Category: Reviews

David Cook – This Loud Morning

David Cook – This Loud Morning

 “If you’ve never heard of him well now is your time to discover David Cook.” The stigma associated with being an American Idol truly isn’t something that people care about as they do here at home with Australian Idol as American Idol has proven to be a launching ground for multi platinum selling artists such as Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson and […]

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Andreas Novak – Novakation

Andreas Novak – Novakation

 In 25 words or less: Andreas Novak is an artist to check out that’s for sure, the Swedish AOR / Melodic Rock scene is alive and well….. A new addition to Melodic Rock Records is some awesome AOR / Melodic Rock courtesy of Swedish singer / guitarist Andreas Novak current frontman for House Of Shakira.  This is his second solo […]

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Swedish Hitz Goes Metal

Swedish Hitz Goes Metal

 In 25 words or less: Metal versions of Roxette, Abba and Ace Of Base songs…you know you wanna! Swedish Hitz Goes Metal…if the title isn’t obvious enough for you, then let me explain what Swedish Hitz Goes Metal is exactly.  Well Swedish Hitz Goes Metal contains metal versions of songs from three of the biggest ever Swedish pop bands, namely […]

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Pop Evil – War Of Angels

Pop Evil – War Of Angels

 In 25 words or less: If you love modern American rock you will lap up War Of Angels, if you don’t love, then move on… So who are Pop Evil exactly, well, these rockers from Michigan have just released their 2nd album War Of Angels.  With their name representing the melodies and hooks present in a lot of the bands […]

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Rival Sons – Pressure & Time

Rival Sons – Pressure & Time

 In 25 words or less: If you love classic rock, you will love Rival Sons, that’s all I need to say. Well from the outset, it must be said that the Rival Sons are indeed a collection of little contradictions that prove you should never judge a book by it’s cover.  Firstly, this, the Los Angeles based bands third release […]

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Whitesnake – Live At Donnington 1990

Whitesnake – Live At Donnington 1990

 In 25 words or less:  Essential for any Whitesnake fan wishing to relive the bands true glory days and to hear one of the bands definitive and supremely talented lineups. “Here’s a song for ya….” ah, the dulcit tones of David Coverdale.  Well, this release sure brings back memories of my teenage years attending a high school were hard rock […]

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Sister – Hated

Sister – Hated

 In 25 words or less:  With Sister’s brand of punk fuelled sleaze rock, you will either love them or hate them, what you choose is up to you… For all you Swedish sleaze rock loving people out there, then Sister are a band you need to get onto pronto, that is, if they haven’t already found you!  With their debut […]

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Rock The Cradle – Dreamin’ With Def Leppard

Rock The Cradle – Dreamin’ With Def Leppard

In 25 words or less:  Stripped bare away from the layers of Mutt Lange production, these versions highlight the great melodies at the very core of these songs. Now here is an interesting concept to say the least – a series of CD releases titled Rock The Cradle that involves creating lullaby renditions of popular songs from legendary rock groups.  […]

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Def Leppard – Mirror Ball (Live & More)

Def Leppard – Mirror Ball (Live & More)

In 25 words or less:  Def Leppard still remain a major force to be reckoned with and this mix of live and new songs affirms just that! Whilst there has been that classic Def Leppard video, now DVD release In The Round, In Your Face, suprisingly maybe to some, Mirror Ball now sees the Lep’s release their first ever live […]

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Uriah Heep – Into The Wild

Uriah Heep – Into The Wild

With over 40 years in the business Uriah Heep have done more than your average band that scores their deal from the back of a Weeties box, in fact this is the bands 23rd studio album. 23rd?! Are you kidding me? No Sir they are not. What I love about this album is that it’s new and relevant. They pardon […]

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MofoIsDead – Nubile

MofoIsDead – Nubile

 I love Bands that can make a record and release it independently. This is the case with MofoIsDead, their debut effort ‘Nubile’ is really hard to explain or to pigeon hole. These guys in their bio say ‘It’s like Muse having sex with Guns N’ Roses… and then having a baby called Radiohead.’ Accurate? Yeah kinda ha ha. Does that […]

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Devine Electric – Excuse The Mess

Devine Electric – Excuse The Mess

 Devine Electric have been doing the rounds of Sydney for many years now and have always put on an energetic show playing their brand of old school Rock n Roll. This new EP ‘Excuse The Mess’ sees them bring that energy and feeling to the recorded medium. A 5 track release takes you through a few different feels, the opener […]

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Billy Falcon – When

Billy Falcon – When

Now here at May The Rock Be With You we are all about every covering every genre of Rock music, and while this may not be the traditional rock we’re all used to, the new album from Billy Falcon is as heartfelt as you’d want.  It’s so well written both lyrically and musically.  Basically this album can and should move […]

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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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Heroes For Hire – Take One For The Team

Heroes For Hire – Take One For The Team

If infectious three minute pop punk anthems are your thing, then the second album from Australian five piece Heroes For Hire, Take One For The Team is what you seek.  Following the experience of recording the first album and relentless touring with some of the heavyweights from the pop & punk genre behind them, Take One For The Team is […]

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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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