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ROSS THE BOSS – Rockpile Toronto (Concert Review)

ROSS THE BOSS – Rockpile Toronto (Concert Review)

This is a bit of an elusive event for me. Knowing the day I had laid out before the concert, I expected I may not make it. For the second time. I was on target to see ROSS THE BOSS at Legions of Metal in May of 2017. That day didn’t pan out either and I departed the venue prior to his headlining set. Never the less I find myself on the Toronto subway heading…

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DIRKSCHNEIDER – Back To The Roots Part 2 Tour Back To Back Toronto/Ottawa!

DIRKSCHNEIDER – Back To The Roots Part 2 Tour Back To Back Toronto/Ottawa!

On April 6, 1952, 65 years ago a man was born. This man would become a stalwart figure in heavy metal. Udo Dirkschneider rose to the metalhead’s eyes and ears as frontman for the 1970s formed German band Accept. The band impressed audiences and issued a six-album catalog before Udo departed in 1987 to form his solo project U.D.O. a few years later Dirkschneider returned to Accept for a three album package in the mid-90s…

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ANTHEMS IN ASHES – Burn It Down (Album Review)

ANTHEMS IN ASHES – Burn It Down (Album Review)

ANTHEMS IN ASHES – Band Anthems In Ashes is a four piece hard rock band “brought together by their love of music that is both heavy and high energy“. This band from Toronto has played some of the best venues in the city and won the Jack Daniels Supporting Act Competition.  Last year, they recorded their debut EP with Juno Award Winning Producer Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios.  The band also released the music…

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SAVAGE MASTER – Creature of the Flames/Toronto (EP & Concert Review)

SAVAGE MASTER – Creature of the Flames/Toronto (EP & Concert Review)

Galloping out of the fires of Hell (Louisville Kentucky), Savage Master charge upward, riding hard and fast. The full on leader of female fronted occult heavy metal. Their blend of NWOBHM tinged, speed-laden, thrash-influenced metal hits hard. Relatively new, Savage Master began life in 2013 and have risen quickly in establishing a name for themselves. With a roster of Adam Neal (guitar), Larry Myers (guitar), Brandon Brown (bass), John Littlejohn (drums) and Stacey Savage (vocals) they…

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The British Invasion – SAXON/UFO in Toronto (Concert Review)

The British Invasion – SAXON/UFO in Toronto (Concert Review)

The British Invasion was in full force this week in Toronto as the Saxon/UFO co-headlining tour rolled through. This was a dream bill for me personally. That’s the only way to sum it up. The names of both Saxon and UFO appear in my full sleeve tattoo depicting a guitar case “stickered” with the logos of some fave bands. Both bands have been with me in listening rotations for years upon years. Both bands are…

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XANDRIA/KOBRA and the LOTUS/ONCE HUMAN – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017

XANDRIA/KOBRA and the LOTUS/ONCE HUMAN – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017

Xandria from Germany brought their first headlining North American tour to Toronto at The Garrison May 13th, 2017. First hearing Xandria in 2014 with their release of Sacrificium I was able to catch them open for Delain and Sonata Arctica. That was a tease with Xandria only playing 5 tracks as the opening band. This time around Toronto was able to see a full set and over an hour of Xandria. First up on this…

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Talking to CHARLOTTE WESSELS of DELAIN (Interview)

Talking to CHARLOTTE WESSELS of DELAIN (Interview)

And so began the first date of the Delain/HammerFall North American Tour right here in Toronto. The energy shot through the late afternoon air like electric blue lightning that you could almost see. The excitement level was so elevated that you couldn’t help but be carried away as if riding in a hot air balloon. At least that’s how we felt anticipating our chat with Charlotte Wessels of Delain. Arriving at Toronto’s Opera House ahead…

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DIRKSCHNEIDER Destroys Toronto! (Concert Review)

DIRKSCHNEIDER Destroys Toronto! (Concert Review)

I am writing this review with ringing ears, bloodshot eyes, aching muscles, a “Metal Heart” and a huge smile on my face. This condition I find myself in comes courtesy of Dirkschneider, both the man and his incredible band. Last night Dirkschneider rolled into Toronto’s Mod Club on the Farewell To Accept tour and delivered heaping amounts of loud and wonderful heavy metal and then they delivered some more and then EVEN MORE! “Epic!” is what I…

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MALACODA – Ritualis Aeterna (EP Review)

MALACODA – Ritualis Aeterna (EP Review)

Cue the old man voice for the following quote, “When I was a boy, it was all called Heavy Metal!” I recently had a conversation about this with a much younger musician and I laughed because it’s true. Long before Sam Dunn started drawing up the official flowchart of Heavy Metal genres and sub-genres and sub-sub-genres it was simply “Heavy Metal”. Quiet Riot was heavy metal, Venom was heavy metal, Motley Crue was heavy metal,…

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Dirkschneider and Udo – Nominated for Metal Hammer Awards

Dirkschneider and Udo – Nominated for Metal Hammer Awards

A huge “horns in the air” salute goes out to Dirkschneider for being nominated “BEST LIVE BAND”, and also to Udo himself for also being nominated for the 2016 “LEGEND” award at this year’s Metal Hammer Awards. The winners will be announced on September 16th, 2016 during the Metal Hammer Award Show in Berlin. Late last year Mr. Udo Dirkschneider announced to the world that he would be travelling the globe on what was to be…

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