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Eric Chiasson "Evil Night" (New-Brunswick, Canada)

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Call Upon The Wicked
Call Upon The Wicked
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4.0 out of 5 stars 7W is calling upon you!, July 20 2011
This review is from: Call Upon The Wicked (Audio CD)
I've said it before & I'll say it again; Seven Witches is an underrated band especially considering the quality Metal they have been delivering for the last decade. While they're not re-inventing the wheel as far as music style goes, the band has the right ingredients to create good quality songs. By calling Seven Witches a band, however, I feel like I'm being very generous since it's mostly founder/guitarist Jack Frost & whoever will play with him; Kind of like Jeff Waters & Annihilator if you will. But I digress...

The band is back with a brand new album; "Call Upon the Wicked". I would say that this album delivers, but not from start to finish since the first track, "Fields of Fire" is not as good (in my own humble opinion) as the other tracks. It's not a bad song, but if you compare it to "Mind Games", "Harlot of Troy" or "Lilith" it is rather a weak song to start an album with or even use as a first single.

Aside from a solid new album, long-time fans of the band will also be pleased to hear James Rivera's voice on a Seven Witches CD. He sang on the albums "Passage to the Other Side" & "Year of the Witch" before leaving for other various projects. How long will he stay? No one knows for sure but at least he is there for "Call Upon the Wicked" & he sounds as powerful as ever.

There's actually not much to say other than it's a great Metal album. The catchy riffs, the powerful shrieks, the thunderous drums & pounding bass, it's all there. As a bonus, there are 3 live songs at the end of the record which unfortunately sounds like cheap bootleg at best. But still, if you're a fan of traditional Metal, then Seven Witches is a band you should definitely check out.

AC/DC: Let There Be Rock
AC/DC: Let There Be Rock
DVD ~ Bon Scott
Price: CDN$ 46.44
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!!, May 16 2011
This review is from: AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (DVD)
I've been waiting for this movie/concert to be released on DVD for a long time. I remember buying it on VHS back in 1989 & I would set my VCR on fire with that tape (we not literally, but you know what I mean). This concert represents the AC/DC that I always loved. Don't get me wrong I'm still a huge fan of the band & seeing them live in the summer of 09 is one of the biggest highlight in my life. It's just that I've never cared much for the huge stage, big lighting rig, fancy production or the props, like the bell for "Hell's Bells" or the canons for "For Those About to Rock (we salute you)". In my own humble opinion, this concert is AC/DC at his best. The band on a dim lighted stage with nothing else but their instrument & ripping through a thunderous set list. From Bon Scott tearing the side of pants to Angus Young switching right in the middle of "Whole Lotta Rosie", this is as raw as it gets. Speaking of Angus, he just looks like he's possessed by the devil. He's just all over the stage. The band definitely play with a "Something to prove, nothing to lose" attitude, but I think the highlight of this concert is singer Bon Scott. A truly a one of a kind persona who entertained millions of fans only like he could until his untimely death in February 1980. I think that this show demonstrate exactly was Bon Scott was all about. His unique rock n' roll voice & charisma was, & still is in some way, a big part of the AC/DC magic. A must have for all fans, I just can't wait to see what it will look & sound like on DVD. The only thing that bothers me is that the song "Walk All Over You" is not heard in its entirety & they cut off "T.N.T.". But this is still a must have for all fans. A classic show from a classic era of AC/DC.

Juggernaut Of Justice
Juggernaut Of Justice
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Juggernaut of Justice indeed!, May 10 2011
This review is from: Juggernaut Of Justice (Audio CD)
With the release of the Movie: "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" Canada's own Anvil has been riding high in the last few years. And when you think about what they did for the Metal scene in the early 80s & the struggles they got through to be where they are today, that sudden wave of popularity & recognition was quite well deserved. But now is the time for answers. Can Anvil keep up the momentum without a movie to back them up? The answer is... Yes! The band's previous effort "This is Thirteen" was a definite step up from what they had released over the last few years & "Juggernaut of Justice" is a step up from "This is Thirteen". Faster, heavier & more intense than its predecessor, this album is pure delight & will have no problem pleasing the fans. Production wise, "Juggernaut of Justice" is the heaviest sounding Anvil album to date. Raw & powerful, this CD needs to be cranked up every time you listen to it. There's not a single boring moment on this album; all the songs are great. From the title track to "On Fire", "This Ride" & "Fukeneh" just to name" a few, "Juggernaut of Justice is a must for all fans. This is a purchase you won't regret.

