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Dirty Shirley – Dirty Shirley (Review)

Artist: Dirty Shirley Album: Dirty Shirley Genre: Melodic Metal \ Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: January 24, 2020 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Okay, so I hate the album cover and the name of the band....but believe me when I say this is one of the best albums that George Lynch has done in years!  I mean, I can't get over how fantastic this album truly is.  This is a must-have for any fan of Lynch's work in Dokken and Lynch Mob.  This is obviously another one of Frontiers Music's band projects, but damn if it's not a perfect fit in every way.  The addition of Dino Jelusic on vocals just lifts this right over the top of most of these types...

A Killer’s Confession – The Indifference Of Good Men (Review)

Artist: A Killer's Confession Album: The Indifference Of Good Men Genre: Modern Metal Label: Wake Up Music Release Date: October 18, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis has returned with his second release under the moniker of "A Killer's Confession".  Starting out with the incredible opening song, "It's Not Too Late", it's easy to see that Reavis and company are making a name for themselves quickly.  The songwriting is great throughout and musically it's hook-laden, melodic at times and heavy as hell at others.  I was really quite surprised by how much I really enjoyed this album.  The songs have a heaviness that's sure to please any fan of modern heavy metal while maintaining some really catchy and memorable elements. ...

Deaf Rat – Ban The Light (Review)

Artist: Deaf Rat Album: Ban The Light Genre: Metal / Hard Rock Label: AFM Records Release Date: November 1, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Wow! This is one of the best debut albums by a band that I've heard in a really long time.  Deaf Rat hit the scene with a darker image, but all of the sound and rebellion of the '80's Sunset Strip Heavy Metal scene.  Vocalist Frankie Rich often reminds me of Jamie St. James from Black N' Blue.  I've heard quite a few bands try to mix a more modern rock sound with classic metal and fall short, but that's not the case with Deaf Rat. In fact, this the first time that I've heard this combination actually work.  The...

Quiet Riot – Hollywood Cowboys (Review)

Artist: Quiet Riot Album: Hollywood Cowboys Genre: Hard Rock / Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: November 8, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Well, this is a tough one to review.  There are several reasons why this is such a difficult album to review.  While it's unusual for a band to part ways with their lead singer between recording an album and releasing it, that's exactly what has happened here.  James Durbin sang on two studio albums and one live album with Quiet Riot before deciding to go back to his solo career. Musically this album is a throwback to the Sunset Strip days of heavy metal.  And I actually really like this album, quite a bit.  Durbin does a decent job of...

Xentrifuge – Desensitized Parallels (Review)

Artist: Xentrifuge Album: Desensitized Parallels Genre: Industrial / Electronic / Dark Wave Label: Cleopatra Records Release Date: March 2018 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: I recently became introduced to Xentrifuge's music after hearing some audio snippets on a social media site.  I really like what I heard and decided to reach out to the band for a promo of their latest album "Desensitized Parallels".  With menacing vocals and crushing beats,  I am reminded of bands like Frontline Assembly, Skinny Puppy and other great industrial bands of the late '80s and early '90s.  Xentrifuge has done everything right with this album release.  At times terrifying and brutally relentless, while at others subtle and suspenseful, "Desensitized Parallels" is a modern-day masterpiece of electronic terror with danceable beats. ...

Infected Rain – Endorphin (Review)

Artist: Infected Rain Album: Endorphin Genre: Metal Label: Napalm Records Release Date: October 18, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: Wow! This album really caught me off guard.  To be honest, I wasn't expecting it to be anything special.  Man, was I wrong!  There are some really creative musical ideas going on with this album, which sound completely fresh to my ears.  There's a heaviness that pummels you throughout the album, but it's also filled with unique time breaks and interesting layers of unique vocals and effects in the mix.  Although they're classified as an "extreme metal" band, I'd find it very hard to classify their sound, because it contains elements of jazz, hip-hop-like floating vocals and a dash of electronica.  Listen to the...

Entrails – Rise Of The Reaper (Review)

Artist: Entrails Album: Rise Of The Reaper Genre: Metal Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: October 11, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Metal super-beast Entrails has returned with another spectacular album of exceptional brutality.  Rise Of The Reaper is a full-on punch in the teeth metal assault.  Often times, metal bands are so pigeon-holed by being labeled into a specific sub-genre of metal that they don't reach their proper audience.  While on the surface, Entrails looks like a Death Metal band, their sound is far more than just that.  Fans of Thrash bands like Testament, Metallica and Kreator will no doubt appreciate the band's latest output, without losing fans that liken them to bands like Obituary and other heavyweights in the Florida Death Metal...

Lordi – Recordead Live Sextourcism In Z7 (Review)

Artist: Lordi Album: Recordead Live Sextourcism In Z7 Genre: Metal Label: AFM Records Release Date: July 26, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Well, what can you say about Lordi?  If you've never heard them before, the best way that I can describe them is if you took GWAR, KISS, Rob Zombie and Steel Panther and blended them all together.  Everything that the band does has a tongue in cheek style of humor to it.  While horror-themed, the band is known more for a raunchy sense of humor ala Steel Panther with a morbid twist on it.  This live recording is a pretty good document of what the band brings both in musical style and theatrical ridiculousness.  There are songs represented here throughout the band's...

Sabaton – The Great War (Review)

Artist: Sabaton Album: The Great War Genre: Metal Label: Nuclear Blast Records Release Date: July 19, 2019 Reviewed By: Bobby Caughron   Review: Sabaton has returned with a remarkable new album entitled "The Great War", referring to World War I.  Lyrically, the subject matter makes for a great metal record.  Like many metal bands before them, Sabaton has taken a cue from the likes of Iron Maiden with historical themes interwoven into their music.  I have to say that Sabaton does it very well.  Musically, the band explodes on this album with some of the hardest-hitting beats you've heard, while still maintaining a melodic power metal edge.  I had the chance to catch the band on their last tour and they put on an astounding...

