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MUSIC: GRAHAM GREENE – RAGE OF THE INNOCENTS

MUSIC: GRAHAM GREENE – RAGE OF THE INNOCENTS

| 15 August 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: GRAHAM GREENE – RAGE OF THE INNOCENTS Independent 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Let’s bring the unenlightened of you up to speed: Many moons ago Graham Greene was the hotshot guitarist in Perth bands such as Flash Harry and Ice Tiger, playing a mix of covers and original hard rockers to packed houses […]

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MUSIC: DANGEROUS CURVES – So Dirty Right

MUSIC: DANGEROUS CURVES – So Dirty Right

| 9 August 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: DANGEROUS CURVES – So Dirty Right Independent April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 “Dangerous Curves”: The very name conjures images of teased haired babes grinding to Bon Jovi and Poison videos in the spandex years – so they nailed that, sound wise. These latest cock-rock revivalists do it with style, referencing a bunch […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LORDS OF ACID – Pretty In Kink

MUSIC REVIEW: LORDS OF ACID – Pretty In Kink

| 7 August 2018 | Reply

Label: Metropolis Records Release Date: May 18, 2018 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur On their latest – and 6th studio offering – Lords of Acid have demonstrated that they stick to what they love, what they know, and they can be consistent disc after disc.  Disc opener “Break Me” comes pushing through the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SHINEDOWN – Attention Attention

MUSIC REVIEW: SHINEDOWN – Attention Attention

| 26 July 2018 | Reply

Label: Atlantic Records Release Date: May 4, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur On their sixth release, Shinedown has taken their game to the next level.  On Attention Attention, they have created a disc full of songs that weave together to create a theme and vibe, but also stand alone as strong tracks that […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MY INDIGO – My Indigo

MUSIC REVIEW: MY INDIGO – My Indigo

| 17 July 2018 | Reply

Label: Indigo Music under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management GmbH Release Date: April 20, 2018 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur As a huge fan of Within Temptation, I was floored to hear about this release from Sharon den Adel and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  From the first time I put […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE MELVINS – Pinkus Abortion Technician

MUSIC REVIEW: THE MELVINS – Pinkus Abortion Technician

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

Label: Ipecac Recordings Release Date: April 20, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Melvins have always found a way to stand out in the musical crowd, whether releasing solo style album ala KISS, or incorporating a multitude of guitarists or drummers on different releases.  On their 27th studio album – Pinkus Abortion […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: TESSERACT – Sonder

MUSIC REVIEW: TESSERACT – Sonder

Label: KSCOPE Release Date: April 20, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur One of the bands out there that always seems to avoid labeling in my opinion is Tesseract.  With elements of different genres all thrown into the proverbial mix, thee guys lean into the modern rock while adding prog nuances and grooves […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

MUSIC REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

Label: Spitfire Music / SPV Release Date: April 6, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Dead Daisies have done it again… they dropped a disc full of killer rock tunes that allow each member to be a star within the ‘confines’ of the group structure.  The latest offering, Burn It Down, has […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE AMORETTES – Born To Break

MUSIC REVIEW: THE AMORETTES – Born To Break

| 20 June 2018 | Reply

Label: Steamhammer / SPV Release Date: April 6, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Amorettes have released a new disc… who am I kidding, I had never heard of them until this disc came out, but I am so glad I know who they are now.  This twelve track disc has been […]

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MUSIC: THE LAZYS – Tropical Hazards

MUSIC: THE LAZYS – Tropical Hazards

| 16 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: THE LAZYS – Tropical Hazards Golden Robot Records February 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 They may be Lazys, but they sure ain’t slack. Album #3 for the Toronto quintet is as energetic and in yer face a slab of riff rock as you’re likely to hear this year. Opener Nothing But Trouble makes […]

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MUSIC: GROOM EPOCH – Solar Warden

