The Lockhearts – Freakshow

By Andrew Bansal

Sydney, Australia-based young hard rock quartet The Lockhearts formed in 2012 and amidst playing residency shows at the Ziggy Pop Spectrum in their hometown, they’ve been working on new material which they will be releasing in small doses every few months. Their single ‘Freakshow’ came out recently and gives a taste of what this band is all about. Continue reading

Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

By Andrew Bansal

Los Angeles glam/comedy metal heroes Steel Panther unleashed their fourth studio album ‘All You Can Eat’ appropriately on April 1st via their own label Open E Entertainment, an album that promises to offer a delicious 48-minute treat of Steel Panther at their uncensored best. Continue reading

Ronnie James Dio – ‘This Is Your Life’ Tribute Album

By Andrew Bansal

As a tribute to the late great heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio, some of the biggest luminaries of the genre have combined their efforts for the ‘This Is Your Life’ compilation, which consists of 13 covers of Ronnie’s most loved classics from his Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Dio catalogs, along with the title track off of the 1996 ‘Angry Machines’ album. 10 of the 13 covers are brand new and previously unreleased. All proceeds from the sale of this album are going to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, and will be devoted to the organization’s ongoing cancer research. The album was released physically and digitally on April 1st 2014 via Rhino Music, and here’s what listeners can expect from it. Continue reading

Gustavo De Beauville – Volume 1

By Andrew Bansal

Canadian musician Gustavo De Beauville is known in the metal world for his work in the duo The Unravelling and their Alberta award-winning album ”13 Arcane Hymns”, but he has also worked with other musicians and bands, and has ventured in the worlds of video games and film. His latest endeavor is his debut solo instrumental full-length album simply titled ‘Volume 1′, which he self-released in February. Continue reading

Godhead – The Shadow Realigned

By Andrew Bansal

Los Angeles-based industrial metal band Godhead are no strangers to the rock/metal mainstream, having been around for more than two decades and touring with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Disturbed, Black Sabbath, Rammstein and GWAR during this period. The band’s tenth studio full-length release ‘The Shadow Realigned’ is slated for release via Warrior Records on April 29th. A 17-track album consisting of remixed tracks, one original composition and two covers, this one is a unique offering for fans of Godhead and the industrial rock genre. Continue reading

Direct Divide – Bridges

By Andrew Bansal

Originating in Seattle WA but calling Los Angeles home now, alternative/cinematic rock band Direct Divide began a year ago and have already put the finishing touches on their debut full-length album ‘Bridges’, set to release next Tuesday April 1st. This group of musicians presents catchy rock with an orchestral vibe, and this 33-minute offering brings forth their entire range of musicianship. Continue reading