Toward the end of summer 2013, PROJECT: ROENWOLFE issued their promising debut full-length, Neverwhere Dreamscape, through Divebomb Records. Unfortunately, life, distance, and various other creative priorities forced the group into an extended hiatus. But now, an all-too-long seven years down the li..
When groundbreaking guitarist Greg Howe inked a deal with Shrapnel Records during the late-'80s, the terms included two full-band vocal albums by the group Greg had been working on with his brother, vocalist Al Howe, for years prior. Formerly known as Duke, the band was fittingly rechristened HOWE I..
The criminally short-lived and underrated EPITAPH began taking shape in Tampa, FL circa 1990, when drummer Kevin Astl and guitarist/vocalist Tony Teegarden eventually hooked up with Wayne Burgess (guitar) and Mark Good (bass). The quartet specifically set out to craft an intelligent and technical fo..
After releasing a pair of excellent, Billboard-charting hard rock albums for major label Atlantic Records - Cool From the Wire (1988) and Turn of the Screw (1989) - DIRTY LOOKS licensed the nine-song Bootlegs release to Shrapnel Records in 1991. Consisting of material written throughout the band's p..
Energized by a spring 2019 reunion show followed by a massive trio of retrospective CD reissues that summer, Inner Strength guitarist Joe Marselle and vocalist Scott Oliva remained interested in creating new music. Inspired in large part by propelling Inner Strength's late-'80s/early-'90s progressiv..
The legendary Dan Swano may be thought of as a "metal god" - writing and performing as well as producing, mixing, and mastering countless such projects over the decades - but keep in mind that even by 1990, Swano had already been involved with a variety of rock, hardcore/punk, and metal bands. In hi..
PRIMAL SCREAM (NYC) formed in Brooklyn, NY circa 1986 when ex-Carnivore guitarist Keith Alexander set out to create a project that he could call his own, joining forces with Steve Alliano (formerly of Deathslayer/Helicon) on lead vocals and drums, and Rob Graham on bass. Shortly thereafter, the trio..
Following the release of their fifth album, Irradiance, instrumental progressive metal songsmiths CANVAS SOLARIS quietly disbanded in 2010. The quartet regrouped in 2014 and began forming compositions that would eventually make up album #6, but various personal roadblocks stalled momentum for more t..
Fresno, CA's BETRAYEL formed in 1985, influenced by the burgeoning sounds of Metallica, Exodus, and Slayer. The quartet quickly announced their primal thrash metal fury by opening their debut demo - 1986's Helpless Souls - with a bold mission statement: "Attention posers: prepare to die!" A second d..
FORTE got its start in Oklahoma City circa 1987 with brothers Jeff and Greg Scott in time joined by bassist Ghames "Rev" Jones and ex-Oliver Magnum vocalist James Randel. In those early stages, FORTE played an abundance of shows - quickly establishing themselves within the flourishing underground me..
Text from DIVEBOMB RECORDS website:Hailing from the birthplace of heavy metal - Birmingham, England - ERADIKATOR are a four-piece thrash outfit that initially set out to create face-melting, ear-shredding metal that would make even the most hardened ears hemorrhage liquid steel. Back with Divebomb R..
DISORDER was born in a garage in Waukegan, IL circa the summer of 1988; consisting of guitarists Eric Haglund and Vernon Voss, Tony Rios on drums, bassist Bill Modica, and Don Hamann on vocals. The short-lived quintet performed just one show at the Kenosha Orpheum Theater in Wisconsin (opening for W..