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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WOLFPAKK – Wolves Reign (April 28, 2017)

WOLFPAKK – Wolves Reign (April 28, 2017)

Wolfpakk, the melodic metal all-star project releases their new album, Wolves Reign, on April 28th via AFM Records! It’s time for the fourth installment of Wolfpakk, the project led by Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball) and Michael Voss (Mad Max, Michael Schenker). Once again the two experienced musicians have gathered a pack of “guest wolves” to refine the 11 new songs which will be featured on the disc. Among the 26 guests are: Biff Byford (Saxon), George Lynch (Dokken), Rudy Sarzo…

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ROCK WOLVES – Rock Wolves (Album Review)

ROCK WOLVES – Rock Wolves (Album Review)

Herman Rarebell is clearly a member of rock royalty. He drummed in The Scorpions during a golden era from 1977 on classic albums such as Lovedrive, Blackout, and Love at First Sting. His latest band, Rock Wolves, have their self-titled album out on Steamhammer Records, with the lineup being completed by Michael Voss on vocals and guitar (Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock) and Stephan “Gudze” Hinz on bass. Rock Wolves, it has to be said,…

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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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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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Album Review: Mad Max – Thunder, Storm & Passion

Album Review: Mad Max – Thunder, Storm & Passion

Germany, Germany, Germany, wow what can I say about that country’s contribution to hard rock and metal. For a while, it seemed every band I heard that I liked came from Germany. Accept, Pink Cream 69, Iron Savior, Bonfire, Doro, Frontline, Jaded Heart, and Victory – just to name a few and, of course, my favorite band of all time, the Scorpions. Not to be missed on this list is Mad Max. Mad Max has…

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Mad Max-Thunder, Storm and Passion (September 4, 2015)

Mad Max-Thunder, Storm and Passion (September 4, 2015)

It all began in 1982 when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal stormed in from Great Britain all over Europe. This was the starting point for the passionate and young German band from Muenster. Heavy Metal music was the rule, and sending the first demos ever to the recently founded company Roadrunner Records made them get one of their first signings. Mad Max were in good company: Bands like Metallica, King Diamond or Lee Aaron…

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Mad Max Rock It Out at Sweden Rock

Mad Max Rock It Out at Sweden Rock

Rockklassiker Stage, Sweden Rock Festival, Friday June 5th One of the artists that I had really looked forward to seeing was German melodic metal veterans, Mad Max. As far as I know they have never ever played in Sweden before and the band has been releasing albums since 1982 (although on hiatus between 1988 and 1998) so it is still a rare gig. Having read interviews by the band, I knew they were going to…

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WOLFPAKK – Cry Wolf (Album Review)

WOLFPAKK – Cry Wolf (Album Review)

Attack of the Wolfpakk – WOLFPAKK – Cry Wolf A collective of wolves that live, feed and travel as a family group are known as a wolf pack.  With Alpha wolves dominating the group, they are the leaders. Just as a pack of hungry wolves will sink their teeth into their prey does this album sink its teeth into the listener. Hailing from Swiss hard rock outfit Crystal Ball, Mark Sweeny and Michael Voss (taking…

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