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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RIOT V – Life as a Citizen of Rock City

RIOT V – Life as a Citizen of Rock City

Any Toronto area rock fan can relate to a post from The Rockpile’s Steve Hoeg on Facebook when he says “Anyone ready for a show announcement?” It gets our adrenaline pumping in anticipation and excitement. However this day, never in a million years did I expect that announcement to be RIOT. Holy Shit! I immediately asked fellow Decibel Geek staffer Rich “The Meister” Dillon if I could do the show including the write-up. Not normally…

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Primal Fear Announce Concert DVD for 2017 (News)

Primal Fear Announce Concert DVD for 2017 (News)

German power metal force Primal Fear‘s final stop of the North American leg of the tour brought them to Toronto. The co-headling tour saw them paired with Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody for 28 dates before heading to Japan, Australia and into Europe. Decibel Geek‘s Brian Ronald, Shawn “Animalize” Irwin and Rich “The Meister” Dillon were on hand for the experience. Read our review, including Brian‘s photo gallery (also appears below) here: Primal Fear Invade Toronto Primal…

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Sludgehammer Announce Tour Dates (News)

Sludgehammer Announce Tour Dates (News)

Sludgehammer Announce Tour Dates Formed in 2013, Sludgehammer, a 5 piece Canadian metal band has been making waves in the music scene. Starting out with members Jeff Wilson (guitarist) and Fernando Villalobos (drums), they found vocalist Chris Szarota, who possessed an astonishing vocal ferocity and bassist and vocalist Dan Ayers, who also revealed a golden voice. Even though it was completely self-recorded the demo released at the bands’ first gig on November 22nd, 2013 was well…

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Primal Fear Invade Toronto (Concert Review)

Primal Fear Invade Toronto (Concert Review)

On June 1, 2016, The Mod Club in Toronto was invaded by Germans with the help of local promotion company Inertia Entertainment. The double headlining bill featured Primal Fear and Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody as well as local band Vesperia to set the stage, but really it’s Primal Fear that drew Decibel Geeks Brian Ronald, Shawn “Animalize” Irwin and Rich “The Meister” Dillon to the event, so we’ll just concentrate on that. The stage lights dimmed signifying…

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Lady Beast in Canada (Concert Review)

Lady Beast in Canada (Concert Review)

“The metal cuts our hearts but we bleed together. It now bonds us forever and ever. I pilot this machine, it’s powered by dreams! Together we will live our destiny…Our Heavy Metal Destiny!” – Lady Beast **Decibel Geek readers and listeners may be familiar with the name Lady Beast. Their 2015 album, rather inventively titled Lady Beast II, was reviewed here by The Meister (Lady Beast Cooks Up a Delicious NWOBHM Feast), who also caught them…

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Black Absinthe – Early Signs of Denial (Album Review)

Black Absinthe – Early Signs of Denial (Album Review)

Being from Toronto myself (well about an hour and a half bus trip north of) and attending as many concerts as I can get to (often 2-3 a week at times) I was surprised to discover Black Absinthe only through the press release promo sent to me recently. I thought that I knew just about every Toronto band, but let’s face it that’s not possible and I’m just a little delusional. Black Absinthe are a…

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