MEISTER’S Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

MEISTER’S Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

The time of year has once again rolled around and is fast closing in. I feel suffocated, drowning. Like caught in the garbage compactor with Luke, Leia, Chewie, and Han I feel the walls closing in. This is for me the most difficult time of year and hardest Decibel Geek task to perform. A top ten is simply not enough for me. I need a top 30…or even 50 would be great! But alas, it…

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LOUDER THAN LIFE 2018 (Festival News)

LOUDER THAN LIFE 2018 (Festival News)

  It’s that time of year again. The first week of June. The year is halfway over, school is out (well it’s been out for me for about 25 years, but who’s counting?), the weather is hot and like clockwork, Danny Wimmer Presents just dropped the lineup for the 5th installment of the Louder Than Life festival. What is Louder Than Life you ask? Louder Than Life is a new(er) music festival which follows in…

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MEGAHERZ – Komet (February 23, 2018)

MEGAHERZ – Komet (February 23, 2018)

Let the curtain rise on Megaherz! Napalm Records have announced the release of the German rockers new album, entitled Komet, on February 23, 2018. Now, a tasty appetizer in the form of a track and music video premiere for the track “Vorhang auf” has been released.    ” “Vorhang auf” (let the curtain rise) is a song about our lives, the stage, the whole energy we share with the audience. The pain, the intoxication, the strength. An incredulous feeling…

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HITTMAN – Hittman (Album Review)

HITTMAN – Hittman (Album Review)

Contrary to popular belief, 1988 was a great year for rock and metal. Releases included …..And Justice For All (Metallica), Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (Iron Maiden) Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt II (Helloween) and Kings of Metal (Manowar) to name but a few, not to mention New Jersey (Bon Jovi). With all these big hitters on show, it’s not too difficult to see how Hittman and their self-titled debut slipped through the…

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ARKONA – Khram (January 19, 2018)

ARKONA – Khram (January 19, 2018)

Khram is the Russian word for temple – and the upcoming title of Arkona‘s hotly anticipated, eighth studio album, set to be released on January 19th, 2018 via Napalm Records! A khram is a temple shrouded in natural mysticism slumbering behind nocturnal treetops, yet open to everyone. The sincerity and depth that binds all five band members together resonates in the sumptuously dark cover artwork and leading lady Masha‘s lyrics that are written in her own blood (which is…

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SELENE – The Ravages Of Time (June 23, 2017)

SELENE – The Ravages Of Time (June 23, 2017)

Selene are very happy to announce the release of their second album The Ravages of Time, due for release June 23rd, 2017 The Ravages of Time continues to develop the sound Selene established on their debut release, showcasing the angelic soprano voice of Shonagh Lyons along with epic orchestration and heavy riffs, while also taking it in a more mature direction that is sure to satisfy fans of bands such as Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Kamelot, and…

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Albums Turning 30: Rough Cutt WANTS YOU!

Albums Turning 30: Rough Cutt WANTS YOU!

Thank goodness for record labels like Rock Candy, because if you clicked on this article you will probably love 90% of the albums that they have to offer. I saw a post on Facebook about their re-release of the 1986 classic Rough Cutt Wants You! on May 11th. This is a seriously great album by a seriously great band. Rough Cutt were one of the original L.A. glam metal bands getting their start in 1982. A band…

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Now Hear This: D.A.D. – Riskin' It All

     Disneyland After Dark formed in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1982. They were originally basically a cowpunk band, a rock band but heavily influenced by American country music, or rather the soundtracks to Hollywood westerns. After a threatened lawsuit from the Disney conglomerate the band decided to switch to an acronym for a name, D-A-D. I might have suggested a name change but I suppose they were being stubborn. I have to think that the…

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Now Hear This: I'm a Turbo lover

     Judas Priest’s tenth album Turbo is one of those albums that metalheads just love to hate. 1986 was definitely a confusing year for heavy metal fans. Looking back it’s ironic that at the same moment thrash metal was peaking with albums like Master of Puppets, Reign In Blood, and Peace Sells many of heavy metal’s earliest purveyors (Ozzy, Sabbath, Nugent, Priest, Quiet Riot) were jumping in the sack with keyboards and MTV. 1986 was…

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Now Hear This: All Things Must Pass

     I know, poor George Harrison, right? Oh, it must have been so hard, being the guitar player in the most popular and successful rock band in history. The world’s smallest violin gently weeps. But try to imagine how George Harrison, who developed into quite a talented songwriter in his own right, felt to find himself, understandably, entirely overshadowed by two insanely gifted and prolific geniuses named John Lennon and Paul McCartney. How triumphant…

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