Now Hear This: Slade In Flame

     Between October of 1971 and October of 1974 Slade released an astonishing twelve consecutive top ten singles in the UK and half of them hit number one. The song that broke that amazing streak, “How Does It Feel,” which only made it to number fifteen in February of 1975, is quite possibly the best song of the bunch. “How Does It Feel” is the opening number of the album Slade released in 1975, Slade…

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For Journey, Evolution is no theory

Just imagine this…..a winding backroad, the early evening sunwarm on your face, the wind blowing in through the open T-tops of your Trans Am, a summertime girl riding shotgun (Cheryl Tiegs, Farah Fawcett), an ice cold Point Special between your legs ( that one’s for you Aaron Camaro.), and your Journey Evolution tape in the tape deck. 8 track or cassette. Your choice. What happened to those summers? Last summer I took my 14 year…

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My favorite album of 1979 is…

         How does a band follow up an album like Rumours? By the time Fleetwood Mac’s five members convened at Village Recorders in Los Angeles to begin recording their next album Rumours had already sold eight million copies and the album never stopped selling. The pressure to record Rumours II, both internally and externally, must have been enormous. Fleetwood Mac spent almost two years and 1.4 million dollars (that’s about five million when adjusted…

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Now Hear This: Wolf – Edge of the World

     The band that would eventually become Wolf formed as Leviathan in 1977 and were active on the UK rock scene for several years before changing their name to Black Axe in 1980 and releasing a spectacular single, “Highway Rider” b/w “Red Lights.” The b-side is, in my opinion, one of the very best songs to come out of the NWOBHM movement:       Wolf’s singer Chris English, guitarists Simon Parkes and Bill Kleir,…

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Anthrax Anthems – Joey "Chameleon" Belladonna

Cover albums are certainly nothing new. Bands have been doing them for years. Often viewed as “unnecessary” by many fans, I always view them as a treat, something a little different and a look into what music my favourite bands are into. I imagine for the artist, it would be a fun project getting to rock out to some of their favourite tunes without the pressure of record labels and writing original material. From Skid…

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Fresh Blood: Another Lost Year

Fresh Blood: Another Lost Year

One of the thing I love about writing for the Decibel Geek is getting introduced to new music and getting to share these new bands with our readers. For a while through the 90’s and early 2000’s I had pretty much given up on new music. I had been so turned off with the coming of grunge and alternative that I closed down, enjoyed my CD’s and that was that. Fact is there was some…

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Now Hear This: Twisted Sister – Love Is For Suckers

     Most of you probably know the story: Twisted Sister had a big hit with Stay Hungry and Dee Snider, ego inflated, insisted they record “Leader of the Pack” and release it as the first single from their next album, Come Out and Play, only to have it flop magnificently. But did you know that Twisted Sister had included “Leader of the Pack” in their live set for years and the band had already…

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Now Hear This: Leatherface – Mush

     Leatherface were a British punk band that formed in 1988. They started out playing mild hardcore but their sound changed rapidly and by the time their third album Mush was released in 1991 the band were difficult to categorize. The fact that singer Franki Stubbs’ voice reminds people of Lemmy’s isn’t the only reason that the band get compared to Motorhead. They might have lacked the inherent metal-ness of Motorhead but Leatherface wrote…

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Now Hear This: Cloven Hoof

     Cloven Hoof formed in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England (I have no idea what that means) in 1979, just in time for the NWOBHM explosion. Like many of their heavy metal contemporaries their goal was to shock and/or titillate and they employed dark, often satanic imagery to accomplish this, in fact the band name was apparently inspired by the Church of Satan’s newsletter, which was called The Cloven Hoof. At some point band members…

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Black Sabbath – Never Say Die!

     Never Say Die, Black Sabbath’s album from 1978, has a bad reputation. Hipgnosis definitely dropped the ball on the ridiculous cover. The entire band was strung out on drugs. Ozzy Osbourne had quit and been replaced, only to return shortly before the album was set to be recorded. Even so, this would be his last album with the band. Afterwards Ozzy claimed to be ashamed of the album and guitarist Tony Iommi called it…

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