Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CD REVIEW: END GAME by Naked




END GAME by Naked
(Escape Music)

If your a fan of melodic rock music then the brilliant debut release, 'The End Game' by Swedish based melodic rock band Naked will definitely not disappoint.  The melodies are infectious and above all original. Blending strong songs, great melodic vocals and musicianship that is on point. The band is comprised of, Peter Sundvall on vocals, Mats Stattin on rhythm guitar, Tony Borg (x-Alien) on lead guitar, Conny Payne (x-Madison) on bass, Mikael Wikman on drums and Mats Hedén (x-Weeping Willow) on keyboards. The opening trio of tracks, 'Silverthorn", "Aim For The Heart", and "Blood Of My Blood kick off the album in impressive style great melodic movers with Peter Sundvall's  powerful vocals lifting the songs to another level with amazing guitar work courtesy of Mats Stattin and Tony Borg.  "Victoria Avenue" is another winner along with "Destination Unknown". Overall,  If you are even remotely a fan of Melodic AOR Rock, this album is a must hear. The songs are polished gem, without a single moment of filler or a misplaced note. The songwriting, vocals, musicianship, arrangements and production are on point. Each time I listen to it (and that is a lot), I discover a new favorite song. 'The End Game'  by Naked is essential listening and highly recommended to fans of intense melodic rock. Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: SHAKE THE TREE by The Brew




SHAKE THE TREE by The Brew
(Jazzhaus Records)

It's attitude that serves UK based power rock trio The Brew well on their latest release,  'Shake The Tree'. Big riffs, massive grooves, and expansive improvisations. Jason Barwick on guitar and vocals, Tim Smith on bass and Kurtis Smith on LOUD drums. The opening thump of "Johnny Moore" will quickly separate the men from the boys as the trio charges into one of their most potent and pointed songs. The album continues with muscular material such as, "Knife Edge", the title track, the wicked groove of, "Black Hole Soul", "Rock'N'Roll Dealer" and "Ambassador To The Lonely". The thing about 'Shake The Tree' and The Brew in general is that it brings you back to what was truly great about driving rock music before it got taken over by the hair bands. This is rock music that is reminiscent of the past but never imitative and not revisionist. The Brew have crafted, in my opinion, their most dense and representative album yet, filled with powerhouse riffs and explosive melodies you'll be playing air guitar to after the first listen. No-nonsense hard rock with both conviction and diversity, you can't go wrong with 'Shake The Tree'. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: SHINE THROUGH by Strange Daze




SHINE THROUGH by Strange Daze
(Pavement Entertainment)

Minneapolis' based rockers Strange Daze breakout onto the music scene with their debut release, 'Shine Through'. Dishing out  a rock edge sound, yet managing to maintain a melodic sensibility to their songs. The band is comprised of,
Eric Moudry (guitars/vocals/primary songwriter), Scott Knudson (vocals/co-lyricist), Chad Armstrong (bass/vocals), and Mike Berg (drums).  Their thirteen song debut is an anthemic collection of modern rock forged in fiery emotional urgency. The album is diverse in its sounds and lyrics. Highlights include, "Satellite Soul", "Need You Here", the driving "Your Love" and the emotion filled, "Welcome / Izabelle' Song". This album is everything I like to hear in a modern day rock album, walls of guitars, melodies, powerful singing, and variety of tempos. Strange Daze accomplishes all of that on this strong debut outing. I have say, after listening to this recording, Strange Daze aren't going anywhere for a while, which is good. Overall, 'Shine Through', certainly does shine and is a strong  album with no filler tracks. I can definitely start at the beginning and listen all the way through without skipping any tracks, which is a rarity these days. 

- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CD REVIEW: ELIXIR (Ep) by Ritual King




ELIXIR (Ep) by Ritual King
(Independent Release)

The five song Ep, ''Elxir' is a powerful introduction to the UK based rock trio Ritual King. It has a great vintage vibe that fits the tunes and the playing perfectly. An rock band, built like they used to make them. Recalling bands like Cream, Grand Funk Railroad, Mountain. Jordan Leppitt on vocals and guitars, Dan Goodwin on bass and Rodge Hodges on drums. The trio bring that authentic seventies bluesy hard rock sound to this album that sounds oh so good to the brain. There are only five songs here, so it's not quite as satisfying as a full-length album but the flip side is that these five songs are all really good, so you're not getting any filler. As is evident on tracks like, "Devil's Chokehold ", "Detachment" and the lead off single, "Unorthodox Satisfaction". Obviously the whole retro music scene is getting pretty crowded these days, and not all of these new bands are worth any attention. Ritual King, though, is worth your undivided attention. 
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, September 26, 2016

CD REVIEW: THE BAD FLOWERS (Ep) by The Bad Flowers




THE BAD FLOWERS (Ep) by The Bad Flowers
(Independent Release)

'What an introduction to rising UK power rock trio, The Bad Flowers. A legit old school sound with each song bringing something different to the ear.  The trio is comprised of, Tom Leighton on vocals and guitars, Dale Tonk on bass and Karl Selickis on drums. A tight unit whose chemistry is clearly evident. The band's four song self titled Ep is gritty and powerful. From the lead off rocker, "Can You Feel It" there is no let up as the trio barrel through with with the muscular "City Lights', "Big Country" and finishing off strong with, "Run, Run, Run". The Bad Flowers have that garage and raw rock sound that is just so damn awesome! If you haven't heard this band, this recording will serve as a fine introduction to the trio.  Infectious riffs, original song-writing and contagious vigour. Great music to work out to, to make some love to and for imagining you're in the 70's to. Could be longer, but you know what they say? Always leave them wanting more. A must have for anyone that wants to follow this bands rise, The Bad Flowers, a rock band that respects the past while being in the present.
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, September 23, 2016

CD REVIEW: NOVA by RavenEye




NOVA by RavenEye
(Frontier Records)

'Nova' by The UK power rock rock trio known as RavenEye is a highly impressive and powerful debut album. One band that has been on my radar since they released their impressive Ep, 'Breaking Out'.  Comprised of, Oli Brown on vocals/guitar,  Aaron Spiers on bass and Kev Hickman on drums. The trio's big sound and energy is evident from the out-set. Hitting playing is like lighting a stick of dynamite!  From the hard-hitting riffs of "Inside", "Madeline" and "Hero" to the raw sounds of in your face rocker, "Wanna Feel You" and the down and dirty swagger of, "Oh My Love" to the bleak reality of life and death in "Eternity". This debut album will takes you on a journey of defiance, pain, hate, death and, yes, love.  If you want to blow the dust off your speakers this is the album for you. Just make sure you give a heads up to your neighbors because there is only one way to listen to this album and that is, LOUD!  'Nova'  has it all, powerhouse vocals, supercharged guitar riffs, highly charged bass lines and up front hard hitting drums. Its perfectly clear after listening to this album, RavenEye deliver a album that is loud, chock-full of energy and with a little change of pace. Sounds like a band that you'd get into? If you consider yourself a rocker, they are. 'Nova' definitely delivers the goods. RavenEye definitely have their eye on the prize. 
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CD REVIEW: THE PRELUDE IMPLICIT by Kansas




THE PRELUDE IMPLICIT by Kansas
(Inside Out Music)

For me, Kansas was America's answer to the Prog Rock movement in the UK in the 70's with bands like, Genesis, E.L.P. and The Moody Blues. A progressive rock band with mystical and patriotic tendencies. A band with a hybrid of musical styles if you will. Kansas mixes the genres of hard rock with blues, classical, jazz, country and more. This can be heard throughout their previous classic outings, which brings us to 2016 and the band's latest release, ' The Prelude Implicit'. The band's current line up is made up of, Ronnie Platt - Vocals and Keyboard, Zak Rizvi - Guitar, Richard Williams - Lead Guitar, Billy Greer - Bass and Vocals, David Manion Keyboards, David Ragsdale - Violin and Guitar and Phil Ehart - Drums. I have to say, of all the releases this year this is one that I was looking forward to hearing. So, was I blown away or was I let down? Before I give you my answer. I will say, this is a solidly crafted progressive rock album that happens to be very catchy, while containing an amalgamation of musical styles while still managing to save room for extended instrumental jams. Highlights include, "With This Heart",  the moving "Visibility Zero", "Rhythm In The Spirt", a mystical and dramatic progressive hard rock song at it's finest. The haunting, "Refugee" and the rocking "Camouflage". Overall, a memorable listening experience indeed. Kansas is arguably, in my opinion, is one of the most accessible progressive rock band ever. There is nothing that misses on, 'The Prelude Implicit'.  If you want melodic, dramatic and mystical music, armed with diversity and touches of ambiguity and accessibility, check this album out. Oh, my answer? I was definitely blown a way! 
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: A PERFECT WORLD by tAKiDA




