MASTERPLAN – PumpKings (Album Review)

MASTERPLAN – PumpKings (Album Review)

Masterplan‘s PumpKings launches off the starting line like a stone being fired from Dennis The Menace‘s slingshot! The album features new recordings of old Helloween compositions. Revisiting his former band, Masterplan leader Roland Grapow has re-vamped the material. The album became available on August 11, 2017, thanks to AFM Records. Guitarist Roland Grapow joined German trail blazing power metallers Helloween in 1989 taking over for founding guitarist Kai Hansen. Remaining with Helloween for twelve years, Grapow also recorded…

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ALICE COOPER – Paranormal (Album Review)

ALICE COOPER – Paranormal (Album Review)

I may be in the minority, but I love when classic rock artists put out new music. I’m not saying I always like the finished product, but I like getting something new. The new Alice Cooper CD Paranormal is one I was really looking forward to, but as much as I hate to say it, it misses the mark. Paranormal had a lot going for it. Great guest stars like ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Deep Purple’s Roger…

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ROCK ON THE RANGE Wrap-Up (Festival Review)

ROCK ON THE RANGE Wrap-Up (Festival Review)

Even though the 11th annual Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio turned out to be more of Rain on the Range, it wasn’t a total loss. Minus a couple of bands on Friday night, every artist performed. It was a tough year for the promoters with the death of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden (who were supposed to be the headliner on Friday night) and an uncooperative Mother Nature. The official attendance for the 3-day…

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AERACO – Baptized By Fire (Album Review)

AERACO – Baptized By Fire (Album Review)

Now I’m not gonna beat about the bush here, this album by Aeraco is fucking ace. There are 13 songs on Baptized By Fire and each and every one gets the blood and fist pumping. There are no fillers here my friends, no way. This album is chock full of heavy, heavy music but it also crams in melody, stories, and solos to die for. Baptized By Fire is the follow-up to Aeraco’s debut offering All…

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RESISTANCE – Metal Machine (Album Review)

RESISTANCE – Metal Machine (Album Review)

June 27, 2017, saw No Remorse Records issue Metal Machine, the latest from Resistance. Coming to fruition in the millennium year of 2000, Resistance hail from Los Angeles, California. Signing with Finland’s Lion Music in 2004 saw their debut album, Lies In Black, hit stores the same year. What has been described as a conceptual masterpiece, Patents Of Control followed in 2007 before Resistance would fall silent for eight years. Returning in 2015 they issued an EP…

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ROCK ON THE RANGE – Day Three (Festival Review)

ROCK ON THE RANGE – Day Three (Festival Review)

Following yet another stormy night, we prepared ourselves for the last day of the Rock on the Range music festival. Forecasters had predicted all week that this would be the day with the highest chance of storms sticking around all day. After all the frustrating weather delays we had already endured, we crossed our fingers and said a little prayer for good weather as we headed to Mapfre Stadium. This was the day that had…

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BURNT OUT WRECK – Swallow (Album Review)

BURNT OUT WRECK – Swallow (Album Review)

Burnt Out Wreck‘s Swallow is one of those albums that you love right away on the first spin. But you don’t know that you do. Know what I mean? It’s the kind of album that just sticks in your psyche as you spin it while not totally concentrating. You find yourself tapping your toe without realizing it. You find yourself coming back to it time and time again. The album is fully loaded with tons…

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KICKIN VALENTINA – Imaginary Creatures (Album Review)

KICKIN VALENTINA – Imaginary Creatures (Album Review)

Just like I hope most of you do, I listen to every single episode of the Decibel Geek podcast. The podcast is a great way to hear interesting interviews and conversations, but most of all, it is the best way to find new music from hard rock/heavy metal artists. On Fresh Blood Volume 4 – Episode 239, Aaron Camaro introduced us to a band from Atlanta, GA called Kickin Valentina. I loved the song he…

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ROCK ON THE RANGE – Day Two (Festival Review)

ROCK ON THE RANGE – Day Two (Festival Review)

Day one of Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio had a promising start before storms rolled in and caused a lengthy delay. The skies continued to drench the area throughout the night and the morning of the second day was quite overcast, but we were hopeful that it would be a better day. Weather forecasters had been saying for some time that Saturday would be the best day weather-wise for awhile so we weren’t…

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ANTAREZ – Against The Wall (EP Review)

ANTAREZ – Against The Wall (EP Review)

Antarez. Sounds extremely heavy for some reason. Is that just me? Probably, but in case it’s not I’m here to make sure you don’t get fooled. The band absolutely rocks, to be sure…but are nowhere near the cookie monster-ish output that I was expecting. The band came to my attention thanks to them sending me a physical copy of this debut EP on a recommendation from my friend Diane Webb at website Yesterdaze News . I…

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