CRIMSON STAR – Bay View (Album Review)

CRIMSON STAR – Bay View (Album Review)

Life is full of surprises and can be gloriously optimistic.  When you review new music, it always pays to keep an open mind and not pre-judge anything.  This release has blown me away and I had never heard of Crimson Star until this week!  The Meister (our esteemed Editor) asked me to take a listen and to see what I thought. I firstly loved the album art, which is very seaside English and surreal and black…

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VAN ARX – Stand Together for Rock and Roll (Album Review)

VAN ARX – Stand Together for Rock and Roll (Album Review)

Van Arx. There’s a name for ya. Not knowing what to expect at all, I cued up this Perris Records issue. The Stand Together for Rock and Roll album became available back in June. Holy crap! Ripping this off the hop with no pretense, the first sounds emanating from the speakers had me checking to see if it was a KISS “Detroit Rock City” cover. It’s not, but that’s seriously all I can hear right…

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DIRTY DENIMS – Back With A Bang (Full Album) (Album Review)

DIRTY DENIMS – Back With A Bang (Full Album) (Album Review)

Behold, The Dirty Denims from Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Back in April, Mirjam Sieben reached out to me via email. Given my praises for The Amorettes latest album, she suggested that I may also enjoy The Dirty Denims. She had seen my review on Decibel Geek and included a press kit with their forthcoming album. Reported as part one of the album, it was a six-song EP I suppose with the second installment due out in October. I was a little thrown…

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MAX and IGGOR CAVALERA – Return to Roots Australia (Concert Review)

MAX and IGGOR CAVALERA – Return to Roots Australia (Concert Review)

The last time I saw the Cavalera brothers play together on a stage, was during the 1996 Roots tour at the Newport Centre in Wales. A gig which no one knew at the time would be their final outing together as Sepultura. Fast forward twenty years and one half of Sepultura has come together once again, to wow the unwashed masses with a complete run through of their seminal album Roots. The setting for this triumphant…

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FORCE MAJEURE – The Rise Of Starlit Fires (Album Review)

FORCE MAJEURE – The Rise Of Starlit Fires (Album Review)

In the neverending discovery of new bands and music, I present Force Majeure. The band exudes traditional metal, but inflected with some power elements. My first thoughts instantly gravitated to Doro. Why Doro Pesch? The German champion for female fronted metal issued her album Force Majeure in 1989 on the demise of Warlock. The Force Majeure moniker instantly takes me there in my head.  Hard to shake that image, but this is totally different. This Force Majeure is a melodic heavy…

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MICHAEL SWEET: The voice of STRYPER (Concert Review)

MICHAEL SWEET: The voice of STRYPER (Concert Review)

Michael Sweet – Solo acoustic tour Goldfield Trading Post 9/30/2017 Sacramento, CA While Stryper is on a bit of a hiatus, the energetic Michael Sweet never stops.  This man can’t stand still for a minute.  Whether it’s continually touring or releasing new music yearly under the monikers of Stryper, Michael Sweet, Sweet & Lynch, etc. etc. etc., obviously Sweet doesn’t believe in the statement that “Rock is dead!” Although I’ve seen 300+ shows in my…

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FOO FIGHTERS – Concrete and Gold (Album Review)

FOO FIGHTERS – Concrete and Gold (Album Review)

Foo Fighters were supposed to be on a long break. That’s what they said as they released the Saint Cecilia EP to thank their fans. Well, it didn’t take too long before Dave Grohl got the itch to start working again. Seemingly out of nowhere, they released the single for “Run.” That was our first taste of Concrete and Gold. On the morning it came out, I made a pit stop on my way to…

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The Glorious Sons – Young Beauties And Fools

The Glorious Sons – Young Beauties And Fools

The Glorious Sons first hit my radar with the redoubtable song “Sometimes on a Sunday”.  And their debut full length record, The Union,  was as good as any album released in 2014.  Their sophomore effort Young Beauties & Fools is a follow up that doesn’t disappoint.  Two records in I think its safe to include lead singer Brett Emmons among the best singer/lyricist’s in rock today. Young Beauties & Fools is a collection of auto-biographical…

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The British Invasion – SAXON/UFO in Toronto (Concert Review)

The British Invasion – SAXON/UFO in Toronto (Concert Review)

The British Invasion was in full force this week in Toronto as the Saxon/UFO co-headlining tour rolled through. This was a dream bill for me personally. That’s the only way to sum it up. The names of both Saxon and UFO appear in my full sleeve tattoo depicting a guitar case “stickered” with the logos of some fave bands. Both bands have been with me in listening rotations for years upon years. Both bands are…

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Another Reason I (And You Should Too) Support Local Bands More Than Ever!

Another Reason I (And You Should Too) Support Local Bands More Than Ever!

I can get so aggravated with the tiniest itsy bitsy issue, simply because of the principle of it, or lack thereof. Yes, this is going to be that kind of article, a principles based one. Let me set the table. I love live music. I go see and listen to a lot of live music. If I kept all the money that I spend on live music, well it would be a fair amount. Yet…

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