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  • Interview: Life is good with Minoru Niihara of Loudness

    Interview: Life is good with Minoru Niihara of Loudness

    A great many things have changed - not only heavy metal but the music world in general - since 1981. But one of the factors in metal that has blessedly remained a constant for almost four decades now is the legendary Japanese metal band, Loudness. The very first Japanese metal group signed to a...
  • Interview: Never surrender with Saxon's Biff Byford

    Interview: Never surrender with Saxon's Biff Byford

    The heavy metal world can be a precarious place - long-standing bands retire while others are still together but continue to tour based solely on albums released several years - or even decades - prior. And that's exactly why it's so refreshing to see a legendary band like Saxon still together...
  • Judas Priest unleash the title track from ‘Firepower’

    Judas Priest unleash the title track from ‘Firepower’

    There is an undeniable buzz growing around Judas Priest’s upcoming album, Firepower. The fever pitch is increasing louder every day due to the strength of their video for “Lightning Strike” in addition to the limited edition merchandise options available on the band’s PledgeMusic campaign. Although...
  • Interview: Phil Lewis of L.A. Guns and 'The Missing Peace'

    Interview: Phil Lewis of L.A. Guns and 'The Missing Peace'

    Smack dab in the heart of the 80s, there was an undeniable magnetism oozing forth when sleaze rockers L.A. Guns took the stage on the famous Hollywood strip. Clad in leather and attitude, the band came armed with bombastic guitar riffs, larger-than-life vocals, and a certain air of ferocity and...
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    Interview: Delving deep into Epica and ‘The Holographic Principle’ with guitarist Mark Jansen

      Epica closed down a powerful night of metal Wednesday at Rams Head Live in Baltimore. Joining them on ‘The Ultimate Principle Tour’ were Lacuna Coil, Insomnium and Elantris. Epica is on the road in support of their latest album, The Holographic Principle. Over the past 14 years, Epica’s creative...
  • Machine Head announce North American tour for upcoming album

    Machine Head announce North American tour for upcoming album

    Although the Machine Head fans of the world have been chomping at the bit for awhile now for a new album and tour, 2018 is going to be the year when they receive both - and it's going to be a brutal and beautiful thing. Released in November of 2014, Bloodstone & Diamonds  was the last full...
  • The Fell featuring Billy Sheehan announce North American mini tour

    The Fell featuring Billy Sheehan announce North American mini tour

    From Mr. Big to David Lee Roth, and from Steve Vai to The Winery Dogs - and more - if bassist extraordinaire Billy Sheehan plays a part in a band, album, or tour, then you can put money on the fact that it's good.  And although still riding high on the success of Mr. Big's recently released new...
  • L.A. Guns to release 'The Missing Peace' in October

    L.A. Guns to release 'The Missing Peace' in October

    Aside from all of the electrifying new bands and albums cropping up in music today, there's also been somewhat of an exciting revival brewing as of late. The classic rock and metal music of the '80s and early '90s  that was a crucial component in many a music lover's formative years is still alive...
  • Metal mastery from Seventh Seal on ‘The Crown’

    Metal mastery from Seventh Seal on ‘The Crown’

    Metal band Seventh Seal has returned, adding a new chapter to their music. The band’s new EP The Crown is a blend of the dynamic sound from The Ghosts Of What We Are and the simpler approach of Seventh Seal’s self-titled debut. With a heavier and darker tone than its predecessors, The Crown seems to...
  • Stone Sour announce details of their highly anticipated new album ‘Hydrograd’

    Stone Sour announce details of their highly anticipated new album ‘Hydrograd’

    The moment that Stone Sour’s rabidly loyal fanbase has been waiting for has finally come - new material released from the alt-metal band's upcoming sixth studio album, Hydrograd, scheduled to drop on June 30, via Roadrunner Records. The band’s first set of music in four years, Stone Sour unveiled...
  • Neurosis gears up for summer tour with Converge and Amenra

    Neurosis gears up for summer tour with Converge and Amenra

    While still riding high on the excitement surrounding the 2016 release of their eleventh studio album, Fires Within Fires, progressive metallers Neurosis have got their collective pedal to the metal and aren't planning on slowing down anytime soon.  The follow up to their 2012 release, Honor Found...
  • The Night Flight Orchestra's 'Amber Galactic' coming in May

    The Night Flight Orchestra's 'Amber Galactic' coming in May

    Few things are more exciting as a music lover than when members of two or more favorite bands come together to work on an all-new 'supergroup.' Able to flex their prolific muscles without being bound by the restraints of their primary band's sound or fan base, suddenly all new creativity can pour...
  • Quor embarking on 'Sorry - Not Sorry Tour,' releases new single

    Quor embarking on 'Sorry - Not Sorry Tour,' releases new single

    What do you get when you combine a 'no rules' attitude with the influences of the rock, metal, indie, punk genres of music? Something that is surprisingly all new and dynamic, something that's ready to knock the socks off of music fans across the globe - and that special something is called Quor...
  • The future of rock and roll is here with Greta Van Fleet

    The future of rock and roll is here with Greta Van Fleet

    For the average fan of music, one hears what they've been exposed to - initially via family or friends, but then by actively seeking out similar bands and artists that might also appeal to the senses. But this kind of musical exploring is still somewhat limited when you contrast it to someone who...
  • Reality Slap unleashes new video for ‘Blaze’

    Reality Slap unleashes new video for ‘Blaze’

    It's never a fun time when reality slays you in the face - unless, of course, you're talking about the hardcore group Reality Slap hailing from Lisbon, Portugal, then it's actually pretty satisfying - in a very metal way, that is.  Having just wrapped up a run of tour dates across Europe, Reality...
  • Temple of Lies unleashes new single 'Dark Energy'

    Temple of Lies unleashes new single 'Dark Energy'

    Although the title of the new single by the U.K.'s stoner metallers Temple of Lies is "Dark Energy," there's actually a lot of good energy in the air surrounding this band and the release of their new album, The Serial Killer Suite. Despite the fact that fans might see them as super-human, rockstars...
  • DragonForce launches new single and live video from upcoming album

    DragonForce launches new single and live video from upcoming album

    As ever in their 18-year history, DragonForce always has a lot going on. New music on the table or in the works - sometimes both, tours spanning the globe playing to millions of DragonForce die-hards, and stellar performances displayed in a way only great bands can do so - reflexively and...
  • Dead By April readies to release new album, 'Worlds Collide'

    Dead By April readies to release new album, 'Worlds Collide'

    Bands are families - and sometimes there's upheaval even in the tightest knit families. A lot has happened in the past ten years for Sweden's metalcore mavericks Dead By April - but despite the bad along the way, things just keep getting better and better. Notwithstanding the band name being Dead By...
  • Sabaton to embark on massive North American tour

    Sabaton to embark on massive North American tour

    For close to two decades now, Sweden's metal masters Sabaton have been doing metal music the way it was meant to be done - big. And it's been a big few months for this now legendary band following the release of their eighth studio album, The Last Stand, in August of last year.  After nailing in...
  • Seether premieres new song 'Stoke the Fire' from forthcoming album

    Seether premieres new song 'Stoke the Fire' from forthcoming album

    As the excitement grows in anticipation of the forthcoming and seventh studio album by South African rockers Seether, fans just got another taste of what to expect on this long-awaited release, and it's pretty awesome. The follow up to their 2014 album, Isolate and Medicate, the multi-platinum...
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