A Schenker / Bonnet Reunion in Tokyo

A Schenker / Bonnet Reunion in Tokyo

Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock / Graham Bonnet Band – Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo, June 19, 2015 The evening started promptly at 7:00 pm – you gotta love the Japanese for that! The sellout crowd – the third in as many nights here in Tokyo – was fully assembled and ready as Graham Bonnet came out in his signature untucked shirt, with red tie and jacket, looking like it was the 80s. But Bonnet has…

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Whitesnake: This Snake Still Has Venom!

Whitesnake: This Snake Still Has Venom!

The house lights rather abruptly were extinguished around 8:10 PM at the Entertainment Centre in Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario on Thursday July 2, 2015. Whitesnake, led by David Coverdale were soon to take the stage in this only Toronto area date of the band’s current Purple album tour in support of the latest Whitesnake output. Whitesnake released Purple in May 2015, an album of re-recorded Deep Purple tunes celebrating vocalist David Coverdale‘s tenure at the…

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Armored Saint “Win Hands Down” Review

Armored Saint “Win Hands Down” Review

Armored Saint have been around for over 30 years, yet I’ve never really given them a chance. Hell, I only just found out in recent months that John Bush is their vocalist. Some, like myself, may know John as the one-time singer of Anthrax. Those who know Armored Saint know the two bands are not very similar. Anthrax being veterans in the field of thrash metal, Armored Saint have made a career of making metal…

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Cain’s Offering Stormcrow – By Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Cain’s Offering Stormcrow – By Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Cain’s Offering Stormcrow is the 2nd release from the band which features Finnish guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen (founding member of Sonata Arctica) with influences from classic rock, European Power Metal, Symphonic Metal and Modern Metal. Joining Jani are Stratovarius members Timo Kotipelto (vocals) and Jens Johansson on Keyboards., with Jonas Kuhlberg on bass and Jani “Hurtsi” Hurula on drums. Jani Liimatainen is on guitars. I wasn’t sure what to expect but right from the first song and title track…

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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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