Friday, June 21, 2019

CD REVIEW: PISTON by Piston




PISTON by Piston
(Independent Release)

High tension blues rock comes to us in the form of UK based blues rockers, Piston. The band's self titled debut outing is a swagger filled blend of well seasoned musicians and top notched songs. Songs that are driving, intense and unrelenting. Piston is comprised of, Rob Angelico on vocals, Jack Edwards on guitar, Luke Allatt on guitar, Stuart Egan on bass and Brad Newland on drums. Together these lads have truly put together a strong recording. It doesn't have a dud on it. You can play it straight from beginning to end without wanting to skip anything. My favorites are "Rainmaker", "One More Day", "Beyond Repair", and "Into The Night".  The band are so tight its frightening and Rob's voice really stands out from other singers. He's exactly what you want in a rock n roll vocalist, powerful gravelly vocals, like a modern day Frankie Miller and Otis Redding combined. Yes their sound may be influenced by the classic rock legends that came before them but their sound is all their own.  An incredible debut outing from this amazing British rock band. Blistering blues rock music that begs to be played at maximum volume and  a strong reminder that a great rock and roll music is alive and kicking! .- Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

CD REVIEW: NOT READY FOR THE PARTY by NORM (Nature Of Rebel Minds)




NOT READY FOR THE PARTY by NORM (Nature Of Rebel Minds)
(Independent Release)

Hailing from Winston, North Carolina, the quartet in NORM (Nature Of Rebel Minds) are one the brightest rock talents to emerge from the Tar Heel state. Nick Branscome on lead vocals and guitar,  Austin Blakleon guitar, Austin Needham on bass and  Koury Pounds on drums and vocals. The band's debut, 'Not Ready For The Party', is a solid recording that is authentic with loads of swagger and attitude. Bringing elements of alternative metal, hard rock, and some grunge into a volatile mixture that will certainly please most rock fans. The band make it perfectly clear once you press play, they are here to rock your ass off, and certainly the songs on display here are pure evidence of that fact. The anger seething in the song "Wicked Lady" is a irresistible slice of catchy hard rock that goes for the throat. Other rockers sure to satisfy are, "Not Ready For The Party", "Genocide", "Beyond The Grave" and "There Will Be Blood". All the songs on this album showcase good musicianship and alienating themes we can all relate to...but it's ultimately the music that wins us over in the end. While there are undoubtedly influences of many different kinds of music genres in the band's sound. I find their music to be decidedly their own and consistently some of the best and most unique rock and roll out there. 'Not Ready For The Party' is an impressive debut from NORM. If the songs on this album are any indication of their future direction in music, their next album should be one of the most eagerly anticipated releases to lookout for.. For now, we have this highly enjoyable debut to rock out to.- Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

CD REVIEW: THE ALTERNATE ME by Fiction Syxx




THE ALTERNATE ME by Fiction Syxx
(Melodic Rock Records)

Proving that the first time around was no flash in the pan, Fiction Syxx return with a powerful follow up to their debut outing, 'Tall Dark Secrets' with, 'The Alternate Me', featuring a great selection of songs that will stimulate the senses and keep you coming back for more. Everything about this recording is solid from the songwriting, production, vocals and energy. Courtesy of, Mark Allen Lanoue on lead vocals and guitar,  JK Northrup on guitar and backing vocals, Larry Hart on bass, Eric Ragno on keyboards and Rory Faciane on drums. On this sophomore effort the band  serve up a deep, thought-provoking listening experience. I really love the flow of these songs. There is nice mix of styles, a nice mix of tempos and no excessive instrumentation. In so many words, this is a compact, yet explosive set of songs. Highlighted by tracks like, "My Darkest Hour", "Monster In The Mist", the title track, "Tall Dark Secrets" and two great covers, the Styx classic, "Suite Madame Blue" and the Uriah Heep classic, "The Wizard". Overall, an incredible album, written and performed by a band that is insanely talented. All the power, passion that the band impressed so many with their debut is taken to a whole new level here. Simply put, 'The Alternate Me' by Fiction Syxx is a BEAST! - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, May 31, 2019

CD REVIEW: INCOGNITO by Morano




INCOGNITO by Morano
(Independent Release)

