LORDS OF THE TRIDENT – Shadows From The Past (Album Review)

LORDS OF THE TRIDENT – Shadows From The Past (Album Review)

Shadows From The Past is the fourth studio album from Lords of the Trident, who, on the face of it, you would expect to hail from Scandinavia but in fact come from Madison, Wisconsin. To me, they’re a power metal band with hints of symphonics going on. A heady, and enjoyable, mix. Whilst their image is of tongue-in-cheek piss-taking of the sword and sorcery arm of metal, the songs are all seriously performed and delivered…

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CLUTCH – Ogden Theatre, Denver CO (Concert Review)

CLUTCH – Ogden Theatre, Denver CO (Concert Review)

Clutch Concert Review 2018 – Clutch rocked Denver on October 2, 2018, during their Book of Bad Decisions tour with a concert packed with energy, humor and straight talk – no jive. After a week of cancelled dates due to the ManFlu, the date at the Ogden Theatre was their first time back on stage. “Glad to be in Denver tonight! We’ve been feeling like Nosferatu’s underwear lately.” – Neil Fallon While trying to process Neil Fallon’s…

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LIZZIES – On Thin Ice (Album Review)

LIZZIES – On Thin Ice (Album Review)

Spanish rockers Lizzies return on October 5 with their sophomore album entitled On Thin Ice. As you can see, it either has the best album cover of all time, or the worst, I just can’t decide. Either way, it follows a well worn tradition of New Wave of British Heavy Metal album covers of badly drawn efforts belying the true greatness beneath, and for Lizzies the 1980’s is where it’s at. The four-piece mainly female…

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STRIKER / LUTHARO – Velvet Underground Toronto (Concert Review)

STRIKER / LUTHARO – Velvet Underground Toronto (Concert Review)

Unleash the Archers are coming to Toronto. Meh. Supporting them are Edmonton’s Striker. Now that I’m in for. A longtime fan, I’ve never seen Striker in concert as yet. Throw in local support Lutharo, who my friend Jamie O’Toole has been telling me I need to see since forever. I’ve traveled further and paid more just to see supports and openers! So, I find myself at Velvet Underground on Queen Street Toronto on a Monday…

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MIA KLOSE – Stronger (Album Review)

MIA KLOSE – Stronger (Album Review)

UK based Swedish singer Mia Klose first came to my attention thanks to Sweden Rock Festival. In 2013 I made my inaugural trek trans-Atlantic to attend my first Sweden Rock, not my last! Prior to departing Toronto for the adventure, I performed my due diligence on many, many bands of the 80 act roster that were completely unknown to me. Sadly, I found little to nothing on Mia Klose in the way of albums for…

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TOKYO BLADE – Unbroken (Album Review)

TOKYO BLADE – Unbroken (Album Review)

Tokyo Blade are renowned for their contribution to the classic era of New Wave of British Heavy Metal and especially their classic self-titled debut. However, they’re much more than that and in the intervening period have released 12 studio albums. Yes, they’ve had their ups and downs, break-ups and disagreements, but what relationships haven’t had some of that over the course of 40 years? Since the band reformed in 2010 with four of the original…

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DARKNESS DIVINE – Prelude (EP Review)

DARKNESS DIVINE – Prelude (EP Review)

Darkness Divine are a female fronted 5 piece band from Glasgow in Scotland, who I first came across in Bannerman’s bar in Edinburgh. I was most impressed at what I saw and heard. They had songs, energy and tight musicianship. I was happy to be sent a copy of their EP (out now via Radiate Records, see below) for reviewing. The EP is 5 tracks if you go for the download version. For those who…

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PROFESSOR BLACK – LVPVS, Sunrise, I Am The Rock (Album Reviews)

PROFESSOR BLACK – LVPVS, Sunrise, I Am The Rock (Album Reviews)

Chris Black, the brains behind the fabulous high-octane power metallers High Spirits is back, but to be honest, I really don’t think he’s been away. Black is using the monicker Professor Black for his current project which encompasses no less than three new full length releases via High Roller Records in October. I have no idea if Chris Black is a real professor but he’s clearly clever and creative enough to warrant the tag. The…

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VANDALLUS – Bad Disease (Album Review)

VANDALLUS – Bad Disease (Album Review)

Although the initial offering from Ohio’s Vandallus arrived in 2016, the band was unknown to me. That debut release, On The High Side, delivered by High Roller Records, completely slipped me by. Perhaps even more notable is that Vandallus contain members of thrash band Midnight. From Midnight, Shaun Vanek (guitars and vocals), and Steve Dukuslow (drums) hold down Vandallus as well. Rounding out the Vandallus camp is Jason Vanek (vocals, guitar), with Tyler Harvey (Deadiron)…

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SATAN – Cruel Magic (Album Review)

SATAN – Cruel Magic (Album Review)

“Are you familiar with Satan? No not the ruler of the Underworld but the band. Yes, there’s a band with that, perhaps very unfortunately so, choice of name that may have helped to contain them in obscurity for much of their career.” I wrote that as my opening line when reviewing SATAN – Atom By Atom in 2015. I stand by it now, approximately three years later. That very Atom By Atom release saw placement…

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