SHAWN “Animalize” IRWIN’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

SHAWN “Animalize” IRWIN’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

As 2018 quickly comes to a conclusion, it is time to reflect on over 130 new music releases that were discovered this year and to pick my Top Ten for 2018. Bringing these down to my Top 10 has not been an easy task. Some worthy mentions would be new releases from Holter, Tokyo Blade, Magnum, Ten, Stryper, W.E.T., Saxon, Mob Rules, Kamelot, Eliene, Udo, and Red Dragon Cartel. The recap of my last few…

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MEISTER’S Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

MEISTER’S Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

The time of year has once again rolled around and is fast closing in. I feel suffocated, drowning. Like caught in the garbage compactor with Luke, Leia, Chewie, and Han I feel the walls closing in. This is for me the most difficult time of year and hardest Decibel Geek task to perform. A top ten is simply not enough for me. I need a top 30…or even 50 would be great! But alas, it…

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ANDY LAFON’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

ANDY LAFON’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

For me, 2018 was a good year in hard rock and heavy metal music. While 2018 produced releases from some big established bands, it also was a year where I still managed to find some new bands. It also exposed me to several artists that knew of, but had never really taken the time to listen to their catalogue.  This is a list of the ten albums that impressed me the most this year, either…

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BRIAN RONALD’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

BRIAN RONALD’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

BRIAN RONALD’s Top Ten Albums of 2018 #10. No Hot Ashes – No Hot Ashes Alright I’ll admit it, despite 35 years’ experience I had never heard of NHA before. What a brilliant mix of Hard Rock, Soft and Melodic rock with both a classic and modern sound. Maybe one of my most played CD’s of the year. It seems I like it more with each spin. I read that this was a reunion tour,…

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BEEZER’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

BEEZER’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

There’s no doubting that every man, woman and beast that contributes to the hallowed pages of Decibel Geek, loves their music hard, heavy, melodic and on a daily basis. Personally, I wear ear phones for around 8 hours a day while I work and then, when I sit back and relax at home with a cold beer, it’s always with a pair of throbbing speakers within earshot. If I’m not at home I’m at a…

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JEREMY BEDNARSKI’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

JEREMY BEDNARSKI’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

Every year in late fall, I find myself taking care of the leaves in my yard. Whilst not my favorite chore, I use the time to also catch up on the year’s best CD releases to come up with my top ten CDs for the year. 2018 is no different and it’s been a year of two distinct music tracks for me. First are CDs that I shouldn’t or didn’t expect to like, but was…

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Essential Tracks #2 – GUNS N ROSES (Feature)

Essential Tracks #2 – GUNS N ROSES (Feature)

    With the reformation of three-fifths of the classic Appetite for Destruction line up done and dusted in the live arena and talk of a new album on the way featuring Slash, Duff and Axl, we take a look back at the band’s back catalogue and pull out the lesser-known tracks that I personally think are essential and often overlooked. One thing we won’t be doing is pulling the obvious tracks from Appetite for Destruction. In…

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FIFTH ANGEL- The Third Secret (Album Review)

FIFTH ANGEL- The Third Secret (Album Review)

FIFTH ANGEL After almost 29 years between releases, the band Fifth Angel returns to the music scene with their third album, The Third Secret. They came out of the same Seattle scene in the early 80’s (specifically Bellevue WA) that produced heavy metal stalwarts Queensryche and Metal Church. Following in the footsteps of Queensryche, they shopped a Terry Date produced four song demo that eventually got pick up by Shrapnel Records. Based on the strength of…

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BONFIRE – Legends (Album Review)

BONFIRE – Legends (Album Review)

Bonfire already released an album in 2018 – April’s Temple of Lies – so I was surprised to learn they had a second album to release this year. Decibel Geek didn’t post a review of Temple of Lies, but in short, with the only original member (and owner of the Bonfire name) Hans Ziller and new(ish) singer Alexx Stahl, the band continues to deliver melodic hard rock with solid musicianship and Stahl’s strong (and high octave!) voice….

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THOSE DAMN CROWS – Murder and the Motive (Album Review)

THOSE DAMN CROWS – Murder and the Motive (Album Review)

The newest signings to Earache Records and the Welsh valleys newest export, Those Damn Crows sound nothing like their Welsh brothers Bullet For My Valentine or Funeral For a Friend. In fact, you wouldn’t pick them as a band from the town of Bridgend at all. No, this isn’t your usual screamo/metalcore we’ve all gotten used to from these parts, this is good old classic rock with an almost Southern tinge. First track “Don’t Give a Damn” starts off…

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