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CD REVIEW: AVANTASIA – Ghostlights

CD REVIEW: AVANTASIA – Ghostlights

| 16 January 2016 | Reply

Label: Nuclear Blast Records Release Date: January 29, 2016 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Robert Kitay One of my most anticipated releases of 2016 absolutely does not disappoint.  Featuring an all-star cast of guest vocalists, great song writing, and a tasty assortment of song styles, this album not only met my expectations, but it exceeded it.  Who […]

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CD REVIEW: ESCALANE – The Days Of Decay

CD REVIEW: ESCALANE – The Days Of Decay

| 13 January 2016 | Reply

Label: Inverse Records Release Date: January 22, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Here’s a tagline I hadn’t seen before: Finnish pop metal.  The debut from this young Finnish band hits on a lot of cylinders and brings a twist on power pop that should garner some attention.  The disc starts off with […]

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CD REVIEW: 7 YEAR BITCH – Live At Moe

CD REVIEW: 7 YEAR BITCH – Live At Moe

| 12 January 2016 | 1 Reply

Label: MOE Recordings Release Date: January 15, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Twenty years in the making, Live At Moe is a perfect introduction and reintroduction to 7 Year Bitch.  If you aren’t familiar with this killer unit, you should be and can be thanks to this live show captured back in […]

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CD REVIEW: WALKING WITH GIANTS – Worlds Unknown

CD REVIEW: WALKING WITH GIANTS – Worlds Unknown

| 7 January 2016 | 1 Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: January 15, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Unknown is right – until this was sent to me, I had never heard of Gary Noon or Walking With Giants.  Let me say now, based on the first spin through this disc, I have been missing out and if you […]

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CD REVIEW: JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES – Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes

CD REVIEW: JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES – Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes

| 5 January 2016 | 1 Reply

Label: Svart Records Release Date: December 11, 2015 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Occult Garage rock is not my normal fare, but something urged me to check out the latest release from Jess and the Ancient Ones – and I may have a new genre to start looking at occasionally, as this disc caught […]

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CD REVIEW: BLOOD RED SAINTS – Speedway

CD REVIEW: BLOOD RED SAINTS – Speedway

| 1 January 2016 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music srl Release Date: December 4, 2015 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Frontiers Records has a knack of bringing together different artists from different bands and creating a killer unit with great songs and sounds.  The latest, Blood Red Saints, is more of the same great equation.  Disc opener “Kickin’ Up Dust” […]

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CD REVIEW: FIND ME – Dark Angel

CD REVIEW: FIND ME – Dark Angel

| 25 December 2015 | 1 Reply

Label: Frontiers Music srl Release Date: December 4, 2015 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Melodic AOR will always be a mainstay in my CD collection – yes, I still collect CD’s.  Daniel Flores and Robbie Lablanc teamed up a couple years ago and cranked out a killer debut that required a strong follow […]

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NEWS: TODDSTAR’S TOP 50 RELEASES OF 2015

NEWS: TODDSTAR’S TOP 50 RELEASES OF 2015

| 24 December 2015 | 1 Reply

Once again, it is that time of the year where I attempt to rank all of the great releases of the year – not just the rock ones – whether they came my way via promotional copy, label submitted downloads, or, forking out my hard earned cash and buying the disc.  As usual, any disc […]

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CD / DVD REVIEW: PAGAN’S MIND – Full Circle: Live At Center Stage

CD / DVD REVIEW: PAGAN’S MIND – Full Circle: Live At Center Stage

| 23 December 2015 | Reply

Label: Eagle SPV – Steamhammer Release Date: October 16, 2015 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Robert Kitay As a huge Pagan’s Mind fan, this was my most anticipated release of 2015.  Recorded live at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2014, this Blu-Ray/CD or DVD/CD package includes over 2.5 hours of live music, including “Celestial Entrance” […]

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CD REVIEW: THE DARKNESS – Last Of Our Kind

CD REVIEW: THE DARKNESS – Last Of Our Kind

| 20 December 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: THE DARKNESS – Last Of Our Kind Canary Dwarf 27 May, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 After a second album (One Way Ticket To Hell… And Back) in 2005 that screamed overblown self-indulgency from under the mountain of Columbian marching powder that buried it, and an unfocussed comeback record (2012’s Hot Cakes), […]

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CD REVIEW: BABY JESUS – Baby Jesus

CD REVIEW: BABY JESUS – Baby Jesus

| 20 December 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BABY JESUS – Baby Jesus Independant November, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10   The Bible makes scant reference to the Baby Jesus’ musical tastes, so we can only speculate whether he’d have been a fan of dirty, scuzzed-out, grease-stained Danish psych-garage lunacy. All ten tracks on this raucous slab of […]

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CD REVIEW: KING ZEBRA – Wild! Wild! Wild!

