REVIEW: Bad Wolves – ‘Disobey’

Review by Greg Maki ----- If you’ve been anywhere near rock radio so far in 2018, Bad Wolves’ reimagining of the 1994 Cranberries hit “Zombie” has been inescapable—and for good reason. It’s everything a cover should be: true to the spirit of the original yet infused with the current band’s identity and still relevant nearly... Continue Reading →

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REVIEW: Like a Storm – ‘Catacombs’

Review by Greg Maki ----- Behind the singles “Love the Way You Hate Me” and “Wish You Hell,” Like a Storm—originally from Auckland, New Zealand—hit it big with its sophomore effort, 2015’s “Awaken the Fire.” Success often has a way of making bands chase it even harder after tasting it, frequently at the cost of... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Diamante – ‘Coming in Hot’

Review by Greg Maki ----- “Coming in Hot,” the debut album from 21-year-old Mexican-Italian American, Boston-raised, Los Angeles-based, blue-haired Diamante, bristles with youthful energy and rock ‘n’ roll attitude, signalling the arrival of a compelling new voice on the national scene. With 14 songs, the album might seem a bit daunting at first, but with... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Tremonti – ‘A Dying Machine’

Review by Greg Maki ----- What do you do when your last recording session yielded two full albums (“Cauterize,” 2015; “Dust,” 2016) of metal masterworks? If you’re Tremonti—the band led by current Alter Bridge/former Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, also featuring guitarist Eric Friedman and drummer Garrett Whitlock—you come up with something even more ambitious: a... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Ghost – ‘Prequelle’

Review by Greg Maki ------ Ghost’s third album, “Meliora” (2015), is a masterpiece, one of my favorites of the current decade. Its fourth, “Prequelle,” is the record that will take the occult-themed, formerly niche band into the stratosphere of superstardom. Outed last year in a lawsuit brought against him by former bandmates as the man... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Light the Torch – ‘Revival’

Review by Greg Maki ----- Light the Torch is a new name, but its latest release, “Revival,” isn’t quite a debut. The band formerly known as Devil You Know released two albums—”The Beauty of Destruction” (2014) and “They Bleed Red” (2015)—before legal issues with a former drummer resulted in the name change. Given the turmoil... Continue Reading →

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