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CD REVIEW: EDENBRIDGE - The Great Momentum

CD REVIEW: EDENBRIDGE – The Great Momentum

Label: Steamhammer / SPV Release Date: February 17, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I really dig a lot of symphonic metal, but I typically have to be a little choosy.  Sometimes a lot of it runs together or just doesn’t fit correctly into the genre.  The latest from Edenbridge fits perfectly and this […]

SINGLES REVIEW: THE RICH AND FAMOUS

SINGLES REVIEW: THE RICH AND FAMOUS

SINGLES REVIEW: THE RICH AND FAMOUS Independent From 30 March, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Jeffrey Hoad, frontman of ‘80s black leather afficianados Kings Of The Sun, has resurrected the band that KOTS morphed into, The Rich And Famous, after a few years out of the business for family duties. With first single Take […]

CD REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Live In Brunswick

CD REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Live In Brunswick

CD REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Live In Brunswick Golden Robot Records February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Rose Tattoo were, in the early days, a gang as much as a band. Members came and went, sure, but all stayed part of that denim-clad, well-inked gang, and their post-1984 line-ups never recaptured the […]

CD REVIEW: ERIC GALE – Middle Of The Road

CD REVIEW: ERIC GALE – Middle Of The Road

CD REVIEW: ERIC GALE – Middle Of The Road Mascot Label Group/Provogue 24 February, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Lawdy miss clawdy, Eric Gales has squeezed a life of living in the grooves of album #15, Middle Of The Road – which is nothing to do with mellowness, by the way, but […]

CD REVIEW: EILERA – Face Your Demons

CD REVIEW: EILERA – Face Your Demons

CD REVIEW: EILERA – Face Your Demons Echozone October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 There’s a Gothic complexity to Eilera’s fourth album of operatic metal, not to mention a distinct European flavour, which extends far beyond her exotically accented vocals. Born in France and now based in Finland, Eilera’s accent can be a little […]

CD REVIEW: DEREK DAVIS - Revolutionary Soul

CD REVIEW: DEREK DAVIS – Revolutionary Soul

Label: Apocalypse Records Release Date: March 7, 2017 Rating: 7.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The latest release from Derek Davis caught my eye as it was billed as the latest from the lead singer of Babylon A.D.  I dug the band’s music and was hoping to get a little more of that lost rock […]

CD REVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY - Smash

CD REVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – Smash

Label: Frontiers Music SRL Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Stephen Pearcy’s latest release is a Jekyll and Hyde type of disc… and that’s a good thing.  There are songs that show off his songwriting prowess as the front man and co-writer for most of RATT’s hits and fan […]

CD REVIEW: MATT RECORD - Black Swan [EP]

CD REVIEW: MATT RECORD – Black Swan [EP]

Label: Captain Beardo Records Release Date: April 7, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Singer / songwriter Matt Record (yes, that is his real name) has pulled together a five track EP as his first release on the Captain Beardo Records label.  Disc opener “Beautiful” gives us a glimpse into the artists head […]

CD REVIEW: JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE - He Saw It Comin'

CD REVIEW: JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE – He Saw It Comin’

Label: Frontiers Music SRL Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Jack Russell has seen a lot in his days as front man of a platinum-selling rock band.  These days, he fronts one incarnation of the band he helped make famous.  The latest release to feature Jack on lead vocals […]

CD REVIEW: GHOST SEASON - Like Stars In A Neon Sky

CD REVIEW: GHOST SEASON – Like Stars In A Neon Sky

  Label: Pavement Entertainment Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The latest from rockers Ghost Season is their third release, and this disc is full of rockers that should appeal to just about everybody that listens to modern rock radio.  Opening track “The Reckoning” is an odd and mostly […]

