RETRO-HOMA Strikes Again! (Rocklahoma Review)

RETRO-HOMA Strikes Again! (Rocklahoma Review)

So, 2017 marked my second straight visitation to Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, Oklahoma. And for the second straight year, it was an exceptionally good time. Again, as last year, I came away with a few “new” bands that I’m looking forward to checking out. As with last year, I drank a lot of beer. Not really my fault there. See, in Oklahoma you have to drink double what you would normally as it’s considered a…

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Official LEGIONS OF METAL Day 2 (Festival Report)

Official LEGIONS OF METAL Day 2 (Festival Report)

LEGIONS OF METAL FESTIVAL 2017 – Final Day All good things must eventually come to an end. If you’re going out, why not do it in style? That’s what took place on the final day at the inaugural Legions of Metal Festival. The longest day of the event, we got under way around 2 pm. There was a rooftop patio again and also a brunch buffet offered, but I failed to attend these this day….

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Official LEGIONS OF METAL Day 1 (Festival Report)

Official LEGIONS OF METAL Day 1 (Festival Report)

And here we go for the official first day of the inaugural Legions of Metal Festival at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago. Last night’s pre-party got things going but today promised more face melting metal. Overall a fantastic day, but here and now I express my apologies for the crappy cell phone pics. Legions of Metal Festival Day 1, (Friday, May 19, 2017) Perhaps learning my lesson from yesterday’s pre-party, there would be no rooftop…

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Meister Pre-Parties For The LEGIONS OF METAL (Festival Report)

Meister Pre-Parties For The LEGIONS OF METAL (Festival Report)

With the pressures of daily life and responsibilities of adulting piling up heavily, I wasn’t totally sure I’d be making the event. But Metal prevailed overall and off to The Legions of Metal Festival in Chicago I went. Legions of Metal is a traditional metal festival born out of the ashes of the Ragnarokkr Festival. OK, confession time….I have no idea what that is, but they tell me it’s where Legions of Metal was born….

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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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LEGIONS OF METAL – Complete Coverage 2017 (Festival Report)

LEGIONS OF METAL – Complete Coverage 2017 (Festival Report)

I am a hard rock and metal music fan. Many different genres and styles. Card carrying. Proud as hell. Totally necessary for life. It enhances yet also controls my life. It was not always so. In days gone by, some 30 years ago to as recent as 10 years back, I suffered abuse and ridicule for my listening pleasures. Today, those offenders, so-called friends, have been flushed away. Good riddance. I have new, real friends…

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TYTAN – Justice Served (Album Review)

TYTAN – Justice Served (Album Review)

It’s amazing the music discovery avenues we have in this day and age of the internet. There are the pros and cons, of course, overloading with music, missing the feeling of flipping through albums. cassettes, CDs in the shop for hours etc. But the doors are opened up worldwide to bands and albums that you may never have had access to before. And for the record, I for one still purchase music the old fashioned…

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WALPYRGUS – Walpyrgus Nights (Album Review)

WALPYRGUS – Walpyrgus Nights (Album Review)

And soon I shall be off to Chicago for the Legions of Metal Festival (May 18, 19 & 20, 2017). It’s a completely new fest on my radar. Loving a good majority of the bands attached to the “NWOBHM” stigma label, there’s no way I could pass this up. There are stalwart attractions, some I’ve seen several times and some never before for some odd reason. We have the heavy hitting likes of Diamond Head,…

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THE DIRTY DENIMS – Back With A Bang Pt. 1 (Album Review)

THE DIRTY DENIMS – Back With A Bang Pt. 1 (Album Review)

I have always said that the discovery of new music is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s certainly a favorite pastime for me in discovering new bands. It’s even better when they come to you! Behold The Dirty Denims from Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Vocalist Mirjam Sieben reached out via email upon seeing that I had reviewed The Amorettes latest album. She suggested that I may also enjoy The Dirty Denims given my praises…

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CYANIDE 4 – Nekyia (Album Review)

CYANIDE 4 – Nekyia (Album Review)

Cyanide: liquid, colorless, very volatile with a bitter almond odor and highly toxic. Cyanide 4: Hard, angry, with a bittersweet flavor. Also highly toxic. Results: raises adrenaline to the max. (so says the Facebook page at least) Looking for new, gritty, sleaze rock? Crave a sound that harkens back to the 80’s glam era of Los Angeles? Well, off to Greece with you then! I present Cyanide 4 based in Athens. Back in January 2017,…

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