They Came to Rock – Brighton Rock 30th Anniversary (Concert Review)

They Came to Rock – Brighton Rock 30th Anniversary (Concert Review)

I, The Meister, love the live concert experience, everything about it from start to finish and attend as many shows as possible, but some events just hold something a little more special than others. Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place in Hamilton Ontario, was one of those “stay with you for a long time concert experiences” as Brighton Rock celebrated the 30th Anniversary of their debut album Young, Wild…

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The Last Vegas Meets Decibel Geek (Interview & Concert Review)

The Last Vegas Meets Decibel Geek (Interview & Concert Review)

The Last Vegas are a rock band out of Chicago that have been around since at least 2004 when they released their debut album Lick ‘Em and Leave ‘Em. The sound of the band incorporates elements of glam, punk and sleaze and have a kind of boogie and swagger that must be heard. Motley Crue fans will surely know The Last Vegas as they had a coveted opening slot on the Saints of Los Angeles Tour…

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30 Years of Brighton Rock

30 Years of Brighton Rock

Canadian band Brighton Rock has been a part of my musical landscape since as long as I can remember, well let’s face it, I often struggle to remember what breakfast consisted of these days….lol. From catching their video on MuchMusic (the Canadian MTV) to sitting crossed-legged on the floor staring at the album cover and reading every letter of the English alphabet printed on the inner sleeve as the vinyl spun in circles on the turntable,…

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Sarasin – Sarasin (Album Review)

Sarasin – Sarasin (Album Review)

Hamilton, Ontario’s Sarasin are a heavy metal band of the relatively traditional sense. They set out to make straight-ahead music with no tricks and no innovations, but rather take formulas previously used by some of the best metal bands of all time and create new musical ideas with it. Their self-titled album is evidence of this metal mindset with elements of classic metal and thrash metal. Sarasin succeed at not sounding like anyone but themselves…

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Sarasin – Sarasin (February 26, 2016)

Sarasin – Sarasin (February 26, 2016)

The Canadian band Sarasin was originally formed in the steel mills of gritty Hamilton Ontario in the 80’s when their first EP Lay Down Your Guns was released. Only guitarist Greg Boileau remains from the band’s original line-up today. Long time bass player and co-founding member Rob Grant died after a battle with cancer in 2012, the new Sarasin album is dedicated to him. Vocalist Michael Wilson is sometimes reminiscent to Ozzy Osbourne which is…

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Iron Maidens In The Hammer: A Concert Review

Iron Maidens In The Hammer: A Concert Review

***A photo gallery by Brian Ronald appears at the end of this review*** The world’s only all-female Iron Maiden tribute band The Iron Maidens has made a name for themselves around the world with the chops and the looks that kill. Having seen them on MORC 2014 (Monsters of Rock Cruise), I knew what the score would be during their back to back Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario shows April 29 and 30, 2015 respectively. There…

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Decibel Geek and Juno

Decibel Geek and Juno

Who or what is a Juno Award, you might ask, that is unless you’re from Canada. Well simply put, The Juno Awards are Canada’s equivalent to The Grammy‘s and showcase the best in Canadian music from genres across the board. The Juno Awards are named for Pierre Juneau who was the first president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and former president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The awards began in 1970 and celebrate the best in…

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Sarasin-Sarasin (April 15, 2015)

Sarasin-Sarasin (April 15, 2015)

Sarasin formed in the steel mills of Hamilton, Ontario back in the early 80’s. After some lineup changes throughout the years the band now consists of Greg Boileau (guitar), Roger Banks (drums) and Michael Wilson (bass/vocals) and are poised to release their latest effort on April 15, 2015. With the addition of Michael on vocals and bass (original bass player Rob Grant passed away from cancer) the now power trio have titled the new release…

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Sarasin: Metal From The Hammer

Sarasin: Metal From The Hammer

What’s this? A plain kraft paper envelope in my mailbox addressed to “The Meister”!  I slid the CD and the accompanying promo package out of the envelope.  The cover art was rather uninspiring, let me re-phrase that.  The drawing was quite intriguing, a serpent of sorts swallowing itself so that it’s encircled in a ring, but what makes the cover unappealing is the for lack of a better description mustard brown hue that everything is tinted…

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STP Disappoints in Hamilton Ontario!

STP Disappoints in Hamilton Ontario!

A week ago I had the opportunity to see Stone Temple Pilots perform in nearby Hamilton Ontario.  I was rather excited as I didn’t even know they were on tour until a friend alerted me a few days before the show.  I had seen the Pilots once before, way back on October 18th, 1993 at the Concert Music Hall in Toronto.  That show was not long after their debut Core album hit stores.  To be honest,…

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