Author Archives: Joel Barrios

Miami enjoyed the silence of Depeche Mode timeless pop anthems

The singular genius of Depeche Mode’s music might be the way their songs inspire a gut-wrenching personal response. As a band, they proved beyond any doubt that music derided as simple synth pop is able to have the same impact as classical music or more sophisticated rock. Still packing arenas after a career spanning 37 years, they embarked on a ...

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“For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records” new book released today

Today (August 29th), Metal Blade Records and BMG have released For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records (which has already become the #1 selling metal book on Amazon!) – written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, and featuring a foreword by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. Celebrating the storied label’s 35th anniversary, For the ...

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KANSAS announces live concert album “LEFTOVERTURE LIVE & BEYOND” to be released on 11.03.17

KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will release their new live album Leftoverture Live & Beyond on November 3, 2017. This is the first live album since 2009 for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and is famous for classic hits such as Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind, to progressive epics ...

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Mike Portnoy’s new supergroup “Sons of Apollo” debuts the album first single “Signs of a Time”

Last week saw the announcement of SONS OF APOLLO, the highly anticipated new band featuring former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force). Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, is due for release on October ...

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Act of Defiance to release new full-length album, ‘Old Scars, New Wounds’, on September 29th

With their 2015 debut Birth And The Burial, Act Of Defiance delivered a blast of pure and unadulterated metal that ignored fads and hit home hard. This year, the band returns with their sinister new album, the crushing Old Scars, New Wounds, hitting retailers on September 29th via Metal Blade Records and they have only upped the stakes. “Act Of Defiance is built around ...

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Def Leppard’s landmark pop-rock album “Hysteria” turns 30 years old!

The anniversaries of historical albums keep pouring in, and I can’t help but feeling how old I am getting. This time around is the turn for a monolithic pop-metal record that defined the latter part of the Eighties: Def Leppard’s “Hysteria”. The fourth studio album by the Sheffield fivesome was released a day like today after a four-year gap since ...

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New supergroup Sons Of Apollo announces debut album

A new project, which could be dubbed a “supergroup” named Sons Of Apollo have just revealed that they’ll release their debut album later this year. The new band sees former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian reunited – and they’re joined in the lineup by Mr Big and The Winery Dogs bassist Billy Sheehan, ex Journey frontman Jeff ...

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Dragonforce unleashes a bombastic set of metal anthems under the Fort Lauderdale skies

If you know about UK power metal heroes Dragonforce, you are aware what they are known for: blistering fast guitars, catchy choruses, and soaring vocals. Their ludicrous fretboard acrobatics were a particular trademark at the height of their popularity, and even when the guitar instrumentation on their last couple of albums has been a bit more restrained, they are always ...

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Remembering the great Roye Albrighton on the first anniversary of his passing

One year ago I wrote this homage article, after the passing of the legendary NEKTAR guitarist and frontman Roye Albrighton. It saddens my heart to see that only 365 days later and most of the news world have forgotten about him, with almost no online publication remembering the first anniversary of his death. For those of you who grew up enjoying NEKTAR’s ...

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Ronnie James Dio’s hologram announces World Tour

After debuting at last year’s Wacken festival in Germany, a hologram of late heavy-metal singer Ronnie James Dio will set out on a world tour, backed by musicians who played with him, this fall. The trek, dubbed “Dio Returns”, will kick off with a European leg of performances in theaters on November 30th in Helsinki before hitting South America, Australia and Asia. The tour ...

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