Maylene & The Sons of Disaster: The Power of Rock Compels You

Maylene & The Sons of Disaster:  The Power of Rock Compels You

Maybe you’ve heard of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. Probably not.  But they released a damn fine balls out rock album in 2009 that recently came up in shuffle today and prompted me to inform you of it’s greatness.  It is a bit different then what is normally listed here but it is my job to expand your horizons. Band pic or extras from Deliverance.  Not sure. This album is so good, it will…

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Rock Ain't Dead, It's Just in Rehab: New(ish) Album Roundup

2014 has been pretty weak for new, quality rock but some solid releases have come out over the last few months and inspired this post.  Instead of doing separate posts for each review, here’s the motherload. I have little time for shenanigans but feel compelled to make you aware that there is some great new music… and also inform you of what to avoid. You may want to grab a beer, we’ll be here awhile. …

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DEVILSTRIP:RISE.

When I think of brilliant, three piece rock bands, straight away the likes of ZZ Top, Rush, Cream and Motorhead spring to mind.  These are all bands who emerged in the 60’s and 70’s, and, with the exception of  The Winery Dogs, nothing is really turning my head at the moment.  But having just discovered this power trio from Ohio, my luck has definitely changed. Devilstrip‘s debut album Rise, incorporates melodic rock brilliantly blended with hard…

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BLACK STONE CHERRY. THE ACADEMY, DUBLIN, 23rd OCTOBER.

A little over 700 people packed this tiny Dublin venue to witness the Kentucky rockers unleash their brand of Southern fried hard rock.  With a set spanning their four albums, this was a band hell bent on making this chilly Thursday night, a memorable one. Launching into Rain Wizard, from their self titled debut album, Frontman, Chris Robertson‘s opening roar of “here comes the rain”, set the tone for the night straight away.  A brilliant…

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BLACK STATE HIGHWAY:ALBUM REVIEW.

It’s refreshing to get an album these days that’s not overrun with the usual 13 or 14 tracks, and a glut of substandard bonus tracks.  So I was pleasantly surprised when Black State Highway‘s self titled debut album arrived at my door, containing just 8 tracks.  The saying quality over quantity without doubt applies here. The Brighton based band introduce themselves with a riff happy blend of blues rock with a distinctive metal influence.  Lead…

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Louder Than Life Festival photos

The first ever Louder Than Life festival made its debut in Louisville, Ky. on Oct.4th and 5th 2014. While huge music festivals are no stranger to this city, Louder Than Life was a first of it’s kind….a “Music, Whisky and Gourmet Man Food Festival.” Louisville, has always been the home to the successful Forecastle hipster festival (insert puke noises here), so to hear that a hard rock/heavy metal festival was coming to town almost seemed to good to…

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HOT TUB "METAL" MACHINE !!!

No matter what form of metal or rock that you are a fan of, you can’t deny the 80’s was a momentous time. To be transported back to that era, would be a trip, I think most nostalgic rockers would happily take.  For myself growing up, rock music was a daily part of my diet, it was fully immersed in my bloodstream. AC/DC, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Def Leppard and UFO were regularly blasted in my parents dining room.  Nothing else mattered, except standing…

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AN "ADRENALIZING" WEDNESDAY IN DUBLIN !!

I’ve witnessed Def Leppard in some strange concert situations over the years.  The first one was in 1986, while on holidays in a seaside resort called Ballybunion,on the south west coast of Ireland. The Leps were doing a live rehearsal tour of the country in preparation for a series of Monsters Of Rock shows.  And also to get drummer, Rick Allen, back up to speed after his horrific car accident.  They played the local hotel,…

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Radio is DEAD, "The Chosen Few" – Podcasts sell music!!

Along with many others, I recently wrote an article in response to Gene Simmons’ “Rock is Dead” interview. I agreed with some of Gene’s words but the spirit of rock n roll is alive and well just working with an entirely different business model and I can cite many examples of bands that have successfully adapted to an ever changing music industry. The days of record companies supporting artists as they develop and flourish are…

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Haunting Hard Rock For Your Halloween

Is there a month more Metal or Rockin’ than October?  Tree’s start to look like skeletons as the leaves fall away.  Oktoberfestival’s going on around the world.  A festival that is largely about mass consumption of beer.  Add a band, a merch booth and a line for the bathroom and it’s exactly like a rock show.  The month climaxes with Halloween.  The one Holiday for kids and adults.  Candy for kids, booze for adults.  And Hallow’s eve…

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