EVIL CINDERELLA – Dangerous Inside (EP Review)

EVIL CINDERELLA – Dangerous Inside (EP Review)

Holy 80s Batman! Awesome stuff! My two initial reactions/thoughts when checking out the Dangerous Inside EP from Evil Cinderella. Once again, the band’s logo doesn’t lie! It, in fact, tells you exactly what’s inside. This is loaded with the catchy hooks, epic choruses and soaring guitar riffs you’d expect in the 80s. They must be Swedish since that’s the hotbed of melodic metal and 80s influenced bands right now. Nope, wrong again Meister! They are…

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SISTER SWITCHBLADE – Best Served Cold (Album Review)

SISTER SWITCHBLADE – Best Served Cold (Album Review)

Getting mail is a wonderful thing! It’s always exciting to check your mailbox and find that package of music and/or merchandise that you ordered from a band you love. What a pleasant surprise it is to find something sent from a band that you’ve never heard of that turns out to blow your mind! Such is the case with Best Served Cold, the debut album from Australia’s Sister Switchblade. The band rises from the ashes…

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MILLENNIUM – Awakening (Album Review)

MILLENNIUM – Awakening (Album Review)

In what seems to be a new trend of more obscure bands from the 80s resurging The Meister has uncovered another gem. Welcome to the new Millennium, one might say (pun fully intended). The Awakening album from UK’s Millennium is set for self-release in October 2017. After repeatedly listening to the album on commutes to and from work the past week or so, I can comfortably announce that Awakening will be a top ten of the…

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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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