After a successful 30th year with “Motherland”, Pretty Maids have returned with a new compilation album titled “Louder than Ever”. The album consists of four new tracks and eight re-recorded hits from previous albums. The new songs—“Deranged”, “My Soul To Take”, “Nuclear Boomerang”, and “A Heart Without A Home”—shows that a passionate fire still burns to create new music and they still have the talent to do so. “Deranged” has melodic thrashy riffs combined with dark lyrics that instantly initiates head banging and wildly throwing your horns up. “My Soul To Take” and “A Heart Without a Home” are reminiscent of an 80’s power ballad that received major radio airplay. “Nuclear Boomerang” showcases the band’s perfect synchronization. Ronnie Atkins displays growling vocals while keyboardist Morten Sandager incorporates his melodic synthesizers in the intro of the song. Guitarist Kenny Hammer and the rhythmic section provided by bassist Rene Shades and drummer Allan Tchicaja complete the song and give it a sturdy unrelenting backbone. Re-recorded tracks like “He Who Never lived” and “Virtual Brutality” have a heavy yet modern sound that give each song a remarkable edge to it. “Tortured Spirit” describes someone struggling and waging war with their inner demons. The new and re-recorded tracks on this album are more than enough for any Pretty Maids fan, new or old, to head bang to.


The Pretty Maids

By: Matthew Caiazzo

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Celebrating thirty years of being a band, Disneyland After Dark, a.k.a. D.A.D., return with an exhilarating greatest hits album. The album consists of thirty tracks which is only natural considering the circumstances. Songs like “Marlboro Man” and “Call of the Wild’’ are straight forward hard rock. “Marlboro Man” combines a heavy country sound with punk rock thanks to vocalist Jesper Binzer. “Isn’t That Wild” is a song any punk could get in to, despite the bands dominant hard rock vibes. The amusing lyrics in “It’s After Dark” make this mid-tempo song come alive—hearing “Disneyland is closed now” makes anyone want to wreak havoc on the abandoned paradise. The heavy blues tune “I Won’t Cut My Hair” brings out everyone’s rebellious side, especially for the rock ‘n’ rollers who really don’t want to cut their hair. The Billy Idol-esque track “Girl Nation” will have you on your feet dancing with yourself shamelessly. Plenty of songs, like “I Want What She’s Got”, have catchy choruses. This song in particular has alternative instrumental aspects, giving it a heavier feel. “Evil Twin” has raunchy guitars and vocals and a deep bass line that makes you jump out of your seat. “A New Age Moving In” showcases an out with the old and in with new attitude. This enticing compilation will not leave fans disappointed, old or new.

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By: Matthew Caiazzo

“Stranger we become through the blurred lens of violence. Visions drained of color and sound, sometimes I don’t recognize the monster looking back at me. And in the mirrors of my own sanity I try and gracefully look away as often as I can. An outsider in my own skin, a deteriorating sense of hope and all of the music I have ever heard eased from my memory forever, lost. I find myself wandering the halls of regret not knowing what door to open or what stair case to fall down”. These dark enthralling lines of the intro poem to William Control’s newest album Neuromance draw you into the musical masterpiece. His words paint images in your mind that blend perfectly with the music, making his words come alive. Lyrically this album is everything you want—romantic, vulgar, sexy, passionate, personal, and of course it has the iconic William Control brand of strange. The album is also musically brilliant because it fits so well with the lyrics, causing your mind to travel into other dimensions, each having their own story and feelings. The first song of the album, “Adore”, gets you up and dancing with its groovy bass line. It has the classic William Control romantic sound and lyrics with a poetic 16th century feel. “Revelator” and “Price We Pay” are lyrically darker while keeping the dance groove going. It’s difficult to pick out the album’s best song but “God Is Dead” stands out. The chorus combines with the music making it impossible to get out of your head or forget and with lyrics like, “Lovers and sinner, suffering hate, imagine a world without me,” why would you want to? His blunt words set him apart from everyone else. “The Filth and the Fetish” is a profound, perverted, sexual, vile masterpiece that turns you on the second it starts and keeps it going until the very end. “Illuminator”, featuring Andy Biersack, has a trippy sound, taking a different turn from the previous songs. “Passengers” and “The Blade” cool you down but won’t disappoint. They are both beautiful songs with a slower sound, allowing them to stand out. The last two songs “Love Is a Shadow” and “Where the Angels Burn” are classic Control songs that get your loins burning hot again. The final track ends with another beautiful poem just as powerful as the intro poem, leaving you thinking about the mysteries of life, love, and death. Neuromance is a mind blowing experience from beginning to end and takes darkwave and synthpop to another level.


