More Bands Revealed for SWEDEN ROCK 2018 (News)

More Bands Revealed for SWEDEN ROCK 2018 (News)

Revealed this morning are another batch of bands confirmed for the 2018 Sweden Rock Festival. Here’s the official announcement (translated from Swedish via Google Translate): Another six bands ready! Today we can present another six bands to the summer’s Sweden Rock Festival. Killswitch Engage belongs to the biggest names in today’s American metal and is linked to the Iron Maiden European Tour this summer. Of course, they also follow Sweden Rock with Maiden! Sweden’s Hardcore…

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SWEDEN ROCK 2018 4 Day Tickets Sold Out! (News)

SWEDEN ROCK 2018 4 Day Tickets Sold Out! (News)

Reported earlier on the official Sweden Rock Festival Facebook page, 4-day regular tickets for the 2018 event are already sold out! The tickets went on sale Friday, November 24, 2017, at 9AM Swedish time (2AM in Toronto). The Decibel Geek crew was on it early and set alarms to wake up and get to the computers. We’ll see you there! Be sure to watch here on our website for upcoming Sweden Rock news, band announcements and…

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PICTURE at Sweden Rock Festival 2017

PICTURE at Sweden Rock Festival 2017

One of the most anticipated gigs at this year’s Sweden Rock Festival took place on the 4 Sound Stage quite early on during Friday. Some bands come out at the right time but still do not seem to be in the right place at the right time or just don’t have the luck that is required to hit big commercially. It is safe to say this is the case for the Dutch veterans in Picture. The…

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T’was The Night Before Sweden Rock…

T’was The Night Before Sweden Rock…

T’was the night before Sweden Rock and all through the town no one was quiet…certainly not The Meister. Hard to believe that it’s year five! My fifth excursion from Toronto to Solvesborg for Sweden Rock Festival. Perhaps the single greatest music event held on land (nothing beats the floating party that is Monsters of Rock Cruise). Four days, Five stages, over 80 bands, many that will never hit North American soil. Music lovers from around…

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Conversation with SALEM (UK) Guitar Wizard Paul Macnamara (Interview)

Conversation with SALEM (UK) Guitar Wizard Paul Macnamara (Interview)

While attending Brofest in Newcastle, UK in February me and Rich “The Meister” Dillon took the opportunity to talk to Paul Macnamara of Salem (UK). We had chatted with the band about doing an interview in Newcastle as Salem (UK) was headlining the pre-party at Trillian’s Bar on Thursday evening. When we arrived on site we caught Paul selling T-shirts and merchandise for the band at the merch booth. We had a brief conversation with…

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A Chat with the SARACEN Guys (Audio Interview)

A Chat with the SARACEN Guys (Audio Interview)

I  recently had the great opportunity to catch a show by NWOBHM heroes Saracen at the Brofest Festival in Newcastle, UK. Read the review of the gig here! Saracen rarely play live and the albums are far in between. The band did a highly successful gig at the Keep It True Festival in Germany a couple of years back. They were scheduled to play last year’s Brofest but had to cancel due to illness within the…

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BROFEST #5 Newcastle UK – The Full Report (Festival Coverage)

BROFEST #5 Newcastle UK – The Full Report (Festival Coverage)

Well, here it is. Decibel Geek‘s complete coverage of our first experience at Brofest #5 in Newcastle UK. On hand for the event, we found Decibel Geek website editor/staff writer Rich “The Meister” Dillon, Swedish staff writer Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson and staff writer Graham “Sparky” Spark. The boys had a fantastic time overall, catching tons of great rock and meeting new friends and band members alike. Here you’ll find daily recap overview articles for each…

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A Chat With STEVE Dobby DAWSON of Oliver/Dawson Saxon (Interview)

A Chat With STEVE Dobby DAWSON of Oliver/Dawson Saxon (Interview)

Hello, Steve! Thanks for taking your time to talk to us and let’s get straight to the questions! As far as I can understand SOB began life back in 1972 and took the name from a Free song called “Tons of Sobs”. Is that correct?   YES THAT’S RIGHT The original line-up consisted of Steve “Dobby” Dawson on bass, Graham Oliver on guitar, Steve Firth on vocals and drummer Al Dodd. How was the relationship…

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BROFEST #5 Wrap-Up Day 3 (Festival Review)

BROFEST #5 Wrap-Up Day 3 (Festival Review)

BROFEST UK 2017 FINAL DAY Here we go with the final day at Brofest #5 in Newcastle UK. So far over the last 2 days, we have seen some truly fantastic bands! Every act on the stage has come packing their A games to this incredibly well-organized festival event. For those enjoying the traditional or old school or NWOBHM or whatever you want to call it style would do well to consider this event next…

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TOKYO BLADE Close Brofest on a High Note (Concert Review)

TOKYO BLADE Close Brofest on a High Note (Concert Review)

When asked about NWOBHM, thoughts are immediately turned to the likes of Iron Maiden, Saxon, Tygers of Pan Tang and Girlschool. A name that should have been on most fans lips would be Tokyo Blade. The band has shared stages with the likes of Metallica, Dio, Blue Öyster Cult, and Scorpions.  On this night Brofest, Newcastle, UK had “the Blade” as the festival headliners and they had the honor of closing the festival on Sunday. Tokyo Blade…

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