BRIAN FALLON – Local Honey – Album Review

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Local Honey, is Brian Fallon’s third solo release to date.  For those who haven’t been privy to the New Jersey troubadour’s solo career,  we have been presented with Fallon’s most simple, truthful and introspective album thus far.  The former front man of The Gaslight Anthem (TGA)–a band living in musical purgatory–has since his first solo… Read more »


POLARIS – The Death of Me

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Australian metalcore phenoms Polaris have followed up their successful debut album, The Mortal Coil with the highly awaited The Death of Me. As might be expected by the name, this isn’t a peppy, upbeat record. Instead it is a heavy, highly emotion-filled outlook on the world that will most likely speak to many people at… Read more »


BLUE OYSTER CULT – Agents of Fortune 40th Anniversary

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On paper it probably seemed like a good idea. For the 40th anniversary of Blue Oyster Cult’s breakout album Agents of Fortune, recreate the album by playing all the tracks in front of a live audience. That concept came to fruition with the performance and recording on April 18, 2016 at Red Studios in Hollywood…. Read more »


BREAKING BENJAMIN – Aurora

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Multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin released their seventh studio album late January via Hollywood Records titled Aurora. The record is a reimagined acoustic album comprised of nine tracks from Breaking Benjamin’s seemingly endless catalog of chart-topping hits and one new song titled Far Away, featuring Scooter Ward from the band Cold. The album seems to… Read more »


THE AMITY AFFLICTION – Everyone Loves You … Once You Leave Them

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Australian metalcore quartet, The Amity Affliction, wants you to know that “mental illness is uncompromising and indiscriminate,” and if “you peel back the layers” you’ll find the truth and underlying message in their seventh full-length and debut album on Pure Noise Records, Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them. The band members, Joe Birch (vocals),… Read more »


BEHEMOTH – I loved You at Your Darkest – Tour Edition

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Behemoth frontman Nergal has spent a very loud career taking spiritual iconography to the deepest and darkest corners of his mind.  Many (if not most) of their videos feature deconsecration of many things, especially those religiously sacred. Though they’ve thrown the holiest of holy’s straight into the fiery depths, they’ve done so with their own brand… Read more »


THE 69 EYES – Live! with Wednesday 13 at Club Red

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They say that rock n’ roll never dies, that it lives on forever.  The same is true for vampires and the band that shaped the genre goth n’ roll: The 69 Eyes.  Celebrating their 30th band anniversary, the Helsinki Vampires crept into Mesa, Arizona on February 9th during their Hell Has No Mercy Tour.  With… Read more »


DON DOKKEN – Solitary A Solo Departure for Don Dokken

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Vocalist Don Dokken just released a new solo album entitled Solitary distributed on Deadline Music, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc. Although not exactly brand new, the reissued album was sold for a limited time at select Dokken acoustic gigs and later released in 2014 on digital, this new version contains the same songs plus… Read more »


QUEENSRYCHE, John 5 & Eve To Adam – Live! At House Of Blues, Anaheim

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Queensryche’s 2020 Verdict tour made its way to the House of Blues in Anaheim with John 5 and Eve To Adam. Queensryche has played an instrumental role in rock music history since 1982, setting the bar for creativity, powerhouse vocals and monumental performances. When original singer Geoff Tate left the band in 2012 to pursue… Read more »


SILVERTHORNE – Tear The Sky Wide Open – Album Review

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When bands are being promoted, phrases such as “for fans of” or “sounds like” are often used. That is understandable, as the competition to be noticed is so fierce that any attention-getter can and will be utilized. In the promo materials for Silverthorne’s EP Tear The Sky Wide Open, there is this blurb: “You may… Read more »


HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – New Empire, Vol. 1

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been fifteen years since Hollywood Undead were formed and started sharing their signature sound with the world behind those masks of theirs. The band is now about to drop their 6th full-length album, New Empire, Vol. 1 via Dove & Grenade Media/BMG. According to Johnny 3 Tears, the… Read more »


MICHAEL SWEET – Ten

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Stryper front man Michael Sweet has released his tenth solo record, named after The Ten Commandments. The album is simply titled Ten. The record features a wide list of heavy musicianship from Whitesnake to Fozzy to Queensrÿche and L.A. Guns, even venturing into the realm of extreme metal.  More than ten guest musicians took part in the… Read more »


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