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

Saturday, May 18, 2019

CD REVIEW: STRIKE ONE by Blackwater Commotion




STRIKE ONE by Blackwater Commotion
(Concord Music Company)

When Finnish rockers, Blackwater Commotion formed in 2012 they wanted to put together a band that they would want to go see. Living by the oath, that all men play on 10. Seven years later, the band release their debut outing, 'Strike One!', staying true their word and putting out a high octane album incorporating the very successful formula and style of AC/DC from start to finish with well written, energetic tracks that are delivered to really kick ass and beg to be cranked to "10". The band is comprised of, Henkka Hako-Rita on vocals, Toni Saari on guitar and backing vocals, Ilkka Uusitalo on guitars, Mika Tikka on bass and Perttu Tähtelä on drums. These guys tear it up and sound like they are having a great time doing it. The energy of their debut starts high right off the bat with the opening song, “Sled Of Coming”, followed by rockers in the form of, "Waiting", "Metal Child" and maintains throughout with tracks like, "You Better Hide Out", "Long Hard Ride" and "Make It Through The Night". One thing is for certain, these boys know how to rock. One simply doesn't sit in heavy traffic listening to a band like, Blackwater Commotion, one buckles up and experiences one a helluva ride!  It's like drinking a quad espresso before going to bed. It's nice to listen to a band that's hard rocking with vocals that don't sound like prostate surgery with no anesthetic..not a bit of guttural growling and with no implications of blood, death or living dead!! Blackwater Commotion have managed to infuse their own energy and flavor to make their musical vibe new and fresh. If you're a fan of good Rock 'n Roll this recording will definitely get heavy play while you workout, jog, drive etc. 'Strike One's by Blackwater Commotion is the soundtrack to your next rocking weekend. - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

CD REVIEW: MUSIC FOR GENERATIONS TO COME by Cormada




MUSIC FOR GENERATIONS TO COME by Cormada
(Independent Release)

The Swedish based rockers, Cormada break onto the scene with their strong debut outing, 'Music For Generations To Come',  a rowdy package of hard driving riffs, right off the mark, with a couple laid back tunes, combined with solid vocals making for one rocking listening experience. The band is comprised of, Magnus Fallgren on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Torbjörn Haag on lead guitar, Ken Olsson on bass and Magnus Skoog on drums. As far as the musical vibe, imagine mix of Thin Lizzy, Rainbow and Whitesnake and top that with the guitars of Van Halen and the energy of Aerosmith. I think any Classic Rock fan will appreciate Cormada and what they bring to the table. It's straightforward rock music that is heartfelt, and completely intense. Theirs is the sound of keeping a vintage torch alive through fresh blood and it translates with authority on tracks like, "Right In Front Of Me" "Caught In The Line of Fire" and "Love Sensation", but all tracks are good. If you are a fan of guitar based rock, Cormada delivers it in spades and 'Music For Generations To Come' is worthy of a place in your collection. If they can keep it together will definitely make their mark, big time. Enough said, pick it up and be amazed by Cormada's classic rock sound.  - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Saturday, May 4, 2019

CD REVIEW: ON SAFARI by Ulysses




ON SAFARI by Ulysses
(Independent Release)

UK rockers Ulysses return with latest slab of rock and roll goodness in the form of, 'On Safari', a very energizing and contagious album loaded with songs that will get your rock and roll juices flowing. The band is comprised of, Luke Smyth of vocals and guitars, Denny Peppers on backing vocals and guitars, Jimmy Peppers on bass and backing vocals and drummer, Shane Maxymus. The new album is yet another fine example of Ulysses' prowess in true rock and roll form. I have listened to this band morph over the years without losing their way. Ulysses are so entrenched in solid rock and roll they are never persuaded away from delivering outstanding musicianship, great lyrics, endless energy and solid vocals. A rock and roll band that play rock songs that are loaded with catchy hooks and stomping, sing along choruses. As they prove on tracks like, "Doctors And Nurses", the lead off single, "Dragons", "This Useless Love" and a personal favorite, "Bad Tattoo". After listening to a band like Ulysses, it would be hard to not imagine this band fitting perfectly in the 70's Glam scene in the UK playing the stage along such giants like, Slade, The Sweet or The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.  This band is something truly special. Every now and then, just when you think music is dead, or at least on life support, a band comes along and gives you hope. I highly recommend to anyone who loves rock and roll music to listen to Ulysses, fall in love with them and pick up their back catalog too. Here's to the Ulysses for another job well done! Cheers! - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society
For more info on Ulysses, please check out:
http://ulyssestheband.com

'On Safari' by Ulysses available on, June 21, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

CD REVIEW: TARANTULA DITCH by Tracy G.




