Review: Kickin Valentina ‘Super Atomic’

By Metal Dave If Scandinavian sleaze rock crashed into vintage Hollywood hair metal, the shattering sonic slam might sound like Kickin Valentina. Gruff and nasty, these Atlanta-based, raunch-n-rollers are back with their second platter, “Super Atomic.” Opening with “Sermon,” which is actually a mini-narrative about the corrupting evils of rock-n-roll, the six-song “Super Atomic” gets…

‘Sacrifice’ Lives Up to Saxon’s Power & Glory

By Metal Dave Refusing to follow their British metal peers down the path of “creative” bloat, Saxon returns lean and fierce on upcoming album, “Sacrifice.” A jolting thrill ride of anthemic thrash and crunching, mid-tempo swagger, “Sacrifice” continues Saxon’s celebrated themes of rocking hard, riding free, working-class pride and warrior souls. Even better, it’s all…