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Category: CD Reviews

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Fall From Grace – The Romance Years

Fall From Grace – The Romance Years

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Road 2 Hell Rekkids Release Date: January 12, 2012 Rating: 6/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Every once in a while you see a band live that makes you walk over to the merch table and buy a CD or two.  When I saw Fall From Grace open for Eve 6 recently, I found myself talking […]

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Eye Empire – Impact

Eye Empire – Impact

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Vertusent Release Date: June 19, 2012 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I was really excited when these guys self-released the disc Moment of Impact last year. I wrote a review of that disc at that time and gave it 4-1/2 stars. All this extra material and new songs garners the same number of stars […]

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Eve 6 – Speak In Code

Eve 6 – Speak In Code

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Fearless Records Release Date: April 24, 2012 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Eve 6. When you mention their name, most people ask if they are still around. One listen to the new disc, Speak In Code, and there is no doubt they are still around – and doing it even better than in the […]

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Emilie Autumn – Fight Like A Girl

Emilie Autumn – Fight Like A Girl

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: The Asylum Emporium Release Date: July 24, 2012 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Victoriandustrial.  Quite the label, but it is self chosen here.  Emilie Autumn took what she knew – instruments not typically used in metal or industrial music – and created something amazing.  Add to it her back story, and you have something […]

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Elle King – The Elle King EP

Elle King – The Elle King EP

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: RCA Records Release Date: June 12, 2012 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I wasn’t sure what to think of an EP from a woman who placed a track on VH1’s Mob Wives Chicago, but I was willing to give it a shot and see what came of it. I am very glad I did. […]

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Electric Touch – Never Look Back

Electric Touch – Never Look Back

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Island Release Date: March 20, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar This random email shows up in my inbox explaining a new disc is coming out from a band that got my info while touring with the Warped Tour last year. After one listen, I am so glad they reached out. Pay attention to […]

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Elan – Retrospective 2002-2012

Elan – Retrospective 2002-2012

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar What do you do when you have never heard of a band and you are handed a retrospective collection? Normally I would cringe, as I think, how great can their songs be if I have never heard of them. How wrong I was in that […]

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Ben Taylor – Listening

Ben Taylor – Listening

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Sun Pedal Recordings Release Date: August 14, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar There are certain expectations when you are the child of a musician. Jacob Dylan was expected to climb the wall of fame. Liza Minelli was to soar over the rainbow. Imagine what would have happened if they had two musical parents. […]

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Downtread – Stand Your Ground

Downtread – Stand Your Ground

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: March 18, 2012 Rating: 7/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar When my buddy Steve surprised me with this disc, I was instantly transported to a large field in Pryor,Oklahoma. The year is 2008 and I am waiting to see the band Cockpit on a side stage at the annual Rocklahoma festival. I get […]

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Diabulus In Musica – The Wanderer

Diabulus In Musica – The Wanderer

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: March 6, 2012 Rating: 5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar After nearly wearing out my copy of the band’s debut release, Secrets, I couldn’t wait to hear The Wanderer. One of the best parts of the debut was the surprising voice of Zuberoa Aznárez. Her vocie graces this disc as well, but […]

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Deuce – Nine Lives

Deuce – Nine Lives

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Five Seven Music Release Date: April 24, 2012 Rating: 6/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Listening to a solo disc from a former member of a group you enjoy can be tricky. Do you want to love it or hate it? If they succeed, does it eliminate the odds of a reunion? In the case of […]

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Dee Snider – Dee Does Broadway

Dee Snider – Dee Does Broadway

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Razor & Tie Records Release Date: May 8, 2012 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Kinda odd, but not really. I mean,Dee did take a stab at a track on the Frank SIN-atra tribute disc in the past. Not to mention,Dee Actually took a spin on Broadway with a role in Rock of Ages. It […]

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Dark New Day – New Tradition

Dark New Day – New Tradition

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Goomba Music Release Date: May 22, 2012 Rating: 6/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Known as somewhat of a nu-metal super group, the pedigree of this band is hard to deny. When your membership has day jobs in bands such as Evanescence, Sevendust, Stereomud, and Skrape, you will have a club that can produce solid rock. […]

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Curved Air – Live Atmosphere

Curved Air – Live Atmosphere

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Ais Release Date: May 1, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Just when I think I have figured out what my niche is, something else comes across my desk and makes me rethink my musical selections. Some view my tastes as very heavy, but the latest live disc from Curved Air is anything but. […]

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Cherri Bomb – This Is The End Of Control

Cherri Bomb – This Is The End Of Control

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Hollywood Records Release Date: May 15, 2012 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar How odd is it that a band comprised of all young ladies would call themselves Cherri Bomb? Not that odd when you consider the name was a hit for one of the original all girl rock groups. Do these girls rock as […]

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Brad – United We Stand

Brad – United We Stand

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Razor & Tie Records Release Date: April 24, 2012 Rating: 7/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Having never been a fan of Pearl Jam, I was more than hesitant about listening to this disc. I grew up in an era when music, and the musicians, was larger than life and Pearl Jam was anything but. They […]

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Beak – Eyrie

Beak – Eyrie

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Someoddpilot Records Release Date: April 3, 2012 Rating: 6/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I wasn’t sure what to expect when I popped this in (well, actually downloaded and played).  I had no clue who some of the bands referenced in the other reviews or press release were, but decided to take it for a spin […]

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Asia – XXX

Asia – XXX

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Records Release Date: June 29, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I still rock out when I hear “Heat Of The Moment” on my Sirius XM Radio. There is something infectious about Asia that seems timeless. They have gone through various lineups through the years, but with the release of XXX, the original […]

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Adrenaline Mob – Omerta

Adrenaline Mob – Omerta

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label:Elm City Music / Century Media Records Release Date: March 13, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar To see a few of metals stars mix it up, one automatically thinks super group, but this is no super group. This is a viable band that will make its mark and be a force to reckon with […]

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Abel – Make It Right

Abel – Make It Right

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Independant Release Date: September 18, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar More bands are relying on downloads and iTunes, but some bands write and play so well, I don’t necessarily think they need to.  Abel is one of those bands.  Having never heard of them, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but these tunes […]

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