Lacrimas Profundere – Bleeding the Stars (Review)

Artist: Lacrimas Profundere Album: Bleeding the Stars Genre: Gothic Rock Label: SPV / Oblivion Release Date: July 26, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Lacrimas Profundere means "To shed tears" in Latin.  You couldn't find a more perfect name for a gothic rock band than that.  While the band has been around since the mid-'90s, it seems that they're still finding and making new fans around the world.  Their latest release "Bleeding Stars" is a prime example of why they are still continuing to grow their fanbase.  If you love bands like Sisters Of Mercy, HIM, and Type O Negative, you're going to want to check this album out.  Hell, at times, I even hear a touch of Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords Of The...

Graham Bonnet Band – Live In Tokyo 2017 (Review)

Artist: Graham Bonnet Band Album: Live In Tokyo 2017 Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: July 12, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Recorded live in Japan, Graham Bonnet has released Live In Tokyo 2017.  Here's a unique set of songs from various points in Bonnet's long singing career.  While many are from Bonnet's solo career, you also get a bit of a best-of performance from various albums when he sang for Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group and Impelleterri.  While it's a nice eclectic set of material, it's far from being a crucial album by Graham Bonnet for your collection, unless you're a die-hard fan.  Musically, it sounds great and Bonnet's voice still sounds remarkably well.  The live audience adds...

Theatre Of Tragedy – Remixed (Review)

Artist: Theatre Of Tragedy Album: Remixed Genre: Gothic Metal / Electronic Label: AFM Records Release Date: July 12, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Theatre of Tragedy, unfortunately, called it quits as a band back in 2010.  The band has stated on several occasions that the chance of the band reforming is slim to none.  Disappointing news for their many fans, but the upside is this new album "Remixed".  After ten long years of being gone from the music scene, Theatre Of Tragedy returns, with a re-imagined, re-mastered, and remixed albums of great songs done by some of best electronic rock and darkwave bands on the scene. As evidenced by this album, and the eager participation of these artists, it's easy to see what an...

Helix – Old School (Review)

Artist: Helix Album: Old School Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: Perris Records Release Date: Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: One of Canada's greatest hard rock exports, Helix have returned with a new album, appropriately named "Old School".  I have to say it's quite refreshing to have a band stay true to its roots after all of these years.  I mean, after all, music trends come and go, seemingly from one day to the next.  Most bands try to adjust their sound to be in line with the current trend in order to have a shot at getting commercial airplay. But, not Helix. This album sees the band playing the kind of straight-ahead rock/metal that they built a solid reputation on. Keep in mind,...

3TEETH – Metawar (Review)

Artist: 3TEETH Album: Metawar Genre: Dark Wave / Electronic Label: Sony Red Music / Century Media Release Date: July 5, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: If you're looking for the right album to rock during the apocalypse, Metawar by 3TEETH should be at the very top of that list.  A dark and heavy indictment of modern society, Metawar is a fair warning of what is to come if humans refuse to change our ways.  With song titles like Affluenza, which relates to our incessant need to consume as many products as possible, the self-explanatory American Landfill and a brilliant cover of "Pumped Up Kicks" complete with a video that comments on the recent school shootings, this is not a feel-good album, at least lyrically. ...

Cro-Mags – Don’t Give In (Review)

Artist: Cro-Mags Album: Don't Give In Genre: Hardcore Label: Victory Records Release Date: June 28, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: The Godfathers of Hardcore, The Cro-Mags have returned with brand new music and it's every bit as brutal and heavy as you hoped it would be.  While only three songs long, this EP is like a shot of adrenaline.  Not only is this a must listen,  but it's a repeat must listen.  I find myself wanting more because these songs are great examples of why the Cro-Mags are considered icons of the hardcore music genre.  If this music doesn't inspire you, if it doesn't make you want to move, chances are good that you are dead, my friend.  By the end of the title...

He Is Legend – White Bat (Review)

Artist: He Is Legend Album: White Bat Genre: Rock / Metal Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: June 28, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: I love it when I listen to a band that incorporates influences from a lot of other bands that I like.  Especially when it's done in such a way that you recognize the influence, but it's not a rip off of the bands and artists sounds that influenced them.  He Is Legend is one of those rare bands that recalls the best of rock's history all the while creating a unique sound all their own.  A little grunge, a little classic rock, an independent spirit and touch of metal rolled into one mean animal.  The funny thing is.....it really works well! ...

Darkthrone – Old Star (Review)

Artist: Darkthrone Album: Old Star Genre: Metal / Black Metal Label: Peaceville Release Date: May 31, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Falling somewhere between Black Metal and Black Sabbath, Darkthrone's latest album, "Old Star" shows an invigorated and re-energized band that's still making great music.  While the dark edges still remain, there's a lot of traditional heavy metal in the mix and for my taste, it makes this album much more listenable than some of the albums that are considered black metal these days.  "The Hardship Of The Scots" is a great example of this exciting mixture.  Musically, it has some elements of Dio's solo style, while incorporating a decent amount of slow doom as well.  "The Key Is Inside The Wall" is another...

Deflore & Jaz Coleman – Party In The Chaos (Review)

Artist: Deflore & Jaz Coleman Album: Party In The Chaos Genre: Industrial Rock Label: Subsound Records Release Date: June 28, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: Anytime Killing Joke's frontman, Jaz Coleman is involved in a project, you have my interest.  This 3 song EP, Party In The Chaos is certainly no exception.  The title track "Party In The Chaos" is astounding in every way.  If you're a Killing Joke fan you'll want and need this in your collection.  Coleman's primitive styled, yet futuristic, vocals fuel the fire to a song that could have just as easily, been included on any recent Killing Joke album. Musically, this is a great find.  Ultimately, I would have loved for this to be longer than three tracks,...

The Brink – Nowhere To Run (Review)

Artist: The Brink Album: Nowhere To Run Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: May 17, 2019 Review: Labeled as one of the new breed of hard rock bands, U.K.'s The Brink is sort of an odd mixture for me.  I like the bluesy overtones in songs like Little Janie, One Night Only, Said And Done and Don't Count Me Out, but in my opinion, a lot of the other material tends to lean into more of a pop-rock radio format.  By this, I don't mean AOR, but almost more of a pop-punk attitude and sound.  It's that little bit of Blink 182 that I hear in the mix that I don't really care for.  The Brink seems to be...

