interview by Michael McCarthy Earlier this year I finally had the opportunity to interview Michael Sweet, lead singer and co-lead guitarist of Stryper, after wanting to interview him for 20 years since I started doing music journalism. During the interview, Michael revealed the probable title of his forthcoming solo album, One Side War....Read more
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The second single from Stryper frontman Michael Sweet's new solo album One Sided War is called "Radio" and it pokes fun at rockers who think they can just move to Nashville and become country stars. Starting and ending with banjo, it's a pretty funny song, especially if...
Lately, new release day has been so ho-hum. The things I like tend to just creep out, sometimes on new release Friday, other times on the old new release Tuesday schedule…. Or on some arbitrary day of the week. But today there are lots of solid releases out. The first is Butch Walker’s...Read more
Today I went to order Melanie Martinez’s killer art pop album Crybaby on Amazon and it was 18 and change. Noticed that it’s also available on cassette for 24 and change. This is ridiculous. I know some people feel nostalgic about cassettes and I actually ordered a new cassette deck today, so I...Read more
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
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