Monday, October 17, 2016


ROTH BROCK PROJECT by Roth Brock Project 
(Frontier Music)

Guitarist John Roth (Winger, Starship, Giant) and vocalist Terry Brock (Strangeways, Giant, Leroux) along with Scott Trammell on drums join forces to bring you the highly anticipated debut outing of the, Roth Brock Project. This debut is powerful, loaded with enough melodic hard rock firepower to rock your senses numb for days. The opening tracks, "Young Gun", "What's It To Ya", "Young Again" and "If That's What It Takes", kick off the album in impressive and powerful style - great driving summer tunes with Terry Brock's powerful vocals lifting the songs to another level along Joe Roth's amazing guitar work. "Distant Voices", "Fighter" and the album closing rockers, "Reason To Believe", are also amazing tracks.  The overall vibe to the album is influenced by the best of guitar powered melodic hard rock music. Everything about the Roth Brock Project is top class, their songwriting is up there with the best in the business. Their songs sounds fresh and are loaded with punch and attitude. If high energy feel good rock is your thing, then your so gonna love what John Roth and Terry Brock have created on this recording.  A very impressive debut outing indeed. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Sunday, October 16, 2016


(Ripple Music)

The five song monster debut Ep, 'Sabbath Highway' by San Francisco Bay rockers, The Watchers is a recording that lays down its intense intentions on your senses as soon as you press play. The recording sounds big and meaty, with an immense drum sound yet at the same time sounds like an old undiscovered vinyl gem from back in the 70's. The Watchers are powered by vocalist Tim Narducci and bassist Cornbread (SpiralArms, White Witch Canyon), Orchid drummer Carter Kennedy and guitarist Jeremy Von Eppic (BlackGates, The Venting Machine). Talk about making a statement! It's "Riff City" from start to finish with, "Sabbath Highway", "Requiem" that segues into riff powered "Call The Priest", "Today" and "Just A Needle", every song is so damn good, each one locked and loaded with supercharged guitar riffs and go for throat vocals. The bass rumbles with the sound of the breaks of an 18-wheeler, and the drums pound away with talented power.  The understanding of each other's instruments and capabilities seems perfect, the balance and energy they fuse rivals, and maybe even betters, anything any of the members have done before. The Watchers have created a recording that's just a sheer blast to listen to. The sound is phenomenal, the riffs and the hooks just seep into your bones. Expect no mercy! You won't be able to get these songs out of your head for months. This band is straight-up BAD-ASS! - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society


(Lion's Pride Music)

Better late than never, so the saying goes. Twenty five years after breaking onto the music scene East coast rockers, HitNRun finally unleash their powerhouse self titled debut upon the rock and roll masses. This is a band that opened for national recording acts like, Dirty Looks, Tyketto, and Widowmaker. Comprised of,  Eric Montoya (vocals), Jareth Grealish (guitar), Mark Sutorka (guitar), Dan Whitman (bass) and Beckett Grealish (drums). HitNRun's self titled debut delivers and delivers big! Pulling no punches and is solid from start to finish. The album thunders out of your speakers like a train at full steam rolling with tracks like, "Shot Of Love", "King Of Fools", "Got The Fire", "Take It To The Limit" and "Wild And Crazy Days", songs that have great hooks and attitude. I have to say the songs stand up well even twenty five years after being recorded. There is not a filler anywhere on the album. The guitar work is powerful and really adds to the songs - no gratuitous widdling or aimless solos but good support for spot on vocals and tight riffs. HitNRun served up hard rock music as it should be played. If you're a fan of swagger infused hard rock a la Skid Row, Wildside and Cinderella this is one album that is really worth checking out. You won't be disappointed! - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, October 14, 2016

CD REVIEW: THE BOOK by Graham Bonnet Band

THE BOOK by Graham Bonnet Band
(Frontier Records)

If time was on his side Graham Bonnet would have been more well known than having to be one of the many singers to have sung at the mic for Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow where his vocals shined on "Since You Been Gone" and "All Night Long". As well as stints and shinning as well, with Alcatrazz and Impelliteri. On his latest offering, the two disc set, 'The Book', Graham Bonnet has, in my opinion, put forth his best work to date. Sounding better than ever.  The band that is backing Graham up here are a group of talented musicians, Conrado Pesinato on guitars, Jimmy Waldo (Alcatrazz/New England) on keyboards Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, Mark Zonder (Fates Warning /Slavior) on drums and Angelo Vafeiadis on keyboards. The songs on 'The Book' remind me a lot of Graham's work on Alcatrazz's 'Distributing The Peace' and if you like that album, as I do, I can guarantee you'll find pleasure in this effort. It sure seems as Graham put a lot energy into the song writing.  As is evident on tracks like, "Into The Night", "Welcome To My Home", "Rider", the powerful, "Dead Man Walking", the Rainbow-ish vibe of the title track and the energetic mover "California Air".  Graham Bonnet really shines on this recording. As does the band that are dialed in as far as chemistry. I have to mention guitarist, Conrado Pesinato, this guy shreds it up in spectacular fashion on this recording and he doesn't miss a beat! I am blown away by his abilities! As a bonus, for his fans, Graham has included a second disc featuring a 16 tracks of re-recorded classic tracks from Graham's career. That features, "All Night Long", "Lost In Hollywood", "Since You Been Gone", "Assault Attack", "Desert Song", "Island In The Sun" and "God Blessed Video". What can I say? Inspiring would be the way to explain him. Some people when they have a career as long as him start to show their slowing down and the product is not their best, but with Graham Bonnet is like the Ever Ready bunny. He just keeps going and going and is top notch. If you are a fan of Graham's previous solo work as well as with, Rainbow, MSG and Alcatrazz, it's a no brainer, 'The Book', is a must own.
 - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society


