EUROPE – Concert Hall (Perth, Australia) (Concert Review)

EUROPE – Concert Hall (Perth, Australia) (Concert Review)

EUROPE LIVE! It’s a warm autumn night at the concrete bunker that is the Perth Concert Hall in Perth, Western Australia. The hall itself is intended for use by the local orchestra, but has seen a string of live gigs over the years by bands like R.E.M. and more recently Glenn Hughes on his Deep Purple outing. It’s a bit like watching a concert in your local cinema, but tonight I didn’t really care because…

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ART NATION – Liberation (Album Review)

ART NATION – Liberation (Album Review)

 Sweden has an enviable reputation for fertilizing rock acts, producing quality bands such as Europe.  Art Nation are another great band from the country of Abba and Liberation is one of the best pop rock albums you will hear this year.  It is a sublime summer feel good record that will make you dust off your sleeveless T-shirt, put on your Ray Bans and slick back your hair. Formed only in 2014 by Alexander Strandell…

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KEE MARCELLO – Scaling Up (Album Review)

KEE MARCELLO – Scaling Up (Album Review)

Kee Marcello really made his name as guitarist in the rock band Europe a couple of years after they completed world domination with “The Final Countdown”. He has, however, been plowing a solo furrow for a while now and Scaling Up shows that he’s doing a mighty good job of it. This disc, his 4th solo outing, is out on Frontiers Music s.r.l. and is a great collection of catchy riffs and choruses which will get…

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KEE MARCELLO – Scaling Up (Oct 14, 2016)

KEE MARCELLO – Scaling Up (Oct 14, 2016)

Best known for being the guitar player hand-picked by Europe for the tour after the global takeover by the band on The Final Countdown, Kee Marcello ended up putting his signature sound on the Out of This World and Prisoners in Paradise albums. After leaving Europe, he has kept fairly quiet, but also releasing a few independent albums. Now, he comes back full force with a massive, arena-ready, hard rock release! This is the melodic,…

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Meister’s Euro Trip 2015 (Sweden Rock/Hellfest)

Meister’s Euro Trip 2015 (Sweden Rock/Hellfest)

Those of you having been with Decibel Geek for a while are probably familiar at least in part with me, The Meister. I am a rock fan through and through and I love nothing more than to be in the front row as a great band performs on stage. I also love to travel and in recent years I have begun to combine both of these loves. I have taken a couple of one-off trips…

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Meister’s M3 2015 Part #3 (Saturday Evening)

Meister’s M3 2015 Part #3 (Saturday Evening)

The Meister’s 2015 M3 Experience: Day #2-The Evening of Saturday May 2, 2015 At Merriweather Post Pavilion …And here we go with the grand finale of my experiences at the 2015 M3 Festival in Columbia, Maryland. If you recall from my last installment, I had just settled down for a little nap-sky in my pavilion seat, sunglasses on and hoping no one notices. Damn, it sucks getting old! I was awake and as refreshed as…

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M3 x 2 (Preparing For 2015’s M3 Festival)

M3 x 2 (Preparing For 2015’s M3 Festival)

Well, The Monsters Of Rock Cruise has docked, I’ve left the ship, the world has discontinued to sway back and forth, but the rock never stops when you’re a Decibel Geek! Fresh off the boat so to speak, The Meister is preparing to hit up the M3 Festival in Baltimore, Maryland for his second time in as many years. Thanks to a friend (Cliff Koehler) made through MORC‘s past, I attended my first M3 Festival…

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Last Autumn’s Dream Crank It Up To Eleven!

Last Autumn’s Dream Crank It Up To Eleven!

The flow of top quality melodic hard rock bands from the small country of Sweden never seems to end. Last Autumn’s Dream is a relatively “new” band but consists of veteran musicians that have achieved a fair deal of fame and fortune in other bands. A lot of bands exchange members in between each other, especially in the Swedish melodic hard rock scene, and it is hard to keep track on who´s in what band….

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Europe find their hard rock sound on War of Kings

Europe find their hard rock sound on War of Kings

Earlier this month the band Europe released its 10th studio album War of Kings.  Now if hearing the mention of the band Europe evokes memories of poodle haircuts, syrupy love ballads, or sugar coated pop metal then this is not your Europe. War of Kings is a solid collection of hard rock that is virtually ballad free. Gone is the keyboard driven song riffs of the 80’s and in its place is a classic intertwining of…

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Europe-War Of Kings (March 10, 2015)

Europe-War Of Kings (March 10, 2015)

Europe – War of Kings – March 10, 2015 Swedish rock legends, famous for “The Final Countdown” song, are set to unleash War of Kings on March 10, 2015.  This tenth studio album for the Swedes and front man Joey Tempest calls War of Kings “the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like Zeppelin, Purple, and Sabbath.”  Europe formed in 1979, issuing five albums including the 1986…

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