ALBUM REVIEWS

SKILLET Unleashed

skillet unleashed album review

Without a doubt, Skillet is back and stronger than ever.  “Unleashed” is easily their best album since “Comatose”.  This album is the most cohesive piece of work John Cooper and company have put together.  Their last effort “Rise” was FANTASTIC, in its own right.  They took a stab at making a concept album with Rise [...]


LITA FORD Memoir

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A riveting read from beginning to end, Living Like A Runaway is the mind blowing new memoir from Lita Ford, the reigning queen of heavy metal.  Lita takes us on a roller coaster ride from her first days in the Runaways teaching Joan Jett how to play barre chords, through the rise and fall of [...]


MISS MAY I

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Miss May I is set to rock the Cain’s Ballroom on November 30th!  The band is touring with Parkway Drive and promoting their new album “Deathless” which is available now in stores and on iTunes.  Tickets available here. www.missmayimusic.com www.facebook.com/MissMayIMusic www.missmayi.merchnow.com


SAINT ASONIA

saint asonia album review

ADAM IS HEAVIER AND MORE AGRESSIVE THAN EVER! Adam Gontier is back people!!  Heavier and more aggressive than ever!  Saint Asonia is his new band and man do these guys kill it with their self titled album!  Coming out of the gate with the lead single “Better Place”, I knew I would love this band.  [...]


HINDER When The Smoke Clears

hinder new album review when the smoke clears

“ONE OF THEIR BEST ALBUMS TO DATE!” Hinder has gone through a lot these last few years.  Losing your lead singer/front man is never easy and can be the scariest process.  The band went through a few guest singers before settling on their official new lead singer Marshall Dutton.  Nolan Neal was thought to be [...]


RED Of Beauty And Rage

red of beauty and rage review

OF BEAUTY AND RAGE Red, is one of the best bands out there right now, hands down.  Their sound is very unique, from the huge notes and screams from lead singer Michael Barnes to the crunch of the guitars and signature string sections, this band has created such an amazing wall of sound.  I feel [...]


SLIPKNOT .5: The Gray Chapter

Slipknot 5 gray chapter album review

“THE KNOT ARE BACK AND THEY MEAN BUSINESS! THEIR BEST ALBUM TO DATE!” Slipknot have been through a lot of changes, tragedy and turmoil in the past few years.  A lot of people, including myself, did not know if we would ever hear another Slipknot album.  They lost their bass player and brother Paul Gray [...]


SIXX A.M. Modern Vintage

sixx am modern vintage review

“GREAT ALBUM BY ONE OF THE BEST BANDS OF THIS GENERATION!” I have always hated waiting on albums from bands I am a huge fan of.  Most bands take 1 ½ – 2 years to put out another record but then there are some who wait long periods of time, like Sixx AM.  These guys [...]


NEW MEDICINE Breaking The Model

new medicine breaking the model album review

So, Dave from Midwest Music Scene asked me if I wanted to do the review of the Minneapolis, Minnesota band New Medicine’s second album, Breaking the Model.  I am sorry to say that I had never heard of New Medicine.  I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable about all genres of music (although I will [...]


THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH Oxygen Inhale

thousand foot krutch oxygen inhale review

A WORTHY ADDITION TO TFK’S ALREADY IMPRESSIVE DISCOGRAPHY! Canadian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch release their ninth album entitled Oxygen: Inhale on August 26th.  Being a fan of TFK for several years now, and knowing this album was going to be co – produced by vocalist Trevor McNevan and longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Sprinkle has also [...]


DEATH PUNCH’D

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SEX, DRUGS & ROCK ‘N ROLL, THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to journey down memory lane with one of your favorite rock stars?  If your answer is yes then I would HIGHLY recommend picking up Death Punch’d by Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer.  I have spent [...]


GODSMACK 1000HP

godsmack 1000hp album review

I was VERY excited when I heard Godsmack was back with a new single and an album coming soon.  I have loved all of their past albums dearly.  They have always written some very big songs, not just big in popularity but in scope.  From songs like “I Stand Alone”, “Faceless”, “Cryin Like a Bitch” [...]


