Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CD REVIEW: HOLDING ON TO NOTHING by Broken Testimony




HOLDING ON TO NOTHING by Broken Testimony
(Thermal Entertainment)

South Carolina based rock quartet, Broken Testimony burst onto the scene with their strong debut outing, 'Holding On To Nothing', a energizing listening experience with melodic sung vocals, powerful screams and addicting choruses, killer, energetic, hard-hitting riffs, driving, thumping bass lines and solid, powerful and thunderous drumming throughout. Comprised of, Judge Page on guitar and vocals, Nic Delvaux on guitar, Justin King on and drummer, Bryce Chism. I have to say after a couple of listens,  these guys are no question one of the better mainstream hard rock/alternative metal bands that I've had the pleasure of listening to and one of the better modern hard rock bands on the scene today. A musical vibe that at times, for me, borrows from such band like, Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin and Tool. The songwriting and the musicianship are on point and the production is rock solid. As is evident on album highlights like, "Control", "One Day""Fade Away" and  "Medusa", the lyrics are just excellent and full of meaning. They're full of emotions that fans of rock are used to dealing with such as anger, rage, loss, distrust, and disappointment, and these guys definitely do a great job at making these subjects feel and sound fresh. Overall, 'Holding On To Nothing' rocks, the songs distinguish themselves more from each other, making it grow on you and I enjoyed listening to it repeatedly. Kudos to the band for a job well done!Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

CD REVIEW: SOMETIMES THE WORLD AIN'T ENOUGH by The Night Flight Orchestra




SOMETIMES THE WORLD AIN'T ENOUGH by The Night Flight Orchestra
(Nuclear Blast)

The Swedish rock and roll machine known as The Night Flight Orchestra are back with their highly anticipated fourth studio release, 'Sometimes The World Ain't Enough'. Picking up where their previous outing, 'Amber Galactic', left off, the band serve up a album that is loaded with songs that are melodic yet have a classic rock vibe. Think Alan Parsons Project, Manfred Mann, Barclays Harvest etc....and you get the idea. One thing is for certain, they are addicting. It still blows my mind this band consists of members of various Swedish melodic death metal bands such as Soilwork and Arch Enemy. Just like on their previous outings, this one is dripping with classic rock influences, from the stellar guitar melodies courtesy of by David Andersson to the catchy keyboard accompaniments to the fantastic and solid vocals by Speed. The album offers up 13 tracks, highlighted by the adrenaline pumping, "This Time", the lead off single, "Paralyzed", "Moments Of Thunder", that should be the next single for radio play. "Speedwagon", "Can't Be That Bad" and "Winged and Serpentine". The bottom line, 'Sometimes the World Ain't Enough' is an instant classic. Cannot recommend The Night Flight Orchestra enough and this latest release is definitely be one of my favorite music release of this year.Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, August 6, 2018

CD REVIEW: LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE by The Tracy G. Group




LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE by The Tracy G. Group
(Spooky G. Music)

Guitarist Tracy G. (x-WWIII/Dio) along with his group, Michael Beatty on vocals, Randy Oviedo on bass and Adrian Aguilar on drums, are back with their latest slab of audio intensity, 'Land Of Make Believe', a well-rounded album with enough heaviness and energy to satisfy listeners who enjoyed the group's previous outing 'Tramp'. The songwriting is excellent (as all the songs are well-arranged and interesting), the band is solid, Tracy G.'s guitar tones are great, and the lyrics and singing are thoughtful and good. Each song has merit, as I feel there is no filler music here. As is evident with the opening instrumental, "Lil Diddy", exhibiting not only Tracy G.'s six string intensity, but as the overall tight chemistry that the members have. The lead off single, "False Reality" is up next. A powerful number that hits hard on issues that are going on in the world today. Other song highlights are, "Throw It All Away", "Warped Out", the title track and "Break Away". All in all, it is full of shred throughout the entire thing with some very interesting diversions along the way.  Michael Betty's vocals ripped my speakers, and the rhythm section of bassist Randy Oviedo and drummer Adrian Aguilar definitely shook my foundation! The Tracy G. Group lets the music speak for itself, simply speaking, 'Land Of Make Believe'  is one of the most intense listens I've had this year. This new release makes the Tracy G. Group a sound that is current and new, and I think it also gives them a great edge with attracting new listeners. It should be mandatory for anybody that claims to be a hard rock music fan. Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, July 16, 2018

MUSIC NEWS: OZONE MAMA New Singer




Ripple's Ozone Mama continues with new members on board


Since the band's record release show in February this year there have been some changes in the crew. David Szeleczki has taken over the band's former singer Marton Szekelys' vocal duites and former session-keyboard player Laszlo Lukacs continues to be part of the band as a full-time member.


