SPARTAN WARRIOR – Hell to Pay (Album Review)

SPARTAN WARRIOR – Hell to Pay (Album Review)

Behold the warrior! Spartan Warrior! Blasting from Great Britain, Spartan Warrior was a part of the NWOBHM movement issuing their first album, Steel n’ Chains, in 1983. The band consisted of Dave Wilkinson (vocals), Neil Wilkinson (guitar), Tom Spencer (bass), Gordon Webster (drums) and Paul Swaddle (guitar). 1984 saw their self-titled sophomore effort hitting shelves. Back then it really was shelves, nowadays I have to say hitting computer screens. Both releases acquired critical acclaim but tensions…

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MILE – The World In Focus (Album Review)

MILE – The World In Focus (Album Review)

Ah, Sweden! A veritable hotbed of music these days. That Scandinavian country just keeps on giving and giving in all music genres. This round we have uncovered another golden gem called simply Mile. This band is a fairly new addition into the music scene having formed in 2012. The band began comprised of former members of the band Cabinett in Marcus Karlsson (vocals), Fredrik Palm (guitars), and Marcus Folke (bass). Joining the crew and completing the lineup,…

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JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA – Age of Discovery (Album Review)

JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA – Age of Discovery (Album Review)

OK, to be honest, I’m a bit confused here. The band Impera issued three great melodic rock albums, 2012’s Legacy of Life, 2013’s Pieces of Eden and 2015’s Empire of Sin. Now we see drummer Johan Kihlberg‘s name attached above the Impera font for the forthcoming Age of Discovery. Due out February 23, 2018, thanks to AOR Heaven, this is not just a rebranding of Impera. The press release bills it as Johan Kihlberg‘s debut…

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MARK DANIEL – New Truth EP (EP Review)

MARK DANIEL – New Truth EP (EP Review)

I’m a hard Rock guy. A face-melting kinda guy. Blistering solos tastefully positioned in the song. NWOBHM, Power Metal are preferred genres. I hate ballads (mostly…some of the classics from my youth warm my heart though). Don’t misunderstand me though, I’m also a vocals and melody guy. That being said sometimes a little lighter fare really hits the spot. Remember, I’m a melody guy at heart, a lover of 80s pop even. So a recent…

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STRAY BULLETS – Shut Up (Album Review)

STRAY BULLETS – Shut Up (Album Review)

Italian sleaze! That’s right, Italy’s Stray Bullets have entered the glam/sleaze race with their January 26, 2018, issued Shut Up album. In some stretches of the imagination, this could be considered their debut album. Forming in Verona, Italy in 2007, Stray Bullets took three years of writing and recording to issue Lost Soul Town. The album featured ten tracks entirely played and recorded by the band as a home-made recording. Since then, Stray Bullets have…

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A MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2018 Blog

A MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2018 Blog

Inspired by a Facebook post from a fellow cruiser that I stumbled upon in one of the MORC pages, I decided to write this blog. The Monsters of Rock Cruise is very special to me. Here’s my story and what Monsters of Rock Cruise has done for me. When I went on my first Monsters of Rock Cruise, it was about the music. 100%. Discovering the cruise through the Keel website by chance, I was…

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LEGIONS of METAL II – Up To Date Lineup (News)

LEGIONS of METAL II – Up To Date Lineup (News)

LEGIONS OF METAL II 2018 Born out of the ashes of Ragnarokkr Festival, the premiere Legions of Metal took place in Chicago last year. A fully loaded bill loaded with old school Traditional flavored metal bands from around the world. Held over three days, including a pre-party, the event saw Decibel Geek website editor Rich “The Meister” Dillon making the journey from Toronto. Heralded as a great success by festival attendees and judging by the announcement of year two, organizers also. Get ready for Legions…

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SWEDEN ROCK Announce 2018 NEMIS Stage Bands (News)

SWEDEN ROCK Announce 2018 NEMIS Stage Bands (News)

One of the highlights at the Sweden Rock Festival is the NEMIS Stage. Showcasing younger independent Swedish bands, NEMIS stands for New Music In Sweden. I, personally, always make a point to check out the NEMIS bands and have discovered some unplucked gems throughout the years. It looks like another great crop in 2018, especially seeing Frontback in the announcement as I enjoy their 2013 issued Born With A Secret album. Official Press Release Announcement of NEMIS…

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SWEDEN ROCK 2018 Enlists Two More Bands (News)

SWEDEN ROCK 2018 Enlists Two More Bands (News)

In addition to an already blistering lineup, Sweden Rock reveals two more. Just announced early this morning as joining the already massive band list at Sweden Rock 2018 are The Darkness and Glenn Hughes. Here’s the official announcement translated from Swedish via Google Translate: Two new acts are now confirmed for the Sweden Rock Festival: The Darkness and Glenn Hughes performs classic Deep Purple. The Darkness got a slight sensational breakthrough with the debut album Permission to Land…

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SWEDEN ROCK 2018 Anticipation #1 – 2013 Recap (Blog)

SWEDEN ROCK 2018 Anticipation #1 – 2013 Recap (Blog)

Thinking ahead to Sweden Rock 2018 makes me think back a few years. I always wanted to go to one of those huge rock/metal festivals in Europe. Every year I look at the lineup of Wacken, dreams running wild. Many of the bands were ones that I have loved since forever. I believed I would never see them here in Toronto Canada in most cases. In 2012, I became affiliated with the Decibel Geek Podcast…

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