Looking over the final lineup for the Free OZZFEST this year, makes me wonder, who from my generation is fired up about going to this concert.
The main stage is supposed to be Ozzy, Lamb of God, Lordi, and if rumor serves me correctly, Buckcherry.
To me, Lordi, and Buckcherry would be my only reason for hitting this show. Lordi is huge over in Finland, but the great unknown here (although they hit #37 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart in the U.S. this week.) Do a quick search for Lordi at the Hard Rock Hideout and check out the review for Arocalypse with all of the videos. They are kind of like GWar, minus the gore, and a hell of a lot more talent. The singer takes a little of getting used to, but the band is excellent.
This is where my rant begins:
Looking at the stage two lineup is a plethora of Death Metal Bands.
Hatebreed, Nick Oliveri and the Mondo Generator, Behemoth, Nile, Ankla, Circus Diablo, The Showdown, 3 Inches of Blood, Haath, In this Moment, and CHTHONIC.
After reading through this lineup, I must admit that I was not familar with any of the stage two bands. I started viewing their myspace pages, one by one, checking out the sound of each band, and quite frankly, I wonder if Ozzy and Sharon have lost their mind, or if these are the only bands that they could get to play for free.
With the exception of In the Moment, who has a very good female singer (Maria), (this band could easily be another Evanescense), however she struggles to get her voice heard over the band’s death metal screamer. This band was the almost highlight. I could not listen to the rest of them.
Maybe I missing the whole reason behind the OZZFEST. To me Ozzy grew in popularity from his days with Black Sabbath, and cemented it in the 80’s with his solo discs. I would think he would look for artists of this kind. There are hundreds of bands playing 80’s style hard rock everyday in the world, that would kill for the exposure in the U.S. I dig more and more of them up everyday and review their music here.
It makes me wonder if Ozzy has forgotten his roots. If this is the metal that appeals to today’s generation, the music has completely moved beyond me. I enjoy hard rock and heavy metal music, but the key to each band must have a singer who can sing well. Judging from most of the bands on the Ozzfest in 2007, their will be more screaming than singing.
Truly sad if you ask me. Good thing it is free. You will need to save your money for some earplugs and aspirin for the headache you will have afterwords, if you choose to attend.
German Rockers Pink Cream 69 return in 2007 with their tenth studio disc, In10sity. The name In10sity has more meaning for this disc, as guitarist Uwe Reitenauer, joins the band and compliments the playing of long time guitarist Alfred Koffler. This dual axe attack has given Pink Cream 69 a harder guitar driven sound, and quite frankly this new sound has helped to create what could be their finest release ever.
In10sity is full of some of the best melodic hard rock that I have heard in a very long time.
There are too many good songs on this disc to talk about them all. My current favorites are the Def Leppardish, No Way Out, the excellent pop metal of Crossfire,the very upbeat, I’m Not Afraid, and the kick ass track Wanna Hear You Rock.
In10sity rocks pretty hard until you get all the way down to the short little throw away track Desert Land. The pace immediately picks back up again with Out of This World (another track that I like a lot), and doesn’t stop rocking until you get to the final track, Last Train To Nowhere, which is one of the better power ballads that I have heard in a while.
This disc is my new front runner for best hard rock disc of 2007. Definitely some great stuff here, and a worthy disc to add to your hard rock collection. Check out the videos below, to hear a couple of new tracks, or stop by the bands myspace page. They also have a jukebox on their website which is www.pinkcream69.com
Rating:out of 10
- Children Of The Dawn
- No Way Out
- I’m Not Afraid
- A New Religion
- The Hour Of Freedom
- Stop This Madness
- Desert Land
- Out Of This World
- It’s Just A State Of Mind
- Wanna Hear You Rock
- My Darkest Hour (Bonus Track)
- Last Train To Nowhere
April 05 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Rock 107 Birthday Bash
April 06 – New York, NY – Canal Room
April 07 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
April 13 – Las Vegas, NV – Silverton Casino
April 27 – Lyons, TX – Big Creek
April 28 – Leesburg, FL – Bikefest 2007
May 05 – Mexico City – Avandaro Open Air
19 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Club Kryptonite
2 – Waterloo, IA – Byrnes Park
7 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
22 – Laredo, TX – The Revolution *
23 – Green River, WY – Flaming Gorge Days
30 – Sarasota, FL – Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix
3 – Delhart, TX – Kxit Presents
4 – Del Mar, CA – State Fair
13 – Pryor, OK – Pryor Creek Festival Grounds
14 – Vernon Hills, IL – Village Of Vernon Hills
15 – Edinberg, TX – Baseball Stadium *
20 – Springville, IN – A.B.A.T.E. (The Boogie) Of Indiana
21 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino
27 – Houston, TX – Houston Speedway
28 – Royalton, MN – Halfway Jam
3 – Clearfield, PA – Clearfield County Fair
4 – Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill
18 – Greensboro, NC – Coliseum *
25 – Oklahoma City, OK – Bricktown Event Center
31 – Atlantic City, NJ – House Of Blues
1 – Henderson, NV – Henderson Pavillion
2 – South Woodstock, CT – Woodstock Fair *
7 – Grand Junction, Co – Rock Jam
8 – Pueblo Of Acoma, NM – Sky City Casino
20 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel And Casino *
The 2007 version of WHITE LION (a.k.a. TRAMP’S WHITE LION), featuring original member Mike Tramp (vocals) alongside Claus Longwood (bass), Troy Patrick Farrell (drums), Jamie Law (guitar), and Henning Wanner (keyboards), has inked a North American management agreement with with the California-based Jeff Keller Management LLC (management home for STEPHEN PEARCY, HERMAN RAREBELL, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, and OMEN, among others).