Lemmy (Ultimate Badass Edition) (Bilingual)
Lemmy (Ultimate Badass Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Lemmy Kilmister
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of a down-to-earth legend, March 8 2011
You've been following Motörhead for the past 35 years & you thing you know everything about Lemmy? Well think again! Even with all the stories we heard throughout this icon's amazing career, some true some myth, Lemmy still got plenty more to say. In "Lemmy", Mr Kilmister himself shares his point of views on life, his secret to survival & how to make a dead baby float.

This documentary follows Motörhead's main man & only original member through his everyday Rock n' Roll life. From being on tour to having a Jack & Coke at the Rainbow bar & grill, "Lemmy" shows it all! Probably the most shocking footage are the ones in his apartment. For such a rock hero, you would think that owns a couple of mansions but as Lemmy said himself in a recent interview: "I'm famous, not wealthy."

But regardless of the amount of money he makes, this documentary showcase Lemmy's intelligence, twisted sense of humour & passion for WW I & II memorabilia. Included are a slew of stars that share stories of what it's like to know Lemmy that are as interesting as they are funny. One listen is all that you will need to see that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Lemmy is Rock n' Roll personified. This documentary is as good as "Anvil! The Story of Anvil!" (2008) if not better. A definitive must for all Motörhead fans as well as music fans in general. You don't have to like the band to enjoy "Lemmy" but, then again... Who doesn't like Motörhead???
to enjoy "Lemmy" but, then again... Who doesn't like Motörhead???

The World Is Yours
The World Is Yours
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Motörhead; what more can we ask for?, Feb. 11 2011
This review is from: The World Is Yours (Audio CD)
When buying a Motörhead album we know exactly what to expect... Or do we? Well, yes we actually do & there's nothing wrong with that because, what we usually expect, is great quality songs. "The World is Yours" is exactly that... Great quality music. I heard someone tell me once that Motörhead were just 3 dudes making loud noise. I'm own personal opinion you have to be really ignorant to think such a thing (& also to refer to Lemmy as simply "dude"). The best quality about this band is that you always get a mix of Metal, Punk, Rock & Blues with the occasional surprise like the title tracks to "March or Die" & "1916". While there is no real surprise on this album, "The World is Yours" delivers from start to finish. Not overly amazing but enjoyable nonetheless, this new offering will have no problems satisfying both long-time & newer fans. The band sounds tight as ever. Mickey Dee is playing thunderous drums as , Phil Campbell is dishing out riffs & leads like only he can & what can be said about Lemmy that hasn't been said before? Lemmy is Rock n' Roll. Period! For a man who's in his sixties, he sounds like he will be doing this until is 90 (which wouldn't surprise me one bit). The songs are so good that it's quite hard to pick only one as the stand out track of the album. As far as the DVD goes, it's Motörhead live... Enough said.

Impact Is Imminent
Impact Is Imminent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The songs are as good as the sounds is awful!, Jan. 17 2011
This review is from: Impact Is Imminent (Audio CD)
Every band got an underrated album in their catalogue. One album that, for one reason or another, wasn't able to achieve the success it was meant to. For Exodus, I believe that "Impact is imminent" would be that album. First off, I think that we can agree that the cover isn't that great at all... The band is in a car cruising on the highway & some giant ball is about to crush them? Not too Metal if you ask me. But I don't think the cover is the problem however. The issue rather has to do with the sound quality of the album. A quality that is basically non-existent. Guitar player Gary Holt even said himself that he would like to be able to go back to re-do "Impact..." No one can blame him for that; because the songs are pure Exodus! Heavy, fast & aggressive, this is a relentless album that just keep going & going. Some of my personal favourite songs are on this album, like "Lunatic Parade", "Objection Overruled" & "Only Death Decide". Too bad they sound the way they do. Nonetheless this album is awesome & every Metal fan should own a copy.

Eternal Idol-Deluxe Edition (2cd)
Eternal Idol-Deluxe Edition (2cd)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy release for an overlooked album, Jan. 12 2011
This review will mostly focus on the 2nd disc, which features the late Ray Gillen recorded takes of what should've been "The Eternal Idol" had Ray stayed in the band. It's important to mention that those recordings never made it all the way to the mastering process. It has a very demo sound. But since it's an official released authorized by Tony Iommi himself, it's probably the best sounding demos you'll hear of those recordings. That Sabbath era was as interesting as it was confusing. There was a lot of coming & going in the band's line up. It's quite surprising that Tony was able to release such a good album in the middle of all the turmoil. To hear what "The Eternal Idol, was supposed to sound like is great. Not to take anything away from Tony Martin, who would end up being the longest singer after Ozzy to front the band, but Ray's singing is just amazing. If you're like me & have been enjoying this album for the past 20 years, then you'll find Ray's version of the songs quite fascinating if not refreshing. He had a much higher range & sang some of the verses / choruses so differently that you can't help yourself wonder how much different that era would've been if Ray wouldn't have quit during the album's recording session. On a side notes, while the liner notes are a great read, it would've been nice to have a few pictures of Ray instead of mostly still shots from the band's music video. This era is often overlooked because, for a lot of fans, Ozzy & Ronnie James Dio are the only 2 true singers fo Black Sabbath but nonetheless this deluxe edition is a must for all true Sabbath fans & collectors alike.

Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross
Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross
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4.0 out of 5 stars Setting themselves apart..., Jan. 8 2011
I'll be honest right from the start; I'm not a huge Death Metal. Nothing against it, not just my cup of tea (or bottle of Jack just to sound more Metal). But when it comes to God Dethroned I can't help but get excited everytime they release a new album. With their last release, "Passiondale", the band gave up the Satanic theme they've been known for since their beginning. Opting to release a concept album about the war of Paschendale really helped God Dethroned set themselves apart from the other Death Metal bands who still uses the same generic "Love Satan, hate God" theme. And what an album it is!!! Their best by a long shot.

So comes the following of "Passiondale"; "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross". The band made the smart decision to follow in the steps of their previous effort & make a concept album about WWI. I must say that "Under the Sign" is somewhat of a minor step down from "Passiondale", but that's only because "Passinodale" is so epic. Make no mistake about it... This album will destroy you! The speed & agression are there from start to finish with a few melodic parts that makes a God Dethrone album unique.

It's simply impossible to be disapointed with this album; It's God Dethrone at his best. It is a must for all Metal fans & defenitly in the top 10 of best Metal album of 2010.

7 Sinners
7 Sinners
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars for this guilty pleasure!, Dec 12 2010
This review is from: 7 Sinners (Audio CD)
I don't thing Helloween ever received the true recognition that they deserve & it's a sad thing as they are considered the pionneer in Power Metal. A band that never was afraid to take risks has resulted with a career of hits & misses but, they somehow always managed to come out on top. "7 Sinners" is the perfect example of that.

This is the album that Helloween needed to release after their last effort that consisted of classic Helloween songs all butchered up in the worst possible way. Really a bad way to celebrate the band's 25 year in the music industry guys. The good news is that they didn't butcher anything on this release. It's Helloween at its best.

The band hyped the album by stating that it would be 1 of the heaviest & fastest album they ever released & they were right. "7 Sinners" have a lot components that strike ressemblance with 2000's "The Dark Ride" being heavy & dark, but still have plenty of the band's unique sense of humour that is noticeable just by reading some of the song titles like "You Stupid Mankind", "The Smile of the Sun" & "Raise the Noise" which also include a flute solo.

All in all, Helloween is on top of their game again & 1 listen to "7 Sinners" will disipate any doubts you might have about the band's relevance in 2010 & the years to come.

Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell - Live in Europe
Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell - Live in Europe
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great companion to a great DVD!!!, Nov. 18 2010
As a Metalhead, I can't really ask more than to hear Black Sabbath live. Sure they went by the name Heaven & Hell, but in my heart & soul they only have one name... Black Sabbath. I know we heard those songs hundred & thousnad of times before; So what make this release special? Well 1st, there's the obvious that Ronnie James Dio is no longer with us, also on this release we get to hear live rendition of songs that are on "The Devil You Know" which, on a side note, got the best cover art I've seen in years if not decades. So many bands try to shock & awe & always fails so miserably. Leave it to the Sabbath boys to show us all what terror is all about. That right there my friends is Metal. But let's get back to this album.

The main reason why this CD is so special is that it was recorded one month before the tour was to end due to Ronnie learning about his cancer. That means that, at the time of this concert, Ronnie was sadly already hill. yet he shows no signs of it on stage. He rocks through each songs with the usual awesome power & emotion that he was known for. Over 65 & sick but still giving his fans what they wanted; Truly amazing. Of course we can't listen to this album without noticing how the rest of the band seems to be in great shape. Tony, Geezer & Vinny delivers a rock solid performance & are at the top of there game.

The bottom line is there's no reason to go into great details about this concert. It's Black Sabbath so it rocks period! I truly recommend the DVD as there's no experience like seing Ronnie & the boys live, but this CD is the perfect companion if you wnat to crank it up in your car, bedroom, work or where ever you listen to CDs. This release is another example of why Ronnie James Dio is still missed by so many today.

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