Janet Gardner – Your Place In The Sun (Review)

Artist: Janet Gardner Album: Your Place In The Sun Genre: Hard Rock Label: Pavement Entertainment Release Date: May 31, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Most people know Janet Gardner as the lead vocalist for Vixen.  It seems like only yesterday when Vixen and Janet announce that they were parting ways.  Since then, Vixen has enlisted Lorraine Lewis, and have continued touring with Janet Gardner now set to release her second solo album, entitled "Your Place In The Sun".  Now, I have to be honest, before I started the opening song, I thought to myself, this is going to be a real mellow affair with the title "Your Place In The Sun".  Man, was I wrong!  Janet opens a can of certified whip-ass with this...

Tora Tora – Bastards of Beale (Review)

Artist: Tora Tora Album: Bastards of Beale Genre: Classic Metal / Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: February 22, 2019 Review: Tora Tora has finally returned after a long hiatus to deliver a fun, hard rocking album filled with bluesy, distorted rock.  It's the kind of music that rarely gets produced these days.  The band stays true to their rock roots throughout Bastards Of Beale.  The bar room infused blues swagger is a very welcome sound that permeates the songs like a stain in a whiskey barrel.  The songs are aged to perfection and show a more mature feel and sound that some of the bands more hair metal excursions in the past.  This is just plain down and dirty rock n' roll and like...

Crazy Lixx – Forever Wild (Review)

Artist: Crazy Lixx Album: Forever Wild Genre: Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: May 17, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Melodic hard rock doesn't get much better than Crazy Lixx's new album Forever Wild.  Melding just the right amount of pop sensibilities with hard rocking beats, the band has not only hit their stride but perhaps made their lasting mark on the hard rock scene with this album.  Take the best of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, and Skid Row and merge them into a cohesive sound that's all it's own and you've got an idea of what Crazy Lixx brings to the table.  The opening song "Wicked" along with "Break Out" are great examples of what these melodic rockers have to offer...

Amon Amarth – Berserker (Review)

Artist: Amon Amarth Album: Berserker Genre: Metal Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: May 3, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: The kings of Viking metal return with an outstanding album that will smash you harder than Thor's hammer.  Like a fine wine, Amon Amarth just gets better with age.  Their latest album Berserker is a testament to that fact.  Amon Amarth follows a long line of rock and metal royalty like Motorhead and Iron Maiden by simply sounding like themselves and kicking ass and taking names on each and every album.  I often hear people ask who will follow the legends of metal as each one of the bands retires.  For my money, your looking at one of them with Amon Amarth.  This album...

Warrior Soul – Rock N’ Roll Disease (Review)

Artist: Warrior Soul Album: Rock N' Roll Disease Genre: Hard Rock / Metal Label:  Livewire Release Date: June 7, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: Warrior Soul is a lot like AC/DC.  Not necessarily in their musical sounds, but in the fact that you always know what you're getting with each release.  There's plenty of other bands that have had a formula that you can always count on being there, like Motorhead, Iron Maiden and Saxon to name a few.  While it may seem formulaic in nature, it's not always a 100 percent predictable on what the songs will be like, but just moreover what type of sound you'll get.  Warrior Soul starts out the new album with "Up The Dose" and it's a...

Wake Up Hate – Deep Sleep (Review)

Artist: Wake Up Hate Album: Deep Sleep Genre: Modern Metal Label: 889903 Records DK2 Release Date: May 17, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: If you like modern metal rocks with a radio-friendly sound, Wake Up Hate is for you.  I hear a lot of similarities to the almighty Linkin Park.  Mind you, their not ripping off the aforementioned masters of angsty metal, but they manage to challenge a lot of the same emotions and feelings throughout this EP.  There's a little bit of pop edge here and there to drop everything down a bit, only to build it back up to a frenzy with a heavy rock beat.  Lyrically, Wake Up Hate seems to be more mature than many of the bands out there...

Silver Snakes – Death And The Moon (Review)

Artist: Silver Snakes Album: Death And The Moon Genre: Industrial Hard Rock Label: Evil Ink Records Release Date: May 3, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Hitting you hard with a wall of electronic sound and beats combined with guitar and alt-rock vocals, Silver Snakes remind me a lot of bands from the early to the mid-90s electronic rock scene.  Bringing to mind bands like Filter, Gravity Kills, God Live Underwater, Nine Inch Nails and Stabbing Westward.  Being mentioned alongside those bands would put you into good company and it's right where the Silver Snakes belong.  While we're more than 20 years after those bands commandeered the airwaves in the alternative rock movement, the sound has been updated a little to include a more modern...

H.E.A.T Rise again – H.E.A.T II Album review

H.E.A.T are one of the finest melodic rock bands to have come out of Scandinavia. It was way back in 2012 when the talented Swedes released their third album, Address The Nation, their first with singer Erik Grönwall. ATN took the genre by storm and still stands in my opinion as one of the best of its kind. After follow-up, Tearing Down The Walls, the band released Into The Great Unknown in 2017 which had a different feel and is widely regarded as H.E.A.T's most controversial release. Now the band are back, returning to their roots and set to unleash H.E.A.T II. Picture: Steven Christie I’m never a fan of long albums, it often signals filler material, so I was pleased to see that H.E.A.T II...

Edge Of Paradise – Universe (Review)

Artist: Edge Of Paradise Album: Universe Genre: Melodic Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: November 8, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Edge Of Paradise continues to impress with their latest release entitled "Universe".  I've had the opportunity to watch the band move up the ranks from being an unknown independent band to gaining serious notoriety by charting on iTunes, Billboard and Amazon Music.  Singer Margarita Monet has a powerful yet gentle sounding voice.  With "Universe" the band expand on what they have done in the past and move into the same modern metal territory as Halestorm, Within Temptation and In This Moment. This album features a little more electronic sounds and industrial style keyboards than previous albums, but never loses the heaviness or...

