Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CD REVIEW: DYING EMBERS by Shape Of The New Sun




DYING EMBERS by Shape Of The New Sun
(Lion Pride Music)

'Dying Embers' the amazing debut outing for the Swedish rock outfit Shape Of The New Sun is such a strong and diverse album I am not quite sure where to begin? How about giving you a quick low down on the four amazing musicians that make up this amazing band. Thomas Kihlberg on vocals and guitar gifted with strong vocals that range from soaring high to swooping low tones. In Ivan Persic on guitar the band have a awesome guitarist. Be warned some of Persic's riffs and solos will snarl and spit venom from your speakers, such is the passion with which he plays. While Håkan Holmström on bass and Tomas Persic on drums form a massively powerful rhythm section. The album is laced  
with eleven really strong tracks laced with great grooves. Highlights include, "Babylon", the title track, "Ghost From The Past", "Majestic" and "Worth Dying For". The high quality is maintained throughout. ' Although the band my draw their musical influences from the past, it's clear Shape Of The New Sun are an amazing rock band in their own right. Dying Embers' proves itself to be a great debut album. Mixing up fast, mid-paced and a few slower tracks to good effect, showing a very talented band, hopefully, on the rise.
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, April 21, 2017

CD REVIEW: LOUDER, HARDER, FASTER by Warrant




LOUDER, HARDER, FASTER by Warrant
(Frontier Records)

Warrant are back their latest release, 'Louder, Harder, Faster'. The second album featuring Robert Mason handling vocals. I admit I was skeptical to listen to them after Jani died. I turn away from band whose frontman tries to imitate and the original singer. That being said, I've always been a fan of Robert Mason's work in Lynch Mob and Big Cock. He has such depth and feel in his vocals that differs from Jani bringing a whole new vibe to the band's overall sound. Hell,  Brian Johnson did that when he took over for Bon Scott of AC/DC. Rounding out the band are, Joey Allen on lead and rhythm guitar, Erik Turner on rhythm and lead guitar, Jerry Dixon on bass guitar and Steven Sweet on drums. Produced by Foreigner and ex-Dokken bass player Jeff Pilson (Last In Line, Starship, Dio,etc.). The band deliver a fine follow up to 'Rockaholic' and in my opinion, a much stronger and better sounding album. This time boasting more guitars and  bigger choruses. Jeff Pilson's production is on point allowing everybody to shine through the mix without making the band sound airbrushed. As is evident as soon as you press play and the adrenaline loaded title track blasts out of your speakers. No let down with the energy as the band rock on with, "Devil Dancer", "Perfect", "Only Broken Heart" before changing pace with "U In My Life" and laid back swagger of, "Music Man". At the end of the day through solid production, well crafted lyrics, exceptionally executed musicianship and infectious band chemistry, what Warrant delivers here can be described in three words: THIS ALBUM ROCKS. This is without doubt one of many albums this year worth not overlooking. There's no filler on this album: every track is a winner. So pop it in and crank it up for an amazing experience. 
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CD REVIEW: II by Inglorious




II by Inglorious
(Frontier Records)

UK rockers Inglorious return with their sophomore release, 'II'. Powered by Nathan James on vocals,  Andreas Eriksson on ead guitars, Wil Taylor on guitars, Colin Parkinson on bass guitar and Phil Beaver on drums. The new album once again produced by the band. Mixed by Kevin Shirley and mastered by Tony Draper. Curious to hear if the band would fall into that "sophomore slump", I have to say I was really impressed as soon as I hit play. The overall musical vibe is more organic and has that recorded live in studio vibe, which I love. The album opens with bluesy rocker, " I Don't Need Your Loving", and it's obvious that this time around the band mean business and hits like a freight train, and is enough to at least plant the seed that this band may in fact be worthy of the hype. Serving up their classic rock infused sound echoing such greats like, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, but certainly putting their own stamp on it. You can hear the growth of the band on this album. "Taking The Blame", "Tell Me Why", "Read All About It" and "Making Me Pay", beg to played at maximum volume. While the soulful, "Change Is Coming" and "Faraway", showing that even when the band decides to downshift they still deliver power and passion. Nathan James's vocal delivery is on point. This man has no inhibitions as he sings as if he was born doing this. Clearly, he is no solo act, his band mates are easily able to keep pace with him and  sound like well oiled machine.  Overall, this second outing by Inglorious is solid front to back following the same formula as their self titled debut and taking it to the next level. The Rock and Roll train just arrived in the station. Get on. Hang on. enjoy the ride! Great job Gents!
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: UNITED by Harem Scarem




UNITED by Harem Scarem
(Frontier Records)

