JUDAS PRIEST – Beginning of the End

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When a band have been plying their trade for 40 years wrapped in leather, surrounded by loud guitars and project the shapes of head-banging silhouettes amongst fumes from a Harley-Davidson, you feel somewhat humbled to have witnessed their evolution.  With minor line-up changes taking place over the decades and an attitude of trying new musical… Read more »


SCOTT STAPP – Proof of Life

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No matter how you came into this world you can’t run or hide from the one subject no human being can deny ever having; the theological discussion.  This is not an easy subject to speak about as some have literally come to blows over who is right and who is wrong, but none of those… Read more »


Rewind Your Mind with Australia’s RAGDOLL

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It is so hard to believe that another year has passed since last year’s adventure for Australia’s Ragdoll.  Leon Todd/guitar, Ryan Rafferty/bass/lead vocals and Cam Barrett/drums returned to Pryor, Oklahoma for their third invitation to Rocklahoma to perform on the Retrospect Records Stage.  Before hitting the festival stage, the band again set out across the… Read more »


AMBERIAN DAWN – Entering the Magic Forest

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Finland has gained a lot of interest and respect in the rock music fraternity as more and more talent rises up from the Scandinavian nation.  H.I.M. created quite a buzz with their brand of ‘Love Metal’ whilst Nightwish swept away any scepticism with their influential and well executed symphonic metal.  Keeping these artists in mind,… Read more »


SANTA CRUZ – What Rock n’ Roll Is Supposed To Be

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As the music industry becomes a harder and harder place to “make it,” it’s always more than a bit surprising to hear about a bunch of 18-20 year old kids scoring a record deal. At such a young age and so early in their music careers, it would seem an impossible feat for a juvenile… Read more »


COMBICHRIST’s Andy LaPlegua – Taking A Stand

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Combichrist’s Andy LaPlegua was not dressed as one might expect. Backstage at the Avalon in Hollywood, California on April 27th 2014 where Combichrist was about to play a show, LaPlegua was looking sharp in a grey suit jacket. If it weren’t for the tattoo on his neck and the large gauges in his ears, one… Read more »


RAY GOREN – Experienced Beyond His Years

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It would be easy to dismiss a 14-year-old guitar player as just another gimmick; a product of the YouTube era we’re living in where anyone can achieve instant fame. Most of the promotional materials and interviews with Ray Goren prominently mention his age—usually in the first sentence, as it’s rare to hear of a recording… Read more »


TESLA – The Art of Simplicity

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Love Song, What You Give, Before My Eyes, and Signs; if these songs don’t trigger images of a group of long-haired blue-collar boys from Northern California, helping to change the scene and climate of rock n’ roll in the early 90s, then you need to go back to school and re-read your history.  Nikki Sixx… Read more »


ALICE COOPER – Super Duper Alice Cooper

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Alice Cooper: Reflected “We didn’t realize how many freaks there were out there. But they saw Alice as their guy. He was the guy that represented them.” While it has been 43 years since the Alice Cooper Band tasted mainstream success with Eighteen, the man known as Alice Cooper is still playing that villainous character,… Read more »


MARTY FRIEDMAN – Bringing The Fire With Inferno

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Marty Friedman. This highly respected guitarist spent the 1980′s playing alongside fellow guitarist Jason Becker in Cacophony and also releasing the first of his many solo albums before becoming a member of Megadeth. Friedman was with the multi-platinum selling thrash icons during perhaps their most successful period, releasing Rust in Peace, Countdown to Extinction, Youthanasia,… Read more »