BUCKETS REBEL HEART – 20 Good Summers (Album Review)

BUCKETS REBEL HEART – 20 Good Summers (Album Review)

I first heard of guitarist Dave “Bucket” Colwell with the release of Bad Company’s Company of Strangers in 1995. I’ve always felt like that was a highly underrated album. He also spent time in Humble Pie. So, being familiar with some of his work, I was excited to see he is putting out a new album, 20 Good Summers, with his new band, Buckets Rebel Heart. Buckets Rebel Heart is Colwell, former 720 and New…

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BLADE KILLER – High Risk (Album Review)

BLADE KILLER – High Risk (Album Review)

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal really is the gift that keeps on giving, which is handy at this time of year. Genres come and genres go but the NWoBHM is still going strong, ignoring the fact that many see it as a flash in the pan from 1979 -1984. The latest example of the movement’s inspiration comes in the form of Blade Killer and their album, High Risk. If you know nothing about…

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SMASHING PUMPKINS – Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol 1 (Album Review)

SMASHING PUMPKINS – Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol 1 (Album Review)

Ok, Ok, so it’s not quite the full title of the album on the header but it is quite a mouthful. The album that is fully titled Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol 1/LP No Past. No Future. No Sun sees original members Jimmy Chamberlain (drums) and James Iha (guitar) return to the fold. Unfortunately, there is no sign of either of the bands former fantastic female bass players D’arcy Wretsky or Melissa Auf der…

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TWELFTH NIGHT – Sequences – (Album Review)

TWELFTH NIGHT – Sequences – (Album Review)

  The Back Story: For those of us who grew up during the early 80s and enjoyed what got called “neo-progressive rock” will remember a band called Twelfth Night from Reading in England. The first time I heard them was due to an instrumental album called Live At The Target which featured a near 20 minute musical piece called “Sequences” on side 2! Personally I thought it was amazing. Then a few years later I came…

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UNEARTH – Extinction(s) (Album Review)

UNEARTH – Extinction(s) (Album Review)

American metalcore legends Unearth are back with their seventh album Extinction(s) which the band describe as an album “full of venom toward the wrongs of the world, fighting back against the precarious position civilization is in, determined to effect some kind of change.” The inevitability of death, loss, and tragedy is a persistent theme throughout. The band entered Graphic Nature Studio with producer Will Putney to begin recording their new album. Drums were recorded by Adam Dutkiewicz,…

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SNEW – You’ve Got Some Nerve (Album Review)

SNEW – You’ve Got Some Nerve (Album Review)

It’s not SNEW, s’old to me! Somehow, somewhere I came across the band SNEW and their 2008 CD SNEW You. I also crossed paths with the 2014 single “Thunderdog” or maybe that’s where it all started? No idea, but a great track in any case! Then while attending a pool party ahead of the Monsters of Rock Cruise in sunny Miami, SNEW CD’s were among the prize packs distributed to partygoers. Most folks were going…

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THE STRUTS – Young and Dangerous (Album Review)

THE STRUTS – Young and Dangerous (Album Review)

It’s been four years since the release of The Struts’ debut album Everybody Wants and despite the release of a couple of EPs in the meantime, Young and Dangerous has been a long time coming. Fortunately for all involved, this four-piece from Derby, UK have come up with an album well worth the wait. On Everybody Wants, The Struts specialized in big sounds with catchy as hell hooks perfect for crowd participation, and stadium-sized crowds…

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MULTISTOREY LOVER – Jelly For Breakfast (EP Review)

MULTISTOREY LOVER – Jelly For Breakfast (EP Review)

Background Story: I first came across Perth based blues rockers Multistorey Lover opening for Darkness Divine in Glasgow. There was an immediate connection for me in what they were doing musically and their style of performance. I was kindly given the EP to review after the show. It has taken a bit of time to do the review for which I apologize (trying to do much at times) but at long last here are my…

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DAMN DICE – Thriller Killer (Album Review)

DAMN DICE – Thriller Killer (Album Review)

Damn Dice kinda came at me from out of nowhere. Sure they contacted me through the Decibel Geek email board to submit their forthcoming Thriller Killer album for review. But I didn’t expect what I heard. I envisioned, for some reason, another 80s sound clone type band that never really quite reaches the target quality of that golden era. So many bands fall into this sub-par category if you ask me. Perhaps it’s because I…

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Anthrax State of Euphoria Albums Unleashed – Ep340

Anthrax State of Euphoria Albums Unleashed – Ep340

Shawn Franklin joins the guys this week to discuss his continuing involvement with Anthrax; this time for the 1988 classic State of Euphoria! This thrashterpiece was released on September 19, 1988 and helped cement Anthrax’s place in The Big 4. With killer tracks like Be All End All, Who Cares Wins, Misery Loves Company, and the single Antisocial, State of Euphoria reached No.30 on the Billboard charts and would be certified Gold a year later….

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