“Having been a longtime fan of WHITE LION, I am extremely pleased to be working with the band,” stated Keller. “Mike Tramp’s passion for the band is inspiring, and I look forward to working closely with him to build something strong in North America.”
WHITE LION is planning a small European tour starting with an appearance at Italy’s Gods of Metal festival on June 2 and including dates in Turkey, Italy and Sweden (where the group will perform at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8). The band is also planning on releasing a new WHITE LION album late summer with a possible U.S. tour to take place mid-summer.
Tramp recently made an appearance on Eddie Trunk’s “Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM to respond to an interview with ex-WHITE LION guitarist Vito Bratta in which Vito expressed interest in reuniting with his former band. While Tramp didn’t rule out the possibility of a collaboration with Vito, he made it clear during his appearance on “Friday Night Rocks” that he wanted Bratta to take the first step and stop making excuses for why he has remained musically inactive for the past 15 years.
WHITE LION’s “The Definitive Rock Collection”, a two-disc compilation featuring the band’s hit 1987 single “Wait”, plus “When Children Cry”, “Tell Me”, and several rare rehearsal recordings, came out on January 23 via Rhino.
Tramp recently stated: “After much thought and consideration, I have decided to give TRAMP’S WHITE LION a second shot and make it a good one. I never felt good about giving up after our last agent messed up our plans for 2006 and we were left with nothing. So together with [the fans'] many requests and the band wanting to do it, we’re already off and running and this time will be taking it one step further!”
The cover artwork of the forthcoming U.D.O. album, “Mastercutor”, has been posted online at the A Tribute to U.D.O web site.
Due on May 18 via AFM Records, “Mastercutor” will feature the following track listing:
02. The Wrong Side Of Midnight
03. The Instigator
04. One Lone Voice
05. We Do – For You
06. Walker Of The Dark
07. Master Of Disaster
08. Tears Of A Clown
10. The Devil Walks Alone
11. Dead Man’s Eyes
12. Crash Bang Crash
As previously reported, U.D.O. will release a new EP, entitled “The Wrong Side of Midnight” (cover), on April 27. The EP will include two versions of the title track as well as three non-album tracks.
U.D.O. supported LORDI on September 28, 2006 at the Live Music Hall in Cologne. Dirkschneider makes an appearance on the song “They Only Come Out At Night” on LORDI‘s latest album, “The Arockalypse”.
U.D.O.‘s last album, “Mission No. X”, was issued in September 2005 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2004’s “Thunderball” marked the recording debut with the group of new drummer Francesco Jovino. Jovino joined the band in 2005 as the permanent replacement for Lorenzo Milani, who left the group for “personal reasons.”
NEW HELL YEAH VIDEO – You Wouldn’t Know
You can check out the new video by former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul’s new band, Hell Yeah at this location.
ROCKLAHOMA Lineup Confirmed
POISON, RATT (featuring original lead singer Stephen Pearcy), VINCE NEIL, WARRANT, SLAUGHTER and QUIET RIOT are among the confirmed acts for Rocklahoma, a three-day outdoor ’80s hard rock festival, set to take place July 13-15, in Pryor, OK at the Pryor Festival Grounds. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Rocklahoma will be hosted by radio personality and VH1 Classic VJ Eddie Trunk, who officially announced the lineup for the festival today (Tuesday, March 27) during a press conference at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
For more information, visit www.rockfeverfest.com.
SCORPIONS reveal track listing for Humanity Hour 1.
Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have finalized the track listing for their new album, “Humanity – Hour 1″, due at the end of May.
The CD, which is due at the end of May, was produced by James Michael and co-produced by songwriter/producer Desmond Child, who has worked with such high-profile pop/rock artists as AEROSMITH, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, KISS, RICKY MARTIN, CHER, MICHAEL BOLTON and BONNIE TYLER.
“Humanity – Hour 1″ track listing:
01. Hour I
02. The Game Of Life
03. We Were Born To Fly
04. The Future Never Dies
05. You’re Lovin’ Me To Death
07. Love Will Keep Us Alive
08. Your Last Song
09. Love Is War
10. Rise Again
11. The Cross
SCORPIONS performed their new single, entitled “Humanity”, last Saturday (March 24) at a special concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of signing the Roman treaty, which became the basis for foundation of the European Union. Watch a video clip of SCORPIONS’ performance at this link.
SCORPIONS’ last album, “Unbreakable”, was released in the U.S. in June 2004 through Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded at Peppermint Park Studio in Hannover, Germany and was mixed at Wisseloord studios in Hilversum, Holland.
New Megadeth tracks from United Abominations available for streaming
Australia’s “Full Metal Racket” radio show, which airs Tueday nights at 10:00 p.m. on Triple J, has premiered two more tracks from the forthcoming MEGADETH album, “United Abominations”. Check out the songs “Never Walk Alone” and “Play for Blood” in streaming audio at this location (“Never Walk Alone” starts at the one-hour, nine-minute mark; “Play for Blood” can be heard at the two-hour, 56-minute mark).
Due on May 15 via Roadrunner Records, “United Abominations” was mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE). Check out the cover artwork at this location.
MEGADETH‘s new version of the song “A Tout Le Monde”, now retitled “A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)”, is available for streaming in its entirety at this location (Windows Media). The track “Sleepwalker” is available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page. A professionally shot video clip of MEGADETH performing another new song, entitled “Washington is Next!”, on October 14, 2006 at the Loud Park ’06 festival in Tokyo, Japan has been posted online at YouTube.com. A rough-mix version of “Gears of War”, is available for download at this location.
