THE GENERATIONS ARMY – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog)

THE GENERATIONS ARMY – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog)

Coming across young Swedish Thrash Band, The Generations Army by way of recommendation from a friend, I was impressed. I reviewed their Voices and Visions (EP) and marked them on my “Do Not Miss” section for Sweden Rock 2019. Hailing from Höör/Ludvigsborg, Sweden, The Generations Army began in 2014. Billing themselves as a new generation of Thrash metal from southern Sweden The Generations Army houses in its ranks: Elvin Landaeus Csizmadia (Rythm Guitar, Lead Vocals),…

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GATHERING OF KINGS – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

GATHERING OF KINGS – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

Gathering of Kings issued their debut album, First Mission, earlier this year. It’s not so much of a regular band, more of a supergroup. A huge supergroup, in fact. As the brainchild of Ron Dahlgren, Gathering of Kings (also monikered as GOK) is a collection of talented musicians from the Swedish Hard Rock scene. Featuring members of Pretty Maids, Crashdiet, Masterplan, Saffire, Therion, and Night Flight Orchestra the roster is a veritable who’s who of…

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DEMON – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

DEMON – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

Demon are a British band formed in the late ’70s. They are considered an integral part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Splitting up in the ’90s, vocalist and sole remaining founding member Dave Hill reformed Demon in 2001. Throughout the years, Demon have amassed a thirteen album collection. I, Rich “The Meister” Dillon have seen Demon on a number of occasions, including during my first foray to Sweden Rock in 2013….

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CALL OF THE WILD 2019-Festival Review Blog

CALL OF THE WILD 2019-Festival Review Blog

Ever wonder what it’s like to hang with The Meister on one of his worldwide festival trips. On this audio episode of the CGCM Podcast, Rich “The Meister” Dillon checks in from the Call of the Wild 2019 Festival with a full contingent of impromptu interviews done on location with artists during the event. You’ll hear segments from bands like New Generation Superstars, The Erotics, Trucker Diablo, Kickin’ Valentina, Bai Bang, The Idol Dead, and…

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SAMANTHA FISH – Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms (Concert Review)

SAMANTHA FISH – Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms (Concert Review)

A Little Background… Samantha Fish is an American singer songwriter and blues guitarist from Kansas City in Missouri. She has been around since 2009 and, to be honest, has just come to my attention. Shame on me! The lady has around 9 albums out showing off her various styles, covering anything from blues, rock, soul and jazz. A very versatile artist. On this show she focussed on her last 3 albums, 2 of which feature original…

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JOYOUS WOLF – Concert Review | Place in Time EP Review

JOYOUS WOLF – Concert Review | Place in Time EP Review

Joyous Wolf Concert Review Millennials are my nemesis. The All About Me Generation.  They are group of snowflakes I shake my GET OFF MY LAWN old man fist at quite often. Selfies.  Avocado toast. Coachella herpes.  Bluetooth soundbars vs. a real stereo. Man buns and neck beards. Lack of lust for guitars. However, sometimes there are exceptions to the rule. And with that, I bring you my Joyous Wolf concert review. Meet Joyous Wolf. They…

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OVERKILL – Wings Over Minneapolis (Concert Review)

OVERKILL – Wings Over Minneapolis (Concert Review)

While I have never been a source of shame for my parents, I have definitely lived a life filled with milestones that aren’t necessarily “that’s my boy” territory.  You can officially add breaking my Overkill cherry to the “things my Mom won’t reference as a source of boastful parental pride at church group” pile.  (Sorry ma.  I gotta be me.)  It seems almost impossible I hadn’t seen Overkill prior to this.  In the mid Nineties,…

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RED CRUST FESTIVAL – EDINBURGH (Festival Review)

RED CRUST FESTIVAL – EDINBURGH (Festival Review)

Background To The Festival: This isn’t a full festival review, but rather a short round up about a brand new indoor festival in Edinburgh, Scotland called the Red Crust Festival. Held within the 500 person venue known as La Belle Angele, the event brought together bands both local to Edinburgh and around Scotland but also from England and Ireland and musically included old school rock, stoner, sludge, progressive, doom, post-hardcore amongst others. It certainly catered for a good…

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IRON MAIDENS in Stockholm (Concert Blog)

IRON MAIDENS in Stockholm (Concert Blog)

A couple of weeks back it was my birthday. I had the extreme pleasure of spending “Meister Day” (also “Wallygator Day” and “CGCM Day” among others) in a foreign country. A country that I love and am actually planning a move to in the future. And what a better way to spend a birthday than with amazing friends and lovely ladies? Welcome to my birthday blog featuring The IRON MAIDENS in Stockholm. In Stockholm, Sweden…

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GODSMACK – The Legend Is On The Rise (Concert Review)

GODSMACK – The Legend Is On The Rise (Concert Review)

It’s hard to believe it’s almost been 20 years since I first saw Godsmack on an Ozzfest side stage.  That S/T debut record from the Boston natives may have been the last real shift hard rock experienced.  Almost twenty years later finds the band touring in support of their 7th studio album When Legends Rise. Bringing Danish rockers Volbeat along wasn’t a bad idea either.   I’m not sure if this was considered a co-headlining…

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