LOVE N’ REVENGE – Karma (Album Review)

LOVE N’ REVENGE – Karma (Album Review)

After taking a break from writing, I thought it was time to do a review on an album that I received earlier this year from Kivel Records. If you don’t know Kivel Records I would suggest you get on the site and check out all the amazing bands on the label. I was first introduced to Kivel‘s selections with a spectacular band called Tango Down, which is one of my most played CD’s released in 2016….

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CHRIS BOLTENDAHL of GRAVE DIGGER (Audio Interview)

CHRIS BOLTENDAHL of GRAVE DIGGER (Audio Interview)

Yet another Sweden Rock Festival has come and gone, and no doubt attendees took home memories that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Over the course of the four-day celebration, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with several of the event’s performers.  In one of my recent stories, I covered my revealing talk with Brian Vollmer of Helix.  For my second interview, I was afforded the opportunity to…

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MINDMAZE – Resolve (Album Review)

MINDMAZE – Resolve (Album Review)

With their 3rd release, Mindmaze from Allentown, Pennsylvania spent some time on the road recently opening for Arkona and Sirenia. As a huge fan of Sirenia, I thought I would check out who the opening bands are, as they were new to me. Mindmaze sounded good as I listened to some sound clips online before the show in Toronto. I wanted to make sure I got down early enough to the show to check them out….

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EDGUY Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2017

EDGUY Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2017

Sweden Rock Festival, the greatest festival in the world, always has so many bands that I personally want to see each year. Even though it is only my second year going, you can look at the past lineups and see why it is the best festival around. Last year I saw some bands I never thought I would see. This year, maybe not as many bucket-listers, but one band sits on the top for me this…

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GOTTHARD at Sweden Rock Festival 2017

GOTTHARD at Sweden Rock Festival 2017

Heading to the main festival stage to see my favorite band of Sweden Rock 2017 some memories flooded my head. Here is a band that I thought I would never see live.  Thanks to Monsters Of Rock Cruise they brought Gotthard on for 2 shows in 2016 where I had the chance to be their photographer for their fan photo experience. It was great hanging out with the band for an hour and a half. Trying…

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T’was The Night Before Sweden Rock…

T’was The Night Before Sweden Rock…

T’was the night before Sweden Rock and all through the town no one was quiet…certainly not The Meister. Hard to believe that it’s year five! My fifth excursion from Toronto to Solvesborg for Sweden Rock Festival. Perhaps the single greatest music event held on land (nothing beats the floating party that is Monsters of Rock Cruise). Four days, Five stages, over 80 bands, many that will never hit North American soil. Music lovers from around…

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SELENE – The Ravages Of Time (Album Review)

SELENE – The Ravages Of Time (Album Review)

Selene hails from the land of my ancestors, Northern Ireland, which is surprising to me. On June 23rd 2017 Selene will release their 2nd full-length album. With many lesser known Symphonic Metal bands throughout the world, it is not easy to achieve the worldwide status of bands like Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation, Delain, Xandria, Leaves’ Eyes and Sirenia. I was asked to write about Selene‘s up coming independent release, The Ravages Of Time. Even though I…

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SIRENIA – Live in Toronto May 17th 2017 (Concert Review)

SIRENIA – Live in Toronto May 17th 2017 (Concert Review)

As I discovered Symphonic Metal only 3 years ago, I went on the search to find out when this style of music came around and what took so long for me to find it. I came across bands like Nightwish, who are legends of this style, and also found Epica, Within Temptation, Tristiana, Leaves’ Eyes, Delain, Xandria and the list goes on. One band that has stood out more for me than any is a…

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Welcome to the Theater Of Dimensions! An Email Interview With XANDRIA

Welcome to the Theater Of Dimensions! An Email Interview With XANDRIA

I had the chance to see Xandria headline recently at The Garrison in Toronto. I wanted to sit down and talk to Xandria about their new album and first headlining tour of North America. With bad timing, things didn’t work out but the next best thing is having the band answer our questions through email. Thanks to Gerit, Philip, and Dianne to take time out of their busy schedule and answer our questions. 1 – Theater Of…

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Talking to ALEX KRULL of LEAVES’ EYES (Interview)

Talking to ALEX KRULL of LEAVES’ EYES (Interview)

After naming their last album his #1 of the year, Decibel Geek staff writer/photographer Shawn “Animalize” Irwin finally had the chance to see Leaves’ Eyes recently in Toronto. He was also able to sit down with Alex Krull to talk about the current North America tour with Battle Beast and Sabaton, as well as the most recent music and what we can expect from the band in the near future. Alex Krull also touches on the…

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