Hello Oasis, Goodbye Ramones, and Welcome Back Van Halen (Sorta) – 1996 Year in Review Pt2 Ep306

Hello Oasis, Goodbye Ramones, and Welcome Back Van Halen (Sorta) – 1996 Year in Review Pt2 Ep306

We’re back this week to tackle July through December for our 1996 Year in Review Pt2. July sees Layne Staley taking the stage for the last time. The Alice in Chains vocalist would overdose after a show in Kansas City, MO and never perform live again. Also in July, the Spice Girls hit big while scientists clone the first sheep. We’re not saying there’s a connection. We also aren’t saying there isn’t one. We discuss…

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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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IRIS DIVINE – The Static And The Noise (Album Review)

IRIS DIVINE – The Static And The Noise (Album Review)

“There is no justice…a court of lies“, so begins this fantastic release from the super talented three piece Iris Divine.  So, let the Decibel Geek Court take a look at the facts and reach its verdict – guilty!  Yes, guilty of producing an amazing chronicle of modern life through the prism of progressive metal. All the relevant musical evidence points to an electrifying mix of aggression, progression and possession.  The songs eat into your soul…

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MOONSTRUCK – Impact (Album Review)

MOONSTRUCK – Impact (Album Review)

There is great music all over the world and often some of it can be found via social media. Having come across Moonstruck by accident (or more precise a friend’s Facebook page who lives in that area of the world), I was delighted to have the opportunity to review their 4 track EP called “Impact”. The first track I had heard was progressive in sound and reminded me a little of Queensryche, but still had…

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RUSH Covered in Metal – Ep286

RUSH Covered in Metal – Ep286

Chris & Aaron continue the love-fest for Geddy, Neil, and Alex this week with RUSH Covered in Metal. There are a lot of cover versions of RUSH songs out there by a lot of different artists. What your hosts found out in research for this episode is that there are a lot of bad RUSH covers. However, this week you’re gonna get the best gems that they could find in a sea of mediocrity. Clearly,…

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Shokker – “III” (Album Review)

Shokker – “III” (Album Review)

Everything I love about metal! Looking for something new to sink my teeth into and review, I grabbed a copy of Shokker‘s recent release (April 2017) entitled III. Now I do remember Rich “The Meister” Dillon raving about this band in some of our recent music conversations but to this point I had only ever heard their name. That changed yesterday afternoon when I slipped on the headphones and got my first taste of the…

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The Heavier Side of RUSH – Ep285

The Heavier Side of RUSH – Ep285

Chris & Aaron return this week to discuss The Heavier Side of RUSH; songs that kick a little harder from the legendary Canadian trio. RUSH, formed in 1968, and solidified in 1971 with a lineup of Geddy Lee (bass/vocals), Alex Lifeson (guitar), and John Rutsey (drums) would find aid in manager Ray Danniels and producer Terry Brown. The self-titled 1974 debut album was filled with hard rock numbers reminiscent of Led Zeppelin. The band would…

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JUPITER HOLLOW – Odyssey (Album Review)

JUPITER HOLLOW – Odyssey (Album Review)

The Canadian Tourist Board should start paying their musicians to help advertise the country as “the” pukka place for Prog Rock, as new band Jupiter Hollow are from Ontario.  The two guys in Jupiter Hollow (Grant MacKenzie on guitar/bass/synth and Kenny Parry drums/vocals/synth) are young enough to be Geddy Lee‘s grandsons, but they have learned from the Rush masters and have taken the first steps to glory with their debut EP Odyssey. Released on Milagro…

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FLIDAIS – Kazador (Album Review)

FLIDAIS – Kazador (Album Review)

Flidais (pronounced “FLUH” “DYE” “ISS“), is a “Progressive Power Metal” band from London ON, Canada. Formed in 2011, they apparently “spent the first years keeping quiet and writing music” (from their official bio). Quiet is not what I would describe this EP release. Six songs of power, passion and thoughtfulness. They were new to me, but come as a pleasant surprise that has led to mild addiction with the songs now on heavy rotation in…

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RED HILL BILLY 2 Kickstarter Launches

RED HILL BILLY 2 Kickstarter Launches

“Rabid werewolves roam the remote Canadian Wilderness. 10-year-old Billy Dekana and his classmates must fight for survival and save the world – you know, typical kid stuff. Experience bloody fight scenes that would make even Dracula turn away in fear! Find out the secret origins of the Rabid Werewolves and what a bunch of kids are going to do about it, learn how to throw an axe AND the proper usage of the word “Eh”!….

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