, Appice was kind enough to speak with us regarding the Guitar Zeus 25th Anniversary 'collections'.Read More

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

When comedian Harry Shearer helped unleash This Is Spinal Tap in 1984, he immediately became a legend. Further ingratiating himself via his roles on The Simpsons and countless others, his t-hought-provoking humor has entertain-ed millions of fans. Recently, the often engaging Shearer (Godzilla, Saturday Night Live, The Right Stuff), always a man of many words and interesting stories, was kind enough to speak with us in regards to, among other things, his award -winning satirical NPR show/Podcast Le Show.Read More

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Epica

Epica

Amid the realms of Symphonic Metal, few groups have had the impact of Dut-tch masters Epica. Fueled by the multi-octave Simone Simons, the group bu-rst upon the scene with their debut The Phantom Agony (2003). Quickly hittin-g their stride, they found themselves at the apex of a later-day revival. The rest, as they say, is history as the group continued to work their 'creative muscles' with Design Your universe (2009). Thus, when we were approac-hed regarding the vinyl re-issue of the emotionally-overwroug-ht opus Ωmega, we were happy to overindulge.Read More

Queensrÿche

Queensrÿche

When Queensrÿche released Empire (1990), there was little doubt regarding the group's pending success(es). unle-ashing a new slick commercial tonality, the single 'Silent Lucidity' soon prope-pelled them to international acclaim an-d would lead to a Grammy nomination and an array of headlining tours (most notably with Suicidal Tendencies). Fortunately, with the highly-anticipated vinyl re-issue at last upon us all, the long-suffering group's (arguably, at least) greatest Geoff Tate era offering is now poised to be re-embraced in all of it's delightful analog glory.Read More

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Ascension Of The Watchers

Antonio Biggio

At this point, my 'love' for Fear Factory has been well-documented. As a result, my feelings for the Burton C. Bell-fuel-ed Ascension Of The Watchers are of little surprise to our few listeners. Now with the brilliant Apocrypha, the multi- octave vocalist is now destined (or so it would seem) for a long and fruitful post -Fear Factory, G/Z/R (Geezer Butler), and perhaps even Ministry career that, believe it or not, has now encompassed a total of thirty-two (!) years and no less that nine different genres and seventeen artists.Hear More

Donnie Vie

Tetrarch

I'll be the the first to admit my life-long obsession with Glam Metal. Although the collected works of Guns N' Roses, L.A. Guns and Mötley Crüe once left me content, I was soon searching for a fresh alternative. Fortunately, this is the case with Enuff Z'nuff 'idolate' Donnie Vie. Now, with the release of Beautiful ThingsVie has officially solidified his reputations as a genuine and sincere creative force not to be ignored within the woefully-overcrowded (and, for that matter, inbred) Glam/Hair Metal and Power Pop genres.Hear More

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Aiwa Prodigy Air Wireless Earbuds

Aiwa Prodigy Air Wireless Earbuds

As wanna-be critic who also happens to be a husband and father, listening to music sans annoyance is always a concern. Thus, once the truly mighty Aiwa Prodigy Air Wireless Earbuds appeared on our 'radars', many of my worries were quelled. As a result, we were only more than happy to share our auditory discoveries as part of our GeekTech feature which now focuses entirely on the various hardware, software and, to a certain extent, the latest and/or greatest must-have gear our readers need to reach their ultimate full Geek potentialities. Read More

HP Wired Stereo Gaming Headset

HP B087J7PR83 HeadsetI'll be the first to admit that I've quickly become a headphone/headset snob. Although I've attempted to 'justify' this behavior by referring to comparisons of sound quality, my blue collar roots are financially-fueled. Fortunately, the HP B087J7PR83 Headset offers both flexibility and practicality are delivered via this full-featured unit. Putting it to 'the test' with a wealth of support calls and other exploits, I quickly found myself engulfed in an auditory experience. Check out our detailed abuse and discover why you should spend some hard-earned fundage.Read More

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Amorphis

Amorphis

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter this exclusive new Amorphis Halo Giveaway! Produced by the acclaimed Jens Bogren, Halo finds the group operating amid a bona fide peak. The follow-up to Queen Of Time (2018), the first single 'The Moon' leads to a set laden with the intricacies they are known for. A must-have for every Amorphis fanatic, Halo serves as a audio 'milestone' amid an already impressive catalog, making it an ideal addition for anyone interested in expanding their horizons.Read More

HammerFall

HammerFall

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter this exclusive new HammerFall Hammer Of Dawn Giv-eaway! Jam-packed with ten tracks of the roaring choirs and catchy riffs and solos of yore, Hammer Of The Dawn echoes the friendship of vocalist Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Dronjak. Arguably one of the most highly-anticipated releases of the year, the mighty Hammer Of Dawn (and, as a result, the improbably long-running quintet itself) is the Po-wer Metal 'tour de force' we've all waited for. Read More

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