SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE – Space Between (Album Review)

SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE – Space Between (Album Review)

Not too long ago, a new CD from Sammy Hagar didn’t seem likely. He had joked that to record an album with his band, The Circle, would be a tall order given that they would have to create music that stands up to the music they play in their concerts. In other words, songs on the level with Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Montrose, Chickenfoot and, of course, Sammy’s solo material. Couple that with Sammy also saying…

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DEATH ANGEL – Humanicide (Album Review)

DEATH ANGEL – Humanicide (Album Review)

Death Angel return with their ninth album Humanicide which is also the fourth with the same line up of Mark Osegueda on vocals, Rob Cavestany on lead guitar, Ted Aguiler rhythm, Damien Sisson bass and Will Carroll on drums.  For those who don’t know too much about the band, they formed away back in 1982 in California. They are one of the bands leading the second wave of thrash metal and toured with just about everybody…

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ROYAL REPUBLIC – Club Majesty (Album Review)

ROYAL REPUBLIC – Club Majesty (Album Review)

ROYAL REPUBLIC Decibel Geek as an online site doesn’t only do classic rock, metal of all sorts, prog and blues but also now disco! Do not switch off, don’t even cower in the corner! Club Majesty is still kind of rock, but very disco. The band Royal Republic have been around since they met at Malmo Academy Of Music back in 2007. They have recorded three albums previous to this. These may have had that commercial party rock…

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CROOKED SHAPES – Fallout (EP Review)

CROOKED SHAPES – Fallout (EP Review)

Crooked Shapes are a brand new band from Reading, England, playing top-notch blues rock. Reading, of course, is famous in music circles as the host of the annual Reading Festival, a mish-mash of current popular pop and occasional rock acts. Back in the day, though, the 1970s and 80s, it was the highlight of the rock fans’ year, with bands like Saxon, Maiden, UFO, Thin Lizzy and MSG all playing. But that was then and…

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KRYPTOS – Afterburner (Album Review)

KRYPTOS – Afterburner (Album Review)

Rifftastic. Riffomania. Rifforama. Riff central. Riff city. I’ve run out of riff references but I’m sure you get the picture. This album is one chock full of, well, top riffs. Make no mistake. Hailing from Bangalore, India, Kryptos have been puncturing eardrums for over 20 years and Afterburner is their fifth outing. This powerful metal outfit plays classic metal with classic riffs reminiscent of Judas Priest in their pomp. Whilst the riffs may be classic…

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DEVA OBIDA – Rudiment (Album Review)

DEVA OBIDA – Rudiment (Album Review)

The word rudiment is the only English word to appear anywhere on this album by Northwest Russian outfit Deva Obida. Being a soft Westerner who is unable or unwilling to learn a foreign language it is sometimes difficult to get my head around what an album is all about when I can’t understand the lyrics or get a handle on the meaning of the tracks. Rudiment somehow manages to break down these barriers due to…

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WARRIOR SOUL – Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease (Album Review)

WARRIOR SOUL – Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease (Album Review)

I’m expanding my horizons. Rock and roll isn’t dead (seems to be the tagline of today), but it’s harder to find maybe. So far this year, I commented recently, that there were very few releases with that “wow” factor. I like a high energy, head-banging, fist-pumping, foot-to-the-floor flavour to my preferred tunes. I started to look places I normally wouldn’t. Found a few real gems that way. For instance, is Warrior Soul a “go to…

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PRISTINE – Road Back To Ruin (Album Review)

PRISTINE – Road Back To Ruin (Album Review)

Norwegian rockers Pristine have returned to the scene with their fifth album, entitled Road Back to Ruin, and what a triumphant return it is. Headed by vocalist Heidi Solheim Pristine have produced an album of variety in pace, power and emotion. The band is completed by Espen Elverum Jacobsen (guitar), Gustav Eidsvik (bass) and Ottar Tøllefsen (drums) and they are a great team. Guests Anders Oskal and Hansi Enzesperger also bring huge influence with their…

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POSSESSED – Revelations Of Oblivion (Album Review)

POSSESSED – Revelations Of Oblivion (Album Review)

Possessed – Bio After just over a 30 year wait, Possessed have recorded a new album. There have been a couple of EPs along the way (the last, Ashes From Hell, was back in 2006) but this is exciting news for Death Metal fans everywhere. The band were probably the first to have growled vocals and seriously intense drumming.  Nearly every band of note have name checked them as an influence. There is only one original…

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GENERATIONS ARMY – Voices and Visions (EP Review)

GENERATIONS ARMY – Voices and Visions (EP Review)

I discover new and “new to me” music from a variety of places. Festival attendance is one way through either the pre-fest listening prep or the surprise live set. Another is through recommendations of friends. So, when a friend asked me to look into a band called The Generations Army I thought, “what the hell?”. I quickly discovered that this Swedish thrash metal band also appeared in the upcoming 2019 Sweden Rock Festival poster as…

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