Just Like Vinyl – Black Mass

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Just Like Vinyl, fronted by Thomas Erak formerly of The Fall of Troy, has just released their sophomore album, Black Mass.  At first listen, their sound is very reminiscent of  Coheed and Cambria as they have a very similar progressive style and, at times, Erak sounds eerily like Claudio Sanchez.  That being said, there is… Read more »


Overworld – Perfect Anomaly EP

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From these fast rising Swedish modern rockers, you get five songs.  According to Andie the drummer in the band, they have an impressive collection of brand new songs that haven’t yet been unleashed, but this will be remedied in time as they continue to gather momentum with their debut EP, Perfect Anomaly.  At times frantic, adrenaline charged… Read more »


STEVE VAI LIVE – Mayo Performing Arts Center, NJ

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Guitar virtuoso and composer Steve Vai blasted into New Jersey with a sense of purpose and fury to perform for this sold out crowd at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, on September 8, 2012. His mission, to illuminate the audience about his 16th solo CD, The Story of Light, as well as dazzle all the… Read more »


The Last Vegas LIVE – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA

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The Last Vegas, has spent the previous three years opening for big name rock n’ rollers Motley Crue, AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses among others. The Chicago-area band consisting of Chad Cherry (vocals), Adam Arling (guitar), Nate Arling (drums), Johnny Wator (guitar) and Danny Smash (bass), is on a solo tour promoting their newest record… Read more »


Testament – Dark Roots of Earth

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Thrash metal titans Testament,  first emerged from the bay area in the early 1980’s playing alongside acts like Exodus and the highly successful Metallica. Despite their long history in the metal scene, the guys in Testament still haven’t missed a beat, and this album stands as testimony. Their latest studio release, Dark Roots of Earth,… Read more »


My Darkest Days – Sick and Twisted Affair

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My Darkest Days’ second album, Sick and Twisted Affair, was produced by Joey Moi, who’s worked with such artists as Hinder, Daughtry and Santana. Offering its fans the same 80s-style, sex-infused rock-n-roll sound as we heard on the first self-titled album released in 2010, if you were a fan of My Darkest Days’ first album,… Read more »


Project 86 – Wait for the Siren

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Project 86 is back with their latest release Wait for the Siren, their eighth studio album due out August 21, 2012. Project 86 is from Orange County, CA, with a progressive sound that is very common in today’s urban metal scene. Using a Kickstarter campaign, the band took to the fans saying that now “the… Read more »


Smash Mouth – Magic

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Isn’t it annoying when you’re walking down the street and a song for no apparent reason enters your mind?  Perhaps that isn’t the worse part, maybe it’s the fact the song won’t leave you alone!  Such a thing could happen to you once you’ve heard Live To Love Another Day a couple of times.  It’s… Read more »


Headroom – Radio Cries

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When you take southern rock and mix it with post-grunge, the result is, Headroom. Mixing southern rock with modern-day music is not a new concept though as artists such as Black Stone Cherry already uses a similar style. On their debut album, Radio Cries, the music resembles artists such as Nickelback while Travis Boltz’s vocals… Read more »


The B’z – The B’z

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The buzz created by B’z, Japan’s all-time best-selling rockers, could easily escalate to a roar in America with their new self-titled, five-song iTunes release. B’z, resounding with 80s-style charismatic metal, is the first done in English (perfect, I might add) by vocalist Koshi Inaba and acclaimed guitarist Tak Matsumoto. The two joined forces in 1988,… Read more »


American Dog – Poison Smile

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Rev your engines, there’s a new dog in town – American Dog.  In an industry that’s been flooded with sound-alike rock bands, it’s refreshing to hear some good, old-fashioned rock and roll.  American Dog delivers just that. Some may be surprised to learn that the band has been around for quite some time.  The trio… Read more »


The Other – The Devils You Know

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Halloween has arrived early this year.  German horror punks The Other have a monstrous 15 songs on The Devils You Know, and for the most part quantity does not substitute quality.  The reason for this could be due to the band recruiting new bassist Viktor Sharp.  As lead vocalist Rob Usher puts it, “Lots of ideas on… Read more »