ONE DESIRE – One Desire (Album Review)

ONE DESIRE – One Desire (Album Review)

One Desire are a rock band that hails from Finland. Innovative Italian label Frontiers Music Srl recently presented the birth of this new melodic rock band which features the former Sturm Und Drang man André Linman and Jonas Kuhlberg of Cains Offering along with Jimmy Westerlund and Ossi Sivula. The Frontiers Music Srl manager even noted that their upcoming album is a “strong contender for album of the year”. I have never heard of this band but…

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Conversation with SALEM (UK) Guitar Wizard Paul Macnamara (Interview)

Conversation with SALEM (UK) Guitar Wizard Paul Macnamara (Interview)

While attending Brofest in Newcastle, UK in February me and Rich “The Meister” Dillon took the opportunity to talk to Paul Macnamara of Salem (UK). We had chatted with the band about doing an interview in Newcastle as Salem (UK) was headlining the pre-party at Trillian’s Bar on Thursday evening. When we arrived on site we caught Paul selling T-shirts and merchandise for the band at the merch booth. We had a brief conversation with…

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GREEN DAY Budweiser Gardens London, Ontario (Concert Review)

GREEN DAY Budweiser Gardens London, Ontario (Concert Review)

Having waited 25 years to see Green Day meant my expectations were extremely heightened. Combine that with attending the show with our son who is as big a fan as I, made for some major expectations from both of us. We began by having dinner before the show and like any smart establishment near the venue, they played quite a bit of Green Day. Good start! Upon entering The Bud there was a massive line…

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SKELETOON – Ticking Clock (Album Review)

SKELETOON – Ticking Clock (Album Review)

With a name like SkeleToon, I wrongly presumed that these Italian rockers were some fun-loving hardcore band, but not so.  They are a rather tasty Power Metal outfit, who have their roots in the speedy riffing of Helloween – very nice.  However, they do like a joke, even when the music is super technical and serious. SkeleToon was born in 2011 when Mr. Tomi Fooler (Vocals) decided to form a band that was not in a…

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Teen Guitar Sensation AARON KEYLOCK Releases His Debut

Teen Guitar Sensation AARON KEYLOCK Releases His Debut

A friend of mine commented to me that he noticed all of my top 10 albums from 2016 were blues-based hard rock of one sort or another. Of course, he was right – growing up listening to Zeppelin and Eric Clapton will do that to you. Even my favorite band, Rush, played the blues in the early days. So when I’m not listening to hard rock, I’m often listening to straight up blues. I discovered…

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SATURN – Beyond Spectra (Album Review)

SATURN – Beyond Spectra (Album Review)

Coming soon to a record store near you (do they still exist?) is the sophomore album by Swedish rockers Saturn. Entitled Beyond Spectra the release is available via Rise Above Records from March 31, 2017. Saturn are billed as heavy metal space rockers but to my ear there’s not much metal to be had. That is no bad thing as the album is as solid as rock and generally harks back to the early 1970’s,…

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KXM Ups the Ante With Scatterbrain (Album Review)

KXM Ups the Ante With Scatterbrain (Album Review)

I really liked KXM‘s first self-titled album and was looking forward to this second release, Scatterbrain. My preference is to not listen to single tracks as they’re released but to get the entire experience, track by track, in order. The first track – the title track – was also the first single, so I got to start where everyone else did. I’ll be honest, I didn’t get it on the first listen, but the more I listen,…

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DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME – Die for Rock n’ Roll (Album Review)

DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME – Die for Rock n’ Roll (Album Review)

Thanks to Chris and Aaron for the introduction of Double Crush Syndrome on a recent Fresh Blood episode of Decibel Geek Podcast. I decided to check them out a little deeper. Hailing from Germany they have released their debut album and I have to tell you the 14 tracks rock from top to bottom. Hook-laden, punk hard rock vibes throughout and attitude front and center! Apparently, they rose from the ashes of a few other…

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SLEAZY ROXXX – Topless Suicide (Album Review)

SLEAZY ROXXX – Topless Suicide (Album Review)

From Prague, the capital city of The Czech Republic, I present to the Decibel Geek readers, glam rockers Sleazy RoXxX. Origins of Sleazy RoXxX span back to late 2009, yet the band was virtually unknown even in their home country. The re-release of their debut full-length, Dangerous Obsession, which had been self-issued in 2013, by record label City of Lights Recordings brought more attention. Even then with the sophomore effort, Topless Suicide being out since September 2016, it…

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A Chat with the SARACEN Guys (Audio Interview)

A Chat with the SARACEN Guys (Audio Interview)

I  recently had the great opportunity to catch a show by NWOBHM heroes Saracen at the Brofest Festival in Newcastle, UK. Read the review of the gig here! Saracen rarely play live and the albums are far in between. The band did a highly successful gig at the Keep It True Festival in Germany a couple of years back. They were scheduled to play last year’s Brofest but had to cancel due to illness within the…

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