CITY BOY – Dinner at the Ritz (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

CITY BOY – Dinner at the Ritz (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

For this month’s installment of Hidden Gems of the 1970’s, “That 70’s Guy” goes all the way back to 1976 and gives new life to Dinner at the Ritz from City Boy. Technically from my memories, this album ranks in my top albums of 1977 as I purchased it in January of 77. I was unaware of the band up until then. It was when I had heard “Momma’s Boy” on what was considered new at…

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BONAFIDE – Flames (Album Review)

BONAFIDE – Flames (Album Review)

Flames by Bonafide (7th studio album, released in February 2017, Off Yer Rocker Records) Bonafide is a Swedish hard rock band, formed by singer/guitarist Pontus Snibb in 2006. Honestly, until I got to do this review…I had never heard of them. The Good: The opening track “Back in Flames” is a bluesy tune with a great riff and a cool vocal melody. This song is perfectly placed on the album to get you interested. “Smoke…

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GRETA VAN FLEET- Black Smoke Rising (EP Review)

GRETA VAN FLEET- Black Smoke Rising (EP Review)

I’ve been listening to hard rock since I was seven years old.  Heavy Metal, such as it is, was a natural progression for me.  And I’m not ashamed to say it.  I get nostalgic.  I can drop the needle on a 30-year-old KISS record, dim the lights and instantly be taken back to the time I first discovered the arousal of “Detroit Rock City”.  A flashback to the most important part in any passion.  Discovery….

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VESCERA – Beyond the Fight (Album Review)

VESCERA – Beyond the Fight (Album Review)

Vocalist Michael Vescera has inked a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The Vescera name should be familiar to many from the late 80’s/early 90’s Loudness area, specifically the Soldier of Fortune and On The Prowl albums. If not there, how about Yngwie Malmsteen‘s mid 90’s The Seventh Sign or Magnum Opus albums? Or any number of other projects including his own MVP (Mike Vescera Project). Michael Vescera also lent his talents to Italian band Bastian…

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MARILLION – Marbles In The Park (Album Review)

MARILLION – Marbles In The Park (Album Review)

“Put it away this dream you can’t stop dreaming, Put it away this anger and desire, The open road is infinitely hopeful” – Don’t Hurt Yourself Do you ever remember a year in your life that is extra special?  For me, 2004 was an extraordinary year of change, littered with memories I will treasure forever.  2004 was the year I got married to an amazing woman and the year I first went to Italy to…

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HELIX, 63 MONROE, BOBNOXIOUS (Jack Richardson Music Week)

HELIX, 63 MONROE, BOBNOXIOUS (Jack Richardson Music Week)

Jack Richardson Music Week (shows and new release reviews Helix, 63 Monroe, Bobnoxious): London, ON. April 2-9th, 2017 Do you know Jack? Sadly most do not, however, if I mention his protégé you likely do: Bob Ezrin. Yes him, the man behind some of the greatest complete albums in history by some of the larger than life bands in the history of music. Bar none. We are fortunate to have a resounding music scene here…

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LIV SIN – Follow Me (Album Review)

LIV SIN – Follow Me (Album Review)

After the sudden, tragic, and immensely disappointing for their fans (Meister) break-up of Swedish band Sister Sin, Liv Jagrell returns! Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Sister Sin was a hard rock band fronted by venomous female vocalist Liv Jagrell. Together with her bandmates, founder Dave Sundberg (drums), Strandh (bass), and Jimmy Hiltula (guitars), Sister Sin issued five albums. Many of them were reviewed for Decibel Geek by The Meister, a huge fan who also interviewed Jagrell on 2…

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BEYOND THE LABYRINTH – The Art Of Resilience (Album Review)

BEYOND THE LABYRINTH – The Art Of Resilience (Album Review)

So, this Dark Lord I know sidles up to me and says, “wanna review this band called Beyond The Labyrinth? Great knowledge will you gain.”  As if in a trance, I accepted this challenge and got to work listening to their magnum opus The Art Of Resilience in the darkness of my medieval castle. The ghosts of Marillion and Asia haunt this release.  The Belgian band obviously reveres prog rockers but melds in more pop…

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DIEGO’S UMBRELLA – Edjka (Album Review)

DIEGO’S UMBRELLA – Edjka (Album Review)

I was recently asked if I could do a review of the latest release from Diego’s Umbrella. My first thought was “Who?” Usually, even if I have not heard a band I have at least of heard of them but not in this case. A quote from their website reflects my exact sentiments: “There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Diego’s Umbrella and those who don’t know them yet. Celebrated…

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BROTHER FIRETRIBE – Sunbound (Album Review)

BROTHER FIRETRIBE – Sunbound (Album Review)

Brother Firetribe has been around for 15 years and Sunbound is their fourth studio album, out via Spinefarm Records. I can’t say that I like the name but as it is an in-joke derived from the direct translation of the name of Finnish professional tennis player Veli Paloheimo, I think I’ll let them off. This Finnish quintet specializes in big-sounding AOR and this album is no exception. Sunbound may not rip your guts out like…

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