Presence Rock Your Life – The French Connection!

Presence Rock Your Life – The French Connection!

France has produced a lot of great metal acts through the years like Nightmare, Squealer, Heavenly and Fisc but is probably more known for their cheese and wine than being the home of heavy metal/hard rock music. France has of course also bread great artists  like Terry Ilous of XYZ. One of the lesser known bands that never got a commercial breakthrough but had a good and honest shot at fame and fortune was Presence who…

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Riot V Live at Sweden Rock Festival

Riot V Live at Sweden Rock Festival

Rock Stage, Sweden Rock Festival, Saturday June 6th Riot was a band that I listened to continuously throughout the 1990´s having missed out on them in the 1980´s. Nightbreaker (1994) was the album that got me into the band and after that I discovered the 80´s “power metal” albums which led me to the start in 1977 and the Guy Speranza (RIP) fronted version of the band. Guy sadly passed away in 2003.  They played Sweden Rock…

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Red Hill Billy: Red Hill Rising Graphic Novel

Red Hill Billy: Red Hill Rising Graphic Novel

Red Hill Billy: Red Hill Rising – The Great Canadian Werewolf Story. With Canadian rock royalty RUSH recently playing two back to back, sold out, gigs in Toronto (June 17 & 19, 2015), even filming for the first time here in Toronto in almost 20 years and with Canada Day fast approaching I thought it was time introduce the Decibel Geek world to another Crazy Canuck. Ten-year-old Billy Dekana is a rabid RUSH fanatic and…

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Veil Of Maya – Matriarch – Album Review

Veil Of Maya – Matriarch – Album Review

When Brandon Butler left Veil Of Maya back in 2014 due to “creative differences” I figured the band would go out and find another vocalist with a similar vocal style to Adam Clemans, Veil of Maya’s original vocalist. Which is basically what they did when Brandon Butler replaced Adam Clemans when Adam left the band in 2006. At Knotfest in 2014, the band performed with their new vocalist, Lukas Magyar (vocalist for Arms Of Empire) and…

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Mad Max Rock It Out at Sweden Rock

Mad Max Rock It Out at Sweden Rock

Rockklassiker Stage, Sweden Rock Festival, Friday June 5th One of the artists that I had really looked forward to seeing was German melodic metal veterans, Mad Max. As far as I know they have never ever played in Sweden before and the band has been releasing albums since 1982 (although on hiatus between 1988 and 1998) so it is still a rare gig. Having read interviews by the band, I knew they were going to…

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Hellfest: Meister’s First Day In Hell

Hellfest: Meister’s Eurotrip 2015-June 19, Day One in Hell I arrived at the hotel in Nantes in the later part of Thursday afternoon and after a gorgeous shower in a proper facility I headed out to explore. I was able to happen across a couple of CD stores selling used products however there was absolutely nothing resembling a bargain to be had anywhere. I observed that there seemed to be absolutely no discernible respect for…

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Dokken Enjoy Themselves at Sweden Rock

Dokken Enjoy Themselves at Sweden Rock

Rock Stage, Sweden Rock Festival, Friday June 5th. Dokken has been one of those bands that were on my bucket list  – a band you really need to see. Sadly they hardly play on the European continent but this was an opportunity not to be missed. I can´t believe The Meister chose to finish his beer instead of heading out with me to the rock stage in time, but I guess he has just seen…

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Hammerfall Live at Sweden Rock Festival

Hammerfall Live at Sweden Rock Festival

Rock Stage, Sweden Rock Festival, June 4th Hammerfall and their debut release, Glory To The Brave, has often been credited as the band and the album that brought classic metal back into the business in Europe and being the first band to break through the complete domination by the grunge scene. Without a doubt, they played a major part of making power metal popular in Europe once again and many bands would follow suit (Freedom Call, Mob…

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Grim Reaper Live at Sweden Rock Festival

Grim Reaper Live at Sweden Rock Festival

4 Sound Stage, Sweden Rock Festival, June 4th The first of the bands I really wanted to catch at 2015´s festival was the classic NWOBHM cult act Grim Reaper, or tentatively called Steve Grimmett´s Grim Reaper. A label mostly used when original guitarist Nick Bowcott is not with the band or performing with the band. This day he was! And by saying that I can ensure you that this was a very special occasion with 50% of the…

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The Lionsheart at Sweden Rock Festival!

The Lionsheart at Sweden Rock Festival!

Sweden Rock Festival June 4,5 and 6 2015 The Lionsheart attends Scandinavia’s biggest rock festival, Sweden Rock for the fourth time. With some new friends, it was time to travel down to the south of Sweden to meet up with The Meister and his Canadian friend Laura. A trip of nearly 600 km one way in a not too comfortable van. Wednesday June 3rd After a lot of negotiations and adjustments at work, I finally…

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