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Dio

Dio Let's just face it; when ex-Rainbo -ow vocalist Ro- nie James Dio l -eft Heavy Metal 'Grandmasters' Black Sabbath i -n 1992, I questioned what was ahead for Mr. Padavona. The wait wouldn't be long as he emerged in 1996 via Angry Machines. What followed would serve as his final solo efforts, with the impact of the recordings becoming a large part of his sprawling past. Fortunately, Niji Entertainment and industry behemoth BMG have compiled the truly defining statement regarding the final era of his oft-sprawling solo career via the mighty The Studio Album Collection: 1996 - 2004 CD & Vinyl box set.Read More

Metal Church

Metal Church

As Thrash Metal fans, our affinity for Seattle icons Metal Church is disturbing and/or intense. Amid a 'misspent' youth, I found solace within The Dark (1986). Even as I inevitably aged and arguably matured, I found myself returning to the group's most extreme audio moments (notably 'Ton Of Bricks' and 'Psycho') in times of trouble, turmoil and tragedy. Fortunaytely, nearly thirty (!) undeniably long years later, the oft-resilient group continues their seemingly unlikely Mike Howe-fueled critical and commercial re -surgence with the release of the hotly-anticipated compilation (B-Sides, live, covers) From The Vault.Read More

Sorcerer

Sorcerer I'll be the first to admit that when I 'discovered' the Doom Metal sub -genre, I'd found myself digging in -to the easiest & obvious choices. While it allowed me to explore, it also kept me from enjoying an actual cross-section of it's offerings. Thus, you can imagine my excitements over Swedish titans Sorcerer. Formed in 1988, they issued two demos before imploding. Re-emerging in 2015 with In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross and Black (EP), they quickly asserted themselves as a dominant force. Now, with Lamenting Of The Innocent, the group seems destined for the success they so rightfully deserve.Read More

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L.A. Guns

L.A. Guns

Like it or not, line-up turmoil have often been a 'necessary evil' amid the history of the Glam and Hair Metal sub-genre. However, few groups have successfully endured as much as Los Angeles-born veterans L.A. Guns. Accordingly, when Steve Riley (drums) and Kelly Nickels (bass) reunited in early 2019, it was a noteworthy moment. Recently, Nickels, always a man of many words and interesting stories, was kind enough to speak with us regarding, among many other things, the introduction of new frontman Kurt Frohlich.Read More

Mike Tramp

Mike Tramp

When Danish/American Hard Rockers White Lion released Pride (1987), few could have anticipated the impact they would have. Led by two top ten singles ('Wait' and 'When The Children Cry'), the Michael Wagener-Produced jewel was certified double Platinum. Although the group's reign was brief, the ensuing solo career of oft-charismatic frontman Mike Tramp would be rather fruitful. Now, with Second Time Around (2020), his finest offerings to date, he finally appears poised for the recognition he rightfully deserves.Read More

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Motörhead

Motörhead

Just when it appeared my increasingly-damaged psyche had been graced with every noteworthy variation of the 'tried and true' Vinyl Re-Issue formulation, a release that actually piqués my interest emerges. My lingering obsessions with the singularly ingenious Black Crowes and Krokus deluxe vinyl treatments not fully withstanding, the impacts of such artists have typically fallen well short of their expectations. Not surprisingly, you can only imagine our pure listening satisfaction with the highly-anticipated release of the Motörhead Bomber and Overkill LP reissues. Read More

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

When Pop-Punk masters Taking Back Sunday 'issued' Tell All Your Friends, their reputation was already Rock solid. Propelled by the single 'You're So Last Summer', it quickly became their best-selling effort to date. Re-solidifying their ever-morphing line-up after the release of their self-titled debut EP, Now, with the oddly well-timed re-issue upon us (via newly-anointed catalog juggernaut Craft Recordings which acquired Victory Records in 2019), they appear destined to carry on with the quasi-Emo and Hardcore spirits of their prototypical, genre-defining past. Read More

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Lindsay Schoolcraft

Lindsay Schoolcraft

At this point, my obsession with Cradle Of Filth has been 'well documented'. Not surprisingly, those feelings extend to their keyboardist. Accordingly, once I'd discovered Lindsay Schoolcraft as a solo artist, I became a truly dedicated fan of her oft-distinctive tonality. Now with the release of the brilliant Martyr, the Ontario-born multi-octave vocalist is destined--or so it would seem--for a long and fruitful career that, believe it or not, manages to encompass elements from several Classical and Black Metal sub-genres. Hear More

Pyramids On Mars

Pyramids On Mars

I'll be the the first to admit my life-long love of instrumental guitarists. Although the 'collective catalogs' of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai once left me enthralled, I ultimately found myself searching for a fresher alternative. Fortunately, this is truly the case with Pyramids On Mars maestro Kevin Estrella. Now with their latest Extraterrestrial-dictated release Edge Of The BlackEstrella has once again resolidified his reputation as a genuine and sincere creative force not to be ignored amid the Instrumental Prog Rock genre. Hear More

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Audio-Technica BPHS1 Headset

Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset

As a Podcaster who also happens to be a passionate husband and father, interviewing artists sans annoyance is a concern. Once I had discovered the Audio-Technica BPHS1 Headset, so many of my worries were quelled. As you can imagine, we were only more than happy to share our newest auditory realization(s) with our readers as part of our re-vamped GeekTech feature that now focuses entirely on the various hardware, software and, to a larger extent, the latest must-have gear everyone needs to reach their ultimate full Geek potentialities. Read More

Popsky Vintage Bluetooth Turntable

Popsky Vintage Bluetooth Turntable

I'll be the first to admit that I've quickly become a turntable snob. Although I often attempt to justify my behavior by 'falling back' on comparisons of sound quality, my blue collar roots are low-fi. Fortunately, the new Popsky Vintage Bluetooth Turntable, both flexibilities and practicality are delivered via a small, full-featured unit. Putting ours to the test with a series of classic Thrash Metal titles, we quickly found ourselves throwing the horns. Stay tuned to experience our abuse and discover why you should or shouldn't spend all your hard-earned cash. Read More

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Judas Priest

Judas Priest

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive RSD Judas Priest British Steel (Limited 40th Anniversary) LP Picture Disc Giveaway! Arguably the group's most most celebrated studio efforts, British Steel finds them in uncharted territories. Celebrating its 40th anniversary via a double vinyl Picture Disc, the often mighty British Steel (Limited Edition 40th Anniversary) is easily the most intriguing Record Store Day offering for those with an appetite for all things Heavy Metal-related. Read More

Mercyful Fate

Mercyful Fate

Sick and tired of never winning merch from your favorite artists and groups? Click here to enter our exclusive new Mercyful Fate Melissa CD Re-Issue Giveaway! Deftly capturing the Black Metal pioneers within a creative apex, Melissa is 'highlighted' throughout via King Diamond's often theatrical falsetto vocals. Featuring a series of fist-pumping classics, would lay the foundations for an entire generation of disciples. Serving as an ideal starting point for any newbie, Melissa is the Old School classic all genuine and sincere Metal Heads truly need. Read More

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