BATTLE BEAST – Ottawa 2019 (Review & Photo Gallery)

BATTLE BEAST – Ottawa 2019 (Review & Photo Gallery)

Seeing that Finnish band Battle Beast signed on to tour North America with Kamelot and Sonata Arctica both Shawn and I were interested. To be honest, my band out of those three is the stage setters of Battle Beast. Personally, I’m not much into Kamelot or Sonata Arctica. But is it worth the ticket cost to see only the opening band? Sure is and wouldn’t be the first time I’ve pulled such a maneuver! Funny,…

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INFRARED – Back to the Warehouse (EP Review)

INFRARED – Back to the Warehouse (EP Review)

Ottawa’s classic thrashers INFRARED issued their EP Back To The Warehouse on June 14, 2019. Comprised of older material, the EP comes ahead of the next full-length, planned for a 2020 release. The band states: “They are the last of the old songs that we felt should see the light of day. Our upcoming EP is 5 songs. 4 originals and one cover of an Iron Maiden song. We hope that fans will appreciate the old…

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DIRKSCHNEIDER – Back To The Roots Part 2 Tour Back To Back Toronto/Ottawa!

DIRKSCHNEIDER – Back To The Roots Part 2 Tour Back To Back Toronto/Ottawa!

On April 6, 1952, 65 years ago a man was born. This man would become a stalwart figure in heavy metal. Udo Dirkschneider rose to the metalhead’s eyes and ears as frontman for the 1970s formed German band Accept. The band impressed audiences and issued a six-album catalog before Udo departed in 1987 to form his solo project U.D.O. a few years later Dirkschneider returned to Accept for a three album package in the mid-90s…

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LYCANTHRO – Lycanthro (EP Review)

LYCANTHRO – Lycanthro (EP Review)

Don’t go around tonight, it’s bound to take your life. There’s a bad moon on the rise! Seems this bad moon has given rise to Lycanthro, a young metal band out of Ottawa, ON. These young musicians have been tearing up local metal shows and have shared stages with the likes of Beyond Creation, Hibria, Untimely Demise and the legendary Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden). Comprised of James Delbridge – Vocals/Guitar, David Shute– Guitar, Michael Lanning – Bass and Jon Picard– Drums, Lycanthro has recently…

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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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SHOCK – Forewarned (Album Review)

SHOCK – Forewarned (Album Review)

Anticipation. A dangerous thing in certain circumstances. I’m sure that most of us have experienced anticipation at one time or another. Just as I’m sure that we have fallen victim to anticipation when it doesn’t live up to the hype that you’ve created in your own mind. I remember as a kid wanting the Star Wars Millenium Falcon spaceship toy for Christmas. More than one Christmas or birthday in fact…..one of these days I’m gonna…

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SHOCK – An Interview with Bassist Steve Monette

SHOCK – An Interview with Bassist Steve Monette

Supporting a band means exactly that to me. You love the CD’s and play them often. You have purchased the CD and/or merchandise. And more than that you purchase concert tickets and go to great lengths to see and hear that band play live. Especially if you’re a live music fan like myself and everyone here at Decibel Geek. When I was first introduced to SHOCK from Ottawa Canada by a friend from a competing…

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All Bad Things Must Come to an End-Ottawa

All Bad Things Must Come to an End-Ottawa

***Guest author to Decibel Geek, Laura Suchan, is a true Motley Crue fan and has seen nearly 80 Motley Crue shows over the years!! Laura is catching several more Crue concerts during the All Bad Things Must Come to an End tour, including the final performance in L.A. Who better to review a few of these final Crue performances than such an expert on the subject? Here’s her thoughts on the August 23, 2015, show in Ottawa.*** Motley Crue: The Final…

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A "Shock"ing Thanksgiving in Ottawa!

A "Shock"ing Thanksgiving in Ottawa!

Heading south to Toronto on Thanksgiving Monday by 7am to hop a bus bound for Ottawa with a return trip slated for 1:30am departure, I was off to check out a band that I’d been waiting to see since I discovered them.  Actually I was introduced to SHOCK via a friend writing for a competing website, consorting with the enemy perhaps you could say.  The disc quickly became a  favorite, appearing on my top of…

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Shock-ing The Meister! “Northern Spotlights #1”

Shock-ing The Meister! “Northern Spotlights #1”

Although there are tons and tons of great musicians, songwriters and bands out there across the world trying to make it in the snarling, unforgiving entity that is the music business, I’m especially attuned to some of the excellent rock and metal music expelled from my fellow countrymen and women up here in the Great White North.  My esteemed colleague, Mr. Wallygator‘s first articles for Decibel Geek were in a series entitled Hoser Heavy Metal…

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