BLOOD RED SAINTS – Love Hate Conspiracies (Album Review)

BLOOD RED SAINTS – Love Hate Conspiracies (Album Review)

Blood Red Saints formed in 2014 in the UK with a couple members from In Faith, singer Pete Godfrey, and drummer Pete Newdeck. Together with former Angels or Kings bassist Rob Naylor and guitarist Lee Revill, they released their debut album that same year. For Love Hate Conspiracies, their second LP, Newdeck was replaced by Adam Chemney, and Neil Hibbs was brought in to add another, more crunchy sounding guitar. The music is still in…

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – Grimmest Hits (Album Review)

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – Grimmest Hits (Album Review)

When I was but a young pup in high school, my buddy Satan tried to get me to like heavy metal. I didn’t get it at the time, but he did convince me that Ozzy was pretty good. So for my first ever concert, another buddy of mine took me to see Ozzy and Anthrax on the No Rest For the Wicked tour, giving a young guitarist named Zakk Wylde his first shot at stardom….

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The Best of 2017 (Feature)

The Best of 2017 (Feature)

First of all, 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 consequently grown into what you find here today. Alongside the weekly issued, absolutely free podcast episodes, our website features photo galleries from live events around the world as well a direct feed to our YouTube channel, DBGTV. Our website team encompasses some 40 authors and contributors…

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INGLORIOUS Goes Back to Back With Their Brilliant 2nd Album (Album Review)

INGLORIOUS Goes Back to Back With Their Brilliant 2nd Album (Album Review)

When mega-producer Kevin Shirley calls you “the best British band since… Led Zeppelin“, you’ve got a lot to live up to. Granted, Shirley produced the aptly named Inglorious II and may be a little biased, but after producing Joe Bonamassa and Iron Maiden, he’s got a pretty good perspective. Last year fellow Decibel Geek writer Adam Cox introduced us to Inglorious, and I promptly added it to my top 10 for 2016. Now, just 15…

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GENERATION AXE Swings in Tokyo (Concert Review)

GENERATION AXE Swings in Tokyo (Concert Review)

It was a hot and smoky room as we filed into the Zepp Tokyo theater. Not to be confused with the Zepp DiverCity Tokyo theater just 1/2 a mile away, this one can be found under the giant Ferris Wheel on Tokyo Bay. The room was packed to the rafters – 800+ strong – and we all stood in anticipation. Suddenly there was a helpful announcement from the front – “This is a 3-hour show….

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WHITE LIGHT CEMETERY – Careful What You Wish For

WHITE LIGHT CEMETERY – Careful What You Wish For

WHITE LIGHT CEMETERY RAISE THE DEAD IN LOUSIANA From Lafayette, Louisiana, the center of Cajun and Creole culture in the US, comes a new band to the Decibel Geeks – White Light Cemetery. Together for 6 years now, Careful What You Wish For is the second full-length album on Ripple Records from (in their words) “a bluesy amalgamation of influences like Lynyrd Sknyrd, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Crowbar, and Deep Purple.” Crowbar? Anyway, with a description like…

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Rage returns with The Devil Strikes Back

Rage returns with The Devil Strikes Back

Back at the end of February, I went to see the classic 1988-1993 lineup of Rage, who called themselves Refuge after their biggest hit. I wondered how I could have missed this band in my youth. Here were a bunch of guys, barely older than me, playing music that was right up my alley. Maybe I was distracted by grunge, or maybe without the internet, it was harder to find German bands not named the…

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Iron Maiden rocks Sumo Central (Concert Review)

Iron Maiden rocks Sumo Central (Concert Review)

Iron Maiden – Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, April 21, 2016 What do I need to say – it’s freakin’ Iron Maiden!! Of course, it was great! This show was unique in the fact that they were playing a tiny arena (for them), so it was a different experience for everyone. Unfortunately, the last time I’d seen Maiden was back in 2008 on the Somewhere Back in Time tour, which was full of hits from the ‘80s. Half of…

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The Winery Dogs Play the Tokyo Dome!

The Winery Dogs Play the Tokyo Dome!

Winery Dogs – Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo, April 20, 2016 Well, OK, maybe it wasn’t the actual Tokyo Dome, but that’s a good thing. Instead, across a giant plaza from the dome is something called the Meets Port, which contains this relatively new performance space called the Tokyo Dome City Hall. It was designed with acoustics for musical performances and my buddy and I were lucky enough to get seats literally on top of the soundboard….

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Bastian – Rock of Daedalus (Album Review)

Bastian – Rock of Daedalus (Album Review)

Bastian is a hard rock band out of Italy, who have been around since 2003. Their first album, Among My Giants, was poorly regarded, even though they hired some bigger names (like Vinnie Appice) to guest star, and they are still a band in search of a global following. They give it a valiant effort with this, their second album. Rock of Daedalus opens with a rocker, “Strange Thoughts”.  A long intro with a powerful…

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