SALEM Turn Up The Heat at Brofest Pre-Party! (Concert Review)

SALEM Turn Up The Heat at Brofest Pre-Party! (Concert Review)

The headlining act of the pre-party for Brofest, Newcastle, UK at Trillian’s Rock bar on Thursday night was the superb hard rockers Salem from Hull, UK. I must admit I did not know of them during their first period of life (1980-1983). This is not very strange as I was around 10 years old and was not into hard rock at the moment. With a rare vinyl single and a couple of demos the word did not…

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Brofest #5 Wrap Up Day 2 (Festival Review)

Brofest #5 Wrap Up Day 2 (Festival Review)

Bring on Brofest day #2! Enjoying a light breakfast at the hotel we were off to explore a little of Newcastle ahead of our planned meeting with Paul Macnamara of Salem. We toured around, locating the venue and basically learning how not to get lost after large amounts of drinking that was going to ensue today. Paul met us at Three Bulls Heads Pub and we chatted for over 2 hours about all things music…

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INTICE – The Legacy (Album Review)

INTICE – The Legacy (Album Review)

American glamsters Intice, hailing from the sunshine state of Florida, have compiled all their recordings on one CD. This exclusive package has just been released through the American label Demon Doll Records/Metal Legacy Records. It is a label that seems to be able to locate great and rare glam and hair metal from back in the day when it ruled the airwaves that no one else can get a hold of. There are a couple of…

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EMERGENCY – Martial Law (Album Review)

EMERGENCY – Martial Law (Album Review)

What have we got here? Another long lost Dutch gem uncovered by Divebomb Records! English shouter Pete Lovell is most famous for fronting Dutch band Picture on two classic albums (Eternal Dark and Traitor) and of course being the frontman on the Picture‘s two great comeback albums in the 2000’s. Lovell grew up on Jersey (one of the Channel Islands in the English strait) where he started out with his own band Guilty Spirits in…

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PICTURE Re-release Classic Traitor Album (Album Review)

PICTURE Re-release Classic Traitor Album (Album Review)

Dutch cult classic heavy metal band Picture is one of those pioneers that influenced a lot of other bands but did not rise to fame and fortune themselves. Like, for example, their German colleagues in Accept. Having pioneered the Dutch rock scene in the early 1980’s the original line up is still active today and will be playing festival dates the upcoming summer. As an appetizer, the classic Traitor album gets a remaster treatment and…

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HOUSE OF SHAKIRA Live (Rock N skull spotlight)

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA Live (Rock N skull spotlight)

One of the first acts to take the stage at The Tree was my fellow Swedes in House of Shakira. There had been a lot of trouble with doors being moved forward 3 hours and the rumor said these gentlemen from Stockholm had been forced to cut their set in half. In the end, they ended up playing past the time limit and an almost full set. There was a duet planned with Martina Edoff…

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JETBOY Interview: Mickey Finn and Billy Rowe (Interview)

JETBOY Interview: Mickey Finn and Billy Rowe (Interview)

While attending the Rock n’ Skull Festival in Joliet, Illinois Decibel Geek staff writer Mikael Svensson teamed up with Jetboy lead vocalist Mickey Finn and guitarist Billy Rowe to find out where Jetboy are heading and a little about the band’s past. I want to thank Mickey and Billy for taking time out of their busy schedule to give us some insight into Jetboy, past, present and future. Let’s start with the archive releases. In the 1990’s and early…

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PRETTY BOY FLOYD live (Rock N Skull Spotlight)

PRETTY BOY FLOYD live (Rock N Skull Spotlight)

One of my most anticipated gigs at Rock n’ Skull took place on Saturday when Pretty Boy Floyd entered the stage at The Tree in Joliet. The band name was taken from the 1960’s biographical film about the notorious outlaw Charles Arthur ”Pretty Boy” Floyd. Often referred to as one of the bands that took the glam image to the extreme and therefore contributed to the scene’s demise. These guys are childhood heroes of mine…

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BABYLON A.D. Live at Rock n’ Skull (Rock n’ Skull Spotlight)

BABYLON A.D. Live at Rock n’ Skull (Rock n’ Skull Spotlight)

One of my friends introduced me to Babylon A.D.‘s self-titled debut in the early 1990´s. I was blown away by the heavy but yet so infectious and melodic sound. These guys wrote one anthem after another and the second album called Nothing Sacred was almost as strong as I was to find out. Unfortunately, the band were a victim of the changing music business of the early 1990´s and the comeback album called American Blitzkrieg…

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TYGERS of PAN TANG Give Another Roar – (Album Review)

TYGERS of PAN TANG Give Another Roar – (Album Review)

The Tygers of Pan Tang may be mostly known for being the springboard for legendary guitarist John Sykes but they are also highly respected for being one of the NWOBHM pioneers alongside bands like Saxon, Samson, and Iron Maiden. The band formed way back in 1978 in Whitley Bay, England by guitarist Rob Weir (only remaining original member), bass player Richard ”Rocky” Laws, lead vocalist Jess Cox and drummer Brian Dick. The name was derived from…

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