A PERFECT WORLD by tAKiDA
(The End Records)

Formed in the 2000’s in the small town of Ånge in northern Sweden, tAKiDA have been one of Scandinavia’s best-selling rock acts and concert draws over the last decade. The band returns with their latest release, 'A Perfect World'. A album that is laced with great hooks, strong pop sensibility with enough of an edge to knock you off your chair every now and then. Demonstrating just how diverse and talented they truly are. Robert Petterson: Vocals, Mattias Larsson: Guitar, 
Tomas Wallin : Guitar, Fredrik Pålsson : Bass and Kristoffer Söderström : Drums. Among the outstanding standouts tracks are, "Don't Wait Up" "Ill Find My Way Home", the lead off single, "Better" and "Wild Eyes", these tracks are fresh and exciting, filled with zeal and melodic traits that transcend the pure energy contained in each. 'A Perfect World' has a lot to offer to people new to tAKiDA, fans of the indie genre, fans of modern rock music, but you do need to come into it with an open mind. The problem for a band like tAKiDA are fans who hate trying something new, but wouldn't life be boring if everyone always did the same thing. 
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

THE DEAD DAISIES LIVEN UP THE SUNSET STRIP





THE DEAD DAISIES LIVEN UP THE SUNSET STRIP
Show review by Bill Rowan, The Dedicated Rocker Society (Photos by: Bill Rowan) 

As I’m cruising over the hill from the Valley, heading out to the Strip, it seemed like another Thursday night in Hollywood. Upon reaching the famous Whisky a Go Go there is a crowd gathering outside as the marquee reads The Dead Daisies. Who are the Dead Daisies you night ask? Well, formed in 2012 across the globe in Australia by a singer from New Zealand and a native Aussie guitar player the band has been a melting pot of musicians from around the world. Now with 3 albums under their belt, the line-up has come to rest upon the band that will be performing tonight.  Along with co-founding Aussie guitarist David Lowy, we have the beast from Jersey on drums Brian Tichy and on bass all the way from San Diego the madman Marco Mendoza. Rounding out the Daisies we have Philly natives John Corabi handling vocals and the flexible fingers of one Doug Aldrich on lead guitar.

 Once inside this historical landmark is when the real magic happens. For a week night with plenty of others things to do in this busy city, it’s packed, hot and sweaty inside as we wait for the arrival of this talented band of musicians. As usual, once you hear the sound system playing the mash up of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, then you know they are about to hit the stage.


When I say hit the stage I mean BAM! Here are a couple of covers for you L.A. First up, “Midnight Moses” the Sensational Alex Harvey Band song from the Daisies 2nd LP,  Revolución, going right into the cover of the Cactus classic “Evil”. There’s no doubt about it, these guys came to conquer. Now it’s time to tackle the new record, with the title track “Make Some Noise” and “Long Way To Go”. And I must say, my heart is feeling the presence of drummer Brian Tichy as he pounds his way through the songs only to be matched by his low end brother Marco on bass. 


Did I tell you who opened the show? It was Steve Rodgers and his acoustic guitar. The son of the great singer from Free/Bad Co. Mr. Paul Rodgers. Let’s say he did his dad proud, especially when he ended his set acapella. Now back to the headliners. Was it a coincidence that the band covered his dad’s song “All Right Now” a day after the birthday of Free guitarist Paul Kossoff? Who knows? It sounded great just the same. To my surprise after the latest gem “All The Same” Marco told us that they were recording tonight. This got the packed house a little more pumped up in the heat of the moment. 


