MACHINE HEAD – Catharsis (Album Review)

MACHINE HEAD – Catharsis (Album Review)

From 1998 to 2002 it seemed there were three bands I would see at least once every nine months by pure happenstance.  Sevendust, Coal Chamber, and Machine Head.  Always opening for a band I was there to see or playing to early risers at festivals.  It just seemed I couldn’t go too long without seeing them.  While I saw Machine Head around five times in that four year period.  It wasn’t until the release of…

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WHITENAILS – First Trip (Album Review)

WHITENAILS – First Trip (Album Review)

When the Meister first put this thing called WhiteNails in my dropbox my first thought was…  why WhiteNails?  Because he thought there was a void of bands with the word WHITE in their name in my life?  A little stumbling through my internet machine sorting through columns and videos on manicure tips solved my mystery.  They are Canadian.  Just like Decibel Geek‘s proud editor.  See The Meister is well aware of my unhealthy fascination with Canada.  CCM skates hang from my…

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CHICKENFOOT – Best + Live (Album Review)

CHICKENFOOT – Best + Live (Album Review)

Chickenfoot – Best + Live eOne Music March 10th, 2017 “Why” – Bakko Don’t think for a $econd I don’t under$tand why.  But seriously.  Why?  I love almost everything about Chickenfoot.  The name.  How they came up with it.  The fact that they are a “Super-Group” without a member of Kings-X.  Probably the “superist” since the Highwaymen.  And can anyone deny that no singer in rock history with his chops has aged as well as Sammy Hagar? …

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DANKO JONES – Wild Cat (Album Review)

DANKO JONES – Wild Cat (Album Review)

Danko Jones – Wild Cat Release Date – March 3rd Record Label – AFM Records Danko Jones is to Rock as heavy petting is to teenagers.  Vastly unheralded in the United States Danko Jones is to me, a synonym for Rock n Roll.  He and his band embody the truest spirit of rock n roll.  I’ve never met the man but I envision one who’s alarm clock blasts “For Those About To Rock” by AC/DC,…

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DANZIG – Skeletons (Album Review)

DANZIG – Skeletons (Album Review)

Maybe it’s the product of an ever-changing record industry or just an easy way to take advantage of modern recording methods.  Or maybe it’s just easier than writing new songs.  Cover albums seem to be trending.  And I’m not sure why.  Record sales are in the toilet.  But are people who won’t buy new music from an artist they like going to run to Best Buy to pick up an album of covers?  Is radio more likely to play…

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Motorhead Bad Magic

Motorhead Bad Magic

There ain’t much you can count on in life. Taxes. Death. Ryan Seacrest. And Motorhead. Since inception Motorhead has existed in one of two forms.  Touring for a record or recording a record.  Approching 40 years Motorhead just released their 22nd (depending on your count) studio record, Bad Magic, and are currently touring in support of it. Lemmy Kilmeister is of course Motorhead.  But the band as it is (Lemmy, Mickey Dee and Phil Campell) have…

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Wilson – Right To Rise Album Review

Wilson – Right To Rise Album Review

Detroit Michigan is responsible for a lot of rock n roll. It is Detroit Rock City after all.  One of the Motor City’s latest rock n roll exports is the quintet Wilson. Wilson first came on my radar during a discussion with Marty McCoy of Bobaflex. When I told him I was going to be covering Crobot at the same club his eyes grew wide and he interjected that I had to check out Wilson. “Wilson? …

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Bobaflex – Anything That Moves

Bobaflex – Anything That Moves

I got to meet the McCoy brothers and the rest of Bobaflex when they brought their traveling Rock Show to Minnesota on June 20th. I had only recently been exposed to the erection inducing Rock from West Virginia and the subsequent show I saw made me realize that I had been in the dark when it came to Bobaflex. They are one of the current bands we need to ensure the future of rock.  I mean my…

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BulletBoys: The Elefante’ In The Room

BulletBoys:  The Elefante’ In The Room

BulletBoys singer Marq Torien has a huge fan.  Himself.  Just ask him.  And I don’t mind telling ya there are few things in life I enjoy as much as a Marq Torien interview.  There is a fine line between bravado and bullshit and Marq likes spend time on both sides of that line.  I mean, who loses the gig as Ozzy’s guitarist for being too young?  Anyway.  Towards the end of the 90’s and early…

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Blackberry Smoke Are Holding All The Roses

Blackberry Smoke Are Holding All The Roses

I saw Blackberry Smoke open for Jackyl somewhere around 2003.  They did a cover of Molly Hatchet’s “Flirtin’ With Disaster”  and the following day so did my band.  There are elements of Southern Rock I really dig and some not as much.  But basically I love thick heavy Les Paul’s played through JCM 800’s with lyrics filled with wisdom so simple that it never ceases to be true.  Blackberry Smoke has come a long way in developing…

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