Well, Who Would Want Frivolous Black?: A Review of Serious Black’s As Daylight Breaks

Well, Who Would Want Frivolous Black?: A Review of Serious Black’s As Daylight Breaks

The minute that I opened the press release one sheet for Serious Black I was excited.  The second line of the document will show why: “The line-up consists of Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Thomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian), Mario Lochert (ex-Visions Of Atlantis), Dominik Sebastian (Edenbridge), Jan Vacik (ex-Dreamscape) and (last but not least) the golden voice of Urban breed (ex-Tad Morose, ex-Bloodbound).”  Anyone into melodic power metal should be familiar with several of those names…

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"Some Girls Do"…..A Lee Aaron Concert Review (Including Photos by Shawn Irwin)

"Some Girls Do"…..A Lee Aaron Concert Review (Including Photos by Shawn Irwin)

Lee Aaron – @ Barney’s in Whitby, Ontario – photo by Shawn Irwin There was some dividing and conquering of the Canadian Decibel Geek team for this trio of Lee Aaron shows in the southern Ontario area.  Photographer Brian Ronald attended the sold out London, Ontario show on Friday December 5th, 2014 and had rave reports for The Meister and photographer Shawn Irwin, who hit up Whitby’s December 6, 2014 show.  Here’s my (The Meister‘s)…

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Lucky Number Thirteen: A Harem Scarem Album Review

Lucky Number Thirteen: A Harem Scarem Album Review

Canadians Harem Scarem have made a name for themselves internationally and at home with solid releases such as 1991’s Harem Scarem and the critically acclaimed 1993’s Mood Swings.  The Canadians continued to record and release albums throughout the 90’s and 2000’s albeit a little sporadically at times with 1995’s Voice of Reason, 1997’s Karma Cleansing, 2006’s Human Nature and 2008’s Hope.  For a short period of time, they even went under the moniker of Rubber…

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The Storyteller Unleashes the Sacred Fire in February

The Storyteller Unleashes the Sacred Fire in February

The Storyteller unleashes the Sacred fire in February 2015 Power metal outfit The Storyteller formed in the Swedish town of Gävle in 1995 when, two friends L-G Persson and Fredrik Groth, decided to start playing acoustic songs with medieval influences together. This project soon evolved into more electric stuff in the form of a band known for its melodic power metal with medieval and folk music spices mixed in. After a couple of line-up changes…

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Who’s Nigel Bailey?

Who’s Nigel Bailey?

Who is Nigel Bailey you might ask and you wouldn’t be alone in that, I myself only recently hearing the name.  Bailey, a UK musician, Bradford West Yorkshire to be exact, comes from a musical family where both his parents and his younger brother are all musicians.  You could say it’s in his blood.  Italy’s Frontiers Records signed Nigel Bailey and they struck a deal to record the songs that Bailey had been writing and…

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Free Ride…..Can I Get My Money Back? (A Review of Cruizzen’s Free Ride Album)

Free Ride…..Can I Get My Money Back? (A Review of Cruizzen’s Free Ride Album)

I didn’t know that Brian Johnson had a side project from AC/DC!  What? That’s not Brian Johnson?  You’re pulling my leg, surely I know Brian Johnson‘s voice when I hear it!  Well according to all accounts and press releases it’s definitely not Brian Johnson.  From Bavaria come Cruizzen, a “bad ass”, hard drivin’ rock band, the beginnings of which first started in 2000.  By 2006, there had been several membership and role changes within the…

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Bloodbound Serve a Hefty Chunk of Swedish Power Metal For Dinner

Bloodbound Serve a Hefty Chunk of Swedish Power Metal For Dinner

  Bloodbound – photo taken from AFM Records press kit Discovering Bloodbound as a part of my searching/learning process for the bands listed at what was to be my first venture across the ocean for Sweden Rock Festival in 2013, I liked their power metal sound. In becoming an ever bigger fan of that category of metal/rock I quickly collected their catalog consisting of 2005’s Nosferatu, 2007’s The Book of the Dead, 2009’s Tabula Rasa,…

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SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY and THE CONSPIRATORS.3ARENA DUBLIN NOVEMBER 10 2014.

SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY and THE CONSPIRATORS.3ARENA DUBLIN NOVEMBER 10 2014.

Last Monday I witnessed a phenomenon,14,000 people were miraculously cured of a life long bout of Monday blues.  A miserable, cold and rain sodden crowd, descended on the 3Arena, determined to have their spirits lifted.  At nine bells, miracle worker Slash arrived on stage, top hat perfectly placed and trademark Gibson guitar slung low.  Opener, You’re a Lie, from 2012’s Apocalyptic Love, got this old bus depot shaking,  before Guns ‘n’ Roses classic Nightrain, sends the crowd into pure delirium. Slashs’ right hand…

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Albion Born: A Review of Ten’s Albion CD

Albion Born: A Review of Ten’s Albion CD

When I made the decision to trek from Toronto, Canada over to Nottingham, UK for Firefest: The Final Fling in October of this year I knew a good portion of the bands on the roster for the three day event.  Some I knew quite well, some I had been waiting all my life to see live, some I had no idea of and some I was only on the fringes with knowing a few tracks….

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These Austrians Shout For Heavy Metal

These Austrians Shout For Heavy Metal

These Austrians from the city of Vorarlberg started out in the 80’s and issued a three track, cult followed EP, No War in 1987 as well as some demo recordings.  They were not heard from again.  Re-grouping in 2009 they released No War & More, a compilation album featuring the No War  EP and some bonus tracks via Pure Steel Records.  2011 saw them issue their first full length in Mortician and now they have…

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