Monday, August 22, 2016

CD REVIEW: POLYMORPHIC TRAGEDY by O' Reagan




POLYMORPHIC TRAGEDY by O' Reagan
(Z Records)

Guitarist extraordinaire, Vince O' Reagan returns with third release, 'Polymorphic Tragedy'. A rock solid effort, Vince O' Reagan is so melodic in his playing that he reminds me of Vinny Burns (who I am a big fan of as well!), the songs on this recording just flow! Most of the vocals on this effort are courtesy of Keith St. John (Burning Rain), along with Paul Sabu and Phil Vincent who all do an awesome job. Sure, Vince O' Reagan might indulge in the occasional inclination towards shredding, but when the songs are this full of excellent licks and riffs, all is easily forgiven. Overall, ''Polymorphic Tragedy' is chock block full of the great melodic hard rock that it likely cannot be all consumed in just one sitting (it takes at least one repeat listen to absorb the whole thing.) I appreciate a player who doesn't bore me. All of the tracks are well written. Highlights include, "Unchain Me Tonight", "Welcome To The Real World", "Long Way to Go" and "Masquerade". If you love great, grooving,  melodic hard-rock songs that make you crank your stereo all the way up and drive too fast, this recording is definitely worth checking out. Just be warned: Vince O Reagan and the band is not responsible for any legal ramifications you may suffer for the lead foot you'll experience if you listen to 'Polymorphic Tragedy' while driving! 

 - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CD REVIEW: NO B by Jane Lee Hooker




NO B by Jane Lee Hooker
(Ruf Records)

New York City based Blues rockers Jane Lee Hooker pull no punches and hold nothing back on their powerful debut release, 'No B'. Powerful, raw and rockin are just a few words which sum up a powerhouse of an album. Don't buy anything else until this is in your collection. You won't be disappointed as the intensity of the music will just floor you. Yes its raw but that's the beauty of this recording. The band is comprised of, Dana 'Danger' Athens (vocals), Melissa , High Top (guitar), Tina 'T Bone' Gorin (guitar) and Hail Mary Z (bass) and 'Cool Whip' Houston (drums). These ladies are not rookies when it comes to the rock and roll game. Between the five members, they have decades of experience playing, recording, and touring both nationally and internationally. Individually, they have played for thousands of fans while sharing bills with the likes of Motörhead, MC5, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Deep Purple. What these ladies bring to table is a swagger and attitude serving up their own take on classic Blues standards including Muddy Waters' "Champagne And Reefer", Willie Dixon's "Shake For Me" and Albert King's "The Hunter". Amongst the classics, the band also dishes out an original song,  "In The Valley". I have to say, listening to this album it's obvious they love playing together. For me, Jane Lee Hooker is the type of band that would play live giving 100 percent from start to finish regardless if they were playing to twenty people or a thousand. If you want pure, intense and unbridled energy to get your adrenaline up every time, you have to check this album out. The bottom line here is quite simple really,  'No B' by Jane Lee Hooker rocks like a m**********r!
 - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Saturday, August 6, 2016

CD REVIEW: BLACK WATER by Cattarse




BLACK WATER by Cattarse
(Independent Release)

While Cattarse's sound, like a lot of these retro/stoner type bands, involves a great deal of old school Black Sabbath worship, this Brazilian rock trio reaches back to some of the more obscure sounds of the early ‘70s hard rock scene, like Sir Lord Baltimore, Blue Cheer, and High Tide. Founded in 2008, by brothers Igor van der Laan (guitar/vocals) and Yuri van der Laan (Bass). The band's nine song debut release, 'Black Water' is heavy, fuzzy and has a great groove and a nice sense of melody. Heavy riffs and grooving rhythms dominate. This album is the one that truly sounds like it could actually have been released back in 1970. A solid listen front to back. Highlights include, “Walking on Glass,” “Mr. Grimm”, “Meet me in the Darkness ”, "Fire in the Hole" and the title track. Each song is like an epic mini jam session but in an easily digestible run time so you can't really get bored with any of the songs and they each have their unique riffs and nuances. This is the type of music which makes me picture me playing my old turntable cranked to full volume and pissing off the neighbors. Tough to find new bands these days who are original, but can evoke the way back machine into the early 70's hard rock vibe without being mere copycats and sounding cliche. Cattarse serve up a lean, filler-free album. This band is the real deal. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: AGAINST THE GRAIN by Iron Bridge Band




AGAINST THE GRAIN by Iron Bridge Band
(Messej Media and Publishing)

Iron Bridge Band have certainly taken their music to the next level with their sophomore release, 'Against The Grain' which has everything a music fan could wish for.  Comprised of Chandler Mogel (vocals), Stephen Jude Walsh (guitar), Amy Anderson (vocals, percussion) Lanie Suky (bass) and Scott Suky (drums).  These truly gifted musician serve up twelve brilliant original tracks.  A fusion of different styles of contemporary rock music which includes elements of southern rock, folk pop all stirred up nicely with passion and pure musical talent. This 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 five amazing talents that make up Iron Bridge Band; Chandler Mogel is a vocalist with a terrific range that ranges from soaring high to swooping low tones. The soulful and passionate vocal delivery of Amy Anderson is mesmerizing. In Stephen Jude Walsh the band have a genuine six string Svengali awesome guitarist. Lanie Suky on bass and Scott Suky on drums form a massively powerful rhythm section. As for the music, picking out highlights is tough the all round quality is that good. Every track is strong and pulls its own weight. Personal favorites, "A Little Too High", "Black Sheep's Son", "American Boss", the groove laden moving, "Backwood's Charm" and the Poco meets Firefall vibe of "Wilderness". This is feel good, addictive, crank the volume and rock out in your living room music! The quality of this album from beginning to end is absolutely first-rate. It warms me to know that this caliber of music is still being written, performed and enjoyed. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Thursday, August 4, 2016

