August 9, 2016…After topping the rock charts in 2014 and 2015, The Pretty Reckless returns with their extraordinary third studio album Who You Selling For, due October 21st on Razor & Tie. The new album is the band’s anticipated follow up to Going To Hell, which spawned the biggest rock song of 2014...Read more
Category Archives: Metal
Michael Sweet gave us the distinct impression that his next solo album, One-Sided War, was going to be quite different from Stryper and it really is. (Read our interview here.) For one thing, it's much, much heavier. There are some Stryper songs that verge on this level...
by Michael McCarthy, editor/publisher As I mentioned in my letter from the editor, my focus at this point is on interviews, something I think I’m much better at than writing reviews anyway. When I’m not doing interviews I’ll be hard at work writing books; being an author of fiction and non-fiction has always...Read more
A lot of recent albums by the heavy metal bands I grew up with have disappointed me. The latest Def Leppard album, for example. I’ve listened to that one at least 15 times and it does nothing for me. I just can’t get into it. I think it’s their first terrible album, really. ...Read more
The fans have tirelessly asked for it and now it’s finally happening, the legendary heavy metal band TNT are reuniting with original lead vocalist Tony Harnell. During recent years, TNT has released several albums without Harnell, his replacement vocalist being Tony Mills. While that material was still better than your average metal, it...Read more
California metalheads Night Demon, whose frontman Jarvis Leatherby we interviewed HERE, have just unleashed a live video featuring their cover of the Golden Earring classic "Radar Love" and it is red hot. ...
interview by Michael McCarthy Currently, the lead singer of the famous German heavy metal/melodic rock band Bonfire, David Reece is no stranger to the scene. He first shot to fame in 1989 when he replaced Udo Dirkschneider as the lead singer of another German metal band, Accept. He was only with Accept for...Read more
There are albums that are difficult to wrap your head around and there are albums that are impossible to wrap your head around. I thought the album Triangle by Switzerland’s Schammasch was going to be the latter after reading the press release, which points out that it’s 100 minutes long, a triple album...Read more
interview by Michael “Ant Man” McCarthy Any self-respecting fan of ’80s metal will surely recall Ted Poley as the charismatic lead singer of Danger Danger, the band with the similarly titled big singles “Naughty Naughty” and “Bang Bang.” Perhaps I should remind you that he had the best blonde hair of the era?...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy The Defiants find Danger Danger and Westworld bass player/songwriter/producer Bruno Ravel reuniting with vocalist Paul Laine, who was actually Danger Danger’s singer for 12 years and four albums in between Ted Poley’s time in the band; Ted is Danger Danger’s singer now and has been back in the band...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy all photos by Dean Karr One of the perks of doing Love is Pop is that I sometimes come to hear awesome artists that I never would have found on my own. Here’s the story of how I came to know and love the French rock band BlackRain, who...Read more
If I’m understanding Wiki correctly, Bonfire’s longtime singer Claus Lessmann left the band in January of 2015 with a few of the other members leaving around that time as well. Currently, it would seem that the only original member left in the band is guitarist Hans Ziller, who controls the name Bonfire. I...Read more
One of the perks to doing Love is Pop is that people send me links to all sorts of promotional music downloads that they’d like me to review. The only trouble is that I’m only impressed by about 20% of them. But of those 20 percent, an awful lot of them are things...Read more