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MUSIC REVIEW: ESCAPE THE FATE – Chemical Warfare

MUSIC REVIEW: ESCAPE THE FATE – Chemical Warfare

| 15 April 2021 | Reply

Label: Better Noise Music Release Date: April 16, 2021 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Escape the Fate has been cranking out music since 2008 and hit my radar with a strong self-titled effort in 2010.  With their latest effort, they have landed square on my radar again with an album full of great songs. Disc opener […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TAYLOR NORDBERG from INHUMAN CONDITION – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with TAYLOR NORDBERG from INHUMAN CONDITION – April 2021

| 13 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Florida death metal legend Terry Butler (OBITUARY, DEATH, MASSACRE, SIX FEET UNDER) has joined up with fellow former MASSACRE members Jeramie Kling (also of VENOM INC, THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on drums/vocals and Taylor Nordberg (THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on guitar to form INHUMAN CONDITION. New on the scene, the group is set to release their debut album, Rat God on […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HOT BREATH – Rubbery Lips

MUSIC REVIEW: HOT BREATH – Rubbery Lips

| 9 April 2021 | Reply

Label: The Sign Release Date: April 9, 2021 Rating: 85% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Another band slipped through the crack and made it into my stream queue… this time the garage rock simplicity and goodness of Hot Breath.  Disc opener “Right Time” kicks things off with a catchy riff and some great bottom end from the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MORGAN WADE – Reckless

MUSIC REVIEW: MORGAN WADE – Reckless

| 24 March 2021 | Reply

Label: Thirty Tigers Release Date: March 19, 2021 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur A year out from the beginning of major change, I am still embracing new music from artists that were nowhere near my radar… and really digging some of it, like the debut from Morgan Wade.  Disc opener “Wilder Days” unfolds with a […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: STICK TO YOUR GUNS – The Meaning Remains EP

MUSIC REVIEW: STICK TO YOUR GUNS – The Meaning Remains EP

| 13 March 2021 | Reply

Label: Pure Noise Records Release Date: February 18, 2021 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I do not normally find myself drawn to hardcore, but when a band strips things back and releases acoustic versions of their tracks as well as a cover, I will at least take it for a spin and see what happens.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Death By Rock And Roll

MUSIC REVIEW: THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Death By Rock And Roll

| 11 March 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: February 12, 2021 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I have been a huge fan of The Pretty Reckless since their debut release.  With each new release, I wait and listen with anticipation… inevitably every band falters on a release, right?  Well, here we are eleven years and 4 studio full […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CHEZ KANE – Chez Kane

MUSIC REVIEW: CHEZ KANE – Chez Kane

| 10 March 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: March 12, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur British newcomer Chez Kane is releasing one of the best 80’s female vocal driven records launched in the years since the 80’s ended.  This disc is everything that was great about 80’s rock and metal and more!  Disc opener “Better Than […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SYDNEY SHERWOOD – Headspace [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: SYDNEY SHERWOOD – Headspace [EP]

| 4 March 2021 | Reply

Label: Keep It Simple Records Release Date: February 27, 2021 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Relative newcomer Sydney Sherwood has written and released her second EP and this small collection of six tracks is packed with fun music and cool vocals that keep you engaged with each listen.  Disc opener “Wolves” unfolds slowly with an […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JOSEPH WILLIAMS – Denizen Tenant

MUSIC REVIEW: JOSEPH WILLIAMS – Denizen Tenant

| 27 February 2021 | Reply

Label: Mascot Label Group / The Players Club Release Date: February 26, 2021 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The companion disc to fellow band member Steve Lukather’s album released today is Joseph Williams’ 12-track opus Denizen Tenant. The dual release of current band members takes me back over forty years when KISS members released solo albums […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: STEVE LUKATHER – I Found The Sun Again

MUSIC REVIEW: STEVE LUKATHER – I Found The Sun Again

| 26 February 2021 | Reply

Label: Mascot Label Group / The Players Club Release Date: February 26, 2021 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Steve Lukather is a chameleon that hides his musical colors while splaying them in the wide open.  He has played on so many different tracks, albums, and has one of the most diverse discographies out there, but when […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: INGLORIOUS – We Will Ride

MUSIC REVIEW: INGLORIOUS – We Will Ride

| 21 February 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: February 12, 2021 Rating: 85% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With a two year lapse between the last couple releases and a repeat of timing, we have been treated to another disc of rockers from Inglorious.  Disc opener “She Won’t Let You Go” cuts through all the hype and bullshit and delivers a […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Modesty Forbids

MUSIC REVIEW: GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Modesty Forbids

| 18 February 2021 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Modesty Forbids Lojinx March 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 78% Standing Next To Me, the opening song on Graham Gouldman’s new solo album is a gorgeously sweet tale of playing in Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band a couple of years ago – with ex-Beatle Starr himself playing the drums. It’s […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BLUE HOUR GHOSTS – Due

MUSIC REVIEW: BLUE HOUR GHOSTS – Due

| 12 February 2021 | Reply

Label: Rockshots Records Release Date: February 12, 2021 Rating: 91% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Another new artist hit my radar recently and I checked them out based on the fact they are an Italian rock band.  Anyone who knows me knows I traveled to Milan just to catch a show from Italian rock legend Ligabue.  There […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 – Running Games

MUSIC REVIEW: JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 – Running Games

| 10 February 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: February 12, 2021 Rating: 87% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Joel Hoekstra is the guitarist you have seen and heard everywhere but may not have known the name behind the guitar (and that mane of hair).  Stepping back from his day job as lead guitarist for Whitesnake and TSO, he unleashed […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Outlaws

MUSIC REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Outlaws

| 1 February 2021 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Outlaws Independent (Australia)/Cleopatra Records (World) March 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 88% Released only a week or so before the world started to close down due to Covid-19 – The Tatts were on tour in Europe, in fact, necessitating an early end to the tour and a scramble to find […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic

MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic

| 27 January 2021 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic Alive Natural Sound April 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 94% Datura4 are a band who immediately set a bar so high that there wasn’t a lot of wriggle room for them to “get better and better.” When you’re born fully formed and at the top of your […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Retransmission

MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Retransmission

| 23 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur W.E.T. hit my radar with their debut release thanks to the association with Jeff Scott Soto and Talisman, but with each releases this band burrows deeper into my musical catalog and has developed a stronghold.  These guys are the definition of […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – Ten High [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – Ten High [EP]

| 21 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Carry On Music Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The latest EP from Christopher Shayne is my introduction to this Southern rocker, and man am I glad I took this for a spin and a had a 7-track meet & greet!  Disc opener “Pour The Bottle” gets the blood pumping […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: WIG WAM – Never Say Die

MUSIC REVIEW: WIG WAM – Never Say Die

| 20 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 88% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur They’re back… Wig Wim have dusted off the instruments, pulled the microphone out of storage, and pulled together a killer set of rockers for their latest installment.  Disc opener and instrumental “The Second Crusade” takes us down a different path sonically […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: VAJRA – Irkalla

MUSIC REVIEW: VAJRA – Irkalla

| 7 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Thunder Cult Records Release Date: January 15, 2021 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Vajra – formed and led by Annamaria Pinna – is releasing the first of three opuses to be released in 2021.  The 6-track EP Irkalla expands on the bands foundation that began with 2012’s Pleroma and explores the lowest level of consciousness.  Disc […]

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