TAX THE HEAT Change Your Position

TAX THE HEAT Change Your Position NUCLEAR BLAST 7/10 HARD ROCK: The final bulbs are sadly burning out on AC/DC’s long, illustrious career. And with that inevitability, the rock world will eventually scurry...

SWINGIN’ UTTERS Drowning in the Sea, Rising with the Sun

SWINGIN’ UTTERS Drowning in the Sea, Rising with the Sun FAT WRECK CHORDS 8/10 PUNK ANTHOLOGY: This 33 song look back at California punkers Swingin’ Utters’ history is a fun and oddly satisfying...

SPIDERS Killer Machine

SPIDERS Killer Machine SPINEFARM 9/10 ELECTRIC SHAKE: Album number three has arrived from Sweden’s Spiders, and it is a killer. The musical foundation is still the same as prior releases—an energetic and hard...

SENSES FAIL If There Is Light, It Will Find You

SENSES FAIL If There Is Light, It Will Find You PURE NOISE 10/10 PUNK LIKE A FINE WINE: Heavily themed with references to parenthood (“First Breath, Last Breath” and others), anti-materialism (“Gold Jack...

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Resurrection

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Resurrection NUCLEAR BLAST 6/10 HISTORICAL HARD ROCK: It’s a sign of how popular and respected Michael Schenker is that he can get together three of the singers he’s previously worked...

SAXON Thunderbolt

SAXON Thunderbolt MILITIA GUARD 9/10 HEAVY METAL THUNDER: Finding a band that sounds this vibrant and authentic on its 22nd album is no easy task, but Saxon has long proven its status as...

AXEL RUDI PELL Knight’s Call

AXEL RUDI PELL Knight’s Call STEAMHAMMER / SPV 8/10 HEAVY POWER METAL: Axel Rudi Pell has really cemented his place in the metal world, starting with his early days in the German outfit...

JINJER Cloud Factory

JINJER Cloud Factory NAPALM 8/10 EXPLOSIVE VERSATILE METAL: Re-releasing its 2014 sophomore album Cloud Factory through Napalm certainly will provide plenty more opportunity for notoriety for Ukrainian metallers Jinjer. A dizzying hybrid of...

HYVMINE Earthquake

HYVMINE Earthquake SEEK AND STRIKE 7/10 SHREDDER ADDS VOCALS: Sometimes you have to wonder about the metal world’s lack of imagination. This isn’t a condemnation of Hyvmine and its vocalist/lead guitarist, Al Joseph,...

EKTOMORF Fury

EKTOMORF Fury AFM 7/10 GROOVY HEAVE-HO: You could probably get through an Ektomorf review without invoking Soulfly, but when a band hews so close to another band’s signature sound and era, it’s disingenuous...