BRIAR – Reach Out (January, 2018)

BRIAR – Reach Out (January, 2018)

UK legends Briar are gearing up to issue their 1988 album Reach Out thanks to British label ProgAOR records. Briar‘s Facebook page posted this short teaser news: “Unreleased 1988 album that was planned to be released by major label CBS (now Sony Music) sees finally its release after being archived for 30 years! This is BRIAR‘s finest hour, the band was at the top of their game with superb songwriting skills creating a collection of 9 songs that all Melodic…

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Mikael Svensson’s Top Ten Albums of 2016

Decibel Geek‘s Swedish contributor Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson chimes in on the best albums race with his Top Ten Albums of 2016: 10 – Running Wild – Rapid Foray. The pirate ship sails once more. The captain is alone on the ship which is a pity. The sheer quality of a Running Wild album still brings it into top 10. BUY: Rapid Foray /(Album Review) Official Website / Facebook   9 – Pretty Maids – Kingmaker. Danish dynamite that blasts a…

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Briar Set to Release 1988/89 Demo’s REACH OUT

Briar Set to Release 1988/89 Demo’s REACH OUT

UK legends Briar are gearing up to issue their 1988/89 Demo recordings Reach Out thanks to the folks at Mighty Monster Records and Battle Cry Records. Briar‘s Facebook page posted this short teaser news a few hours ago: “The 3rd release from those fine Battle Cry Records & Mighty Monster Records dudes will be our fine 1988/89 demo’s REACH OUT….more news on this CD release soon!” Briar formed in 1979 in Birmingham, UK. Founding member and…

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Interview: Dean Cook of Briar and the Hard Times

Interview: Dean Cook of Briar and the Hard Times

Dean Cook of Briar recently took some time with Decibel Geek‘s The Lionsheart to reveal the truth about their “new” release and the story of behind it! Hello Dean! Hope you are doing great! Fantastic to hear that the Briar album Hard Times from 1992 and a whole bunch of bonus tracks will finally see a CD release. Thanks for talking to us. In this interview, we would like to focus on the later part…

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Album Review: Briar tell us of the “Hard Times”!

Album Review: Briar tell us of the “Hard Times”!

Classic Cult NWOBHM act Briar is to open it´s archive and for the first time ever release their 1992 album Hard Times on CD with no less than six bonus tracks! I might be a little bit biassed because this is one of my favourite bands and I really enjoyed their previous albums. This reissue is mainly available due to the work of Briar drummer Dean Cook in cooperation with the German labels Battle Cry Records and…

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Briar – Hard Times (January 18, 2016)

Briar – Hard Times (January 18, 2016)

Birmingham, UK served as the birthplace for a band called Briar in 1979. With Briar‘s lineup solidified by 1982, they attracted some attention and their debut Too Young was issued in 1985. Quick on Too Young‘s heels was Take on the World in 1986 which led Briar to a worldwide record deal and the third release Crown of Thorns in 1988. After recording a fourth album, that to this day remains unreleased, and some lineup…

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Wearing a Crown of Thorns – Interview with Briar drummer Dean Cook

Wearing a Crown of Thorns – Interview with Briar drummer Dean Cook

The Lionsheart teamed up with Briar drummer Dean Cook (Now in Bogus Blooze, Machine Boy and Tiny Rockets) to learn some insights on the history of Briar and what future plans he has in store. For those of you that have been unfortunate enough to not know Briar, I can tell you that they were one of the front runners of the more melodic spectrum of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Together with fellow UK bands…

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