Monday, December 11, 2017

CD REVIEW: BLUES- O- DELIC CELEBRATION by Blindstone




BLUES- O- DELIC CELEBRATION by Blindstone
(Grooveyard Records)

The juggernaut blues rock trio from Denmark, Blindstone are back with an intense homage to the Blues legends with, 'Blues-O-Delic Celebration'. The trio is powered by six string Jedi, Martin J. Andersen, bassist Jesper Bunk and on the skins, Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen with guest guitarist, Magnus & Jens Andersen. As a unit, Blindstone are the epitome of what a well oiled music machine should sound like. They prove that here by serving up 13 smoking Blues classics and giving each song a shot a adrenaline that will make your blood pressure push to overload. The B.B. King penned "Rock Me Baby" opens the album in smoking hot fashion. The trio's supercharged take on this classic is simply mind blowing.  The trio keeps the adrenaline pumping as they rip into, "Blood Stream" (Rocky Hill) and a smoking take of the Freddie King penned, "Pack It Up". As I listen, I am simply blown away by Martin J. Andersen. An incredible guitar master, solid vocals makes you sit down, strap in tight and get ready for take off.  He plays a mean guitar. Not all guitarists know how to get the mean deep sound out of their six string, Andersen does it with ease. As he exhibits to perfection on smoking tracks like, "Me And My Woman" (Shuggie Otis), "Something's Got A Hold Of Me" (Gales Brothers), "Built For Comfort" (Willie Dixon) and "Finger On The Trigger" (Albert King). All in all a great selection of cover songs. For blues lovers, its a no brainer, 'Blues-O-Delic Celebration' by Blindstone is a must have.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CD REVIEW: IT'S ABOUT TIME by Satin




IT'S ABOUT TIME by Satin
(Tidal Discovery)

Tom Satin is back with his highly anticipated sophomore album titled, 'It's About Time', and just like his 2014 debut it is another superb example of high quality melodic rock. For those new to Tom Satin, this guy is a musical genius, this man plays, sings, produces and mixes everything. Musically, he serves up a vibe that is very reminiscent to Stan Bush or Rick Springfield. The songs are simply amazing combining elements such as memorable vocal melodies, great guitar solos, solid performances, and killer production. The whole album is strong but some highlights include the cracking opening track, "Look Up In The Sky", the hook laden choruses of gems like"Waiting For Someone", and "Use It Or Lose It", and the brilliant guitar riffs and memorable chorus of "True Love". Every single song is a gem, without a single moment of filler or a misplaced note. Well-crafted melodic rock that sticks in your head. In this era of empty headed corporate robot music for the masses, it is refreshing to hear such thoughtful and upbeat music. Satin's 2014 debut indeed established an AOR/melodic rock sound all his own. And that is exactly what 'Its About Time' verifies, that the craft of his debut did not occur by chance. If you are even remotely a fan of Melodic AOR Rock, this album is for you.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CD REVIEW: LONG WAY BACK TO THE MOON by Galactic Cowboys




LONG WAY BACK TO THE MOON by Galactic Cowboys
(Mascot Records)

They're Back! Houston, Texas based rockers, Galactic Cowboys return with their highly anticipated new release, 'Long Way Back To The Moon', the band's first studio release in seventeen years. The Galactic Cowboys have been one of my favorite bands since 1991. Why?  They've been considered as somewhat of an musical enigma,  a perfect combination of  melodic thrash, progressive metal, and BEATLES-esque harmonies into a genre of its own creation. Some people either love them or hate them. I LOVE them. The new release also features the original lineup of lead vocalist Ben Huggins, drummer/vocalist Alan Doss, guitarist/vocalist Dane Sonnier and vocalist/bassist Monty Colvin. 'Long Way To The Moon' offers up 13  brand new and modern tracks. Even though it's been seventeen years since their last studio release, the boys sound better than ever cranking out songs that contain all the catchy hooks, clever progressive song structure all with the harmonies that Galactic Cowboys have come to fans love. For me, the vibe takes me back to the band's first two albums. As for stand out tracks, "In The Clouds", "Internal Masquerade", "Next Joke" and "Amisarewas", but they're all really good. The amazing thing is how cohesive the album is - it all fits together perfectly! Overall, 'Long Way Back To The Moon' is a triumphant return for the Galactic Cowboys. Was it worth the wait? Hell yeah it was! Welcome back boys!
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CD REVIEW: MOTH by MOTH