Singer John Corabi played acoustic guitar on “Something I Said” while Doug Aldrich broke out the voice box for their cover of the Who classic, “Join Together”  then segued right into a very underrated song which happened to be their first single, “Lock-n-Load”. I thought maybe Slash would come out and play his very recognizable riff that he played on their first record. Instead it was time to hear a drum solo and this was my first time seeing Brian play in a small club. He did not disappoint, he demolished the drums with both his sticks and his hands. This lead into their rousing rendition of the CCR classic “Fortunate Son”. Another first for me was seeing Doug Aldrich play a BC Rich guitar and Doug was on fire the whole night, no matter what guitar he was playing. 



The band continued to rip through the heat of the night on songs like, “The Last Time I Saw The Sun”, “With You and I” and one of my favorites “A Song and A Prayer”. After introducing the band, things got HEAVY, with “Mainline” and their version of “Helter Skelter”. Wow, what an amazing night of hard rock and what a display of top notch musicians having fun on a Thursday.

For an encore the guys continued their onslaught with “Mexico” and from their latest, “We All Fall Down” only to finish out the set with a cover of the Joe South classic, “Hush”. All in all I must say, there will always be a place for Hard Rock, even on the Sunset Strip in 2016. Thanks to David, John, Doug, Brian and Marco from The Dead Daisies and Chip from Chipster PR.
-Bill Rowan, Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: REACH by Tyketto




REACH by Tyketto
(Frontier Records)

After five years of relentless touring that included playing on some of the most prestigious stages on the planet, Tyketto took their revitalized energy in to the studio in the spring of 2016. The result being their powerful latest release, 'Reach'
The sessions took place at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales (Queen, Rush, Oasis). Danny Vaughn – lead vocals, Chris Green - guitar, vocals, Chris Childs - bass guitar, vocals, Ged Rylands (X-TEN/Rage Of Angels) - keyboards, vocals and Michael Clayton Arbeeny - drums, percussion, vocals. This latest offering from Tyketto is a rock solid release front to back.. There's some true epics on here and I have to salute Danny Vaughn  for his remarkable efforts over the years. He is a powerful singer, able to easily add a strong emotional touch with his voice. He's got power and melody, pitch perfect delivery, and with a subtle natural grit and on this release, he delivers the goods. Stand out tracks for me are the title track, the adrenaline induced mover, "Big Money", "Kick Like A Mule", the Survivor-ish, "I Need It Now" and "Tearing Down The Sky", that echoes the 'Forever Young' era of the band. Overall, 'Reach' is a well made album of melodic hard rock. Tyketto continue to push forward amid a music industry devoid of any substance whatsoever provides hope for future generations that hear this music and decide that, while rap and pop songs are really nice, this music just tears that music to shreds. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: HUMAN NATURE by Hardline




HUMAN NATURE by Hardline
(Frontier Records)

I believe if you ask any fan of Hardline, what their favorite release is? They'd more than likely say, the band's debut 'Double Eclipse'. The bar was raised so high after that release that what followed were good, but not great albums. Some saying, including myself, that the band had lost their edge. Maybe due to the numerous line up changes. Well folks, Hardline are back with their latest release, 'Human Nature' and I will say after just one listen the band have found that edge and have released their most powerful recording to date. When I say powerful, I'm talking in your face melodic hard rock that has a serious attitude. Johnny Gioeli – Lead Vocals, Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Josh Ramos - Guitars, Anna Portalupi - Bass and Francesco Jovino - Drums.  All these musicians have an impressive pedigree, but what makes Hardline special is how well their unique and different talents blend together. They definitely came up with the right formula here. Every song on this album is instantly memorable and they all – seriously, there's no filler here – come together perfectly. Highlights include “Where Will We Go From Here,”, "Nobody's Fool" the title track, the monster "World Is Falling Down", in my opinion the heaviest song I've heard from the band and "In The Dead Of Night". If you've enjoyed recent Hardline releases but have wished they'd do something that made you feel the way their debut did, your wait is over.  'Human Nature' is a powerhouse of release from Hardline and is one of the best rock albums 2016 has to offer. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, September 19, 2016

CD REVIEW: SCALING UP by Kee Marcello




SCALING UP by Kee Marcello
(Frontier Records)

