VAN ARX – Stand Together for Rock and Roll (Album Review)

VAN ARX – Stand Together for Rock and Roll (Album Review)

Van Arx. There’s a name for ya. Not knowing what to expect at all, I cued up this Perris Records issue. The Stand Together for Rock and Roll album became available back in June. Holy crap! Ripping this off the hop with no pretense, the first sounds emanating from the speakers had me checking to see if it was a KISS “Detroit Rock City” cover. It’s not, but that’s seriously all I can hear right…

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ROCK ALLIANCE – Rock Alliance (Album Review)

ROCK ALLIANCE – Rock Alliance (Album Review)

Rock Alliance is the brainchild of Black Stone founder member Stewart Sutherland. The songwriter/bassist wanted to create a high energy project featuring prominent rock musicians from around the globe and, as a result, we have this self-titled rocker. Out on Perris Records, Rock Alliance features contributions from Eric Langlois (LIFT) on vocals, John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick (The Who, Johnny Nash) on the old Hammond organ, Marco Bressette (Protest the Hero, Dead Tired) on guitars and a…

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AMERICAN REBEL SOUL – American Rebel Soul (Album Review)

AMERICAN REBEL SOUL – American Rebel Soul (Album Review)

The absolutely transcendent thing about music is that there is no wrong or right. It is a completely opinionated thing, in which a piece of art connects to you on some astral level or plain, moving and swaying you in a spiritual way. I always laugh when I am asked to do a review or I read someone else’s review because the bottom line is that it’s one opinion in a sea of millions, hell…

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CYANIDE 4 – Nekyia (Album Review)

CYANIDE 4 – Nekyia (Album Review)

Cyanide: liquid, colorless, very volatile with a bitter almond odor and highly toxic. Cyanide 4: Hard, angry, with a bittersweet flavor. Also highly toxic. Results: raises adrenaline to the max. (so says the Facebook page at least) Looking for new, gritty, sleaze rock? Crave a sound that harkens back to the 80’s glam era of Los Angeles? Well, off to Greece with you then! I present Cyanide 4 based in Athens. Back in January 2017,…

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Captain Black Beard – It’s a Mouthful (Album Review)

Captain Black Beard – It’s a Mouthful (Album Review)

Edward Teach, better known to most as Captain Black Beard the notorious pirate shares his well-known moniker with a melodic rock band from Sweden, really where else would they be from with the veritable hotbed of musical output from that Scandinavian nation in the last few years. The band was born in 2009 and after paying their dues playing the Stockholm club circuit, Captain Black Beard recorded their debut full-length album and released it to…

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Drunken Rollers – Boogie Generation (Album Review)

Drunken Rollers – Boogie Generation (Album Review)

I’m not going to go so far as to say that this is exactly what I needed, but after my previous album review, this was certainly a welcome change.  If you took Alice in Chains, Cinderella, Badlands, and maybe a little XYZ and got them to have a baby, Drunken Rollers would pop out in a whiskey soaked placenta spitting tobacco demanding directions to the nearest dive.  Graphic visuals; I love ‘em! All fanfare aside,…

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Slik Toxik – Irrelevant Re-Release (November 20, 2015)

Slik Toxik – Irrelevant Re-Release (November 20, 2015)

Irrelevant is the third release and second full-length album by Canadian Hard Rock band Slik Toxik. The album was originally released in 1994 during a turbulent time for Hard Rock. This was a time when the airwaves and magazines were being bombarded with the advent of Alternative, Grunge and pop groups. After the release of their debut CD Doin’ the Nasty selling well over 50,000 units in Canada (Gold Status) and receiving the Juno Award…

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