Friday, August 9, 2019

CD REVIEW: A FLICKERING LIGHT (Deluxe Digital Edition + Singles) by Peter Gusmano




  A FLICKERING LIGHT (Deluxe Digital Edition + Singles) by Peter Gusmano
(Polar Bear Bulldog Music Inc)

'A Flickering Light' by Peter Gusmano is a very eclectic mix of guitar instrumentals that range from groove laden to the laid back. Combining wonderfully crafted and beautiful arrangements and amazing fretboard wizardry making for a memorable listening experience. Gusmano takes you on a journey with his guitar. It's not too heavy and not too melodic, just a perfect change of pace they works perfectly. Highlights include, "Sight Into Soul", "Through A Window", "Salvation", "Toxic Anger" and "Pain Of Wisdom". This deluxe edition features the new singles "Terrestrial Chatter" featuring Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream) and Brian Tichy (Dead Daisies/Whitesnake) on drums. "Halo", featuring the soulful Lisa Margaroli on vocals, "Fact & Fiction" and "Bonds: Unbroken" featuring Ty Tabor (King's X). Playing bass on all tracks is Ethan Meixsell, long time music partner whom has performed on all of Gusmano’s material. The music presented here is a work of nouveaux art, a collage of textures, emotions, and styles showcasing Gusmano's amazing musical talent. Bottom line here is, if you're a fan of excellent musical compositions brought to the limits of its power to express feeling, then you have to experience what Peter Gusmano's musical vision brings to the table, you won't regret it.  100% of all sales both digitally on iTunes and from www.guitarforacure.com are donated to Projectals.org for ALS research.   -Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, August 5, 2019

CD REVIEW: X by Hey Zeus




 X by Hey Zeus
(Argonauta Records)

As far as contributing to Rock music history the great city of Boston has produced such legends as Aerosmith, Boston, The Cars and the Pixies to name a few. Continuing that great tradition and creating their own chapter, I introduce you to the four piece juggernaut known as Hey Zeus. Bice on vocals, "Sweet" Pete Knipfing on guitars and vocals, Ken Cmar on bass and backing vocals, Todd Bowman on drums. The band's debut release, 'X', is pure high energy adrenaline that goes for the throat once you press play. This is an absolutely powerhouse of an album that is original and has a authentic sound that will have me keeping this disc in my player for several weeks and for about fifty spins or more before I pull it out. Hey Zeus serve up a vibe that is so authentically vintage that I literally went over the packing with a magnifying glass expecting to see a copyright date of 1971 somewhere. The songs rock and are in your face. Huge riffs, heavy bass, loud drums, killer vocals and just great songs. Personal favorites are, "These Eyes", "Richard The Elder", "Save Yourself", "Caveman" and "Queens". This is as good a album as any that you will find these days. All we need now is for Rock Radio to play new bands like Hey Zeus, giving them a chance to find the audience that doesn't even have a clue great new music like this is still being made. Until then, maybe you're one of them, and somehow you ended up here. If that's you, check them out, buy their album, then tell your friends. Support bands like Hey Zeus so they have a reason to continue to exist and keep blessing us with the gift of great heavy rock & f#/!g roll!   -Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Saturday, August 3, 2019

CD REVIEW: TATTERED, TORN AND WORN by David Glen Eisley




TATTERED, TORN AND WORN by David Glen Eisley 
(Ol' Boothill Records)

Ex Giuffria, Dirty White Boy, Murder's Row frontman David Glen Eisley, is back with his latest release, 'Tattered, Torn and Worn'. Along with guitarist Paul Clem Calder. Creating
a set of fourteen strong tracks that will remind many of Eisley's work with Guiffria, but with more swagger and attitude. This is hard rock at its finest and still has the commercial melodic and harmonic appeal that one expects from a superbly crafted rock record. This album is 100% prime rock music without any filler and is sure to please even the most discriminating rock music palates. Some stuff on this album will make the hair on your neck stand up. Hard, heavy and soulful, often at the same time, and I'm not sure his voice has ever sounded better on record. "Y.M.I. (At All)" is the album opener which kicks things off with Eisley's masculine and convincing vocals combined with Paul Clem Calder's adrenaline pumping guitars. Setting up what is to come with favorites for me, "Ain't No Turning Back (Floatin' In The Flood)", "Hard To Lose", "The Storm Will Come Risin'", "1964", "Devils And Diamonds" and the album's title track these are the real aces in the pack for me! 'Tattered, Torn And Worn' is one of the best, if not the finest, solo album David Glen Eisley has put out. Lyrically, musically, production, all are tight as a glove. While it might well be his finest work to date, it still retains his trademark, allowing his musical diversity to shine through. With a cohesion and flow and it promises to be a contender for 'Album of the Year'.   -Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Thursday, August 1, 2019

CD REVIEW: GUILTY PLEASURES by Soren Andersen




GUILTY PLEASURES by Soren Andersen
(Mighty Music)

