hard rock

MC5's Wayne Kramer on why the protopunk legends reformed⁠—interview

MC5 began in the Detroit suburb of Lincoln Park, Michigan in 1963. They were initially the classic American garage band, happy to play three sets per night of Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and R&B covers in the area’s teen clubs for Cokes and Coney Islands afterward. Then they discovered ultra-loud amps, feedback, the higher energy/more […]

Nandi Bushell improvises to Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now"—watch

Nandi Bushell said goodbye to 2021 with another Instagram video of her showcasing her killer drum skills. The video, which you can check out below, also marked a first for the 11-year-old musician. Read more: Nandi Bushell shares her biggest influences and upcoming musical endeavors Instead of covering a song, Bushell improvised a drum part […]

A history of horror punk, from the Damned and Misfits to Alkaline Trio

I Put A Spell On You: Horror-punk roots Horror punk? Well, the cheapest, tackiest horror films have always been part of the cultural detritus that’s informed the punk aesthetic. Think of Ramones’ ode to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, “Chain Saw.” Remember the bloody, dripping creature feature font adorning Iggy And The Stooges’ Raw Power […]

The 20 most underrated pop-punk albums from the last two decades

At this point, you could practically write a textbook on the art of creating a pop-punk song. Ever since people discovered Green Day’s Dookie and the masses fell in love with “All The Small Things” on MTV, the genre has blossomed. Pop punk’s big break didn’t mean the genre got locked into a formula, either. […]

Slipknot emphasize the importance of family at this year's Knotfest

On Friday, Nov. 5, Los Angeles hosted what could be argued as the biggest event metal and hard rock has seen in this decade so far. The event was none other than Knotfest, the traveling roadshow curated and headlined by metal legends Slipknot, who brought with them an incredible roster of bands and artists who […]

Evanescence and Halestorm add new dates for fall co-headlining tour

Evanescence and Halestorm have included additional dates in their upcoming fall tour across the United States. The bands have added Denver, Tampa, Nashville and Minneapolis to their list of cities to perform in during the run. Read more: Lilith Czar is the positive, empowering force that Juliet Simms needed The hard-rock powerhouses will commence their […]

15 music videos that contributed to the uniqueness of the ‘80s

The 1980s were the big bang of music videos—a cosmic explosion of creativity, technology and straight-up weirdness.  With the launch of MTV in 1981, some artists used the visual art form to sell sex, youth and anything eye-catching, while others used it to visually define themselves within the music business.  Read more: 10 artists who […]

These 10 bands made Boston one of America’s greatest punk-rock towns

A greasy R&B riff rips from the speakers, coated in more fuzz than a peach orchard wearing a 50-year-old wool sweater. A singer with a sneer that could wilt Elvis’ upper lip indicates he’s gonna tell you a story about his town. He snarls about hanging out by the notoriously polluted Charles River, “along with […]

10 women who made the ’90s one of the most memorable decades of music

Among all the music that the ‘90s brought us, there’s one common denominator—kick-ass women vocalists. From the emergence of grunge to the golden age of hip-hop settling in its place, the ‘90s proved to be a decade where artists expressed the exasperations of womanhood with all of their might. As women lead singers began to […]

15 standout artists on Spotify making music you need to check out

We’ve all had those moments where our Spotify feels like it’s been in a rut lately, and that Discover Weekly playlist just isn’t cutting it. It’s then that we find ourselves digging a little deeper in search of those bands that we like to call the “hidden gems.” The ones that deserve way more attention […]

POORSTACY gives society the middle finger in raging “Public Enemy”—watch

POORSTACY expresses his frustrations with the false realities of society and social media in his latest track “Public Enemy” via 10K Projects. Ahead of the release of his first full length hard rock album, the song is a thrashing commentary on the disillusionment of social norms and structures. Read more: K.Flay releases politically charged “TGIF” […]

10 times alternative artists reimagined their own tracks for the better

Nothing beats the first time hearing one of your favorite songs. It’s a feeling we never fully appreciate at the moment but then nostalgically crave forever. Fortunately, alternative artists frequently grant us the opportunity to once again hear these tracks from new perspectives through reimagined versions. From acoustic renditions to orchestral backings and full-on genre […]

Paul Stanley weighs in on Gene Simmons’ claim that rock music is dead

All of the way back in 2014, Gene Simmons sparked a massive debate when he said that rock music is dead. Over the past few weeks, the KISS co-vocalist and bassist has brought back up his controversial claims and caught the attention of many including Alice Cooper. Now, Simmons‘ KISS bandmate Paul Stanley is weighing […]

10 ‘MTV Unplugged’ performances from the ’90s that remain iconic

There’s no doubt that the relative abundance of “unplugged” performances has skyrocketed in the past year. It makes sense, given that pared-back sessions are far easier to conduct over a livestream than a full-band setup. Still, though, we can’t help but feel like we’re experiencing a bit of a ’90s cultural revival. If you have […]

10 alternative artists who embraced electronica for a whole new sound

The incorporation of electronic sounds into alternative music is hardly a new phenomenon. In the mid-2000s, bands such as Cobra Starship and 3OH!3 made names for themselves in the scene with their synth-heavy infusions. And while the resulting “neon” era seemed to be short-lived, these artists were largely ahead of their time. With the mainstream […]

See a new side of Butcher Babies in the "Bottom Of A Bottle" video

L.A.’s Butcher Babies have been throwing their own brand of towering sass in the face of metal since 2010. To mark their 10th anniversary together, the outfit who brought us the anarchic girl power duo of Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd are unleashing the first taste of their upcoming fourth album to bring this disastrous […]

Andy Biersack is tired of hearing that rock is dead and here's why

When he was a tweener, Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack would frequently accompany his father for trips to their favorite record store in the Cincinnati vicinity. On one particular visit, the elder Biersack asked his son to make a choice as to which records he wanted. He held up the debut album by the Sex […]

THE DEV bring rock fury on the video for “Queen Of The Damned”—watch

Today, AltPress is premiering the new video from Florida rock brigade THE DEV, “Queen Of The Damned.” Fronted by commanding and demanding lead singer Nikollaj, the quintet deliver the riffs, as well as a message that permeates both their music and their name. “Our name definitely has a significant meaning for a purpose,” Nikollaj explains. […]

Slipknot earn third No. 1 on Billboard 200 with 'We Are Not Your Kind'

Slipknot are making waves on the Billboard charts with their recently released album, We Are Not Your Kind. The band have beat out Trippie Redd, Billie Eilish, Drake and Lizzo to secure the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. It’s a great day for rock music. Read more: Waterparks to embark on the ‘FANDOM’ tour this […]

Slipknot museum at Knotfest Roadshow to offer immersive experience

It’s a great time to be a maggot. Not only does Slipknot plan to release their next record We Are Not Your Kind next month, but they’re beefing up the upcoming Knotfest Roadshow. Not only will fans enjoy a lineup stacked with metal heavy-hitters, the band will offer a “specially curated” look at the band’s history with the […]
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