William Control

By: Rita Fabozzi

State of Panic’s new album “No World Order” rocks you from top to bottom. The album is filled to the brim with riffs and choruses that will envelope your brain. The intro, “No Master Above”, riles listeners up, pumping adrenaline directly into the veins. Following this empowering intro is “One of Us”, a new anthem for us misfits wandering the world. It will have you pumping your horns in the air and head banging the moment it starts. And its catchy chorus will be stuck in your head for days to come. The album’s single, “Gun to my Head”, has the perfect balance between heavy riffs and catchy keyboards. “Digital Enemy” brings intense growly vocals into the mix and they only enhance the song, allowing listeners to feel the anger and frustration. “Scream” encourages you to do just that—scream. Scream and let everything out. “Battle Cry” has an alluring keyboard intro that coalesces with the guitar and bass riffs throughout the song, combined with the drums, vocals, and lyrics it is an album highlight. “Aviator” slows things down a bit, a heavy ballad of sorts, and lyrically it is poetic brilliance. “Rise” brings the album to a strong close. It is another anthem to head bang and sing along to and with the simple chorus you won’t be able to help it. The second “No World Order” ends it is much too easy to start it all over again.




State Of Panic

By: Laura Swartz

Scream Arena’s self-titled album blends rock ‘n’ roll and industrial metal producing an impressive record. “Born ready” and “Forever” are energetic songs with catchy Guitar Hero reminiscent riffs provided by guitarists Dave Riley and James Cooper. Bassist Nick Daniel and drummer Stix are in perfect synchronization on “The Price of Love” and the growling vocals Andy Paul supplies coalesce with the rhythm section. “Racing to the End of Night” and “House of Pain” incorporate an industrial twist to the album. “Another Night in London Town” pays homage to the classic 70’s British rock bands with its poppy vibe. “Goodnight L.A.” is a rocking song that pays respect to the 80’s hair metal scene that once dominated the west coast. “Somewhere” is the perfect cruising song, making you want to roll all the car windows or top down and let your hair fly in the wind. “Queen of Dreams” sounds like a love song with retro vibes. “Screaming Arena” has a lot of catchy tunes and there isn’t anything to be disappointed with along those lines. However, the sound quality on the album isn’t up to par and it takes away from the enthralling experience this album could really give. 


Scream Arena

By: Matthew Caiazzo

Electric Black Horse is an energetic band that fans of the 70’s hard rock will thoroughly enjoy. They have a heavy sound that emulates 70’s KISS. Electric Black Horse consists of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Michael Pate, lead guitarist Merx, bassist JT Hardy and drummer Shane Considine. “Cheap Party Favors”, the band’s true debut album, bursts at the seams with rocking tunes. Track one, “Stone Foxx’’, is straight forward hard rock with catchy lyrics and a slick chorus. “Champagne on Ice” kicks off with a short drum solo backed by solid guitars, providing a fantastic start to the song. “Boys and Girls” is a party anthem that incorporates a lot of blues elements. “Birthday Bitch” is a mid tempo song with a humorous pop rock feel. “Cheap Party Favors”, “Uptown Saturday Night”, and “Koke Rock” are old fashioned bluesy rock songs that keeps the 70’s hard rock feeling breathing. Electric Black Horse released an excellent debut album that any 70’s hard rock fan can over indulge in without feeling an ounce of guilt.