Former Europe guitarist, Kee Marcello returns with his latest release, 'Scaling Up' in my opinion his best album to date. Backing him up on this amazing release are, Ken Sandin on bass and Darby Todd on drums. Along with special guests, Mattias Eklundh , guitar on “Good Men Gone Bad” and Michele Luppi – keyboards on “Wild Child”. The sound of the album is very much in a classic rock with a modern vibe with lots of excellent guitar work and solid vocals from Marcello. The sound is huge and is produced quite well. Highlights include the rocking opener "Black Hole Star", the brilliant groove of "On The Radio" that cracks into a massive chorus hook, the Def Leppard-ish vibe of,  "Don't Miss You Much". Other highlights include, the haunting, "Finger On The Trigger", "Soldier Down" and the powerful, "Don't Know How To Love No More". I've always been a huge fan of Kee Marcello's work and 'Scaling Up' is definitely one of his best and doesn't disappoint. It's the complete package from vocals to musicianship, every song has enough hooks and punch to sooth every palate in the rock world. The bottom line here is that with 'Scaling Up' Kee Marcello has put out a high quality  rock album that is recommended to all fans of this style of music and will certainly rank as one of the best melodic rock albums this year.  - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Favorite Rock albums @ The Dedicated Rocker Society 2016



2016 has been a great year for rock music, so far. Here is a list of our favorite releases @ The Dedicated Rocker Society in no particular order.  

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS by Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons
(Motörhead Music)

TYGERS OF PAN TANG  by Tygers Of Pan Tang
(Target Music)

WATERDEVILS by Apollo
(Escape Music)

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT by Imperial State Electric 
(Psychout Recordings)

SABBATH HIGHWAY by The Watchers
(Ripple Music)

RES 9 by RIK EMMETT & RESOLUTION 9
(Mascot Records)

SILHOUETTE by White Widdows
(AOR Heaven)

HARD WIRED TO SELF DESTRUCT by Metallica

(Rhino/Blackened Recordings)

CLOWN'S LOUNGE by Enuff Znuff
(Frontier Records)

ROCK THE CRADLE by Dario Mollo's Crossbones
(Frontier Records)

ROCK WILL NEVER DIE  by Marching Out
(Independent Release)

DYSFUNCTIONAL ORDER by Ken Snyder
(Independent Release)

GO ASK THE MOON! by Angels Or Kings
(AOR Heaven)

II by Wonderworld
(Independent Release)

THE BLACKENED HEART by Enbound
(Inner Wound Recordings)

21st CENTURY BLUES by Van Wilks
(Texas ’51 Records)

BLUE PEARL UNION by Freerock Saints
(Grooveyard Records)

THE SEVENTH CYCLE OF ETERNITY by Blindstone
(Grooveyard Records)

WELCOME TO MOJO LAND by Super Vintage
(Grooveyard Records)

THE WARRIORS BEFORE ME by Brett Ellis

(Grooveyard Records)

SOLAS by The Answer
(Napalm Records)

NO REGRETS by Marenna
(Independent Release)

RESONATE by Glenn Hughes
(Frontier Records)

SWAMP REBEL MACHINE by Scattered Hamlet
(Buck Moon Productions)

THE DEVIL RIDES OUT by Herman Frank
(AFM Records)

CONTAGIOUS by Overland 
(Escape Music)

GRIT by Psycho Kiss
(Independent Release)

END GAME by Naked
(Escape Music)

THE PRELUDE IMPLICIT by Kansas
(Inside Out Music)

SHAKE THE TREE by The Brew
(Jazzhaus Records)

NOVA by RavenEye
(Frontier Records)

REACH by Tyketto
(Frontier Records)

HUMAN NATURE by Hardline
(Frontier Records)

SCALING UP by Kee Marcello
(Frontier Records)

RESURRECTION KINGS 
by Resurrection Kings
(Frontier Records)

PROMISED LAND by Smokey Fingers
(Tanzan Music)

MATTER OF FAITH by Soul Seller
(Tanzan Music)

NORDIC UNION by Nordic Union
(Frontier Records)

LUGNET by Lugnet
(Pride & Joy Music)

HITNRUN by HitNRun
(Lion's Pride Music)

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

INFINITY by Marys Creek
(Escape Music)

SALVATION ROAD by Super Vintage
(Grooveyard Records)

WHITE BEAR 
by The Temperance Movement
(Earache Records)

