CYANIDE 4 – Nekyia (Album Review)

CYANIDE 4 – Nekyia (Album Review)

Cyanide: liquid, colorless, very volatile with a bitter almond odor and highly toxic. Cyanide 4: Hard, angry, with a bittersweet flavor. Also highly toxic. Results: raises adrenaline to the max. (so says the Facebook page at least) Looking for new, gritty, sleaze rock? Crave a sound that harkens back to the 80’s glam era of Los Angeles? Well, off to Greece with you then! I present Cyanide 4 based in Athens. Back in January 2017,…

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GENERATION AXE Swings in Tokyo (Concert Review)

GENERATION AXE Swings in Tokyo (Concert Review)

It was a hot and smoky room as we filed into the Zepp Tokyo theater. Not to be confused with the Zepp DiverCity Tokyo theater just 1/2 a mile away, this one can be found under the giant Ferris Wheel on Tokyo Bay. The room was packed to the rafters – 800+ strong – and we all stood in anticipation. Suddenly there was a helpful announcement from the front – “This is a 3-hour show….

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JD MILLER – World War X (Album Review)

JD MILLER – World War X (Album Review)

Swedish bands have a great tradition of producing fine music in both the power metal and AOR/melodic rock genres and, on World War X, JD Miller seems to be trying to cross the divide and amalgamate the two. Does it work? I’m not too sure. Mighty Music is releasing the record on April 28, 2017, and will be hoping it appeals to fans of those who like their rock melodious but with the big forceful…

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CITY BOY – Dinner at the Ritz (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

CITY BOY – Dinner at the Ritz (That 70’s Guy Retro-Review)

For this month’s installment of Hidden Gems of the 1970’s, “That 70’s Guy” goes all the way back to 1976 and gives new life to Dinner at the Ritz from City Boy. Technically from my memories, this album ranks in my top albums of 1977 as I purchased it in January of 77. I was unaware of the band up until then. It was when I had heard “Momma’s Boy” on what was considered new at…

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BONAFIDE – Flames (Album Review)

BONAFIDE – Flames (Album Review)

Flames by Bonafide (7th studio album, released in February 2017, Off Yer Rocker Records) Bonafide is a Swedish hard rock band, formed by singer/guitarist Pontus Snibb in 2006. Honestly, until I got to do this review…I had never heard of them. The Good: The opening track “Back in Flames” is a bluesy tune with a great riff and a cool vocal melody. This song is perfectly placed on the album to get you interested. “Smoke…

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VESCERA – Beyond the Fight (Album Review)

VESCERA – Beyond the Fight (Album Review)

Vocalist Michael Vescera has inked a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The Vescera name should be familiar to many from the late 80’s/early 90’s Loudness area, specifically the Soldier of Fortune and On The Prowl albums. If not there, how about Yngwie Malmsteen‘s mid 90’s The Seventh Sign or Magnum Opus albums? Or any number of other projects including his own MVP (Mike Vescera Project). Michael Vescera also lent his talents to Italian band Bastian…

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MARILLION – Marbles In The Park (Album Review)

MARILLION – Marbles In The Park (Album Review)

“Put it away this dream you can’t stop dreaming, Put it away this anger and desire, The open road is infinitely hopeful” – Don’t Hurt Yourself Do you ever remember a year in your life that is extra special?  For me, 2004 was an extraordinary year of change, littered with memories I will treasure forever.  2004 was the year I got married to an amazing woman and the year I first went to Italy to…

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LIV SIN – Follow Me (Album Review)

LIV SIN – Follow Me (Album Review)

After the sudden, tragic, and immensely disappointing for their fans (Meister) break-up of Swedish band Sister Sin, Liv Jagrell returns! Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Sister Sin was a hard rock band fronted by venomous female vocalist Liv Jagrell. Together with her bandmates, founder Dave Sundberg (drums), Strandh (bass), and Jimmy Hiltula (guitars), Sister Sin issued five albums. Many of them were reviewed for Decibel Geek by The Meister, a huge fan who also interviewed Jagrell on 2…

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BEYOND THE LABYRINTH – The Art Of Resilience (Album Review)

BEYOND THE LABYRINTH – The Art Of Resilience (Album Review)

So, this Dark Lord I know sidles up to me and says, “wanna review this band called Beyond The Labyrinth? Great knowledge will you gain.”  As if in a trance, I accepted this challenge and got to work listening to their magnum opus The Art Of Resilience in the darkness of my medieval castle. The ghosts of Marillion and Asia haunt this release.  The Belgian band obviously reveres prog rockers but melds in more pop…

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DIEGO’S UMBRELLA – Edjka (Album Review)

DIEGO’S UMBRELLA – Edjka (Album Review)

I was recently asked if I could do a review of the latest release from Diego’s Umbrella. My first thought was “Who?” Usually, even if I have not heard a band I have at least of heard of them but not in this case. A quote from their website reflects my exact sentiments: “There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Diego’s Umbrella and those who don’t know them yet. Celebrated…

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