REVIEW: Rise of the NorthStar – ‘The Legacy of Shi’

Review by Jeff Maki ----- Recommended if you like: "Judgment Night," '90s hip-hop, Wu-Tang Clan, Onyx, House of Pain, nu-metal, Hollywood Undead, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, hardcore, Biohazard, Madball, playing video games, Japanese culture, Samurai, having fun If the name Rise of the NorthStar looks familiar, it's because I featured its track "Here Comes the... Continue Reading →

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Ozzfest to return on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles

For the first time since its 1996 debut, Ozzfest—the annual musical event that celebrates hard rock and heavy metal—has created a special one-night-only New Year's Eve celebration to ring in 2019. Set for Monday, Dec. 31, at The Forum in Los Angeles, the event will feature headliner Ozzy Osbourne, plus Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and Jonathan Davis (of Korn), along with the Ozzfest debut of Body Count featuring Ice-T. The New Year's Eve party will include an outdoor stage, along... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Sirenia – ‘Arcane Astral Aeons’

Review by Jeff Maki Norway's Sirenia, masterminded by founding member Morten Veland (ex-Tristania), is now on its fourth femalelead vocalist (if I'm not forgetting anyone). But not only has the band found its best one yet in French singer and former Sirenia Choir member Emmanuelle Zoldan, but it also has just composed its ninth “destiny”... Continue Reading →

Like a Storm announces December headline tour

New Zealand hard rock act Like a Storm has announced a U.S. headline tour forDecember. The band, best known for innovating the use of didgeridoo with heavy rock, will hit the road with direct support from Palisades starting Dec. 11 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and will wrap Dec. 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fans can purchase VIP and general admission tickets on the band's website www.likeastorm.com. "We can't... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Amaranthe – ‘Helix’

Review by Jeff Maki ----- Amaranthe's fifth album, "Helix" is still undeniably Amaranthe, yet with two of its original vocalists departed (Andreas Solveström and most recently Jake E.), their replacements, death metal growler Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson (appearing on his third album) and power metal vocalist Nils Molin (making his debut) have changed the musical dynamic alongside siren... Continue Reading →

All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert dies

Oli Herbert, lead guitarist of All That Remains, has died. The band released the following statement on social media: "We were devastated to learn that Oli Herbert, our friend, guitar player, and founding member of All That Remains, has passed away. "Oli was an incredibly talented guitarist and song writer who defined Rock and Metal... Continue Reading →

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