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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TOP TEN TREASURES – 2016 Rock Albums

Time has passed quickly as the world has spun almost its allotted 365 times around the sun and rock music has developed and changed and records have been produced that have made my heart race a bit faster. 2016 has been a bumper year for all sorts of rock genres.   The Big Three of thrash released powerful new albums and new bands brought their debuts and wore their snotty hearts on their sleeves.  The year…

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SONATA ARCTICA – The Ninth Hour (Album Review)

SONATA ARCTICA – The Ninth Hour (Album Review)

I have been bewitched and bedazzled by this glorious painting of the future and the past. The environmental concerns that thread together this sonic tapestry are counterbalanced by a joy for life that seriously has me wondering about my sanity! This is not a typical rock release by a typical rock band. Sonata Arctica are seasoned European Power Metal warriors, who have long broken the shackles of this genre.  They play by their own rules and…

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SONATA ARCTICA – The Ninth Hour (Oct 7, 2016)

SONATA ARCTICA – The Ninth Hour (Oct 7, 2016)

Only two years after the release of Pariah’s Child and a massive World Tour, the Finnish Melodic Metal quintet Sonata Arctica are already back for more – their ninth masterpiece entitled The Ninth Hour will see the light of day on October 7th. Once again, the album was produced by Sonata Arctica themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year…

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Sonata Arctica Announce New Album and Tour (News)

Sonata Arctica Announce New Album and Tour (News)

SONATA ARCTICA announce new album The Ninth Hour Only two years after the release of Pariah’s Child and a massive World Tour, the Finnish Melodic Metal quintet Sonata Arctica are already back for more – their ninth masterpiece entitled The Ninth Hour will see the light of day on October 7th. Once again, the album was produced by Sonata Arctica themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines…

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Album Review: Serenity – Codex Atlanticus

Album Review: Serenity – Codex Atlanticus

Charging out of your speakers, like a progressive, power-encrusted Europe and singing songs relating to historical figures and events, comes the majestic Serenity.  These melodic metalheads are a joy to behold, with their catchy songs and striking imagery.  The music leaps out and mesmerizes, like a cobra hypnotizing its prey. Codex Atlanticus is the fifth full-lengther by these ambitious Austrians.  Their symphonic sonic overlays are impressive and they make a heavenly racket.  The album was…

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Album Review: Arca Hadian – The Prophecy

Album Review: Arca Hadian – The Prophecy

More Italian Power Metal, which owes a huge debt to Finland’s Sonata Arctica and Cain’s Offering.  The band are made up of Carlo Faraci on vocals, Federico Di Pane on guitar, Patrizio Clerici on bass, Claudio Ruggieri on keyboards and Alessio Spallarossa on drums.  The album is the band’s debut long player and I did largely enjoy what I heard.  It is not the most original of tune collections, but it is certainly polished and…

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Forgotten Gem: Sonata Arctica – Reckoning Night (2004)

Forgotten Gem: Sonata Arctica – Reckoning Night (2004)

“Under the moon I hold a wake for a promise torn Mortally wounded, feelings sheltered me Once again my shadow will enter your life Time to walk with me the last mile…“ Sonata Arctica are, without a doubt, the best Power/ Symphonic Metal band in my universe.  Period.  The Finland maestros have been around for many years, lead by the superb vocalist and conductor Tony Kakko and have never disappointed me through their whole catalogue…

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Cain’s Offering Stormcrow – By Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Cain’s Offering Stormcrow – By Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Cain’s Offering Stormcrow is the 2nd release from the band which features Finnish guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen (founding member of Sonata Arctica) with influences from classic rock, European Power Metal, Symphonic Metal and Modern Metal. Joining Jani are Stratovarius members Timo Kotipelto (vocals) and Jens Johansson on Keyboards., with Jonas Kuhlberg on bass and Jani “Hurtsi” Hurula on drums. Jani Liimatainen is on guitars. I wasn’t sure what to expect but right from the first song and title track…

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