Harem Scarem return with their anticipated latest release, 'United', serving up 11 songs all powered by that Harem Scarem sound courtesy of Harry Hess (lead vocals, keyboards), Pete Lesperance (guitars, bass, keyboards), long-time drummer Creighton Doane, and backing vocals from original drunmer Darren Smith. So, is the new album as great as 'Mood Swings' or on par with 'Weight Of The World? No, but it is quintissential Harem Scarem. 'United', showcases what a powerful and tight unit this band truly is. Harry Hess, sounds better than ever. Pete Lesperance, what a underrated guitarist, his playing shines holding nothing back delivering unique riffs and solos that bleed virtuosity on every track. Highlights include the massive chorus hook and killer solo of opening title track, "Here Today Gone Tomorrow", "Gravity", the lead off single, "Sinking Ships", the amazing "One Of Life's Mysteries" " that features a huge vocal chorus by Harry Hess. Other favorites include, "Bite The Bullet" and "Heaven And Earth". 'United'  is definitely a quality album that is essential for all Harem Scarem fans. It simply has everything that melodic rock fans want: catchy choruses, giant melody, and powerful and amazing guitar riffs. This album will easily slide into your electronic device of choice, and no doubt stay there for weeks.
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, April 14, 2017

CD REVIEW: BLACK OAK COUNTY by Black Oak County




BLACK OAK COUNTY by Black Oak County
(Mighty Music)

Denmark has certainly delivered some amazing bands in the world of rock music. Pretty Maids, D.A.D. and Volbeat to name a few.  The latest Danish band that have their sights making an impression is Black Oak County, formerly known as Great White Buffalo. Formed on 2012, the band's self titled debut is loaded with ten powerhouse tracks that pack some serious attitude and power. Comprised of, Niels Beier, vocals and guitars, Jack Svendsen, guitar, René Hjelm, bass and  Mike Svendsen, drums. They're hard and heavy, and they come by their love of music in a genuine way. While there are echoes of the past in their music their fluid musicality recalls Black Stone Cherry  it merely acts as a foundation for their music. Black Oak Count y is a full-throttle hard rock band, with guitars that rage and a shuddering rhythmic attack.  Album opener, "Someone Else" kicks things off with a bang, reminding you at once of everything you love about rock music. "Enough On My Plate" and "The Boogeyman" continue in the same vein, with that perfect combination of doomy Corrosion Of Conformity riffs. "Mad Dog", is a just a killer track, hell raising beer drinking anthem that begs to be cranked at maximum volume! The rest of the album is just pure power induced rock music that holds nothing back and pulls no punches. The bottom line here is, Black Oak County's debut is a hard rock album from a band that deserves more attention. It's the kind of real rock album that you can totally sink your teeth into, and it's authentic in a way most bands only wish they could accomplish. A tight band and I'm sure you will be hearing more about them in the future.
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Sunday, April 9, 2017

CD REVIEW: ALL IN TIME by Stone Broken




ALL IN TIME by Stone Broken
(Stone Broken Music)

'All In Time' is the powerhouse debut from UK rockers, Stone Broken.  Comprised of, Rich Moss on lead vocals and guitar,  Chris Davis on lead guitar and vocals, Kieron Conroy on bass and vocals and Robyn Haycock on drums and vocals. The band formed in late 2013 from the fragments of two local bands.  Rich, Kieron, Chris & Robyn, have put together a dynamic band that serve up a huge chunky rock sound with huge choruses. Coming across as a hybrid of Nickelback with Black Label Society tendencies. That being said, make no mistake, Stone Broken is it's own beast and bring their own attitude and vibe to the table. 'All In Time' is an impressive rock album full of powerful in your face rockers that have great hooks. You are launched into this wonderful world with the in your face rocking opening track "Not Your Enemy" and from there the album doesn't not let up, delivering one storming song after another in the form of, "Better", "Be There", "Let Me Go" and "Fall Back Down". There is literally not a bad song on this one. The song and sound quality is very good on this album, and all of the songs are just straight up rockers.  The combination of pace, power and enjoyment in the studio is rarely captured. Stone Broken have managed to do that to great effect and deliver the goods in spades! Extremely impressive!!
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, April 7, 2017

CD REVIEW: SWALLOW by Burnt Out Wreck




SWALLOW by Burnt Out Wreck 
(Cherry Red Records)

If you like your rock and roll served up in the vein of bands like, Rose Tattoo and AC/DC, then you are going to want to check out the rocking debut release, 'Swallow' by Burnt Out Wreck. The band features former Heavy Pettin' drummer Gary Moat on vocals and guitar along with,  Adrian Dunn on guitar, backing vocals, Alex Carmichael on bass, backing vocals, Miles Goodmanl on guitar and Paul Gray on drums. As soon as you press play and the first note is hit, its apparent that this is a band that offer no apologies for wearing their influences proudly on their sleeves. 10 seconds into "Burnt Out Wreck" , you're hooked. Strong set of songs  loaded with true rock n roll riffs. Not only will the older fans who grew up rocking out to the likes of AC/DC dig it, but the younger generation of rock and rollers will dig it as well.  Album highlights include, "Swallow", "She's The One", "Medusa", "She's A Dirty Little Lover" and "Rocking Man. No filler songs, just one good tune after another. 'Swallow' by Burnt Out Wreck is an exercise in play it loud and proud rock'n'roll that isn't looking to change the world by abolishing Free Trade, but simply provide the ultimate soundtrack to one hell of a ROCK N' ROLL party!
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, March 24, 2017

