Sonic Haven-Vagabond

Reviewed:  June 2021 Released:  May 2021, Frontiers Music SRL Rating:  3/5 Reviewer:  Buddy H Everyone knows the age old saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”  While true for many things, more often than not, you can tell what kind of listening experience lies ahead of you when…

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Varas-Diaz, Nelson & Araujo, Daniel N. & Rivera-Sergarra, Eliot (ed.), Heavy Metal Music In Latin America (Book Review)

Reviewed: May 2021 Released: 2021, Lexington Books Rating: 4/5 Reviewer: JP Dr. Nelson Varas-Diaz is widely recognized as the world’s foremost expert on Latin American Metal and he has been busy since we last checked in. This month I’m reviewing two things that have his fingerprints all over them and…

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The End Machine-Phase 2

Reviewed:  May 2021 Released:  April 2021, Frontiers Records S.R.L. Rating:  5/5 Reviewer:  Buddy H There are certain dynamic duos in life that are just meant to be together:  Batman and Robin, Mac and Cheese, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Ren and Stimpy, Plant and Page, etc…  One important duo that should,…

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Smith/Kotzen – Smith/Kotzen

Reviewed:  May 2021 Released:  March 2021, BMG Rating:  5/5 Reviewer:  Buddy H When I first heard that Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen were teaming up for an album, my knee-jerk reaction was, “Hmmm.  I’m not sure how that’s going to work.”   We all know Adrian Smith’s remarkable body of work…

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