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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) ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 – ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Threshold releases 10-minute epic video from their upcoming album conceptual “Legend of the Shires”

Threshold have released a video for their epic 10-minute track “Lost In Translation”. The song features on the band’s upcoming album Legends Of The Shires which is set to arrive on September 8 via Nuclear Blast.  The video can be ...

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Album Review: Insatia – “Phoenix Aflame”

INSATIA is a female-fronted American/Canadian symphonic power-metal band founded in 2009. The band has released a self-produced debut album “Asylum Denied” in 2013 and has since then opened for multiple international acts, including Sonata Arctica and Dark Tranquility. Their sophomore ...

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Periphery @ The Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale

This past Tuesday, April 18th, The Sonic Unrest Tour Part II featuring Periphery, The Contortionist, Norma Jean and Infinity Shred stopped through Fort Lauderdale, and I decided to attend the show. The event was located at The Culture Room (likely the ...

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