HIGH SPIRITS – Escape! (EP Review)

HIGH SPIRITS – Escape! (EP Review)

Chris Black just can’t help himself, can he? The brains, talent and, well, everything behind High Spirits can’t stop producing high-quality sonic blasts to our consciousness. Following on from last year’s Motivator, Escape! continues in the vein of highly polished, melodic, riff-laden assaults on the senses. The 4 songs and 15 minutes serve up exactly what you would expect from creative whirlwind Black, but anybody wanting huge variety will be disappointed. Having said that, if…

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LIFESIGNS – Cardington (Album Review)

LIFESIGNS – Cardington (Album Review)

There are times when we all need to lie back, headphones on, and let music flow through us to take us to places in melodies and words. Whether it be bands from the past, like Pink Floyd, or the more recent Porcupine Tree, there is always a place for beauty and storytelling in rock music. The good news is, on Cardington, the second album by UK progsters Lifesigns, they deliver something quite special. Each time…

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CRIMSON STAR – Bay View (Album Review)

CRIMSON STAR – Bay View (Album Review)

Life is full of surprises and can be gloriously optimistic.  When you review new music, it always pays to keep an open mind and not pre-judge anything.  This release has blown me away and I had never heard of Crimson Star until this week!  The Meister (our esteemed Editor) asked me to take a listen and to see what I thought. I firstly loved the album art, which is very seaside English and surreal and black…

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FOZZY – Judas (Album Review)

FOZZY – Judas  (Album Review)

Throughout the years, I have dipped in and out of Fozzy’s musical output, only really listening when something I liked caught my ear on the T.V. Sadly, I have never really given them a hard listen until now. When they first arrived on the scene, pretty much everyone thought of Fozzy as WWE superstar Chris Jericho’s pet project. Something for him to do in-between parading around in a silk scarf and light up leather jacket,…

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VAN ARX – Stand Together for Rock and Roll (Album Review)

VAN ARX – Stand Together for Rock and Roll (Album Review)

Van Arx. There’s a name for ya. Not knowing what to expect at all, I cued up this Perris Records issue. The Stand Together for Rock and Roll album became available back in June. Holy crap! Ripping this off the hop with no pretense, the first sounds emanating from the speakers had me checking to see if it was a KISS “Detroit Rock City” cover. It’s not, but that’s seriously all I can hear right…

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DIRTY DENIMS – Back With A Bang (Full Album) (Album Review)

DIRTY DENIMS – Back With A Bang (Full Album) (Album Review)

Behold, The Dirty Denims from Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Back in April, Mirjam Sieben reached out to me via email. Given my praises for The Amorettes latest album, she suggested that I may also enjoy The Dirty Denims. She had seen my review on Decibel Geek and included a press kit with their forthcoming album. Reported as part one of the album, it was a six-song EP I suppose with the second installment due out in October. I was a little thrown…

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MAX and IGGOR CAVALERA – Return to Roots Australia (Concert Review)

MAX and IGGOR CAVALERA – Return to Roots Australia (Concert Review)

The last time I saw the Cavalera brothers play together on a stage, was during the 1996 Roots tour at the Newport Centre in Wales. A gig which no one knew at the time would be their final outing together as Sepultura. Fast forward twenty years and one half of Sepultura has come together once again, to wow the unwashed masses with a complete run through of their seminal album Roots. The setting for this triumphant…

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FORCE MAJEURE – The Rise Of Starlit Fires (Album Review)

FORCE MAJEURE – The Rise Of Starlit Fires (Album Review)

In the neverending discovery of new bands and music, I present Force Majeure. The band exudes traditional metal, but inflected with some power elements. My first thoughts instantly gravitated to Doro. Why Doro Pesch? The German champion for female fronted metal issued her album Force Majeure in 1989 on the demise of Warlock. The Force Majeure moniker instantly takes me there in my head.  Hard to shake that image, but this is totally different. This Force Majeure is a melodic heavy…

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TRAVELIN JACK – Commencing Countdown (Album Review)

TRAVELIN JACK – Commencing Countdown (Album Review)

Some bands may struggle to produce a sophomore album, as all their energies have been concentrated on getting off to a good start with a successful debut. Travelin Jack, with Commencing Countdown, have bucked that trend. Not just bucked it, mind you, but smashed it out of the park. Commencing Countdown, out now on Steamhammer/SPV, is a diamond of a record with influences ranging from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. You get a feel for…

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MICHAEL SWEET: The voice of STRYPER (Concert Review)

MICHAEL SWEET: The voice of STRYPER (Concert Review)

Michael Sweet – Solo acoustic tour Goldfield Trading Post 9/30/2017 Sacramento, CA While Stryper is on a bit of a hiatus, the energetic Michael Sweet never stops.  This man can’t stand still for a minute.  Whether it’s continually touring or releasing new music yearly under the monikers of Stryper, Michael Sweet, Sweet & Lynch, etc. etc. etc., obviously Sweet doesn’t believe in the statement that “Rock is dead!” Although I’ve seen 300+ shows in my…

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