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CD REVIEW: ECLIPTICA – Ecliptified

CD REVIEW: ECLIPTICA – Ecliptified

| 2 February 2016 | 1 Reply

Label: Mars Music Productions Release Date: January 15, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It is always a pleasant surprise when a new disc or download comes across my email that I had never heard of or expected to enjoy.  The latest from Ecliptica, 2015’s Ecliptified is one of those discs that has […]

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CD REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – Blackstar

CD REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – Blackstar

| 29 January 2016 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – Blackstar Sony 8 January, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 In hindsight, David Bowie’s 25th and final studio album is more than a piece of art incorporating his death, it’s his own, self-written epitaph. Recorded quietly with producer and long-time collaborator Tony Visconti and featuring Donny McCaslin and a ban […]

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CD REVIEW: CRUIZZEN – Free Ride

CD REVIEW: CRUIZZEN – Free Ride

| 25 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: CRUIZZEN – Free Ride Pure Rock Records November 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Modelling your band on AC/DC is not without its risks: like Status Quo, much of the band’s output is generic and non-essential, and it’s not like no-one else has ever used the band as their template and […]

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CD REVIEW: ARMAGEDDON USA – Up In Flames

CD REVIEW: ARMAGEDDON USA – Up In Flames

| 25 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: ARMAGEDDON USA – Up In Flames Independent October 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½/10 Frantic, speedy and thrashy, Armageddon USA make unapologetically heavy metal that will have fans headbanging at – literally – breakneck speed. Formerly known simply as Armageddon, the band released their debut in 1988, The Money Mask, but were […]

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CD REVIEW: BELTANE FIRE – Spellbound

CD REVIEW: BELTANE FIRE – Spellbound

| 25 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BELTANE FIRE – Spellbound Independent November, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 If you have a penchant for something a bit different, Beltane Fire’s long-awaited debut album may have the uniqueness that you hunger for. Constructed lovingly by vocalist Soda Lee and drummer Leroy Cleaver – life-partners and soulmates, and both long-term features […]

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CD REVIEW: THE RUMJACKS – Sober & Godless

CD REVIEW: THE RUMJACKS – Sober & Godless

| 25 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE RUMJACKS – Sober & Godless Shock Records 6 February, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Don’t let the jaunty acoustic guitar and tin whistle jig that opens Sober & Godless fool ya (or the album title, for that matter): The Rumjacks are a punk rock band and they’ve come for your rum-sodden […]

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CD REVIEW: STONE MACHINE – 10 Stones

CD REVIEW: STONE MACHINE – 10 Stones

| 25 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: STONE MACHINE – 10 Stones Lion’s Pride Music 6 November, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10   Hard rocking blues straight from the ‘70s that recalls the likes of the heavier end of Foreigner (Use You Up, Dirty Sweet) and Montrose (Down South Mama), and a slight whiff of Southern fancy […]

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CD REVIEW: CROSSROCK – Come On Baby

CD REVIEW: CROSSROCK – Come On Baby

| 24 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: CROSSROCK – Come On Baby Lion’s Pride Music December, 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 Classy, uplifting, lightly accented melodic hard rock from São Paulo, Brazil, Crossrock have nailed the late ‘80s hair metal styles that ruled the rock world at the time. Opener Call You is reminiscent of early Dokken, […]

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CD REVIEW: RUSSELL MORRIS – Red Dirt – Red Heart

CD REVIEW: RUSSELL MORRIS – Red Dirt – Red Heart

| 24 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: RUSSELL MORRIS – Red Dirt – Red Heart Chugg Music 23 October, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The climax to Russell Morris’s enormously successful Australiana trilogy is perhaps the most true blue, dinky-di Aussie of the lot, mining a folky blues seam as he sings of bushrangers and the wide open spaces […]

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CD REVIEW: WHEEL IN THE SKY – Heading For The Night

CD REVIEW: WHEEL IN THE SKY – Heading For The Night

| 21 January 2016 | Reply

Label: The Sign Records Release Date: December 11, 2015 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur What does psychedelic garage rock from Sweden sound like you ask?  When it is the band Wheel In The Sky, it sounds like fuzzed out garage rock swirled with The Cult and some attitude and edge thrown in for good […]

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CD REVIEW: MOONSHINE – Moonshine

CD REVIEW: MOONSHINE – Moonshine

| 20 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: MOONSHINE – Moonshine Lion’s Pride Music October 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Six hairy dudes playing no frills swampy bar blues n’ rock n’ roll like it was 1991 all over again (or has never not been), Moonshine don’t waste time trying to rewrite the rule book here – in […]

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CD REVIEW: SKY HIGH – Stone & Gravel

CD REVIEW: SKY HIGH – Stone & Gravel

| 20 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: SKY HIGH – Stone & Gravel Pike Records 25 September, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Veteran Swedish blues guitarist Clas Yngström and his band of brothers (Arne Blomqvist on bass and drummer Marcus Källström) Sky High have delivered a great album – the band’s seventeenth!! – in Stone & Gravel. […]

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CD REVIEW: MANIMAL – Trapped In The Shadows

CD REVIEW: MANIMAL – Trapped In The Shadows

| 19 January 2016 | Reply

Label: AFM Records Release Date: January 22, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Swedish heavy/power metal band MANIMAL hit the ground running in 2016 with the January release of the bands sophomore effort.  This effort combines metal and progressive tones to create a great disc.  “Irresistible” kicks the disc off and doesn’t look back.  The […]

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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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