Electric Black Horse

By: Matthew Caiazzo

German power metal band Brainstorm returns with a new record entitled “Firesoul’’. Fans who have enjoyed their earlier records such as “Soul Temptation” and “Liquid Monster” will definitely be enthralled with this new body of work. ”Erased by the Dark” combines screeching vocals with a melodic thrash metal riff that honors a younger version of Megadeth. The title track “Firesoul’’ paints the image of an impending doom with vocals that give the song a metal opera feel. “Entering Solitude” displays an Iron Maiden influence with Bruce Dickenson inspired vocals. The focus of “Recall the Real” is being numb to pain that some wish they could overcome. “Shadowseeker” is a dark power metal song possessing melodic attributes, making the hair on your arms rise. Although Brainstorm’s new album has a lot of songs that stick out, some songs border on the generic side—“Feed Me Lies” and “What Grows Inside” are prime examples. Despite this, the album continues to deliver with songs like “The Chosen” and “And I Wonder”. “Firesoul” is an album with very few setbacks and fans will certainly walk away satisfied.



By: Matthew Caiazzo

I have to confess that I’m not very impressed by female fronted bands because to me they lack a lot of balls but to be perfectly honest Tania Ce has caught my attention because in the latest Moscu Babies video clip “Darios Del Caos” you can see her diving into the depths of her soul trying to find the eminent light that would bring her to the top and so far it looks like she has the right idea by surrounding herself with some of the most influential musicians in Madrid. Star Mafia Boy who produced and played on the album, Juan Olmos who mixed and mastered the album and the legendary Guitar Mafia drummer Apachete who kicks ass on drums, not to mention all of the other musicians who put their mark on this CD. As a young female caught up in the Rock’n’Roll world Tania Ce is full of youthful piss and vinegar that’s fueled by burning desire as you can clearly hear on this album. My favorite songs are “No Estoy Bien”,“Darios Del Caos”, “Triste y Gris”, “Tada” and of course one of Guitar Mafia’s hits “Kate Moss” which Tania does a pretty good rendition of. Over all I’m impressed by Moscu Babies and I admit that the songs do become addictive the more you listen to them. I only have one complaint which is coming from a place of love. In my opinion Tania has all the right elements to front a band and she can certainly sing but I feel that with a little bit more aggression and vocal wrath she could hold this Rock’n’Roll thing in the palm of her hand.


“Darios Del Caos”By: Agnieszka Wilde

“Kamikaze Diablo “ is the fiery fifth solo album from the Rock’n’Roll king of Madrid and very few bands these days can replicate the true roots of rock with such passion and originality as Star Mafia Boy does with complete ease.I can never choose favorites when it comes to this artist because each song has the ability to pierce my already weaken Rock’n’Roll soul in its very own special way. From the guitar riffs to the lyrical melodies there’s no escaping this album as it’s everything I love and everything I grew up with, however there are several songs that completely stand out. “Corazon Roto”,” No Dejes de Bailar”,” Ya No Hay Dolor” and “Glam Boy” are the songs that I sing on daily basis and mind you my Spanish is quite rusty. Star Mafia Boy has a huge potential to become a global artist because his drive, passion and talent are undeniable and all he needs is for people like you to open up your minds to the simple pleasure that is “Kamikaze Diablo”.


“Kamikaze Diablo”

By: Agnieszka Wilde

Cleveland’s own industrial rockers Mushroomhead have released another album titled “The Righteous and the Butterfly” the new album has perhaps a strange title but there’s lots of meaning behind it. It’s dedicated to Skinny’s wife and also J.J. Righteous the original guitarist who both passed away.This CD is packed with feet stomping, head banging songs; from the anthem-like “For your pleasure” to songs such as “ Devils be Damned”, “Qwerty” or “Graveyard Du Jour” The band displays rich musicianship with at times heavy keyboards and heart pounding drums. I’m not a fan of industrial rock therefore I’m not a fan of the distorted crazy-like vocals but I do appreciate the musical talent that holds this band together. Given the number of their YouTube hits even before the album’s release on May13th looks like they have plenty of crazed fans who impatiently await its arrival.


