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Decibel – August 2010 – All The Nines

Posted in Albums Of The Month, Decibel, List, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on July 20, 2010

Khoma - A Final Storm

I’ve just been going through this month’s copy of Decibel, my last one through the mail, as my subscription has just run out and I will probably just pick it up from a local newsstand. Here’s a run down of this months new albums that score 9 or more in the review section:

Sadly only a couple of these have turned up on Spotify, so far. I’ve just been checking out Kohma’s, A Final Storm, which is excellent.

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Rocksound – July 2010 – All The Nines

Posted in Albums Of The Month, List, Rocksound by newmusicexcess on July 13, 2010

Blue Sky Noise

As another issue (137) of Rocksound lands in the mailbox,  it’s time to see which of the new albums reviewed in this issue get a score of 9 or above:

Four very different albums by four very different bands. My favourite? Well that’s got to be Blessed & Cured by Devil Sold His Soul. Well, they are from the South East of England, my old stomping ground. Check ‘em out.

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Guilfest 2010 – Rocksound Rock Cave

Posted in Festivals by newmusicexcess on July 9, 2010


I have just been chatting to my parents this morning, over in the UK. It seems they are having the same good weather that we are over here in Nova Scotia.

Hopefully, the good weather will continue in the UK to give a sunny weekend for the upcoming Guilfest at Stoke Park, Guilford. What started out as the, one day, Guildford Festival of Folk and Blues, in 1992 has grown to a much larger event over 3 days (16-18th July). Considered to be a ‘family friendly’ style festival this years 3 headliners are: Orbital, The Human League and Status Quo.

Of particular interest to me would be the Rocksound Rock Cave stage with F***ed Up and We Are The Ocean playing at the top of the bill on Friday night. Check out the other bands on the bill at

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Bim – Stay In Memory

Posted in Electronic, Trip-hop by newmusicexcess on July 8, 2010

Time for a bit of….Bim

Some more…perhaps?

Check them out at –

Or, download Head Over Heels for free, here –

Bim’s debut album, Scatterheart, can be heard on their website, and there are other tracks of theirs on Spotify –

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Sarah McLachlan – Laws Of Illusion

Posted in Adult Contemporary, Pop by newmusicexcess on July 6, 2010

Sarah McLachlan - Laws of Illusion

It’s good to see that local gal, Sarah McLachlan has a new long player out. The recently released (on the 15th June 2011) Laws Of Illusion is her 7th studio album:

  • 1988 – Touch
  • 1991 – Solace
  • 1993 – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
  • 1997 – Surfacing
  • 2003 – Afterglow
  • 2006 – Wintersong
  • 2010 – Laws of Illusion

It’s on Spotify, so if you have it, you can check it out at –

Track Listing:

  1. Awakenings
  2. Illusions of Bliss
  3. Loving You Is Easy
  4. Changes
  5. Forgiveness
  6. Rivers of Love
  7. Love Come
  8. Out of Tune
  9. Heartbreak
  10. Don’t Give Up on U
  11. U Want Me 2
  12. Bring on the Wonder
  13. Love Come" (Piano Version)

Reviewed at:


  • Pop
  • Adult Contemporary

Similar Artists:

  • Tara MacLean
  • Jann Arden
  • Jewel
  • Natalie Merchant
  • Chantal Kreviazuk
  • Paula Cole
  • Heather Nova
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Indigo Girls
  • Shawn Colvin

Further Information:

Website –

MySpace –

Facebook –

Twitter –

Wikipedia –

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Iron Maiden: Flight 666

Posted in Documentary, Heavy Metal by newmusicexcess on July 5, 2010

Flight 666

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I have been getting ready for a return to employment after a number of years working for myself and also have been away on a business trip to Washington, DC.

While I was in DC, I picked up the Iron Maiden video, Iron maiden: Flight 666. A tour documentary I have been meaning to pick up for a while now, especially since Sam Dunn was involved in its making.

The film follows the band on the first leg of their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour between February and March 2008. It was refreshing to see a band documentary where members were not; getting drunk, goofing around, fighting, throwing hissy fits, crying or slagging off other bands/band members.

If you have not checked it out already, I recommend you do so.

Here is a clip from YouTube.

While we are on the subject of Sam Dunn, don’t forget to check out his Rush documentary, Beyond the Lighted Stage.

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