The Dark Element – Songs the Night Sings

Artist: The Dark Element Album: Songs the Night Sings Genre: Symphonic Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: November 8, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Sweeping and epic, The Dark Element has returned with a brilliant new album called "Songs The Night Sings".  Anette Olzon's vocals are as beautiful as ever and Jani Liimatainen has some incredible blazing guitar solos throughout. Musically, these songs are really strong and lyrically they are the equivalent of brilliant story-telling.  This time out the band has a really mature sound and it's easy to tell that they were riding an incredible wave of creativity throughout the recording process.  The title track is simply outstanding, but to be perfectly honest, I was completely hooked after "Not Your Monster", the...

Pretty Maids – Undress The Madness (Review)

Artist: Pretty Maids Album: Undress Your Madness Genre: Melodic Metal Label: Frontier Music Srl. Release Date: November 8, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: The Pretty Maids have been making consistently great albums for several decades now.  Their latest, "Undress Your Madness" is no exception to that rule.  Reviewing this album is bittersweet though because lead vocalist, Ronnie Atkins recently announced that he had been diagnosed with Lung Cancer.  According to a statement by Ronnie, his prognosis is good and I certainly wish him well in battling this illness. It certainly did not affect his vocals on this album, as his voice sounds stronger than ever.  While Pretty Maids have always been one of those bands that should have seen a much larger audience, they...

Tyketto – Strength In Numbers Live (Review)

Artist: Tyketto Album: Strength In Numbers Live Genre: Hard Rock \ Melodic Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: November 8, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Strength In Numbers is one of Tyketto's best albums so it only makes sense to cover it live.  And though Tyketto fans may be familiar with the studio album, there is something to be said for this energized live performance.  The production quality of this live concert is outstanding, which really matters to me. When I'm listening to an album, live or studio, I want it to sound great.  Tyketto has a great interaction with the audience introducing the songs and giving a little history about them along the way.  Strangely enough, the live album tracklist is not...

7 Miles To Pittsburgh – Revolution On Hold (Review)

Artist: 7 Miles To Pittsburgh Album: Revolution On Hold Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: A67 Records Release Date: October 19, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: So if you've ever wondered what happened to Andrew Elt, the lead singer for Sleeze Beez....wonder no more.  While this is the second album for 7 Miles To Pittsburgh, it's my first exposure to the band.  I am actually quite a fan of Elt's former band.  Sleeze Beez came into the mainstream at what could be only called the very end of the sunset strip/hair metal hard rock scene.  They scored a big hit with the single "Stranger Than Paradise" on their 1990 album "Screwed, Blued, and Tattooed", in part thanks to a heavy rotation of...

Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper- At The Gates (Review)

Artist: Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper Album: At The Gates Genre: Metal Label: Dissonance Productions Release Date: November 1, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper has returned with a fantastic follow up to "Walking In The Shadows".  For those unaware, Steve Grimmett battled through some very serious health issues after the last album was released, which ultimately resulted in the amputation of one of Steve's legs.  Opening with the title track "At The Gates", which references the gates of Hell, is a triumphant return for both the band and personally for Steve Grimmett following his life-threatening health scare.  The entire album is filled with great classic sounding metal songs that continue to delight and do justice to the Grim Reaper name and...

Airbourne – Boneshaker (Review)

Artist: Airbourne Album: Boneshaker Genre: Hard Rock \ Metal Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: October 25, 2019 Review by: Bobby Caughron   Review: Airbourne has returned with another spectacular album, filled with the sweaty, alcohol-soaked sound that we've all come to expect.  If you're not familiar with Airbourne, where the hell have you been?  These Aussie guys don't mess around and get right to the point with this straight-forward rock album called "Boneshaker".  Although people often compare their sound to that of another Australian band, AC/DC, Airbourne have been doing this long enough to claim their own stake in the rock-n' roll game.  Make no mistake, "Boneshaker" is a top-notch, nitro-fueled rock n' roll rollercoaster ride from the opening riff.  This is exactly what I...

BlackRain – Dying Breed (Review)

Review: BlackRain channels the best of the 1980's hair metal style with their debut album, "Dying Breed".  The vocals are often reminiscent of W.A.S.P. singer, Blackie Lawless and musically it's a mixed bag of influences of everyone from Kix to Motley Crue.  Basically, they sound a lot like everyone from the 80's Sunset Strip scene without really sounding like a rip off of any one of them.  The songs are catchy as hell while covering the spectrum lyrically that you would expect with this type of music.  These guys have done their homework and have a really great retro feel that transports back to the time of hair metal greatness.  The title track is a great opener and it puts the bands' talents on full...

Blacktop Mojo – Under The Sun (Review)

Artist: Blacktop Mojo Album: Under The Sun Genre: Hard Rock Label: Cuhmon RecordsRelease Date: September 13, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Texas rockers Blacktop Mojo have returned with their third album, entitled "Under The Sun".  The band shows a much more mature side with this album.  The band sounds tighter, leaner and meaner than their last outing, which coincidentally, I thoroughly enjoyed.  It seems the members have defined their sound and developed stronger chemistry as a cohesive unit over the last two years.  Tracks like the infectious "Lay It On Me", It Won't Last"  and "Can't Sleep" make "Under The Sun" an outstanding rock album that should tear the charts on active rock radio.  I caught the band on tour last year and their...

KXM – Circle Of Dolls (Review)

  Review: To say that I'm blown away by KXM's new album "Circle Of Dolls" is an understatement.  Each album by the band has shown a musical progression and the willingness to take chances.  But this new album is simply the best of the output to date.  From the first few notes of "War Of Words," you know this one is going to be a banger.  Hell, why shouldn't it be?  The combined members of the band have had phenomenal success with their respective bands.  I mean, come on, you've got one of the best living rock guitarists in the world with George Lynch, an incredible bassist, and vocalist with King's X's Dug Pinnick and Korn's hard-hitting drummer, Ray Luzier. Anytime that you bring musicians...

Liv Sin – Burning Sermons (Review)

Review: Liv Sin, featuring the former vocalist for "Sister Sin" has come out swinging with their sophomore album "Burning Sermons".   Wasting no time, "Blood Moon Forever" kicks it all off with an in-your-face, full-on metal track with a catchy chorus.  If you were a fan of Sister Sin, this album will remind why you were.  While I thoroughly enjoyed Liv Sin's debut album, this one is absolutely spectacular and far superior in every way.  One reason is that the band sounds like they now have real chemistry, playing together.  The sound is tight and heavy, which has provided both whiplash beats and catchy melodic musical phrases that allow Liv Jagrell to really give these songs the star treatment.  You'll find riffs that would make Judas...

