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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THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men (Album Review)

THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men (Album Review)

Here goes the influence once again! Those that maybe listen to CGCM Podcast, or read a few of my articles have probably noticed mention of an influential person in my life. Sometimes even called “The Bad Influence”, although that’s only in jest. This person has opened my eyes and ears to quite a bit. Now, of course, I knew of The Wildhearts. But I was not overly familiar with their outputs, maybe just a song…

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L.A. GUNS – The Devil You Know (Album Review)

L.A. GUNS – The Devil You Know (Album Review)

Straight Outta Hell! I know I am probably the wrong person to be reviewing the brand new album L.A. Guns – The Devil You Know. Some might say I am too much of a fanboy to objectively review one of their albums. To those people I have two things to say; you’re absolutely right and Piss Off! I am writing it anyway! Something wicked this way comes and it’s titled The Devil You Know. The…

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DEVIL’S GUN – Sing for the Chaos (Album Review)

DEVIL’S GUN – Sing for the Chaos (Album Review)

If I’m being totally honest, there isn’t a ton of “wow factor” albums I’ve listened to so far in 2019. In fact, I’ve personally been quite disappointed with a lot of the outputs. But I found a pleasant surprise recently and now another one here with Devil’s Gun! On April 12, 2019, Devil’s Gun – Sing for the Chaos will hit the shelves (er…online screens). And I love it! Devil’s Gun hail from Växjö, Sweden…

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THE TREATMENT – Power Crazy (Album Review)

THE TREATMENT – Power Crazy (Album Review)

A few years back, after being out of music for quite some time, I jumped back into the pool in full force. It’s like I was whole again, I didn’t realize how much music meant to me. Why I was “out of the game”, we’ll leave for another day. But, I indeed discovered that “my music” was alive and well all over the world. And new (at the time) bands such as The Treatment played…

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IRON SAVIOR – Kill or Get Killed (Album Review)

IRON SAVIOR – Kill or Get Killed (Album Review)

German power metallers Iron Savior may not be the most widely known or recognized name in North America. But that’s a grievous oversight on us all! For those not in the know already, Iron Savior began over 20 years ago! The band formed in 1996 in Hamburg, Germany. While today Piet Sielck remains the sole original, the first incarnations included the likes of Kai Hansen (Helloween/Gamma Ray) and Thomen Stauch (Blind Guardian). With that comes…

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FRENZY – Blind Justice (Album Review)

FRENZY – Blind Justice (Album Review)

Comics and metal like peas and pods? How can you go wrong with a combination like that? When I was but a young lad, I was, of course, a comic book fanatic. These days I like some of the feature films and a couple of the TV shows. But mostly I’m out of touch with the universe. What I am up to speed on is great Hard Rock and Heavy Metal (personal tastes, of course)….

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BONAFIDE – Live At KB (Album Review)

BONAFIDE – Live At KB (Album Review)

Many CGCM Podcast listeners received their Bonafide introduction as we featured their track “50/50” on our 50th Anniversary Episode. Touted as one of Sweden’s hardest working bands, Bonafide has six studio albums in their catalogue. And on March 15, 2019, they unleash their first live record. Delivered via Off Yer Rocka Records, BONAFIDE – Live at KB is available for pre-order. Here at CGCM headquarters, we’ve received an advance listen…and wowsers! BONAFIDE (Short band history)…

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RON KEEL BAND – Fight Like A Band (Album Review)

RON KEEL BAND – Fight Like A Band (Album Review)

I’ve followed the career of Ron Keel since I dropped some of my paper route money on the Cedar Mall Drug counter in exchange for my cassette copy of The Right To Rock. I was a horrible paper boy.  I may have been chronically late but I always packed my Walkman and The Right To Rock was an album that helped me ignore the angry customers shaking their fists as I rolled in with their…

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THUNDER – Please Remain Seated (Album Review)

THUNDER – Please Remain Seated (Album Review)

Since Thunder‘s comeback in 2011, the band has been on fire with exceptional live shows, two exceptional studio albums (Wonder Days in 2015 and Rip it Up in 2017), and a live album, Stage, last year. Last Christmas the band released a Christmas single and as part of the release, they re-recorded their classic ballad, “Love Walked In”. The band was so excited by the experience, they decided to release a full album of reimagined tracks covering…

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