STONE RISING – Stone Rising (Album Review)

STONE RISING – Stone Rising (Album Review)

A friend gives you a CD and says “check out my new band”. Always unsure what to expect when you have a personal relationship with a band. A little nerve-wracking to be honest. I mean what if I hate the album? How do you tell them that? I’d never lie in a review, I just don’t review it usually! So by that, you can discern already my thoughts on STONE RISING – Stone Rising :)….

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BUCKCHERRY – Warpaint (Album Review)

BUCKCHERRY – Warpaint (Album Review)

When Buckcherry launched on the scene in 1999, they were poised to be the next big down ‘n’ dirty hard rock band. From The Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Aerosmith to Guns n’ Roses, Buckcherry had the same attitude and swagger. Somewhere along the way, it just didn’t happen though. They stood out, faded away, came back stronger, but just haven’t been able to sustain their success since ’15. Their newest album is Warpaint. Prior…

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VOLTURE – On The Edge (Album Review)

VOLTURE – On The Edge (Album Review)

Not too long ago CGCM Podcast regular listener and past podcast guest Jason Kearney posted on the CGCM Facebook page. Recently visiting a record shop near his home, Jason picked up a vinyl release from a band called VOLTURE. He posted photos of the cover in the CGCM Group Page and suggested that it was something right up my (The Meister‘s) alley of listening choices. Trusting Jason‘s judgment and of course always looking for new…

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MURDERBIRD – Pillars of Creation (Album Review)

MURDERBIRD – Pillars of Creation (Album Review)

Sometimes you find yourself, almost subconsciously, returning to an album over and over again. I call that a sleeper. You spin it the first time, knowing nothing prior to that. It finds its way onto your phone for mobile listening and is seen to while away bus travel hours more often than expected. Then a week or two later at home scrolling through some recent releases and additions to your digital library, you again settle…

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BULLET – Live (Album Review)

BULLET – Live (Album Review)

Bullet is a straight-ahead AC/DC-style Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band from Vaxjo, Sweden. Originally culminating in 1996, the current roster sees Dag “Hell” Hofer (vocals), Adam Hector (bass), Gustav Hjortsjo (drums), Hampus Klang (guitars) and Alexander Lyrbo (guitars). One of my early articles, when I started out writing for Decibel Geek, was a piece on Bullet. Discovering them somehow not too long before that, I loved the band and everything I’d heard. I guess I just…

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LICENCE – Never 2 Old 2 Rock (Album Review)

LICENCE – Never 2 Old 2 Rock (Album Review)

Sequels are exciting, especially if you hold the original in high regard. But sequels can also often be disappointing compared to the original. The biggest exception to that is, of course, the film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. In 2017 I discovered (thanks to a promo company) a band called LICENCE and their Licence 2 Rock debut album. You can read my review on that release posted on the Decibel Geek website here: LICENCE…

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RIOT CITY – Burn the Night (Album Review)

RIOT CITY – Burn the Night (Album Review)

Traditional metal fans rejoice! Old school Accept and Judas Priest lovers sit up and take note! I present Riot City and their May 2019 release Burn the Night. Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada these rippers have been around since about 2011. With a DEMO (Livin’ Fast in 2014) behind it, Burn the Night is a throwback in every sense of the phrase. The music harkens to early 80s Priest and ilk as does the assumably…

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WARRIOR SOUL – Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease (Album Review)

WARRIOR SOUL – Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease (Album Review)

I’m expanding my horizons. Rock and roll isn’t dead (seems to be the tagline of today), but it’s harder to find maybe. So far this year, I commented recently, that there were very few releases with that “wow” factor. I like a high energy, head-banging, fist-pumping, foot-to-the-floor flavour to my preferred tunes. I started to look places I normally wouldn’t. Found a few real gems that way. For instance, is Warrior Soul a “go to…

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SARASIN – Raise the Pain (Album Review)

SARASIN – Raise the Pain (Album Review)

Some years back, let’s say in January/February of 2015, a plain kraft paper envelope arrived in my mailbox. Simply addressed to “The Meister”, inside was the self-titled album from Hamilton, Ontario band Sarasin. Now, I had caught no whiff of mention or knowledge of Sarasin pre-kraft envelope arrival at my doorstep. I found a CD containing a heavy metal band of the relatively traditional sense. I positively reviewed the CD and even had a skype…

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BAI BANG – Best of Four (Album Review)

BAI BANG – Best of Four (Album Review)

CGCM gets banged! Bai Bang is a Swedish Melodic Rock band that formed back in the late 80s in Helsingborg, Sweden. With a back catalogue of eight studio releases, the band has always worked hard in the shadows. Often touring, they love the live show experience. Now with Diddi Kastenholt (vocals) the sole remaining original member, Bai Bang joins Lion’s Pride Music. In celebration of that union and this new era of the band, Bai Bang…

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