Black Star Riders -Another State Of Grace (Review)

Review: The Black Star Riders have done it again and might I say, even better this time around. With their new album "Another State Of Grace" the band are firing on all cylinders.  And let's be honest, if you're a Thin Lizzy fan, this is right line with the rest of their outstanding discography, as well.  Ricky Warwick's vocals are incredible and powerful throughout this whole album.  These songs have all of the energy, plus a lot of heartfelt emotion in the lyrical content.  One song that's bound to be controversial, depending on your political leanings, is "Why Do You Love Your Guns?"  It's an emotionally charged song that's timing is more than relevant, considering the number of recent mass shootings in the U.S. lately. ...

H.E.A.T Turn Up The Temperature – ‘Live At Sweden Rock Festival’ Album Review + Interview

How many bands put on a show like the mighty, H.E.A.T? To be honest, I don’t think there are many, so the latest release from these insanely talented Swedes could act as a masterclass in rock n roll to many. H.E.A.T's Erik Grönwall - "What you’re hearing is the real vocals. It’s all live.” (Photo credit unknown) Live At Sweden Rock Festival, recorded at the mammoth Sölvesborg event last year has just been released on CD and Blu-ray. What can you expect? Well, if you’ve never listened to H.E.A.T before then I would highly recommend this as a place to start as it features a brilliant mix of fan favourites, from firecracker opener Bastard Of Society (from last studio album, Into The Great Unknown) to infectious oldies such...

SOTO – Origami (Review)

Artist: Soto Album: Origami Genre: Metal Label: InsideOutMusic Release Date: May 24, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Jeff Scott Soto has been making music since he was literally a teenager.  Soto's spectacular vocals became known early on, thanks to being chosen as Yngwie Malmsteen's vocalist on his first two solo albums.  Following his tenure with Malmsteen, Soto has been almost constantly active in music and is one of the true journeymen of rock music. Jeff Scott Soto has an incredible range and is quite an adaptable vocalist, singing everything from straight up heavy metal, to soul music.  He's accomplished a lot in the AOR scene as well as the metal genre. Having been a fan of his work for many years, I was excited...

Death Angel – Humanicide (Review)

Artist: Death Angel Album: Humanicide Genre: Metal Label: Nuclear Blast Records Release Date: May 31, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: If the new Death Angel album Humanicide was your opponent in a boxing match, you'd be pummelled into unconsciousness before you even knew what happened.  This an exceptional dark, brutal outing that demands to be heard.  Aggressive doesn't even begin to cover the tone of this album. Death Angel goes straight for the kill with the opening song and title track 'Humanicide".  If this isn't a modern day thrash metal masterpiece I don't know what would be. This album is all the proof you'll ever need to prove that metal is alive and well.  I absolutely love this album!  With standout tracks like...

Whitesnake – Flesh & Blood (Review)

Artist: Whitesnake Album: Flesh & Blood Genre: Hard Rock / Classic Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: May 10, 2019 Review By: Bobby Caughron   Review: It seems like it's been an incredibly long wait for an album of new material from Whitesnake.  While their last release 2015's "The Purple Album" wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, it also felt more like a David Coverdale solo album, with David paying homage to his past with the almighty Deep Purple. Flash forward four years and Whitesnake has blasted back into action with an incredible new album called"Flesh & Blood".  When I heard the first single "Shut Up And Kiss Me", I was intrigued.  It was only after hearing "Trouble Is Your Middle Name" did I start...

Queensryche – The Verdict (Review)

Artist: Queensryche Album: The Verdict Genre: Metal Label: Century Media Release Date: November 16, 2018 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: The Verdict is Queensryche's fifteenth studio album and it's third to feature Todd La Torre as the vocalist. Over the last six years, the band's chemistry has only gotten better.  And "The Verdict" is the best album so far with this lineup.  But, it goes much deeper than that.  "The Verdict" is one of the best albums since Queensryche's inception.  This album officially heralds the second coming of "Queensryche".  A resurrection, if you will, of one of the most original and inspiring bands in the metal genre. Todd La Torre has been put in one of the most difficult positions as the lead singer...

Every Mothers Nightmare – Backtraxx (Review)

Artist: Every Mothers Nightmare Album: Backtraxx (Re-Issue) Genre: Hard Rock Label: HighVol Music Release Date: Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: I've been a fan of Every Mother's Nightmare since their debut.  Somehow, I missed Backtraxx the first time that it was released, so I was happy to see it get the re-release treatment through HighVol music. The band has always had a Southern rock vibe mixed into what they do but never has the band mixed the southern style rock with plain old country music as they did with Backtraxx.  Let me say that a little known fact about me is that I'm originally from Oklahoma.  I originally got into rock music at an early age as a way to rebel against the popular music...

The Damned Things – High Crimes (Review)

Artist: The Damned Things Album: High Crimes Genre: Rock Label: Nuclear Blast Records Release Date: April 26, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: The Damned Things are an interesting rock supergroup featuring Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die, and Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio.  I'll be the first to admit when the band released Ironiclast back in 2010, I wasn't the biggest fan.  Maybe I was expecting something different.  Maybe I thought it would be much heavier with Scott Ian in the mix.  Maybe it was ahead of its time and I just hadn't caught up yet.  Whatever the case, I am impressed with the band's latest release, High Crimes. ...

Joyous Wolf – Place In Time (Review)

Artist: Joyous Wolf Album: Place In Time Genre: Rock Label: Roadrunner Records Release Date: April 19, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: In the evolution of rock n' roll, we've seen sounds slowly migrate in any particular direction and occasional radical mood changes.  However, it's hard to find a band that can merge several sounds effectively without it sounding contrived.  Joyous Wolf is one of those rare bands.  Seemingly appearing out of nowhere, Joyous Wolf is the perfect missing link between classic rock and the alternative/grunge movement of the early '90s.  If you were to put Led Zeppelin and The Black Crowes into a musical blender with Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, you'd get something close to the sound of Joyous Wolf.  While this is...

Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings (Review)

Artist: Battle Beast Album: No More Hollywood Endings  Genre: Metal Label: Nuclear Blast Records Release Date: March 22, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: Battle Beast have been steadily building a huge following with metal heads worldwide and their latest album, "No More Hollywood Endings" should only cement their reputation further as one of a truly epic metal band.  I absolutely love the opening track "Unbroken".  So much so, that I often replay it several times before moving on to the other tracks on the album.  That's not to say that I don't like the rest of the album, because the entire album is a masterpiece of melodic metal, but if I didn't state that "Unbroken" is my favorite song, I'd be lying.  Vocalist...

Anthem – Nucleus (review)

Artist:  Anthem Album: Nucleus Genre: Metal Label: Golden Robot Records Release Date: March 29, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: Anthem is one of the biggest Japanese metal bands from the 80's metal scene.  While Loudness was able to break into the U.S. Metal market during that time, so many other great bands struggled to find a foot hold in the U.S.  Anthem, unfortunately falls into that group.  It certainly wasn't for lack of trying or musical talent.  I have been a huge fan of the band, well....since the 80's and have continued to follow their career as they have released some incredible albums over the years. Nucleus is a greatest hits compilation that has been re-recorded with English vocals.  If you're a die...

L.A. Guns – The Devil You Know (Review)

Artist: L.A. Guns Album: The Devil You Know Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: March 29, 2019 Review: Who would have thought that L.A. Guns would have released one of the best albums of the entire career 31 years after their debut album?  However, that is exactly the case with "The Devil You Know".  There's an undeniable chemistry between the musical combination of Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns that's rare in music these days.  This album is right up there with their debut album and Cocked & Loaded.  When I spoke with vocalist Phil Lewis recently, I asked if the sound of this album was a purposeful retro throwback or just what happens when He and Tracii work together and he answered with a rousing...

Tesla – Shock (Review)

Review: Well, this is probably the most disappointing rock album release of the year for me .  I'm not sure who to blame the most for this mess of a release, co-writer and producer, Phil Collen (Def Leppard) or the Tesla band members for allowing it to happen..  This is as formulaic as it gets.  It's as if Phil Collen went into the studio with the Tesla boys and used the same template from the last four Def Leppard albums as a starting point.  Now, let's be clear....I don't hate Def Leppard.  But if I wanted a Def Leppard album, I would have bought a Def Leppard album.  I have been a huge Tesla fan since Mechanical Resonance was released and this is by far,...

The End Machine – The End Machine (Review)

Artist: The End Machine Album: The End Machine Genre: Metal / Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: March 22, 2019   Review: While I have jokingly referred to The End Machine as Dokken without Don, musically it could have easily been labeled as a Lynch Mob album.  Yes, all of the members minus vocalist Robert Mason (Warrant, Lynch Mob) were in Dokken, but the band seems to have purposely tried not to sound like classic Dokken in most cases.  However, it's really not that hard to imagine Don Dokken singing on these tracks either.  Essentially what I'm getting at is the apple didn't fall from the tree, but it's not exactly Dokken either. The production quality is quite bass heavy and smooth, but...

WEST BOUND – Volume I (Review)

Artist: West Bound Album: Volume 1 Genre: Hard Rock / Classic Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: February 22, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: Chas West has been around the L.A. music scene for years, although many of you might not be that aware of him.  He's sang for bands like Bonham, Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel, Lynch Mob and many more.  Chas is fronting his own band this time around appropriately called West Bound.  When the opening track "Never Surrender" kicks off, I was hooked.  First off, the album is much heavier than I was expecting it to be.  Roy Z burns up track after track with incredible riffs and solos.  West Bound can go from a classic 80's metal...

Spirits Of Fire – Spirits Of Fire (Review)

Artist: Spirits Of Fire Album: Spirits Of Fire Genre: Metal Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: February 22, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Spirits of Fire is like the third release featuring Tim Ripper Owens on vocals in about as many months. Ripper must be working harder than a one-legged cat trying to bury a turd on a frozen pond to have this many albums in the works at practically the same time.  Vocally and musically, this reminds me a lot of the two studio albums that Owens recorded with the mighty Judas Priest.  That's not a bad thing.  I actually like Owens' work in Judas Priest and I think a lot of other listeners did too, but following up Rob Halford as the lead vocalist...

Find Me – Angels In Blue (Review)

Artist: Find Me Album: Angels in Blue Genre: AOR / Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: February 22, 2018 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron Review: Fans of bands like Survivor and Giant have found their modern day champion in Find Me.  Melodic rock fans are simply going to lose their minds in pure aural ecstasy with the Angels In Blue album.  This is incredible stuff and the band delivers a powerful, emotional performance on this album.  The song True Believer sounds like a lost title track to a great 1980's movie.   Vocalist Robert Lablanc has a voice tailor-made for this type of music and simply takes these songs over the top.  This is without a doubt the best melodic rock release that I've heard this year...

Last In Line – II (Review)

Artist: Last In Line Album: II Genre: Metal / Hard Rock Label: Frontiers Music Srl. Release Date: February 22, 2019 Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: So prior to this release I had heard only the first single "Landslide".  I thought it was a good track and it sounded on par with the band's debut album.  Following the albums' opening intro track, we get the fantastic "Black Out The Sun" which is a great driving metal song that made me curious for more. Some of the guitar parts of "Gods And Tyrants" sound a bit like Led Zeppelin. I'm actually okay with this because it's a well done song that delivers some decent moments, including a blistering solo from Campbell. I'm not really sure what...

Retro Reviews

Heaven’s Edge: Heaven’s Edge

Artist: Heaven's Edge Album: Heaven's Edge Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: CBS/Columbia Release Date: 1990 (Re-release Rock Candy Records 2012) Review: I will probably go to my grave thinking that if the debut album by Heaven's Edge had only been released a few years earlier, they would have been one of the biggest name is 80's hard rock.  Unfortunately, it wasn't released until 1990, just as grunge and alternative rock were becoming all the rage. The very day that I bought this album, I must have played it at least twenty times. It's really that good. And thanks to the shift in the musical climate at that time, it just wasn't given the great record label support that it deserved. This album is all...

