Steve Hackett- Under A Mediterranean Sky Review

If you know who Steve Hackett is, good on you for knowing your stuff. If you don’t, he was the lead guitarist for Genesis in the ‘70s before they went from big to BIG during their poppier ‘80s run. He’s been hailed for his technical innovation on the guitar that’s influenced several guitar legends (Eddie…

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A Coming Renaissance?

Over the last 10 years or more, many-a-music fan has been wondering about the future of rock music. Up to the late aughts, rock still held a dominant position in the mainstream with several post-grunge, pop-punk and neo-garage acts maintaining its commercial footprint even as hip-hop gained rapid momentum. Come the early ‘10s, it was…

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The Dead Daisies- Holy Ground Review

Much like the Japanese-American Tak Matsumoto Group in the 2000’s, The Dead Daisies have featured some of the greatest talent in American, British and Australian rock in its ranks over the last 8 years. Founded by David Lowy, a guitarist with a long history in Australia’s corporate world who also happens to fly planes (both…

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Front Line Assembly- Mechanical Soul Review

A lot of different stuff comes out of Vancouver- from the radio-ready pop rock of Hedley to the manic experimental metal of Devin Townsend and Strapping Young Lad and industrial acts like Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly. The latter of those two has been around for 35 years now and shows no signs of…

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Voodoo Circle- Locked & Loaded Review

The Blues-soaked strain of hard rock/AOR/hair metal still lives on after grunge and alternative rock eclipsed it commercially 30 years ago. Look no further than Germany’s Voodoo Circle on their latest album Locked & Loaded for proof of this- the combination of Alex Beyrodt’s true-to-tradition musical vision on the guitar, David Readman’s Coverdalian vocals and…

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Frozen Soul- Crypt Of Ice Review

2020, despite the suspension on touring proved not to be the musical drought some imagined it might be when the world went into lockdown. Coming into 2021, artists, executives and fans alike remain cautiously optimistic that things will begin to improve and the industry can totally return to business as usual. In the meantime, the…

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