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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Saints Of The Underground: A Super Group

Saints of The Underground released their CD “Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner” in 2008 on Warrior Records. The band started when the four members got together to bang out cover songs in their spare time. The Saints are as follows: Ohio native John K. Oswald on vocals, Huntington Beach bum Kenneth Fear, Jr. on guitar, Pennsylvanian drummer Robert J. Blotzer and Hollywood’s own Robert Crane on bass. Their debut release is a great mix…

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Now Hear This: GOGMAGOG

     In 1985 infamous British record producer Jonathon King, the guy behind George Harrison getting sued, decided to assemble a heavy metal supergroup to record a heavy metal opera. Sounds like an idea. He somehow managed to recruit two former members of Iron Maiden, singer Paul Dianno and drummer Clive Burr, one future member of Iron Maiden, guitarist Janick Gers, who had previously been in White Spirit and Gillan, former Def Leppard guitarist Pete…

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Now Hear This: MC5 – High Time

         MC5 are perhaps best known for their 1969 debut album, Kick Out The Jams, which was recorded live and features the infamous “Kick out the jams motherfuckers!” intro which was censored on some later versions of the album, “brothers and sisters” clumsily dubbed over the four offensive syllables. Many people are also quite fond of the slick garage rock of their second album, Back in the U.S.A., produced by Jon Landau,…

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Now Hear This: VAMP

     So there I am at a Walmart in Austin, Texas, perhaps it was 2003, and I come upon a bin brimming with cassette tapes for a dollar a piece. I don’t need an engraved invitation. I toss aside the Runaway Bride soundtracks and Bushwick Bill opuses and happen upon something that looks interesting, at least to me, not to most people, but to me. Four guys with long, teased blonde hair. It’s a…

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Nature Of The Priest – When "Selling Out" Just Ain't True

 The world of hard rock and heavy metal is a pretty diverse place. Be it the 70s pub rock of Australia or the current wave of speed and glam metal in Canada, one phrase that never ceases to get thrown about is “sell-out”. Perhaps as old as the genre itself, the frustrated cry that eases the pain whenever your favourite band decides to cut their hair, down-tune or throw in clean vocals never fails to…

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