Friday, December 15, 2017

CD REVIEW: TRUTH BE TOLD by Bad Touch




TRUTH BE TOLD by Bad Touch
(CADIZ- Bad Touch Records)

UK rockers, Bad Touch return with their highly anticipated sophomore release, 'Truth Be Told', bringing a classic rock sound that is raw edged with a musical vibe of The Black Crowes, The Rolling Stones with dashes of Skynyrd and The Allman Bros. Their music and their lyrics are honest and without pretence. The band is comprised of, Stevie Westwood on vocals, Rob Glendinning on lead guitar, Daniel ‘Seeks’ Seekings on guitar /vocals, Michael Bailey on bass and George Drewry on drums /vocals. As a unit, their chemistry is like white on rice. Lead singer Stevie Westwood encapsulates the classic rock lead singer aura to perfection, taking the image and idea back to its roots. The dual guitar interplay of Glendinning and Seekings is energizing and oozes attitude.  While the band's solid foundation is kept in check by the rhythm section of Bailey and Drewry. The album kicks off  with "One More Night" an bluesy rock song and you think you're in for another solid album. Then in comes "99 %" and you realize this album is a lot more than what you bargained for. A track along with "Made To Break"remixed for radio by the legendary Rolling Stones engineer and co-producer Chris Kimsey. To complete the knockout, the band serve up the next tracks, "Waiting For This", "Under My Skin" and "Heartbreaker Soulshaker". Other highlights include, "Outlaw",
"Healing Hand" and album closing "Mountain". Bad Touch are one of the few things still right in rock and roll, and it's never been more evident than on, 'Truth Be Told'. Very highly recommended.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, December 11, 2017

CD REVIEW: BLUES- O- DELIC CELEBRATION by Blindstone




BLUES- O- DELIC CELEBRATION by Blindstone
(Grooveyard Records)

The juggernaut blues rock trio from Denmark, Blindstone are back with an intense homage to the Blues legends with, 'Blues-O-Delic Celebration'. The trio is powered by six string Jedi, Martin J. Andersen, bassist Jesper Bunk and on the skins, Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen with guest guitarist, Magnus & Jens Andersen. As a unit, Blindstone are the epitome of what a well oiled music machine should sound like. They prove that here by serving up 13 smoking Blues classics and giving each song a shot a adrenaline that will make your blood pressure push to overload. The B.B. King penned "Rock Me Baby" opens the album in smoking hot fashion. The trio's supercharged take on this classic is simply mind blowing.  The trio keeps the adrenaline pumping as they rip into, "Blood Stream" (Rocky Hill) and a smoking take of the Freddie King penned, "Pack It Up". As I listen, I am simply blown away by Martin J. Andersen. An incredible guitar master, solid vocals makes you sit down, strap in tight and get ready for take off.  He plays a mean guitar. Not all guitarists know how to get the mean deep sound out of their six string, Andersen does it with ease. As he exhibits to perfection on smoking tracks like, "Me And My Woman" (Shuggie Otis), "Something's Got A Hold Of Me" (Gales Brothers), "Built For Comfort" (Willie Dixon) and "Finger On The Trigger" (Albert King). All in all a great selection of cover songs. For blues lovers, its a no brainer, 'Blues-O-Delic Celebration' by Blindstone is a must have.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CD REVIEW: IT'S ABOUT TIME by Satin




IT'S ABOUT TIME by Satin
(Tidal Discovery)

Tom Satin is back with his highly anticipated sophomore album titled, 'It's About Time', and just like his 2014 debut it is another superb example of high quality melodic rock. For those new to Tom Satin, this guy is a musical genius, this man plays, sings, produces and mixes everything. Musically, he serves up a vibe that is very reminiscent to Stan Bush or Rick Springfield. The songs are simply amazing combining elements such as memorable vocal melodies, great guitar solos, solid performances, and killer production. The whole album is strong but some highlights include the cracking opening track, "Look Up In The Sky", the hook laden choruses of gems like"Waiting For Someone", and "Use It Or Lose It", and the brilliant guitar riffs and memorable chorus of "True Love". Every single song is a gem, without a single moment of filler or a misplaced note. Well-crafted melodic rock that sticks in your head. In this era of empty headed corporate robot music for the masses, it is refreshing to hear such thoughtful and upbeat music. Satin's 2014 debut indeed established an AOR/melodic rock sound all his own. And that is exactly what 'Its About Time' verifies, that the craft of his debut did not occur by chance. If you are even remotely a fan of Melodic AOR Rock, this album is for you.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CD REVIEW: LONG WAY BACK TO THE MOON by Galactic Cowboys




LONG WAY BACK TO THE MOON by Galactic Cowboys
(Mascot Records)

