Metal Mama’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

Wow! What a year for music! It was my privilege to become a part of the Decibel Geek family in 2016 and I have enjoyed every moment of it. From major label releases to independent and crowd funded projects, hard rock and heavy metal bands had a variety to share with us. There were so many outstanding albums this year, in fact, that choosing a top ten list was a monumental task. There were several…

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Decibel Geek Wants You!

Decibel Geek Wants You!

Decibel Geek is a great website for fans of rock and metal music featuring weekly podcast episodes, upcoming album releases, photo galleries, YouTube videos as well as album/concert reviews and commentaries. Check us out at www.decibelgeek.com, find and like us on Facebook to join in on the discussion, and now Decibel Geek Wants You! Want to get more involved? Here’s your chance to join the Decibel Geek team: “Decibel Geek Wants You! We are looking for…

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Album Review: Shotgun Justice – State of Desolation

Album Review: Shotgun Justice – State of Desolation

Totally unsettling.  This album from German metallers Shotgun Justice is plain unsettling.  It is like a jukebox of all your favourite bands, but being played by some mad scientists.  I really don’t know whether this is pure genius or absolute lunacy, but it certainly grabs your attention! Formed in 2003, this band plays by its own rules and makes the listener take notice by the unexpected nature of the songs.  The band is lead by…

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Album Review: Voodoo Circle – Whiskey Fingers

Album Review: Voodoo Circle – Whiskey Fingers

Halloween is a distant memory, but some magic music is being created by the German band Voodoo Circle, a Classic Rock collective, founded in 2008, as a project of Silent Force guitarist Alex Beyrodt (currently also playing with bands Primal Fear and Sinner).  The band’s “crue” is composed of Alex Beyrodt, together with vocalist David Readman (Pink Cream 69), bassist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner, and Silent Force), keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Silent Force)…

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Album Review: Solution 45 – Nightmares in the Waking State P1

Album Review: Solution 45 – Nightmares in the Waking State P1

Hmmm….Solution 45?  No idea?  Me neither, but after a little research, this is a Swedish Death/Prog band, created by guitarist Jani Stefanovic (Miseration, Divinefire, Essence of Sorrow). Their current lineup includes vocalist Christian Älvestam (Miseration, ex-Scar Symmetry), guitarists Stefanovic and Patrik Gardberg (Torchbearer, The Few Against Many, Ammotrack), and drummer Rolf Pilve (Miseration, Essence of Sorrow, Stratovarius). Their sound?  Hmmmm again.  Hard to put the blocks in the right boxes, but I felt an essence…

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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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Album Review: Suhy, Silvergold & Alvarado – Tessellations

Album Review: Suhy, Silvergold & Alvarado – Tessellations

My taste in music is broader than my smile when I get to listen to new music.  It stretches from Extreme Metal to Classical to Jazz, but sometimes I just don’t get on with a record and have to really search for something positive to say.  This, unfortunately, is the case with Tessellations.  The album is the latest product from the New Jersey-based jazz-rock power trio and after several listens, it said nothing to me…

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Forgotten Gem: Johnny Diesel & the Injectors (1989)

Forgotten Gem: Johnny Diesel & the Injectors (1989)

Nobody remembers the self-titled debut for Johnny Diesel & the Injectors. I, however, do remember it well and have tried, several times, to purchase it on digital media, to replace my worn out cassette which got chewed up.  Weirdly, it is an album that was blues-rock perfection and should have been massive.  Instead, it merely fizzled and the Injectors only kept going for one more album before calling it a day with Diesel moving on…

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MORC 2015 Departure Excitement: A Blog

MORC 2015 Departure Excitement: A Blog

Ahhhhh the time is once again descending upon us at an alarming rate and by the time you’re reading this blog I shall most likely be well ensconced in the adventure. Due to time constraints (…and building this brand new Decibel Geek Website you see before you) I’ve not been able to facilitate my annual blog series examining the upcoming Monsters Of Rock Cruise in the weeks leading up to the event, but rest assured…

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