Insightful Minds At Ease: A Review of the Abandoned Souls Album

Insightful Minds At Ease: A Review of the Abandoned Souls Album

Abandoned Souls are a band from London, Ontario, Canada currently consisting of vocalist/bassist James Todd, drummer Steve Thomas and guitarists Derek De Kort and Tim Thompson.  I must admit that I was unfamiliar with them until they reached out to me after seeing The Meister‘s Decibel Geek review of Lee Aaron‘s concert on December 6, 2014 in Whitby, Ontario.  The evening previous, (attended by DBG photographer Brian Ronald) in London, Ontario saw Abandoned Souls setting…

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Interviewing A Stud: The Meister interviews Mika Kansikas of Finland’s STUD

Interviewing A Stud: The Meister interviews Mika Kansikas of Finland’s STUD

Remember those albums that you saved up your hard earned paper route money to buy way back when you were just a kid?  You brought them home, tore into the cellophane wrappers and played them over and over again with an indescribable excitement each and every time.  You knew the words to every single song, often belting them out along to the spinning record.  When together with friends, you couldn’t wait to introduce them to…

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U.D.O. Gets Decadent: A Review of The Forthcoming U.D.O. Album

U.D.O. Gets Decadent: A Review of The Forthcoming U.D.O. Album

German gravelly vocal-ed power metal superstar Udo Dirkschneider is still going strong, celebrating his 40th year in the business.  In the past couple of years, the staturally challenged front man has issued two double CD live albums, a double CD of rare recordings and his 14th top rated studio effort, Steelhammer.  The latest U.D.O. creation is entitled Decadent and set for a North American release date of February 3, 2015. 62-year-old, Udo Dirkschneider, departed German…

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Will You Join the Cult of Steel?: A Review of Lonewolf’s Cult of Steel album

Will You Join the Cult of Steel?: A Review of Lonewolf’s Cult of Steel album

Now I’m not saying that I know everything or every band out there in the land of rock and metal but what I am saying is that if a band has beginnings tracing back to 1992 and has issued seven albums to date, yet I’ve not ever heard of them until now may not a winning endorsement.  Behold Lonewolf hailing from Grenoble, France.  They began playing heavy metal back in 1992, developed a following and…

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Bach Redeems Himself in The Meister’s Eyes (And Ears)

Bach Redeems Himself in The Meister’s Eyes (And Ears)

I won’t lie to you good folks.  The Sebastian Bach show announced for December 21, 2014 in Toronto did not hold a ton of interest for me after what I had witnessed during his performance at the M3 Festival in Baltimore back in April of 2014.  During that M3 performance, I found him to be ridiculously, even insultingly arrogant, yelling at and berating the audience and just generally a horrible show (M3-Saturday April 26, 2014)….

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Shadowbane-Facing The Fallout

Shadowbane-Facing The Fallout

Since forming between 2007-2009, Germany’s Shadowbane have been rocking stages in their homeland and are now set to introduce themselves to the world with the full-length debut, Facing the Fallout  available January 16, 2015.  The quintet from Hamburg is compiled of Stefan providing vocals, guitarists Lukas and Markus, Mortiz on bass and drummer Rene. Shadowbane issued a demo EP, Dystopia, in 2010 and have progressed in their sound  for this effort.  Their music is described as “post-apocalyptic power metal”…

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…And the Winner is: Red Dragon Cartel! (Award: The Band That Meister Has Seen Live the Most In 2014)

…And the Winner is: Red Dragon Cartel! (Award: The Band That Meister Has Seen Live the Most In 2014)

  Anyone who knows me knows what a fan of not just hard rock and heavy metal music, but the live concert scene I am.  That being said it’s unavoidable that I would catch a few bands for more than one performance as I hit up concerts in Toronto and festivals around the world as much as work allows throughout the year.  Jake E. Lee‘s Red Dragon Cartel is a band that I’ve seen a…

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SERIOUS BLACK – As Daylight Breaks (Album Review)

SERIOUS BLACK – As Daylight Breaks (Album Review)

Well, Who Would Want Frivolous Black? 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…

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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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