Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CD REVIEW: ELECTRIFIED by Black Water Rising




ELECTRIFIED by Black Water Rising
(Pavement Entertainment)

Talk about grabbing your attention right off the bat! The highly anticipated new release from Black Water Rising, 'Electrified', goes for the throat once you press play. There is a depth to this album that is just amazing. It's very much it's own animal and stronger than the band's previous outings. Black Water Rising is powered by Rob Traynor-vocals/guitar, Dennis Kimak- guitar, Oddie Mclaughlin-bass and Mike Meselsohn-drums. Here we have a band that brings hard rock music into a new millennium. Incorporating all we know and love about classic hard rock music. The guitar solos, attention to songwriting detail, strong vocals  and time changes, the band bridges the gap in grand style and at full speed ahead. The album fires off with "Obey", a pulsating shot of adrenaline that is guaranteed to have you rocking out in no time flat. From there its a super charged listening experience with, "The Answer", "Millennial Zombies", "Higher", the title track and the album closer, "World Of Frustration". 'Electrified' is just great all around hard rock album. Awesome guitar riffs and excellent music to just bang your head to.. It's a very visceral and testosterone filled recording. In other words, kicks you in the face and doesn't let up until the end!Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, October 13, 2017

CD REVIEW: SAMARKIND by Samarkind




SAMARKIND by Samarkind
(Independent Release)

Samarkind is a band that embraces classic blues rock to perfection.  Their self titled debut features a bar-band stomp rooted in the back catalogs of the Rolling Stones, Free, Allman Bros., and any number of early '70s rockers. The band is comprised of,  Irish frontman David Paul Byrne (formally teenage wunderkind singer for successful hard rock band Assassin - a time that saw him tour with Def Leppard, Status Quo, WASP, Manowar and more - and featured vocalist on 80's cult movie 'Trick Or Treat' starring Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons), showcase sublime vocals which are accompanied by the talents of sensational Polish guitarist Michal Kulbaka, Ireland's Mark Dempsey on bass guitar, and South African born drummer Marius Appelgryn.  So, like southern rock? Blues based rock?
If so, this a band definitely worth checking out.  The band serve up a eclectic blend of blues based classic rock that threads throughout the album making it a memorable and rocking listen. Highlights include, "Black Rain", "Sun Stroke Heart", "Thru That Door", "Fire And Blood" and the album closing, "Blue Mountain". Just solid songs great for jammin, cruisin, or just about any time. There is a serious groove in each song that will appeal to any rocker.  All in all, if you like blues based classic rock or just good rock music, Samarkind is worth checking out.
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CD REVIEW: HEADSTRONG by Pink Cream 69




HEADSTRONG by Pink Cream 69
(Frontiers Records)

Celebrating their 30th Anniversary, German based rockers, Pink Cream 69 release their twelfth studio album, 'Headstrong'. David Readman on vocals, Alfred Koffler on guitars, Uwe Reitenauer on guitars, Dennis Ward on bass and Chris Schmidt on drums. The new album finds the band once again delivering the goods with a album that is heavy and filled with outstanding guitar riffs and awesome vocal melodies. Just like all their albums, the song quality is solid. And as a special treat, the new release includes a bonus live album featuring songs from across the band’s catalogue.
'Headstrong' is another stellar release from the band.  A band that has remained one of the most underrated acts out there. This is definitely near or at the very top of their discography for me. Great hard rocking songs with very catchy choruses and melodies. It sucks you in right away with the heaviness. Highlights include, "We Bow To None", "Walls Come Down", "No More Fear", "Path Of Destiny" and "Bloodsucker". There's not a song on the album that I don't like. 'Headstrong' is definitely a must-own.  Pink Cream 69 , once again deliver the goods in spades with a album that is hard-hitting, highly-infectious, that totally rocks. There are few bands where I want to listen to the whole album. I can only think of a few that are on that list, Pink Cream 69 is definitely on that list.
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: RETRIBUTION by Jeff Scott Soto




RETRIBUTION by Jeff Scott Soto
(Frontiers Records)

The highly anticipated new release from one of rock music's most versatile vocalist, Jeff Scott Soto, comes to us in the form of, 'Retribution', a premium blend of hard rock music laced with, groove laden huge guitars, hooks and solid  production. Courtesy of Jeff Scott Soto's powerful and passionate vocals and tight as hell musicianship! Provided by the handsome and debonair Howie Simon whose amazing guitar and bass playing shines all over this album (except on “Reign Again” and “Song For Joey”). August Zadra and Stephen Sturm on guitars on “Reign Again”, Carlos Costa bass on “Reign Again” and Paul Mendonca guitar, keyboards and bass on “Song For Joey” and Edu Cominato on drums. The new album combines everything that I loved from Jeff's previous solo albums along with the harder, more modern edge, of his last two SOTO releases, 'Vertigo' and 'Divak'. The super charged title track kicks off the album in rocking fashion continuing on with the next two energizing tracks , "Inside/Outside" and "Rage Of The Year". Other highlights include, "Reign Again", "Last Time", "Bullet For My Baby","Song For Joey" and the instant adrenaline rush that is, "Breakout". Quality songs, quality musicianship and excellent production. 'Retribution' is one of those albums that you will enjoy from the first listen. For JSS fans like me, its a must have and a definite contender for one the best rock albums released this year.  Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, October 9, 2017