They're Back! Houston, Texas based rockers, Galactic Cowboys return with their highly anticipated new release, 'Long Way Back To The Moon', the band's first studio release in seventeen years. The Galactic Cowboys have been one of my favorite bands since 1991. Why?  They've been considered as somewhat of an musical enigma,  a perfect combination of  melodic thrash, progressive metal, and BEATLES-esque harmonies into a genre of its own creation. Some people either love them or hate them. I LOVE them. The new release also features the original lineup of lead vocalist Ben Huggins, drummer/vocalist Alan Doss, guitarist/vocalist Dane Sonnier and vocalist/bassist Monty Colvin. 'Long Way To The Moon' offers up 13  brand new and modern tracks. Even though it's been seventeen years since their last studio release, the boys sound better than ever cranking out songs that contain all the catchy hooks, clever progressive song structure all with the harmonies that Galactic Cowboys have come to fans love. For me, the vibe takes me back to the band's first two albums. As for stand out tracks, "In The Clouds", "Internal Masquerade", "Next Joke" and "Amisarewas", but they're all really good. The amazing thing is how cohesive the album is - it all fits together perfectly! Overall, 'Long Way Back To The Moon' is a triumphant return for the Galactic Cowboys. Was it worth the wait? Hell yeah it was! Welcome back boys!
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CD REVIEW: MOTH by MOTH




MOTH by MOTH
(Independent Release)

Los Angeles based rockers, MOTH bust onto the scene with their powerhouse five song self titled Ep. Comprised of, Gary Gladson on guitar, Dan Grody on drums, Joe Puccio on bass and Dewey Bragg on vocals. This ain't just some rehashed riffs and vocals. No my brother's and sister's. These guys are tight. While this is only Ep, the songs pack one hell of a punch. Each song hits your senses like a right hook. The lead off track, "State Of Your Wings", is a supercharger of track that begs to cranked to maximum volume. Don't expect a let up in intensity as the band rips into your senses and taking no prisoners with, "Cobra' Bite", "Alarma", "Womanizer", "Aim". These rock and roll wizards have conjured some really sweet riffs and magically embedded them into a album. You won't find any ballads here. The sound is perfect as the stereo placement reflects that of old school metal and beyond to melt your brain and bake your eyeballs in headphone ecstasy. This is the type of music which makes me picture my old Denon Turntable, Marantz Receiver and Cerwin-Vega speakers cranking out all those watts....keeping the roommates awake or just pissing off the neighbors. MOTH is the real deal.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, November 10, 2017

CD REVIEW: BLACK BUTTERFLY by Steve Walsh




BLACK BUTTERFLY by Steve Walsh
(Escape Music)

Steve Walsh (Kansas/Streets) is back with his latest release, 'Black Butterfly', a recording that is everything you would expect it to be from someone like Steve Walsh, the man is a legend and this album oozes quality from start to finish. Backing Walsh up on the album are, Tommy Denander (Radioactive) on guitars, keyboards, Jerome Mazza (Pinnacle Point) on vocals, Steve Overland (FM/Shadowman) on backing vocals, Brian Anthony on bass and Peter Yttergren on drums. This album is simply amazing, but it's nothing like what Walsh did in Kansas or Streets and despite being a fan of both band's, I think that's a good thing. This is Steve Walsh putting out a solid melodic rock album that needs to be listened to over and over to appreciate it.  It has depth and power if you give it a chance. All twelve tracks offered up are all solid. Highlights include, "Born In Fire", "Grace And Nature", "Winds Of War", "Now Until Forever" and "Mercy On Me". The arrangements, the singing, the playing and the overall sound, they're all spot on. I was truly blown away at how this album sounds. Anyone who doubted Steve Walsh's ability to soar vocally will be pleasantly surprised, for all of the trademark high notes are here, which brought a smile to my face. 'Black Butterfly' is an exciting piece of work. Overall,  a rock solid album and a triumphant return by a true rock icon.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

CD REVIEW: SHOTGUN SLINGER by L.A. Cobra




SHOTGUN SLINGER by L.A. Cobra
(Power Slyde Records)

South African rockers, L.A. Cobra are back with their third studio album 'Shotgun Slinger'. I will say this, this album will easily make any rock fan harken back to the old days when bands like Motley Crue and Skid Row ruled the airwaves. L.A. Cobra, virtually revitalized the sleaze-rock genre with this release. It has everything you could want in a sleaze rock record. Monster choruses and hard-rocking riffs. As exhibited on rocking tracks like, "Running Wild", "Ride", the title track, "WTFR (Wrong Things Feel Right)" and "Good Taste In Bad Women", the other tracks are no less enjoyable, or rocking. Beyond the large choruses, the heavy riffs, the guitar melodies and solos, what makes , 'Shotgun Slinger' a solid listen is the fact that it sounds convincing; the glamorous attitude is real, the sleaze atmosphere is real and the passion in performance undeniable. A modern-day classic for the glam/sleaze genre. I honestly can't see how if your a fan of late 80's or early 90's hard rock, like myself, you would not be impressed by this record. If you love Ratt, Motley Crue and Poison, you should be in hair metal heaven with L.A. Cobra.
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society