VA ROCKS – Pull No Punches (Album Review)

VA ROCKS – Pull No Punches (Album Review)

One thing that Sweden Rock Festival has always been able to do for me is to satisfy my hunger for the discovery of new music. As a result, sometimes that’s “new to my ears” music in the form of an old or obscure band that I’d just not crossed paths with in the past. Sometimes that’s in the form of a new band. In this case that I’m about to present, it’s a new band….

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AMERICAN BOMBSHELL – No Regrets (Album Review)

AMERICAN BOMBSHELL – No Regrets (Album Review)

After reading my review of the Junkyard/Little Caesar show, I was contacted by Steve Boyles from American Bombshell. He had read that I had missed their set, in Indy, and offered to send me a CD. I gladly accepted and offered to review it, thinking it was the least I could do. Immediately I thought “CRAP!! I hope I like it!!” The last time I gave a non-favorable review, Rich “The Meister” Dillon, and I, got death…

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YESTERDAY AND TODAY – Yesterday and Today (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

YESTERDAY AND TODAY – Yesterday and Today (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

It’s time for another 1970’s classic album to be resurrected from the vault and given a spin. This time around we dig through the time capsule of 1976 for Yesterday and Today’s self-titled debut album. Yesterday and Today were formed in Oakland California in 1974 and consisted of singer/guitar player extraordinaire Dave Meniketti, bassist Phil Kennemore, rhythm guitarist Joey Alves and drummer, Leonard Haze. The debut album was released in 1976 on London Records. As…

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APRIL WINE – Electric Jewels (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

APRIL WINE – Electric Jewels (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

I’m back with another hidden gem of the 1970’s. Anybody remember 1973? A few albums you may have heard of that were released in 1973 included Dark Side of the Moon, Band on the Run, Houses of the Holy, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and of course Electric Jewels by April Wine. Ok, so you’ve heard of April Wine but can you go all the way back to their early catalog? Normally I like to showcase lesser…

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LEGIONS OF METAL – Complete Coverage 2017 (Festival Report)

LEGIONS OF METAL – Complete Coverage 2017 (Festival Report)

I am a hard rock and metal music fan. Many different genres and styles. Card carrying. Proud as hell. Totally necessary for life. It enhances yet also controls my life. It was not always so. In days gone by, some 30 years ago to as recent as 10 years back, I suffered abuse and ridicule for my listening pleasures. Today, those offenders, so-called friends, have been flushed away. Good riddance. I have new, real friends…

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30 YEARS LATER – A LOOK BACK AT THE LIFE OF LEGENDARY LUTHIER, KRIS DERRIG

30 YEARS LATER – A LOOK BACK AT THE LIFE OF LEGENDARY LUTHIER, KRIS DERRIG

May 14, 2017, marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of Kris Derrig.  A kind-hearted guitar nerd of the most adorable kind, Kris Derrig built arguably the most famous Les Paul in the world today – Slash’s 1959 Les Paul replica.  If you love Appetite For Destruction, you love the sound of this guitar.  If you’ve seen the “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” videos, you’ve seen this guitar.  Cruelly, Kris Derrig…

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EDGE OF PARADISE – Alive (EP Review)

EDGE OF PARADISE – Alive (EP Review)

One thing I absolutely LOVE about doing album reviews is that I get to discover bands that I wouldn’t discover any other way.  Edge Of Paradise is an American Symphonic metal band that was formed by singer Margarita Monet and guitarist Dave Bates in 2011. Alive by Edge Of Paradise (EP-3rd studio album, The ILS/Universal Group) Produced by: Chuck Johnson, Mixed by: Mike Plotnikoff, Michael Wagener, Jay Ruston The Good: If you haven’t heard Margarita…

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THE DIRTY DENIMS – Back With A Bang Pt. 1 (Album Review)

THE DIRTY DENIMS – Back With A Bang Pt. 1 (Album Review)

I have always said that the discovery of new music is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s certainly a favorite pastime for me in discovering new bands. It’s even better when they come to you! Behold The Dirty Denims from Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Vocalist Mirjam Sieben reached out via email upon seeing that I had reviewed The Amorettes latest album. She suggested that I may also enjoy The Dirty Denims given my praises…

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CYANIDE 4 – Nekyia (Album Review)

CYANIDE 4 – Nekyia (Album Review)

Cyanide: liquid, colorless, very volatile with a bitter almond odor and highly toxic. Cyanide 4: Hard, angry, with a bittersweet flavor. Also highly toxic. Results: raises adrenaline to the max. (so says the Facebook page at least) Looking for new, gritty, sleaze rock? Crave a sound that harkens back to the 80’s glam era of Los Angeles? Well, off to Greece with you then! I present Cyanide 4 based in Athens. Back in January 2017,…

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CITY BOY – Dinner at the Ritz (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

CITY BOY – Dinner at the Ritz (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

For this month’s installment of Hidden Gems of the 1970’s, “That 70’s Guy” goes all the way back to 1976 and gives new life to Dinner at the Ritz from City Boy. Technically from my memories, this album ranks in my top albums of 1977 as I purchased it in January of 77. I was unaware of the band up until then. It was when I had heard “Momma’s Boy” on what was considered new at…

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