Photo Essay: The Rebel Reviewer Checks Out Special Ops

Special Ops

Special Ops
Annex Wreckroom
Toronto, Ontario
April 28, 2010

What a combination of culture and styles this band is comprised of. Hailing from Montreal, the English side of town, Special Ops has the most diverse group of individuals I’ve ever encountered in a band.

Frontman, Abe Froman with his dreads flailing and hip hop style moves gives you that distinct feeling that you could fire up a fatty with him and head off down a reggae path after the Special Ops assault comes to an end.  His generosity and cool demeanor mixed with his powerful vocals and onstage charisma is a welcome sight in a never ending lineup of often faceless and cookie cutter ridden bands.

Live Rock and Roll

Special Ops Kick Off North American ‘Through the Heart of the Infidel’ Tour

Special Ops Invade “Through The Heart of The Infidel” Canada & US Tour Dates Presented by

Having just released their third studio album “Through The Heart of The Infidel” via Vancouver label Thorny Bleeder Records (digitally April 27th and CD in stores on May 25th), Montreal rockers Special Ops are proud to announce their “Through the Heart of the Infidel Tour” presented by The tour will kick off in Toronto on April 28th and see the infantry invade Canada and the US in support of this latest release.

Features Podcast

Hop On In and Let’s Go For a Ride! This is Rock and Roll Report Podcast #67!

Hop on in and make sure you turn the stereo up nice and loud for Kendra!

We are back with another healthy dose of great rock and roll for those of you hungry for more after our record 25 song podcast last week. This week is part 2 of our look back at 2009 as we prime ourselves for another year of amazing rock and roll here at the Rock and Roll Report Podcast. Next week I settle down and revert to my usual 10 song, 45 minute length but for this week, here is another extended shot of rock and roll fun.
As usual you have a wide range of styles from a wider range of bands and artists who are either unsigned or are signed to independent record labels. If you like what you hear please consider supporting these bands in a tangible way by buying their music, going to their shows and buying their merch.

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Rock and Roll Report TV

Rock and Roll Report TV: Special Ops – Emily


Rock Radio 2.0

Rock and Roll Report Radio Returns Tonight with Special In Studio Guests Special Ops!

That’s right! This edition of Rock and Roll Report Radio on CKUT 90.3 FM is a bit different as I welcome into the studio last week’s Band of the Week Special Ops as they introduce us to their brand new CD Through The Heart Of The Infidel and play a couple of tunes live in the studio.

Stop by and join in on the fun tonight from 10:00 – 11:00 PM EST on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal and on the Net at

Thanks for listening!

Artists and Bands

The Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week is Special Ops

special-ops-300Rocking out of the barracks, Special Ops return to the battlefront with a fresh new release dubbed “Through The Heart of The Infidel”. In this third album, produced by award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson (Voivod, The Ramones, ACDC, Gwar, Queensryche, Nashville Pussy). Special Ops capture 10 jaw dropping tracks that display the creative sound of Akbar Johnson’s intricate native Middle Eastern guitar work of finger picking and strumming in monumental riff’s and solo’s. Complemented with a unique blend of Abe Froman’s North American street style lyrics and backed with a well-armed rhythm section of bassist’s Waldo Thornhill’s thumping acid jazz and drummer Clarence McGillacutty’s pounding fury. Special Ops have unleashed a direct hit to follow up to their award nominated “Phase 2: Amidst The Madness” and successful single “Anger Is Creeping”, which was chosen as the TV theme song for “The Sid Cycle Show” (Global/Spike/Men TV/)(2 million viewers).