TOKYO BLADE Close Brofest on a High Note (Concert Review)

TOKYO BLADE Close Brofest on a High Note (Concert Review)

When asked about NWOBHM, thoughts are immediately turned to the likes of Iron Maiden, Saxon, Tygers of Pan Tang and Girlschool. A name that should have been on most fans lips would be Tokyo Blade. The band has shared stages with the likes of Metallica, Dio, Blue Öyster Cult, and Scorpions.  On this night Brofest, Newcastle, UK had “the Blade” as the festival headliners and they had the honor of closing the festival on Sunday. Tokyo Blade…

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BE-BOP DELUXE – Futurama (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

BE-BOP DELUXE – Futurama (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

It’s time for another “That 70’s Guy – Retro Review”. This time the 70’s hidden gem will be 1975’s Futurama by Be-Bop Deluxe. If there is any guitar player that sits at the top of any list of underrated 6 stringers it should be Bill Nelson. You probably won’t hear his name mentioned anywhere nor I bet you have even heard the name. Believe me, Bill can play! In my opinion, he sits in a…

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Interview with INTICE and former ROXX GANG guitarist JEFF VITOLO

Interview with INTICE and former ROXX GANG guitarist JEFF VITOLO

Hi Jeff, Hope everything is ok with you and thanks for taking your time and answering my questions on Intice which just released a CD with archive material. Check out my review of the Intice release here (Intice – The Legacy Album Review) including some history on the band from 1. Your former band Intice just got a full CD of 1980’s and early 1990’s material released by Demon Doll Records. How does it feel…

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SALEM Turn Up The Heat at Brofest Pre-Party! (Concert Review)

SALEM Turn Up The Heat at Brofest Pre-Party! (Concert Review)

The headlining act of the pre-party for Brofest, Newcastle, UK at Trillian’s Rock bar on Thursday night was the superb hard rockers Salem from Hull, UK. I must admit I did not know of them during their first period of life (1980-1983). This is not very strange as I was around 10 years old and was not into hard rock at the moment. With a rare vinyl single and a couple of demos the word did not…

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Brofest #5 Wrap Up Day 2 (Festival Review)

Brofest #5 Wrap Up Day 2 (Festival Review)

Bring on Brofest day #2! Enjoying a light breakfast at the hotel we were off to explore a little of Newcastle ahead of our planned meeting with Paul Macnamara of Salem. We toured around, locating the venue and basically learning how not to get lost after large amounts of drinking that was going to ensue today. Paul met us at Three Bulls Heads Pub and we chatted for over 2 hours about all things music…

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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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