BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Wearing Their Crown of Thorns

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Just because it is 2014 doesn’t mean that hook-laden and well-crafted infectious hard rock is no longer applicable.  If nothing else, 2014 means that the universe of rock music is more versatile and healthy than it has ever been.  New bands are being formed all the time and take on their respective influences shaping songs… Read more »


HELLION – Hell Hath No Fury

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Hellion, originally formed in 1982, is no stranger to the heavy metal scene. After a decade of silence, the roar of Hellion is back and stronger than ever. Founding member/vocalist Ann Boleyn reformed Hellion with a new lineup in late 2013.  In April 2014 the band released a two CD anthology, To Hellion and Back. … Read more »


SOCIETY 1 – Their Hellish Resurrection

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Los Angeles based metal band Society 1 has always been strange and unusual. While that may not seem that unheard of for a metal band, Society 1 has always managed to take it to that next level.  LA Weekly once described the band’s lead singer Matt “the Lord” Zane as an embodiment of “Morrisonesque shamanics… Read more »


GODSMACK – A Little Campho-Phenique Will Help With That

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What a name and what a ride it’s been so far for multi-platinum rock band, Godsmack.  With a moniker like that, you better be as raw and powerful as the name suggests, but what’s in a name anyway? Everything.  Your name is your identity; your calling card out to the world and people take notice… Read more »


BIG DAD RITCH – Texas Hippie Coalition’s Texas Tornado

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“If there was a race from Earth to the heavens, and if how close you would get to God was determined on how fast you shot from Earth to heaven, wouldn’t it be strange to see a lot of us long-haired, tattooed hippie freaks rising faster than those preachers.” James Richard Anderson, better known as… Read more »


ENUFF Z’NUFF – Like a Sumo Wrestler and a Cupcake!

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Not many bands deserve the respect that should be laid at the feet of this Illinois-based rock band.  Since 1984, they have worked hard and relentlessly plied their art which is an infectious pop-driven form of accessible and at times quirky style of rock music.  Their self-titled debut album was unveiled in 1989 complete with… Read more »


SAVING ABEL – New Horizons

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In the years following its initial formation in 2004, Saving Abel has seen some changes.  When former vocalist Jared Weeks made the decision to pursue a solo project last December, vocalist Scotty Austin was asked to step in after his former band opened for Saving Abel.  “My band opened for Saving Abel and the next… Read more »


ANOTHER LOST YEAR – Times Are A Changin’

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It’s been since spring 2013 when we last talked to Clinton Cunanan, lead singer of the hard rock band Another Lost Year. When we last visited with Cunanan, it was while he and I sat on the Another Lost Year RV before a show at Krazee Kafe in Des Moines, Iowa, with a photographer documenting… Read more »


EVERGREY – Embracing A Sense Of Hope

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Back in 1998 a Swedish metal band went to Gothenburg to record their debut studio album The Dark Discovery not realizing that in 2014 they would still be a functioning band and ready to unveil album number nine.  Hymns for the Broken captures a band in touch with their strengths yet moving in to a… Read more »


AURIN – Cathartic Darkness

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Among the many catalysts in music production, there remain those experiences and those feelings that initially coax the artist to the drawing board – those that put pen to paper, those that transform verse to song, and those that ultimately bind the artist to their audience both on and off stage. For Andrew Wayne, growing… Read more »