GREAT WHITE has lined up the following tour dates:
Apr. 20 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth
Apr. 21 – Fort Yates, ND @ Prairie Knights Casino & Resort
Jun. 02 – Redding, CA @ Win River Casino
Jun. 23 – Green River, WY @ Flaming Gorge Days
Jul. 08 – Copper Mountain, CO @ The Villages At Copper Mountain
Jul. 14 – Fort Worth, TX @ Rock Yard
Jul. 15 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
Jul. 21 – Comstock, NE @ Comstock Rock Festival
Jul. 28 – Peoria, IL @ TBA
Sep. 08 – Ellsworth, WI @ Gaslight Bar
GREAT WHITE members Jack Russell (vocals), Mark Kendall (guitar), Michael Lardie (keyboards, guitar), Sean McNabb (bass) and Audie Desbrow (drums) are currently putting the finishing touches on a 25th-anniversary reunion album, due later in the year. The CD is being produced by Lardie.
GREAT WHITE recently performed at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California to celebrate the release of the “VH1 Metal Mania Stripped Volume 3″ CD. Also appearing on the bill were members of QUEENSRŸCHE, TESLA, RATT, and DOKKEN.
Faith and Fire was formed by Tony Moore and Mike Flyntz, former and current members of RIOT. Faith And Fire also includes Danny Miranda from Blue Oyster Cult on bass and John Miceli from Rainbow on drums.
This disc has more of a hard rock/classic rock feel than the power metal offerings of Tony Moore’s past work on RIOT’s Thundersteel and Privlege of Power.
Ready is one of the better opening tracks that I have listened to lately. Tony Moore proves quickly that he still has plenty of vocal chops in 2007.
Villanelle on the other hand did not do much for me. Everything is one of the better tracks on Accelerator. Mike Flyntz cuts loose on this track. It is an easy song to learn the lyrics to, and sing along with.
I really wanted to like Radio Superstar. This song features more excellent guitar work by Mike Flyntz, but I felt it was a little weak lyrically. Breathe is a cool ballad. The opening riff immediately reminded of Whitesnake. This is another song that will stay in my play list.
Faith and Fire is a semi upbeat number that I was hoping would be a killer song, since it shares the same name with the band. This is another track that fails to deliver the goods. Fallen is one of the heavier tracks on Accelerator, and moves into a near progressive metal territory. The guitar work by Mike Flyntz is great, but the song itself is average at best.
The title track Accelerator has some interesting elements to it and although it starts off strong, it seems to get lost in a wash of a progressive metal jam.
Angel is the second ballad on Accelerator, and is one of the better tracks here. Accelerator closes with a track that fans of Riot’s Thundersteel may be able to get into, America. Tony Moore is singing at a much higher octave on this track. The styling of this song is similar to those found on Thundersteel.
Faith and Fire’s Accelerator is not the classic disc I was hoping for. I began noticing problems with the writing early and found myself struggling to get through a couple of tracks. Accelerator does have a few moments, but there are quiet a few misses as well.
This is a disc that will appeal to some RIOT fans, especially those longing to hear Tony Moore’s voice again. You can listen to more of the tracks at CD Baby.com and the band’s myspace page here. Those looking for a quick music fix can also download the tracks from Accelerator from ITunes.
Rating:Out of 10
- Radio Superstar
- Faith and Fire
- Avenue Z
Check out the new track on the video below:
POISON, RATT (featuring original lead singer Stephen Pearcy), VINCE NEIL and Y&T are among the acts that are expected to appear at Rocklahoma, a three-day outdoor ’80s hard rock festival, set to take place July 13-15, in Pryor, OK at the Pryor Festival Grounds. The following is a partial list of bands that are **rumored*** to be taking part in the event:
FASTER PUSSYCAT (feat. Brent Muscat)
L.A. GUNS (feat. Tracii Guns)
Rocklahoma will be hosted by radio personality and VH1 Classic VJ Eddie Trunk, who will officially announce the lineup for the festival today (Tuesday, March 27) during a press conference at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
Thundersteel marked a new era in Riot history, as singer Tony Moore joined the band, and for the first time, Riot moved from a hard rock sound to more of a heavy/power metal outfit. This was the first of two discs featuring a solid lineup of Mark Reale on guitar, Tony Moore on vocals, Don Van Stavern on Bass and Bobby Jarzombek on Drums
Thundersteel should have put Riot on the map in a big way in , but this disc went largely unnoticed by hard rock fans in the U.S. CBS did not promote this, so it crashed and burned quickly. At a time when most labels were promoting their bands with music videos etc, the little band that could, Riot, continued to struggle but move forward.
Thundersteel had all the makings to become a top seller. It has the awesome vocals by Tony Moore and Mark Reale’s over the top guitar playing.
The opening cut Thundersteel is a huge power metal offering that has more in common with the power metal sound in 2007, than the hard rock of 1988. Nonetheless, you can not deny the power of this song, or the soaring vocals of Tony Moore.
Fight or Fall keeps the pace moving with a full out attack of chugging guitars and the pounding drums of Bobby Jarzombek. This is another great head banging track.
Sign of the Crimson Storm takes the tempo down a notch from the first two songs. I like this track a lot. Mark Reale cuts loose and has some great solos on this track. This song mixes well with today’s hard rock and metal and is always a good listen.
Flight of the Warrior cranks it back up again. The chugging bass of Don Van Stavern gives this track a remote Iron Maiden like feel to it. It is another great head banger.
On Wings of Eagles doesn’t let you catch your breath. At this point I was hoping that Riot would throw in a slower track. Mark Reale cuts loose big time on this track. It is a little repetitive after Flight of the Warrior, but it is still a solid track and the guitar work is excellent.
Johnny’s Back is an ultra cool headbanger with ultra fast bass riffs and guitar licks. Tony Moore approaches Tony Harnell octave level on this song. I can’t begin to tell you how cool this song is.
