ALL 4 1 – The World’s Best Hope (Album Review)

ALL 4 1 – The World’s Best Hope (Album Review)

When I saw this album was available for review, I jumped at the chance.  Gary Pihl was familiar to me because he played guitar on some of my favorite 1980s Sammy Hagar songs.  Matt Starr is just quite simply “THE MAN!!!!”  Never mind that he has played with one of my all-time rock heroes (and favorite KISS member), Ace Frehley, but what he is currently doing with Mr. Big just shows that he has a heart…

Share This:
Read More

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…

Share This:
Read More

MR. BIG – Defying Gravity (Album Review)

MR. BIG – Defying Gravity (Album Review)

Mr. Big is a band that I always thought should have been Mr. Bigger. These guys have all the makings of a super stellar mega band. Amazingly soulful, emotional melodies delivered through the great vocals of Eric Martin, ridiculous shredding lead guitars and bass lines courtesy of Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan, and solid drums and backing vocal harmonies from Pat Torpey. Like many other bands of this era, hit ballads like “To Be With…

Share This:
Read More

SUiCiDE BOMBERS – Suicide Idols (Album Review)

SUiCiDE BOMBERS – Suicide Idols  (Album Review)

Sleaze, I love this word. As a noun, “She’s such a sleaze” it invokes all kinds of colorful images, but I prefer sleaze as an adjective. Sleaze rock is perhaps one of the most perfect monikers for a musical genre. It so accurately describes not only the look of most of the bands found within the category but also the music itself. For me, sleaze rock is low-slung guitars, riffs that somehow ooze…you guessed it,…

Share This:
Read More

HAREM SCAREM – United (Album Review)

HAREM SCAREM – United (Album Review)

Harem Scarem are a Canadian hard rock band from Toronto Ontario. Harem Scarem achieved popularity in Japan and their native Canada the early 1990s. The band was active from 1987 to 2008 and again from 2013 after reforming. Throughout their career, they released 14 studio albums, plus numerous live and compilation albums. I am sure you’re wondering where the name Harem Scarem came from. It’s really not that big a mystery – everyone always assumes…

Share This:
Read More

KISS – Animalize Live Uncensored (Video Review, KISSmas in July)

KISS – Animalize Live Uncensored (Video Review, KISSmas in July)

When I first thought of doing a review on this concert video I realized that the last time I watched this show was over 25+ years ago.  Immediately it hit me… What would I think of this video now that I’m an old man?  Spoiler alert: I love it just as much as I did when I was a kid.  Actually, I understand and appreciate the Paul commentary a lot more.  This show happens 15…

Share This:
Read More

VA ROCKS – Pull No Punches (Album Review)

VA ROCKS – Pull No Punches (Album Review)

One thing that Sweden Rock Festival has always been able to do for me is to satisfy my hunger for the discovery of new music. As a result, sometimes that’s “new to my ears” music in the form of an old or obscure band that I’d just not crossed paths with in the past. Sometimes that’s in the form of a new band. In this case that I’m about to present, it’s a new band….

Share This:
Read More

FOTOMAKER – Fotomaker (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

FOTOMAKER – Fotomaker (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

He’s baaaack! Yes, I am and this time “That 70’s Guy” resurrects the 1978 debut album from the band Fotomaker – a 70’s so-called “super group” that consisted of members of the Raspberries and The Rascals. Hailing from Long Island New York, bass player Gene Cornish and drummer Dino Danelli from The Rascals teamed up with guitarist/vocalist Wally Bryson of the Raspberries to get things rolling. The band was completed with the addition of keyboardist/vocalist…

Share This:
Read More

WARBRINGER – Woe To The Vanquished (Album Review)

WARBRINGER – Woe To The Vanquished (Album Review)

Warbringer are an American thrash metal band formed in 2004. Century Media Records signed Warbringer originally and released their debut, War Without End, in 2008. Warbringer‘s second album, Waking into Nightmares, was released in 2009. The album reached No. 14 on the chart. Despite numerous line-up changes Warbringer have released four full-length albums on Century Media before moving to Napalm Records for their new release, Woe To The Vanquished. We open the album with “Silhouettes” and an assault…

Share This:
Read More

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Apex (Album Review)

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Apex (Album Review)

Prepare to get your head blown off (in the very best way) by this powerhouse vocalist, Brittney Slayes, and her melodic power metal quintet. Hailing from Victoria, British Columbia, Unleash the Archers are quickly reminding me of all the reasons I have a love for this type of music. I wouldn’t consider this to be death metal at all (although some have used that reference), this band is a super talented, melodic speed metal band…

Share This:
Read More
1 2 3 79