Metal Mama’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

Wow! What a year for music! It was my privilege to become a part of the Decibel Geek family in 2016 and I have enjoyed every moment of it. From major label releases to independent and crowd funded projects, hard rock and heavy metal bands had a variety to share with us. There were so many outstanding albums this year, in fact, that choosing a top ten list was a monumental task. There were several…

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Phantom 5 – Phantom 5 (Album Review)

Phantom 5 – Phantom 5 (Album Review)

If like me, you have never heard of this band then it’s time to find out about PHANTOM 5. They are a brand new German melodic heavy rock band put together by former BONFIRE singer Claus Lessmann, with guitar player Michael Voss (MAD MAX, CASSANOVA, WOLFPAKK) completed by Robby Boebel (FRONTLINE) Axel Kruse (MAD MAX, ex-JADED HEART) and Francis Buchholz (ex-SCORPIONS). I am hoping for good things as I cue this up. When I think of Claus, I…

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Jaded Heart – Guilty By Design (June 10, 2016)

Jaded Heart – Guilty By Design (June 10, 2016)

Jaded Heart has become a top-class German hard rock institution since the band came into existence 23 years ago! They turned into a German/Swedish formation when they were joined by singer Johan Fahlberg and guitarist Peter Östros in 2005 and in 2006, respectively. In spring 2014 the band announced the departure of drummer Axel Kruse, who was replaced by Bodo Stricker (ex-Callejon). In addition, the band recruited their live guitarist Masahiro Eto. With all these…

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Jaded Heart – Guilty by Design (Album Review)

Jaded Heart – Guilty by Design (Album Review)

German band Jaded Heart have a storied history since coming to formation in 1990 thanks to brothers Michael (Redrum, ex-Bonfire, ex-Letter X, Zeno, Silent Force among others) and Dirk Bormann. The brothers were joined by Michael Müller on bass (ex-The Sygnet) and ex-Mad Max drummer Axel Kruse to complete the original lineup which would see their debut album, Inside Out, issued in 1994. Inside Out was followed by ’96’s Slaves and Masters which featured guest…

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Phantom 5 – Phantom 5 (May 13, 2016)

Phantom 5 – Phantom 5 (May 13, 2016)

Born as Supremacy, the new German Melodic Rock alliance, started when Michael Voss (Casanova, Bonfire, Mad Max) and Claus Lessmann (Bonfire) decided to approach the Frontiers label about making a new record together. Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino loved the idea and suggested the guys should go ahead and involve some of the talented musicians that composed the Melodic Hard Rock scene in Germany between the end of the 90’s and early 00’s. In particular, bands such…

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Väsby Rock Festival Day 2 – July 18th

Väsby Rock Festival Day 2 – July 18th

Day 2 of Väsby Rock Festival. After having a good night’s sleep at the hotel thanks to one of my friends who drove me the 5 km straight back to the hotel after the Danger Danger show. That enabled me to get in bed by 2.30 am. I learn that other guys want to see new hot Swedish band Adrenaline Rush that will start the second day at noon. That means getting up in time!…

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Bizarro Covers 6 – Ep194

Bizarro Covers 6 – Ep194

This week we serve up volume 6 of what equates to a giant audio glass of WTF?! Aaron and Chris are back this week to get weird as they bring you Bizarro Covers 6! This hour-plus slab of killer bands putting a fresh spin on some definite non-rock/metal tracks includes some fabulous upgrades. You’ll get awesome renditions of songs by Phil Collins, Blondie, Depeche Mode, Elton John, The Pet Shop Boys and more performed by…

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Michael Bormann-Closer (May 22, 2015)

Michael Bormann-Closer (May 22, 2015)

Michael Bormann, the German vocalist who has lent his pipes to many recordings over the course of his career, now prepares to release his newest solo album, Closer, on May 22, 2015 via RMB Records. Bormann founded Jaded Heart with his brother (DBG writer The Lionsheart Reviews Jaded Heart) and since then has also been involved with such notable names as Bonfire, Biss, Redrum, Bloodbound and Silent Force among others. BUY: Michael Bormann – Closer Michael…

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Fighting The System With a JADED HEART

Fighting The System With a JADED HEART

German melodic hard rock outfit Jaded Heart has been around for 25 years and during that time transformed from a pure AOR/MHR combo to a melodic metal band and has in the process gone through numerous member changes. Remaining from the original line up is only bass player Michael Müller. Today Jaded Heart is a German/Swedish joint venture but let´s first take the time machine to around 1990 and the Berlin Wall had just fallen. Jaded Heart…

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