Album Review: Huntress-Static

Album Review: Huntress-Static

Static is the third full-length release for California heavy metal band Huntress. The band consists of drummer Tyler Meahl, bassist Spencer Jacob, rhythm guitarist Eli Santana, lead guitarist Blake Meahl, and of course vocalist and frontwoman Jill Janus.  If you have heard of Huntress, then chances are you have heard of Jill Janus. Not only does she have a four octave vocal range and front the band with an incredible amount of charisma, but the way she delivers…

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U.D.O. Navy Metal Night: A Review

U.D.O. Navy Metal Night: A Review

Navy Metal Night marks the second release by U.D.O. this year, the first was the studio release Decadent in January (reviewed here: U.D.O. Gets Decadent). This being a live album, I make the disclaimer that I am not usually a big fan of live albums. Aside from KISS‘ Alive or UFO‘s Strangers in the Night, I rarely get the same energy from the live recording as I do actually being at the show. That said, a live album will…

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House of Lords-Indestructible Album Review

House of Lords-Indestructible Album Review

What a pleasant surprise it is to be reviewing the new studio album from House of Lords, Indestructible. Who would have thought that a mere 16 months from their last release House Of Lords would be delivering new music. This is quite a feat considering today’s standard, is a two to three-year album/tour cycle before releasing new music.  So does this mean that this album sounds rushed? Is there a bunch of filler around three or…

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Thunder Wonder Days: A Review

Thunder Wonder Days: A Review

When most people in the United States think of great blues based hard rock music I doubt many people think of the band Thunder. What a shame this is because their latest release, Wonder Days,  really shows that they can deliver great music after 25 years. Formed in 1989, Thunder achieved some airplay and video rotation on MTV with their 1990 single “Dirty Love”, but after that they, like most other hard rock bands of the…

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Europe find their hard rock sound on War of Kings

Europe find their hard rock sound on War of Kings

Earlier this month the band Europe released its 10th studio album War of Kings.  Now if hearing the mention of the band Europe evokes memories of poodle haircuts, syrupy love ballads, or sugar coated pop metal then this is not your Europe. War of Kings is a solid collection of hard rock that is virtually ballad free. Gone is the keyboard driven song riffs of the 80’s and in its place is a classic intertwining of…

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The Decibel Geek Top Albums of 2014 – Staff Picks

The Decibel Geek Top Albums of 2014 – Staff Picks

Well fellow Decibel Geeks it’s that time of year again and as 2014 draws to a close the staff here at Decibel Geek Podcast have compiled their list of the top ten best albums that this year has produced.  With our staff having grown by quite a bit throughout 2014, we were able to welcome new writers from around the globe to the team.  The weekly podcast reached new highs in the iTunes podcast charts,…

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Riot V Unleash the Fire is unleashing greatness

Riot V Unleash the Fire is unleashing greatness

In a year that has seen quite few releases by big name bands in hard rock and heavy metal, there is one new album that should not get lost in the shuffle. Unleash the Fire by Riot V is that album. Anyone who has watched, listened or for that matter read anything that Eddie Trunk has done has to be familiar with the band Riot. It was Eddie’s passion for Riot that inspired me to…

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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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ONSLAUGHT – VI (Album Review)

ONSLAUGHT – VI (Album Review)

Onslaught VI Dark Aggression At Its Best Onslaught is an intriguing thrash/speed metal band that had enormous potential in the eighties, but through many personnel changes and long delays between albums lost their musical direction. Make no mistake, if you go back to their definitive thrash album, 1985’s The Force, you will see why they are spoken in the same breath as Metallica and Slayer. If you are a fan of Kill’ Em All or…

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LAVALLE’s Dear Sanity gives a Nod to 80’s Glam Metal

LAVALLE’s Dear Sanity gives a Nod to 80’s Glam Metal

If glam metal is characterized by shredding guitar solos, extensive use of harmonies, and use of the power ballad, then LaValle has hit the mark with Dear Sanity. Actually a bullseye in this reviewer’s opinion. First of all, who is LaValle? Well, LaValle is a band formed out of a song writing partnership between guitar player Eddie LaValle and bass player Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse).  Now add Paul‘s friend singer Carsten Lizard Schultz and his best…

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