CHERIE CURRIE – Blvds Of Splendor – album review

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When iconic artists release new albums, the word “comeback” often finds its home in the headlines of media outlets.  But the album Blvds of Splendor is rock-solid proof that 70’s icon and former Runaways frontwoman, Cherie Currie, never went anywhere.  The album was released via Blackheart Records on April 28, 2020, and is locked and… Read more »


THE DODIES – It’s One Hell of a Ride

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The Dodies are a garage band duo from southern Israel who during this crazy pandemic released their debut album It’s One Hell of a Ride, co-produced by Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, ex-Guns ‘N Roses) on April 24, 2020. Yoni Avittan (singer, guitarist) and Ran Aronson (drummer, synth bass/backing vocals), is a self-described garage… Read more »


Century Media’s Isolation Fest Proves You Can Enjoy Warm Beer and Metal from Home

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Given the fact that most of the world is in quarantine, you probably thought your summer metal festival plans were completely shot. Well, metal label Century Media begs to differ. They organized Isolation Fest which took place on May 14th 2020. As they put it on their Facebook event page: “Who ever said that it… Read more »


DANZIG – Danzig Sings Elvis – album review

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To some metal outsiders, Danzig doing an Elvis covers album might seem strange, but to Danzig fans this is a no-brainer.  Danzig has always had an Elvis-like quality to his singing style dating all the way back to his days in the Misfits.  Danzig has been working on this collection since 2016 along with guitarist… Read more »


DOOL – Summerland – album review

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The members of Dool could be described as true wandering souls, in search of the most unique and diverse ways to accurately translate their ideas to music. Summerland is the Rotterdam group’s second effort, current statement and a step forward from debut Here Now There Then.  It takes their dark, experimental ambiance to parts unknown… Read more »


THE USED – Heartwork – album review

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The golden age of emo music has long since passed, but 2020 is seeing a massive resurgence of the post-hardcore subgenre that has taken fans on a nostalgic journey.  Fall Out Boy started touring again, My Chemical Romance got back together, and just like that it feels like 2004.  But what would an emo music… Read more »


METAL CHURCH – From The Vault – album review

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It’s hard to believe that Metal Church’s debut album came out in 1984. That’s coming up on 40 years of massive metal rockitude (that’s a word, right?).  As is the case with almost any band that has been around that long, there have been multiple line-up changes through the years but Mike Howe returned on… Read more »


Ted Templeman A Platinum Producer’s Life In Music – Book Review

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If you grew up spinning vinyl records on a turntable in the 1970’s, you’ve seen the name.  Like so many did, you would arrive home with the coveted new Van Halen record.  Frantically biting the corner of the celo-wrapping, unable to pick the lock of this treasure chest fast enough, you were finally able to… Read more »


THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – Verminous – Album Review

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High octane death metal juggernauts The Black Dahlia Murder are set to release their ninth studio album, Verminous.  The Detroit, Michigan quintet will be releasing their new album on Friday April 17, 2020 through Metal Blade Records.  With ten pulse-pounding songs and definitive melodies that are sure to seep into your brain, Verminous is likely… Read more »


LUCIFER – III

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The Ides of March brought us the third offering from Stockholm’s soothing cult rock outfit Lucifer.  This is a band producing music that is subtle in sound but like any good spell-caster is potent in effect.  III pulls in your ear and maybe even your soul, hooked by the sorcery of Johanna Sadonis delivery and… Read more »


TESTAMENT – Titans of Creation

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For the superstitiously inclined, 13 is a somewhat plagued number.  For Testament it stands for another landmark album of loud, Bay Area thrash with a namesake defining longevity, with time speaking for them. Their new onslaught incorporates all major earth bound elements, staying loyal to traditional ingredients while tossing some new additives into the eternal-bubbling… Read more »


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 »


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