SHIRAZ LANE – Carnival Days (Album Review)

SHIRAZ LANE – Carnival Days (Album Review)

SHIRAZ LANE – Carnival Days This is one sophomore release I have been highly anticipating for some time.  You may know what comes next. Sadly, for my ears, what I heard on Shiraz Lane‘s debut that had me listening over and over again is just not here on Carnival Days. I realize I may be pinned up tight as the screech loving, simplistic hard rock tune loving person that I indeed am.  Go ahead and…

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LIFECHANGER – Lifechanger (Album Review)

LIFECHANGER – Lifechanger (Album Review)

Although I listen to a bunch of European hard rock/metal bands, I don’t know a ton about the european music scene.  I do know that hard rock music still seems to be relevant and they have some outstanding bands lined up for their festivals.  Lifechanger, a new melodic hard rock band from the Netherlands, has just joined the mix. Lifechanger by Lifechanger (Released Nov 2017, Lifechanger Records) Produced by Wouter Smit, Peter Moltmaker and Gertjan…

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CORNERS OF SANCTUARY Release Declaration of Metal (News)

CORNERS OF SANCTUARY Release Declaration of Metal (News)

New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal band CORNERS OF SANCTUARY (COS) announced the release of Declaration of Metal. According to the band’s official press release, Declaration of Metal is a compilation of tracks from CORNERS OF SANCTUARY‘s past five albums: Breakout, Harlequin, Axe to Grind, Metal Machine, and Driven Snow, as well as music from their first EP, Forgotten Hero. Fans of the band will be happy to know a new track, “Hyde No More”, is also included…

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Bloodbound Serve a Hefty Chunk of Swedish Power Metal For Dinner

Bloodbound Serve a Hefty Chunk of Swedish Power Metal For Dinner

  Bloodbound – photo taken from AFM Records press kit Discovering Bloodbound as a part of my searching/learning process for the bands listed at what was to be my first venture across the ocean for Sweden Rock Festival in 2013, I liked their power metal sound. In becoming an ever bigger fan of that category of metal/rock I quickly collected their catalog consisting of 2005’s Nosferatu, 2007’s The Book of the Dead, 2009’s Tabula Rasa,…

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Albion Born: A Review of Ten’s Albion CD

Albion Born: A Review of Ten’s Albion CD

When I made the decision to trek from Toronto, Canada over to Nottingham, UK for Firefest: The Final Fling in October of this year I knew a good portion of the bands on the roster for the three day event.  Some I knew quite well, some I had been waiting all my life to see live, some I had no idea of and some I was only on the fringes with knowing a few tracks….

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These Austrians Shout For Heavy Metal

These Austrians Shout For Heavy Metal

These Austrians from the city of Vorarlberg started out in the 80’s and issued a three track, cult followed EP, No War in 1987 as well as some demo recordings.  They were not heard from again.  Re-grouping in 2009 they released No War & More, a compilation album featuring the No War  EP and some bonus tracks via Pure Steel Records.  2011 saw them issue their first full length in Mortician and now they have…

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Meister Loves "Girls of the 80’s": A Crazy Lixx Album Review

Meister Loves "Girls of the 80’s": A Crazy Lixx Album Review

Lovers of 80’s glam/sleaze in the veins of Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses and KISS can rejoice in the Swedish outfit Crazy Lixx.  The band hails from Malmo, Sweden and came to be around 2002 when they wished to bring 80’s hard rock back to the music scene.  The 2007 debut album, Loud Minority, was issued via a local Swedish label until Frontiers Records snatched them up for 2010’s New Religion, 2012’s Riot Avenue and…

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