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CD REVIEW: LINKIN PARK - One More Light

CD REVIEW: LINKIN PARK – One More Light

Label: Warner Bros. Records Release Date: May 19, 2017 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I loved the last Linkin Park album The Hunting Party, as it seemed to merge the band’s sound from various releases, but the latest disc blew me away from the first listen… and still does a dozens of spins later. […]

CD REVIEW: MAMMOTH MAMMOTH - Mount The Mountain

CD REVIEW: MAMMOTH MAMMOTH – Mount The Mountain

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: April 28, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The latest from Mammoth Mammoth features yet another barely dressed woman on the cover – and this relates to the music in that these guys play killer rock and roll with the bare essentials… cool vocals, killer guitar riffs and […]

CD REVIEW: BUCKSTEIN - Country Side [EP]

CD REVIEW: BUCKSTEIN – Country Side [EP]

Label: Angry Duck Records Release Date: June 2, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Country music takes on all forms these days – you have pop country, bro country, country rock, classic twangy county, and everything in between.  The latest from Buckstein falls somewhere in between the bro, rock, and classic country sounds. […]

CD REVIEW: MARK SLAUGHTER - Halfway There

CD REVIEW: MARK SLAUGHTER – Halfway There

Label: EMP Label Group Release Date: May 26, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Mark Slaughter has assembled a slew of cool rock tunes to help represent where he is as a musician in 2017… and this is good stuff.  Disc opener “Hey You” gets things started and this anthemic rocker starts the […]

CD REVIEW: EDGE OF FREE - Edge Of Free

CD REVIEW: EDGE OF FREE – Edge Of Free

Label: Digitally Sound Records Release Date: May 19, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I wasn’t sure what to expect to hear after opening the CD I received in the mail.  The artwork subtle and simple with a cool cover and plain black & white shot of the two main ingredients of the […]

CD REVIEW: WOODHAWK – Beyond The Sun

CD REVIEW: WOODHAWK – Beyond The Sun

CD REVIEW: WOODHAWK – Beyond The Sun Independent April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Fans of Kyuss and Monster Magnet will find themselves much to like on Canadians (they hail from Calgary, I believe) Woodhawk’s second album, their groove metal pulsating with a stoner psych edge. The title track is a modern […]

CD REVIEW: PAUL BUTTERFIELD – Live, New York 1970

CD REVIEW: PAUL BUTTERFIELD – Live, New York 1970

CD REVIEW: PAUL BUTTERFIELD – Live, New York 1970 Rock Beat Records April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Paul Butterfield is unfairly not remembered as universally as some of his contemporaries, but his importance in the evolution of the blues shouldn’t be underestimated. One of – if not the – first racially integrated bands, […]

CD REVIEW: RAZZAMATTAZ – Diggin’ For Gold

CD REVIEW: RAZZAMATTAZ – Diggin’ For Gold

CD REVIEW: RAZZAMATTAZ – Diggin’ For Gold Fastball Music February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Razzamataz play puffed out chest, muscle shirt wearing, denim jean, cheeky grin AC/DC riff n’ roll, and they do it damned well, and with an edge of NWOBHM heavy metal. It’s rock n’ roll the old fashioned way on […]

CD REVIEW: GOLDEN PALACE – Golden Palace

CD REVIEW: GOLDEN PALACE – Golden Palace

CD REVIEW: GOLDEN PALACE – Golden Palace Independent April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 A collection of tracks from Golden Palace’s mid-late 2000’s, hitherto unreleased on CD, this is, as the liner notes attest, “one for the fans.” Golden Palace’s talents revolve around the songwriting talents of vocalist Alex Goss and guitarist […]

CD REVIEW: DIRTBAG REPUBLIC – Downtown Eastside

CD REVIEW: DIRTBAG REPUBLIC – Downtown Eastside

CD REVIEW: DIRTBAG REPUBLIC – Downtown Eastside Independent April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 It ain’t rocket science, this rock n’ roll business – all you need is a few catchy hooks, some musclebound riffs, a keen eye for the underbelly of life on the seedy side of the street, and a […]

