Album Review: Radio Exile – Radio Exile

Album Review: Radio Exile – Radio Exile

Today, my six-year-old son learned to ride his pushbike without stabilisers.  His excitement and positive vibe is mirrored in this release from Radio Exile.  This is so positive, it crackles with 1000 watts of power and makes you wish for the long balmy days of summer. Disappointed by Jerry Gaskill‘s latest solo (somewhat tame) effort?  Yearn for a big ol’ hard rocking soul blast?  This could be the cure to the disease.  Radio Exile rocks…

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Forgotten Gem: Sonata Arctica – Reckoning Night (2004)

Forgotten Gem: Sonata Arctica – Reckoning Night (2004)

“Under the moon I hold a wake for a promise torn Mortally wounded, feelings sheltered me Once again my shadow will enter your life Time to walk with me the last mile…“ Sonata Arctica are, without a doubt, the best Power/ Symphonic Metal band in my universe.  Period.  The Finland maestros have been around for many years, lead by the superb vocalist and conductor Tony Kakko and have never disappointed me through their whole catalogue…

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Album Review: Revocation – Empire of the Obscene (Reissue)

Album Review: Revocation – Empire of the Obscene (Reissue)

You like a mixture of Slayer, Iron Maiden and Death?  If you do, then Revocation is surely for you.  The 2008 album Empire of the Obscene is now re-issued as a re-master blaster remix (courtesy of Pete Rutcho) with extra early demos added.  David Davidson leads the way with his tortured vocals and complex fretwork and the whole album is a masterclass in Technical Death Metal, something you would expect from this Berklee College of…

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Album Review: Suhy, Silvergold & Alvarado – Tessellations

Album Review: Suhy, Silvergold & Alvarado – Tessellations

My taste in music is broader than my smile when I get to listen to new music.  It stretches from Extreme Metal to Classical to Jazz, but sometimes I just don’t get on with a record and have to really search for something positive to say.  This, unfortunately, is the case with Tessellations.  The album is the latest product from the New Jersey-based jazz-rock power trio and after several listens, it said nothing to me…

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Forgotten Gem: Johnny Diesel & the Injectors (1989)

Forgotten Gem: Johnny Diesel & the Injectors (1989)

Nobody remembers the self-titled debut for Johnny Diesel & the Injectors. I, however, do remember it well and have tried, several times, to purchase it on digital media, to replace my worn out cassette which got chewed up.  Weirdly, it is an album that was blues-rock perfection and should have been massive.  Instead, it merely fizzled and the Injectors only kept going for one more album before calling it a day with Diesel moving on…

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GAMMA BOMB – Untouchable Glory (Album Review)

GAMMA BOMB – Untouchable Glory (Album Review)

Northern Irish band Gama Bomb have just released their latest 100 mph mad-for-it effort Untouchable Glory and it is an album for thrash/speed metal purists to savor.  Philly Byrne (vocals), Joe McGuigan (bass), John Roche (guitar), Domo Dixon (lead guitar) and Paul Caffrey (drums) have taken the classic Bay Area thrash sound of the early 1980’s and added a pinch of Udo‘s Accept with some modern blast beats to cook up one nasty long play…

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Top Five Rock Poets

Top Five Rock Poets

So often, too often, the songs sound awesome, but the lyrics leave you feeling short changed.  I grew up on great lyrics and spent a great amount of my teenage years reading them studiously as I listened to much great music. I like lyrics with a story, a message or a new idea.  I have no problem with “Baby Baby Baby“, but I prefer some poetry, message and thought to move me.  Don’t get me…

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Album Review: Outlaws & Moonshine – 1919 (EP)

Album Review: Outlaws & Moonshine – 1919 (EP)

A clash of cultures?  What does a Welsh teetotal middle-aged nerd (me) have in common with hard livin’ guys from Indiana? A love of driving hard Rock n’ Roll, that’s what! 1919 is the title of this debut EP from Outlaws & Moonshine, rockers of the Southern persuasion and what a barnstormer it is.  The songs leap out of the speakers and grab you by the throat like some demonic Doberman pincer and don’t let…

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Album Review: Shumaun – Shumaun

Album Review: Shumaun – Shumaun

AWESOME!  OK, review over…Nah, only joking.  Joking about the review being over – this band are AWESOME and have produced probably my favourite album of the year (apart from Armored Saint). A new band in age (formed in 2014), this is a set of serious musos, with chops that your local butcher would envy (maybe too British a reference, but I hope you all get the idea).  I was blown away from the “A New…

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Album Review: Chastain – We Bleed Metal

Album Review: Chastain – We Bleed Metal

Thirty-one years ago, the band Chastain signed to Mike Varney’s Shrapnel Records on a wave of heavy shredders that made the guitar solo a must-have item.  Years later, David T. Chastain re-ignited the molten fires with original vocalist Leather Leone and We Bleed Metal is the second album recorded since Surrender To No One saw them reunite after twenty years apart. The energy of the record is undeniable, with Leone and Chastain leading the charge across a…

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