Bloodstreets is the closest thing to a radio friendly hit on Thundersteel. This is another highlight on this album.
Run For Your Life is a solid rocker leading up to the closing track Buried Alive. It isn’t my favorite track here but it is good.
Buried Alive (Tell Tale Heart) is the longest song on this disc, clocking in close to nine minutes in length. This song has a heavy Judas Priest feel to it. This song to me is a little too lengthy, but it does have its moments. It features a great melodic intro, and some Halford like screaming by Tony Moore. The song has some creepy Sabbath like elements at times, and Reale’s guitar work shines here. It is an interesting heavy track to close out Thundersteel.
After listening to Thundersteel again in 2007, it is amazing to me that this music was written and played back 1988. Tony Moore’s vocals really help to make this disc shine, and the music by the band is very tight. Thundersteel is a lost metal classic that deserves a few new ears today. You can often find this disc for around 10 dollars today, and is well worth the price. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
- Fight or Fall
- Sign of the Crimson Storm
- Flight of the Warrior
- On Wings of Eagles
- Johnny’s Back
- Run For Your Life
- Buried Alive (Tell Tale Heart)
Gene Simmons does not want the original KISS lineup to reunite again.
A new Gene Simmons interview appears in the April issue of England’s Classic Rock magazine. Gene discusses his reality series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and “Gene Simmons Rock School”, (non-)marriage, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley. On the topic of Ace, Gene says, “I love him dearly, he’s a sweetheart, but he’s his own worst enemy. He’s great with lots of people around but when he’s alone he doesn’t like himself. And he numbs himself. He’s been numbing himself for 34 years that I know of. I don’t know how often I’ve seen him straight, but it’s almost never.”
As for Paul, there happened to be a spelling mistake in the advertisement for Paul’s solo album “Live to Win” in Classic Rock a few issues ago that some readers found very amusing. Instead of “Bulletproof”, one of the the album tracks was misspelled “Bulletpoof”. Says Gene, “That’s okay. Are you saying Paul pitches for the other side? It happens not to be the case, but I don’t hink there’d be any problems if he did. Some of your biggest heroes are on the other side. Halford and Freddie and Elton, for example. You English make more of that than any country in the world. In fact, the preconceived notion of the English male is gay. You know that. It’s based on the public schoolboy system. Sir Richard Branson told me all about it. The bullying often turns sexual. It’s rampant.”
Gene also talks about the possibility of the original band getting back together again. ‘I personally don’t want to,” he says. “I love Ace and Peter, always have, and because of my tough love thing I’ve never been shy about saying they’ve been drug addicts and alcoholics, and they’ve destroyed themselves.”
Is KISS now more of a heritage center than an actual band? “You can ask the STONES or Elton or anybody who’s been around for 30 years or more the same question,” Gene replies. “It’s valid to say it is; it’s valid to say it isn’t. You want to know when we’re going to do a new KISS record? The answer is: when we feel like it. And by the way, no matter what I said earlier, I reserve the right to change my mind about Ace and Peter any time I choose. ‘Never say never’ is true. How much did you say you want to pay is to get back together? How many hundreds of millions? People say you can’t be bought. Fucking-A right you can. Even God passes the hat around at the end of the sermon.”
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This disc reached platinum level status and peaked at 18th on the U.S. charts.
Being released around the same time that I went into college, you would think I have would have fond memories of this disc, but in 2007, I rarely play this anymore.
To me, the opening track, Crazy, Crazy Nights was kind of lame. This song was a little bit too bubblegum to me. It was a pretty big hit in the UK but not as big in the U.S. A lot of people like this song, but I can’t get into this one.
I’ll Fight Hell to Hold You is a much better song. It sounds more like classic KISS and features some excellent guitar playing by Bruce Kulick.
Bang Bang You is a solid rock anthem that never reached the hit level status that it deserved.
Bruce Kulick plays like a wildman on No, No, No. This is a heavier track than the previous three, and totally kicks ass.
Hell or High Water also sounds like classic KISS. It is a harder edged anthem that I would love to hear KISS play live. More great guitar work by Kulick on this song. Great stuff!
Paul Stanley’s vocals shine on My Way. This is more of a pop rock keyboard driven effort. Although Kulick does have an awesome solo on this track, it doesn’t stand out as much as some of the other songs on Crazy Nights.
When the Walls Come Down is a pretty good upbeat rocker. There isn’t a whole lot to the lyrics on this song aside from “When the Walls Come Down”, but it is still a solid track.
Reason to Live is the lone power ballad on Crazy Nights, and it is a damn good one at that. Paul Stanley’s vocals are excellent here.
Paul Stanley hands the mic over to Gene Simmons for Good Girl Gone Bad. It is a pretty good song and keeps the flow going well on Crazy Nights.
Turn on Night is the more of a pop oriented track.. This song was co written by Paul Stanley and Dianne Warren. This is not one of my favorite songs on Crazy Nights. It feels like filler to me.
Thief in the Night was originally written and recorded by Wendy O. Williams, WOW album back in 1984. The same disc that was produced by Gene Simmons. The KISS version sounds better but this song isn’t anything special.
This enjoyed listening to this CD far more than I expected. I think I must have confused it with Hot in the Shade, which I didn’t care for at all. I am glad to have been reintroduced to this disc in 2007. I will be keeping this one in my playlist for the indefinite future. Thanks to Steve over at Heavy Metal Addiction for picking this disc this week. If you don’t own this one, you need to give this one another look!
Rating: Out of 10
Check out what the Metal Madness Knights are saying about KISS Crazy Nights at the links below: Heavy Metal Time Machine, Heavy Metal Addiction, and Pulses, Verses and other Flotsam! We hope you enjoyed March Metal Madness as much as we did. Let us know what you thought of it, and as always….keep it Heavy!!
