Stop the World – Feeding on the Empty

The streets of South Philadelphia welcome newcomers Stop The World unto the hard rock scene, blending a nice mash up of hard rock grittiness and toughness to the much needed US hard rock avenue. The grunge groovy kick back style that the band presents here on their debut record “Feeding on the Empty” is a breath of fresh air with a genre crowded with weak links and lackluster bands. Leading on vocals is main man Bert Lapore, lending a hand on guitar is the talented duo of Joe Fortino and newly member Tommy Greco.

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Dream Evil – In The Night

Since their stellar 2002 debut album DRAGONSLAYER, DREAM EVIL have slowly taken a fair amount of the power metal sound out of their music and adapted a more traditional heavy metal style. While for the most part this has worked for them, there is a pretty decent amount of the power metal fan base that have since wiped their hands of the band. Hopefully those folks at least give the new album IN THE NIGHT a fair go, as it’s definitely worthy of some attention.

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Worlds Apart – Clean Slate

World’s Apart has been around recording and performing surprisingly since the early 90’s and have delivered some strong material in the past. The San Francisco Bay are rockers are no strangers to the limelight, they have had the privilege to support many national acts such as Dokken, Y&T, Night Ranger, and Firehouse to name a few. Now as part of the top selling artists on their record label Perris Records, the guys return with their 4th CD name “Clean Slate”.

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State of Rock – A Point of Destiny

STATE OF ROCK are a new band featuring three members of melodic rockers FRONTLINE with the ever busy front man of SHY, T.N.T and bunch of other stuff TONY MILLS. Unlike a lot of other collaboration efforts, this actually does sound like the sum of it’s parts. Just as the band’s promo material states “75% FRONTLINE and 25% SHY = STATE OF ROCK.”

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Jayce Landberg – Good Sleepless Night

Eric Jayce Landberg may not be a name that you instantly recognize, but on his new album released on Escape Music GOOD SLEEPLESS NIGHT, he has managed to enlist the help of vocalists Goran Edman and Mark Boals, both who are better known for their respective stints as lead vocalists for Yngwie Malmsteen. So who is this guy then?

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Hellfueled – Emission of Sins

The fourth installment from Swedish Metallers Hellfueled comes to the forefront after taking a short break from extensive touring with bands such as Mustasch, Saxon, Europe, Masterplan, etc over the last years. In case you didn’t know the rich story of Hellfueled can be traced back to the early 1990’s as kids mere kids jamming together Jocke and Andy found a natural thing in common, playing old school heavy metal.

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Firenote – Firenote

A flame has been lit in the cold corners of Finland by newcomer Firenote!!!. Blasting into the scene with a hungry approach and vivacious hooks and melodies that will make other fans of the genre over zealous. Not traditionally known for mainstream Melodic Hard Rock is this lovely country, which is why often times the best music can be found in spots where the music of choice is significantly different. We know Symphonic sensations like Brother Firetribe, Leverage, Nightwish, etc

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Edge of Forever – Another Paradise

Italian AOR band EDGE OF FOREVER have never been a band short on line-up changes, and with new album ANOTHER PARADISE the changes are the biggest yet. Walter Caliaro comes in to replace previous guitarist Matteo Carnio, but the biggest change is that the bands highly-skilled keyboard maestro Alessandro Del Vecchio has taken on a dual role by becoming the bands lead vocalist. It is a move that seems to have paid off well for EDGE OF FOREVER because Del Vecchio’s melodic and soulful voice is perfect for this type of music.

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Sora – Desire and Truth

Guitar virtuosos are few and far in between, the typical trend amongst them is usually their roles as mere instrumentalists, many which never get a chance to play with an actual band and have their intake into a full band’s collective and creative process. Erol Sora founder and guitarist for the band Sora, took matters into his own band and created the band and released the self title debut “Demented Hour” in 2006…

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Keel – Streets of Rock and Roll

For those of you who we’re too young to remember, Keel was found by former (Steeler) vocalist Ron Keel. Soon thereafter they marked their territory and claimed ground when when “The Right To Rock,” their major label debut produced by Gene Simmons of KISS, became the fastest-selling debut album in A&M Records’ history. They went on to garnish some well claim popularity but despite the fact they have sold over 2 million records,

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Royal Hunt – X

The term “going strong” is usually deemed for bands that are alive and kicking and keep producing material long after the peek of their careers. In this case we are talking about Royal Hunt, who is in a unique position that many bands finds themselves into, trying to use pieces of the old formula to fit the new influences to make something creatively successful. Let me start off by admittedly saying that one of my favorite and most influential albums of all time for me was Royal Hunt’s – Paradox album…

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Gamma Ray – To The Metal

The legends of Power Metal are back with their 10th studio album, Kai Hansen and the boys of Gamma Ray are back stronger then ever bringing back the sound that have helped put their staple on the genre. From the days in Helloween, to his career in Gamma Ray, one thing you could count on from Kai is the heavy bottom speed metal trademark that makes these Germans so dependable and consistent.

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Sinbreed -When Worlds Collide

German power metal act SINBREED first came to be in 2000 under the moniker of NEOSHINE when guitarist FLO LAURIN began recording some stuff he was working on. Over the course of the next few years more members were added, a couple of demos were recorded and then in 2009 the band changed its name and began working on what will be their debut album WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE.

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