HAWKWIND – Concert Review (The Neon, Newport)

HAWKWIND – Concert Review (The Neon, Newport)

‘Twas a wet and windy night in the Welsh wild frontier town of Newport when the legendary trippy rockers Hawkwind played to a packed house at new venue The Neon. This was the first gig I had been to in too long and I went with an old man’s wariness of what may have been a waste of good sleeping time.  However, it proved to be a good gig with plenty of life and humor….

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BROFEST #5 Newcastle UK – The Full Report (Festival Coverage)

BROFEST #5 Newcastle UK – The Full Report (Festival Coverage)

Well, here it is. Decibel Geek‘s complete coverage of our first experience at Brofest #5 in Newcastle UK. On hand for the event, we found Decibel Geek website editor/staff writer Rich “The Meister” Dillon, Swedish staff writer Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson and staff writer Graham “Sparky” Spark. The boys had a fantastic time overall, catching tons of great rock and meeting new friends and band members alike. Here you’ll find daily recap overview articles for each…

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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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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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Mockstrocity Tour 2017 – First Avenue

Mockstrocity Tour 2017 – First Avenue

Maybe rock has found it’s new movement.  Mock-N-Roll.  The Mockstrocity 2017 Tour features parody tribute bands.  The Black Sabbath meets McDonalds Mac Sabbath.  Nedal-core band Okilly Dokilly in which the members portray the wardrobe of Homer Simpson‘s neighbor Ned Flanders and Metalachi.  Which of course is a mariachi band performing mostly metal songs.   And for those of us in Minneapolis were given a special treat being that it was the only stop to also feature Metallagher, a…

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OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON Play Nostalgic Set at Brofest (Concert Review)

OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON Play Nostalgic Set at Brofest (Concert Review)

The headlining act of Brofest day 1 needs no introduction to the hard rock fan. This was a really anticipated gig for me being a huge Saxon fan but I am also proud to call myself a huge fan of the Son of a Bitch record released in 1996. Son of a Bitch is, of course, the original name of the band before changing it to Saxon on the record label’s advice. By the time…

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BOBAFLEX at Opinion Brewing Company

BOBAFLEX at Opinion Brewing Company

This just in.  Bobaflex is on tour.  It’s hard to comprehend when they have time to record their music.  They are eternally on the road.  If you didn’t know Bobaflex are one of hard rock and metal’s best.  For the life of me, I can’t understand how “Bury Me With My Guns” isn’t a hard rock radio staple.   It is a fist-pumping classic that fits right in the formats most overplayed tracks.  That injustice hasn’t…

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LORDI at the Opera House Toronto (Concert Review)

LORDI at the Opera House Toronto (Concert Review)

Toronto Loves a Monsterman! A Lordi Concert Review I remember being introduced to the band Lordi way back in 2006 sometime near the release of The Arockalypse album. Being a lifelong KISS fan, I loved the whole “monster” vibe and my inner 12-year old threw his fist in the air! I couldn’t wait to go and experience this band live. Well, it took eleven years for these fine looking Finnish rockers to finally land in…

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SARACEN Kills It At Brofest – (Concert Review)

SARACEN Kills It At Brofest – (Concert Review)

When taking a quick look at the bill at Brofest, Saracen might seem a little bit misplaced. These metal progrockers from Matlock, Derbyshire widely used keyboard as part of their sound from the very beginning and the approach is much more melodic than your usual NWOBHM band. The songs have a slight proggy touch but are very melodic and catchy. The Saracen gig was one of the anticipated highlights for me personally at Brofest. The…

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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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