CD REVIEW: MOMENTUM by TwentyDarkSeven




MOMENTUM by TwentyDarkSeven 
(Metropolis Records)

Founded by former PUMP singer and founder Marcus Jürgens (also ex-Brainstorm) and guitar wizard Peter Wagner (ex-Wicked Temptation, Piledriver) in January 2013. TwentyDarkSeven return with their sophomore effort, 'Momentum'. The band is completed by Marcel "Selly" Bernhardt on guitar, Christoph Renner on bass and Markus Herzog on drums. Just like their debut, 'Roar', this new album packs one hell of a punch.  The music on this album is first rate pure ball busting hard rock with heavy metal tendencies. The band pulls no punches. Great riffs and melody to be had here. Not a bad song in the bunch highlighted by tracks like, "Stranger Than Fiction", "The Devil's Doom Delight", "Shadows On The Sun" and  "Spoke In The Wheel", will get your head banging and heart racing. 'Momentum', will take you back to the days when metal ruled the world, Accept, Dokken, Judas Priest and Scorpions, yeah those days. Though the band may echo the aforementioned bands. Make no mistake, TwentyDarkSeven bring their own vibe to the table. Clearly the band are invigorated and excited about what they have done and with what the future holds for them, and so they should be. This album is a massive slab of pure hard rock/ heavy metal the kind of album that forces you to crank up the volume and have a blast. If you like to bang your head, you'll definitely have a sore neck blasting this album. 
 Highly Recommended

  • Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, March 20, 2017

CD REVIEW: MEDIOCRE by The Diamond Man Clan




MEDIOCRE 
by The Diamond Man Clan
(GAIN Music)

Swedish based rock band, The Diamond Man Clan return with their sophomore effort, 'Mediocre'. For those new to the band , they have with one foot in the American South, influenced by both blues and bluegrass, and the other foot in Gothenburg, Sweden’s world famous rock lineage. The band is comprised of Paul Bäcklin - lead vocals and guitar, Johan "Weaver" Weber - guitar and backing vocals, Olof Gadd - bass, Anton Södersten on percussion and Felix Hjortstam on drums. Having impressed me with their debut, 'What Sweden Needs', with their blues rock meets bluegrass swagger, I was eager to hear what the band would come up with next?  After a few  listens so far I am really finding this a very enjoyable listen. A many faceted album that has depth and resonance. Is it a change of direction? I wouldn't even say that. More of an expansion of their range. First go around, I was concerned after half a dozen songs that there wasn't enough to stand out. That changed from "Sweet Carolina" closely followed by,  the brooding "Numbing The Brain", the catchy reggae sway of, "Wade", which are all excellent. From then on the album proved it's worth and I have happily listened to it over and over since, with the opening tracks getting stronger on repeat listening. Powerful music with the right punctuated dynamic range to keep it interesting. Varied songs, yet a cohesive album. Right balance between vocals and instruments.  When a band takes steps in a new direction I have to applaud the effort. It doesn't always work out and it's going to divide some fans, but for me in the case of TDMC it works. 'Mediocre' may not appeal to all music fans , but for those willing to give up preconceived notions of what a particular band "should" sound like will almost certainly be won over.
 Highly Recommended


Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ROCK INTO SPRING, THE HOTTEST ROCK FESTIVAL OF THE SPRING!



ROCK INTO SPRING, THE HOTTEST ROCK FESTIVAL OF THE SPRING!


M Resort Spa Casino partnered with Gangster have announced that Heineken, FIJI Water and Findlay Chevrolet have been added to the list of sponsors forRock Into Spring, a three-day rock n’ roll music festival taking place April 28 – 30, 2017 at M Resort’s pool. In addition, famed rockers Buckcherry andAdelitas Way have been added to the already stellar line-up.

Heineken, the world’s most international brewer has signed on to sponsor the three-day pool party with their legendary brand of beer. Local Chevy dealershipFindlay Chevrolet will be giving away a brand new car on Sunday, April 30thduring the event.

Shakespeare Vodka, No Cover Magazine, Presidential Limousine, SB Craft Jerky and Fest Pop have also come on board to be part of this extraordinary experience.

Other band additions include: Never Say Die, Alive in Barcelona, State of Mineand contest winner Reclaim the Sky.

