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CD Review: Madman’s Lullaby / Unhinged

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Kivel Records
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

It looks like 2014 is getting off to a killer start for Kivel Records with its latest release Unhinged, first from new labelmates Madman’s Lullaby.   Right from the first track “What If” I could hear the influence from some of the late 80’s best hard rock acts such as Tesla and, especially vocally, early Lynch Mob.  This record has tons of groove and some very clever lyrics.  If you’re looking for a feel good kind of album with romantic tunes with everyone in a happy state, turn away! Read more

CD Review: House of Lords / Precious Metal

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Precious Metal
Frontiers Records
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

It’s really hard to imagine that Precious Metal is the 9th studio album from House of Lords but then again after 1992’s Demon’s Down who would have thought that HOL would have to wait another 12 years to get to record album number 4?  In fact during those 12 years from 1992-2004 I played those first three albums constantly, always in regular rotation especially on long drives because those records were just that damn good.  Read more

Concert Review: Stephen Pearcy and Mass at Club Rain Malden, Mass.

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January 17, 2014
Club Rain
Malden, Mass.
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Well it’s great to see that even though RATT is hard at work on a new album for 2014 vocalist and sometimes solo artist Stephen Pearcy still feels like hitting the road (in the Northeast no less) in January for a round of dates performing with his RATT Bastards solo band.

Add into the mix local rock legends MASS as an opener (also soon to start work on a new record) and this has the potential to be a night of power rock with an old school flavor.  That’s really what this show felt like to me.  Stepping back in time for sure and kudos to Club Rain for making it feel like an 80’s rock show with spacious new amenities, great lighting and a world class sound system.  Anyone who remembers Narcissus in Kenmore Square or The Channel recalls that Boston did have great clubs at one time.  Let’s hope the management at Rain keeps booking national acts and the task of bringing in the crowds will take care of itself. Read more

Catching Up With Brian Korban of Heretic

Brian KorbanLet’s talk about the brand new Heretic box set from Metal Blade Records From the Vault…Tortured and Broken.  It must be very satisfying to finally have your original EP Torture Knows No Boundary (1986) and first full length album Breaking Point (1988) released remastered with bonus tracks for a new generation of fans that may have dismissed these back in the day or maybe were not even born yet upon their initial release?   

Yeah, you know it was one of the first things when we reformed that we thought of doing.  The EP and that first album were really hard to find.  You had to go to Ebay to try and find them and pay like $50.00 or more for each of them. They were totally out of print and our initial thought was to maybe just put them out ourselves.  After the release of A Time of Crisis (2012) Metal Blade contacted us about releasing them both and that started the ball rolling from there.  It’s great to finally get these out there in this box set for the newer fans and also for the fans that maybe had it on LP to now be able to have them remastered with bonus tracks.              Read more

CD/DVD Review: Def Leppard / Viva! Hysteria

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Viva! Hysteria
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

I have been hoping for something like this for so long now.  So many bands are taking classic albums and playing them in their entirety both to provide something different for the diehard fan and an added incentive for casual fans to see the band live for the first time.  When it comes to Def Leppard, the choice for some might be Pyromania (1983) or even High ‘n’ Dry ( 1981) but there is no denying that Hysteria (1987) was really their landmark album selling over 20 million copies worldwide.  Read more

CD Review: Maxx Explosion / Forever

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under 80s Guy For The Modern Eye, CD Reviews

Maxx Explosion
Kivel Rec
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Anyone who has seen House of Lords over the past few tours have experienced all what James Christian has to offer in terms of keeping the legacy of a legendary hard rock act from the late 80’s/early 90’s alive and actually kicking it up a notch with a modern day sound.  Well maybe rock’s best kept secret is the House of Lords rhythm section composed of guitarist Jimi Bell, Bj Zampa on drums and Chris McCarvill on bass.  What was once was classified information to the average rock fan is now a visible top notch band known as Maxx Explosion.  Their debut album released on Kivel Records Forever is a 13 song collection of power, melodic hard driving rock tunes that “Rival” any band Kivel has currently on its Kamp roster.  What surprised me the most about the record was the vocal style and range coming from Chris McCarvill who truly shines in his debut lead vocal duties. Read more

Spotlight Interview: Lucas D’Agata of Serosia


Serosia is:

Lucas D’Agata – Vocals
Anthony D’Agata – Drums
Derek Troxell – Guitar
Joseph Kuban – Bass Read more

Book Review: Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History

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Ross Halfin (Photographer)

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

If you love this band, you will love this book!  There are very few rock bands that have managed to survive as many highs and lows as Def Leppard. This fully authorized visual history of the band starting in 1978 runs right through their present day (book was first published in 2011) activities. Photographer Ross Halfin was along for the entire ride.  At 3.5 pounds this book is packed with amazing color and black/white images capturing over 450 photos many unseen and previously unpublished.  You get text and commentary from not only Halfin but the band members themselves throughout each chapter.  Along with a forward by Joe Elliot each band member also has a brief one or two page synopsis on what each of them took away from it after seeing the finished copy of the book. Read more

Getting To Know Message To Venus

messagetovenus_promo_3Hailing from Puerto Rico, Message to Venus just wrapped up their first full continental U.S. tour dubbed the “Pushing The Envelope Tour”. TWRY spent a few minutes with Message to Venus bassist Edgar Ramos to find out a little about the band, the new disc they are working on and their 2011 EP The Envelope. So take a little time and get to know Message to Venus!

Interviewed by: Roger Scales


Message To Venus is the first ever Rock n Roll band I have ever interviewed that hails from Puerto Rico.  How long has the band been together and who thought of the name of the group?
The project started in 2008.  We have been friends for many years now and have worked together in past projects. The name of the band was originally supposed to be the name of a song.  At the time it was just words on a page but the name of that song soon became an idea that we went with for the group.  It just felt natural and we stuck with it. Read more

CD Review: LaValle / Dear Sanity

Dear Sanity
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Whenever I hear of a new project coming from the “Kivel Kamp” (as I like to refer to it) my instant expectation is to sense an old school style hard rock album with top notch talent combined with new school technology  to equal something unique and memorable.  Over the years I can tell you that bands such as AdrianGale, Tango Down, FarCry, GoodBye Thrill, Faith Circus, TNA, Smash Alley have always seemed to bring something to the table to satisfy my desire for melodic rrock at its finest.  The newest addition to is LaValle with their debut record Dear SanityRead more

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