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CD Review - Red Dragon Cartel - "Red Dragon Cartel"

By John Jeffrey

Red Dragon Cartel is the long awaited release from former Badlands/Ozzy guitarist Jake E. Lee.  Coaxed out of retirement by longtime friend Ronnie Mancuso, a noted session guitarist/bassist, composer and producer for Beggars & Thieves, Mancuso was sharing a studio space, “The Hideout,” (in Las Vegas) with super hot producer, engineer and mixer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Hinder, In This Moment).  Ronnie and Kevin started talking with Jake, then slowly, Ronnie and Jake along with Kevin’s son Kane (co-writer of Five Finger Death Punch’s “Remember Everything”, In This Moments “Blood” and many others) started writing songs under Kevin’s supervision, based on literally hundreds of great licks Jake had stored up from his years in seclusion.

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Interview - Edge of Paradise - Margarita Monet

In the cookie cutter world of female-fronted rock bands, it is getting very difficult to distinguish one from another. Many sound and act the same, with a porn star-looking lead singer that's more concerned with showing off her body than she is about singing. Well, if you are interested in finding a band that breaks free of this typical stereotype, look no further than the L.A. based band, Edge of Paradise.

Edge of Paradise was formed in 2011 by guitarist Dave Bates, and rock goddess/vocalist Margarita Monet. Together, they quickly, but carefully, put together a hard rocking CD entitled ‘Mask,’ which also featured seasoned musicians Tony Franklin on bass, and Greg Bissonette on drums. This release instantly set them apart, with their unique, hard-rocking sound, composed from Bates’ virtuoso guitar shredding, coupled with Monet's powerfully melodic vocals.

The band then spent two years touring around the world, refining their sound, and developing their live shows. In addition, they recruited two new band members during this time, Nick Ericson on bass, and John Chominsky on drums. With a solid line-up in place, the band decided it was time to write and record another studio release. They contacted legendary producer Mike Wagener to produce their new material, and he instantly agreed. Late last month, the band went to Nashville to record with Wagener for a new release scheduled for this upcoming spring.

What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with one of the hottest, but more importantly, most talented chicks in rock, Margarita Monet.

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Year in Review - Top 10 of 2013

It may have taken us forever, but we have finally compiled our "Top 10 of 2013.”  Over the last month, I, along with RMS superstar, John Jeffrey, spent countless hours listening and critiquing almost every significant rock release of the past year. Overall, I felt that it was a good year for music. Some of my favorite artists released some great material during the year. While many "fans" don't really care about new music and just want to hear the hits, we at RMS feel that artists should always continue to create new art, no matter how old or established they are.  So, here is our list of the "Top 10 of 2013."  Please feel free to include your “Best Of” list, and add any comments in the “Comments” section under this review.  Most importantly, thank you for your support during 2013. We are looking forward to doing some incredible things in 2014! -Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

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Interview - Soulfly - Max Cavalera

Max Cavalera is one of the most influential and innovative pioneers in the genre of metal music. Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on August 4, 1969, Cavalera faced much adversity in his homeland, but still managed to form (in 1984) one of the hardest hitting, and brutal bands ever- Sepultura. While in Sepultura, Cavalera recorded six ground breaking records. Sepultura toured the world many times and sold millions of CD's. Cavalera had beat the odds and became an international metal superstar. However, in 1996, Cavalera abruptly left Sepultura and quickly formed another band which he named Soulfly.

Soulfly recently released their 9th album, entitled "Savages." This is Cavalera at his all time best. "Savages" is a true metal masterpiece, it is uncompromising, relentless and contains some of the heaviest riffs that Cavalera has ever composed. In addition to Cavalera, Soulfly consists of guitar-shredder Marc Rizzo, ex-Static-X bassist- Tony Campos and Cavalera's son, Zyon Cavalera on drums.

What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with Max Cavalera. During this conversation, we discussed the new Soulfly record, 'Savages,' his new upcoming tell all book, his take on Sepultura and much more. 

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Book review - "Nothin' To Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975)"

Written by John Jeffrey

Normally, when reviewing a release for RockMusicStar, we will either post our review just prior to when it comes out, or during the week of the actual release.  However, when the opportunity arose to review the latest KISS book, "Nothin' To Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975)" written by Ken Sharp, with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, I was a bit apprehensive about writing a review on the book for a couple of reasons. 

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