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.

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ozonemamaband/

Live:
https://www.facebook.com/ozonemamaband/videos/10156595252713408/

https://www.facebook.com/ozonemamaband/videos/10156595217858408/


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

Monday, June 4, 2018

CD REVIEW: THE AWAKENING by The Slyde




THE AWAKENING by The Slyde
(Independent Release)

Canada's Progressive rockers, The Slyde break onto the music scene with their powerful debut release, ' The Awakening', a album steeped with thought provoking and mind blowing, high-octane progressive rock ecstasy.  Bringing to mind such acts like, Rush, Dream Theater, Coheed and Cambria, and Protest The Hero. Driven by Nathan Da Silva’s mesmerizing and Geddy Lee vibe vocals, Sarah Westbrook's powering keyboard skills, and the powerful rhythm section of Alberto Campuzano and Brendan Soares. The Slyde have their sights on turning on any technically minded melodic prog rock fan. All ten songs offered are great, but among them my favorites are, "Walk With Me", In Silence', the powerful title track, "Fading", "Divide" and the album closing. "Back Again". Their sound is incredibly complex and the musicianship is on such a high level; it's not for everyone but I'm a sucker for it. Listening to this recording through quality hi-fi speakers just makes you appreciate the layers of musical depth the group has. The instrumentation is divine. Nathan Da Silva’s vocals are so different you can't help but be intrigued. The Slyde keep their musical progressions interesting at every turn. Rarely will a chord progression repeat itself without some new melody coming in to add something to it. The bottom line here is, its all about the rock, and this debut outing is truly one interesting and engaging rock experiences. Everything about this album is so good, I can't find anyway to break it down any farther than that. Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Q AND A with BIG CITY from Norway


Q AND A with BIG CITY from Norway
by The Dedicated Rocker Society


Norwegian BIG CITY is a new melodic heavy metal band, but the members behind have tons of years and experience in the music industry. Guitarist, Daniel Olaisen, had considered a 80’s heavy metal band for ages and finally put some of his ideas together early in 2009. He contacted former band colleague in the band Scariot, Frank Ørland, also on guitar, to do some shredding leads but also contributing with riffs. A tip from a friend led us to Le’Brandt and his amazing vocals.y

He totally liked the demo songs Daniel and Frank recorded in Daniel’s home studio and soon put on some vocals inspiring us even more to get this band going. Daniel searched some forums and got in contact with this young and talented drummer, Frank Nordeng Røe. He was professional and dedicated from the very beginning. Geir Inge Olsen completed the band when he joined in on bass guitar. The band's debut album, Wintersleep, was recorded and released by the band in August 2013. 

The band's highly anticipated sophomore release, 'Big City Life', is set for release later this year. So, what can we expect from the band this time around? We asked the band a few questions about the new album and couple other things. Here's what they shared with us.


Q: What can your fans expect from the new album?

A: Pretty much a big step further in every positive direction. There's not a bad song on this album and it has powerful ballads, mellow ballads, heavy and groovy stuff and some up-tempo songs!

Q: What was your musical approach to, ‘Big City Life’? How does it differ from, ‘Winter Sleep’?

A: First of all, the production is much better this time. The songs on Wintersleep are great, no question about it, but I think it's even more catchy on Big City Life with some songs having a great potential to reach out there. The singer has also stepped everything up and it just sound like a really big 80's heavy rock album!

Q: Do you plan to do shows this Summer to promote the new album? What are the chances on coming to America?

A: Yeah, we are doing our first live shows with Big City and we have several shows and festivals, but the biggest one is this summer with major acts like Accept, Staus Quo etc, so it's a great start for us. I think we need to play quite much here in Europe and make a name before we can even consider the US. I don't know 80's rock/metal is doing in the US, but we are definitely ready to put that undying genre on the map again in US too!

Q: Speaking of America. What do you think it will take for you to get noticed here?

A: Oh, that one is hard. I mean, with this jungle of bands out there and Big City being nothing super original or crazy stuff, I just think we have to continue making great songs, get aired a lot and maybe one day someone wants to bring us over. Anything is possible!

Q: For those new to Big City, how would your describe your band and sound?

A: It's extremely melodic. Great lead guitars and most importantly, an excellent singer making catchy hooklines and BIG choruses. Very 80's heavy metal/rock, but with a modern and original twist to it!

Guys, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. 

For more information on Big City, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/bigcitynorway