LOUDER THAN LIFE 2018 (Festival News)

LOUDER THAN LIFE 2018 (Festival News)

  It’s that time of year again. The first week of June. The year is halfway over, school is out (well it’s been out for me for about 25 years, but who’s counting?), the weather is hot and like clockwork, Danny Wimmer Presents just dropped the lineup for the 5th installment of the Louder Than Life festival. What is Louder Than Life you ask? Louder Than Life is a new(er) music festival which follows in…

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NYDM SPRING BASH – The Line Up So Far… (News)

NYDM SPRING BASH – The Line Up So Far… (News)

The NYDM SPRING BASH (April 19-22, 2018) Decibel Geek website editor/staff writer and co-host of the CGCM Podcast, The Meister, has discovered yet another awesome American Music Festival. Catching a Facebook shared post by one of his favorite bands, Lady Beast (co-incidentally his #1 album of the year), he scrambled for information. Check out that lineup poster! A Traditional Metal fan’s dream come true with some of those bands such as Cirith Ungol, Night Demon,…

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Lady Beast in Canada (Concert Review)

Lady Beast in Canada (Concert Review)

“The metal cuts our hearts but we bleed together. It now bonds us forever and ever. I pilot this machine, it’s powered by dreams! Together we will live our destiny…Our Heavy Metal Destiny!” – Lady Beast **Decibel Geek readers and listeners may be familiar with the name Lady Beast. Their 2015 album, rather inventively titled Lady Beast II, was reviewed here by The Meister (Lady Beast Cooks Up a Delicious NWOBHM Feast), who also caught them…

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Exmortus – Ride Forth – Album Review

Exmortus – Ride Forth – Album Review

Shred heads rejoice and raise your swords (or axes) to the sky! Exmortus is back with a brand new album entitled Ride Forth and it has riffs, lots, and lots of face melting riffs. Ride Forth is the Whittier, California quartet’s follow-up to their most successful release to date, 2014’s Slave to the Sword. Slave to the Sword was actually the first album I ever heard from Exmortus. I had heard of them before, but…

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Album Review: Lethal Steel – Legion of the Night

Album Review: Lethal Steel – Legion of the Night

January 29, 2016, sees another Swedish output unleashed upon the metal scene. These boys, Leo (drums), Johan (guitars), Viktor (vocals), Jonte (guitars) and Totte (bass) comprise Stockholm’s Lethal Steel, the origins of which can be traced back to 2011. The band quickly rush recorded a 4 song demo in 2012 to have something that they could show to the Muskelrock Festival. Guitarist Johan Frick recalls that the demo tape had the first Grim Reaper album…

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Album Review: Ugly Kid Joe – Uglier Than They Used Ta Be

Album Review: Ugly Kid Joe – Uglier Than They Used Ta Be

Ugly Kid Joe have returned with Uglier Than They Used Ta Be, their first full-length album since the very underrated 1996 release entitled Motel California. After that album failed to match the success of UKJ‘s previous releases and with some internal fighting going down, the band split up in 1997. Now after a long hiatus, the band regrouped in 2010 and followed up the reunion with multiple European tours and the 2012 release of the Stairway…

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ANGUS is Back! A Review Of Both Reissued Albums

ANGUS is Back! A Review Of Both Reissued Albums

  Dutch legendary heavy metal band Angus finally gets both their albums reissued on CD with plenty of bonus material thanks to Sonic Age Records and their subsidiary Cult Metal Classics. Both albums got released in the mid 1980´s on a small label with very limited distribution. Sentinel Steel Records reissued both albums on one CD in 2001, but this is the first time they get issued on individual CDs with plenty of bonus material (including their first…

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Lady Beast II Cooks Up A Delicious NWOBHM Feast

Lady Beast II Cooks Up A Delicious NWOBHM Feast

Remember the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) movement that began in the late 70’s/early 80’s with bands such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Saxon and many more? Many of the bands that fall into this sub-genre or category are securely placed among my all time favorites, and pretty much any band playing that style is something that I enjoy. Well, I’m pleased to announce that classic formula NWOBHM in all it’s headbanging glory is…

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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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Running Wild in Brantford…A Helix Concert Review

Running Wild in Brantford…A Helix Concert Review

Well, a night of oddities and anomalies has just dropped itself upon the ole Meister!  Make no mistake, however, for the most part, that’s a good thing.  Allow me to elaborate some.  For anyone that has read my ramblings previously you’ll know that a rather long trek (usually via public transit) to a concert gig is not out of the ordinary for me by any means, but that’s where I begin my story for today….

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