Posts Tagged ‘Hard rock’

Metallica even released an album in 2016!

So the ball may have dropped long ago on 2016, which many deemed a dreadful year for entertainment due to many high-profile celebrity deaths. While our genre has lost some legends in recent years, hard rock and metal continue to thrive. I see bands rising and carrying the torch. We have the “world’s loudest month” in the U.S. for rock festivals. Metal is the most streamed genre on Spotify. Newer bands of all types of rock and metal subgenres continue to open eyes and ears not just here, but as always, worldwide. As usual, my list came down to the albums that not only initially knocked me on my ass, but also had me coming back time and time again. It mostly comprises reliable favorites, but there are a couple new surprise entries, as well.

First, we’ll start with a few honorable mentions: (more…)


Michael Poulsen of Volbeat

Volbeat has premiered a new Rocky-themed music video for its track “Seal The Deal.” The track comes off the band’s latest record, Seal the Deal and Let’s Boogie, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. Watch it inside now! (more…)

The Pretty Reckless premiered a new music video for their scorching single “Take Me Down,” which recently landed #1 on the Rock Radio charts, marking the band’s fourth consecutive #1 single. Fans can see the video inside!  “Take Me Down” is the first single from The Pretty Reckless’ highly anticipated third studio album Who You Selling For, due out October 21, 2016 on Razor & Tie.

Grammy® Award-winning Seattle group Soundgarden launched a musical transformation that inspired a generation while permanently redefining alternative and hard rock music. Coming on the heels of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of their chart-topping, five-times-platinum 1994 album, Superunknown, and a three-CD rarities collection, Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, Soundgarden will re-release a standard single LP vinyl of their second full-length studio album, 1989’s Louder Than Love as well as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl 20th anniversary reissue of their seminal 1996 album, Down on the Upside, both with download cards to include 320kbps MP4 AACs, to be released by UMe on August 26. (more…)

Leave Your Mark,
the current release from L.A’s Stars In Stereo serves as the attention grabbing followup to their 2013 self titled debut. In anticipation of upcoming tour dates, the band has released the NSFW uncensored version of the music video for their title track. Deemed too graphic for Vevo and even Suicide Girls, the NSFW version of “Leave Your Mark” is now online. Watch it here. (more…)

inthismoment-blackwidowReview by Jeff Maki
Black Widow, the new release by the Maria Brink-led band In This Moment has nothing to do with Iggy Azalea. However, the band seems to have its sights set on the same level of maximum pop stardom. (more…)

Directed by Roboshobo, Alice In Chains new music video for “Phantom Limb” recently premiered on BitTorrent Bundle. Watch the video and unlock exclusive content, including access to an exclusive Alice In Chains Halloween tee, only available through BitTorrent Bundle. The track comes from the band’s 2013 album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Watch the video inside! (more…)


Ryan Hayes of Righteous Vendetta performs on the Ernie Ball Stage at Rock on the Range 2014, Columbus, Ohio

Maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to a band we interviewed earlier in the year, Righteous Vendetta. At the time, they were a little-known Christian metalcore-style band that I saw open the Ernie Ball stage (view live photos) at the 2014 Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio (May 16 to 18). Though they were a memorable live act and tight musically, this just wasn’t the kind of band I thought would start to blow up so quickly. Plus, they are a Christian band, often a death sentence for a band in the metal world. But since my introduction, Righteous Vendetta has started to make a name for itself, having toured with Trapt and currently out supporting Eyes Set to Kill and Nonpoint. After that tour, they’ll join Thousand Foot Krutch, We as Human and Like a Storm starting Oct. 12 through Nov. 9. They also just released an EP called Defiance (featuring “Take Over”) and have a hit radio single on Octane in”This Pain.”

So with all that said, let’s unveil this interview we did with vocalist Ryan Hayes earlier in the year. We better do it now before Righteous Vendetta blows up anymore and no one believes we met them first. In the interview, we talk about the bad rap given to “Christian” rock and how they plan to change it. (more…)


Review by Jeff Maki
As I write this, Siren Charms’ official release date is still a few days away, but going off of early fan reactions and online reviews, you would think In Flames was releasing Load or St. Anger. (The album was made available for streaming prior to release.) While Siren Charms may not be In Flames’ best, the Swedish legends have a lot to offer on their 11th studio album. Most of the criticism I’ve seen has been way off base. Did anyone even listen to the album?  (more…)

The Pretty Reckless has premiered its new music video for the song “Messed Up World (Fucked Up World).” The provocative video was directed by Jon J and Taylor Momsen, who also directed The Pretty Reckless’ last video for “Heaven Knows” that now has over seven million views on YouTube.  Watch the video and view tour dates inside: (more…)

We almost missed this one! Foxy Shazam have released its fifth album GONZO, available now for free on bandcamp! This is the band’s first independent release since 2005, self-produced and recorded with famed engineer Steve Albini. GONZO is available for free stream and download at this location. Read inside for more album info. (more…)

edguy-space-policeReview by Jeff Maki
Just seeing or hearing the name Edguy makes me smile. The band is kind of like a guilty pleasure, a breath of fresh air among all the extreme metal that rattles my head on a daily basis.  A band that always has played by its own rules, whether it’s the European power metal of the band’s early years or just hard rockin’ heavy metal. And Edguy’s 10th studio album, Space Police: Defenders of the Crown, has it all. (more…)