Category: International Releases

Journey – Eclipse

Journey – Eclipse

I’ve probably played this album through six or so times so far trying to do this review, and in a way I’m glad it’s taken this long because this album is what we like to call in the business a ‘grower.’  Eclipse is Journey’s first album in three years and their second with vocalist Arnel Pineda, whose vocals are just […]

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FarCry – Optimism

FarCry – Optimism

Melodic Rock is where it’s at and FarCry have it down to a fine art!  Optimism is an album of great catchy songs and is for lack of a better word, awesome.  This is the bands second release after their very well received debut High Gear from a couple of years ago.  What I’m finding is that I’m starting to […]

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The Trews – Hope & Ruin

The Trews – Hope & Ruin

Canadian band The Trews have just released their fourth studio album, their first in three years in Hope & Ruin.  Aussies may have been lucky enough to catch The Trews on their recent visit to our shores where they spent well over a month playing shows and wowing crowds building up a well deserved fan base making radio take notice […]

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Taking Back Sunday – Self Titled

Taking Back Sunday – Self Titled

This self titled effort and new release from Taking Back Sunday is their fifth studio album, but what makes it somewhat special is that it sees the reuniting of the bands original line up from their debut 2002 release and it’s evident that it has made an impact on the material on the album.  This is one good album.  The […]

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Distorted Wonderland – Self Titled

Distorted Wonderland – Self Titled

In this digital age and particularly with all the music that comes through May The Rock Be With You, it’s a very rare occurence in my world to discover a killer band, the old fashioned way…in a record store!  Props go out to the ever reliable Sash and his store Realm Of Kaos (details below) for putting me onto Distorted […]

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Bowling For Soup – Fishin’ For Woos

Bowling For Soup – Fishin’ For Woos

“Are y’all ready to rock?” asks the Fishin’ For Woos liner notes…ok, let me pause here for a moment and emphasis “liner notes”, yes by virtue of me mentioning those words, it means I am reviewing this CD with CD case and liner notes in my hand, yeah I know, that’s old school right?  Well that’s not the only thing […]

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Warrant – Rockaholic

Warrant – Rockaholic

For those that aren’t aware, yes Warrant are still around, they do have a different singer and with his inclusion they rock better than ever. ‘Rockaholic’ is Warrant’s first release since 2006’s ‘Born Again’ that featured Black ‘N Blue singer Jaime St James, now with St James out, the failed return of Jani Lane and with former Lynch Mob / […]

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Brian Robertson – Diamonds and Dirt

Brian Robertson – Diamonds and Dirt

For former Thin Lizzy and Motörhead guitarist Brian Robertson, recording a solo album was probably the furthest thing from his mind when he thrust a bagful of his unreleased compositions into the hands of his friend Soren Lindberg….  The outcome, yep you guessed it, is this rather enjoyable rock record Diamonds and Dirt. In recording the album an all star […]

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Black ‘N Blue – Hell Yeah!

Black ‘N Blue – Hell Yeah!

Black ‘n Blue are Back ‘n Better than ever! This album, the bands first since 1988 and the first on Frontiers Records, ‘Hell Yeah!’ sees the return of the original line up, minus only Tommy Thayer and the return of Jaime St. James who was last heard on record with Warrant but trust me, this is no Warrant album, this […]

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