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Grifter named one of the best heavy rock albums of 2011 by music websites

January 19th, 2012 by Craig Hartranft

Grifter 2011 It’s been hailed as one of the best albums of 2011. Not by one or two, but by several of the biggest hard rock websites in the world. The Soda Shop. The Obelisk. The Ripple Effect. Heavy Planet.  Chybucca Sounds. Sonic Abuse and more. Captain Zen Beyond has called them “the best classic rock band around” and the album “brilliant without any weak points.” Classic Rock Magazine saw their brand of hard-driving rock to be fitting enough for one of their cover-mounted compilation CD’s. In 2011, Grifter took the hard-rock scene by storm with their new self-titled album of gritty, blues-based biker rock. (more…)

Tags: 2011, best heavy rock album, classic rock, Grifter, Hard Rock, heavy rock, Ripple Music
Posted in Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music Industry News

Dangerdog Music Reviews picks some really good albums from 2011

December 29th, 2011 by Craig Hartranft

Dangerdog Music Reviews Best of 20112011 was another banner year for all things melodic hard rock and heavy metal, progressive rock and metal. However, after reviewing more than 400 albums, and listening to nearly 200 more submissions, it’s hard, sometimes, to recall what truly stood out, what real cream rose to the top.

But being the glutton for punishment that I am, once more I’ll attempt to pick my favorites of 2011. Here’s my top picks, about 15,  in three general genres: aor/melodic (sometimes hard) rock, heavy metal, and progressive rock/metal. Again, these are in no particular order. (more…)

Tags: 2011, best music of 2011, best of, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, lists, Melodic Hard Rock, music, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Melodic Hard Rock, Melodic Heavy Metal, Music Industry News, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock

CIRCA: New Year’s Eve internet concert December 31st 2011

December 7th, 2011 by Craig Hartranft

12/7/2011 – Los Angeles, CA – CIRCA: featuring former YES members Billy Sherwood & Tony Kaye with Johnny Bruhns & Scott Connor will be in concert, live, interactive, in real time and brought directly to your home via their new UStream channel “CIRCA: HQ” on December 31, 2011 (6:00 PM PST / 9:00 PM EST). (more…)

Tags: 2011, Belly Sherwood, Circa, classic rock, concert, Internet concert, Internet show, Melodic Rock, New Year's Eve, Progressive Rock, Tony Kaye
Posted in Classic Rock, Melodic Rock, Music Industry News, Progressive Rock

Alternative-progressive rock band Case In Theory to release debut CD ‘Cinematic’ December 2011

November 8th, 2011 by Craig Hartranft

Case in Theory album art11/8/2011 – San Francisco, CA – Case In Theory (CIT), one of the Bay Area’s up-and-coming alternative-progressive-rock bands, is releasing their debut full length record, Cinematic, in December of 2011. This hard hitting, yet eloquent eleven-track album is a culmination of thoughts and ideas that have been circulating in the band throughout the past 4 years. In early November, CIT will head out on an 18 day, 5-state Southwest tour to promote the album’s release. (more…)

Tags: 2011, Alternative Rock, Case In Theory, Cinematic, debut album, Music Industry News, new album, Progressive Rock
Posted in Alternative Rock, Music Industry News, Progressive Rock

Anubis Gate to release new self-titled album Sept 13 on Nightmare Records

August 11th, 2011 by Craig Hartranft

The music of ANUBIS GATE: Stylistically Anubis Gate is conglomeration of the classic 80′s heavy metal, a more epic 90′s ambience and a dark progressiveness of our days. You could describe it as metal with beautiful soundscapes, cool riffing, and a clear and powerful vocal performance.

Musical inspirations for ANUBIS GATE are acts such as Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Lord Bane, Tad Morose, Iced Earth, Crimson Glory, Fates Warning, King Crimson, Genesis & Savatage, but really ANUBIS GATE is in a niche of their own. (more…)

Tags: 2011, album release, Anubis Gate, Heavy Metal, melodic heavy metal, new album, new music, Nightmare Records, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, self titled new album
Posted in Melodic Heavy Metal, Music Industry News, Power Metal, Progressive Metal

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