KINGMAKER by Pretty Maids
(Frontier Records)

Danish rock legends, Pretty Maids return with their highly anticipated  release, 'Kingmaker', the band's thirteenth studio recording. Ronnie Atkins on vocals, Ken Hammer on guitars, Rene Shades on bass and Allan Tschicaja on drums. The new album was produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Primal Fear). Once again the gents from Denmark deliver an album that is nothing short of superb. Serving up a melodic hard rock feast for the ears pushing their artistic boundaries, not so much in an attempt to invent a new sound, but to put together a rocking album that captures the attitude, energy and passion that their fans have come to know and love. After my initial listen to the album I am really digging all the tracks especially, "When God Took A Day Off", the title track, "Humanize Me", "Bull's Eye", "King Of The Right Here And Now", and "Was That What You Wanted". Ken Hammer is still cranking out wicked guitar hooks and Ronnie Atkin's rough and ready vocals sound better than ever. I've been a fan of Pretty Maids since 'Red, Hot & Heavy' and the thing that impresses me about them is their ability to evolve with each album they release, and give the listener something that is genuinely different to the last offering. So many bands churn out album after album using the same tired old formula, but not Pretty Maids. 'Kingmaker' is one of the best melodic hard rock releases you’ll hear this year. One that is sure to get some serious replay time for me for months to come.  - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CD REVIEW: SOLAS by The Answer

SOLAS by The Answer
(Napalm Records)

UK based rockers, The Answer have certainly evolved since their debut release, 'Rise'. Each release taking their sound to a whole new level. On their latest release, 'Solas', there are definitely different elements coming together here with something that has soul and a good old blues rock infusion. The Answer are comprised of, just in case you are new to the band, Cormac Neeson - vocals, Paul Mahon - guitar, Michael Waters - bass and James Heatley - drums. Yes, their sound is retro, but they always somehow manage to sound fresh and exciting. Their previous recordings certainly had plenty of that late sixties early seventies psychedelic rock sound in their with touches of Zeppelin, The Who, Free etc. On this album the soulful rock sound is still very much there, but the Zeppelin references aren't quite as obvious, which is good thing, they really do sound far more themselves. Highlights include, the title tracks, "Battle Cry", "In This Light", "Left Me Standing" and "Demon Driven Man".  'Solas' carries a slightly wider musical palette than its predecessors, but the songs are well done. The band sounds really tight and on point while Cormac Neeson shows off his vocals prowess throughout showing off the true beauty of his singing. I have to admit it took a few listens for me to get into this album and let it sink in, its pleasures were not as immediately obvious as on the previous albums, but after a few listens it won me over. 'Solas', is an immersive listening experience. In these days of so much bland pop bands it's pleasure to hear guys such as The Answer still willing to make music with real soul. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, October 10, 2016

CD REVIEW: LONG WAY TO THE LIGHT by Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker

LONG WAY TO THE LIGHT by Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker
(High Roller Records)

It is an absolute travesty that Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker are not even a blip on the modern American rock and roll radar and is a testament to where rock in the states has completely ignored and traded its roots in blues and r&b for that "who can sound harder while rapping with drop-D tuning" boring bullcrap. Which brings me to Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker latest release, 'Long Way To The Light'. A straight on rock and roll album with shades of 70's classic rock and with a modern rock edge. For me, this reminds me of a little bit Thin Lizzy meets The Hellacopters and a pinch of rock and roll attitude thrown in for good measure and voila, you have a really tight rock and roll album. After a couple of plays, I was totally in the groove, the immediate standouts being, "Send Her My Love", "Traveling Through the Dark", "Break Away from This Broken Heart","The Hollow in a Rising Tone" and "No I Don't". Robert Pehrsson's vocal delivery and amazing guitar work, plus the band's tight chemistry and powerful delivery, never allow you to forget that you're listening to Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker.  All in all, 'Long Way To The Light' is an action packed collection of righteously charged rock and roll numbers from a truly an amazing band. Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society