TARANTULA DITCH by Tracy G.
(Spooky G Music)

Tracy G. (WW III/Dio) returns with his latest riff infused creation in the form of, 'Tarantula Ditch'. 11 blistering six string instrumental tracks of the mind blowing kind. Tracy partners with some rock music's most elite guitarist to create one of the most RIFF-intense experiences you want to experience. Great hooks, unbelievable guitar shredding from amazing guitarists that may be unknown by younger listeners. What's really great about this recording is that it will appeal to everyone, as each track stands on its own. Not your typical instrumental recording of blandness. This one is a great listen front to back powered by mind blowing performances by Ninth Circle/Rust guitarist, Dennis Brown on "Tenth Circle", Jimi Bell from House Of Lords on "Jimi's Shred House", Carl Jah from Dread Zeppelin on the fusion mind bending, "The Drastic Jah". As well as smoking performances featuring fellow Dio alumni, Rowan Robertson on "Ever Lasting Rainbow", Mark Kendall from Great White on, "A Blues Day In Hell" and Toshi Hiketa from David Lee Roth/Hideous Sun Demons" on "Vantoshi". Not to get lost in the shredness is bassist, Randy Oviedo laying down some serious grooves. One thing for certain the playing on this recording will grab you by the throat and will not let go! I love the variation in style and feel of each track. Rather than sounding like a self-indulgent shred fest, the musical variations move at different speeds, displaying gorgeous textures and some serious moodiness. I appreciate Tracy's self-restraint in showing off his guest-stars chops and, to my ear, concentrating on developing powerful arrangements. What I love about Tracy G.'s musical vision is his endless inventiveness. His musicality never ceases to progress and surprise me. He proves this point once again here with  a mind blowing listening experience that deserves to be heard and experienced by everyone who loves to hear new music. - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

CD REVIEW: SCARED TO BREATHE by Trishula




SCARED TO BREATHE by Trishula
(AOR HEAVEN)

Having played in such bands like, TEN, Rage of Angels, Tony Mills (TNT, SHY). Guitarist Neil Fraser unveils his own project, Trishula along with vocalist, Jason Morgan and drummer Jaoa Colaco. The trio's debut release, 'Scared To Breathe' is simply over-the-top and luscious melodic rock at it's finest. This really is a very high energy rock recording. Every detail of the music is amazing! Superbly crafted songs, unbelievable guitar work, soaring vocals, incredible drumming and a perfect production will have has your undivided attention as soon as you press play. Highlights include the awesome chorus hook of the energetic opener "I Can See It In Your Eyes", the massive power of the title track the quality chorus hit of "Secrets & Lies", the intense melodic grooves of "A Love So Cruel" and "Jealousy". Aside from Neil's amazing guitar playing. Kudos have to be given to the killer vocals that Jason Morgan delivers on this record. His singing is incredibly easy on the ears and well suited to this genre of music. The album is strong and cohesive, and it's impossible to think any melodic rock fan wouldn't enjoy this record. If you are familiar with and are a fan of Neil Fraser previous works, as I am, then you'll undoubtedly enjoy this debut outing. This is easily one of the better releases this year so far, and I look forward to more from Trishula is the future. - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Thursday, March 14, 2019

CD REVIEW: AIN'T NO REST by Wicked Stone




AIN'T NO REST by Wicked Stone
(Wicked Stone Music)

'Ain't No Rest', the powerhouse debut release from the UK based Wicked Stone is a adrenaline pumping audio thrill ride that is packed with songs powered by guitar riffs that will grab you, give you a good shaking and won't let go, and nor would you want them to! Formed in 2015, Wicked Stone are, Joe Hawx on vocals, James Forrister on guitars, James Amos on bass and Olly Smith on drums. This album just goes for the throat from start to finish, excellent guitar work, hard pounding drums, and strong solid vocals to boot, not this cookie monster stuff that many new "metal" groups are putting out. Highlights include, "Ain't No Rest", "One Time", "Get In Or Get Out", "Rattlesnake" and " Set Me On Fire". The musicianship is very solid, genuine, and impressive. Joe Hawks' vocals are impressive and downright awesome, and with James Forrister, cranking and riffing out heavy, crunching riffs and fantastic solos that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand. James Amos does some nice work with his bass, and drummer Olly Smith pounds out some rocking fills that will get you in that rocking mood.  Overall, if you enjoy hard rock, heavy metal, alternative metal, whatever, then you'll definitely be impressed with what Wicked Stone has created and delivered with this release is indeed pure hard rock for the ages. Wicked Stone is exactly what rock music needs right now.  - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society