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OVERKILL – Wings Over Minneapolis (Concert Review)

OVERKILL – Wings Over Minneapolis (Concert Review)

While I have never been a source of shame for my parents, I have definitely lived a life filled with milestones that aren’t necessarily “that’s my boy” territory.  You can officially add breaking my Overkill cherry to the “things my Mom won’t reference as a source of boastful parental pride at church group” pile.  (Sorry ma.  I gotta be me.)  It seems almost impossible I hadn’t seen Overkill prior to this.  In the mid Nineties,…

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Michael Sweet-“We’re not going to have actors portraying us and cheesing it out”

Michael Sweet-“We’re not going to have actors portraying us and cheesing it out”

Speaking with Bakko on a recent appearance on the Cobras & Fire Podcast, Stryper lead singer Michael Sweet mentioned they were working on a documentary. “We’re working on a documentary.  A very unique special documentary.  It’s going to take us a couple of years at least to finish.  We started working on it already.  But I mean it’s the very first stages of it.  It’s a documentary.  It’s not a bio-pic.  We’re not going to…

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GODSMACK – The Legend Is On The Rise (Concert Review)

GODSMACK – The Legend Is On The Rise (Concert Review)

It’s hard to believe it’s almost been 20 years since I first saw Godsmack on an Ozzfest side stage.  That S/T debut record from the Boston natives may have been the last real shift hard rock experienced.  Almost twenty years later finds the band touring in support of their 7th studio album When Legends Rise. Bringing Danish rockers Volbeat along wasn’t a bad idea either.   I’m not sure if this was considered a co-headlining…

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BADFLOWER – OK, I’m Sick (Album Review)

BADFLOWER – OK, I’m Sick (Album Review)

  I interviewed Badflower in the media tent at Northern Invasion in 2017. By that point, I had already fallen in love with their EP Temper and their debut single “Soap”.  NI would be the second time I saw them live and both times they killed it.  Meeting them face to face it hit me just how young these guys were.  Even by rock standards.  So when I saw them again a couple of weeks…

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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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Tony Harnell – “I Hated The Name (TNT)”

Tony Harnell – “I Hated The Name (TNT)”

Former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell was a guest on the Cobras & Fire Podcast.  When asked about the name TNT being used by AC/DC cover bands he said: “When I joined the band in 84’. One of the things I really tried to convince them right off the bat, I tried to convince them to change the name.  That was one of the first things.  They got sick of it because I wouldn’t let it go. …

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25 Albums Turning 25 That Don’t Suck

25 Albums Turning 25 That Don’t Suck

This is my fifth edition of “25 Albums” for Decibel Geek. And things were getting a little thin by 94. Grunge had basically morphed into top forty “alternative” music like Weezer and Belly causing Kurt Cobain to blow his brains out. Pearl Jam sued Ticketmaster and lost. Gotta love those service charges.  Green Day ushered in the pop-punk movement that would influence future greats like Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco. Pink Floyd toured…

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TOP ALBUMS of 2018 (Collective Staff Articles)

TOP ALBUMS of 2018 (Collective Staff Articles)

2018 was a blockbuster of heavy music madness! From the Black Metal shores to the Folk Metal forests to the Hard Rock heartlands, our favourite music has served up a massive sonic snowball for us all to enjoy.  We wanted to celebrate the year in Decibel Geek style. So we asked our fantastic writers to pick their top ten records. And why their 2018 picks have made the grade. Decibel Geek Staff Picks for TOP…

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BAKKO’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

BAKKO’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

On a personal level, 2018 was possibly the best year of my life. I made it to New York City for the first time.  My step-daughter, whose hand I used to hold as we crossed the street, got married.  The podcast I host called Cobras & Fire allowed me to talk to many of the idols of my youth like Bruce Kulick, K.K. Downing and Jake E Lee.  I got hammered on a bar patio…

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Jake E Lee: “It Was Never Fun To Party With Ozzy”

Jake E Lee: “It Was Never Fun To Party With Ozzy”

In a recent interview with the Cobras & Fire Podcast, former Ozzy and current Red Dragon Cartel guitarist Jake E. Lee, at the 15:50 mark when asked what Ozzy was like when he drank said: “It was never fun to party with Ozzy, umm cause Ozzy when he’s sober is a sweet funny guy. He’s like one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. He’s just he’s just fun to be around when he’s sober….

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