The now five-piece band is about to break the recent pasts' silence and switch to full gear under the direction of main songwriter-guitarist Andras Gabor and will be touring through nine European countries like Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Sweden (Ripple Fest Sweden), Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy during the fall.

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Live:
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Photos:  János Gergely Debreczi

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CD REVIEW: TAKE YOUR MEDICINE by Hell's Gazelles




TAKE YOUR MEDICINE by Hell's Gazelles
(Independent Release)

UK rockers Hell's Gazelles breakout onto the scene with their debut five track Ep, 'Take Your Medicine'. Comprised of, Cole Bryant on vocals, Nath Digman on guitars, Rik Ridemark on bass and Luke Evans on drums.Talk about making an impression. For just being an Ep, it packs one hell of punch! All five tracks will get your adrenaline pumping. From, the opening "Give Me Something" to the album closing, "She Devil",  these lads bring riffs and vocals that have gone virtually untouched in way too many years. Definitely one of the best new bands I have heard in a long time. All Hell's Gazelles need is radio and video exposure, because they sound better than most of the cookie cutter rock music that gets played. This band is on the rise, if you love great hard rock, then give, 'Take Your Medicine a listen because these deliver the goods and they  rock hard.Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, June 18, 2018

CD REVIEW: ROMPUS POMPOUS by Smash Fashion




ROMPUS POMPOUS by Smash Fashion
(Electric Pudding Records)

L.A. based rockers Smash Fashion are back with their latest release, 'Rompus Pompous'. A another example of this band's prowess in true rock and roll. Comprised of, Roger Deering on vocals & guitar,  Lloyd Stuart Casson on lead guitar, Scarlet Rowe on electric bass and Reijo "Repo" Kauppila on drums. Smash Fashion are so entrenched in solid rock and roll they are never persuaded away from outstanding musicianship, great lyrics, endless energy and arresting vocals. This is a band showing the younger generation how to rock!! Paying homage to the great bands of the late 70s and early 80s. A mix of glam, power pop, punk and classic rock. 'Rompus Pompous' is a extremely well crafted, crunchy and hooky rock and roll album performed with a basic rock sensibility. The approach throughout is basic rock and roll, yet so few bands can execute this simple genre with honesty. In fact no track on the entire album tries to venture into new sonic ground or get experimental. Highlighted by the rocking "Can't Take You Anywhere", "Wolves Of Wonderland", "Teenage Demon", the glam induced power trip of, "Proper Way To Eat A Muffin", the lead off single, "Runs In The Family", "Gentle Hand" and "'Smiles And Daggers". This new album sounds tougher than the band's previous outing 'Big Cat Love", it's swings a big punch and when it hits you, you'll know about it. The louder you play this back the better - trust me, the neighbours won't complain either. Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

CD REVIEW: BIG CITY LIFE by Big City




BIG CITY LIFE by Big City
(Rock Of Angels)

The highly anticipated sophomore release, 'Big City Life' from the Norwegian based melodic prog rockers Big City is proof positive that the dreaded "Sophomore Slump", does not effect every band. Picking up where the left off with their powerful debut, 'Wintersleep' (which is added as a bonus disc with this release), the maturity of the band is simply tremendous. Comprised of, Jan Le Brandt on vocals, guitarist, Daniel Olaisen, Frank Ørland, on guitar, Miguel Pereira on bass and Frank Nordeng Røe on drums. The band have created a high precision progressive rock album that is both exhilarating and intense. The musical chemistry is tight as a glove and the vocals are on point. There are no songs worth mentioning that are to be avoided. This is a recording where every song is exceptional. Highlighted by the likes of the adrenaline pumping opening , "Big City Life" that opens the album. "Daemon In The Dark", "From This Day", "Running For Your Life", the haunting, "Forgive Me Now" and "Tower Of Babylon". The lyrics are brilliantly imaginative and each song's melodic construction masterful. Jan Le Brandt's powerful vocals will amaze you with his tremendous vocal range, as well as the amazing riffs and solos of the six string duo of Daniel Olaisen, Frank Ørland. The rhythm section of Miguel Pereira and Frank Nordeng Røe cannot be denied either. The bottom line here is, if you like well written rock music performed with precision and with a dynamic range, Big City is for you. This is a band hitting their stride and is definitely on the way up! Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society