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The technically sound After Bridge played to a sold out and enthusiastic crowd at Best Buy Theater in NY. AB’s top craftsmanship lead by front man Miles Kennedy, whom has seemingly played with every top band in the past ten years, had amazing vocal range. Considered one of the top vocal rock talents of the grunge era, Kennendy played AB favs like “Blackbird” and “Ties That Bind” among 15 other tunes. Lead guitarist and AB and Creed co-founder, Mark Tremonti, lead the way with tight guitar licks through the set. The band will soon head out on the rest of their “Fortress” world tour before heading back to the States for a final mid-Summer show at Cadott Rock Fest in WI on July 18.

On Tuesday April 8th, Toronto’s Kool Haus was swept with a wave of nostalgia with The Used and Taking Back Sunday’s co-headlining tour taking the stage. The show was sold out; leaving room for only diehard fans that aged and grew with songs from both iconic bands since the early 2000s. The openers were former Underoath singer Spencer Chamberlain’s new band Sleepwave and Australian five piece pop-punk band Tonight Alive. Both openers killed it.

No radio ads, no skywriters, no billboards. It all started with an e mail from a publicist that read: “This invitation is not to be posted or shared… and the location must not be revealed in any form of media or social media.” On Tuesday, April 8, Aerosmith affirmed its upcoming “Let Rock Rule Tour” with Slash featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators in a very rock and roll way. The venerated band from Boston played a show on Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

No radio ads, no skywriters, no billboards. It all started with an e mail from a publicist that read: “This invitation is not to be posted or shared… and the location must not be revealed in any form of media or social media.” On Tuesday, April 8, Aerosmith affirmed its upcoming “Let Rock Rule Tour” with Slash featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators in a very rock and roll way. The venerated band from Boston played a show on Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

HIM, the Finnish rock band from Helsinki, played to a sold out crowd last night at Irving Plaza. Now, I’m not a big fan of HIM, nor did I know the band who opened for them – a prog-rock band from Livepool, England called Anathema. Maybe cause I was feeling a bit under the weather, but both bands seemed to have fallen short on what my expectations were judging from this type of music. HIM did dive into 16 songs in over an hour and twenty min set hitting the stage at about 9:10pm. Lead Ville Valo did his best to resemble AC/DC front man Brian Johnson. I guess that was not too bad considering it could have been worse… he could have resembled Bon Scott.

2014 is just beginning and there already are a lot of interesting artworks adorning the covers of many Metal albums. We’ve selected four of the most striking ones to-date and spoke with some of the people involved in their development who in turn revealed numerous interesting facts. We listened, learned and now, we’re sharing with you this info! Feel free to do the same…

When a band like Moonspell plays it brings an eclectic mix of metal heads to a show. Not your traditional young moshers or crowd surfers were present as the Portuguese metal heads took center stage at the Gramercy Theater in NY. Opening for them were Atrocity and the Norway symphonic metal band Leaves’ Eyes (essentially Atrocity with lead singer Liv Kristine who’s been with the band since 2003). Liv Kristine’s ethereal vocals sounded amazing along side the crushing sound of heavy double base drums. Leaves’ Eyes were out in support of their 2013 release Symphonies of the Night.

When a band like Moonspell plays it brings an eclectic mix of metal heads to a show. Not your traditional young moshers or crowd surfers were present as the Portuguese metal heads took center stage at the Gramercy Theater in NY. Opening for them were Atrocity and the Norway symphonic metal band Leaves’ Eyes (essentially Atrocity with lead singer Liv Kristine who’s been with the band since 2003). Liv Kristine’s ethereal vocals sounded amazing along side the crushing sound of heavy double base drums. Leaves’ Eyes were out in support of their 2013 release Symphonies of the Night.

Chicago, IL-based hard rocking quartet Lionfight headed out on the “We Are Savages Tour” this past Wednesday with Breathe Carolina to support their debut self-titled EP. This very new group, they formed as recently as April of 2013, boats a musical mix of nu metal and energy rock that sounds like a hammer hitting a brick wall… so basically it’s awesome. Check out what bassist Bryan Patrick Cole had to say about some of his key gear.