Meister Has Hell to Pay: A Stryper Album Review

November 1st in North America was the release date for the latest offering, No More Hell To Pay, from the biggest, most widely know Christian Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band in the world, Stryper. There are facets of the rock community that can’t get into Stryper, citing the messages in their lyrics as the main reason or that they don’t like to be preached at.  As a big fan of other Christian Rock bands in my…

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The War of Life: A Lords of Ruin Album Review

Lords of Ruin….hhhmmmm, sounds rather ominous to me! The title of the EP album is Life Is A War.  One of the photos on the website homepage depicts a guy wearing a gas mask against a desolate, foggy background among the three photo rotation, all similarly themed.  Although the words “Hardcore Rock & Roll”, along with “Southern California” and “Lords of Ruin” all scroll across the bottom of the photos I was hesitant to try…

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Psychedelic Shock Rock Pioneer Arthur Brown is an Acquired Taste.

As hard as I try, this album will never be more than novelty to me. When its playing, it makes me grin the way The Ying Yang Twins make me grin. Having said that, I also certainly respect the fact that it is a cornerstone of 60’s psychedelia. Its safe to say that progressive rock was also influenced by this album. The band at the time of recording consisted of Brown on vocals, Vincent Crane…

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Meister Discovers He Is Not A Monster Magnet Fan

From time to time around the Decibel Geek headquarters we receive albums for review and this time Monster Magnet’s newest release Last Patrol was up for grabs.  Being a fan of Monster Magnet and looking forward to catching them at Sweden Rock Festival in 2014 as they’ve already been announced I jumped on the chance. Well, sometimes mistakes are made……….and upon reflection while struggling through the album, not once in three rotations making it past…

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Livin' Fast and Dyin' Loud! – Beasto Blanco Album Review

Rat Pak Records is set to unleash a new hard rock offering that’s sure to make waves upon the musical landscape on October 29th, 2013.  Citing major influences such as Rob Zombie and Motorhead, which can immediately be heard throughout the record, Beasto Blanco’s Live Fast Die Loud exhibits the volume to 11, fist pumping anthem power and attitude of rock and roll that’s sorely lacking in today’s market place.  Think of Beasto Blanco as…

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Wild Wagener Week – Bonfire

Michael Wagener has been such a big influence on rock and metal style music for decades, having his name associated with a great number of albums in my collection and I’m sure in yours as well.  He has credits from producing to mastering, to mixing to recording and some of my all time favourite albums appear to be touched by his hand of gold.  A partial list of his stunning work can be found here…

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Wild Wagener Week – Soldiers Under Command

 The early mid 80’s were a incredible time for metal music of any type. Mainstream acts were being signed and churning out hit albums at will. And I’m sure we all remember the “Tipper Stickers” that were slapped on these albums if they contained anything remotely questionable. For those who may not know, “Tipper Stickers” were warning labels promoted by the Parents Music Resource Center and former second lady of the United States Tipper Gore…

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Wild Wagener Week- Under Lock and Key

As we celebrate the greatness of Michael Wagener’s career, I look at one of his first productions Dokken’s Under Lock and Key. Under Lock and Key was Dokken’s third full length release coming out on November 9, 1985. The album peaked at #32 in Billboard’s Hot 100, spending 66 weeks on the charts and going triple platinum. The album spawned the singles “The Hunter” and “In My Dreams” and videos for both songs along with…

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Wild Wagener Week – Balls To The Wall

As the Wild Wagener Week continues I thought I would take a moment and write a moment on a very special album in my collection, Accept’s Balls To The Wall. Let me first take rewind just a little bit. Back in 1984 I was a young teenager quickly discovering my own musical tastes and much to my parents dismay, these tastes were forging heavier and heavier. As a young child I was introduced to KISS…

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Stung By The KILLER BEE-Chat With Anders LA Ronnblom

Stung By The KILLER BEE-Chat With Anders LA Ronnblom

Finally, after being a Helix fan for decades, I got the opportunity to have a quick chat with guitar stalwart Brent “The Doctor” Doerner as he finished playing his second last show with the once dubbed “hardest working band in Canada”. When asked why he was once again leaving the Helix fold, he responded by citing the fatigue of touring and susceptibility to illness always being in and out of airports among other things. Brent…

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