UGLY KID JOE – Capitol, Perth City (Concert Review)

UGLY KID JOE – Capitol, Perth City (Concert Review)

Ok, Ugly Kid Joe‘s leadoff single “Everything About You” was a bit of a novelty track when it first came out, with its dumb lyrics and teenage libido but hiding behind that song was a band that rocks out and parties like it’s 1999. Their first full-length album, Americas Least Wanted, followed hot on its heels and definitely didn’t disappoint. In my opinion, there is not a bad track on this album and when I heard that…

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BRODERO – Liars and Thieves (Single Review)

BRODERO – Liars and Thieves (Single Review)

Put together by brothers Jake and Paul Figueroa (formerly of Crobot), Brodero is rounded out on lead guitar by fellow New Jersey boy Joe Cirotti.  Their first single, “Liars and Thieves”, drops on December 12th.  It is a rifftastic little ditty which may or may not be a reference to Jake and Paul’s prior band.  When asked, Jake was more pragmatic saying “I mean, we are all liars and thieves in someway right?”  The lyrics…

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MINDFEELS – XXenty (Album Review)

MINDFEELS – XXenty (Album Review)

Mindfeels are an Italian AOR band who started their career as an instrumental tribute to American jazz and AOR rockers Toto. In fact, the band have even gone so far as to name themselves after a Toto album, albeit with a different spelling (“Mindfields” is the name of the album). It therefore comes as no surprise that the album and music they create is well crafted and melodic, with hints of jazz fusion and heavy…

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GALACTIC COWBOYS – Long Way Back to the Moon (Album Review)

GALACTIC COWBOYS – Long Way Back to the Moon (Album Review)

When your band hasn’t released an album in over 17 years or an album with the original lineup since 1993, it’s a pretty big deal to be releasing a new album with the original lineup in 2017! So when the Galactic Cowboys announced that they would be releasing a new album this year, naturally fans of the band were excited! The bad news is that Wally Farkas, with his killer tone and vintage emotional solos,…

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TOOTHGRINDER – Phantom Amour (Album Review)

TOOTHGRINDER – Phantom Amour (Album Review)

New Jersey Noise Machine Toothgrinder Pushes Boundaries with Phantom Amour Release! These are times for changing.  The world is set on its head and the boundaries for everything are moving.  Likewise, changes are dramatic for bands like New Jersey’s Toothgrinder, with a new ground-breaking long player being recently released. I reviewed their debut record (Nocturnal Masquerades) for Decibel Geek in 2016 and found it to be an amazingly diverse record, but one with an abrasiveness…

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SOULDRINKER – War Is Coming (Album Review)

SOULDRINKER – War Is Coming (Album Review)

Souldrinker have arrived and they’ve brought war! The, I believe German, outfit dropped their debut full-length War is Coming on November 3, 2017, courtesy of El Puerto Records. November 24, 2017, for CD & vinyl in North America. And what a release it is! Having had the pleasure of possessing a promo download of this for a few weeks now, Souldrinker have enhanced my hour plus bus commute to work each day. Loaded with heavy riffs…

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LET THERE BE OZ ROCK – Part 2 (Blog/Feature)

LET THERE BE OZ ROCK – Part 2 (Blog/Feature)

Beauty and the Beasts Rise from the Crowd So here we are again my friends and I hope that you enjoyed the first part of Let There be OZ Rock. And do we ever have much more for you this time. So last time I hit you with a band you probably hadn’t heard of Black Steel, the Aussie party band Airbourne and the legendary but little known The Living End. This time we’re going to…

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Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats – Vol 1 (Album Review)

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats – Vol 1 (Album Review)

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats have been around for around eight years now. Formed in Cambridge England and named quite brilliantly after a band that featured the late ex-Cactus singer Rusty Day from around 1980 or 81 called Uncle Acid And The Permanent Damage Band. There are elements of Cactus in what they do, a sludgy, fuzzy, dirty, sound especially bass wise and the fact the album sounds like it was recorded around 1969 when…

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LYDIA CAN’T BREATHE – Tastes New (Album Review)

LYDIA CAN’T BREATHE – Tastes New (Album Review)

Very Weird, But Very Metal – Faith No More’s Bastard Sons Break Out Of The Asylum Do you like Faith No More?  Do you like your metal crazy and improvisational?  If so, read on my friends and let the craziness begin. “187 Stupid” Is a bit of a mess, but I like this mess.  There’s a rapping like vocal, mixed with a melodic clean vocal thrown in with some brutal growling, which sounds like it’s…

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KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – Lay It On Down (Album Review)

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – Lay It On Down (Album Review)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Lays In On Down In 1995, I heard about some 16-year blues guitar player who was making some news. I kept hearing about the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. I checked out Kenny Wayne Shepherd and he was the real deal. He blew me away. I’ve followed most of his career which has included pure blues, blues rock and edgier rock. His newest CD, Lay It On Down, continues his stellar guitar work….

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