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My Top 10 Albums of 2017 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

My Top 10 Albums of 2017 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Be sure to check out the Decibel Geek website contributor’s collective compilation of the top albums: Best of 2017 Article As 2017 quickly approaches its conclusion, I find it appropriate to reflect on almost 150 new releases of music that I have discovered over the course of the year. Admittedly, my favorites tend to be from the Melodic Rock and Symphonic Metal genres. Regardless, I am proud to present my Top Ten for 2017. To…

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LEAVES’ EYES Live in Toronto April 27th 2017

LEAVES’ EYES Live in Toronto April 27th 2017

Leaves’ Eyes formed in 2003 in Norway and is a mix of Symphonic/Viking/Pagan/Folk music. When I first heard Leaves’ Eyes in 2013, I became an instant fan. In 2015, thanks to AFM Records, Leaves’ Eyes released their 6th studio album King Of Kings. This was my #1 album for 2015. As good as the album was, Leaves’ Eyes decided it was time to switch things up. In April 2016 the band and singer Liv Kristine decided to…

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The Best of 2016 (Decibel Geek Staff Picks)

The Best of 2016 (Decibel Geek Staff Picks)

Hello, and welcome to Decibel Geek. For the uninitiated, we are a hard rock/heavy metal website and weekly podcast. Decibel Geek began as a weekly podcast presented by hosts Chris Czynszak and Aaron Camaro and has grown into what you find here today. Alongside the weekly issued, absolutely free podcast episodes, our website features photograph galleries from live events around the world as well a direct feed to our YouTube channel, DBGTV. Our writing team encompasses some…

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My Top 10 Albums of 2016 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Another year has passed with new music and what a year it has been. With over 100 releases for me to go through to try and break it down to my personal top 10 favorite, wasn’t easy! As a fan of different styles of music, it was hard to pick what I feel as my Top 10. One day it might be some heavier music where other days more melodic. So many other great releases came…

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Ozzfest Meets Knotfest

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest

The largest North American heavy metal event of the year takes place this weekend (September 24 and 25) when Ozzfest Meets Knotfest rolls into the  San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino California. Legendary British metal pioneers, Black Sabbath will headline the Ozzfest portion of the festival on Saturday in one of their final performances in the United States.  Sunday’s, Knotfest, will feature relative “newcomers” (when compared to the legendary Black Sabbath) Slipknot with their nine costumed…

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CIVIL WAR – The Last Full Measure (Nov 4, 2016)

CIVIL WAR – The Last Full Measure (Nov 4, 2016)

In April 2012, guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mullback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr left the band Sabaton, of which they had been the founding members. They soon teamed up with Astral Doors vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson to form a new band. Bassist Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson was recruited to complete the Civil War lineup. Initially signed to Despotz Records, the band released a self-titled EP in October 2012, and then immediately began working on…

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SABATON – The Last Stand (August 19, 2016)

SABATON – The Last Stand (August 19, 2016)

Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON recently announced the release of their brand-new, 8th studio album, The Last Stand. To be released August 19th via Nuclear Blast Records, Decibel Geek‘s Shawn “Animalize” Irwin, Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson and Rich “The Meister” Dillon all had the opportunity of an advance listen. The listening took place in the Marshall Amps bus during 2016’s Sweden Rock Festival with each of them using an iPad and personal headphones. All three…

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Sabaton Review & Interview (Sweden Rock 2016 Spotlight)

Sabaton Review & Interview (Sweden Rock 2016 Spotlight)

Since 2014 I have seen Sabaton in Toronto 3 times, opening for other bands. I have been waiting to see Sabaton do their full set and they didn’t disappoint! 10 years ago they played the small stage, and for 2016 at Sweden Rock Festival they were one of the headliners. The day before their set, I had the chance to sit down with original bass player Par Sundstrom and lead guitarist Chris Rorland to talk…

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The Mighty Sabaton Reveal Album Trailer for The Last Stand

The Mighty Sabaton Reveal Album Trailer for The Last Stand

Decibel Geeks Shawn “Animalize” Irwin, Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson and Rich “The Meister” Dillon had the fantastic opportunity for an advance listening of The Last Stand. While at the Sweden Rock Festival a few weeks ago the boys were invited to a private screening of the forthcoming Sabaton album. All three displayed ear to ear smiles as they removed the headphones and exited the Marshall bus where the screenings were held. Watch out for Shawn…

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Sweden Rock 2016 Or Bust!

Sweden Rock 2016 Or Bust!

Here we go again…..Decibel Geek‘s festival-addicted travelling side show Rich “The Meister” Dillon is once again set to head off on a voyage across the great pond to his fourth consecutive Sweden Rock Festival. Last year he was joined by Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson, who living in Sweden has made many an appearance at the event, in his first as a Decibel Geek staff representative and occasional writer Laura Suchan. You can check out all…

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