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MUSIC REVIEW: BLOODY HAMMERS – The Summoning

MUSIC REVIEW: BLOODY HAMMERS – The Summoning

| 8 August 2019 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: June 28, 2019 Rating: 85% Full disclosure – I have the entire Bloody Hammers catalog in my CD collection (yes, I still purchase CD’s).  That said, I was pleasantly surprised that the latest offering had taken the sound they have been associated with and twisted it with a mainstream rock […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Rise

MUSIC REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Rise

| 8 August 2019 | Reply

Label: earMUSIC Release Date: June 21, 2019 Rating: 99% I loved the debut release from Hollywood Vampires, but let’s be honest – it was hard not to.  It was full of classic material played by amazing musicians that came together for the love of music.  When the sophomore effort was announced, I was curious what […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SANDNESS – Untamed

MUSIC REVIEW: SANDNESS – Untamed

| 7 August 2019 | Reply

Label: Rockshots Records Release Date: June 14, 2019 Rating: 86% It is always interesting when new music is sent my way… and even better when it is really good stuff from someone that wasn’t on my radar.  That said, the latest from Italian rockers Sandness is a great surprise that is slowly taking over the time […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JESS BY THE LAKE – Under The Red Light Shine

MUSIC REVIEW: JESS BY THE LAKE – Under The Red Light Shine

| 6 August 2019 | Reply

Label: Svart Records Release Date: June 7, 2019 Rating: 90% Having dug the last release from Jess and The Ancient Ones’ last release, I had high hopes for front woman Jasmin Saarela’s solo debut, released under the moniker Jess By The Lake.  The eight track disc leans more into a rock vibe than the previous efforts […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SOTO – Origami

MUSIC REVIEW: SOTO – Origami

| 6 August 2019 | Reply

Label: InsideOut Music Release Date: May 24, 2019 Rating: 100% Jeff Scott Soto is one of my favorite singers and always seems to release material that hits the proverbial bulls-eye in my opinion.  The same can be said for his latest from the band that bears his last name.  Disc opener “HyperMania” is a killer […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CROSSING RUBICON – Seeing Red

MUSIC REVIEW: CROSSING RUBICON – Seeing Red

| 5 August 2019 | Reply

Label: Imminence Records Release Date: July 19, 2019 Rating: 86% I really dug the debut release from Crossing Rubicon, 2016’s No Less Than Everything.  That said, I couldn’t wait to wrap my ears around a new collection of tunes.  Disc opener “We Will Rise” took me a bit by surprise, at is comes across a […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MISS BALLISTIC – Blood And Glitter

MUSIC REVIEW: MISS BALLISTIC – Blood And Glitter

| 11 July 2019 | Reply

Label: Black Pill Red Pill Release Date: May 31, 2019 Rating: 85% Sometimes you find a musical guilty pleasure in the oddest of spaces.  For me a recent one came in the form of Europop Dance tracks from Miss Ballistic.  While they will not wind any awards for lyrical content, the dance tracks are good and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: WHITESNAKE – Flesh & Blood

MUSIC REVIEW: WHITESNAKE – Flesh & Blood

| 26 June 2019 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: May 10, 2019 Rating: 98% Whitesnake, if nothing else, is consistent.  They crank out rockers and bluesy rock stuff album after album and never failed to please, regardless of the personnel changes over the years.  The latest lineup of the band released one of the better releases from the band […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ANDY BLACK – The Ghost Of Ohio

MUSIC REVIEW: ANDY BLACK – The Ghost Of Ohio

| 19 June 2019 | Reply

Label: Republic Records Release Date: April 12, 2019 Rating: 95% It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love Black Veil Brides and the debut solo disc from Andy Black gets plays in my car and office.  With no BVB music on the horizon, I was excited to learn of new material from Andy […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LEELA JAMES & THE TRUTH – Are You Ready?

MUSIC REVIEW: LEELA JAMES & THE TRUTH – Are You Ready?

| 11 June 2019 | Reply

Label: 4/4 Sound & Entertainment One U.S., LP Release Date: April 12, 2019 Rating: 88% Since seeing her open for another artist a few years ago, I have been a fan of Leela James and her blend of soul and R&B.  With a new venture in the form of a funk / soul / R&B / rock fusion […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: A NEW REVENGE – Enemies & Lovers

MUSIC REVIEW: A NEW REVENGE – Enemies & Lovers

| 11 June 2019 | Reply

Label: Golden Robot Records Release Date: March 29, 2019 Rating: 93% Super groups are getting more commonplace in the music industry, but why wouldn’t they?  As Kerri Kelli explained to us in an earlier interview, these guys are all friends and colleagues and enjoy playing together outside of their “day jobs.”  The latest such group […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: RYAN HAMILTON AND THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTS – This Is The Sound

MUSIC REVIEW: RYAN HAMILTON AND THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTS – This Is The Sound

Label: Wicked Cool Records Release Date: May 31, 2019 Rating: 100% The recently released This Is The Sound from Ryan Hamilton And The Harlequin Ghosts crossed my email and then my mailbox and I am so glad it did – the disc is full of rock nuggets that swirl some of my favorite sounds and vibes.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LIGABUE – Start

MUSIC REVIEW: LIGABUE – Start

Label: Warner Music Italy Release Date: March 8, 2019 Rating: 98% ENGLISH: Back in 2002, I was introduced to Ligabue by my then girlfriend (and now wife) who traveled to Italy and knew of my love of music and CD’s. She wandered into a music store in Rome and picked up a copy of Miss […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: AMANDA PALMER – There Will Be No Intermission

MUSIC REVIEW: AMANDA PALMER – There Will Be No Intermission

Label: 8ft. Records Release Date: March 8, 2019 Rating: 94% While I am a huge fan on Amanda Palmer’s previous solo studio efforts Who Killed Amanda Palmer and Theatre Is Evil, I was unsure what motherhood would do to Ms. Palmer’s outlook and musical journey.  Rest assured – it has made her more intense while softer… […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DOOL – Love Like Blood

MUSIC REVIEW: DOOL – Love Like Blood

Label: Prophecy Productions Release Date: May 17, 2019 Rating: 100% Dool is a new band that crossed my email lately, and after checking out the single, I had to write up the EP, as this is a very contagious track / disc without being easily classified into any specific genre of rock.  Opening track “Love Like […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BUCKCHERRY – Warpaint

MUSIC REVIEW: BUCKCHERRY – Warpaint

Label: Red Music Release Date: March 8, 2019 Rating: 94% Buckcherry has been one of the most consistent bands over the years, from the first disc and Timebomb to the platinum disc 15 and 2015’s ballsy / bluesy Rock ‘n’ Roll.  The band has also weathered some personnel changes, but continues to crank out killer rock and roll […]

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CD REVIEW: BOB SPENCER – Saints + Murderers

CD REVIEW: BOB SPENCER – Saints + Murderers

| 2 May 2019 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BOB SPENCER – Saints + Murderers Independent October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 82% When sidemen go solo the results are not always an unmitigated success – sometimes even the best co-writer or musician can be an also-ran when the full glare of the spotlight hits them, Twenty Feet From Stardom style. It’s […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MARK MORTON – Anesthetic

MUSIC REVIEW: MARK MORTON – Anesthetic

| 27 April 2019 | Reply

Label: WPP Records / Spinefarm Records Release Date: March 1, 2019 Rating: 93% I have always enjoyed watching and listening to Lamb Of God, so was excited to see what guitarist Mark Morton had cultivated when he announced a solo release featuring himself on guitar and a lot of his musical friends and counterparts on […]

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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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