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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Six Songs Perry Richardson Thinks You Should Hear – Ep304

Six Songs Perry Richardson Thinks You Should Hear – Ep304

Stryper bassist Perry Richardson returns to Decibel Geek this week to discuss his new gig and spin some great songs. In this episode, you’ll hear details on the circumstances that led to Perry landing the gig as well as future plans for the band. Additionally, Perry spins Six Songs that have a personal meaning to him. The stories that go along with his choices are, as expected, entertaining. Perry Richardson   In this Six Songs…

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Stryper Taps Perry Richardson for Bass Duties

Stryper Taps Perry Richardson for Bass Duties

Former Firehouse bassist Perry Richardson has joined Stryper as their new bassist. Richardson replaces original Stryper bassist Tim Gaines who was recently released from the group. Stryper has been on a roll of well-received recent albums including 2013’s No More Hell to Pay and 2015’s Fallen. The band is set to enter the studio in November for a planned Spring 2018 release on Frontiers Records. The now-untitled album will be the first to feature Richardson…

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MICHAEL SWEET: The voice of STRYPER (Concert Review)

MICHAEL SWEET: The voice of STRYPER (Concert Review)

Michael Sweet – Solo acoustic tour Goldfield Trading Post 9/30/2017 Sacramento, CA While Stryper is on a bit of a hiatus, the energetic Michael Sweet never stops.  This man can’t stand still for a minute.  Whether it’s continually touring or releasing new music yearly under the monikers of Stryper, Michael Sweet, Sweet & Lynch, etc. etc. etc., obviously Sweet doesn’t believe in the statement that “Rock is dead!” Although I’ve seen 300+ shows in my…

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Tim Gaines To Stryper Members. “Get A Clue Dumbsh–tz!”

Tim Gaines To Stryper Members. “Get A Clue Dumbsh–tz!”

The tension in Stryper leading up to Tim Gaines’ eventual firing/departure was tighter than Oz Fox’s spandex budget.  It had been rumored for some time that Gaines had been on the way out with the bands singer confirming it earlier this week and then Tim himself going on a now deleted tirade on his Facebook page where he confirmed it and said this. “My recent demise within the Stryper camp came about because I actually…

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Positive Noize – Introduction

Positive Noize – Introduction

Since its inception, the mission of Decibel Geek has been to expose people to hard rock/heavy metal artists who have been overlooked by the mainstream media. This can be a daunting task, however, as hard rock/heavy metal is multi-dimensional with several sub-genres that all have a rabid fan base. To that end, some of the staff writers have decided to branch out and form blogs devoted to shining a spotlight on music we enjoy that…

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Crankin the Law – Ep258

Crankin the Law – Ep258

The guys blast a bunch of awesome songs and simultaneously tip their hat to the good guys in law enforcement with Crankin the Law – Ep258. In this hour-plus block of rock, your hosts spin killer law-related tracks from the likes of Helloween, X-Cops, Hardcore Superstar, Motorhead, Saxon, Suicidal Tendencies, Soundgarden, Anthrax, Anti-Nowhere League, and Stryper. They also discuss law enforcement and its effect on society and rock n’ roll. We hope you enjoy Crankin…

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MICHAEL SWEET- One Sided War (Album Review)

MICHAEL SWEET- One Sided War (Album Review)

Is there a harder working musician than Michael Sweet these days? Maybe there is, but I am hard-pressed to think of anybody that is. After all in a little less than three years he has recorded, or produced, or played on no less than seven albums. Being what I consider a quadruple threat, he is a great singer, guitar player, songwriter, and producer. His ability to put out dependable, great quality music is inspiring.  He…

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The End Of Summer 2016 Part 1 – GRAND ROCKTEMBER IV

The End Of Summer 2016 Part 1 – GRAND ROCKTEMBER IV

Summer should get a speeding ticket. I’m not sure who to attribute that quote to and apparently neither does the internet. Summer is my favorite time of year and it’s too short.  It wasn’t that long ago I was freezing my ass off in Somerset WI, watching Ghost at Northern Invasion.  And here we are.  In Hinckley, MN with the weather quickly approaching that of Northern Invasion. As the summer of 2016 comes to a close…

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MICHAEL SWEET – One Sided War (Aug 26, 2016)

MICHAEL SWEET – One Sided War (Aug 26, 2016)

In what promises to be Stryper frontman Michael Sweet‘s most intense solo release to date, One Sided War showcases a full plate of hard rock & classic metal riffs from start to finish. One Sided War marks Michael‘s 7th studio solo album and it clearly proves that he is still at the very top of his game! “I’ll tell you about it”, says Michael, “Musically it’s my heaviest solo album. It’s not thrash metal but…

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