“The Righteous and the Butterfly”

By: Agnieszka Wilde

Southern German rockers Kissin’ Dynamite return with their fourth album since their incarnation. These guys bring glam metal back with a modern sound and continue their killer streak with another great album. The band itself has grown since their 2008 debut and the opening track “DNA” clearly shows their cultivation. Vocalist Hannes shows a new intensity in his vocals which coalesce with the astounding musicianship from guitarists Ande and Jim, bassist Steffen, and drummer Andi. “Manic Ball” draws you in with its symphonic beginning and finishes with the kind of raunchy guitars only Kissin’ Dynamtie can throw at you. “VIP in Hell” is filled with destruction, urging people to get a mosh pit going. The pace of the album changes with “Fireflies” which provides a dose of heavy acoustic and electric guitars. “Deadly” sums up that regretful relationship with someone that only ever brought and let you down. “God in You”, “Running Free”, and “Legion of the Legendary” are powerful songs that sound like a cross between grunge and industrial rock, fitting quite well with the rest of the album. “The Final Dance” and “Ticket to Paradise” end the album on a high note, leaving you satiated yet somehow still craving more modern glam. 







By: Matthew Caiazzo 

Crash Midnight means business with their new album “Lost in the City” and a simple glance at the cover shows it. “Lost in the City” is straightforward, in your face hard rock that provides a modern twist of 70s and 80s rock ‘n’ roll. You can feel the energy jumping out of this band with every song. “151” is the perfect opening track, every energizing riff invades your ears in the most pleasing way possible. This is all thanks to bassist Bo, guitarist Alex Donaldson, drummer Andrew Merkle, and the man with the illustrious voice Shaun Soho. “Made for the Money” has a bluesy hard rock feel that paints a mental image of a girl working over-time, truly made for the money—a nice story from the band.  Donaldson’s solos on “Welcome to Boston” and “Outta Control” are intense brilliant pieces of work that sync well with the songs. Not only that, but the two tracks bring about a classic Guns N’ Roses vibe. “You’re the Only One” sounds like it could be a love song but is not, which is great for fans who want more energetic music from this band. Bo and Merkle give “Diamond Boulevard” a pounding intro and Soho continues to enrich your ears with his raunchy melodic vocals. “Take It” and “Goin’ Down The Drain” continue to deliver with what could be a long line of signature songs for the band. “Somewhere Yesterday” is an acoustic change of pace for “Lost in the City” that reminds listeners of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”.  After listening to “Lost in the City” some listeners just might have found their new favorite band and it’s safe to say the enjoyment Crash Midnight has provided will be shared time and time again.  






“Lost In The City”

By: Matthew Caiazzo 

Davey Suicide marks his return with his sophomore album “World Wide Suicide”. The album is dark like its predecessor and continues to deliver with catchy lyrics and a heavy level of intensity musically. In addition to Davey Suicide, his band consists of keyboardist Needlz, drummer Drayven Davidson, bassist Brent Ashley, and guitarist Mikey13. This line up provides the perfect formula for industrial rock times ten. “Your Honor the Asshole” is a brief intro that gives you a little insight as to what is to come from Mr. Suicide. The title track “World Wide Suicide” has growling nasty vocals that supports the merging sounds of hard rock, punk rock and industrial metal, a surprisingly great blend. Dark themes continue to spread throughout this album with songs like “Until We’re Dead” and “The Hole is Where the Heart Is”. “The Devil Inside” questions religious faith and the blasphemy it may truly possess. “Only Human”, “Underdosed”, and “Nothing is Sacred” are exemplary industrial tunes filled with distortion. If you add stinking between the filthy and rich fans will have a Warrant song on their hands with “Dirty Rotten Filthy Rich”. All jokes aside, these songs couldn’t be more differently musically and lyrically. The Suicide song brings up how people who never have to work a hard day in their life always have things coming to them. Davey Suicide hits the nail on the head and keeps venting his frustration with heavy melodic music that satisfies us music lovers. “Kamikaze Culture Shock” is a perfect closer to “World Wide Suicide” and leaves you wanting more. 







