Author: Mike Ritchie

P.O.D. – Coming Full Circle

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P.O.D has spent three decades writing uncompromising music without limitations of genre or style incorporating rap, reggae, rock, metal and whatever else they want into the fold.  They started independent and modest, eventually touring the world, playing any and all size stages from clubs, to arenas to stadiums.  Never forgetting their working class roots while… Read more »


VOIVOD – Open Invitation to The Wake

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Since the early ‘80s Canada’s Voivod have cranked out 14 records that are strong in heavy prog, thrash and sci-fi storytelling.  They have cemented their spot as the Rod Serling of metal, introducing fans to strange and different music of the macabre and unexplained. The Wake is new music and the second recording with this… Read more »


AMARANTHE – Finding the Perfect Musical DNA

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Amaranthe started in 2008 with a different approach as a three-voiced metal band with pop, metalcore and rap influences establishing them as a unique breed from the beginning.  They’re often taken as a symphonic metal band with Elize Ryd supplying female vocals with Nils Molin and Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson supplying clean male vocals and growls… Read more »


AMARANTHE – Helix

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Helix is album number five for Finnish melodic metal outfit Amaranthe.  After establishing a strong social media and YouTube presence they’ve brought audiences their unique genre bending mixture of musical evolution.  While visually compared to symphonic metal bands, their sound is high energy metal, seasoned with pop and rap influences not quite fitting into a… Read more »


EPICA – Attack the Titans

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Epica are known for creating intricate musical stories with lyrics tackling everything from philosophy to science.  They’ve forged a different, signature path crafting songs that go beyond the boundaries and limits of their symphonic genre.  Not content with the world of fantasy they’ve broken lyrical thresholds into the realms of philosophy, science and galaxy-wide ponderings…. Read more »


EPICA – Epica vs. Attack on Titan Songs

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Turning Japanese anime and manga into symphonic majestic greatness isn’t an endeavor many bands could or would want to try and pull off.  However, Dutch powerhouse Epica did so with great success. Officially available for the first time outside Japan, Epica vs. Attack On Titan Songs features theme music from the popular anime series adapted and… Read more »


LIKE A STORM – Skullduggery from the Catacombs

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Auckland hard rockers Like A Storm are preparing to unearth the secrets and mysteries of the Paris catacombs for the rock and metal world to see and hear.  Well, not really, but the New Zealanders did take a trip to France, underneath the majestic city.  It was a real life As Above, So Below, trip… Read more »


OVERKILL – Feeling the Fire in Oberhausen

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In 1986, a fresh new East Coast thrash band called Overkill played near Oberhausen, Germany. At the time,  they said they’d come back and 30 years later they did.  Packing the Turbinenhalle 2 with wall to wall screaming Skullkrushers they played their early ‘90s thrash statement Horrorscope and debut record Feel The Fire back to… Read more »


LEATHER LEONE – The Voice of the Cult Returns

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Leather Leone, the voice that guided Chastain in the ‘80s and early ‘90s has returned with a screaming new effort after a long dormant hiatus.  While fans asking what happened to the voice of the cult, Leone spent several years helping protect man’s best friend, though the itch to play again was always there.  Doing… Read more »


OVERKILL – Live In Overhausen

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Live In Overhausen captures the titans of East Coast thrash celebrating two album anniversaries.  A sold-out crowd of German Skullkrushers assembled at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen on April 16 for 25 years of ‘90s landmark record Horrorscope and 30 years of Feel The Fire. 30 years ago, the spark was lit and the world was… Read more »


LEATHER LEONE – II

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Leather Leone, Chastain’s ripping, roaring female throat of the ‘80s and early ‘90s blasts speakers with her second solo release, II.  The sonic, guttural, gravel licking rasp that made her a microphone reaping presence continues, blasting through 11 new tracks.  Like the Cruella de Vil of metal, Leather has been compared to powerhouses Dio, Bruce… Read more »


THE DEAD DAISIES – Burning It Down with a Passion

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Since their inception The Dead Daises have created a sound that mirrors the best of the ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, reflecting the decadent stadium riffs of Page, banshee wail of Plant, the attitude of the Stones and the best toxic qualities of the Boston-based twins. Those born a few years or decades after the birth… Read more »