CD REVIEW: APOLLO UNDER FIRE by Apollo Under Fire




APOLLO UNDER FIRE by Apollo Under Fire
(EMP Label Group)

The debut release for rock band Apollo Under Fire is not just a semi- acoustic rock album. It is a spiraling, melodromatic wave of beautifully orchestrated music.  Apollo Under Fire is, Donald Carpenter (SubmerseD, Eye Empire) - vocals , Peter Klett ((Candlebox, Lotus Crush) - guitar , Jimmy Kwong (SoulSwitch) - guitar, Stu Cox- bass and Tom Costanza (Llamabeats) - drums. This band is very talented at making very good, very complex sounds that can be listened to over and over again.  It's soothing aspect that blends beautifully.  To write good lyrics that's one thing, to write a acoustic blend of bass, guitar, and drums that's another, but to put all that together that is impressive.  Every song on this album has an amazing flow of musical talent, and lyrics that are deep that even you can feel them within yourself. Album highlights include the lead off track, "Gotta Believe", "Wings", "Refuse", the groove laden mover, "One Track Mind" and the album closing, "Sweet Freedom". You'll need to listen with an entirely new set of ears the lyrics are such a vital component. But you will sit in awe with the canvas the band unveils. A very impressive debut indeed.  - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CD REVIEW: MAKE SOME NOISE by The Dead Daisies




MAKE SOME NOISE by The Dead Daisies
(SPV Records)

The Dead Daisies are back with album number three, 'Make Some Noise". Just like self titled debut and their sophomore effort, 'Revolucion', it's a full on rocker of a recording from start to finish. John Corabi (vocals, guitar), newest member, Doug Aldrich (guitar), David Lowy (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass, backing vocals) and Brian Tichy (drums).  'Make Some Noise' is a powerhouse album on all counts incredibly groove laden rockers that are catchy topped by Marti Frederiksen's solid production. Every song on is top notch.  John Corabi's voice sounds better than ever, the musicianship and fluency is great, and the songs are varied without losing any punch. Favorite tracks include, "Long Way To Go", "Song And A Prayer", the title track, a smoking cover of the Credence Clearwater Revival classic, "Fortunate Son" and "All The Same". Hats off to Doug Aldrich and David Lowy for an extraordinary job in the guitar department. Exhibiting great chemistry. I have to admit, I was stoked to hear that Doug Aldrich  joined the band. What a truly amazing talent. His guitar playing gives this recording that extra shot of adrenaline. Marco Mendoza's bass playing is on point and Brian Tichy's drumming sounds awesome providing the band with a rock solid foundation. Overall, 'Make Some Noise', is a premium blend of hard rock. I have no doubt it will go down as one the best rock album of this year. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, July 29, 2016

CD REVIEW: LORDS OF THE DEAD, Ep by Dharma Kings




LORDS OF THE DEAD, Ep by Dharma Kings
(Independent Release)

The modern radio era is dominated by bands that fancy themselves latter-day Sex Pistols but sound more like bad Green Day knockoffs. Into this musical climate, Texas based, Dharma Kings inject a potent breath of fresh air with its five
song seEp, 'Lords Of The Dead'. The band  have provided support for Flock of Seagulls, Faster Pussycat, Asleep at the Wheel, Bullet Boys, L.A. Guns, One Eyed Doll, Hellion, Broken Teeth, Wes Cage, Soak and Eddie Trunk. The band's music has also received massive attention overseas resulting with an upcoming European tour in 2017. The band is comprised of, David Komie - vocals, Richard Jessee - guitar, Tom Coyne - bass and  Olivier Porrini - drums. At face value, the band's five song Ep , is a pretty rich hard rock  album. Only traces of the alternative/grunge sound hover around its edges. Mainly the production style and some of the riffs. But in most respects, this is very much a hard rock recording. Intellectually,  Dharma Kings step well beyond most rock bands with innovative musical intricacies and astute lyrics. David Komie's vocal prowess and  delivery are on display on songs like, "America" "Carl Sagan" and " Tied To A Chair", where he whispers and roars. Richard Jessee  is a very unique guitarist, not playing conventional solos, However, Dharma Kings are more about band interplay than individual playing: Olivier Porrini 's exact and meticulous drumming; Tom Coyne's gritty, growling bass; Richard Jessee guitar sounds are powerful and go for the throat. I have to say, it was incredibly difficult for me to crack Dharma Kings' music. However, once I did, I never looked back. If you're a music fan with an open mind and enjoy innovation and musical depth as much as I do, give Dharma Kings a listen. Listen closely to the words and think about it...interesting stuff. Recommend for anyone looking for a great listening experience. Very aggressive yet awesome.
 - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society