MICHAEL SWEET- One Sided War (Album Review)

MICHAEL SWEET- One Sided War (Album Review)

Is there a harder working musician than Michael Sweet these days? Maybe there is, but I am hard-pressed to think of anybody that is. After all in a little less than three years he has recorded, or produced, or played on no less than seven albums. Being what I consider a quadruple threat, he is a great singer, guitar player, songwriter, and producer. His ability to put out dependable, great quality music is inspiring.  He…

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Q5 – New World Order (Album Review)

Q5 – New World Order (Album Review)

Reviewing a new album from the band Q5 is not something I ever thought I would be able to do. After all, their last release was in 1986 and they have been disbanded since 1987. Thanks to a one-off request for a show at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2014 the band decided to reform, and thanks to Frontiers Records we now have a new Q5 album titled New World Order. Q5 originally was something of…

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Albums Turning 30: Rough Cutt WANTS YOU!

Albums Turning 30: Rough Cutt WANTS YOU!

Thank goodness for record labels like Rock Candy, because if you clicked on this article you will probably love 90% of the albums that they have to offer. I saw a post on Facebook about their re-release of the 1986 classic Rough Cutt Wants You! on May 11th. This is a seriously great album by a seriously great band. Rough Cutt were one of the original L.A. glam metal bands getting their start in 1982. A band…

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Punky Meadows – Fallen Angel (Album Review)

Punky Meadows – Fallen Angel (Album Review)

Punky Meadows‘ Fallen Angel released on May 20th on Escape Records is his first ever solo album and his first release of new music in over 30 years. Mostly known as the guitar player in the 70’s hard rock band Angel, he also turned down gigs with mega 70’s acts the New York Dolls, Aerosmith, and even KISS. The band Angel was originally discovered by Gene Simmons in Washington D.C. and subsequently, Angel were signed to Casablanca Records. Known as a fantastic, theatrical live act they were a band that was…

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Eclipse – Armageddonize Deluxe Edition (Album Review)

Eclipse – Armageddonize Deluxe Edition (Album Review)

A growing trend in today’s music industry is the releasing of an upgraded “deluxe” version of a previously released album. We all know that our favorite bands are not making millions off album sales. If anything, releasing a new album is just a reason to book a tour and sell some merchandise. While I do not blame an artist for trying to get as much out of an album as they can there are certain…

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Human Fortress – Thieves of the Night (Album Review)

Human Fortress – Thieves of the Night (Album Review)

My first exposure to Human Fortress was a couple of years ago hearing “track of the week” from the Focus on Metal podcast. Scott and Richie played the song “Wasted Years” from their 2013 release Raided Land. The sense of melody that song had really stuck with me. While I had not heard of Human Fortress until that day, as a band they have been together in various lineups since 1997.  Raided Land  was considered a “comeback” album because it…

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Monsters of Rock Cruise East Wrap-Up 2016

Monsters of Rock Cruise East Wrap-Up 2016

The fifth voyage of the historic floating rock and roll party that is The Monsters of Rock Cruise has returned safely to port and drawn to a close. Decibel Geek has provided some extensive coverage in the past of Monsters of Rock Cruises, mostly through The Meister‘s blog series and links to all related articles appear at the conclusion of this 2016 wrap-up. This year found us aboard a different ship and cruise line as…

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What You Should Have Been Listening to: Best of 2015

What You Should Have Been Listening to: Best of 2015

Well, fellow Decibel Geeks it’s that time again and as the year draws to a close, each of the staff here at Decibel Geek Podcast/Website have compiled their list of the top ten albums, the best of 2015. With our staff having grown by quite a bit throughout 2015, we were able to welcome new writers from around the globe to the team.  Decibel Geek unveiled a brand new, more extensive website and also launched…

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Album Review: Black Trip Shadowline

Album Review: Black Trip Shadowline

Not quite a year ago I was first introduced to the band Black Trip on episode 162 of the Decibel Geek Podcast (Episode #162-Fresh Blood Vol. #3). Podcasts do sell albums because from that introduction I immediately went out (by “out” I mean went to my Decibel Geek Amazon page) and got their first album, Goin’ Under. I was not disappointed. Black Trip‘s sound is somewhere between the first Iron Maiden album, old Black Sabbath, and early AC/DC guitar riffs. Shadowline does not deviate from this…

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Albums Turning 30: Icon Night of the Crime

Albums Turning 30: Icon Night of the Crime

Thirty years ago was essentially the high water mark for glam metal and the Sunset Strip music scene. Sure it was in 1983 that Quiet Riot broke through and started a crack in the levee, but by 1985  the floodgates were open and “hair” bands were getting signed to record deals left and right.  On top of that, 1985 saw monumental releases from already established bands like Scorpions with World Wide Live, Motley Crue Theatre of Pain, KISS Asylum, and Iron Maiden Live…

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