INGLORIOUS by Inglorious
(Frontier Records)

SACRED BLOOD "DIVINE" LIES 
by Magnum
(Steamhammer / SPV)

HEAVY CROWN by Last In Line
(Frontier Records)

SITTIN' HEAVY by Monster Truck
(Dine Alone Records) 

BEYOND THE SUN by Sons Of Icarus
(Sons of Icarus Recordings)

SUNRISE TO SUNDOWN 
by Spiritual Beggars
(Century Media)

BACK TO ZERO by Ragdoll
(Independent Release)

DIVAK by Soto
(Ear Music)

TRAMP by The Tracy G. Group
(Spooky G Music)

SANTANA IV by Santana
(Santana IV Records)

FED TO THE LIONS by Tax The Heat
(Nuclear Blast

THE DEFIANTS by The Defiants
(Frontier Records)

GHOST OF GRACELAND by Treat
(Frontier Records)

LAW AND ORDER by Ulysses
(Black Glove Recording)

SOULBURST by Dust
(Attitude Recording)

INTROVERTIGO by Dan Patlansky
(Caroline International P&D)

DEAD MAN'S VOICE by The New Roses
(Napalm Records)

SECOND SUN by Buffalo Summer
(UDR Music)

THE MACHINE, THE DEVIL & THE DOPE by The Stonewall Noise Orchestra
(Steamhammer Music)

VALLES MARINERIS 
by Palace Of The King
(Listenable Records)

THE OUTER REACH by Albany Down
(AD Recordings Ltd)

REUNION by Whitford St. Holmes
(Mailboat Records)

HEAVY ROCK RADIO by Jorn
(Frontier Records)

ONE STEP OVER THE LINE 
by First Signal
(Frontier Records)

HOLLOW BONES by Rival Sons
(Earache Records)

ACID ROULETTE by Scorpion Child
(Nuclear Blast Records)

INTO THE BLUE Adrian Galysh
(Independent Release)

SACRED GROUND by Dare
(Legend Records)

ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS 
by Shotgun Revolution
(Target Records)

SOUTHERN NATIVE by Blackfoot
(Loud & Proud Records)

JOURNEY TO THE STARS 
by Blindside Blues Band
(Grooveyard Records)

CEREMONIAL THUNDER 
by Snake Head Ritual
(Grooveyard Records)

TEN TON MOJO by Ten Ton Mojo
(Indpendent Release)

EXPEDITION DELTA II by Srdjan Brankovic
(Perris Records)

THE DAY THE EARTH STOPPED TURNING by Carsten Lizard Schulz Syndicate
(Power Prog)

NOTHING HAPPENS OVERNIGHT by Rebel Machine
(Independent Release)

PROMISE by Jace Pawlak 
(Kivel Records)

LAST TIGER by Change Of Heart
(Escape Music)

MAKE SOME NOISE by The Dead Daisies
(SPV Records)

AGAINST THE GRAIN by Iron Bridge Band
(Messej Media and Publishing)

BLACK WATER by Cattarse
(Independent Release)

NO B by Jane Lee Hooker
(Ruf Records)

POLYMORPHIC TRAGEDY by O' Reagan
(Z Records)

THREE DAYS TO COME BACK by Handful Of Rain
(Independent Release)

BULLETPROOF by Tango Down
(Kivel Records)

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE by Palace
(Frontier Records)

CRY OF DAWN Feat. Goran Edman by Cry of Dawn
(Frontier Records)

ONE FOR THE ROAD by King Company
(Frontier Records)

CRUZH by Cruzh
(Frontier Records)

BIG RED by Maverick
(Metropolis Records)

UNBREAKABLE by Split Nixon
(Independent Release)

SHUT IT DOWN by Killit

(Killit Music)

Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, September 12, 2016

CD REVIEW: SHUT IT DOWN by Killit




SHUT IT DOWN by Killit
(Killit Music)

