Album Reviews

11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory: The Perfect Record

  The Dropkick Murphys have delivered sturdy, shout-along anthems for more than 20 years. While at the same time they never strayed too far from a mix of their Irish and punk heritages. The Murphys returned  with their ninth studio effort, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory. The album was their first to be recorded outside of Massachusetts, with the band relocating ...

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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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INSATIA Releases Sophomore Album: 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 effort entitled “Phoenix Aflame” sees the light of day this month and shows an evident progress in comparison with the ...

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Evan Roth – The Way It Was EP

Evan Roth is a musician hailing from Los Angeles. Active since 2012, Roth has been mainly focused on composing music for television and film, as well as remixing songs from popular artists such as Lana Del Rey and the Killers. His past work includes scoring music for a Gold Peak Tea commercial and composing music for Billy Blanks, of TAEBO ...

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September Mourning Volume I – EP Review

In May of this year, first brought coverage of an alternative/hard rock band to our audience. A cross-media band, whose story is so large and sweeping, it could not be contained to just a rock show. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, September Mourning raised over $20,000, more than double the amount they were seeking, to help produce a comic book which ...

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EUROPE “War of Kings” Review

War of Kings is the 10th studio album from 80’s hair metal icons, Europe. Reaching a new generation from their appearance in an insurance commercial, Europe is poised to to get a boost in sales from their appearance. Though their new record might lack the bombastic synthesizers they’re known for on their previous albums, War of Kings sounds like a ...

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Jake and the Jellyfish – Certainly Not “Dead Weight”

It was 5 o’clock in the afternoon on a Monday. Still famished from a weekend of drinking, I was on my way to get some cheese burgers when I got an e-mail about a new LP. The e-mail was titled ‘UK Punk/Folk/Reggae Jake and the Jellyfish Release ‘Dead Weight’ LP”. I rolled down the windows, turned the Bluetooth on, turned up the volume, ...

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“Siren’s Over Sumeria” Self-titled Album Review

Put your headphones on, grab a controller, put Sirens Over Sumeria’s new album on repeat, and blast some virtual zombies. Since 2012, Sirens Over Sumeria have been working hard on their take of progressive metalcore. In 2014, the band hit Moosehead Studios with Joe Din to record their self-titled album before connecting with Andrew DeSanctis at Enslaved Sound Productions to mix and master ...

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Seek Irony “Tech N’ Roll” Review

Seek Irony arose out of the burgeoning music scene of Tel Aviv, Israel. The founders of the band, brothers Kfir, and Rom Gov felt that it was time to take things to a whole new level, and move the band to the United States. The band had picked Austin, “The Live Music Capital of the World,” to be their new ...

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