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.

THE DECOYS – In Our Blood

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The Decoys are a three-piece band from the exotic-sounding  city (at least to American ears) of Kamloops in British Columbia, Canada. Vocalist/guitarist Matt Stanley said of their new album In Our Blood “We incorporated elements of punk, grunge, folk and country rock,” and that description is pretty spot-on. The opening track Don’t Hesitate is full-on… Read more »


SHINEDOWN Live! – Seattle, WA

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Shinedown’s March performance at the Paramount Theatre, was a visual feast to be sure, though that only served to augment a crisp-sounding performance from the band.  Lead singer Brent Smith was chatty and charming, guitarist Zach Myers and bassist Eric Bass were animated throughout and bolstered the performance with their backing vocals, continuous energy, occasional turns on… Read more »


CROWN JWLZ – Much More Than Meets the Eye

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You can’t judge a book by its cover–but we all do it. It’s just human nature.  You see a recording artist with a quirky stage name and outrageous publicity photos, and immediately the assumption is made that she’s a novelty act. At best, maybe the potential to be a one-hit wonder.  However, very quickly into… Read more »


HAIR I GO AGAIN – Movie Review

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Hair I Go Again is an unbelievably entertaining documentary that will at various times make you laugh, make you cry, and trigger just about every emotion in between the two. It centers around two men of a “certain age,” Kyle Kruger and Steve McClure. Both were in a metal band named Tryxx (the name of… Read more »


THE RIFT – Inventions

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Inventions, the debut album from The Rift is good. Really good. So damn good that I’d buy it myself if we didn’t get advance copies free by virtue of being music journalists. (How’s that for a ringing endorsement?) The press kit for the band describes their sounds as fusing “alternative heavy rock, with elements of… Read more »


CROWN JWLZ – California King

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At first glance, Crown Jwlz would seem to be a novelty act in search of attention. The contrived stage name, the way over-the-top photos of her dressed as gaudy royalty. There’s been no shortage of gimmicks in the history of rock n’ roll (Alice Cooper, KISS and Motely Crue come to mind immediately). However, as… Read more »


THE RIFT – Many Influences, One Unique Sound

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The Rift is an apt name for a Los Angeles-based band for several reasons. First, L.A. was the birthplace of Screamer back in 1987. Second, Los Angeles is a hot zone of earthquake activity. Last—and most important—the band’s sound hits as hard as a six-point Richter scale shaker. The Rift is Aris Anagnos (vocals/guitar), John… Read more »


This Is NAMM 2016 – Overview

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This is NAMM. With close to 100,000 people attending, it is one of the largest trade shows around, and creates a vortex of humanity and vehicular traffic in and around the Anaheim Convention Center and surrounding hotels. It’s like a four-day mini-city concentrated in a small area—can you say “gridlock?” The opportunities for networking and… Read more »


NAMM 2016–Eddie Kramer

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Of the tens of thousands of people who attended NAMM 2016, the majority probably spent most of their time amongst the crowds mobbing the major product manufacturers. The booths representing makers of guitars, basses, effects pedals and drums were packed shoulder-to-shoulder from the moment the show opened at 10:00 am until it closed at 5:00… Read more »


They Are THE WILD! and Yes, They Are F*cking Crazy

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It proclaims it right there on their website and in their promotional materials, big and bold: “We Are The Wild! And We Are Fucking Crazy.” That, along with the stage names of the band members (Dylan Villain/lead vocals & guitar, Lucas Boozus, bass/vocals, Pistol Pete, rhythm guitar and Reese Lightning/drums) paints an image of outlaw biker, hard… Read more »


THE WILD! – GxDxWxBx

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Like a freight train out of the Canadian wilderness, The Wild! comes roaring with their album GxDxWxBx. With a twin guitar attack, catchy riffs and a singer whose vocal style bears more than a passing resemblance to Brian Johnson, one of the first things that comes to mind is a Northern Lights version of AC/DC…. Read more »


KNOTFEST Day 1 – San Manuel, CA

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With five stages all around this historic site known to most as Glen Helen Regional Park, home to the original US Festival, day one of this year’s Knotfest started out loud and crazy. With bands like Chasing The Bullet, Doomsday Mourning and Kaustic head banging on the Highway Stage as people entered the grounds, to… Read more »