Hole Xpander “You Gonna Scream” (EP)

Nowadays, it can sometimes be difficult to hear any difference between plain heavy metal and sleaze metal since the bands that usually use the word "sleaze" are now mostly influenced by the 00s hair metal revival from Northern Europe, rather than by 80s L.A. rock'n'roll. HOLEXPANDER is no exception, hailing from the North of France,... Continue Reading →

Bastardogs “No Pain No Gain”

Italian sleazy rockers BASTARDOGS are back with a new album. 10 songs full of raw street metal riffs and hooligan backing vocals. Once again, the name of WRATHCHILD (U.K) comes to mind first, especially on the songs that were already on their previous EP ("Sex Machine", "NUSU"), but it is mainly because of Bonne's vocals... Continue Reading →

Seventh Veil “White Trash Attitude”

The Italian gang is back with 10 songs (they released a 3 song EP last year) still influenced by 80s Sunset Strip bands and melodic heavy rock. Sometimes reminding of "Girls Girls Girls" (Obviously one of their favourite albums as the band's name suggests) Crüe era in the guitar riffs ("Red Light In Your Eyes",... Continue Reading →

Cream Pie “Unsigned 2.0”

There's probably been more glam metal influenced bands in Italy than in all the rest of Europe these last ten years, it's like a neverending flow! CREAM PIE already have a few EPs and an album, and they even toured in the US in 2008 and in 2009, but this 7 song release actually shows... Continue Reading →

Jes Farnsworth (Newsted/The Backstabbers)

Jes Farnsworth always wears cool band shirts, that's a fact... and just another good reason for us to interview him. The guitarist for former METALLICA member Jason NEWSTED's band has been quite busy this year but he found the time to answer our questions. He tells us about his history, his experience with JETBOY, NEWSTED's... Continue Reading →

Dr. Cranknstein “L.A.”

An album about Los Angeles by a band from Switzerland with an American singer, Eliot Chambers who released several solo albums before. The opening song "Fly'n To L.A." has a CHEAP TRICK feel and this can't be a bad thing, can it? DR. CRANKNSTEIN plays hard rock'n'roll with big 80s influences and they do it... Continue Reading →

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