CEREBUS – From Beyond the Vault Door (Album Review)

CEREBUS – From Beyond the Vault Door (Album Review)

Cerebus hail from North Carolina and in the mid-1980s attained cult status in the US. Sadly, cult status usually equates to producing fabulous music unmatched by album sales. After a couple of demos, the highlight of the band’s career came in 1986 with the release of the well-received Too Late to Pray, an album chock-full of classic metal with a hefty nod towards the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Twin guitars, powerful vocals, lengthy…

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PR PROMOS #1 – New Music (Review)

PR PROMOS #1 – New Music (Review)

WELCOME TO PR PROMOS! Welcome to a new feature at Decibel Geek, called PR PROMOS!  Each week, we receive significant numbers of awesome new releases to review from PR and record companies.  Whilst we can’t fully review all of them, we thought it would be fun to share some thoughts on a sample of the music.

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RAWKAHOLIC VOL 1 – Various Artists (Album Review)

RAWKAHOLIC VOL 1 – Various Artists (Album Review)

Rawkaholic Vol 1 is a compilation album of previously unreleased tracks by various artists and of various styles.  Rock compilations have traditionally fallen into one of two categories; either a showcase for up and coming bands without a record deal or a collection of classic tracks bundled ready for lazy ungrateful children to buy as a Fathers’ Day gift. This, however, can’t really decide what it wants to be. There are new bands, splinter acts…

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TWILIGHT FORCE – Dawn Of The Dragonstar (Album Review)

TWILIGHT FORCE – Dawn Of The Dragonstar (Album Review)

A Little Background to Twilight Force Twilight Force are a Swedish power/symphonic metal band who have been around since 2011 and have two albums out. Or at least until August 16 when it becomes three with the latest opus Dawn Of The Dragonstar. The band all go by pseudonyms with two of them, Lynd and Blackwald, being original members. They have a new vocalist Allyon who was in Rhapsody for a number of years. The press release…

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HAMMERFALL – Dominion – (Album Review)

HAMMERFALL – Dominion – (Album Review)

Dominion is the 11th album by power metal stalwarts Hammerfall. It is 12 tracks of good old fashioned heavy metal. For anyone who wants classic sounding metal then this is an album that will please greatly. The quality of songs and riffs after all this time is terrific. Right from the opening track, “Never Forgive, Never Forget” my head was nodding, my toes tapping and on the second time around I was singing along to the…

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STONE RISING – Stone Rising (Album Review)

STONE RISING – Stone Rising (Album Review)

A friend gives you a CD and says “check out my new band”. Always unsure what to expect when you have a personal relationship with a band. A little nerve-wracking to be honest. I mean what if I hate the album? How do you tell them that? I’d never lie in a review, I just don’t review it usually! So by that, you can discern already my thoughts on STONE RISING – Stone Rising :)….

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WORMWOOD – Nattarvet – (Album Review)

WORMWOOD – Nattarvet – (Album Review)

Background: Nattarvet is the second full-length album by Swedish melodic black metal band Wormwood. The band is a 4-piece but on the album, they have 3 extra vocalists along with a violinist. It tells the story of the famine that occurred in Sweden back in 1867 which affected people for around 2 years. The winter stayed on and there was still snow on the ground and icy temperatures in June destroying any crops. People in the…

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The New Roses – Nothing But Wild – (Album Review)

The New Roses – Nothing But Wild – (Album Review)

Background: The New Roses are a classic hard rock band from Germany. They play the sort of rock music that radio used to play late 70s and the 80s. They wear their influences on their sleeves. They are not copyists but rather fans of bands such as AC/DC, Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty amongst many others, taking those influences and making them sound new and fresh for a modern era. They also have that secret weapon required to…

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PHIL LANZON – 48 Seconds (Album Review)

PHIL LANZON – 48 Seconds (Album Review)

Phil Lanzon is currently the keyboardist for UK rock legends Uriah Heep but on his days off he has created 48 Seconds which is the follow up to his first solo effort If You Think I’m Crazy. Aswell as Uriah Heep, whom he joined in 1986, Lanzon has a CV as long as your arm. Too long to list, notables he’s worked with are Grand Prix, Mick Ronson and Lionheart. Lanzon has a very prominent…

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BUCKCHERRY – Warpaint (Album Review)

BUCKCHERRY – Warpaint (Album Review)

When Buckcherry launched on the scene in 1999, they were poised to be the next big down ‘n’ dirty hard rock band. From The Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Aerosmith to Guns n’ Roses, Buckcherry had the same attitude and swagger. Somewhere along the way, it just didn’t happen though. They stood out, faded away, came back stronger, but just haven’t been able to sustain their success since ’15. Their newest album is Warpaint. Prior…

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