'Incognito' the amazing debut outing project from Duane Morano is a gathering of sheer utter brilliance from all the incredible artists involved. Featuring Duane Morano on guitars collaborating here with the elite of today's melodic hard rock scene such as Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Terry Ilous (Great White/XYZ), Tony Franklin (Blue Murder/The Firm),  Pat Badger (Extreme) and Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) among others. The quality and talent of each and every superb musician that plays on it is unequaled. Each track brings together a total uniqueness of their rock talent with a sound and quality that by far outshines ANYTHING out there right now. The production is huge and the musical performances are intense. Highlights include the awesome chorus hook of the energetic opener "After The Love", as well as the adrenaline pumping rockers "Face The Fire" and "Kid Gloves" (featuring Danny Vaughn), "Love Is A Lie", "I Want Love" (featuring Terry Ilous). Bryan Cole from Steel City does a great job on, "Cookie Jar" and "Sincerely Yours". Every detail of the music is amazing! Superbly crafted songs, unbelievable guitar work, soaring vocals, and a perfect production make this album one the best I have listened to this year hands down. What Duane Morano has created here is a album that deliver the goods and will not disappoint, the hardest thing will be for the listener to decide what track to play next and just how many times to listen to it. All in all, powerful performances, tight musicianship, excellent songs and a great guest list; all the above in a package that will make for one memorable listening experience for any fan rock music. - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

CD REVIEW: ORIGAMI by SOTO




ORIGAMI by SOTO
(InsideOutMusic)

SOTO, the group lead by acclaimed vocalist and current Sons Of Apollo frontman Jeff Scott Soto (ex Yngwie Malmsteen / Talisman / Journey, TSO, W.E.T.) are back with third release, 'Origami', showcasimg 10 tracks of modern, melodic and highly versatile Hard Rock and Metal with addictive songwriting and an infectious level of catchiness. Along with Jeff Scott Soto the band is comprised of,  Jorge Salan on lead guitar, Tony Dickinson on bass, BJ on keys, guitars, and Edu Cominato on drums. The album is the perfect continuation and evolution from the band's previous outings. Taking all the great elements from the first and second albums and combing them into a masterpiece.  Showcasing each member's talents, but it also shows the group's ability to compose complex pieces that take you through an emotional ride during each song. Having multiple levels that evoke different emotions from the listener, yet flow together very nicely from beginning to end. Highlighted to perfection on tracks like, "Hypermania", the adrenaline pumping title track, "BeLie", "Detonate" and a killer rendition of the Michael Jackson penned, "Give In To Me". Jeff Scott Soto's vocal performance is amazing, and he uses his entire vocal range throughout the album. Jorge Salan's guitar work is on point. I always appreciated his work outside of Soto, as they showcase the unique talents that he brings to the band. His solos are blended into the songs perfectly. They are not in-your-face, so to speak, but they are as impressive as ever. The rhythm section of Edu Cominato's drums and Tony Dickinson's bass provides power and darkness to the songs. Overall, I think this is a great album that is appreciated more and more with each listen. It is as creative as it is powerful, as melodic as it is heavy, as epic as their previous outings and yet brings a new color, a new shade to the SOTO canvas. - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

CD REVIEW: APOCALYPSE by Osara




APOCALYPSE by Osara
(Independent Release)

'Apocalypse', the strong debut outing from South Carolina based rockers, Osara, is a hard rocking album that will have your undivided attention as soon as you hit play. There's something both new and familiar about this band. Their influences are definitely worn on their sleeves but with a great modern edge too. To me, they have that Alice In Chains meets Velvet Revolver vibe to them. The band is comprised of, Colton Beasley on guitar and vocals, Lael Silva on guitar, Alex Nolan on bass and Evan Moore on drums. The musicianship is solid, genuine, and impressive. Colton Beasley's vocals are impressive and together along with Lael Silva, they both churn and rip out great heavy, crunching riffs and solos that will give you goosebumps. Alex Nolan  does some nice work with his bass, and drummer Evan Moore pounds out some rocking fills that will get you in that rocking mood. That tight chemistry can be heard on tracks like, "Apocalypse", "Hunter", "On The Mend" and "Quarantine". I have to say after listening to Osara, they are a breath of fresh air. A lot of bands now of days have somewhat of a depressing and violent tone in their music, but these boys just let the music flow with passion and great talent. I see a bright future for these guys. A very impressive debut to say the least. - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society