SLAYER – Live! The Last Campaign in Columbus

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Slayer brought the final leg of their farewell tour to Columbus, Ohio’s Nationwide Arena which was stacked to the rafters with fanatics there to see Slayer one last time–or for some, the first time.  Assuming this is their last live trek, they played a 20 song set of blistering classics, fan favorites and a few… Read more »


NIKKI STRINGFIELD – Harmonies for the Haunted

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From humble Texas beginnings making YouTube videos of guitar play techniques, Nikki Stringfield has built her own audience, eventually leading to major industry attention.  Holding a degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Texas she joined metal band Before The Mourning upon her West Coast arrival. Stringfield then took a huge step forward auditioning for the… Read more »


DREAM THEATER – Brings Decades Of Experience To Reno

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With nearly three decades of recording and touring in their rear view, Progressive Metal pioneers Dream Theater, rolled into Reno, Nevada to perform for an anxious crowd of rabid fans.  The Grand Sierra Resort’s Grand Theatre was the epicenter for their ground shaking performance.  It was a show full of trademark solos from guitarist John Petrucci,… Read more »


Dark Black and Blue: The Soundgarden Story – Book Review

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The books of author Greg Prato have been featured and reviewed many times here at Screamer, so it was no surprise to see that Mr. Prato had been hard at work on even more volumes on the history of rock, including one of his most recent, Dark Black and Blue: The Soundgarden Story. The great… Read more »


HELLYEAH – Welcome Home – Album Review

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Through six records the members of Hellyeah have proven they’re the loud, screaming exception to the short-lived ‘super group’ rule still oozing adrenaline on stage and sweating fire with their new record Welcome Home. The album is a pounding tribute to lyrical themes held dear and a celebratory tribute to the life of Vinnie Paul…. Read more »


DIRTY HONEY – Live! at The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ

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L.A.-based phenom, Dirty Honey, is one of rock’s hottest and fastest rising new bands. Having formed in 2017, the band is exploding at a blistering pace and is the first unsigned band to ever top Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart. They have already opened for the likes of  Alter Bridge, Guns N’ Roses, Skillet, Slash… Read more »


BAD WOLVES – N.A.T.I.O.N. – Album Review

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Sometimes when a band reaches an overwhelmingly rapid rate of success, they fall short in trying to keep the momentum going. For  Los Angeles based metal band Bad Wolves, that is definitely not the case. Some may have had their doubts as to whether or not Tommy Vext (vocals), John Boecklin (drums), Chris Cain (guitar),… Read more »


Aftershock Festival 2019 – Sacramento, CA

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Early October in Sacramento, the autumn breeze starts to roll in and rock music fans all over the world get a spring in their step.  Why?  Aftershock, presented by Monster Energy.  Since 2012, Monster has put on this world-renowned rock festival, and the attractions and lineups keep getting better and better every year, this year… Read more »


GODSMACK – Live! with Halestorm & Monster Truck

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Godsmack, the Boston area quartet who first rose to prominence at the very end of the last century are on the road in support of 2018’s album When Legends Rise.  Spending the better part of the last eight months promoting the latest release, they played a homestretch show at The Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA.  Sunday,… Read more »


LACUNA COIL – Black Anima – Album Review

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“Black Anima is all of us. It’s you and it’s me. It’s everything we hide and fiercely expose to a world that is half asleep. It is the fogged mirror we are peering into and searching for the truth. It’s the sacrifice and pain. It’s justice and fear. It’s fury and revenge. It’s past and… Read more »


DARK STATION – Down in the Dark – Album Review

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Getting ready to hit the road with Another Lost Year, Dark Station’s Down in the Dark is being released on October 25th to the anticipation of fans who have gotten to know the band through the four music videos the band has already shared.  Heroes, Obvious, No Life and Villain are the songs that have… Read more »


BREAKING BENJAMIN – Live! At FivePoint Ampitheatre in Irvine

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Breaking Benjamin officially closed down the summer concert series in a colossal way Monday, September 16th when they headlined a stacked line-up featuring Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Diamante, and Dorothy. The show started shortly after 5 pm which was ridiculously early for a rock concert, let alone one that is being held on a weekday…. Read more »