THE NEW ROSES – One More For the Road (Album Review)

THE NEW ROSES – One More For the Road (Album Review)

The internet age has allowed music fans unprecedented access to new music from all over the world. Whether it’s new releases from old favorites or new bands releasing great music, there’s a lot of great content out there. That’s definitely the case with The New Roses and their sophomore album, One More For the Road. Their album came up with a recommendation for me on a streaming service. When I heard it, I knew I…

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RAVAGE – Return Of The Spectral Rider (Album Review)

RAVAGE – Return Of The Spectral Rider (Album Review)

Return Of The Spectral Rider is a re-imagining of Ravage‘s 2005 debut, The Spectral Rider. According to the band, the recording was plagued with problems, resulting in a finished product that wasn’t exactly what they wanted. The band didn’t have ownership of the original tracks, so they were unable to remix the album. With that in mind, Ravage decided to re-record their debut with better professional production. They changed up the sequencing and added a…

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BROKEN TEETH – 4 On The Floor (Album Review)

BROKEN TEETH – 4 On The Floor (Album Review)

4 On The Floor is the latest full-length album from Broken Teeth, a side project of Dangerous Toys frontman, Jason McMaster. Broken Teeth was formed in in 1999 & looks like it’s been an on and off again project. They just recently signed on the David Ellefson‘s EMP label before as they were making this album. I have to admit that Dangerous Toys was always a blind spot for me. I remember a couple of…

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LIONVILLE – A World of Fools (Album Review)

LIONVILLE – A World of Fools (Album Review)

Lionville is the brainchild of Stefano Lionetti. Stefano is an Italian guitar virtuoso. He recruited Swedish vocalist, Lars Säfsund to create a band built around their songwriting skills. The current Lionville line-up also consists of Michele Cusato on guitars, Giulio Dagnino on bass, and Martino Malacrida handling Drums and percussion. The band has been around since 2010 and this is their third album, the first with Serafino Perugino‘s Frontiers Music Srl label. The opening track,…

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THUNDER – Rip It Up (Album Review)

THUNDER – Rip It Up (Album Review)

This review is a big deal for me. I’ve been a Thunder fan since their first album, Backstreet Symphony. I’ve followed them over the years through all the ups and downs they have had. It was a bucket list goal of mine to go see them in the UK for years. When they called it quits (the second time) in 2009, I was convinced I would never see Thunder live or get to hear any…

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STRIKER – Striker (Album Review)

STRIKER – Striker (Album Review)

Canadian rockers Striker have killed it on their self-titled fifth full-length album. The four-piece deliver a super tight album of great tracks that have an immediacy to them that drives you to listen. The album is short, 9 tracks, coming in at just over 33 minutes, but it is an intense, streamlined attack. Striker has trimmed any fat, keeping the focus on strong playing and songwriting. The lineup is Dan Cleary on vocals, William Wallace…

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The Roth Brock Project (Album Review)

The Roth Brock Project (Album Review)

The Roth Brock Project is a collaboration between John Roth (guitar) & Terry Brock (vocals). Roth is known for playing with Winger, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, and Giant. Brock has handled vocal chores on Scottish band, Strangeways, and Giant, where the two met in 2009. The two have formed a partnership and have been writing together. The Roth Brock Project is their debut album. I wasn’t familiar at all with either Roth or Brock. I…

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Dust Bowl Jokies -Dust Bowl Jokies (Album Review)

Dust Bowl Jokies -Dust Bowl Jokies (Album Review)

As most of us that follow current hard rock, nearly everything good lately comes out of Scandinavia and Sweden’s own Dust Bowl Jokies is no exception. Dust Bowl Jokies have put together a super catchy album on their self-titled second album. The band sounds and looks like they came straight out of the late eighties –early nineties party rock scene. Dust Bowl Jokies are all decked out in the western rocker look that was all…

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Tournament – Teenage Creature (Album Review)

Tournament – Teenage Creature (Album Review)

Teenage Creature is Brooklyn-based Tournament’s second full-length album. Tournament is a four-piece consisting of Montana Masback: Vocals & Guitar, Ryan Kelly: Bass Guitar, Sean Kraft: Guitar, and Jordan Lovelace: Drums. Tournament describes themselves on their Bandcamp page as “The most interesting Rock ‘N’ Roll band that has ever lived”. Tournament definitely has a sludge metal sound with punk leanings. More in line with stoner metal. I really liked their music. Over the years, I have…

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Hardreams – Countdown Time (Album Review)

Hardreams – Countdown Time (Album Review)

Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, Hardreams was formed in the middle of 2000. Their latest album, Countdown Time, is their fourth studio album. The band consists of Manu Esteve (Vocals), David Aguera (Guitars), Victor Muino (Bass), Sergio Hormigo (Drums), and new Keyboardist, Miquel Garcia. This was the first time I had heard of Hardreams. Manu’s vocals remind me of Johnny Gioeli of the Neil Schon project, Hardline. Their sound is solidly melodic hard rock. Their sound…

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