Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CD REVIEW: END GAME by Naked




END GAME by Naked
(Escape Music)

If your a fan of melodic rock music then the brilliant debut release, 'The End Game' by Swedish based melodic rock band Naked will definitely not disappoint.  The melodies are infectious and above all original. Blending strong songs, great melodic vocals and musicianship that is on point. The band is comprised of, Peter Sundvall on vocals, Mats Stattin on rhythm guitar, Tony Borg (x-Alien) on lead guitar, Conny Payne (x-Madison) on bass, Mikael Wikman on drums and Mats Hedén (x-Weeping Willow) on keyboards. The opening trio of tracks, 'Silverthorn", "Aim For The Heart", and "Blood Of My Blood kick off the album in impressive style great melodic movers with Peter Sundvall's  powerful vocals lifting the songs to another level with amazing guitar work courtesy of Mats Stattin and Tony Borg.  "Victoria Avenue" is another winner along with "Destination Unknown". Overall,  If you are even remotely a fan of Melodic AOR Rock, this album is a must hear. The songs are polished gem, without a single moment of filler or a misplaced note. The songwriting, vocals, musicianship, arrangements and production are on point. Each time I listen to it (and that is a lot), I discover a new favorite song. 'The End Game'  by Naked is essential listening and highly recommended to fans of intense melodic rock. Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: SHAKE THE TREE by The Brew




SHAKE THE TREE by The Brew
(Jazzhaus Records)

It's attitude that serves UK based power rock trio The Brew well on their latest release,  'Shake The Tree'. Big riffs, massive grooves, and expansive improvisations. Jason Barwick on guitar and vocals, Tim Smith on bass and Kurtis Smith on LOUD drums. The opening thump of "Johnny Moore" will quickly separate the men from the boys as the trio charges into one of their most potent and pointed songs. The album continues with muscular material such as, "Knife Edge", the title track, the wicked groove of, "Black Hole Soul", "Rock'N'Roll Dealer" and "Ambassador To The Lonely". The thing about 'Shake The Tree' and The Brew in general is that it brings you back to what was truly great about driving rock music before it got taken over by the hair bands. This is rock music that is reminiscent of the past but never imitative and not revisionist. The Brew have crafted, in my opinion, their most dense and representative album yet, filled with powerhouse riffs and explosive melodies you'll be playing air guitar to after the first listen. No-nonsense hard rock with both conviction and diversity, you can't go wrong with 'Shake The Tree'. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: SHINE THROUGH by Strange Daze




SHINE THROUGH by Strange Daze
(Pavement Entertainment)

Minneapolis' based rockers Strange Daze breakout onto the music scene with their debut release, 'Shine Through'. Dishing out  a rock edge sound, yet managing to maintain a melodic sensibility to their songs. The band is comprised of,
Eric Moudry (guitars/vocals/primary songwriter), Scott Knudson (vocals/co-lyricist), Chad Armstrong (bass/vocals), and Mike Berg (drums).  Their thirteen song debut is an anthemic collection of modern rock forged in fiery emotional urgency. The album is diverse in its sounds and lyrics. Highlights include, "Satellite Soul", "Need You Here", the driving "Your Love" and the emotion filled, "Welcome / Izabelle' Song". This album is everything I like to hear in a modern day rock album, walls of guitars, melodies, powerful singing, and variety of tempos. Strange Daze accomplishes all of that on this strong debut outing. I have say, after listening to this recording, Strange Daze aren't going anywhere for a while, which is good. Overall, 'Shine Through', certainly does shine and is a strong  album with no filler tracks. I can definitely start at the beginning and listen all the way through without skipping any tracks, which is a rarity these days. 

- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CD REVIEW: ELIXIR (Ep) by Ritual King




ELIXIR (Ep) by Ritual King
(Independent Release)

The five song Ep, ''Elxir' is a powerful introduction to the UK based rock trio Ritual King. It has a great vintage vibe that fits the tunes and the playing perfectly. An rock band, built like they used to make them. Recalling bands like Cream, Grand Funk Railroad, Mountain. Jordan Leppitt on vocals and guitars, Dan Goodwin on bass and Rodge Hodges on drums. The trio bring that authentic seventies bluesy hard rock sound to this album that sounds oh so good to the brain. There are only five songs here, so it's not quite as satisfying as a full-length album but the flip side is that these five songs are all really good, so you're not getting any filler. As is evident on tracks like, "Devil's Chokehold ", "Detachment" and the lead off single, "Unorthodox Satisfaction". Obviously the whole retro music scene is getting pretty crowded these days, and not all of these new bands are worth any attention. Ritual King, though, is worth your undivided attention. 
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, September 26, 2016

