WHITE FOXX – Come Pet The Foxx (Album Review)

WHITE FOXX – Come Pet The Foxx (Album Review)

Are you familiar with bands like Cinderella, Britny Fox, Tangier and Heaven’s Edge? Ever heard of White Foxx? You will probably say yes to the first question and there is a high probability you will say no to the second. Still, there are a lot of similarites between all these bands which shared musical vision, played the same club circuit and even shared lots members. White Foxx played an important part in Philadelphia’s metal scene…

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BLACK ROSE – Walk It How You Talk It (Album Review)

BLACK ROSE – Walk It How You Talk It (Album Review)

At the dawn of the 1980’s the new movement of hard rock bands playing a more sophisticated and talented kind of rock compared to their punk predecessors emerged all over the UK, from the Channel Islands in the south to the northern part of Scotland. A few of the bands became superstars (Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and maybe even Saxon). A few bands achieved semi-large success (bands like the Tygers of Pan Tang, Heavy Pettin’,…

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SALEM – Attrition (Album Review)

SALEM – Attrition (Album Review)

Salem (sometimes also labeled Salem U.K. to distinguish themselves from the Israeli thrash band going by the same name) is a classic UK hard rock band that originally was considered to be part of the NWOBHM movement. But to me, they always were a bit more melodic compared to many of their contemporaries. In my opinion, the influences of Deep Purple and Rainbow shine through in the band’s current musical output whereas many of the NWOBHM…

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GYPSY ROSE Announce Album, Live Gigs and Website! (News)

GYPSY ROSE Announce Album, Live Gigs and Website! (News)

Canadian hair-metal legends Gypsy Rose seem fit to release unreleased and never before heard material during 2018.  Things are happening quickly in the Gypsy Rose camp at the moment. Frontman Michael Ross revealed on his Facebook page that he is sorting through almost 20 tapes of archive material. Michael Ross started out as a drummer for a local band in Sarnia, Ontario called Vehicle. When the band didn’t want to record or play the songs…

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BRIAR – Reach Out (January, 2018)

BRIAR – Reach Out (January, 2018)

UK legends Briar are gearing up to issue their 1988 album Reach Out thanks to British label ProgAOR records. Briar‘s Facebook page posted this short teaser news: “Unreleased 1988 album that was planned to be released by major label CBS (now Sony Music) sees finally its release after being archived for 30 years! This is BRIAR‘s finest hour, the band was at the top of their game with superb songwriting skills creating a collection of 9 songs that all Melodic…

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Interview with PICTURE at Sweden Rock Festival 2017 – (Video Interview)

Interview with PICTURE at Sweden Rock Festival 2017 – (Video Interview)

At Sweden Rock Festival 2017 three geeks, Shawn “Animalize” Irwin, Rich “The Meister” Dillon and yours truly, Mikael Svensson, had the opportunity to speak to Dutch metal legends Picture. The band were sort of pioneers on the metal scene in Europe in general. The Netherlands in particular where things started to stir in the late 1970’s. There wasn’t really a Dutch metal scene at the time but things were happening across the English channel where bands…

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PICTURE at Sweden Rock Festival 2017

PICTURE at Sweden Rock Festival 2017

One of the most anticipated gigs at this year’s Sweden Rock Festival took place on the 4 Sound Stage quite early on during Friday. Some bands come out at the right time but still do not seem to be in the right place at the right time or just don’t have the luck that is required to hit big commercially. It is safe to say this is the case for the Dutch veterans in Picture. The…

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RUNNING WILD Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2017 (Spotlight Review)

RUNNING WILD Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2017 (Spotlight Review)

One of the reasons for me traveling to Sweden Rock Festival another year in 2017 is that this would be the first time I would see my old childhood heroes Running Wild play live. This is only the second or third time these German pirates play my native country. That is during a career that has spanned almost 40 years and the visits have been few and far between. In recent decades the band rarely…

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Conversation with SALEM (UK) Guitar Wizard Paul Macnamara (Interview)

Conversation with SALEM (UK) Guitar Wizard Paul Macnamara (Interview)

While attending Brofest in Newcastle, UK in February me and Rich “The Meister” Dillon took the opportunity to talk to Paul Macnamara of Salem (UK). We had chatted with the band about doing an interview in Newcastle as Salem (UK) was headlining the pre-party at Trillian’s Bar on Thursday evening. When we arrived on site we caught Paul selling T-shirts and merchandise for the band at the merch booth. We had a brief conversation with…

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A Chat with the SARACEN Guys (Audio Interview)

A Chat with the SARACEN Guys (Audio Interview)

I  recently had the great opportunity to catch a show by NWOBHM heroes Saracen at the Brofest Festival in Newcastle, UK. Read the review of the gig here! Saracen rarely play live and the albums are far in between. The band did a highly successful gig at the Keep It True Festival in Germany a couple of years back. They were scheduled to play last year’s Brofest but had to cancel due to illness within the…

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