MOTH by MOTH
(Independent Release)

Los Angeles based rockers, MOTH bust onto the scene with their powerhouse five song self titled Ep. Comprised of, Gary Gladson on guitar, Dan Grody on drums, Joe Puccio on bass and Dewey Bragg on vocals. This ain't just some rehashed riffs and vocals. No my brother's and sister's. These guys are tight. While this is only Ep, the songs pack one hell of a punch. Each song hits your senses like a right hook. The lead off track, "State Of Your Wings", is a supercharger of track that begs to cranked to maximum volume. Don't expect a let up in intensity as the band rips into your senses and taking no prisoners with, "Cobra' Bite", "Alarma", "Womanizer", "Aim". These rock and roll wizards have conjured some really sweet riffs and magically embedded them into a album. You won't find any ballads here. The sound is perfect as the stereo placement reflects that of old school metal and beyond to melt your brain and bake your eyeballs in headphone ecstasy. This is the type of music which makes me picture my old Denon Turntable, Marantz Receiver and Cerwin-Vega speakers cranking out all those watts....keeping the roommates awake or just pissing off the neighbors. MOTH is the real deal.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, November 10, 2017

CD REVIEW: BLACK BUTTERFLY by Steve Walsh




BLACK BUTTERFLY by Steve Walsh
(Escape Music)

Steve Walsh (Kansas/Streets) is back with his latest release, 'Black Butterfly', a recording that is everything you would expect it to be from someone like Steve Walsh, the man is a legend and this album oozes quality from start to finish. Backing Walsh up on the album are, Tommy Denander (Radioactive) on guitars, keyboards, Jerome Mazza (Pinnacle Point) on vocals, Steve Overland (FM/Shadowman) on backing vocals, Brian Anthony on bass and Peter Yttergren on drums. This album is simply amazing, but it's nothing like what Walsh did in Kansas or Streets and despite being a fan of both band's, I think that's a good thing. This is Steve Walsh putting out a solid melodic rock album that needs to be listened to over and over to appreciate it.  It has depth and power if you give it a chance. All twelve tracks offered up are all solid. Highlights include, "Born In Fire", "Grace And Nature", "Winds Of War", "Now Until Forever" and "Mercy On Me". The arrangements, the singing, the playing and the overall sound, they're all spot on. I was truly blown away at how this album sounds. Anyone who doubted Steve Walsh's ability to soar vocally will be pleasantly surprised, for all of the trademark high notes are here, which brought a smile to my face. 'Black Butterfly' is an exciting piece of work. Overall,  a rock solid album and a triumphant return by a true rock icon.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: SHOTGUN SLINGER by L.A. Cobra




SHOTGUN SLINGER by L.A. Cobra
(Power Slyde Records)

South African rockers, L.A. Cobra are back with their third studio album 'Shotgun Slinger'. I will say this, this album will easily make any rock fan harken back to the old days when bands like Motley Crue and Skid Row ruled the airwaves. L.A. Cobra, virtually revitalized the sleaze-rock genre with this release. It has everything you could want in a sleaze rock record. Monster choruses and hard-rocking riffs. As exhibited on rocking tracks like, "Running Wild", "Ride", the title track, "WTFR (Wrong Things Feel Right)" and "Good Taste In Bad Women", the other tracks are no less enjoyable, or rocking. Beyond the large choruses, the heavy riffs, the guitar melodies and solos, what makes , 'Shotgun Slinger' a solid listen is the fact that it sounds convincing; the glamorous attitude is real, the sleaze atmosphere is real and the passion in performance undeniable. A modern-day classic for the glam/sleaze genre. I honestly can't see how if your a fan of late 80's or early 90's hard rock, like myself, you would not be impressed by this record. If you love Ratt, Motley Crue and Poison, you should be in hair metal heaven with L.A. Cobra.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, November 3, 2017

