Unabomber Caught, KISS Reunite, and Beatles Galore! – 1996 Year in Review Pt1

Unabomber Caught, KISS Reunite, and Beatles Galore! – 1996 Year in Review Pt1

This week we look at 1996, a year that celebrated the past while looking to the future. In part 1, we dig into the first half of 1996; and it was a busy six months. January includes stories on the evils of Alternative Rock and near fatal incidents involving some big name celebrities. Additionally, it included new releases from ACCEPT and Mr. Big. We head into February of 1996 by discussing some fantastic rock releases….

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REX BROWN – Smoke On This (Album Review)

REX BROWN – Smoke On This (Album Review)

“Smoke On This” is a bit of a surprise. Being an album release by Rex Brown from Pantera and Down, one would expect a heavy rocking album. There is some heavyish stuff on it, but it owes as much at times to artists like J. J. Cale and Buffalo Springfield as to Sabbath or AC/DC. The title I suppose could be taken two ways. As a member of bands that have encouraged smoking hash and…

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25 Albums Turning 25 That Don’t Suck (1992)

25 Albums Turning 25 That Don’t Suck (1992)

1992. What comes mind for you when you think of that year? Nirvana‘s Nevermind reached number 1 on the Billboard charts. Vince Neil quit Motley Crue… right after being fired. Mariah Carey sang at her live performances. Whitney Houston married Bobby Brown and started doing crack.  Metallica and G N’ R went on a co-headlining tour that included a riot in Canada after James Hetfield burned his hand on some pyro while Axl Rose refused to go onstage until he…

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This 1992 Live Video of Pantera is the Greatest Thing You’ll See All Week

This 1992 Live Video of Pantera is the Greatest Thing You’ll See All Week

In a sea of poorly shot, horrible sounding phone videos uploaded to Youtube, it’s a breath of fresh air when you stumble upon something good. It’s even better when you stumble upon an amazing live video of a rising Pantera playing a theater in Hollywood in 1992. Uploaded by a user named Concert Matrix 3.0, the video (most likely filmed on VHS tape) was uploaded in 2013 and boasts in the description that it’s a…

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Brand New Video From A REBEL FEW!

Brand New Video From A REBEL FEW!

If you are a fan of the Decibel Geek Podcast then you most likely are already aware of the band A REBEL FEW. If not, there is still time for you to rectify this situation as A Rebel Few‘s debut CD As The Crow Flies is quite possibly the greatest listening experience you will have this year. Produced by Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Damageplan, Texas Hippie Coalition) and mixed by Howie Weinberg (Rush, Metallica, Slayer) the album is…

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An Evening with Philip H. Anselmo

An Evening with Philip H. Anselmo

Before we get started here, set aside everything you think you know about Philip H. Anselmo, frontman of the legendary juggernaut of a metal band, Pantera. Not to mention DOWN, Superjoint Ritual, and Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals. Oh, let’s not forget being the head of his own label, Housecore Records (the word “rest“, is not in this man’s vocabulary ). Now picture a man humbled, remorseful and dead set on rebuilding his name and reputation…

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Red Tide Rising – Voices (Album Review)

Red Tide Rising – Voices (Album Review)

In 2012, Denver band Red Tide Rising made a name for themselves when they slammed into the national music scene when they hit the road in direct support of In This Moment on the band’s non-festival ‘Blood’ tour dates, which also included one date with Hatebreed. “Touring with In This Moment really showed us what it takes to have a successful run on the road,” says guitarist, Andrew Whiteman. “We learned how things work on…

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Pantera – Complete Studio Albums Box Set (December 18, 2015)

Pantera – Complete Studio Albums Box Set (December 18, 2015)

Pantera releases The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000, compiled of Cowboys From Hell (1990), Vulgar Display Of Power (1992), Far Beyond Driven (1994), The Great Southern Trendkill (1996), and Reinventing The Steel (2000) on colored vinyl. The LP version of the studio albums box also includes a 7″ with two rare, non-albums tracks making their vinyl debut. The first is “Piss,” a song that debuted in 2012 on the 20th Anniversary Edition of Vulgar Display of…

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Chad Lee Photography Studio Opening Review

Chad Lee Photography Studio Opening Review

Aaron Camaro and I had the distinct honor of recently attending good friend of the show and past guest Chad Lee‘s new photography studio open house. The studio is now officially open to the public but this night was an invite-only event and it was great to be among those invited. If you don’t already know, Chad Lee has earned a solid reputation as a rock/metal photographer for over 15 years. Shooting legendary artists in concert…

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25 Albums Turning 25 That Don’t Suck

25 Albums Turning 25 That Don’t Suck

1990.  For music it was year that in many ways was Lost in Limbo (Thanks Ace.)  Genre’s of rock were peaking, ending and just starting.  And no one knew.  It would be the pinnacle of Thrash metal, the roots of Grunge were starting to sprout and the good times for bands of the Hair Metal genre were concluding.  In a little over a year bands like Winger and Warrant would trade major success to be…

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