Howard Weiss, M Resort’s Vice President of Entertainment, Daylife and Nightlife, commented “We are very excited to partner up with Gangster on this venture that is sure to be a huge success. The Rock Into Spring Festival is a great example of the new level of entertainment that M Resort plans to bring to our stunning property.”

Chris Crane, CEO of Gangster, commented, “We are so proud and excited to be hosting Rock Into Spring at M Resort. The resort offers a phenomenal festival ground, pool areas and amenities.”

The festival is hosted by Cranked Up Live, Yourlisten.com, The Rocking Comedy Show and Radio Vegas Rocks and will feature live performances from over 18 bands, including: Art of Anarchy, Sick Puppies, Trapt, DJ Lethal from Limp Bizkit, Alien Ant Farm, Eve To Adam, Bobaflex, 9 Electric, Another Lost Year, Shallow Side, Blacklite District, VYCES, Behind the Fallen, Artifas, Lola Black, The Broken Thumbs, QUOR, Silent Theory and more.

Rock Into Spring will consist of three days of festivities, beginning on Friday, April 28 with a concert at M Pool featuring DJ Lethal, Buckcherry, DJ Josh Todd, Alien Ant Farm, 9Electric, Never Say Die, State of Mine, Reclaim the Skyand much more.

Rock Into Spring will also have 20 Top Tattoo Artists on deck that you can set up appointments with during the event including: Ink Master’s Randy Vollink, James Francis, Cleen Rock One, and King Rock, as well as MTV’s Drama Diablo plus many more.

This is a 21 and over event. Valid state or federal ID is required for entry.

Tickets are on sale now at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1429987?utm_medium=bks

VIP Packages are available and feature access to the main M Pool and DayDream, the Pool Club at M Resort: http://rockintospring.com/vip-experience/.

For Sponsorship Opportunities and/or if you would like to be a food or merch vendor at Rock Into Spring, please visit http://rockintospring.com/contact/ for the appropriate applications and contact information.

For M Resort Spa and Casino room reservations, please call: 1.877.673.7678.



Friday, March 10, 2017

CD REVIEW: TEQUILA SUICIDE by Sinner




TEQUILA SUICIDE by Sinner
(AFM Records)

While Mats Sinner has been busy rocking out with the likes of Primal Fear and Voodoo Circle, he always finds the time to crank out rocking albums with his band, Sinner. The band's latest release, 'Tequila Suicide' is another solid release and is classic powerhouse Sinner! It's in your face hard rock with attitude in the vein of Saxon, Thin Lizzy and a heavier version of Black Star Riders, which any way you slice it, is awesome!
'Tequila Suicide" combines great songwriting with a powerhouse sound. The album also features guest musicians (Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne & Firewind, Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, Black Star Riders), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) and Pete Lincoln (Sailor, Sweet)). All the tracks are Sinner at their very best. "Go Down Fighting", the title track, "Battle Hill" and "Gypsy Rebels" stand out but there are no 'fillers' here. So many 'well-known' rock and metal bands these days are still going strong and turning out good to decent stuff, a bit like the same old menu at that restaurant that needs a facelift and a new chef. Sinner? With, 'Tequila Suicide' they serve up perfectly cooked steak without any need for a special sauce or salad. Sinner have surpassed my expectations ,they have always put out strong albums for the most part since the mid 90's, this album exceeds that. 'Tequila Suicide' is arguably their best release to date.
 Highly Recommended


Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, March 6, 2017

CD REVIEW: SCATTERBRAIN by KXM




SCATTERBRAIN by KXM
(Rat Pak Records)

KXM, the supergroup comprised Of dUg Pinnick (King’s X), George Lynch (Lynch Mob/Dokken) and Ray Luzier return with their highly anticipated sophomore effort, 'Scatterbrain'. Just like their self titled debut, this new album is a MONSTER!  A strong follow up with even more variety than the first time around. The songs are groove based, George Lynch serving up some in your face riffs, Dug Pinnick sings with soulful and unbridled power to the heavens and Ray Luzier's drumming is out of this world insane. Demonstrating once again a uniqueness and chemistry that works and makes this power trio much greater than just the admittedly formidable sum of its talented parts. Highlights: The title track, "Breakout", "Big Sky Country", "Noises In The Sky", "It's Never Enough" and "Angel". That is after one listen. The whole listening experience is an all out attack on your senses, that left me comfortably numb. This trio are just a perfect storm of great rock music. Strong hooks and high energy. It's obvious they enjoy making music together, that enjoyment really shines through in every track. 'Scatterbrain' is powerhouse , but probably destined to be a little underrated among fans of more straight-ahead rock music. That's just how it goes. The band pushed themselves to a higher plane of songwriting, and some listeners will get left behind. Stick with it, though, because once you do "get it", wow!!!! It will blow your mind. By the end it's one you'll want to start over again immediately and dig into more. 
 Highly Recommended


Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society