ANBERLIN Lowborn

anberlin lowborn review

by Zene Smith Florida based band Anberlin’s latest album titled Lowborn is somewhat of a bittersweet journey in that it is the last one we will get to take with them and yet somehow, reassures us that it may be a deserving ending in this discography.  One thing I’ve found very interesting is that this [...]


STARSET Transmissions

starset album review

In this age of disinformation, misinformation, and just plain lies, it is hard to know how to interpret “The Message” to which the cinema-rock group Starset makes reference.  Their July 8, 2014 release “Transmissions” is itself a combination of songs that could easily fit into the soundtrack of any modern day sci-fi film and arena-ready [...]


THEORY OF A DEADMAN Savages

theory of a deadman album review

From the opening notes of “Drown” to the closing ring of “The Sun Has Set On Me”, every track on Theory Of A Deadman’s new album Savages breathes new life to their expanding catalog of fun, energetic songs, as well as powerful ballads meant to tug at our heart strings.  Opening the album is lead [...]


SEETHER – Isolate and Medicate

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Seether’s new album “Isolate and Medicate” is a great listen and a journey.  The album takes us from the depths to the heights and back down again.  I’m glad I got this assignment  because I thought Seether was a pretty decent band with which to make my music critic debut.  But better than that, I [...]


NOTHING MORE

nothing more album review

Nothing More is a hard rock band from Texas looking to prove that there is still hope for rock music and they do JUST THAT with their new self titled release.  Kicking things off is the very ambient “Ocean Floor” with some cool electronics and vocals leading into the killer riff that begins the amazing [...]


LINKIN PARK – THE HUNTING PARTY

linkin park hunting party album review

  Huge distorted screams from Chester Bennington start out what is to become Linkin Park’s best album to date, The Hunting Party.  They promised us a heavy album and boy did they deliver.  Linkin Park have been exploring other sides of their musical tastes with the last couple of albums.  “A Thousand Suns” was very [...]


HELLYEAH Blood For Blood

hellyeah blood for blood review

BLOOD FOR BLOOD So HELLYEAH has been one of my very favorite bands.  From “You Wouldn’t Know” to “Nausea” this band had it all.  They had the metal world in the palm of their hands.  However, somewhere along the way I feel like they lost themselves.  Well people, crank up your stereo and get ready to [...]


BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Catacombs of the Black Vatican

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There are seriously no other bands quite like Black Label Society.  But what else would you expect from a band that features a guitar god like Zakk Wylde?  Their new album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” follows the hotly successful “Order Of The Black” which was my personal favorite until I heard the new one.  This album [...]


THROWDOWN – Intolerance

throwdown intolerance album review

Throwdown is back!  Returning with their first album in four years, “Intolerance” is a mosh pit masterpiece!  With the albums “Deathless” and “Vendetta” proving Throwdown to be a huge force in the metal scene, “Intolerance”  expands on the band’s signature sound of mixing thrash guitar riffs with chugging rhythym lines and thought provoking lyrics.  First [...]


ALTER BRIDGE – Fortress

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This band KILLS it with EVERY release.  They have only gotten better with each album and their newest release “Fortress” continues this same pattern in such a HUGE way from Myles’ vocals to Tremonti’s amazing guitar work, this album has it all.  They kick it off with “Cry Of Achilles” which starts out with a beautiful acoustic intro before [...]


JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS – Unvarnished

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“ANOTHER COLLECTION OF BALLS OUT, ROCK ‘N ROLL TUNES”! They’re back!  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are returning with their 11th studio album titled “Unvarnished” on September 30th.  Everything we have come to know and love about the band is here – heavy guitars, the signature Blackheart drumbeat, catchy melodies and the unmistakable raspy vocals [...]


GEMINI SYNDROME – Lux

Gemini Syndrome album review

I have been following this band for about a year and a half now ever since Roxy from Hard Drive mentioned them in her daily news column.  The first song I heard was “Basement” and I thought it was killer and that was just from an EP that wasn’t very good quality!  I have been [...]