The Sun Rises Red In Minnesota (Concert Review)

The Sun Rises Red In Minnesota (Concert Review)

Like many, my first exposure to Red Sun Rising was hearing the Alice In Chains tinged “Otherside”.  I liked it but seeing them live was a game changer.  Let the band crush begin.   And not because the members of Red Sun Rising are the physical manifestation of the Marvin Gaye song “Let’s Get It On”.  (Or the Aldis Snow track “Inside You”), it’s because Red Sun Rising just gets better every time I see them.  Recently on tour with openers Badflower…

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SAINTED SINNERS – DAVID REECE (Interview / CD Review)

SAINTED SINNERS – DAVID REECE (Interview / CD Review)

“Generation”…(insert bassline here)….“Clash”. For those that have no clue what I am referring to in the previous sentence then you are missing out on one of the coolest songs from one of the most underrated albums to come out of the eighties. “Generation Clash” was the lead off single and video to Accept‘s 1989 Eat The Heat album. The video for this song was my introduction to vocalist David Reece who stepped in as replacement…

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GEOFF TATE – The Whole Story (Concert Review)

GEOFF TATE – The Whole Story (Concert Review)

Geoff Tate has always been a bit of a round peg in a square hole. Or is it square peg in a round hole?  Nonetheless.  In the early 80’s fronting Queensryche he seemed as good a fit as any for a burgeoning metal singer. He certainly had the pipes.  But as the decade progressed and the image of an 80’s metal singer started to take shape, Geoff seemed more and more like a fish out…

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HAVOC – Back for the Kill! (Album Review)

HAVOC – Back for the Kill! (Album Review)

The American melodic metallers Havoc formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, way back in 1986 by guitarist Mark Weddington, bass player Mark Lyerly, drummer Michael James and lead vocalist Binney Orrell. The band soon started gigging around and very fast became a stable at the N.Y.C. club scene. They built a strong local following by honing their live skills and earned a reputation for always putting on a great show. Havoc recorded and released a self-financed and…

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CODE ORANGE – Forever (Album Review)

CODE ORANGE – Forever (Album Review)

One of the most intriguing and unpredictable bands in metal at the moment, Code Orange is back with a brand new album and a brand new set of surprises. Formerly known as Code Orange Kids, Code Orange have grown both musically and literally since their first demo, Winter Tour Demo (2009). Starting off as a hardcore punk band not yet old enough to play most venues, Code Orange Kids have come a long way and…

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NUNCHUCKER – Motherf*cker Superior (Album Review)

NUNCHUCKER – Motherf*cker Superior (Album Review)

No matter how many new albums come our way for the rest of 2017, none of them will beat Motherfucker Superior for best title of the year. The cover of the album by Nunchucker also rams its point home with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. I personally couldn’t comment on whether it’s the best or worst cover ever (best). The genesis of Nunchucker can be traced back to 2006 when the band’s two main protagonists,…

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WRETCH – The Hunt (Album Review)

WRETCH – The Hunt (Album Review)

It appears that Wretch is a popular band name in the US. We have Wretch from Indianapolis, who purvey doom metal and Wretch from South Carolina who give us goth/black metal. However, we are to concentrate today on Wretch from Cleveland, Ohio, who specialize in power metal, which I must say I prefer. The band formed in 1984 and the Hunt, which is out February 24 on Pure Steel Records, is their third full-length album…

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (Album Review)

BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (Album Review)

I had a girlfriend once who wanted to celebrate every anniversary. The first time we saw a movie. First time we kissed. First time we made love. I didn’t buy into it. Firstly, I’m not an anniversary type of guy, usually. But this is one anniversary worth celebrating. Irish rockers Thin Lizzy celebrate 40 years of rocking the world this year. Now that’s something to pop the bubbly over! Things look a little different in…

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GnR Swing Their Katanas in Tokyo

GnR Swing Their Katanas in Tokyo

Guns n Roses – Saitama Super Arena, Jan. 29, 2017 They don’t call it a Super Arena for nothing. Under a cavernous roof in the second largest indoor arena in the world, 35,000 people were spread around a giant floor space, which was packed with chairs (no General Admission tickets for this show) to see GnR, and they didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money on Axl and company until I…

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PAINFUL PRIDE – Lost Memories (Album Review)

PAINFUL PRIDE – Lost Memories (Album Review)

“Long awaited” and “long time in the making” are oft-used phrases while we wait on tenterhooks for a band’s latest offering. Take Metallica and Hardwired…To Self Destruct, 8 years we had to hang around. Whether it was worth it is a discussion for another day. That time, though, is no time at all when compared to how long it has taken the debut album by Painful Pride to see the light of day. The band…

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