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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DIEGO’S UMBRELLA – Edjka (Album Review)

DIEGO’S UMBRELLA – Edjka (Album Review)

I was recently asked if I could do a review of the latest release from Diego’s Umbrella. My first thought was “Who?” Usually, even if I have not heard a band I have at least of heard of them but not in this case. A quote from their website reflects my exact sentiments: “There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Diego’s Umbrella and those who don’t know them yet. Celebrated…

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STEEL RIVER – A Better Road (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

STEEL RIVER – A Better Road (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

It’s time again for another round of “That 70’s Guy – Retro Review”. For this one, we are going all the way back to 1971 and showcasing a Canadian trendsetter for what would become a staple for 1970’s hard rock. A Better Road from Steel River, an album I cherish still to this day both musically and personally.     Steel River was officially born in 1969 from the streets of Toronto and consisted of members Bob…

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SLEAZY ROXXX – Topless Suicide (Album Review)

SLEAZY ROXXX – Topless Suicide (Album Review)

From Prague, the capital city of The Czech Republic, I present to the Decibel Geek readers, glam rockers Sleazy RoXxX. Origins of Sleazy RoXxX span back to late 2009, yet the band was virtually unknown even in their home country. The re-release of their debut full-length, Dangerous Obsession, which had been self-issued in 2013, by record label City of Lights Recordings brought more attention. Even then with the sophomore effort, Topless Suicide being out since September 2016, it…

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A Chat with the SARACEN Guys (Audio Interview)

A Chat with the SARACEN Guys (Audio Interview)

I  recently had the great opportunity to catch a show by NWOBHM heroes Saracen at the Brofest Festival in Newcastle, UK. Read the review of the gig here! Saracen rarely play live and the albums are far in between. The band did a highly successful gig at the Keep It True Festival in Germany a couple of years back. They were scheduled to play last year’s Brofest but had to cancel due to illness within the…

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BROFEST #5 Wrap-Up Day 3 (Festival Review)

BROFEST #5 Wrap-Up Day 3 (Festival Review)

BROFEST UK 2017 FINAL DAY Here we go with the final day at Brofest #5 in Newcastle UK. So far over the last 2 days, we have seen some truly fantastic bands! Every act on the stage has come packing their A games to this incredibly well-organized festival event. For those enjoying the traditional or old school or NWOBHM or whatever you want to call it style would do well to consider this event next…

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