The Spaceman ACE FREHLEY Visits NJ. (Concert Review)

The Spaceman ACE FREHLEY Visits NJ. (Concert Review)

I’m a late bloomer in the world of KISS. To be honest, I just didn’t get it when I was a kid. Mostly I’m amazed at the strong impressions the band has made on so many of my friends. And now I’m slowly coming to realize that they CAN actually play! Some of the great recent video from Gene‘s shows and the DVDs that I have borrowed show their true talent. So I was excited…

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BLOOD RED SAINTS – Love Hate Conspiracies (Album Review)

BLOOD RED SAINTS – Love Hate Conspiracies (Album Review)

Blood Red Saints formed in 2014 in the UK with a couple members from In Faith, singer Pete Godfrey, and drummer Pete Newdeck. Together with former Angels or Kings bassist Rob Naylor and guitarist Lee Revill, they released their debut album that same year. For Love Hate Conspiracies, their second LP, Newdeck was replaced by Adam Chemney, and Neil Hibbs was brought in to add another, more crunchy sounding guitar. The music is still in…

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – Grimmest Hits (Album Review)

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – Grimmest Hits (Album Review)

When I was but a young pup in high school, my buddy Satan tried to get me to like heavy metal. I didn’t get it at the time, but he did convince me that Ozzy was pretty good. So for my first ever concert, another buddy of mine took me to see Ozzy and Anthrax on the No Rest For the Wicked tour, giving a young guitarist named Zakk Wylde his first shot at stardom….

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OVER THE TOP – Countdown to Inebriation (Album Review)

OVER THE TOP – Countdown to Inebriation (Album Review)

Over the Top is the name of the band from San Antonio, and it correctly describes the type of music they’re trying to play. Combining a punk attitude to Sabbath-like riffs, the music takes a few tracks to find the right mix. Singer Jason (Chappy) Chapman, guitarists Matt Brown and Eloy Piña Jr., and drummer Ryan Gonzales have created an interesting combination that takes a couple of listens to truly understand. Unsigned (their Facebook page…

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MAGICK TOUCH – Blades, Chains, Whips and Fire (Album Review)

MAGICK TOUCH – Blades, Chains, Whips and Fire (Album Review)

2018 kicks off with a bang as power trio Magick Touch from Norway deliver a loud opener with whipping guitars on “Under the Gun”. Describing themselves as a “power trio with the emphasis on power from the southwestern coastal town of Bergen, Norway”, guitarist/vocalist HK Rein, drummer Bård Nordvik, and bassist/vocalist Christer Ottesen produce music reminiscent of Dokken and Ratt. The solid second track “The Great Escape” continues that trend with a dual guitar sound perfect…

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INGLORIOUS Goes Back to Back With Their Brilliant 2nd Album (Album Review)

INGLORIOUS Goes Back to Back With Their Brilliant 2nd Album (Album Review)

When mega-producer Kevin Shirley calls you “the best British band since… Led Zeppelin“, you’ve got a lot to live up to. Granted, Shirley produced the aptly named Inglorious II and may be a little biased, but after producing Joe Bonamassa and Iron Maiden, he’s got a pretty good perspective. Last year fellow Decibel Geek writer Adam Cox introduced us to Inglorious, and I promptly added it to my top 10 for 2016. Now, just 15…

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GENERATION AXE Swings in Tokyo (Concert Review)

GENERATION AXE Swings in Tokyo (Concert Review)

It was a hot and smoky room as we filed into the Zepp Tokyo theater. Not to be confused with the Zepp DiverCity Tokyo theater just 1/2 a mile away, this one can be found under the giant Ferris Wheel on Tokyo Bay. The room was packed to the rafters – 800+ strong – and we all stood in anticipation. Suddenly there was a helpful announcement from the front – “This is a 3-hour show….

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Teen Guitar Sensation AARON KEYLOCK Releases His Debut

Teen Guitar Sensation AARON KEYLOCK Releases His Debut

A friend of mine commented to me that he noticed all of my top 10 albums from 2016 were blues-based hard rock of one sort or another. Of course, he was right – growing up listening to Zeppelin and Eric Clapton will do that to you. Even my favorite band, Rush, played the blues in the early days. So when I’m not listening to hard rock, I’m often listening to straight up blues. I discovered…

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KXM Ups the Ante With Scatterbrain (Album Review)

KXM Ups the Ante With Scatterbrain (Album Review)

I really liked KXM‘s first self-titled album and was looking forward to this second release, Scatterbrain. My preference is to not listen to single tracks as they’re released but to get the entire experience, track by track, in order. The first track – the title track – was also the first single, so I got to start where everyone else did. I’ll be honest, I didn’t get it on the first listen, but the more I listen,…

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WHITE LIGHT CEMETERY – Careful What You Wish For

WHITE LIGHT CEMETERY – Careful What You Wish For

WHITE LIGHT CEMETERY RAISE THE DEAD IN LOUSIANA From Lafayette, Louisiana, the center of Cajun and Creole culture in the US, comes a new band to the Decibel Geeks – White Light Cemetery. Together for 6 years now, Careful What You Wish For is the second full-length album on Ripple Records from (in their words) “a bluesy amalgamation of influences like Lynyrd Sknyrd, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Crowbar, and Deep Purple.” Crowbar? Anyway, with a description like…

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