UK based rockers Killit break onto the music scene with their powerful debut release, 'Shut It Down'. Gaz Twist (vocals), Niro Knox (guitar),Byron Marr (guitar), Geos Letona (bass) and. Pete Jean (drums). Their debut was self produced and mixed by Phil Kinnam (Tank, New Device, In Search Of The Sun) and mastered by Ade Emsley of Table Of Tone Mastering (Iron Maiden, Uberkill). Although Killit may be new on the scene and nothing substitutes for experience, this band is truly amazing, as is this album. 'Shut It Down' brings back the old kick-ass style of hard d rock from the 80's.  The album kicks off with a bang with the title track that just goes for the throat. The next two tracks, "Save My Name" and "Calm Before The Storm", keeps the pace at a rocking pace. Other highlights, "Take The Power", "I Ain't Playing Your Game" and the laid back swagger of "Draw The Line" are sure satisfy your rock and roll sweet tooth. These lads have  all the components for a great rock and roll band...as does this album. I mean, if you like Skid Row, Wildside, any good classic hard rock, this band is a calling for you. Killit are the complete rock package. Overall, 'Shut It Down' is a really powerful, in your face, straight-forward, good-time rock album that has a classic rock feel, with a slightly updated edge. I hope that these guys stay stick around for a while and give us more of their great music, but also that they are an influence on the music industry in general so that we see more great bands like them in the future.
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CD REVIEW: UNBREAKABLE by Split Nixon




UNBREAKABLE by Split Nixon
(Independent Release)

Kentucky based rockers Spilt Nixon are back with their latest release, 'Unbreakable'  an impressive rock album full of powerful, but very catchy rock songs with southern accents. Split Nixon is comprised of, Jason Mays on vocals and guitar, Bill Dean on lead guitar, Jamie Hall on bass and Scotty Ross on drums. Melody and power are not always something that are captured together on rock albums but Split Nixon have managed it on this to great effect. Each song has its own sound and the pace keeps up with the powerful and energetic sound and theres the voice too match it. You are launched into this wonderful world with the rocking opening title track and the album just does not let up, delivering one rocking song after another. In the form of, "Truckin'", "Backseat Friday Night", "Hotrod Covergirl", "Suffer" and "Dead Inside".'Unbreakable", overall, is a solid listen. It's a good album to take with you on a long drive, as just about every song has something memorable going for it. Split Nixon definitely deserve the recognition that lesser groups have gained, as they seem quite accomplished in both musicianship and songwriting.  It's hard these days to find good rock that is real, and that you can jam to. This album shows that bands are very much alive in the rock music genre, including Split Nixon. The combination of pace, power and enjoyment in a studio album is rare - extremely impressive!!
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, September 2, 2016

CD REVIEW: BIG RED by Maverick




BIG RED by Maverick
(Metropolis Records)

When Irish rockers Maverick released their debut 'Quid Pro Quo' two years ago, I thought the band put out one strong album. So, When their sophomore effort, 'Big Red' came onto my radar, I was eager to see if they debut effort was just flash in the pan or did the lads come through and put out another powerhouse album? For me, it's the latter, No question.  The band is comprised of, David Balfour (vocals), Ryan Balfour (guitar), Terry McHugh (guitar), Richie Diver (bass) and Mike Ross (drums). This band rocks, plain and simple! All the obvious influences are present - the Crüe, Skid Row, AC-DC - but with a fresh modern twist. They're the band that tears down the local club with balls to the wall songs about drinking and debauchery. Song titles like "All For One", "Free" and "Mademoiselle" and "Forever" tell you exactly what to expect from this powder keg of an album. Other tracks guaranteed to get your rocks off are, "Whiskey Lover", "Beyond The Gates" and the lead off single, "Asylum" featuring, Jakob Samuel, lead singer of THE POODLES and the former ALICE COOPER guitarist Kane Roberts. The whole album is just killer. Musically, the band is tight.  Dishing out one rocker after another that is in your face with plenty of melodies and hooks to have you shamelessly nodding your head to. The vocals of  David Balfour are solid, it's the old story of the difference between a great singer and a great frontman. On the evidence of this release he is probably in the latter category. You wouldn't know it from the inane stuff that gets played on mainstream rock radio, but this is a great time to be a rock n' roll fan.  Not a lot of good hard rock comes out nowadays, so you have to appreciate it when you find it. Maverick do it right and with, 'Big Red' , and their debut outing, 'Quid Pro Quo'  Maverick should be set for the coming decade. Cheer guy! Great job!
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society