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MUSIC REVIEW: LAST IN LINE – II

MUSIC REVIEW: LAST IN LINE – II

| 26 April 2019 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music srl Release Date: February 22, 2019 Rating: 86% Last In Line – three of the members of Dio’s band that recorded the album of the same name – have grown into their own after a debut disc and suffering some of of life’s pitfalls, including the death of bassist Jimmy Bain.  After […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DELAIN – Hunter’s Moon

MUSIC REVIEW: DELAIN – Hunter’s Moon

| 25 April 2019 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: February 22, 2019 Rating: 82% Delain is one of my first symphonic metal loves, alongside Within Temptation, Nightwish, and ReVamp.  Delain has released the second straight live album, but added four new tracks to the mix by kicking off the latest with new material to whet the appetite of their […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BETTY WHO – Betty

MUSIC REVIEW: BETTY WHO – Betty

| 25 April 2019 | Reply

Label: AWAL Recordings America Release Date: February 15, 2019 Rating: 88% I was turned on to Betty Who when she was releasing her last disc The Valley and was hooked immediately, thanks to her great vocals and the pop sensibility blended with dance floor rhythms.  She continues this trend with her third collection of tracks, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: WITHIN TEMPTATION – Resist

MUSIC REVIEW: WITHIN TEMPTATION – Resist

| 23 April 2019 | Reply

Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: February 1, 2019 Rating: 95% I have been a huge fan of Within Temptation over their last few albums, including Sharon’s recent solo disc My Indigo – and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure where the new WT disc would head after listening to that solo release, but listening through […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MÖTLEY CRÜE – The Dirt Soundtrack

MUSIC REVIEW: MÖTLEY CRÜE – The Dirt Soundtrack

| 1 April 2019 | Reply

Label: Masters 2000, Inc. / Eleven Seven Music Release Date: March 22, 2019 Rating: 98% Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt has been in the coming for so long most fans wondered if it was ever coming out.  The movie and accompanying soundtrack dropped March 22, 2019 and while there is a lot of chatter about the movie […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LULLWATER – Voodoo

MUSIC REVIEW: LULLWATER – Voodoo

| 31 March 2019 | Reply

Label: The Label Group Release Date: February 22, 2019 Rating: 98% I have listened to Lullwater since their debut and these guys are absolutely on fire with the eleven track opus they call Voodoo.  This disc is full of rockers that take their sound to the next level, starting with the opening track “Curtain Call” […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: KANE ROBERTS – The New Normal

MUSIC REVIEW: KANE ROBERTS – The New Normal

| 30 March 2019 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: January 25, 2019 Rating: 88% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I still remember the first time I ever saw Kane Roberts – he was the lead guitarist in Alice Cooper’s band back in 1986 when Cooper came through Detroit.  After that, my next exposure (other than his work on […]

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CD REVIEW: BILLY F GIBBONS – The Big Bad Blues

CD REVIEW: BILLY F GIBBONS – The Big Bad Blues

| 26 February 2019 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BILLY F GIBBONS – The Big Bad Blues Concord Records October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 73% Anyone who knows anything knows that The Reverend Willie G, Billy F Gibbons, is a dead set Texan legend, a man whose guitar work with The Moving Sidewalks and ZZ Top are unimpeachable. More recently, though, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DOM MARIANI & THE MAJESTIC KELP – Hi Seas

MUSIC REVIEW: DOM MARIANI & THE MAJESTIC KELP – Hi Seas

| 26 February 2019 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: DOM MARIANI & THE MAJESTIC KELP – Hi Seas Invisible Records 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 90% Dom Mariani is certainly one to follow his musical muse whichever way he fancies. From the jangly power pop of The Stems, through the garagey DM3, his ‘popsided guitar’ solo work, the Stonesy soul of The […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE BEATLES – THE WHITE ALBUM 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

