HEAR N AID PROJECT REMEMBERED (Feature)

HEAR N AID PROJECT REMEMBERED (Feature)

  The Hear ‘n Aid Project Remembered – why heavy metal’s answer to USA For Africa matters For many, life in the U.S. during the mid-1980s kicked ass.  There was relative peace in the wake of the Vietnam experience.  Ronald Reagan was making us feel good about ourselves. Eddie Murphy was making us laugh our asses off.  New at that time, MTV was bringing us music through our TVs (I recorded the Heavy Metal Half…

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TRACY G – Tramp (Album Review)

TRACY G – Tramp (Album Review)

TRACY G – Bio I’m always curious what an artist, usually a guitarist, might sound like when he or she leaves their previous gig as a corporate employee or a full-fledged band member. And most of the time, I’m shocked at how different they sound on their own.  The first time I can remember anxiously awaiting a guitarist’s solo work was Vinnie Vincent.  Looking back, I guess I was expecting a somewhat close facsimile of…

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SAMARKIND – Self-Titled Debut (Album Review)

SAMARKIND – Self-Titled Debut (Album Review)

Samarkind is a blues-infused hard rock quartet from…well…from all over the place. They’re a virtual United Nations of rock. Their veteran lead singer, David P. Byrne, and bassist, Mark Dempsey, are from Ireland. Their guitarist is Michal Kulbaka, from Poland. Their drummer, Marius Appelgryn, is from South Africa. But, upon a listen, you would think they escaped from the swamps of Alabama. Their style is decidedly bluesy. Byrne’s voice has hints of Ian Gillan (Deep…

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Top 10 of 2017 – Jerry Lee Lucifer

Top 10 of 2017 – Jerry Lee Lucifer

Be sure to check out the Decibel Geek website contributor’s collective compilation of the top albums: Best of 2017 Article After several days of careful consideration and several bottles of bourbon, I have finally narrowed my list down to my top 10 favorite albums of 2017.  Here they are: Rex Brown – Smoke On This / Album Review This album is fantastic.  I’m not a really big Pantera fan, either.  And if you’re expecting a headbanger, this album isn’t…

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HONEYMOON DISEASE – Part Human, Mostly Beast (Album Review)

HONEYMOON DISEASE – Part Human, Mostly Beast (Album Review)

Do you like girls?  Me too.  How about girls that rock?  Honeymoon Disease, out of Gothenburg, Sweden, is a quartet.  But not your everyday quartet – they’re fronted by a couple of hard-rockin’ chicks, Jenna (vocals and guitar) and Acid (lead guitar).  The band is rounded out by their rhythm section, Cedric (bass) and Jimi (drums).  They offer a sonic and visual portal back to the 1970s. They describe their own sound as “groovy,” which…

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THE STEEL – The Evolution of Love (Album Review)

THE STEEL – The Evolution of Love (Album Review)

Italian Hard Rock Band Steel It! Italy is known for its culture, its art, its history, its food, its wine, its breathtaking landscapes, and its music. But its hard rock?  Not so much.  Its heavy metal?  Hardly.  But it should be.  The Steel, straight out of Napoli, Italy, ain’t your grandpa Dominic’s Pavarotti.  This eclectic hard rock three-piece outfit is led by singer/bassist, Tiziano Favero and rounded out by guitarist, Marco Perroni, and Rino Musella…

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DOLL’S DIARY – Hard & Loud (Album Review)

DOLL’S DIARY – Hard & Loud (Album Review)

Ask anybody who knows me and they’ll confirm that I always debut my new tunes by blaring them in my shower.  Don’t judge.  To me, shit just sounds better in the shower, including my beautiful falsetto singing voice.  Recently, as I’ve been shampooing my thinning hair, I’ve been listening to (read – singing along to) Hard & Loud, the debut album from the Ukraine-based band, Doll’s Diary. Doll’s Diary is just one of those bands…

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BITE THE BULLET – Can Be Anything (Album Review)

BITE THE BULLET – Can Be Anything (Album Review)

It’s my job is to listen to music and describe it to you (and tell you whether it’s worth a spin or not).  Sometimes this is easy.  Sometimes it’s hard.  Bite The Bullet’s new album, Can Be Anything, is hard.  It’s easy to like…hard to describe. I’m not entirely sure which planet Bite The Bullet is from, but everyone up there is chill, smokes a lot of weed, and believes The Beatles‘ Yellow Submarine was robbed…

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AMERICAN PEARL – American Pearl (Album Review)

AMERICAN PEARL – American Pearl (Album Review)

Hello, Decibel Geeks.  Let me introduce you to one of Buckcherry’s two new members, Kevin Roentgen, who has replaced longtime guitarist, Keith Nelson.  Kevin Roentgen is a beast who is perhaps best known for his time as singer/songwriter/guitarist for the band, American Pearl, whose self-titled album was released summer of 2000 and was produced by Steve Jones (Sex Pistols). Back in 2000, it had been a decade since the Sunset Strip had relinquished its rock…

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Did RATT Steal Songs? LAMOTHE v. ATLANTIC RECORDING CORP. (Blog Story)

Did RATT Steal Songs? LAMOTHE v. ATLANTIC RECORDING CORP. (Blog Story)

In 2009, I saw RATT and Extreme live at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.  I had seen RATT many times over the years.  But this night was special because RATT was celebrating Out Of The Cellar’s 25th anniversary by playing the entire album, cover-to-cover.  The concert blew me away and made me circle back to 1984 and appreciate again that Out Of The Cellar is more than just the seminal track, “Round And Round”. …

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