Doin' It Doggy Style Again With Neanderthal

One of the first projects that I did after being inducted into the ranks of Decibel Geek was to go after my first interview to coincide with the podcast’s weekly theme which that week was “threesomes”, bands with three members.  I had recently discovered a great band that played no frills, balls to the wall, straight ahead rock and roll by the name of American Dog, who consisted of three members.  At the time they…

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Thundermother Rock n Roll Disaster is Anything But

Thundermother Rock n Roll Disaster is Anything But

                    Rock ‘n’ Roll Disaster, the debut release from Sweden’s Thundermother is anything but a disaster!  You may not be familiar with this band, and neither was I until one day I was watching a concert recording of another awesome Swedish band, Sister Sin that they had posted on their Facebook page.  The next band on stage at the event was Thundermother.  With AC/DC comparisons abound they…

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Judas Priest Returns to Redeem Souls…or Do They?

 Judas f***ing Priest!!   The British genre defining heavy metal band has been around in some form or another since before I was brought onto this earth!  From their humble beginnings in the early 70’s the band has been recording and producing some of the music that helped develop and define the heavy metal genre for over 40 years, truly “Metal Gods”.  Recent years have seen the speculations that these Godfathers of heavy metal were nearing…

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"Rise Up" With a Band Called Swirl

Ever heard of a band called Swirl?  Yes that’s right I said a band and not some style of tasty dessert which is rather what it sounds like.  Well, neither had I until I was recently contacted through The Meister’s Facebook Page and sent the seven song EP for review considerations.  Sometimes a gem just falls into your lap and that’s exactly what’s going on here. The lead song on this EP is “Fourth of July”,…

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Bang Your Head! Quiet Riot Lives!

Bang Your Head!  Quiet Riot Lives!

Quiet Riot, best known for their 1983 release Metal Health, the first debut heavy metal album to ever achieve #1 on the Billboard chart in the US, is still alive and well (no pun intended on their 1999 album Alive and Well) in 2014. Quiet Riot’s Quiet Riot 10, 2014 The band quietly unleashed their new studio/live offering titled Quiet Riot 10 on June 27, 2014.  For this outing, drummer Frankie Banali is joined by bassist…

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When the Long Stick Goes Boom……..

Switzerland may be known across the globe for their army knives, banks and chocolate, but to me it’s their contribution to the metal world with Krokus that stands out.  The band that achieved success in the 80’s in North America based on a string of albums such as Headhunter, Hardware, One Vice At a Time and The Blitz is back now in 2014.  Actually there has almost always been a new Krokus record in the…

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The Sun Has Risen Once Again

Japan’s biggest contribution to the world of heavy metal, the band Loudness returns to the musicalforum with their new offering The Sun Will Rise Again.  The album was unleashed in June of Takasaki on 2014’s MORC-photo by Brian Ronald 2014 and continues the personal musical roller coaster ride of the driving force behind Loudness, guitarist Akira Takasaki.  While the biggest successes in North America came in the 80’s with albums such as Thunder in the East…

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U.D.O. – Steelhammer Live from Moscow

U.D.O. – Steelhammer Live from Moscow

When I found out that U.D.O., former vocalist for Accept was releasing another double live CD the only question that I had was why?  Why, why, why?  Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge U.D.O. fan, having been fortunate enough to see him live on two occasions now. But he just issued a double live CD, Live in Sofia, in 2012.  Never-the-less we have been delivered a new album from the German power metaller…

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SINBREED – Shadows (Album Review)

SINBREED – Shadows (Album Review)

Oh how I love German power metal, and Sinbreed is no exception! In late March of this year, German power metallers Sinbreed released their second album, Shadows. This album was four years in the making, and to my ears it was time well spent. Band leader and lead guitarist Flo Laurin has said that the time was used to craft better songs and to create more of a cohesive band sound. Sinbreed – Shadows as…

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Grand Magus Triumph and Power

Grand Magus are a Swedish heavy metal band founded in 1996 by vocalist and guitarist JB Christoffersson and bassist Fox Skinner. Their first release came in 2001 and this years’ Triumph and Power marks their seventh studio release. Ludde Witt joined the band on drums in 2010 and is a big part of the sound of this album. Grand Magus’ music is described as somewhere between the slower tempos and thicker heavier sound of doom…

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