SLAYER – Birmingham Arena, UK (Concert Review)

SLAYER – Birmingham Arena, UK (Concert Review)

To say I was excited about this gig is a vast understatement, having seen Slayer and Anthrax multiple times previously. Going back 30 years for both bands and never being disappointed, I expected a lot from tonight.  After all, we were saying goodbye to one of the most iconic metal bands ever. OBITUARY Obituary, the Florida death metal veterans, play a deep, dark and growling set to get everyone in this packed arena warmed up. …

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MONTE PITTMAN – Inverted Grasp of Balance (Review)

MONTE PITTMAN – Inverted Grasp of Balance (Review)

Monte Pittman is an American musician, songwriter and studio musician, based out of Los Angeles, known largely as Madonna‘s long-time guitarist and for playing with Prong. The number of albums he has recorded and been a part of is a massive list which is also truly varied. As a listener, I have heard his work on a few brilliant Prong albums and also on his solo effort The Power of Three which is a great album….

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A Q&A with THE NEW LOW (Interview)

A Q&A with THE NEW LOW (Interview)

A couple of months ago I was handed an album stream to review for Decibel Geek. The album was titled Continuance from US band The New Low. I wasn’t sure what to expect when reviewing this album as I had never heard of The New Low previously. But after listening to it a lot over the past couple of months, I say this band is a real shining light for US music. They have a new fan…

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VICIOUS RUMORS – Concussion Protocol (Album Review)

VICIOUS RUMORS – Concussion Protocol (Album Review)

With origins tracing back to 1979, San Francisco Bay area power metal band Vicious Rumors issued their debut in 1985. Conceived and founded by guitarist/vocalist Geoff Thorpe, the band is signed to Germany-based label SPV/Steamhammer Records. I have been a massive fan of Vicious Rumors from the start of their career, but as of recent they have dropped off my radar. I am looking forward to seeing how they have progressed all these years later. This…

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BILLY TALENT – Afraid of Heights (Album Review)

BILLY TALENT – Afraid of Heights (Album Review)

Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band from Mississauga, Ontario. They formed in 1993 with Benjamin Kowalewicz as the lead vocalist, Ian D’sa on guitar, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk with temporary drummer Jordan Hastings currently. I saw the band at Download Festival in 2009. That is how I got turned onto Billy Talent. They have released four fantastic albums previously so looking forward to this fifth effort. The album opens with “Big…

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Femme Fatale – One for the Road (Album Review)

Femme Fatale – One for the Road (Album Review)

Femme Fatale is an American hard rock band, originally from New Mexico, but relocated to Los Angeles, who were active from 1987 to 1990 and then again from 2013–present. Before disbanding Femme Fatale released one self-titled studio album in 1988 to decent critical reception and I, personally, loved the record and was a huge fan. Lead vocalist, Lorraine Lewis, restarted the band in 2013 with a new, all-female line-up. Femme Fatale‘s One More for the Road is an album…

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Vega – Who We Are (Album Review)

Vega – Who We Are (Album Review)

Vega are an AOR/melodic rock band from Stratford upon Avon in the UK. They were formed in 2009 and have released 3 albums previous to Who We Are: Kiss of Life on December 6, 2010, What the Hell on March 18, 2013 and Stereo Messiah on October 17, 2014. The band members are: Nick Workman (Vocals), James Martin (Keyboards), Tom Martin (Bass), Dan Chantrey (Drums) and Marcus Thurston (Guitar). This is another great British band along the FM, Foriegner and Europe sound and I am…

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Bad Dog (UK) – Bad Dog EP (Album Review)

Bad Dog (UK) – Bad Dog EP (Album Review)

My love of rock and metal go back some 30 years or so and the one thing that keeps me interested in this genre is discovering new bands. I used to do it by looking at vinyl sleeves in record stores but those days are long gone. Recently the internet and Facebook have become a great way to find new music and this band is one I discovered by chance as the support to LA Guns…

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DevilDriver – Trust No One (Album Review)

DevilDriver – Trust No One (Album Review)

DevilDriver is an American Metal band from California formed in 2002. The brainchild of Dez Fafara the band consists of guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann, bassist Diego Ibarra and drummer Austin D’Amond. The California metallers will release their seventh studio album, Trust No One, on May 13 via Napalm Records. Trust No One, the follow-up to 2013’s Winter Kills, was once again produced by Mark Lewis. I have seen the band at Download Festival…

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Treat – Ghost of Graceland (Album Review)

Treat – Ghost of Graceland (Album Review)

Treat are a Swedish hard rock band formed in 1983. Ghost of Graceland is the 7th album with their debut stretching back to 1985 .The band are Robert Ernlund (vocals), Anders Wikström (guitars and backing vocals), Patrick Appelgren (keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals), Jamie Borger (drums) and bass player Pontus Egberg. Ghost of Graceland is produced by Peter Mansson and available now from Frontiers Records. I first got into this band on the self-titled album Treat…

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