Kix: Midnite Dynamite

Artist: Kix Album: Midnite Dynamite Genre: Hard Rock / Metal Label: Atlantic Records Release Date: August 6, 1985 Review: Today, I'm going way back to 1985 when Kix released their groundbreaking album "Midnite Dynamite". An album, that I can safely say has no filler and no bad songs anywhere on it. A virtual audio tour of every teenage boys hormonal thoughts about girls, sex and generally living life at a break neck speed. This was the soundtrack to my teenage years. Kix had released two albums prior to this, I noticed, I listened, but I wasn't overwhelmed. However, with the release of Midnite Dynamite, Kix found what would become their signature sound and in my opinion it's still the best release of their career. Hell,...

Vollmer: When Pigs Fly

Artist: Vollmer Album: When pigs Fly Genre: Hard Rock / Metal Label: Perris Records Release Date: Re-Released April 15, 2016 Review:  On July 22nd Helix will be releasing "Rock It Science". The CD is a "Greatest Hits collection with one new track called (Gene Simmons) says"Rock Is Dead".  I have been a big fan of Helix's music for years. Legends in the rock scene with tracks like "Rock You" ,  "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin', "Heavy Metal Love" and more, the band has consistently created great material over the years. I still find that many people are completely unaware of Brian Vollmer's solo album, so I thought this might be a good time to do a review of "When Pigs Fly" by Vollmer.  Originally released in 1999 and...

Concert Reviews

Wednesday 13 Live Show Brings Chills, Thrills And Kills

Halloween may already be over for you, but it's never over for Wednesday 13.  I see a lot of concerts in my profession, but I don't always see a show.  Wednesday 13 puts on one hell of a show that is equally as interesting visually as it is musically. I caught their show in Tampa, Florida on November 16th.  Prior to the show, I spoke with Wednesday 13 and inquired about what I should expect.  Most of the material performed was from the two latest albums "Condolences" and the brand new album "Necrophaze". He explained that the band is really taking it to the next level with theatrical elements and would have no less than seven costume changes throughout his set.  True to his word,...

Wayne Static’s Memory And Music Live On In New Static-X Concerts

I'll admit that I was very skeptical when I heard that the original members of Static-X were going to tour and perform and tour to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of their debut album "Wisconsin Death Trip".  I mean, how can you have a Static-X concert without the late frontman and founding member, Wayne Static? In 2014, Wayne Static died in his sleep, accidentally of multiple prescription drug toxicity.  His death was a huge loss to the metal community.  Static-X was the frontrunners of bringing a new style of metal to the world along with bands like Korn, Slipknot, Disturbed and more. Now, 5 years after his death, original members, bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda, and drummer Ken Jay have hit the touring circuit in...

Curse Mackey Leaves Audience Somewhat Possessed After Brilliant Performance

Artist: Curse Mackey When: November 2, 2019 Where: Tampa, Florida The Crowbar Review by: Bobby Caughron   Review: Curse Mackey is a force to be reckoned with, as his recent performance as the opening act for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult has proven.  Mackey has made a name for himself fronting the iconic band "Pigface" as well as "The Evil Mothers" and working with "My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult".  Recently, Curse released his first solo album entitled "Instant Exorcism".  These already great songs were elevated to a new level with an incredible, energetic live performance.  Having the ability to channel the influence of great artists like Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson, and Skinny Puppy in your live performance,  without sounding like you ripped them...

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Continue To Thrill Live Audiences

Artist: My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult When: November 2, 2019 Where: Tampa, Florida The Crowbar Review by: Bobby Caughron   Review: "My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult" are true legends of the industrial rock scene.  Starting out on the Wax Trax Records label in Chicago, along with other visionary artists like Ministry, KMFDM, Front 242, A Split Second and Frontline Assembly, TKK (short for Thrill Kill Kult)  and those original Wax Trax artists are to industrial music what bands like "The Sex Pistols", The Ramones" and "The Dead Kennedys" are to punk rock. Over 30 years since their debut,  I can emphatically state that My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult still delivers the thrills with the same intensity.  Performing for a...

Adam Sandler – 100% Fresher Concert Review

Artist: Adam Sandler Tour: 100% Fresher Genre: Comedy Date: June 29, 2019 Venue: Amalie Arena - Tampa, FL Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron   Review: So,  many of our readers may be saying to themselves, "Why would they review Adam Sandler on a rock music site"?  Well, the answer is simple, really.  Who's more rock n' roll than the Sandman himself, Adam Sandler?  I mean, c' mon... everything that I like about Sandler is the same things that I love about rock music.  A rebellious spirit combined with energy and an overall atmosphere of fun. There is an actual disclaimer that lists the concert as being only for mature audiences.  Which strikes me funny in itself.  I mean, let's be honest here... All of his fans,...

Nitzer Ebb Live Concert Review

Nitzer Ebb May 20, 2019 Tampa, Florida The Orpheum Review by: Bobby Caughron   Review: When I heard that Nitzer Ebb was doing a U.S. Tour in 2019, I was determined to catch one of their live dates and see the band in action.  Nitzer Ebb, are performing as a duo on this tour with founding members Douglas McCarthy and Bon Harris.  Personally, I have always thought of these two guys as Nitzer Ebb anyway, and I think most fans recognize them as the core of the band. Nitzer Ebb was the first band that really caught my attention that was outside of the traditional rock scene.  The band released their album "That Total Age" back in 1987.  I was simply blown away by the...

John Corabi Brings The Power To The Music With His Live Show

John Corabi February 23, 2019 Sarasota, Florida The Five O'Clock Club Review by: Bobby Caughron                                                                                                                                              Review: John Corabi performs an all acoustic set in Sarasota Florida. I have been a big fan of John Corabi's work for years.  He first came to my attention with the band "The Scream" upon the the release of their...