CD REVIEW: HARD TO KILL by Heaven & Earth




HARD TO KILL by Heaven & Earth
(Quarto Valley Records, Inc.)

L.A. based, Heaven & Earth return with their highly anticipated new release, 'Hard To Kill'. The new album features a strong 11 song set that is guaranteed to rock your senses in ways unimaginable as soon as you press play! Heaven & Earth is comprised of, Joe Retta (vocals, guitar, harmonica) Stuart Smith (guitar),Ty Baillie (keyboards), Lynn Sorenson (bass, vocals) and Kenny Aronoff (drums). On balance this is a very good album, musically more dynamic than its predecessor "Dig". The songs are structured incredibly well, playing is absolutely top class. What struck me off the bat was the work done to craft each and every song here. Just listen in detail to the fills, complex licks, the way the band works together.  All songs on here absolutely rock!, Highlighted by my personal favorites, "Hard To Kill", "Walk Away", "Bleed Me Dry", "The Game Has Changed" , "Anthem" and "L.A. Blues". The sound is superb, the musicianship is tight and the album simply rocks. If you like classic rock, get your hands on this album. Stuart Smith's masterfully executed guitar techniques and Joe Retta's amazing vocal barrage definitely make this album a must have. Great songs, great playing. 'Hard To Hill', in my opinion, is Heaven & Earth's best album to date. A powerful rock album that shows a band firing on all cylinders.
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, September 29, 2017

CD REVIEW: BIGFOOT by Bigfoot




BIGFOOT by Bigfoot
(Frontier Records)

Wigan, England rockers, Bigfoot breakout onto the scene with their self titled debut. Absolutely fabulous old school hard rock. Powerful, storming riffs, & vocals you can hear & understand. The band is comprised of the powerful vocals from Antony Ellis, dual guitar attack from Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, and a thunderous rhythm section with Matt Avery on bass and Tom Aspinall on drums. As I crank this album to the maximum, I  wonder if I've slipped through some kind of time machine and am back to the late 70's and 80's, the hey day of hard rock music. But no this is the 21st Century and while Bigfoot draws heavily on the golden era of hard rock music there is something about the solid production and sharp tones of powerful debut album, and in particular Antony Ellis,'s strong vocals, that sets these songs apart from their predecessors to place this big slab of rock music very firmly in the present. And that really is the unique thing about Bigfoot, they have managed to catch the classic rock zeitgeist and update it with eleven rocking songs that just don't let up. While opening track, 'Karma' sounds derivative with its driving Armored Saint vibe riff, the second track, "The Fear", echoes a 70's Ted Nugent vibe ala, "Free For All" and the third track, "Tell Me Lie" is back to Armored Saint
territory. But these comparisons are interesting but irrelevant because all of the songs are superb in their own right and work together in the end-to-end context of the album. The second half of the album in my opinion stronger than the first containing my two favourites tracks,  "Freak Show" and "The Devil In Me", but that's just me. No brainer really, if you've been looking to rock out to hard rock music that deliver the goods in spades, look no further than Bigfoot. 
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: SOME KIND A VOODOO by Vick LeCar




SOME KIND A VOODOO by Vick LeCar
(Independent Release)

Guitar player, song writer, performer, Vick LeCar is back with his latest release, 'Some Kind A Voodoo'. This new five song Ep, as with his previous outings, proves beyond any doubt the creativity and dedication to strong melodic content this man establishes in his compositions. Always a tasteful, well phrased, stringmeister, Vick LeCar's guitar work shines throughout each song. From the guitar driven rocking, "Black Cars" to the full throttle tribal vibe of the title track. As well as the two instrumental tracks, the mesmerizing bluesy, "Elizabeth" and smoking, "One Take For The Blues". LeCar's guitar work has always been nothing less than phenomenal in the past and that excellence  continues on this amazing recording. How Vick LeCar has flown under the radar and has not become a household name in rock music is still a mystery to me. The bottom line is with 'Some Kind A Voodoo' Vick LeCar continues to impress with his guitar and writing chops. He can burn, but never seems to over play. I am a loyal fan and will continue to follow and support him.
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society