Any one that love's music needs to listen to Soren Andersen. His latest effort, "Guilty Pleasures", is the type of recording that you put on when you just want to cruise in the rock mood and don't want singing. According to Soren, “This kind of album has been a dream of mine since I sat in math class and drew pictures of Marshall stacks in my school books when I was 14-15 years old." Well folks his dream becomes reality and explodes with an instrumental guitar album that will simply blow you away.  Having been a fan of Soren's work with Glenn Hughes and in Electric Guitars, I was excited to hear what He would bring to the table with an instrumental album. He delivered the goods and does not disappoint. He cuts it through out the album magnificently with a display of amazing guitar work. Managing to create an album which is fresh, powerful and varied. Instead of sticking to one approach for every song the way Yngwie or MacAlpine did, Soren plays each song as an individual piece of music with its own vibe, message and unique quality. He shows a great deal of restraint, tying his songs together with strong, well-constructed melodies and riffs that can be soloed over or improvised on to create a fluid, progressive piece of music. Every song on this album is a winner, and what makes them work so well together is their differences of style but consistency of quality. Personal favorites include, the lead off single, "City Of Angels", "Agent Wells", "Skybar", "Bad Weather", "Bird Feeder", "1983" and the album closing, "Bipolar.  No track is alike or could be mistaken for another, but they are all incredible in their own way. If you play guitar, you should check this album out. If you don't play guitar, you should check it out. It is a fine example of Soren Andersen's sheer talent. Think of Satriani and Vai, rolled up into one tight package of raw shredding talent, and you'll have an idea of what you're in for with, Soren Andersen's "Guilty Pleasures".  -Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

CD REVIEW: BIG BLUE WORLD by Unruly Child




BIG BLUE WORLD by Unruly Child
(Frontier Records)

One of melodic rock's finest bands, Unruly Child are back with their latest release. 'Big Blue World', another masterclass in melodic rock music. The diversity of this band of brothers songwriting is profound. You will rock hard, get your groove on and chill out too. Marcie Free on vocals, Bruce Gowdy on guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals, Guy Allison on keyboards, percussion, vocals.  The new album is infectious, and once engrained in your head – hard to remove. Marcie Free's vocals sound better than ever. The musicianship is on point delivering a album packed with perfectly crafted, well written songs. Album highlights include, "Living In Someone Else’s Dream", "All Over The World", "Dirty Little Girl", "The Harder They Will Fall" and "The Hard Way". This is  a very deep record musically that moves me to listen to my favorite tracks over and over. It's a mature body of work and one that in my opinion speaks volumes on why Unruly Child, in all of its variations, still creates inspiring, compelling and masterfully performed original compositions that never cease to amaze.  -Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Saturday, July 20, 2019

CD REVIEW: I BELONG by Jimi Andersen Group




I BELONG by Jimi Andersen Group
(AOR Heaven)

Scottish born, Jimi Andersen is back with his highly anticipated sophomore effort, 'I Belong', following up his amazing and overlooked debut, 'Longtime Comin'". Along with Dave Cuthbert on lead and rhythm guitars, Greame Duffin on lead and rhythm guitars and Sandy Jones on guitars, bass, Drum Programming, the group deliver another masterclass recording in the melodic rock genre. While not quite as magical as the group's fantastic debut, this much anticipated follow up does not disappoint.  Jimi Andersen's vocals once again dominates this mix of catchy and melodic mid tempo rockers and ballads and captivates the listener in a way few singers in this era are able to accomplish. Highlights include the adrenaline pumping opener "Brave New World", the melodic gem "Wonderful Tokyo Nights", the modern rock sound of "Blinded By The Light", the passionate power ballad "Until The End", the awesome main riff of "Wanna Go Around Again", the killer anthemic rock chorus of the album closing,  "State Of Shock". What Jimi Andersen does well is remind us what good music is about, it’s simple escapism. He's not trying to redefine the genre, but simply play to His strengths which include good song writing, solid musicianship and a simplistic approach. With that being said, 'I Belong' by the Jimi Andersen Group is strong and cohesive, and it's impossible to think any melodic rock fan wouldn't enjoy this album.     -Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, July 15, 2019

CD REVIEW: GREETINGS FROM ROCKETLAND by Rockett Love




GREETINGS FROM ROCKETLAND by Rockett Love 
(AOR Heaven)

Swedish based Rockett Love are back with their highly anticipated sophomore release, 'Greetings From Rocketland'. Comprised of, Daniel Samuelsson on lead vocals,  Stefan Westerlund on guitars and vocals, Gustaf Eklund on lead guitars and vocals, Dennis Vestman on bass and vocals and Fredrik Ahlin on drums, percussion and vocals. This new album takes everything they did on their debut, 'Grab The Rocket' and cranks it all up a notch. Every detail of the music is amazing! Superbly crafted songs, solid musicianship, rock solid vocals, and perfect production make for one memorable listening experience. Highlights include the awesome chorus hook of the energetic opener "Back On My Feet", the massive power of "Bite The Bullet", the adrenaline charged mover, "Get Ready Go!", the intense rock groove of "King For One Day", and the emotional vocal melodies of the epic power ballad "Take Me Home". The crunch in the guitars, the live sound of the drums, and the expert attention paid to the vocal mix deliver the goods. There is a mix of tempo between tracks and a more defined attempt to mix things up with unusual solos that don't just shred but look for a counterpoint to the melody of the song. Hats off to Erik MÃ¥rtensson (ECLIPSE, WET) for an  amazing mix. Overall,'Greetings From Rocketland' is a very high energy melodic rock album that serves up hard hitting, riff driven, hook laden songs that will stick in your head for days. The more I play this album the more I like it and it always seems to be a different song that grabs my attention. Absolutely brilliant from start to finish!    -Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society