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Most Anticipated Album of 2015 – Readers Poll

January 8, 2015
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While all things are subject to change at a moment’s notice, from the latest reports there is an impressionable compilation of new material slated for release from an arsenal of rock and metal athletes throughout 2015. Just as this past year was vividly decorated by an assortment of fulfilling comebacks and hard hitting regular installments, these upcoming twelve months are quickly proving to be no different than their predecessors.


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Music Enthusiast’s Battle of the Supergroups: Round One – Adrenaline Mob Vs. Amaranthe

October 1, 2014
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Don’t be too quick to cast your vote just yet; power metal collective Amaranthe still has few years and a third full-length effort on their challengers. Fronted by Elize Ryd (Kamelot) and Jake E (Dream Evil), this Swedish supergroup offers a lineup featuring members from Cipher System, Engel, Mercenary, and a compendium of similarly based heavy and melodic metal groups.


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Music Enthusiast’s Battle of the Supergroups: Round One – Avantasia Vs. Flying Colors

September 23, 2014
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Despite Avantasia’s extensive recruiting abilities, unacquainted listeners shouldn’t bee too quick to count out Flying Colors. Comprised of former Dream Theater percussionist Mike Portnoy, Deep Purple lead guitarist Steve Morse, Dixie Dregs bassist Dave LaRue, Alpha Rev vocalist Casey McPherson, and keyboardist Neal Morse of Transatlantic and Spock’s Beard.


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Music Enthusiast’s Battle of the Supergroups: Round One – Asia Vs. Chickenfoot

September 20, 2014
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Maybe it’s the Heat of the Moment (pun intended), but it’s clear that Asia certainly has the benefit of longevity in this match; one of the defining rock supergroups, this combination originally unified lead vocalist John Wetton of King Crimson and Uriah Heep, guitarist Steve Howe from Yes, keyboardist Geoff Downes of Yes and The Buggles, and drummer Carl Palmer from Emerson, Lake and Palmer.


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Music Enthusiast’s Battle of the Supergroups: Round One – Hellyeah Vs. The Winery Dogs

September 10, 2014
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Hardly managing to remain within the fragile confines of this bracket, Hellyeah has spent the past eight years unleashing uniformed chaos over the course of four studio albums, including this year’s ‘Blood for Blood.’ The group’s lineup of Mudvayne lead vocalist Chad Gray, drummer Vinnie Paul of Damageplan and Pantera fame and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell alone promises for a relentless serving of damaging groove metal, and Hellyeah more than delivers.


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Music Enthusiast’s Battle of the Supergroups: Round One – Red Dragon Cartel Vs. WAMI

September 9, 2014
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Standing off in this bracket are Red Dragon Cartel and WAMI, both newly formed bands who released their debut albums earlier this year and boast impressive rosters largely comprised of prominent musicians. Red Dragon Cartel prominently served as the vessel bearing the anticipated return of Jake E. Lee, which shows the Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitar virtuoso paired up vocalist Darren James Smith, drummer Jonas Fairley, and (up until most recently) bassist Ronnie Mancuso, who has since been replaced with Badlands alumni Greg Chaisson.


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Music Enthusiast’s Battle of the Supergroups: Round One – Alter Bridge Vs. KXM

September 8, 2014
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Launching the first round of the ‘Battle of the Supergroups’ are Alter Bridge and KXM, both of which have developed a strong reputation within the heavy metal community. Alter Bridge came into formation soon following the disbandment of Creed in 2004, where lead guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips would join forces with former Mayfield Four vocalist Myles Kennedy, whereas KXM unifies Korn’s Ray Luzier, Dug Pinnick of King’s X and George Lynch of Lynch Mob in one burly package.


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Best Judas Priest ‘Redeemer of Souls’ Song – Readers Poll

July 14, 2014
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The members of Judas Priest offer multiple apparent nods towards multiple periods of their extensive career, which ultimately leads to a moderately diversified offering that retains a solid cohesiveness. Whether it’s the ‘Painkiller’-reminiscent “Metalizer” to the synthesizer-accented “Cold Blooded,” or even the ‘Killing Machine’-style embraced during “Crossfire,” the outcome remains consistently standout.


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