The Best of 2016 (Decibel Geek Staff Picks)

The Best of 2016 (Decibel Geek Staff Picks)

Hello, and welcome to Decibel Geek. For the uninitiated, we are a hard rock/heavy metal website and weekly podcast. Decibel Geek began as a weekly podcast presented by hosts Chris Czynszak and Aaron Camaro and has grown into what you find here today. Alongside the weekly issued, absolutely free podcast episodes, our website features photograph galleries from live events around the world as well a direct feed to our YouTube channel, DBGTV. Our writing team encompasses some…

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My Top 10 Albums of 2016 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Another year has passed with new music and what a year it has been. With over 100 releases for me to go through to try and break it down to my personal top 10 favorite, wasn’t easy! As a fan of different styles of music, it was hard to pick what I feel as my Top 10. One day it might be some heavier music where other days more melodic. So many other great releases came…

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Gazing into the CRYSTAL BALL (Interview)

Gazing into the CRYSTAL BALL (Interview)

After my recent review of the new Crystal Ball CD Déjà-Voodoo and last year’s review of Liferider, I was able to set up an email interview with the band through Massacre Records. Crystal Ball started back in 1999 with their first release and now 9 albums later they answer some questions for Decibel Geek. Original members Scott Leach – guitar and Marcel Sardella – drums with Steven Mageney – vocals, Cris Stone – bass and…

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CRYSTAL BALL – Déjà-Voodoo (Album Review)

CRYSTAL BALL – Déjà-Voodoo (Album Review)

 Crystal Ball released their first album in 1999 with In The Beginning. After the successful release of their 8th album, Liferider, in 2015, Crystal Ball are back with their next effort Déjà-Voodoo which will be released September 2016 on Massacre Records. Original members Scott Leach (guitar) and Marcel Sardella (drums) are joined by Steven Mageney (vocals), Cris Stone (bass) and Tony “T.C.” Castell (guitar). With Liferider finishing 5th in my Top 10 releases of 2015 I have been waiting to get my hands on this CD…

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CRYSTAL BALL – Déjà-Voodoo (Oct 7, 2016)

CRYSTAL BALL – Déjà-Voodoo (Oct 7, 2016)

Swiss melodic metal Gods Crystal Ball are set to issue Déjà-Voodoo, their 9th album on September 2, 2016, in Europe and October 7, 2016, for North American markets. Released on Massacre Records, Déjà-Voodoo comes hardly a year after the release of their highly successful album LifeRider. The Liferider album sat well with many on Decibel Geek staff and was highly reviewed for the website by Shawn “Animalize” Irwin (Liferider album review). The band began originally in 1995,…

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My Top 10 Albums of 2015 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

My Top 10 Albums of 2015 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

The year is done with new music and what a year it has been! With almost 130 releases for me to go through to try and break it down to my personal top 10 favourites wasn’t easy! As a fan of different styles of music, it was hard to rate these. Depending on how I felt that day and what I want to listen to, one would rate high on the list, then shortly after fall…

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Crystal Ball-Liferider (June 23, 2015 in North America)

Crystal Ball-Liferider (June 23, 2015 in North America)

Swiss melodic metal Gods Crystal Ball are set to issue LifeRider, their 8th album. The band began originally in 1995, releasing six albums up to 2007. After a creative break, Crystal Ball came back stronger than ever in 2013 with the Dawnbreaker album and playing 40 shows in six countries.  Original members Scott Leach (guitars) and Marcel Sardella (drums) are joined by a great new frontman, Steven Mageney from Wuppertal, Germany as well as Cris Stone (bass) and Markus…

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Crystal Ball-LifeRider: Review by Animalize Irwin

Crystal Ball-LifeRider: Review by Animalize Irwin

Crystal Ball – LifeRider  – Release date May 22nd, 2015 (June 23rd, 2015 in North America) Along with one of my other favourite Swiss bands, (Gotthard) I have found another great band. Their 8th studio album LifeRider is quite a ride as I’ve been listening to this album. Hard Rock / Melodic Rock at its finest. With 12 new tracks that got you singing and rocking, plus 3 bonus tracks including a cover of the…

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My Top 10 Albums of 2013 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

My Top 10 Albums of 2013 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

In 2013 I was dipping into the world of Symphonic Metal. Standing strong on my usual preference of Melodic Rock here are my favorites for 2013. My Top 10 for 2013 were: 10 – Pink Cream 69 – Ceremonial After a long six-year wait, Pink Cream 69 was back in 2013 with their new album Ceremonial. On first hearing this band in early 1990’s, I have followed them through their long career. I was happy…

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