CD REVIEW: SMOKEY FINGERS – Promised Land

CD REVIEW: SMOKEY FINGERS – Promised Land

CD REVIEW: SMOKEY FINGERS – Promised Land Tanzan Music September 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Italian four-piece Smokey Fingers produced one of the coolest – if unexpected – serves of smoke-infused Southern rock in 2011 with their debut album Colombus Way. That was five whole years ago: the band toured off that acclaimed debut, […]

CD / DVD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES - Live & Louder

CD / DVD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Live & Louder

Label: Spitfire Music / SPV Release Date: May 19, 2017 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Having been a big proponent of The Dead Daisies from their first release through their most recent disc and several live shows over the years, I couldn’t wait to wrap my ears and eyes around this killer collection […]

CD REVIEW: BODY COUNT - Bloodlust

CD REVIEW: BODY COUNT – Bloodlust

Label: Century Media Records Release Date: March 31, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Body Count are at it again – blending the powerful rap of Ice-T with the heavy metal prowess of his band of brothers led by guitarist Ernie C.  From the first song to the last we get strength, power, and […]

CD REVIEW: ECLIPSE - Momentum

CD REVIEW: ECLIPSE – Momentum

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l.  Release Date: March 24, 2017 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Eclipse does it again – a disc full of killer songs that seem to have everything needed to take the last disc and build on it.  This disc has stuck with me for over two months (trying to find […]

CD REVIEW: JULIAN ANGEL – The Death Of Cool

CD REVIEW: JULIAN ANGEL – The Death Of Cool

CD REVIEW: JULIAN ANGEL – The Death Of Cool Platinum Blonde Records April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Julian Angel’s first album in three or four years is his first flying the truly solo flag, rather than the solo-in-all-but-name Beautiful Beast. It’s a one-way time travelling flashback to the crazy days of teased hair […]

CD REVIEW: VITNE – Jupiter

CD REVIEW: VITNE – Jupiter

CD REVIEW: VITNE – Jupiter Independent April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Assuming the Vitne (‘Freedom’ in Norwegian) persona was a liberating turning point for former North Carolina rocker Jo Kimbrell. After several releases with Golden Palace, where his darker, progressive gothic side bubbled to the surface alongside the more pop rock […]

CD REVIEW: MADNESS – Can’t Touch Me Now

CD REVIEW: MADNESS – Can’t Touch Me Now

CD REVIEW: MADNESS – Can’t Touch Me Now Lucky Seven/Universal October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The wacky, zany Londoners are back with album number twelve, and it’s arguably their best since their first seven made the UK top ten, depositing 15 singles in the top ten, and a further seven in the top […]

CD REVIEW: NIGHT RANGER - Don't Let Up

CD REVIEW: NIGHT RANGER – Don’t Let Up

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: March 24, 2017 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Night Ranger is a band that has never disappointed me.  With each new release, I find myself with another handful of tracks that wind up in my rotation of rock gems.  The latest disc from the band is no […]

CD REVIEW: THE DATE – Master Date

CD REVIEW: THE DATE – Master Date

CD REVIEW: THE DATE – Master Date Independent February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 To date The Date have released three albums and a handful of singles, and they’ve never once dropped the ball, upholding a fine level of quality whilst ploughing their individualistic take on blues rock. The heart of The Date lies […]

SINGLE REVIEW: HYPOPHORA – Youth/Caught

SINGLE REVIEW: HYPOPHORA – Youth/Caught

SINGLE REVIEW: HYPOPHORA – Youth/Caught Easy Action Records November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 1/2/10 Available as a very sexy lime green 7” vinyl single, Cornwall, UK teenaged foursome Hypophora (a figure of speech where someone asks a question and then answers it)’s Youth/Caught shows why the band have become such a draw in […]

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