HAVOC – Back for the Kill! (Album Review)

HAVOC – Back for the Kill! (Album Review)

The American melodic metallers Havoc formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, way back in 1986 by guitarist Mark Weddington, bass player Mark Lyerly, drummer Michael James and lead vocalist Binney Orrell. The band soon started gigging around and very fast became a stable at the N.Y.C. club scene. They built a strong local following by honing their live skills and earned a reputation for always putting on a great show. Havoc recorded and released a self-financed and…

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CRYSTAL PISTOL – Crystal Pistol (Retro-Review)

CRYSTAL PISTOL – Crystal Pistol (Retro-Review)

So, like a good many of us, I’m sure, I belong to many different groups on Facebook. Every once in awhile a post in one of those groups grabs my attention and begs for a comment. In this case that I’m about to speak of, esteemed fellow Decibel Geek writer and CGwbCM Podcast co-host Wally “Wallygator” Norton posed a question. Young Mr. Norton queried simply “Who are your favorite Canadian bands?” The responses flew off the charts…

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KING OF BONES – Don’t Mess with the King (Album Review)

KING OF BONES – Don’t Mess with the King (Album Review)

And so the journey of musical discovery continues. I proudly present King of Bones to the Decibel Geek faithful. Who, you may ask. And you wouldn’t be alone in that as just a short while ago I was in the same bucket. Picking up King of Bones‘ Don’t Mess with the King, released in late 2016, on a whim it impresses quickly. Prompting the purchase of the previous We Are the Law and internet research during…

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WITCHUNTER – Back on the Hunt (Album Review)

WITCHUNTER – Back on the Hunt (Album Review)

Decibel Geek faithful, may I present all the way from Abruzzo, Italy, Witchunter! This old school heavy/speed metal band began life in 2007. They are comprised of vocalist Steve Di Leo, guitarist Federico “Ace” Lustini, drummer Luca “The Filter” Cetroni, guitarist Silvio “Chuck” Verdecchia and bassist Bastia “BloodOilDrinker”. I have to ask: is “BloodOilDrinker” what shows on your driver’s license and passport? Since inception in 2007 Witchunter have expelled a self-titled, self-produced demo in 2008, and…

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INTICE – The Legacy (Album Review)

INTICE – The Legacy (Album Review)

American glamsters Intice, hailing from the sunshine state of Florida, have compiled all their recordings on one CD. This exclusive package has just been released through the American label Demon Doll Records/Metal Legacy Records. It is a label that seems to be able to locate great and rare glam and hair metal from back in the day when it ruled the airwaves that no one else can get a hold of. There are a couple of…

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STRIKEFORCE – Elegant Steel (EP Review)

STRIKEFORCE – Elegant Steel (EP Review)

The Strikeforce bio leads off with letting you know that the band formed in 1982. That’s something that resonates throughout the opening cut, “All About The Money”, to their release, Elegant Steel. Claiming to be influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Scorpions, Accept, Rainbow and Van Halen it’s no wonder they ooze an 80’s hard rock sound. The EP that came out in May of 2015 slipped past my radar until now, in fact, Strikeforce…

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PIPER – Can’t Wait (That 70’s GUY – Retro Review)

PIPER – Can’t Wait (That 70’s GUY – Retro Review)

That 70’s Guy – Forgotten Gems of the 1970’s Hello and welcome to my recurring new column entitled “That 70’s Guy”.  With each article, I will resurrect and review a “Forgotten Gems” of the 1970’s. I am blessed to be part of the Decibel Geek team and given the opportunity to express my thoughts and feelings of the music I love. I’ve been a staff photographer for a few years now with a couple reviews thrown in…

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ROADKILL – E X T I N C T (Album Review)

ROADKILL – E X T I N C T (Album Review)

From the moment I heard the first riffs of Roadkill‘s “Ready For War” I was hooked! The video popped up in those suggestions in the sidebar while checking something else out on YouTube. I usually ignore those things, but for some reason, I clicked this time. And I’m so very glad that I did! This newly made discovery hails from Australia. Hobart, Tasmania to be exact. And apparently, so the internet tells me, Roadkill have been…

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HARDBONE – Tailor Made (Album Review)

HARDBONE – Tailor Made (Album Review)

Well, it happens every year after issuing Decibel Geek’s Top Ten Albums. I’m again listening to albums for the first time that perhaps should have been considered. Here’s another one, Hardbone‘s Tailor Made. Would it have made the list? I don’t think so, but it should have at least been considered as it would have surely placed in the top twenty. In any case, I only experienced my first listen today, New Year’s Day. Furthermore…

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EMERGENCY – Martial Law (Album Review)

EMERGENCY – Martial Law (Album Review)

What have we got here? Another long lost Dutch gem uncovered by Divebomb Records! English shouter Pete Lovell is most famous for fronting Dutch band Picture on two classic albums (Eternal Dark and Traitor) and of course being the frontman on the Picture‘s two great comeback albums in the 2000’s. Lovell grew up on Jersey (one of the Channel Islands in the English strait) where he started out with his own band Guilty Spirits in…

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