Author: Richard Rosenthal

Richard Rosenthal

Richard Rosenthal's history with Screamer Magazine goes way back to the summer of 1988, when he started writing for the publication. From 1988-1992, Richard was in the thick of it when the Sunset Strip was the hard rock and heavy metal capitol of the world. Spending many a night at the Whisky, the Roxy, Gazzarri's and the Troubadour, Richard covered both local bands as well as the biggest names in music. Now, as Screamer enters the digital age, Richard is excited to once again be contributing to the magazine.

VESTIBULE – Through The Surface

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What do you make of a band who, on their website, writes about their style:  “We are influenced by a wide range of music including (but not limited to) punk, jazz, metal, Latin, classical and electronica.”  A pretty eclectic, ambitious, and adventurous mix indeed.  Listening to the songs on Vestibule’s album Through The Surface, however,… Read more »


Inside The Industry with Maor Appelbaum

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Those of us old enough to remember when albums were actually albums will recall the joy at reading the liner notes: lyrics to the songs, what musicians played on which tracks, the thanks they gave to friends, family and industry people.  Then there were the production credits:  the studio the album was recorded at, the producer… Read more »


DIEMONDS – The Bad Pack

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Diemonds are fully, unabashedly old school hard rock.  Anyone who was of age in the late 80’s will immediately feel the pull of nostalgia listening to The Bad Pack.  (I spent many a night on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood way back then, and if I close my eyes listening to this album, I can… Read more »


Inside The Industry with Howard Benson

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You arrive at the address given to you by the management company who represents famed record producer Howard Benson.  Your first thought is “This can’t be right.” Expecting to see a sign marking the location of a recording studio in a commercial location, the GPS map on your smartphone has instead lead you to a nondescript housing tract in Southern… Read more »


Inside The Industry with Kevin Estrada

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Being a rock music photographer might seem a dream job to some.  Having the best seat in the house–even better than front row seats–to shoot photos of your favorite bands.  All-access passes.  Hanging out with the musicians backstage.  And, getting paid to do it all.  Not a bad gig, right?  Of course, as in any job, there… Read more »


KISS Monster

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Are you The Ultimate KISS Fan?  Do you not only have every KISS album ever released, but can recite–from memory–the tracking order and personnel lineup of each album, in the chronological order of their release date?  If so, the KISS Monster Book is for you!  What is the KISS Monster Book, you ask?  (Actually, if… Read more »


INSIDE the INDUSTRY with Jeff Linton; HOUSE OF BLUES-SUNSET STRIP

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One thing the music business has never had is a shortage of attitude.  Anyone who’s involved in the industry in any way has dealt with people in a position of power who have attitude.  Within minutes of meeting Jeff Linton, Stage Manager at the House of Blues Sunset Strip in Hollywood, one immediately finds that he too has attitude–and plenty… Read more »


Texas Hippie Coalition – Band of Outlaws

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“We’re the band of outlaws…call us THC.”  So begins the first song on Texas Hippie Coalitions’s latest album, Peacemaker.  An intriguing blend of Southern rock and screaming metal, THC is led by Big Dad Ritch, an imposing, tattooed hulk of a man who looks like a menacing cross between a football lineman and a member of an outlaw… Read more »


Texas Hippy Coalition – Peacemaker

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Most bands like to tell you they are doing something unique.  However, after listening to the music, most of the time those claims are disappointingly found to be nothing more than publicity hype.  Ladies and gentlemen, meet Texas Hippie Coalition.  These guys are the real deal. A blend of Southern rock influences that draws from bands as diverse… Read more »


Album Review: Hardline Danger Zone

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No matter what musical trends may come and go, there always seems to be a niche for good old-fashioned melodic hard rock. Hardline’s latest release Danger Zone, will be a comfortable fit for anyone who is a fan of that genre.  The latest iteration of the band features sole remaining original member and lead vocalist Johnny Gioeli teaming up with a… Read more »


Ron Young and Little Caesar–Honest Rock ‘N Roll

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It’s funny, really.  Do any research about the band Little Caesar, and you’d be hard-pressed to find any article, anywhere, that doesn’t obsess about the band’s image, and how their tattooed biker look was at odds with the hair-metal bands of the late 80’s.  The music always seems to get lost in the shuffle.  Well, Little Caesar… Read more »


Venrez–Livin’ The Dream

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Let’s say you’ve always wanted to be a singer for a rock ‘n roll band.  Where do you start?  Late-night gigs in the neighborhood dive bar is the usual story.  Steven Berez, however, did things a little differently.  “First time I ever sang with a band was at the Viper Room on a Saturday night to a sold-out… Read more »