“World Wide Suicide”

By: Matthew Caiazzo 

If you’re a fan of shock rock then “Scare Force One”, the upcoming album from Finish band Lordi, is perfect for you. The opening track, “Arm Your Doors and Cross Check", is an instrumental track that sounds like something dark and evil Christmas carolers would sing. The title track starts off with eerie music that could easily be featured in a horror movie blending with pure heavy metal. “How to Slice a Whore” is an amusing title with growling death metally vocals provided by lead vocalist Mr. Lordi. “Hell Sent in the Clowns” sounds like something off an Alice Cooper album, whether it was intentional or not they did a great job on it. Keyboardist Hella shows her musicianship in “House of Ghosts” which gives a twist on the pop metal genre with its dark themed music. Songs like “Monster is My Name” and “Cadaver Lover" are two of the albums strongest tracks, truly fitting of the band. Guitarist Amen’s performance on “Amen's Lament to Ra II” and “Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein" show a superbly creative side to the band.  The acoustic performance adds a nice melodic touch to “Amen’s Lament to Ra II” while “Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein” continues with catchy yet rough guitar riffs. “The United Rocking Dead” brings the album cover to life, illustrating the union of rock ‘n’ roll fans in a rather unorthodox way. “She’s a Demon” exemplifies what it feels like to have your ripped out by the your one true love. “Scare Force One” is a great body of work that only enhances the Lordi discography.









“Scare Force One”

By: Matthew Caiazzo 

Mr. Big’s new album “…The Stories We Could Tell” is a perfect follow up to 2011’s “What If…”, which marked the bands return. “Gotta Love the Ride” is an edgy song that conveys Mr. Big’s message that they are here to rock and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. “I Forget to Breathe” has everything anybody could want in a song, especially with Eric Martin impressively belting it out as only he can. Mr. Big delivers with songs like “Fragile” and “The Man Who Has Everything” which show that the band not only has mind blowing riffs but songs that will stick with you and keep you singing along every time you hear them. Fans of Mr. Big know them for their mind-boggling and intense synchronization with each other, especially guitarist Paul Gilbert and bassist Billy Sheehan. This partnership that Gilbert and Sheehan create is vividly shown in “The Monster in Me” which will instantly remind fans of the classic “Addicted to That Rush” off their self-titled album. Their synchronization is also supported with drummer Pat Torpey, who gives Mr. Big its backbone, exemplified in “The Light of Day” and “It’s Always About That Girl”. “Satisfied” continues to showcase Sheehan’s amazing creativity on the bass. “What If We Were New?” entices fans with a blues oriented guitar lick Gilbert provides and continues with Martin sounding as good as he did back in the 80’s. “East/ West” and “Just Let Your Heart Decide” are acoustic/electric songs that consist of wonderful harmonies and choruses from the entire band. The final two tracks, “Cinderella Simile” and “The Stories We Could Tell”, could easily blend in with their self-titled or “Hey Man” albums. This new album is a perfect addition to the Mr. Big library.








“The Stories We Could Tell”

By: Matthew Caiazzo 

American hard rock band Rated X triumphs with the excellent body of music that make up their forthcoming debut album. The band consists of members previously from Rainbow, Deep Purple, and Blue Murder. Every member shines on this album and no single person steals the spotlight. The opening track “Get Back My Crown” showcases each members’ abilities, drawing attention as to why they were all a part of some of the most famous rock bands in history. “This Is Who I Am” starts with an electrifying guitar solo by Karl Cochran and slick bass line by Tony Franklin, continuing with raunchy vocals by Joe Lynn Turner and pounding drums by Carmine Appice. “Fire and Ice” fools you into believing it is a power ballad but turns into something far from it, delivering every element hard rock fans love. “Lhasa” and “You are the Music” are, however, powerful ballads, proving that these guys are still capable of writing a classic love song that fans will enjoy. “I Don’t Cry No More” and “Devil in Disguise” keep the album delivering and are reminiscent of Turner’s tenure with Rainbow and Appice’s and Franklin’s roles in Blue Murder. “Peace of Mind” speaks to the audience with its message that even in rough times there is always something good waiting on the horizon. To sum it up, Rated X brings back pure rock ‘n’ roll that will remind you of the good old days when these respected 70’s and 80’s bands were at their peak.