- Crazy, Crazy Nights
- I’ll Fight Hell to Hold You
- Bang Bang You
- No, No, No
- Hell or High Water
- My Way
- When the Walls Come Down
- Reason To Live
- Good Girl Gone Bad
- Turn on the Night
- Thief in the Night
Monday will have the 4th and final installment of March Metal Madness.
Tuesday will bring a new feature called Fore and Aft.
Wednesday will have part 2 of Fore and Aft.
Thursday will have a new review of Pink Cream 69’s In10sity plus more Hard Rock News, and a couple more reviews if time permits.
Stop by and check it out!
The third installment of the Saw Trilogy might be the best of the three. As always, this movie is not for the feint of heart, or stomach. There is plenty of gore and torture in this flick, as there were in the first two.
Is it scary? No. It is more sick and gory than anything else. The story in this movies ties together well with the first two films, and is a true sequel, not just a bunch of mindless killing (put it is pretty damn close.)
If you are looking for a movie to gross you out, you can’t do much worse than SAW III. If you saw the 2nd movie and are dying to find out what happens with Jigsaw, you may want to watch this. This movie features a few flashbacks to the first film, so if you haven’t seen that one, I would start there first before coming back to this one.
If blood and gore grosses you out, you may want to skip SAW III. I enjoy horror flicks from time to time, for the horror element. There are some horrifyingly disgusting things in this flick, but there is absolutely nothing that will scare you. Rent at your own risk!
Rating: Out of 5
I always used to blame my love for hard rock and heavy metal music on my sister. She would come home from high school and play Judas Priest’s Green Manaleshi, next thing I knew, I would race home from school to watch MTV’s hard rock show that was on at 3 P.M. every day. From that point, I was hooked forever.
The other day, I was in my local record shop ( I don’t think I can ever stop calling them records) and was flipping through the used CD’s and stumbled on Dressed to Kill. I saw 30 years of my life flash before me in an instance. The neighbors that I grew up had an LP of Dressed to Kill back around the time when I was a mere 7 years ago. I remember us playing that record over and over again. I remeber the LP cover like it was yesterday, but had forgotten all about those days of playing the record until seeing this cover again. Strangely enough, I didn’t pick up a copy of this until now.
It is amazing to me how some music is so timeless. In 2007, Dressed to Kill still sounds great. The song writing was simple, and the songs were all pretty short. This disc clocks in shy of 30 minutes for 10 songs. For being a such a short listen, it is still a damn good one.
The song I remember best on this disc is She. We must have played that song a thousand times. It has a killer groove and is one of my favorites. I have heard Rock and Roll All Night more times that I can remember and didn’t realize that it came from this disc. No one can deny that this is the biggest rock anthem of all time. I also recall playing Room Service to death, so much so, that I can almost sing the lyrics. Its interesting what stays in your subconcious.
Another song that we played the hell of on this disc is C’mon and Love Me. This is another great KISS classic.
The acoustic intro Rock Bottom is cool as hell. This is another killer song on this disc.
If you haven’t picked this up yet, you are really missing out on an excellent hard rock classic. After listening to this disc a couple of times, you can easily pick up how KISS influenced so many of the bands that became staples in our music collections in the years to come.
Rating: Out of 10
- Room Service
- Two Timer
- Ladies In Waiting
- Get Away
- Rock Bottom
- C’mon and Love Me
- Anything For My Baby
- Love Her All I Can
- Rock And Roll All Night
VELVET REVOLVER has lined up the following tour dates during the coming months:
South American tour:
April 10 – Pista Atlética Del Estadio Nacional – Santiago, Chile
April 12 – Estádio do Morumbi – São Paulo, Brazil
April 13 – Citibank Hall – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 15 – Quilmes Rock 2007 @ Estadio River Plate – Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 16 – Estadio Pepsi Music – Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 18 – Poliedro de Caracas – Caracas, Venezuela
April 20 – Parque Simón Bolívar – Bogotá, Colombia
North American tour:
May 04 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
May 05 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA
May 07 – Showbox Music Club – Seattle, WA
May 10 – The Riviera – Chicago, IL
May 12 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
May 13 – Kool Haus – Toronto, ONT
May 15 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 18 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
May 19 – Columbus Crew Stadium – Columbus, OH
May 20 – Tweeter Center – Camden, NJ
May 22 – Nokia Theatre – New York, NY
June 01 – Nürburgring / Rock Am Ring – Eifel, Germany
June 02 – Idroscalo / Gods Of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy
June 03 – Zeppelinfeld / Rock Im Park – Nürnberg, Germany
June 05 – Hammersmith Apollo – London, England
June 07 – International Arena – Cardiff, England
June 08 – Donington Park / Download Festival – Donington, England
June 10 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland
June 11 – Empress Ballroom @ Winter Gardens – Blackpool, England
June 14-16 – Hultsfred 2007 – Hultsfred, Sweden
June 16 – ProvinssiRock – Seinäjoki, Finland
June 17 – Walibi World / Fields Of Rock – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
June 20 – Coliseu dos Recreios – Lisbon, Portugal
June 22-23 – Feria de Zaragoza / Monsters Of Rock – Zaragoza, Spain
June 24 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium
June 25 – Le Zenith – Paris, France
June 26 – Volkshaus – Zürich, Switzerland
June 29 – Marlay Park (supporting The Who) – Dublin, Ireland
July 02 – Odderøya Park / Quart07 – Kristiansand, Norway
More dates will be announced soon.
January brought us 2 quality discs by JORN – The Gathering and Unlocking the Past, and Mask of Sanity from Sinner.
