Innerwish ~ Inner Strength (Re-Issue)



Although this album was released originally in 2006, 2018 brings a new release of their 2006 release. Innerwish is a metal band, with strong guitar work, good drumming & pleasant vocals. The bass & keyboards mostly remain in the background. This release reminds me of bands like White Snake or Dokken. The lead guitar work is a bit more flared up. The vocals for me could use a little more high end, but, it works very well. “Feel The Magic” & especially “Never Let You Down” are great Power Metal ballads. You know that any band that seems to sound like they came out in the 1980’s (which they are not) have to have at least 1 ballad on their album. Good music, & recommended with 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Smokescreens ~ Used To Yesterday



While the music is good, & the vocals are OK, the production on this is not quite good enough. It was hard to really listen to the music that I wanted to hear. This power pop band could really have some memorable moments, but, again, it was hard to really hear everything. From what I could hear, I liked. I didn’t love this, but, the music was good. It didn’t grab my attention enough to give this a great review. however, I may need to give it another listen. For now, I’ll give this 3 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats ~ Wasteland

Uncle Acid


This band is a good mixture of T.Rex & Alice Cooper. Vocalist, organist & guitarist for Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Kevin R. Starrs sounds similar to Marc Bolan, while the musicianship is so very good, & has a sound similar to Alice Cooper. All of the songs are really good for the 5th album for this band. The album has about 47 minutes of music, which would be the shortest album that this band has put out. The band decided on this release to play all together, instead of doing 1 instrument at a time, almost like a live recording. This may be their best work yet. With catchy riffs & melodies that keep haunting your memory, I think that you will like this. Vaughn Stokes gives harmonies really well to Uncle Acid’s (Kevin R. Starrs) vocals, while keeping the rhythm guitar right where it needs to be. Jon Rice on drums & Justin Smith on bass keep the rhythm section flowing very smoothly. A bit of T.Rex, Alice Cooper & maybe some Porcupine Tree thrown in to boot. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Anneke Van Giersbergan ~ Symphonized



I don’t like this new album by Anneke Van Giersbergan…I LOVE IT! This album is just about perfect in every way. The main thing to note is there is NO BAND on this album. It is an orchestra. Residentie Orkest The Hague is the name & they really make this album soar. You can hear all of the instruments with different versions from Anneke’s musical history. Included in that will be music from THE GATHERING, VUUR, THE GENTLE STORM, & solo as well. I don’t normally care if a rock star or band does an album with a symphony, but, with no band to take away from the orchestra, makes every instrument stand out, including the strings, percussion, etc. Whether it’s the Cello or the Double Bass, the low end really hits you with the bass line. Little things in the percussion really stand out as well, but, all of the instrument really made this album soar. This album will be in my best of list for 2018. I can guarantee that. Anneke’s voice surely stands out on this as well. More so, than on previous Anneke albums that I’ve heard. I can’t even tell you which songs I liked best, as I liked every single one. This gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars & I highly recommend that you get this one.

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Lean ~ Years

Album Cover

This new album from the band named LEAN, reminds me of another band, that I like, from the 80’s/90’s. That band’s name is BREATHE. LEAN is a Alt/Pop/Rock duo using guitars, bass, & keyboards. The sound on this album is smooth, relaxed & really good. I didn’twant the album to end. The vocals were similar throughout the album, which is the only low point on the album. If you’re a fan of BREATHE or WILSON PHILIPS, you will surely like this. YEARS is a fine album & I would highly recommend it. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Various Artists ~ Pure Fire – A Tribute To Kiss

Kiss Tribute - Pure Fire


If I haven’t told you before, I’ll tell you now, I’m NOT a KISS fan. However, this album DOES have some very good moments. One of those is the song “Love Gun” done by TOMMY SHAW (Styx), Steve Lukather (Toto), Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge), Jay Schellen (Current Yes) to bring a new life into a song that I don’t normally like. This version, I LIKE! Another one that changed my mind about what could be really good KISS music is “I Want You” done by Kip Winger (Winger), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani) bring this song into it’s own merit. Most of the other songs still keep that KISS sound that I’m not a fan of. There is one more that took me by surprise, and that was “Detroit Rock City” by Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy), John Tempesta (Cult, White Zombie), make this song, which doesn’t move much from the original, & give it some life. The musicians on this album are all top notch musicians & make this album sound sweet. For a KISS fan, you’re going to love this album. For a non KISS fan, I’d give it 3.5 Music Guru Stars, for the appreciation of the musicians doing a great job. Other musicians include Robben Ford, Mark Slaughter, Bruce Kulick, Carmine Appice, Mike Porcaro, Bob Kulick, Lemmy Kilmeister, C.C. Deville, Aynsley Dunbar, Vinnie Colaiuta & many others. Get this, see what you think.

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Riverside ~ Wasteland



I’m going to start this post off by saying this will be on my Best of 2018 list. As usual, this progressive band from Poland knows how to make great music. There are moments when the vocals don’t work for me, but, they still work. I believe that the band is still in mourning over the death of their founding guitarist, Piotr Grudzinski, so that may be the reason for that. However, the music is still strong & the band still sounds wonderful. Some of the vocals are too low for the singer to really soar, but everything else works. Marius Duda on vocals, bass & main songwriter, Piotr Kozieradzki on drums & Michal Lapaj on keyboards would make Piotr Grudzinski proud. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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