Don’t “Wait” To Catch Mike Tramp’s Live Show

Mike Tramp February 23, 2019 Sarasota, Florida The Five O'Clock Club Review by: Bobby Caughron Review: Mike Tramp is a singer that I’ve been familiar with for many years. I had the original "Fight To Survive” album by White Lion back when they were virtually unknown. That changed quickly with the release of White Lion "Pride" in 1987. The band saw a huge following in the 80’s that continued on into the early 90’s before the group eventually disbanded. While Mike Tramp has been involved in several other great bands since including Freaks Of Nature, it’s worth noting that he’s spent most of the years since then developing and concentrating on his own solo career. In fact Tramp is set to release his 11th solo...

Sebastian Bach Concert Review

Sebastian Bach November 3, 2018 Sarasota, Florida The White Buffalo Saloon Review by: Bobby Caughron Review: So any one riding the current trend that pop and hip-hop have taken over music and rock n' roll is dead, certainly wasn't at the Sebastian Bach concert this weekend.  Sebastian and his band ripped through a greatest hits collection that had the crowd on their feet for the entire concert.  Over the years, Bach has been quite an animated fellow and really charismatic front man, and Saturday's show was no exception.  He interacted with the entire audience throughout the night and provided more energy than most band members that are half his age.  If you need proof that rock music is alive and well, look no further.  Bach...

Blacktop Mojo Live Concert Review

Review: Blacktop Mojo performed an incredible set during their live performance in Sarasota, Fl.  I caught up with the band just prior to the show and sat down and talked with lead vocalist Matt James about the band's tour and more.  The band took the stage around 10 PM and simply blew the doors off of the place. They performed their hits "Where The Wind Blows", "Burn The Ships" and "Pyromaniac" as well as some great cover versions of The Black Crowe's "She Talks To Angels" and "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins. They also gave the ecstatic crowd two new songs including a fantastic rocker called "All Mine Now".  The band kept a great pace throughout the show and played with an incredible...

Budderside Live Concert Review

Budderside February 9, 2018 Tampa, Florida The Brass Mug Review by: Bobby Caughron Review: Motorhead Music, the record label started by the late Lemmy Kilmister and the members of Motorhead, signed the band Budderside as their first act on the label. You can't get any better than being hand-picked by the boys in Motorhead. Naturally, I wanted to catch Budderside perform live and I got my chance recently in Tampa, FL. Budderside took the stage around 9:30 pm to an eager and enthusiastic audience. The band opened with the song "Open Relationship" and the crowd jumped to their feet. Lead singer Patrick Stone is quite the charismatic frontman with an incredible voice. Bass player Michael Stone was energetic and animated throughout the whole show. Drummer...

L.A. Guns Reunion Concert Tour Review

L.A. Guns Reunion Concert February 9, 2018 Tampa, Florida The Brass Mug Review: When I heard that the almighty L.A. Guns were doing a reunion tour to support their latest album 'The Missing Peace" I jumped at the chance to see Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns on the same stage together again. The first time that I saw the band perform was almost 30 years ago. They were coming off of their (now classic) self titled debut album. I still remember that concert vividly. The band was filled with energy and played a lengthy set to a sold out audience.   Fast forward to present time and the band takes the stage with the same energy and enthusiasm that I saw years earlier. Phil Lewis still...

Leaves Eyes – Concert Review

Leaves Eyes May 20, 2017 Ybor City, (Tampa) Florida The Orpheum Review: When I heard the news that Leaves Eyes were coming to a venue near me, I was already ready for a road trip. This would be my first time witnessing the band perform live, after being a fan for quite some time. When I arrived at the Orpheum, the line to get in was about a city block long and seemed to just keep growing. Eventually, the announcement was made that the venue had reached capacity and was sold out. I watched many fans leave disappointed that there was no possibility of watching the show. Now, of course this is not the fault of the Orpheum. Local fire marshals have ordinances in place...

Overkill Live Concert Review

Supporting the release of their 18th (18th!) release, The Grinding Wheel, Overkill is back in Arizona to fuck shit up. Unfortunately, they are at a venue that seems to have been going downhill quality-wise for the past few years, but even so, I still can never resist catching the guys wherever they play. The band wasted no time hitting the stage and laying waste to those in attendance. "Mean Green Killing Machine", "Rotten to the Core" and "Electric Rattlesnake" come tearing out from the stage first, and the crowd is already sweaty and swirling. What I always admired about an Overkill show is that they never forgot where they started or who they are, demonstrated by always including old school gems such as "Feel the...

Ace Frehley Live Concert Review

Ace Frehley January 28, 2017 Tempe, Arizona Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ace Frehley came to the dusty desert of Arizona last month and rocked the packed house of the Marquee. Fans ranged from seven to 77 it seemed, reminding you just what an impact he has had in his career. It's easy to forget that fellow musicians such as Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag, John 5, Marty Friedman and James Hetfield, among countless others, have many times cited him as an influence on their own techniques and styles while they were still developing. The band immediately tore in to "Parasite" and were off and running. The crowd erupted upon hearing the signature Ace riffs. While the performance and energy of the band was phenomenal...

Jack Russell’s Great White Prove They’re The Real Deal

Jack Russell's Great White October 7, 2016 Englewood, Florida Englewood Event Center Concert Review: When I heard that Jack Russell's Great White was going to be performing nearby, I was excited but skeptical. Why? You ask? Well, I have heard all kinds of stories about the legendary singer, from people bashing him and writing him off as washed up and  others referring to Jack Russell as a dead man walking because of his addiction problems. As most of you know, Great White separated into two bands in 2011, with Jack Russell forming his version and Mark Kendall, Audie Desbrow and Michael Lardie continuing on with former XYZ vocalist, Terry Ilous.  So, how did Jack's version of Great White do, you ask? Let me start by...

Heart /Joan Jett/Cheap Trick Concert Review

The Rock Hall Three for All tour was a night of pure classic rock celebrations that came through Arizona recently. Heart with Joan Jett and opening support from Cheap Trick – all three bands that finally got in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame long after they were first eligible - on one bill. You simply can never go wrong with having Cheap Trick open a show. The energy, the iconic tunes, the anthems – the early crowd that got there to witness them did indeed enjoy a true gem. While the band played a Greatest Hits style show, they were the epitome of flawlessness and fun. They opened the show with “Hello There,” and kept the focus on the earlier material with “Hot...

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