February was a brutally slow release month. The only thing I have picked up from February so far is Cornerstone – Two Tales Of One Tomorrow. I plan to check out the new discs from Rhino Bucket – Pain and Suffering and No Song Left Behind.
March on the other hand is bringing new discs from Masterplan – MKII, Pink Cream 69 – In10sity – I am anxiously awaiting both of those discs.
Shaw/Blades – Influence is also one I plan to check out, as well as the new Dokken – From Conception: Live 1981 ( with new unreleased studio tracks from George Lynch era Dokken and the Winger – Demo Anthology.
April is going to be a big release month. A new disc by Saxon called Inner Sanctum is on the way, as well as the debut by former Pantera Vinnie Paul’s new band Hell Yeah, a new disc by Gotthard called Domino Effect, and the new Night Ranger disc Hole in the Sun. W.A.S.P will release their latest effort, Dominator. The Black Sabbath – The Dio Years will also be released in April. This collection has 3 new tracks with Dio on vocals. You can hear one of these tracks now, by making a trip to the Hard Rock Hideout Forum. Black ‘N Blue will release their Rarities disc on April 24th.
May is going to bring a bunch of new tunes! Yea!!
Tesla’s cover disc Real to Reel, Megadeth’s highly anticipated United Abominations, Ozzy’s yet untitled disc and the new Rush disc, Snakes and Arrows. Scorpions is also releasing their new disc Humanity, Hour 1. A new Michael Bormann, ex-Jaded Heart led metal band named Bloodbound, will release Book of the Dead at the end of May. One release I am quite anxious for that the release date was recently annouced for is the new Russel Allen/ Jorn Lande disc called the Revenge! This is now coming in May!
June should bring a new disc by Velvet Revolver – Libertad. I have been hearing some great stuff about this one. It may turn out ot be one of the biggest discs of 2007, but time will tell. Dokken is also planning on releasing their new studio disc, Lightning Strikes Again. TNT will be releasing The New Territory with their new singer, former Shy vocalist, Tony Mills.
In the second half of 2007, we should see a new covers disc by Poison, a brand new disc from Lillian Axe and quite possibly some disc called Chinese Democracy (holding breath now) from Guns ‘N Roses. A new disc from the band that opened up for the Poison/Cinderella tour last year, Endeverafter, should be hitting around summer time. Lizzy Borden is promising a new disc by summer time
Sebastian Bach has a new solo effort called Angel Down that is supposed to be coming out in 2007. Baz has been silent as far as talking about the release date, but I am guessing that it wont be too much longer down the road.
Whitesnake’s new effort, tenatively titled Good to be Bad should hit around October.
Def Leppard is promising that their new disc, tentative titled Sparkle Lounge (does this title scare anyone else?) will hit before the end of the year.
Great White is expected to release their new studio album later this year.
Judas Priest will return with their monster release Nostrodamus!
I am sure their will be more to come, but these are the top discs on the way so far. Hard Rock is far from dead in 2007!
Per Metal Blade Records, the 25th Anniversary Edition Series are to commemorate 25 years of the LOUDEST, HARDEST, HEAVIEST and the very best HEAVY METAL on the planet, METAL BLADE RECORDS will re-release seminal Metal albums from artists that have and continue to shape and influence the genre.
Did Lizzy Borden shape and influence the genre? I can’t honestly say. If it wasn’t for some recent mentions of Lizzy Borden over at Metal Mark’s site, I don’t know if I would have picked this up. I can honestly say that before 2007, I have not heard any Lizzy Borden songs. For some reason, this is one of those bands that I passed over back in the day.
Metal Blade sweetened the deal by adding Bonus songs and a DVD, all for the price of a single CD. I stumbled on this on my last trip to the local records shop and decided to give this a shot.
Master of Disguise features some guest stars including David Michael-Phillips from King Kobra, and Big Cock, and Joey Vera from Armored Saint and Fates Warning.
Lead singer, Lizzy Borden reminds of Bruce Dickinson at time, but I think he sings at a higher register than Bruce.
The music itself is somewhat different from the hair metal releases of 1989. This is a harder yet melodic rock release that is almost glam in nature. Lizzy Borden fans call this the Lizzy Borden solo cd and not a true band effort. Either way is a solid hard rock effort that I am glad to have taken a chance on in 2007.
The highlights on this disc are the Iron Maiden like Master of Disguise, Love is a Crime, Sins of the Flesh, Never Too Young, and We Got the Power.
The bonus tracks Vampire’s Kiss and The Orchestra really didn’t add anything to the original release but are a nice pickup if you didn’t own this cd already.
Strangely enough, two videos that I never managed to catch during the 80’s MTV Head Banger’s Ball, were those below:
Love is a Crime
We Got the Power
Master of Disguise is one of those CD’s that gets better with every listen. This disc will appeal to just about everyone that is a fan of 80’s Hard Rock. This disc is a solid intro and may whet your appetite for their new disc coming out this summer. You can find more information on Lizzy Borden at LizzyBorden.com. or at their myspace page here.
- Master of Disguise
- One False Move
- Love is a Crime
- Sins of the Flesh
- Never Too Young
- Be One of Us
- Waiting in the Wings
- Roll Over and Play Dead
- Under the Rose
- We Got the Power
- Vampires Kiss (Bonus Track)
- The Orchestra (Bonus Track)
Lizzy Borden is:
Lizzy Borden – Vocals
David Michael Phillips – Guitars
Ronnie Judge – Guitars
Mychal Davis – Bass
Joey Scott – Drums
ALLEN/LANDE – The Revenge Due Out In May
Frontiers Records has announced the release of The Revenge the greatly anticipated second charter of the Allen / Lande musical alliance on May 11. The first result of Jorn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN) and Russell Allen’s (SYMPHONY X) collaboration, The Battle was unleashed in September 2005.
