FOZZY – Judas (Album Review)

FOZZY – Judas  (Album Review)

Throughout the years, I have dipped in and out of Fozzy’s musical output, only really listening when something I liked caught my ear on the T.V. Sadly, I have never really given them a hard listen until now. When they first arrived on the scene, pretty much everyone thought of Fozzy as WWE superstar Chris Jericho’s pet project. Something for him to do in-between parading around in a silk scarf and light up leather jacket,…

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VAN ARX – Stand Together for Rock and Roll (Album Review)

VAN ARX – Stand Together for Rock and Roll (Album Review)

Van Arx. There’s a name for ya. Not knowing what to expect at all, I cued up this Perris Records issue. The Stand Together for Rock and Roll album became available back in June. Holy crap! Ripping this off the hop with no pretense, the first sounds emanating from the speakers had me checking to see if it was a KISS “Detroit Rock City” cover. It’s not, but that’s seriously all I can hear right…

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DIRTY DENIMS – Back With A Bang (Full Album) (Album Review)

DIRTY DENIMS – Back With A Bang (Full Album) (Album Review)

Behold, The Dirty Denims from Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Back in April, Mirjam Sieben reached out to me via email. Given my praises for The Amorettes latest album, she suggested that I may also enjoy The Dirty Denims. She had seen my review on Decibel Geek and included a press kit with their forthcoming album. Reported as part one of the album, it was a six-song EP I suppose with the second installment due out in October. I was a little thrown…

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FORCE MAJEURE – The Rise Of Starlit Fires (Album Review)

FORCE MAJEURE – The Rise Of Starlit Fires (Album Review)

In the neverending discovery of new bands and music, I present Force Majeure. The band exudes traditional metal, but inflected with some power elements. My first thoughts instantly gravitated to Doro. Why Doro Pesch? The German champion for female fronted metal issued her album Force Majeure in 1989 on the demise of Warlock. The Force Majeure moniker instantly takes me there in my head.  Hard to shake that image, but this is totally different. This Force Majeure is a melodic heavy…

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HEXX – Wrath of the Reaper (Album Review)

HEXX – Wrath of the Reaper (Album Review)

In a sea of digital promos, Hexx intrigued me right away. All I’d done is heard the band/album name and seen the cover. Sometimes that sells. Contrary to the phrase, sometimes you should judge a book by the cover. Hexx began life ages ago. Late 1983 in the famous San Francisco Bay Area in fact. Notable as the birthplace of thrash bands Exodus and Testament and indeed many more. Focusing on power metal as their preferred genre,…

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TRUCKER DIABLO – Fighting For Everything (Album Review)

TRUCKER DIABLO – Fighting For Everything (Album Review)

Sometimes rock is just rock. It doesn’t need to fit into an overly dramatized subcategory. And it’s not dead. Not even close. Ireland’s Trucker Diablo is such. They are just rock. Good rock. Hard rock. Rock that’ll have your toes tapping. Or headbanging. Or even up on the dance floor, groovin’. My road to discovery took place back in 2013. Seems like a lifetime ago. The record company imposed upon me a new album. Back then…

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RAGE – Seasons Of The Black (Album Review)

RAGE – Seasons Of The Black (Album Review)

Rage are a band I first came to know properly in 2009 due to the Sweden Rock Festival, only 25 years into their long and interesting career. There is a tendency for a listener who becomes a fan of a band, to favour the material that first got them into the band as well as the members who played in that era. For me, it was therefore very sad when the band split with the…

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NOCTURNAL RITES – Phoenix (Album Review)

NOCTURNAL RITES – Phoenix (Album Review)

Ten years is a long time between albums. This is, however, the gap between The 8th Sin and Phoenix the latest release from Swedish metal band Nocturnal Rites. As titles go it is I suppose appropriate considering many fans probably thought they had called it a day. Apart from one change of personnel with Per Nilsson from Scar Symmetry replacing Nils Norberg on lead guitar, it is the same line up from the last album. Having only a…

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RAVAGE – Return Of The Spectral Rider (Album Review)

RAVAGE – Return Of The Spectral Rider (Album Review)

Return Of The Spectral Rider is a re-imagining of Ravage‘s 2005 debut, The Spectral Rider. According to the band, the recording was plagued with problems, resulting in a finished product that wasn’t exactly what they wanted. The band didn’t have ownership of the original tracks, so they were unable to remix the album. With that in mind, Ravage decided to re-record their debut with better professional production. They changed up the sequencing and added a…

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Serious Black – Magic (Album Review)

Serious Black – Magic (Album Review)

It all happened in Spain, when Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween, Masterplan) and Mario Lochert (Emergency Gate, ex-Visions of Atlantis) had a conversation backstage over a cool beverage, talking music business – you know, what musicians usually do. Mario contacted his friend of many years, Thomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian, Savage Circus), telling him about his idea. Thomen was sold and joined the bunch right away. After that, Jan Vacik (ex-Dreamscape) and Dominik Sebastian (Edenbridge) were quick to…

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