CD REVIEW: JUDITH OWEN - Somebody's Child

CD REVIEW: JUDITH OWEN – Somebody’s Child

Label: Twanky Records Release Date: March 3, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Judith Owen has pulled together a legendary supporting cast including Russell Kunkel, Leland Sklar, and Waddy Watchel to support her latest effort, which is chock full of tunes that make you think, get your foot tapping, and are pleasing to […]

CD REVIEW: SCOTT DARLOW – Sorry

CD REVIEW: SCOTT DARLOW – Sorry

CD REVIEW: SCOTT DARLOW – Sorry Gonzales Records December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 /10 Indigenous educator, activist and World Vision spokesman Scott Darlow has delivered an odd collection for his debut album. Occupying the middle ground between Neil Finn excellent melodic soft rock, and Bon Jovi’s latterday sleepwalking radio-by-numbers output, the production too […]

CD REVIEW: ELLIOT & THE AUDIO KINGS – Elliot & the Audio Kings

CD REVIEW: ELLIOT & THE AUDIO KINGS – Elliot & the Audio Kings

CD REVIEW: ELLIOT & THE AUDIO KINGS – Elliot & the Audio Kings Busted Flat Records July 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Mike Elliot and his Audio Kings – drummer Jonny Sauder and Scott Fitzpatrick’s doghouse bass – demand they are “old school, not retro,” and it’s clear from the first lesson that their […]

CD REVIEW: ST JAMES SIRENS – Fallen Empires

CD REVIEW: ST JAMES SIRENS – Fallen Empires

CD REVIEW: ST JAMES SIRENS – Fallen Empires Independent 31 December, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 St James Sirens open their debut album with the kind of self-aggrandising bombast more expected of a gangsta rapper or a WWF wrestler, but they quickly show that this is no hollow braggadocio – the muscular riffs and […]

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour MVD Visual December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Multi-platinum country artist Brad Paisley recorded this impressive live album and film at the West Virginia University in front of a 30,000-strong home-town crowd, and it captures him on stunning form. Things get off to […]

CD REVIEW: GREYWIND - Afterthoughts

CD REVIEW: GREYWIND – Afterthoughts

Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Newcomers Greywind have dropped their debut release and for some damn reason I can’t stop spinning it in my office during the day.  Disc opener “Afterthoughts” starts off with a beautiful guitar line that is soon joined by vocals that […]

CD REVIEW: THE JERRY CANS – Inuusiq

CD REVIEW: THE JERRY CANS – Inuusiq

CD REVIEW: THE JERRY CANS – Inuusiq Aakuluk Music October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The Jerry Cans hail from the Nunavut territory of northern Canada, and have made an absolutely winning album that throws everything from rock and country and folk and traditional song forms and reggae and even acoustic punky charm into […]

CD REVIEW: MICK HARVEY – Delirium Tremens

CD REVIEW: MICK HARVEY – Delirium Tremens

CD REVIEW: MICK HARVEY – Delirium Tremens Mushroom June 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 This, the third of former Bad Seeds multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey’s collections of the translated works of Serge Gainsbourg, brings an arty pomp to the famed French pop genius’s songs. Gainsbourg’s arch-pop tunes – always more sophisticated than his drunken public […]

CD REVIEW: BLACK RHENO – Let’s Start A Cult EP

CD REVIEW: BLACK RHENO – Let’s Start A Cult EP

CD REVIEW: BLACK RHENO – Let’s Start A Cult EP Independent October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Possessing – or perhaps possessed by – a grinding acid-gargle scream and battering ram drums, guitars of doom and an unexpected sense of humour, Black Rheno have delivered an EP which is part bar-room brawl in Hades, […]

CD REVIEW: BRANTLEY GILBERT - The Devil Don't Sleep

CD REVIEW: BRANTLEY GILBERT – The Devil Don’t Sleep

Label: Valory Music Co. Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Some artists understand the process – be yourself, maintain a sound that appeals not only to your tried and true fans but also fringe fans, and don’t forget to build your fan base along the way.  Brantley Gilbert has […]

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