CD REVIEW: KING ZEBRA – Wild! Wild! Wild!

| 20 December 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: KING ZEBRA – Wild! Wild! Wild! Pretty Good-Lookin’ Records 31 October, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 A good cover counts for almost as much as the music in getting die hard rockers into your music, and KING ZEBRA’s Wild! Wild! Wild! Is a killer: simple yet effective, it harkens back to the […]

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CD REVIEW: DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard

CD REVIEW: DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard

| 20 December 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard e-a-r Music/Sony 30 November, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The Sheffield, UK hard-rocking legends’ eleventh studio album, Def Leppard is the record they had no intention of making until sessions for an EP proved far more productive than expected. With fourteen tracks and songwriting credits slit across […]

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CD REVIEW: GANBARU – Declaration

CD REVIEW: GANBARU – Declaration

| 20 December 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: GANBARU – Declaration Collision Course 23 October, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 Ganbaru is apparently a Japanese word meaning to soldier on through hard times, whilst Declaration was this hardcore punk bands name before a legal challenge forced them to change it. In recent years the band has been beset […]

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CD REVIEW: THE GRANNIES – Ballsier

CD REVIEW: THE GRANNIES – Ballsier

| 15 December 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: THE GRANNIES – Ballsier Saustex Media 20 January, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 You’d be forgiven for expecting bilious sleazepunk from this bunch of dudes, leering out from their album cover dressed in grannie-drag and sporting names like Wizard Sleeves, Lois ‘Carmen’ DeNominator, Jayne Fondle, Anita Drink and Helena Handbasket… especially when […]

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CD REVIEW: SAXON – Battering Ram

CD REVIEW: SAXON – Battering Ram

| 15 December 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: SAXON – Battering Ram UDR Music 16 October, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 1980s Saxon albums were outstanding, with their cutting edge take on contemporary metal, and lifted even further by some genius lyric-writing courtesy of frontman Biff Byford (Dallas 1pm, Strangers In the Night, et al). Sadly by the late ‘90s […]

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CD REVIEW: A THOUSAND HORSES – Southernality

CD REVIEW: A THOUSAND HORSES – Southernality

| 12 December 2015 | 1 Reply

Label: Republic Nashville Release Date: June 9, 2015 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur While I dig listening to it if it is on, Southern Rock is one of those genres that I don’t necessarily seek out.  That might have changed thanks to a band that recently hit my radar – A Thousand Horses. […]

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CD REVIEW: HONEYMOON DISEASE – The Transcendence

CD REVIEW: HONEYMOON DISEASE – The Transcendence

| 11 December 2015 | 1 Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: November 20, 2015 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am not sure what drew me to listen to the debut release from Honeymoon Disease, but I am glad I did – maybe the rock Gods knocked on my skull and told me to give it a listen.  This […]

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CD REVIEW: DON HENLEY – Cass County

CD REVIEW: DON HENLEY – Cass County

| 19 November 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: DON HENLEY – Cass County Capitol/EMI October 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 It’s hardly a surprise that Don Henley’s latest album – his first in fifteen years – ploughs many of the same furrows as his band The Eagles did as kings of the country-tinged easy listening set, though it […]

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CD REVIEW: ROBERT FORSTER – Songs To Play

CD REVIEW: ROBERT FORSTER – Songs To Play

| 19 November 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: ROBERT FORSTER – Songs To Play EMI 18 September, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 With a wry wit and sprightly swagger ex-Go Betweens starts Songs To Play, his first album since the melancholy The Evangelist seven years ago, with the jaunty Learn To Burn. Not all of his tunes are […]

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