THE NEW ROSES – Sweet Poison – Album Review

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Reminiscent of the early days of stadium rock, The New Roses, hailing from Germany, revitalize the genre with their latest release Sweet Poison.  The fifth studio album for vocalist/guitarist Tommy Rough, guitarist Norman Bites, bassist Hardy, and drummer Urban Berz comes at the top of their discography with infectious grooves and grand choruses.  Starting off… Read more »


STONE SENATE – Dawn – Album Review

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Writers and publicists like to assign categories to bands to give the listener an idea of what to expect. While it’s a habit that’s difficult to resist, doing so serves a purpose in allowing a listener to filter genres that may or not be of interest to them. The hazard is that is sometimes those… Read more »


LACUNA COIL – Comalies XX – Album Review

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They say that everything old becomes new again and the current trend of remakes and remasters have proven that people crave nostalgic albums from their favorite artists, so there is no end in sight. Twenty years ago, Gothic Metal Italian band Lacuna Coil (Cristina Scabbia – vocals, Andrea Ferro – Vocals, Marco “Coti” Zelati –… Read more »


CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE Live! – Concert Review

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Losing David Bowie in 2016 was a gut punch to the musical universe that is still felt today.  It is an exercise in futility to try and express the impact Bowie has had on music, art, fashion, and cinema.  Even in his final days, he remained Bowie to the end, posthumously releasing Blackstar only two days… Read more »


STARING INTO NOTHING? – A Musical Review

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Social media and its intersection with increasingly powerful technology has had a measurable impact on our ability to interact with each other and fundamentally on how we think and feel about ourselves.  Truth has become debatable, and facts have little meaning.  Human cognition and emotional intelligence have been irrevocably altered.  Can we ever truly disconnect… Read more »


LAMB OF GOD – Omens – Album Review

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Lamb of God is back!  The metal giants from Richmond, Virginia have made a triumphant return with the release of their new album Omens.  Full of life, LOG shows that they continue to sharpen the edge of metal and can still produce the cutthroat sound that has propelled them into the echelon of music.  Building… Read more »


THE GASÖLINES – Death or Eternal Glory – Album Review

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On their sophomore release, Death or Eternal Glory, the Norwegian rockers The Gasölines deliver a blistering repudiation of the decades long decline of raw rock n’ roll. The album is a blunt hammer to overproduction, oversampling, and the autotune of current productions. As Morten Nilsen, key songwriter for the band, makes clear, “I’ve been very… Read more »


SABATON and EPICA – Live! and Epic at Arizona Financial Theatre

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This was the perfect show for any soldier in Call of Duty. The glam inspired metal fusion of Sabaton and Epica provided quite a thrilling spectacle for onlookers as they dazzled the crowd with blisteringly beautiful vocals and wartime imagery that won’t soon be forgotten. Saturday evening, September 24, 2022 will surely be a date… Read more »


STAIND Live! – Yaamava Casino

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Staind rose to fame in the last few years of the twentieth century.  With a propensity for mixing brooding, dark lyrics with crunchy guitar riffs, the Massachusetts quartet forged quite a following for themselves.  Although less active as a collective for the last 12 years, they still find time to tour on occasion.  This is… Read more »


GOO GOO Dolls and BLUE OCTOBER Live! – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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What better place to spend a beautiful end of summer evening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa than at the McGrath Amphitheatre for a Goo Goo Dolls show? Well, the weather was beautiful. We won’t mention the slight bug issue as the sun went down on the Cedar River. Besides, some good music and a few cold… Read more »


DEREK SHERINIAN AND FRIENDS Live! – at The Grape in Ventura

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Derek Sherinian is a keyboardist of some renown.  Not necessarily a household name, unless you are in the music industry, but there’s a better than average chance you’ve heard his playing.  Having worked with the likes of Alice Cooper, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker and Yngwie Malmsteen, to name just a few, his list of credits reads… Read more »


Rob Zombie – Mudvayne – Static-X & Powerman 5000 Live!

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It is hard to believe that summer will soon be coming to an end. After a few years of uncertainty and breadcrumbs of live music, life is feeling normal again. On August 12th, the second night of a full moon, it seemed only fitting for the Freaks on Parade Tour to take over the Five… Read more »