CD REVIEW: THE BAD FLOWERS (Ep) by The Bad Flowers




THE BAD FLOWERS (Ep) by The Bad Flowers
(Independent Release)

'What an introduction to rising UK power rock trio, The Bad Flowers. A legit old school sound with each song bringing something different to the ear.  The trio is comprised of, Tom Leighton on vocals and guitars, Dale Tonk on bass and Karl Selickis on drums. A tight unit whose chemistry is clearly evident. The band's four song self titled Ep is gritty and powerful. From the lead off rocker, "Can You Feel It" there is no let up as the trio barrel through with with the muscular "City Lights', "Big Country" and finishing off strong with, "Run, Run, Run". The Bad Flowers have that garage and raw rock sound that is just so damn awesome! If you haven't heard this band, this recording will serve as a fine introduction to the trio.  Infectious riffs, original song-writing and contagious vigour. Great music to work out to, to make some love to and for imagining you're in the 70's to. Could be longer, but you know what they say? Always leave them wanting more. A must have for anyone that wants to follow this bands rise, The Bad Flowers, a rock band that respects the past while being in the present.
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, September 23, 2016

CD REVIEW: NOVA by RavenEye




NOVA by RavenEye
(Frontier Records)

'Nova' by The UK power rock rock trio known as RavenEye is a highly impressive and powerful debut album. One band that has been on my radar since they released their impressive Ep, 'Breaking Out'.  Comprised of, Oli Brown on vocals/guitar,  Aaron Spiers on bass and Kev Hickman on drums. The trio's big sound and energy is evident from the out-set. Hitting playing is like lighting a stick of dynamite!  From the hard-hitting riffs of "Inside", "Madeline" and "Hero" to the raw sounds of in your face rocker, "Wanna Feel You" and the down and dirty swagger of, "Oh My Love" to the bleak reality of life and death in "Eternity". This debut album will takes you on a journey of defiance, pain, hate, death and, yes, love.  If you want to blow the dust off your speakers this is the album for you. Just make sure you give a heads up to your neighbors because there is only one way to listen to this album and that is, LOUD!  'Nova'  has it all, powerhouse vocals, supercharged guitar riffs, highly charged bass lines and up front hard hitting drums. Its perfectly clear after listening to this album, RavenEye deliver a album that is loud, chock-full of energy and with a little change of pace. Sounds like a band that you'd get into? If you consider yourself a rocker, they are. 'Nova' definitely delivers the goods. RavenEye definitely have their eye on the prize. 
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CD REVIEW: THE PRELUDE IMPLICIT by Kansas




THE PRELUDE IMPLICIT by Kansas
(Inside Out Music)

For me, Kansas was America's answer to the Prog Rock movement in the UK in the 70's with bands like, Genesis, E.L.P. and The Moody Blues. A progressive rock band with mystical and patriotic tendencies. A band with a hybrid of musical styles if you will. Kansas mixes the genres of hard rock with blues, classical, jazz, country and more. This can be heard throughout their previous classic outings, which brings us to 2016 and the band's latest release, ' The Prelude Implicit'. The band's current line up is made up of, Ronnie Platt - Vocals and Keyboard, Zak Rizvi - Guitar, Richard Williams - Lead Guitar, Billy Greer - Bass and Vocals, David Manion Keyboards, David Ragsdale - Violin and Guitar and Phil Ehart - Drums. I have to say, of all the releases this year this is one that I was looking forward to hearing. So, was I blown away or was I let down? Before I give you my answer. I will say, this is a solidly crafted progressive rock album that happens to be very catchy, while containing an amalgamation of musical styles while still managing to save room for extended instrumental jams. Highlights include, "With This Heart",  the moving "Visibility Zero", "Rhythm In The Spirt", a mystical and dramatic progressive hard rock song at it's finest. The haunting, "Refugee" and the rocking "Camouflage". Overall, a memorable listening experience indeed. Kansas is arguably, in my opinion, is one of the most accessible progressive rock band ever. There is nothing that misses on, 'The Prelude Implicit'.  If you want melodic, dramatic and mystical music, armed with diversity and touches of ambiguity and accessibility, check this album out. Oh, my answer? I was definitely blown a way! 
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society