RIVAL SONS – Feral Roots (Album Review)

RIVAL SONS – Feral Roots (Album Review)

I had almost given up on the Rival Sons. Their first two albums came out blasting, with great bluesy hard rock that fit perfectly with the rest of my music collection. Then they started to get a little eclectic, maybe too funky, for my tastes. I saw them headline a theater in a Boston suburb in 2014, where they played extended, jam-band versions of their songs, and couldn’t overcome the juggernaut that is Monster Truck, who opened…

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INGLORIOUS – Ride to Nowhere (Album Review)

INGLORIOUS – Ride to Nowhere (Album Review)

Inglorious‘ self-titled debut album really impressed me – they were my number 3 pick in 2016 – and the follow-up last year was almost as good. With Ride to Nowhere though, they take it to the next level. The songwriting is sharp, the riffs are strong, the choruses are catchy and lead singer Nathan James has his voice at octaves not heard too often. And then it all fell apart. But first, the album. The music was…

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Dave Glynn’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

Dave Glynn’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

Dave’s Top 10 Albums of 2018 #10. HARDCORE SUPERSTAR – You Can’t Kill My Rock n Roll Best track: “Hit Me Where It Hurts” First up is a veteran band that mixes many styles – funk, punk, Dead Daisies, Aerosmith, Anthrax, and others. With a number of #1 hits and Swedish Grammy awards, they prove they can hold their own in a tough market (it’s a known fact around Decibel Geek that Sweden has the highest percentage…

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BONFIRE – Legends (Album Review)

BONFIRE – Legends (Album Review)

Bonfire already released an album in 2018 – April’s Temple of Lies – so I was surprised to learn they had a second album to release this year. Decibel Geek didn’t post a review of Temple of Lies, but in short, with the only original member (and owner of the Bonfire name) Hans Ziller and new(ish) singer Alexx Stahl, the band continues to deliver melodic hard rock with solid musicianship and Stahl’s strong (and high octave!) voice….

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The Spaceman ACE FREHLEY Visits NJ. (Concert Review)

The Spaceman ACE FREHLEY Visits NJ. (Concert Review)

I’m a late bloomer in the world of KISS. To be honest, I just didn’t get it when I was a kid. Mostly I’m amazed at the strong impressions the band has made on so many of my friends. And now I’m slowly coming to realize that they CAN actually play! Some of the great recent video from Gene‘s shows and the DVDs that I have borrowed show their true talent. So I was excited…

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OVER THE TOP – Countdown to Inebriation (Album Review)

OVER THE TOP – Countdown to Inebriation (Album Review)

Over the Top is the name of the band from San Antonio, and it correctly describes the type of music they’re trying to play. Combining a punk attitude to Sabbath-like riffs, the music takes a few tracks to find the right mix. Singer Jason (Chappy) Chapman, guitarists Matt Brown and Eloy Piña Jr., and drummer Ryan Gonzales have created an interesting combination that takes a couple of listens to truly understand. Unsigned (their Facebook page…

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MAGICK TOUCH – Blades, Chains, Whips and Fire (Album Review)

MAGICK TOUCH – Blades, Chains, Whips and Fire (Album Review)

2018 kicks off with a bang as power trio Magick Touch from Norway deliver a loud opener with whipping guitars on “Under the Gun”. Describing themselves as a “power trio with the emphasis on power from the southwestern coastal town of Bergen, Norway”, guitarist/vocalist HK Rein, drummer Bård Nordvik, and bassist/vocalist Christer Ottesen produce music reminiscent of Dokken and Ratt. The solid second track “The Great Escape” continues that trend with a dual guitar sound perfect…

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Teen Guitar Sensation AARON KEYLOCK Releases His Debut

Teen Guitar Sensation AARON KEYLOCK Releases His Debut

A friend of mine commented to me that he noticed all of my top 10 albums from 2016 were blues-based hard rock of one sort or another. Of course, he was right – growing up listening to Zeppelin and Eric Clapton will do that to you. Even my favorite band, Rush, played the blues in the early days. So when I’m not listening to hard rock, I’m often listening to straight up blues. I discovered…

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KXM Ups the Ante With Scatterbrain (Album Review)

KXM Ups the Ante With Scatterbrain (Album Review)

I really liked KXM‘s first self-titled album and was looking forward to this second release, Scatterbrain. My preference is to not listen to single tracks as they’re released but to get the entire experience, track by track, in order. The first track – the title track – was also the first single, so I got to start where everyone else did. I’ll be honest, I didn’t get it on the first listen, but the more I listen,…

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GnR Swing Their Katanas in Tokyo

GnR Swing Their Katanas in Tokyo

Guns n Roses – Saitama Super Arena, Jan. 29, 2017 They don’t call it a Super Arena for nothing. Under a cavernous roof in the second largest indoor arena in the world, 35,000 people were spread around a giant floor space, which was packed with chairs (no General Admission tickets for this show) to see GnR, and they didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money on Axl and company until I…

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