“Rated X”

By: Matthew Caiazzo 

Guitar virtuoso Slash returns with his third solo album giving fans exactly what they want and more. “World on Fire” is a strong follow up to his 2012 album “Apocalyptic Love”. Depending on fans’ tastes this can either be good or bad. Meaning some songs may come across as being similar to Slash’s previous works. For die hard Guns N’ Roses fans there will be tracks that are reminiscent of the good ol’ days when Gn’R were at their peak. However, some songs become somewhat repetitive—“Wicked Stone” and “Too Far Gone” are a couple of examples. Despite this, the title track, “World on Fire”, is absolutely amazing and will make the hair on your arms stand on edge. Myles Kennedy’s voice has developed more as he’s progressed with Slash. The background vocals provided by Todd Kerns really give the song an extra kick. Songs like “Shadow Life” and “Automatic Overdrive” really do a great job showing some diversity in Slash’s music compared to his earlier works. “30 Years to Life” sounds like the next big rock anthem and easily falls under the list of great Slash songs that fans will love. The acoustic intro to “Bent to Fly” will remind Gn’R fans of the intro to “Civil War” which, compared to other songs, does fans some justice. “Beneath the Savage Sun” starts off with a dark eerie sound that gives a powerful touch to the song. “Withered Delilah” displays a lot of Slash’s signature guitar licks providing a lot of entertainment with Kennedy’s Robert Plant like vocals. “Dirty Girl” is a catchy modern song that brings Slash into the 21st century. If you’re a fan of Slash’s classic soloing, like his memorable version of the God Father Theme, then “Safari Inn” is right up your alley. With the exception of some tracks, “World on Fire” is a solid body of work from the impeccable guitar slinger. 


“World On Fire”

By: Matthew Caiazzo 

“Live at the Whiskey” by Christian rockers Stryper is a live album that fans and hair metal enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy. The band opens up with “Legacy”, a perfect opener for any show or record. Vocalist Michael Sweet, lead guitarist Oz Fox, bassist Tim Gaines, and drummer Robert Sweet start off with a vengeance that automatically lets you know that these guys have one goal—to rock your face off. “Marching into Battle” is vocally reminiscent of the late and great Ronnie James Dio. Fox then tears it up with an epic guitar solo on the song “You Know What To Do”. Stryper wouldn’t be complete without its pounding rhythm section and Gaines and Sweet are perfect on tracks like “Loud N’ Clear” and “Reach Out”. “Calling on You” and “Free” not only have a great alignment of bass guitars and drums but they provide perfect backing vocals that give these songs an extra edge.  “More Than a Man" and “Jesus is Just Alright” not only display a heavier side of Stryper but also lyrically show their prominent Christian side. “The Rock That Makes Me Roll” continues to deliver, further strengthening the album. The rest of the album speaks for itself and you can easily envision yourself at this show.  “Live at the Whiskey” captures the moment and demonstrates Stryper’s sound perfectly. These guys give a great performance on their new live album.


“LIVE At The Whiskey

By: Matthew Caiazzo 

No one does horror punk like the genre’s founding fathers the Misfits and, despite Danzig’s absence, the 1999 album “Famous Monsters” is a brilliant addition to their already flawless discography. It embodies the campiness of our favorite old school horror flicks, bringing them to life in an entirely new and exciting way. Energizing riffs and catchy lyrics remind us why we love the horror business of the Misfits. While the entire album is nothing short of perfection there are a few tracks that stand out from the pack. Danzig’s successor Michale Graves’ voice was made for horror punk, making the chorus of “The Forbidden Zone” or “Dust to Dust” impossible to not sing along with—“With these final words I pull the switch, we turn to dust, dust to dust, my name is like the kiss of death, and when we embrace we turn to dust.” The album also features some of Graves’ masterful original songs, “Scream” and “Saturday Night”, both with a Misfits twist of course. “Saturday Night” is the pinnacle of the record. A twisted love song of sorts, the melodic guitar riffs and Graves’ enthralling voice has this haunting ballad sending shivers up and down your spine—“As the moon becomes the night time, you go viciously, quietly away, I’m sitting in the bedroom, where we used to sit and smoke cigarettes, now I’m watching, watching you die.” “Fiend Club” is the anthem of the album, rallying loyal Fiends and other misfits alike. The closing song, “Helena”, is perhaps the second pinnacle of the album. Another disturbed love song that will make you feel like some kind of serial killer as you helplessly sing along. “Famous Monsters” is the perfect Halloween album, full of creepy campy songs that send a chill up your spine and make you scream, scream…I can’t wait to hear you scream! After all, it is evil all the time with the Misfits.



“Famous Monsters”

By: Laura Swartz