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Author Archive: Todd 'ToddStar' Jolicoeur

ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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Wayland – Welcome To My Head

Wayland – Welcome To My Head

| 17 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Ironworks Release Date: December 6, 2011 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar When Steve (a guy who seems to know what  I like, rock or otherwise) asked if I was interested in checking out a Michigan band he was working with, my initial thought was, “Hell yes, nothing like some good Detroit rock.”  These guys […]

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Tyrone Wells – Where We Meet

Tyrone Wells – Where We Meet

| 17 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Position Music Release Date: March 6, 2012 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I know what you are thinking.  “What reason does a guy who listens to KISS, Black Veil Brides, and other metal acts have for listening to Tyrone Wells’ latest effort?”  It’s this simple – I appreciate good music, regardless of the genre.  […]

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Tremonti – All I Was

Tremonti – All I Was

| 17 September 2012 | 1 Reply

Label: FRET 12 Release Date: July 17, 2012 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I wasn’t sure what to think of this disc when my pal Kevin sent it my way.  I really liked Creed in the day, but I always thought they waited too long to try and recapture the glory and fame they had […]

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Tonight Alive – So What Are You Scared Of?

Tonight Alive – So What Are You Scared Of?

| 17 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Fearless Records (U.S. Release) Release Date: February 12, 2012 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Another Warped Tour band you ask?  Not here.  Yes, the music is exactly the style you will hear from several bands on Warped Tour… only better.  These guys can play and the vocalist is on top of her game.  I […]

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Thousand Foot Krutch – The End Is Where We Begin

Thousand Foot Krutch – The End Is Where We Begin

| 17 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: April 17, 2012 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar When your boss tells you to check out a band, you may cringe wondering what you are getting yourself into, but when you have actually partied with your boss at a Green Day concert and rocked out to Alice Cooper live, you are […]

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The Word Alive – Life Cycles

The Word Alive – Life Cycles

| 17 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Fearless Records Release Date: July 3, 2012 Rating: 7/10 Reviewed by: Emily Hubbard The first time I heard of The Word Alive was when I went to go see Attack Attack in November 2010 and they were opening.  The Word Alive was there in support of their new album at the time, Deceiver.  Now, […]

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Sunstorm – Emotional Fire

Sunstorm – Emotional Fire

| 17 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Records Release Date: February 28, 2012 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar You mention Joe Lynn Turner and a disc instantly goes to four stars in my book. It has to be horrendous in my mind to get less than that. This disc simply builds on that rating. JLT once again surrounds himself with […]

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Sugar Red Drive – A Story Of Signs

Sugar Red Drive – A Story Of Signs

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: 2012 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I am usually weary of unsigned bands, as you never know what you are going to get.  It seems anyone with a Mac and an instrument these days can write, record, and press discs.  That being said, I popped in the latest from Sugar Red […]

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Stellar Revival – Love, Lust, And Bad Company

Stellar Revival – Love, Lust, And Bad Company

| 16 September 2012 | 1 Reply

Label: Capitol Records Release Date: January 22, 2013 – yes 2013… we got the inside scoop!!! Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Every once in a while a new band jumps up out of nowhere, grabs me by the shoulders, and shakes me like there is no tomorrow. Stellar Revival is one of those bands. These […]

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Sledge Leather – Imagine Me Alive

Sledge Leather – Imagine Me Alive

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Metal Up Records Release Date: March 17, 2012 Rating: 7/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar With a name like this, you had better rock the f*ck out of a disc. On the songs that are actual rock tracks, Sledge Leather does exactly that. The problem here is that there are quite a few interludes and intros […]

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SafetySuit – These Times

SafetySuit – These Times

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Universal Republic Release Date: January 10, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I love when a band that is relatively unknown to me rears its head and asks me to pay attention. I love it even more when the time I spend on it pays off. This is truly the case with the sophomore […]

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Royal Thunder – CVI

Royal Thunder – CVI

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Relapse Records Release Date: May 22, 2012 Rating: 7/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar What happens if you take a musical blender and mix up a little Jerry Garcia, heavy metal, and estrogen? You get Royal Thunder. “Parsonz Curse” is a moody dark rocker with a great vibe to it. If this track has any bearing […]

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Rita Wilson – AM/FM

Rita Wilson – AM/FM

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Verve Release Date: May 8, 2012 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Is anyone else sick of singers that think they can act or actors that think they can sing? Just when I think I have had my fill of them, a release comes across my desk that makes me rethink this. Who knew that […]

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P.O.D. – Murdered Love

P.O.D. – Murdered Love

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Razor & Tie Records Release Date: July 10, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I was never a big fan of P.O.D., but I have to admit, their music is infectious.  I remember hearing them and seeing them at Ozzfest back in the early 2000’s.  More specifically, I remember my son being VERY pissed […]

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Pierce The Veil – Collide With The Sky

Pierce The Veil – Collide With The Sky

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Fearless Records Release Date: July 17, 2012 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Emily Hubbard Two years ago, I took a chance at Warped Tour and decided to see Pierce the Veil, a band that I had been starting to hear about, but didn’t really know. I fell in love and for the next year, I […]

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My Darkest Days – Sick And Twisted Affair

My Darkest Days – Sick And Twisted Affair

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Mercury Records Release Date: March 26, 2012 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar How can you go wrong with a band who released singles about “Porn Star Dancing” and “Casual Sex” from each of their first two releases? In most cases I would say it depends, but when it is My Darkest Days, you have […]

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Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline

Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Century Media Release Date: January 23, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar These cool Italians have a winning formula. I love this disc as much as the previous offerings from this great band. They really are pioneers in the area of symphonic metal that utilizes both female and male lead vocals. They never disappoint, […]

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Judgement Day – Polar Shift

Judgement Day – Polar Shift

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Minus Head Records Release Date: July 31, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Normally I dig a disc with great vocals and meaningful lyrics, but who can argue with Symphonic Metal?  I am not talking about Swedish or European metal with tons of huge arrangements.  I am talking about cello, violin, and drums.  If […]

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Jeff Scott Soto – Damage Control

Jeff Scott Soto – Damage Control

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Records Release Date: March 26, 2012 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar To be honest, this disc would totally have to suck to not get a high rating. Its Jeff Scott Soto… we have come to expect great things. So many people dissed his last effort, Beautiful Mess because it deviated from his normal […]

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Jackyl – Best In Show

Jackyl – Best In Show

| 16 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Mighty Loud Release Date: July 31, 2012 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar How nice is it to open the mail and see a promo copy of the new Jackyl disc?? VERY NICE – especially when it sounds like this disc does.  Jesse has really taken everything he has learned through the last 20 years […]

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