Once again songs were written by guitar sensation Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, LAST TRIBE), the second chapter aptly titled The Revenge is ready to be unleashed, with cover art specifically designed for this project by Rodney Matthews (DIAMOND HEAD, MAGNUM, ASIA) and heavier and with a tighter production, thanks to the involvement of Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, ANGRA, PLACE VENDOME) at the mix.
The Revenge will include the following songs: ‘The Revenge’ (vocals: Jorn and Russell), ‘Obsessed’ (Russell), ‘Victory’ (Jorn and Russell), ‘Master Of Sorrow’ (Jorn), ‘Will You Follow’ (Russell), ‘Just A Dream’ (Jorn and Russell), ‘Her Spell’ (Jorn), ‘Gone Too Far’ (Russell), ‘Wake Up Call’ (Jorn and Russell), ‘Under The Waves’ (Jorn), ‘Who Can You Trust’ (Jorn and Russell), ‘When Time Doesn’t Heal’ (Jorn and Russell).
The Revenge will be out in Europe on Frontiers Records on May 11, with release in Japan scheduled on King Records.
Sebastian Bach opens an EBAY store
Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has posted the following message on his official web site:
“Anyone who has seen my MTV ‘Cribs’ episode knows that I have a lot of rock stuff. In fact, I have so much stuff that it is literally now overtaking my whole house. I just don’t have room for all of it! So my company Get Off My Bach Productions has opened the official Sebastian Bach eBay store. Here you can get one-of-a-kind, vintage rock items I have collected over the past 20 years of touring. Here is where you can find items that are official or are personally owned by me. There are a lot of fake autographs and merch on eBay, but if you get stuff from Get Off My Bach Productions you will know it’s the real thing and authentic in every way.”
Visit the official Sebastian Bach eBay store at this location.
Due later in the year via an as-yet-undetermined label, Sebastian Bach‘s new album, “Angel Down”, will be Bach‘s first solo CD since 1999’s “Bring ‘Em Bach Alive”, and first release since 2004’s “Forever Wild” DVD. Bach‘s band consists of guitarist “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (PAINMUSEUM, HALFORD), drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, ex-ICED EARTH), guitarist Johnny Chromatic and bassist Rob DeLuca (SPREAD EAGLE).
Check out video footage of Bach performing several new songs live:
In a recent interview with Rock My Monkey, Bach stated about the upcoming CD, “There’s been a lot of stuff on the record about… kind of the war was on my mind, having the country at war, and also having a nineteen-year-old son. It’s kind of what the youth of America have in the back of their mind. Are they going to get drafted? It very well could happen. It’s a scary thing. So that was kind of on my mind when I was writing the lyrics for this record.”
Gene Simmons finds a new way to get KISS in the record book. No its not his toungue…
According to KissOnline.com, KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, along with Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (chairman of Platinum Studios) were presented with a Guinness World Records certificate for “World’s Largest Comic Book” in connection with Kiss Comics Group’s “Kiss 4k Destroyer Edition” — unveiled last weekend at Wizard World Los Angeles. Check out a photo at this location.
KISS recently partnered with comic-book production company Platinum Studios to create a new comic-book entertainment company called the Kiss Comics Group.
The co-venture aims to be more than a publisher; it plans to expand the comic-book characters’ images onto multimedia platforms including print, mobile, online, film, television and licensed merchandise.
First up from the KCG is “Kiss 4K”, the story of Simmons, Stanley and other bandmembers’ transformation from rock stars to world-protecting warrior spirits. “4K” is being released as a three-foot comic priced at $50, with an intent to make it the largest comic book ever published. It will be followed by merchandise including apparel, video games and comic strips for cell phones.
My special Tin cover edition of MKII arrived in the mail on Monday. Yea!! The CD and booklet came in a cool tin box (pictured to the left) and the CD came with the video for Lost and Gone (see below.)
I have been anxiously awaiting this new disc by Masterplan. This CD is the 3rd by the band, but the first with former Riot vocalist Mike DiMeo, and Yngwie Malmstee drummer Mike Terrana. Mike DiMeo has some huge shoes to fill, as he is filling the lead vocal position that was vacated by Jorn Lande late in 2006.
MK II starts with a majestic opening called Phoenix Rising, before blasting off with a high speed power metal offering, Warriors Cry. This isn’t my favorite track on this disc by any means, and seems like an odd placement early in the disc.
Lost and Gone on the other hand is a very cool radio ready mid tempo rock song. It is one of my early favorites on MK II.
Keeps Me Burning is a very good upbeat rocker and a nice follow up to Lost and Gone. This could easily be the second single from MKII.
Take Me Over is an great melodic track. DiMeo’s voice shines hear. ( I can almost hear Jorn singing this.) Roland Grapow absolutely flies on the guitar on this track. Great Stuff!
I really could not get into I’m Gonna Win. I did not care for the melody on this song. The song has a good message to it, but I would have preferred a different arrangement all together on this one.
Yes! Now this is what I am talking about! Watching the World is an up tempo rocker with a very cool majestic sounding keyboard by Axel Mackenrot. This is another excellent head banger on MK II.
Call the Gipsy is a very cool mid tempo number. DiMeo sings in a lower register quite a bit on this song, and sounds very much like Jorn Lande here. A short but great track.
I had to listen to Trust In You a couple of times to really gain an opinion. This track stars as slow piano based number, and builds into mid to low tempo guitar driven song. At this point, I think Mike DiMeo could sing the alphabet and sound good, but this song didn’t really grab me. I think as I continue to hear it, it will grow me on me more. The music is superb, but I need more time with this one.
If you are going to name a song after your band, it better be damn good. Masterplan is a full out power metal assault. DiMeo’s vocals are awesome, and the rest of band chants MAS – TER – PLAN! What is not to love? The band sounds like they are ready to blast off on this track. Too cool!
