INFRARED – Back to the Warehouse (EP Review)

INFRARED – Back to the Warehouse (EP Review)

Ottawa’s classic thrashers INFRARED issued their EP Back To The Warehouse on June 14, 2019. Comprised of older material, the EP comes ahead of the next full-length, planned for a 2020 release. The band states: “They are the last of the old songs that we felt should see the light of day. Our upcoming EP is 5 songs. 4 originals and one cover of an Iron Maiden song. We hope that fans will appreciate the old…

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DANKO JONES – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

DANKO JONES – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

The first time I heard Danko Jones “Bounce” I was overtaken. His sound was so different, so fresh. It had a funk to it but was also balls-out hard rock. The song used to play on the radio in the kitchen at work or in my car while I was delivering pizzas thanks to the only radio station I would consent to listen to at the time, 97.7HTZ FM. I steadily collected the recorded works…

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BEXATRON – Rivoli Toronto (Concert Review)

BEXATRON – Rivoli Toronto (Concert Review)

Since first hearing the album’s lead-off track, “Get Out of My Tree”, it’s catchy hum along chorus will not leave my grey matter. The album arrived at the doorstep of CGCM Central and our staff writer and all-around good guy Trevor “Psychoone” McDougall jumped on an album review. Check it out here: Bexatron – Hey You (Album Review). Less than two weeks later Bexatron have hit Canadian soil and I was fortunate enough to catch…

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CALL OF THE WILD 2020- First Band Announcement (News)

CALL OF THE WILD 2020- First Band Announcement (News)

CGCM Podcast‘s Rich “The Meister” Dillon had an excellent time at Call of the Wild Festival this year. Already booked accomodations for 2020, he is most definitely returning to this new awesome festival in the UK. Take a listen to CGCM Podcast EP#62-Meister Hears the Call for an idea of the fun times had at the event. In the podcast, Rich conducts totally off the cuff impromptu interviews with bands, fans and organizers! Today, Call…

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SABATON- The Great War (Album Review)

SABATON- The Great War (Album Review)

    SABATON – The Great War Out July 19th, 2019 Formed in 1999, Sabaton’s first album was Fist for Fight, a compilation consisting of material from two demo tapes recorded between 1999 and 2000. After that, 2005 brought the second album, Primo Victoria, where Sabaton made their true mark and never looked back. Headlining huge festivals throughout Europe and headlining shows all over the world, this group of guys are back with their ninth…

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BARSTOOL PROPHETS – Crank (Retro Review)

BARSTOOL PROPHETS – Crank (Retro Review)

Ever get tired of nothing but “new” music? Don’t get me wrong, I love discovering new bands, awesome new songs, and albums, but sometimes the old favourites from days gone by get lost in the shuffle. And, subsequently forgotten. With the sheer influx of pre-release promos I receive from companies and outlets around the world, I fall into this trap all too often. But sometimes you uncover a forgotten gem. You see, I have a…

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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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SWEDISH AOR CONVENTION (Festival Blog)

SWEDISH AOR CONVENTION (Festival Blog)

There’s a new Festival in town and it’s called Swedish AOR Convention. The event, captained by Johan Nylen (Dr. AOR), is specialized to the AOR genre and includes vendors, meet & greets and more. CGCM Podcast co-host/writer Rich “The Meister” Dillon was on hand to check out this first-year event. Born from last year’s MelodicRock Fest Scandinavia, the Swedish AOR Convention took place May 30-June 02, 2019 in Malmö. Read about my time at last…

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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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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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