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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My Top 10 Albums of 2017 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

My Top 10 Albums of 2017 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Be sure to check out the Decibel Geek website contributor’s collective compilation of the top albums: Best of 2017 Article As 2017 quickly approaches its conclusion, I find it appropriate to reflect on almost 150 new releases of music that I have discovered over the course of the year. Admittedly, my favorites tend to be from the Melodic Rock and Symphonic Metal genres. Regardless, I am proud to present my Top Ten for 2017. To…

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XANDRIA/KOBRA and the LOTUS/ONCE HUMAN – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017

XANDRIA/KOBRA and the LOTUS/ONCE HUMAN – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017

Xandria from Germany brought their first headlining North American tour to Toronto at The Garrison May 13th, 2017. First hearing Xandria in 2014 with their release of Sacrificium I was able to catch them open for Delain and Sonata Arctica. That was a tease with Xandria only playing 5 tracks as the opening band. This time around Toronto was able to see a full set and over an hour of Xandria. First up on this…

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Prevail I by Kobra And The Lotus Album Review

Prevail I by Kobra And The Lotus Album Review

Prevail I is the first part of a two-part album release by Kobra and The Lotus. The album begins with the opening track “Gotham” which eases us into the album with a melodic guitar riff and elegant vocals. It has elements of hard rock, but also symphonic metal, reminding me of bands such as Nightwish as it heads into a heavy verse. Right away, I am hooked. Next, we have “Triggerpulse”, the first single off of the…

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KOBRA PAIGE of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Talks Writing Process, Touring and More (Interview)

KOBRA PAIGE of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Talks Writing Process, Touring and More (Interview)

I’ve been a rock n’ roll fan my entire life, and a guitarist for half of that, so getting the opportunity to do my first-ever interview with a musician was extremely exciting for me, and also nerve wracking! But not to worry – my first interview was conducted with a very sincere and down-to-earth rocker – Kobra Paige of Canadian metal band Kobra and The Lotus. It was very interesting to get to talk to…

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XANDRIA Announces North American Headline Tour

XANDRIA Announces North American Headline Tour

German Epic Symphonic Metal stalwarts XANDRIA have taken things to the next level with their seventh studio album Theater of Dimensions. The album is a hyper-emotional affair that digs deep, lyrically speaking. It’s also an incredibly metallic effort.  There is a soundtrack-like, orchestral finesse inherent to the compositions, echoed by pounding groove and sophisticated shredding. . Now XANDRIA is ready to bring their breathtaking live show back to North America for a headline tour this May.  Support on the tour will…

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XANDRIA – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017 (Upcoming Concert)

XANDRIA – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017 (Upcoming Concert)

Inertia Entertainment presents Symphonic Metal band Xandria Live in Toronto May 13th, 2017 at The Garrison on their first North American headline tour. Xandria from Germany will be headlining their first North American tour with Kobra And the Lotus from Calgary AB and Once Human from Los Angeles CA. Xandria has only been to Toronto once, opening for Delain and Sonata Arctica. With the release of their new album, the band is coming back to North…

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KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – Prevail I (May 12, 2017)

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – Prevail I (May 12, 2017)

Explosive Canadian hard rockers, Kobra and the Lotus have completed work on their new album and Napalm Records debut Prevail I. The album is set for release on May 12th!  Today the band reveals the artwork, track listing and has unleashed their brand new single  “Gotham”. . Frontwoman Kobra Paige on the story of  Prevail I the band’s most ambitious effort to date: . “When we are born, we are innocent, pure, and unshaped. This mandala signifies a human…

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Kobra and the Lotus Announce Signing and New Album

Kobra and the Lotus Announce Signing and New Album

Canadian Hard Rockers, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS announced on their Facebook page today (August 11) they signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records.  Thomas Caser, Napalm Records Managing Director, says the label is excited to announce the signing, calling Kobra and the Lotus,  “one of the most exciting new bands in this (hard rock) genre”. Their fourth album and the first on Napalm Records will be released as two volumes of a double album.  The…

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Interview with Kobra Paige from Kobra and the Lotus

Interview with Kobra Paige from Kobra and the Lotus

I recently had a chance to spend a few minutes with Kobra Paige from Kobra and the Lotus prior to their headlining show in Phoenix, AZ. If you haven’t heard of this band out of Canada then you definitely should. The band have just released their second major label record, an EP of covers titled Words of the Prophets. The EP follows up their critically acclaimed 2014 full-length album, High Priestess. My first introduction to Kobra…

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