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

Friday, May 18, 2018

CD REVIEW: OUT OF THE SILENCE II by Dare




OUT OF THE SILENCE II by Dare
(Legal Records)

Considered as essential album by fans of the melodic rock genre, Dare's 1988 debut, ‘Out Of The Silence’ that was recorded at Joni Mitchell’s Bel Air Studio in Los Angeles, and produced by producer Mike Shipley is still widely regarded today as one of the all time great AOR recordings. Fast forward to present day. A new chapter in the history for Dare comes in the form of a 30 year Anniversary with a Special Edition re-release of their debut classic album ‘Out Of The Silence’. 'Out Of The Silence II' has been completely re-recorded. Featuring, Darren Wharton on vocals, original DARE guitarist Vinny Burns, along with 'Blood from Stone’s' Nigel Clutterbuck on bass, and Marc Roberts on live Keys and Kev Whitehead on drums,  Dare’s lineup is stronger than ever. What can I say? This is a master stroke on Darren Wharton's part in giving Dare and AOR fans a stronger and heavier version of the original. Listening to the reworked versions of, my personal favorites like, "Abandon", "Into The Fire", "Runaway", "King Of Spades" and "Heartbreaker", brought back that euphoric feeling I had when I first heard them back in 1988. For me the production is greatly improved. There is a distinctly harder edge to both the guitars and the drums and Vinny Burns' guitar solos and runs are decidedly more eloquent and prominent than on the original. Overall, If you have the original version, listening to 'Out Of The Silence II', will be like welcoming a good friend you haven't heard from in awhile. Re-live the magic by one of the best melodic rock bands to ever evolve. A must for all DARE fans old and new. Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society