EMBER FALLS – Welcome To Ember Falls (Album Review)

EMBER FALLS – Welcome To Ember Falls (Album Review)

Finland is rapidly establishing itself as a base for top notch metal bands, including personal favorites, Sonata Arctica.  From the same country comes Ember Falls, with their metalcore/power metal combination and their angry lyrics and distinctive sound.  They have tinges of Sabaton, with kilowatts of the same power. The album Welcome To Ember Falls is their debut and follows the band’s single “Shut Down With Me”, which was released independently in August 2015. The band…

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STRIKER – Striker (Album Review)

STRIKER – Striker (Album Review)

Canadian rockers Striker have killed it on their self-titled fifth full-length album. The four-piece deliver a super tight album of great tracks that have an immediacy to them that drives you to listen. The album is short, 9 tracks, coming in at just over 33 minutes, but it is an intense, streamlined attack. Striker has trimmed any fat, keeping the focus on strong playing and songwriting. The lineup is Dan Cleary on vocals, William Wallace…

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SAINTED SINNERS – DAVID REECE (Interview / CD Review)

SAINTED SINNERS – DAVID REECE (Interview / CD Review)

“Generation”…(insert bassline here)….“Clash”. For those that have no clue what I am referring to in the previous sentence then you are missing out on one of the coolest songs from one of the most underrated albums to come out of the eighties. “Generation Clash” was the lead off single and video to Accept‘s 1989 Eat The Heat album. The video for this song was my introduction to vocalist David Reece who stepped in as replacement…

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GREYWIND – Afterthoughts (Album Review)

GREYWIND – Afterthoughts (Album Review)

Afterthoughts?  Vulnerability, the crippling sense of self-belief eroded by emotional trauma.  This is the sound of this debut record by Irish siblings Paul (guitars) and Steph O’Sullivan (vocals).  The collection moves you in a rare way; it makes you care for the feelings of others and transports you into an emotional vortex of music.  This may not be standard fare for Decibel Geek readers, but it rocks also with an Emo vibe and the guitars…

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HAVOC – Back for the Kill! (Album Review)

HAVOC – Back for the Kill! (Album Review)

The American melodic metallers Havoc formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, way back in 1986 by guitarist Mark Weddington, bass player Mark Lyerly, drummer Michael James and lead vocalist Binney Orrell. The band soon started gigging around and very fast became a stable at the N.Y.C. club scene. They built a strong local following by honing their live skills and earned a reputation for always putting on a great show. Havoc recorded and released a self-financed and…

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CODE ORANGE – Forever (Album Review)

CODE ORANGE – Forever (Album Review)

One of the most intriguing and unpredictable bands in metal at the moment, Code Orange is back with a brand new album and a brand new set of surprises. Formerly known as Code Orange Kids, Code Orange have grown both musically and literally since their first demo, Winter Tour Demo (2009). Starting off as a hardcore punk band not yet old enough to play most venues, Code Orange Kids have come a long way and…

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NUNCHUCKER – Motherf*cker Superior (Album Review)

NUNCHUCKER – Motherf*cker Superior (Album Review)

No matter how many new albums come our way for the rest of 2017, none of them will beat Motherfucker Superior for best title of the year. The cover of the album by Nunchucker also rams its point home with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. I personally couldn’t comment on whether it’s the best or worst cover ever (best). The genesis of Nunchucker can be traced back to 2006 when the band’s two main protagonists,…

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WRETCH – The Hunt (Album Review)

WRETCH – The Hunt (Album Review)

It appears that Wretch is a popular band name in the US. We have Wretch from Indianapolis, who purvey doom metal and Wretch from South Carolina who give us goth/black metal. However, we are to concentrate today on Wretch from Cleveland, Ohio, who specialize in power metal, which I must say I prefer. The band formed in 1984 and the Hunt, which is out February 24 on Pure Steel Records, is their third full-length album…

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ASCALON – Reflections (Album Review)

ASCALON – Reflections (Album Review)

Heavy metal newcomers Ascalon have introduced themselves to the world by unleashing this scorching debut, Reflections. Out on No Remorse Records, this is a fine album by the band from Manchester in the north of England. The sound of this album is the bastard lovechild of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and more up to date modern metal. Indeed, the album artwork has a definite NWOBHM look about it. Reflections is solid as a…

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Jack Russell’s GREAT WHITE – He Saw It Comin’ (Album Review)

Jack Russell’s GREAT WHITE – He Saw It Comin’ (Album Review)

Like it or not, Great White is going to go forward without Jack Russell. And like it or not, they’re going to let him carry on his legacy and use the Great White name.  Once the fight was over and lawsuits were settled, the only unfinished business for Jack Russell’s Great White was  to record a new record.  Coming out on January 27th on Frontiers records, He Saw It Comin’ is, in at least some way, Jack’s shot…

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