Monday, October 24, 2016


(AFM Records)

Veteran guitarist, Herman Frank (Accept, Victory, Moon' Doc) returns with latest effort, ' The Devil Rides Out', picking up where he left off with, ' Right In The Guts'. Vocalist Rick Altzi (Masterplan) continues to be part of the line-up, complemented by Rage drummer André Hilgers and Jaded Heart bassist Michael Müller. This latest outing is packed with meaty sound that just powers through the entire album, some really catchy riffs, great guitar and drum work, topped with some edgy vocals. I have to say Rick Altzi's vocals sound great, there is a certain edge to his vocal delivery this time out. As a whole, the band sounds tight and like they really mean business. The music is explosive and bombastic on a grand scale, and in combination with the production, it jumps out of the speakers. "Running Back" is a cracking opener and then the great songs keep coming, difficult to single out the best but certainly, the title track, "No Tears In Heaven", the lead off single, "Balhog Zone", "Stone Cold" and "Dead Or Alive" do it for me. Rifferamma abounds as loaded teutonic hard rock anthems follow one after the other. This is hard rock at its essence that is guaranteed to piss off the cool kids and adult with serious pretentions. Crunchy riffs, impressive solos and memorable vocal patterns are what this album is all about, and it delivers the goods to keep the listener engaged and leave them satisfied at the album's conclusion. Overall, 'The Devil Rides Out' is a stunner of an album. There are so many memorable moments and catchy riffs on here that it almost doesn’t hit you right away just how very well-written and impressive it is.
Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, October 21, 2016


CONTAGIOUS by Overland 
(Escape Music)

One of the best voices in rock music, Steve Overland returns with his latest endeavor, 'Contagious' and if you like an album that is packed with great melodic rock songs, this album is certainly that. Like his previous solo efforts, 'Diamond Dealer' and 'Epic', this new album is everything any fan of melodic rock could ever want. Backing Steve up are, Tommy Denander (guitar, keyboards), Tony Franklin (bass) and Lars Chriss (drums). I've been a fan of Steve Overland since the 80's when he fronted Wildlife and of course his classic work with FM and the other numerous projects he's been involved in. For me, it doesn't matter who Steve Overland works with, everything he does is superb. 'Contagious' is proof of that. Highlighted with tracks like, "Doctor My ", "Edge Of The Universe", "Wildest Dreams", "Pocket Full Of Dreams" and "Shame On You", the songs are well crafted, well balanced and well produced. Steve Overland's is one point sounding soulful and powerful as ever, and it would be remiss not to mention, Tommy Denander's outstanding guitar work and the tight groove served up by Tony Franklin and Lars Chriss. The overall chemistry of the musicians fit the songs like a glove. If you like melodic rock music with catchy hooks, sing along choruses and love singing along an open highway in the Summer with the roof down, this album is just what the doctor ordered. Steve Overland with 'Contagious' has put out a another great album that is executed with power and finesse from beginning to end. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

DOORS TO NO WHERE by The Haunting

DOORS TO NO WHERE by The Haunting
(Independent Release)

Doors To No Where' is a impressive debut outing for the California based rock trio, The Haunting.  The trio is comprised of, Marc Lewis on guitars and vocals, Sean Sanford on bass and vocals and Pete Testoff on drums.  The trio dish out a mix of stoner style grooves and traditional rocking riffs with an old school rock vibe with plenty of variation. All nine tracks on this recording display their own unique heavy guitar riffs, flowing drums and solid vocals. Whether in the sinister rocking vibe of "Devil's Backbone,' the riff laden rocker, "Burn" or the swagger filled intensity of 'Wires'. If you like heavy things, there will be something here that gives your senses immense pleasure, no matter how narrow your tastes. If you have the slightest interest the hard rock music genre, you really need to check out, 'Doors To No Where' by The Haunting.  Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

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