Rock and Heavy Metal

“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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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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Poison the Parish Tour featuring Seether, Letters from the Fire, and Big Story

Seether Letters from the Fire Big Story   Howdy-ho from the pit! We’re back again, this time to recount the Poison the Parish tour featuring Seether, Letters from the Fire, and Big Story. The Uptown Theater hosted this grouping of hard rock acts on Tuesday, August 8th Every day when I drive home, I pass the Uptown Theater. Usually when ...

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Gods of Metal Slay Kansas City

  Slayer https://www.slayer.net/   Lamb of God http://www.lamb-of-god.com/ Behemoth http://behemoth.pl/ The unholy trinity of Lamb of God, Behemoth, and Slayer landed on Kansas City last Tuesday. The three acts defiled the city airwaves with a show heavy on nostalgia, but in the best way possible. All three bands are legends among the metal community, and rightfully so, as they continue ...

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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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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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May Metal Mayhem at the Midland – Opeth, Gojira, and Devin Townsend Project

  Another weekend and another loud rock show to report. This time, it was the likes of Devin Townsend Project, Gojira, and Opeth, who brought more metal than a scrapyard to the Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland in Kansas City. First to the stage was Devin Townsend Project. This project is the brain-child of Devin Townsend of Strapping Young ...

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Sabaton Takes NYC by Storm

Sweden’s power metal band Sabaton has developed  a reputation over the last couple of years that only a few bands can laid claim. Which is to steal the thunder from its headliners. But now they are headliners! Many of the Sabatonian’s in North America have been waiting for this to happen. Sabaton are currently on the road in support of ...

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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 busiest venue in town), and filled the place to capacity. Being a weekday I arrived late, when The Contortionist were almost ...

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I’m a Realist and an Optimist – rocking out to State Champs

After a little bit of a drive from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL I found myself at Concord Music Hall. Concord itself seems to have been around forever, but it has only come to be in the last 5 years. However, in the last 3 years they have had many well-known bands – Tonight’s? STATE CHAMPS. State Champs is on ...

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