MORC Monsterwood ’16 Quick Recap

MORC Monsterwood ’16 Quick Recap

Greetings!!! I recently returned, for the second year in a row, from one of the greatest rock n’ roll adventures on the planet: Monsters Of Rock Cruise – Monsterwood ’16! Yes, once again I climbed aboard a luxury ocean vessel filled with 3000 plus like minded folks like myself along with a host of bands that would simply kick ass for four solid days! Once more I was able to see a number of bands…

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Wild Rose – 4 (Album Review)

Wild Rose – 4 (Album Review)

Hailing from Greece, AOR band Wild Rose are soon set to release their 4th full-length studio album, aptly titled 4. Fans of Tyketto, Richard Marx, Survivor, Night Ranger, and even early Bon Jovi are sure to enjoy this melodic album. The band was formed over a decade ago and after much persistence and a few line up changes the band released their first full-length release, Half Past Midnight, in 2011. Since then they have remained…

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Striker – Stand In The Fire (Album Review)

Striker – Stand In The Fire (Album Review)

Canadian band Striker released their fourth full-length album Stand In The Fire earlier this month and it certainly kicks 2016 off with a huge bang. Some have called Striker “metal revivalists” and I certainly cannot disagree. They have greatly raised the bar on the New Wave of Heavy Metal. Forming in Edmonton in 2007, they released their first EP Road Warrior in 2009, with their first long-playing effort Eyes In The Night coming the following year. The international buzz…

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Album Review: Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live

Album Review: Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live

Guitarist Joel Hoekstra is set to release his 4th solo album entitled Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live. You may recognize Joel from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger, both the Broadway and off-Broadway productions of Rock Of Ages as well as the motion picture, the off-Broadway production of Love, Janis, and most recently Whitesnake. His previous 3 solo albums consist of mainly instrumental material so this time around Joel enlisted a few vocalists to sing…

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Too Far Lost – Corrupted Swine EP

Too Far Lost – Corrupted Swine EP

 Too Far Lost is a Heavy Metal band hailing from West Milford, N.J. Although formed just a year ago, the band has already shared the stage with Alien Ant Farm and (Hed) P.E. and are set to release their first EP, Corrupted Swine, on July 31st. As soon as I loaded it up and clicked play, I was instantly met with a flood of heavy guitar chords and a double kick onslaught that serve as a…

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The Poodles: Devil In The Details

The Poodles: Devil In The Details

In reality, a Poodle is an overly groomed lap dog lavished and spoiled by their middle to upper class owners and they tend to make a lot of noise but pose no real threat or harm to adults or children. Life imitates art. I was tricked by Swedish band The Poodles about 4 years ago when they released their Performocracy album, sucked in by their slick look and their quadruple kick drums only to find the band…

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Brighton’s FURYON Escape Sophomore Slump With ‘Lost Salvation’

Brighton’s FURYON Escape Sophomore Slump With ‘Lost Salvation’

Seldom does a modern rock album get loaded into my media player that I don’t want to delete moments after playback, but for the moment, Furyon’s second full length effort ‘Lost Salvation’ has softened my calloused heart and ears instantly for a number of reasons. First; the absence of “tough guy/douchebag” lyrics. Second; the guitar tracks are nearly void of pinch harmonics, which have certainly become the “2 handed tapping” of the 21st century. And…

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2015 Monsters Of Rock Cruise: Countdown Commencing! My Top 5 Must See Bands…….and Hacked By A Hoser!!!!

2015 Monsters Of Rock Cruise: Countdown Commencing! My Top 5 Must See Bands…….and Hacked By A Hoser!!!!

I begin this piece during a spat of winter weather here in the Bluegrass; snow on the ground, temps in the teens, 1 snow day on the books. As you might imagine I am already yearning for a warmer climate. Along with said yearning grows an anticipation of volcanic magnitude. For in 5 unbearable months I will embark on, for me, a maiden voyage of Rock n’ Roll destiny: The 2015 Monsters Of Rock Cruise!…

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Derik's Not Neccessarily Top 5 Live Albums

Throughout my years I have always tried to consider the musical opinions and tastes of others with an open mind. I may deliver a playful jab now and then, but for the most part, to each his own. But for some reason when I hear a person say “I hate live albums.” it makes me want to slam my head in a sliding glass door repeatedly. For me, a great live album from a band…

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Bride : Snakes In The Playground

In conjunction with last weeks “Heaven” episode and as a sort of extension to a piece I did about a year ago on the band Bride, I thought we could look back at the band’s 1992 release Snakes In The Playground; their breakthrough album and 2nd in a series of 3 albums released on the christian major label Star Song. Former Prince And The Revolution guitarist Dez Dickerson was the Executive Producer on Snakes. Bride recorded…

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