MASTERPLAN – PumpKings (Album Review)

MASTERPLAN – PumpKings (Album Review)

Masterplan‘s PumpKings launches off the starting line like a stone being fired from Dennis The Menace‘s slingshot! The album features new recordings of old Helloween compositions. Revisiting his former band, Masterplan leader Roland Grapow has re-vamped the material. The album became available on August 11, 2017, thanks to AFM Records. Guitarist Roland Grapow joined German trail blazing power metallers Helloween in 1989 taking over for founding guitarist Kai Hansen. Remaining with Helloween for twelve years, Grapow also recorded…

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RESISTANCE – Metal Machine (Album Review)

RESISTANCE – Metal Machine (Album Review)

June 27, 2017, saw No Remorse Records issue Metal Machine, the latest from Resistance. Coming to fruition in the millennium year of 2000, Resistance hail from Los Angeles, California. Signing with Finland’s Lion Music in 2004 saw their debut album, Lies In Black, hit stores the same year. What has been described as a conceptual masterpiece, Patents Of Control followed in 2007 before Resistance would fall silent for eight years. Returning in 2015 they issued an EP…

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BURNT OUT WRECK – Swallow (Album Review)

BURNT OUT WRECK – Swallow (Album Review)

Burnt Out Wreck‘s Swallow is one of those albums that you love right away on the first spin. But you don’t know that you do. Know what I mean? It’s the kind of album that just sticks in your psyche as you spin it while not totally concentrating. You find yourself tapping your toe without realizing it. You find yourself coming back to it time and time again. The album is fully loaded with tons…

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KICKIN VALENTINA – Imaginary Creatures (Album Review)

KICKIN VALENTINA – Imaginary Creatures (Album Review)

Just like I hope most of you do, I listen to every single episode of the Decibel Geek podcast. The podcast is a great way to hear interesting interviews and conversations, but most of all, it is the best way to find new music from hard rock/heavy metal artists. On Fresh Blood Volume 4 – Episode 239, Aaron Camaro introduced us to a band from Atlanta, GA called Kickin Valentina. I loved the song he…

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ECLIPSE – Monumentum (Album Review)

ECLIPSE – Monumentum (Album Review)

One of the things I enjoy most about writing for Decibel Geek is discovering new bands – or at least ones that are new to me – from all over the world. Often, these bands have several other releases and are fairly popular in their country but not very well-known anywhere else. As usual, I find myself amazed that there is so much great music out there that most people don’t even know exist. When…

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SISTER SWITCHBLADE – Best Served Cold (Album Review)

SISTER SWITCHBLADE – Best Served Cold (Album Review)

Getting mail is a wonderful thing! It’s always exciting to check your mailbox and find that package of music and/or merchandise that you ordered from a band you love. What a pleasant surprise it is to find something sent from a band that you’ve never heard of that turns out to blow your mind! Such is the case with Best Served Cold, the debut album from Australia’s Sister Switchblade. The band rises from the ashes…

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MILLENNIUM – Awakening (Album Review)

MILLENNIUM – Awakening (Album Review)

In what seems to be a new trend of more obscure bands from the 80s resurging The Meister has uncovered another gem. Welcome to the new Millennium, one might say (pun fully intended). The Awakening album from UK’s Millennium is set for self-release in October 2017. After repeatedly listening to the album on commutes to and from work the past week or so, I can comfortably announce that Awakening will be a top ten of the…

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DOLL’S DIARY – Hard & Loud (Album Review)

DOLL’S DIARY – Hard & Loud (Album Review)

Ask anybody who knows me and they’ll confirm that I always debut my new tunes by blaring them in my shower.  Don’t judge.  To me, shit just sounds better in the shower, including my beautiful falsetto singing voice.  Recently, as I’ve been shampooing my thinning hair, I’ve been listening to (read – singing along to) Hard & Loud, the debut album from the Ukraine-based band, Doll’s Diary. Doll’s Diary is just one of those bands…

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QUIET RIOT – Road Rage (Album Review)

QUIET RIOT – Road Rage (Album Review)

Quiet Riot Road Rage Frontiers Records Release Date: August 4th 2017 Quiet Riot has a new studio album coming out. Initially, lone holdout from the Metal Health lineup, drummer Frankie Banali was hesitant at even the suggestion of continuing on after Kevin DuBrow passed in 2007.  That view softened as time passed and Frankie fired up the Quiet Riot van in 2010 and played a few shows.  I’ve always felt that Quiet Riot wasn’t the sacred cow…

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ALL 4 1 – The World’s Best Hope (Album Review)

ALL 4 1 – The World’s Best Hope (Album Review)

When I saw this album was available for review, I jumped at the chance.  Gary Pihl was familiar to me because he played guitar on some of my favorite 1980s Sammy Hagar songs.  Matt Starr is just quite simply “THE MAN!!!!”  Never mind that he has played with one of my all-time rock heroes (and favorite KISS member), Ace Frehley, but what he is currently doing with Mr. Big just shows that he has a heart…

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