Artist

Fri
21
Aug

SKINTRADE - Scarred For Life (Review)

  The versatile and energetic Matti Alfonzetti returns to the scene of one of his most loved bands – Sweden’s Skintrade. Back together during 2011, the band released their third album Refueled last year. If that was a good solid album, then this is a great album! Once again, Matti crafts some fine aggressive hard rock tunes and turns then melodic with his powerful vocals.   With one foot in the past and one in the present, Skintrade’s new album is a mesh of modern rock and slick production, and classic Scandi driving hard rock. Production is quite superb here – the mixing of styles is done seamlessly – with a cracking rhythm section pushing Matti to his vocal best.  
 
Fri
21
Aug

NEWMAN - The Elegance Machine (Review)

  Another of the hard working regulars of this scene is one Steve Newman. And he’s consistently delivered quality music year after year and is at it once again on The Elegance Machine. Picking up where they left off with Siren, this album holds the same musical outlook that The Art Of Balance and Under Southern Skies both did. So you know what you are going to get – a collection of punchy, guitar and keyboard driven melodic rock songs, with Steve’s distinctive voice and his layered harmony style choruses.  
 
Fri
21
Aug

MICHAEL BORMANN - Closer (Review)

  Popular German melodic rock vocalist Michael Bormann continues his life outside Jaded Heart and various other bands like Redrum, Powerworld and Silent Force, with this, his 5th solo album. Closer is a pretty diverse set of tunes – Michael seems to be bringing a set of contemporary and commercial songs that might appeal to radio/mainstream after his appearance on the German version of The Voice. The various musical paths are all wrapped up in a familiar melodic rock theme, one that fans of Michael will instantly recognize, but with additional attributes added such as effects, programming and a couple of questionable extras.  
 
Fri
21
Aug

SCORPIONS - Return To Forever (Review)

  Germany’s rock legends the Scorpions return with their final studio album and final tour. Or not…maybe, who knows. Either way, the guys have come out firing with a big guitar fueled, anthemic rock record that combines song ideas from the early and mid-80s and from today. So it sounds like an old-school Scorps record, but with a contemporary production. There’s a lot to like here as long as you can get past the cringe worthy and clichéd lyrics and the band should absolutely be cited for the overuse of the term ‘rock and roll’ – Rock My Car, Rock N Roll Band, Hard Rockin’ The Place, Rollin’ Home. We get it guys – you ROCK!  
 
Thu
20
Aug

ART NATION - Revolution (Showcase)

  Swedish rock band Art Nation release their highly anticipated debut album “Revolution”. Playing concerts throughout the year, while recording the album simultaneously, shows that the band is truly ”going all in”. Art Nation was formed 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden, after lead singer Alexander Strandell’s departure from his former band Diamond Dawn. Strandell, already well known for his strong voice and energetic stage presence, decided to raise the bar, and gathered some of the best musicians available, bassist Simon Gudmundsson being the first, shortly followed by Theodor Hedström and Christoffer Borg.  
 
Thu
20
Aug

NEWMAN - The Elegance Machine (Showcase)

  In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 have been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics. The now, hard to find self-titled album was followed up in 1999 by the awesome "One Step Closer" album. Continuing the high standard came "Dance In The Fire" and then "Sign Of The Modern Times" in 2000, and 2003 respectfully. Fans and critics alike began to realize they were dealing with an artist that would evolve and mature with them.  
 
Thu
20
Aug

OPERATION: MINDCRIME - Tate Talks To Billboard

Former Queensryche Singer Geoff Tate Leads Operation: Mindcrime in New Video 'Burn': Exclusive PremiereThe Key feels a little bit different for Geoff Tate than anything he's done in his career up to this point.

 
Thu
20
Aug

GLENN HUGHES Talks 2015 UK Tour & New Trio

BRAND NEW OFFICIAL PHOTO OF GLENN’S BAND! L-R: Pontus Engborg (drums), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass) and Doug Aldrich (guitar) Photo Credit: © Gene Kirkland  
 

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