SHIRAZ LANE – Carnival Days (Album Review)

SHIRAZ LANE – Carnival Days (Album Review)

SHIRAZ LANE – Carnival Days This is one sophomore release I have been highly anticipating for some time.  You may know what comes next. Sadly, for my ears, what I heard on Shiraz Lane‘s debut that had me listening over and over again is just not here on Carnival Days. I realize I may be pinned up tight as the screech loving, simplistic hard rock tune loving person that I indeed am.  Go ahead and…

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MIDNITE CITY – Midnite City (Album Review)

MIDNITE CITY – Midnite City (Album Review)

Is it not ironic that since I last posted an article, October 2017, is when this was released? I have been toiling over new music in the latter half of 2017 and into 2018 with not much enthusiasm. Without a doubt I missed this release from Midnite City because had I paid better attention to this back in October 2017 I am sure I would have felt as I do now: excited about this music…

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Another Reason I (And You Should Too) Support Local Bands More Than Ever!

Another Reason I (And You Should Too) Support Local Bands More Than Ever!

I can get so aggravated with the tiniest itsy bitsy issue, simply because of the principle of it, or lack thereof. Yes, this is going to be that kind of article, a principles based one. Let me set the table. I love live music. I go see and listen to a lot of live music. If I kept all the money that I spend on live music, well it would be a fair amount. Yet…

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THE DARKNESS – Pinewood Smile (Album Review)

THE DARKNESS – Pinewood Smile (Album Review)

Even though the release date for this record is October, I received this in July for review and this one came out of left field for me. I follow the band’s various updates through their feeds and such, but quite a lot of it is cryptic and silly fun that the band represents so well, so was unprepared for new music from The Darkness. When they released a new song “All the Pretty Girls” some…

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LOVE RAZER – Seacliffe Park Amphitheatre/Hogs for Hospice. (Concert Review)

LOVE RAZER – Seacliffe Park Amphitheatre/Hogs for Hospice. (Concert Review)

Records/CDs/Digital are not what they use to be regarding sales volume. Yes, Captain Obvious! A band has to make it via their live show and merch sales. That sounds familiar and harkens back to a certain band from the 1970s that released 3 albums producing dismal sales before their Alive album catapulted them into a 40+ year career. How does that relate to Löve Razër? I love their first EP and studio sound and of…

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RADIATION ROMEOS – Radiation Romeos (Album Review)

RADIATION ROMEOS – Radiation Romeos (Album Review)

Prior to the release date when I heard of this band and their upcoming release I was intrigued. Having been a fan of Steve Stevens forever and his side project Atomic Playboys way back when, the term Radiation Romeos appealed to me. This band has the vocalist from the aforementioned and you may recognize his name; Parramore McCarty, from Warrior earlier in the 80s. Here on Radiation Romeos, we are given 11 tracks of hard…

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WARRANT – Louder, Harder, Faster (Album Review)

WARRANT – Louder, Harder, Faster (Album Review)

There is a world without heroes, and there is a world without Jani Lane. They may be one and the same to me. There I said his name in the first sentence. Who is kidding who if you are not thinking of Jani when you think of Warrant. Now that I have said that I will also make this clear. I have given Warrant the chance with other singers. I am after all one who prefers…

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HELL OR HIGHWATER – Vista (Album Review)

HELL OR HIGHWATER – Vista (Album Review)

Five years. That is more than a Def Leppard period of anticipation between albums. Regardless, await I did. Having seen Hell or Highwater 5 years ago in Toronto opening for The Darkness where I was thoroughly impressed with their live delivery as well as the enthusiasm for the music after the show during a chat with them I was glad to hear they were working on a new one. I will confess I have never latched…

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CRAZY LIXX – Ruff Justice (Album Review)

CRAZY LIXX – Ruff Justice (Album Review)

Having checked out this band a few times over the past decade based on their name, which appeals to me and is generally indicative of my expectations of sound. Over the years they have delivered that sleaze sound that seems to breed like rabbits in Sweden (and neighboring countries). I do keep coming back to Crazy Lixx each release and through many member changes, I still await the evolution of the hooks to over the…

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JUDAS PRIEST – Turbo 30th Anniversary Vinyl

JUDAS PRIEST – Turbo 30th Anniversary Vinyl

Vinyl Re-Release Review: Judas Priest – Turbo 30th Anniversary Edition 1987; this was a turning point for me. No looking back or turning my back on, just a turning point. My older brother had lent me his cassette of Def Leppard’s Hysteria during the winter to give a listen. I was hooked on the riffs and choruses, and the synth sounds added to hard rock. I was currently listening to Madonna, Luba, Steve Winwood and the…

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