CD REVIEW: MK II by Vandenberg's Moonkings




MK II by Vandenberg's Moonkings
(Mascot Records)

Veteran guitarist Adrian Vandenberg is back with his band,  Moonkings and their sophomore release, 'MK II'. As with their self titled debut, this new album has something for every rock and roller. Bringing back a classic rock infused sound with a modern day vibe. Jan Hoving once again delivers a solid job in the vocals department. While the rhythm section of bassist, Sem Christoffel and drummer Mart Nijen Es give the band a rock solid foundation. As unit the band sound tight and you can hear it in the music. The songs have plenty of bluesy riffs and hooks which make them easily accessible on first listen. Album highlights include, "Tightrope", "Angel In Black", "The Fire", "All Or Nothing" and "If You Can't Handle The Heat".  All twelve tracks offer up a terrific ride of an album that shows, in complete contrast to the depressing wailings of the trendy indie set, just how joyful and exuberant music can and should be, and how tremendous it can make you feel. Overall, Vandenberg's Moonkings are very much a band where the whole is far greater than sum of it's parts. Those "parts" are seasoned musicians who work, write and play as a team, and who have produced yet another solid album packed with strong material, excellent musicianship and strong vocals contributing to a superb set of tight, powerful rock music that I would highly recommend.  Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, October 27, 2017

CD REVIEW: PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY by Sons Of Apollo




PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY by Sons Of Apollo
(Inside Out Records)

In Greek mythology, Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto, twin brother of Artemis. He was the god of music. Every Greek God had human offsprings and in the case of Apollo his demigod offspring have formed together to become the Sons Of Apollo. The new intense progressive rock band that features Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, ex-Dream Theater), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big) and Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Journey).  Together these talented musicians have created one of the most intense progressive rock recording you will experience with their debut outing, 'Psychotic Symphony'. Serving up a brand of progressive rock that is a demonstration of talent that very few artists can achieve. This album encompasses their commitment to music using many different styles that influence their unique sound. The writing, the riffs and the songs are all great The album opens with the epic eleven minute plus opus, "God Of The Sun", right off the bat my senses were bombarded with musical intensity. An intensity that did not let up as the next two tracks "Coming Home" and "Sign Of The Times" blasted out of my speakers. Other highlights include, "Labyrinth", "Alive", "Divine Addiction", a track to me is Deep Purple ('Perfect Stranger' era) on overdrive. For the prog rock freaks out there (like myself), the band closes out the album with "Opus Maximus", that clocks in at a little if ten minutes. I understand that when it comes to Progressive Rock music, it's not for everyone. But to those who get it, this album is truly masterclass. The Sons Of Apollo have truly delivered a work of art here. Everyone is involved on this album to a great degree and the production is exceptional.  My hat goes off to the Sons Of Apollo on this amazing and powerful debut album. Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, October 23, 2017

CD REVIEW: SING IT LOUD by Romeo Riot




SING IT LOUD by Romeo Riot
(Kivel Records)

'Sing It Loud' the debut release from America's newest "Super Group", Romeo Riot is a premium blend of melodic rock. Even the lyrics, so often the downfall of melodic rock albums, begs repeated listens. Romeo Riot is comprised of Mark Giovi on lead vocals (Former Vocalist of Farcry - High Gear and Optimism albums), Erik Johnson on guitars and vocals (Bombay Black), Scott Miller on guitars (Tango Down), Ty Sims on bass (Bombay Black) and Jace Pawlak on keyboards and vocals. Stand out tracks? Almost impossible to pick given the high standard of songwriting, performing and production but, "Room To Run", "Streets Of Babylon", the title track, "Twist Of Fate" and the album closer " Best Night Of Our Lives" would be my choices if pushed.  I will say this, the songs on this album are some the best melodic rock songs I've heard this year. Instant sing along songs that you'd call your friends and put your phone to the speakers and "Check these guys out!" The bottom line is if you're a fan of melodic rock, 'Sing It Loud' by Romeo Riot will take you back to a genre of music often overlooked in this day and age. It is filled with songs that have great hooks, rocking guitars, and big, well sung choruses. You will find yourself singing along right from the first listen. Truly a melodic rock masterclass that must be experienced.Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society