ALBUM REVIEW: THE BEATLES – THE WHITE ALBUM 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

| 26 February 2019 | Reply

ALBUM REVIEW: THE BEATLES – THE WHITE ALBUM 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION EMI November 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 100% Giles Martin, son of original producer (and legend) George, oversaw the remastering of this revelatory 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles’ seminal self-titled (but forever better known as The White Album) double album, and describes the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – View To A Thrill

MUSIC REVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – View To A Thrill

| 21 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: November 9, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Stephen Pearcy has always marched to his own drum, whether as frontman of RATT or as a solo artist.  He bucked trends and veered from a sound he was aligned with when he recorded earlier solo efforts, but has […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ROYAL TUSK – Tusk II

MUSIC REVIEW: ROYAL TUSK – Tusk II

| 19 February 2019 | Reply

Label: eOne / Entertainment One Music Release Date: October 26, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am not sure how these guys have stayed off my radar, but when I pushed my way through some late 2018 releases, this one popped into the fray, and I am so glad it did – […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ACE FREHLEY – Spaceman

MUSIC REVIEW: ACE FREHLEY – Spaceman

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

Label: eOne / Entertainment One Music Release Date: October 19, 2018 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Every artist proclaims their latest release is their best, and in most cases it just demonstrates the artists growth, maturity, adaptation, etc.  With Ace Frehley’s latest disc, Spaceman, it rivals most of his catalog for best material […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream

MUSIC REVIEW: SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Snakepit Records / Roadrunner Records Release Date: September 21, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Slash, Myles, and the guys have done it again.  The group dropped a disc with a dozen killer tunes that get you rocking, headbanging, and playing a shitload of air guitar.  Disc opener “The Call Of The Wild” […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DEARLING – Silver And Gold

MUSIC REVIEW: DEARLING – Silver And Gold

| 9 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Independant Release Date: February 22, 2019 Rating: 96% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Every once in a while I am caught side way by a release from an artist I am not familiar with.  This is the case with the latest EP, Silver And Gold, dropping February 22, 2019 from Denver, CO based Dearling.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HALESTORM – Vicious

MUSIC REVIEW: HALESTORM – Vicious

| 1 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Atlantic Records Release Date: July 27, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur One of my favorite bands that cranks out disc after disc of great rockers and cool ballads struck again with their latest, when Halestorm dropped Vicious on the world back in July of 2018.  I had to work this disc […]

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CD REVIEW: STEVE PERRY – TRACES

CD REVIEW: STEVE PERRY – TRACES

| 21 January 2019 | Reply

CD REVIEW: STEVE PERRY – TRACES Capitol Records October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 74% “I know it’s been a long time coming,” are the first lyrics Steve Perry sings on new album Traces, and never a truer word spoken. It’s been twenty-two long years since Perry last released new music – the Journey reunion […]

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CD REVIEW: PILEDRIVER – Rockwall

CD REVIEW: PILEDRIVER – Rockwall

| 21 January 2019 | Reply

CD REVIEW: PILEDRIVER – Rockwall Rockwall Records October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 75% Again produced by Accept and U.D.O. drummer Stefan Kaufmann, Pildriver’s latest album is full of driving Teutonic riffs and classic rock powerhouse grooves –much like their last few records, in fact. In a former life they were a Status Quo tribute […]

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EP REVIEW: SHORELINES – Blank Pages & Broken Records

EP REVIEW: SHORELINES – Blank Pages & Broken Records

| 21 January 2019 | Reply

EP REVIEW: SHORELINES – Blank Pages & Broken Records Independent October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 72% Brisbane quartet Shorelines’ second EP is an energetic and thoroughly bouncy six-track affair that stamps their individuality and confidence all over the pop-punk sounds they love so much. Problem opens the EP with a snotty attitude and the […]

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MUSIC: PAUL McCARTNEY – EGYPT STATION

MUSIC: PAUL McCARTNEY – EGYPT STATION

| 20 December 2018 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: PAUL McCARTNEY – EGYPT STATION Capitol September 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 /10 Paul McCartney seems in a very happy place at the moment, and it shows in his music. Egypt Station is his second album of original material since he met third wife Nancy Shevell in 2007 (they married in 2011), […]

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