MUSIC: GROOM EPOCH – Solar Warden

| 15 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: GROOM EPOCH – Solar Warden Golden Robot Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Richard Ploog – once drummer for The Church, now writer, producer, director – embraces his former band’s esoteric, tripped out, lysergically stoned sound on this swirling, esoteric and other-worldly album. Ploog has enlisted a couple of Died Pretties, a […]

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MUSIC: CRYSTAL SHAWANDA – Voodoo Woman

MUSIC: CRYSTAL SHAWANDA – Voodoo Woman

| 15 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: CRYSTAL SHAWANDA – Voodoo Woman New Sun Records November 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 With the perfect balance of warm syrup, raw grit, life & love experience and blues power, Crystal Shawanda has what it takes to take her blues from Canada to the world. It sure doesn’t hurt that her […]

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MUSIC: BITZER – Pedigree Mongrel

MUSIC: BITZER – Pedigree Mongrel

| 15 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: BITZER – Pedigree Mongrel Independent June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 There is arguably no better rhythm section in Oz Rock – scratch that: worldwide Rock – than Steve King and Mick O’Shea. They’ve already released the best damned original rock EP of the year with The Rose Carleo Band (Battle Scars – […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: FM – Atomic Generation

MUSIC REVIEW: FM – Atomic Generation

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: March 30, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur FM has done it again – their knack of releasing great melodic rock is better than most bands that are pigeon-holed into that genre.  Disc opener “Black Magic” kicks the doors open on this disc, and the combination of […]

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MUSIC: JAMES WILLIAMSON & THE PINK HEARTS – Behind The Shade

MUSIC: JAMES WILLIAMSON & THE PINK HEARTS – Behind The Shade

| 7 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: JAMES WILLIAMSON & THE PINK HEARTS – Behind The Shade Leopard Lady Records June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Former Stooges guitarist James Williamson gets, well, Stoogey on this latest album, notably with the help of Frank Meyer, who also sings with an outfit called The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs. Yep – an obvious homage […]

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MUSIC: RIFF RAIDERS – Live Like You Mean It

MUSIC: RIFF RAIDERS – Live Like You Mean It

| 7 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: RIFF RAIDERS – Live Like You Mean It Silver Sky Records November 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Yeah baby, the debut album from Melbourne’s Riff Raiders finally landed on our desk and it’s a slinky, catchy, classy serve of gotta-have-it rock AND roll. Proudly fronted by the awesome vocals of Jenni […]

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MUSIC: SHIT THE COW – Cavelord

MUSIC: SHIT THE COW – Cavelord

| 7 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: SHIT THE COW – Cavelord Independent December 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The little village of Rissna in Sweden is so far north that it is practically in the Arctic Circle – a place where the concepts of day and night blur far beyond the shade of what the rest of the world […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GODSMACK – When Legends Rise

MUSIC REVIEW: GODSMACK – When Legends Rise

Label: BMG Release Date: April 27, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Godsmack is a great band that has been in my collection and on my radar since the release of their major label debut disc back in 1998.  Having listened to (and picking up a copy) of each of their releases, I was […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: OCTOPUS – Supernatural Alliance

MUSIC REVIEW: OCTOPUS – Supernatural Alliance

Label: Rise Above Records Release Date: March 30, 2018 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The debut release from self-proclaimed psychedelic turbo-rock band Octopus hit my inbox and eventually my speakers… and I couldn’t turn away.  The sound is infectious to anyone who has ventured outside of the mainstream rock genre.  Disc opener “The Center” […]

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MUSIC: LLOYD SPIEGEL – Backroads

MUSIC: LLOYD SPIEGEL – Backroads

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: LLOYD SPIEGEL – Backroads Only Blues Music April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Australia’s premiere bluesman is back, and in fine style. In recent years he’s focussed on his incredible acoustic playing, but on Backroads he’s rocking out like the road dog he is. From opener Kick Around, with its Hendrix-styled squealing soloing, […]

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