Enemy is the third song on MKII that I could see a possible single being made from. Roland Grapow really kicks it into gear on this song. Mike Terrana keeps the beat going strong and creates the need to break out the air drums. Great!
Heart of Darkness is another track that I could easily hear Jorn singing. DiMeo shows off his powerful voice on this track. I like Axel Mackenrott’s keyboards here a lot. As a whole this a whale of a song. It has multiple tempo changes, killer guitar work, great vocals and keyboards. It is a very good way to close out MKII.
Now the answer to the question that a lot of Masterplan fans are asking, is this CD as good as Aeronautics. For me, it is not. MK II is a solid offering, but it would have taken a lot to surpass Aeronautics. I do believe that this line up of Masterplan has the ability to make some amazing music together, and that the potential for greatness still lies ahead for these guys. There are some signs of pure metal brilliance on MK II. This disc will certainly appeal to Masterplan fans, and will probably make a bunch of new fans as well.
Rating: Out of 10
- Phoenix Rising
- Warriors Cry
- Lost and Gone
- Keeps Me Burning
- Take Me Over
- I’m Gonna Win
- Watching the World
- Call the Gipsy
- Trust In You
- Heart of Darkness
BAND LINEUP FOR OZZFEST!
“Come join us”, said OZZY and Sharon OSBOURNE February 6th at the Los Angeles press conference to unveil the bombshell: this year’s 12th annual OZZFest will be known as “FreeFest.” Ozzy and Sharon’s statement – with tour producer Live Nation – was an invitation for other artists to join Ozzy by performing for free, thus making the tickets to the summer’s premiere touring concert festival entirely free for fans.
This bold invitation to perform in front of tens of thousands of frenzied rock kids has already been accepted by such artists as LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED and cutting-edge Finnish act LORDI, who will lead the charge with Ozzy in this historic move that redefines a concert industry marred by rising ticket prices. Lamb Of God and Lordi will perform on the main stage with Ozzy, while Hatebreed will headline OZZFest’s reliably down and dirty second stage with MONDO GENERATOR, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO, NILE and THE SHOWDOWN. These are only the first artists who have stepped forward to be part of this ground-breaking touring extravaganza, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks for the main and second stages.
The 24-city earth-pounding OZZFest will now launch July 12th in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. The tour was originally announced to start July 7th in Southern California but had to be moved to accommodate the extension of Ozzy’s European tour. OZZFest will also hit Seattle, WA, George, WA, Sacramento, CA, Mountain View, CA, Devore, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Denver, CO, Kansas City, MO, Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, St. Louis, MO, Columbus, OH, Tinley Park, IL, East Troy, WI, Indianapolis, IN, Holmdel, NJ, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Detroit, MI, Charlotte, NC and West Palm Beach, FL.
As OZZFest’s founder and namesake, Ozzy will make his triumphant return to the headlining position on this year’s mainstage after surprising fans last year by performing on the second stage at a handful of dates. Audiences can expect the Prince of Darkness to unveil new songs from his forthcoming studio album (release date TBA), Ozzy’s first disc of new material since 2001.
To gain entry into this year’s OZZFest, fans will go to www.ozzfest.com or www.livenation.com to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. Select sponsors will have a unique opportunity to engage fans one-on-one utilizing one of music’s best known brands. Tickets will be available for download on June 12. Stay tuned to www.ozzfest.com and www.livenation.com in the coming weeks for more ticketing information.
D. Randall, vocalist, Lamb Of God: “OZZFest! OZZFest!” When we left OZZFest three years ago, that was a mantra that burned itself into our collective subconscious, one that we repeat to this day in an almost autistic manner. To know once the power, the glory, the sheer brutality of the parking lot circus stupidity that is OzzFest is to be destined to repeat it. The fangs are out- our souls (and livers) needed three years to recover from the last run, but we are back and couldn’t be more excited! BUHWHUUURHHH! OZZFest? Bring it on! This time we have age and wis(dumb) on our side- be warned. It will be OVER this summer.”
Jamey Jasta, lead singer of Hatebreed: “We are absolutely honored and beyond excited to be the sole headliner of the OZZFest 2007 Second Stage. We had a great time on the Main Stage last year but it was obvious that our fans wanted to see us in the setting that they know and love. Having co-headlined the second stage twice in the past, once with Down in 2002 and again with Slipknot in 2004, it’s a great achievement for us to now be able to close the show on the second stage and truly make OZZFest history with our fifth appearance on the world’s best tour. We can’t wait to demolish the US once again, spending another crazy summer with Ozzy and his traveling circus of metal mayhem!!!! See you on the road!”
Mr. Lordi, Lordi: “It is a great honour for us to be on OZZFest and obviously it’s gonna be a great opportunity for us to show the people in the U.S. what we can do…or what they think we can do. [laughs] My best friend is a huge Ozzy fan he’s really jealous of the whole thing. I’m gonna try and remember to pick him up an OZZFest t-shirt when we return to Finland. For us the idea of playing OZZFest is still hard to believe. I’ll believe it when we’re there.”
Stay tuned for further information about ticket distribution.
A new surprise contender for best album of 2007 has come from the Norway Metal band Grand Lux. I never heard of these guys before digging up some info on them last month, I heard a couple of songs, and decided to pick up their new disc on a whim. Based on what I have heard on Carved In Stone, I will be buying their back catalog.
Grand Lux states their influences as Dio, Kiss, Ozzy Ozbourne and Judas Priest. The influence of these bands is quite obvious in the music. Lead Singer, Phil Goode sounds like a mix of Michael Sweet and a dash of Rob Halford for good measure. The guitar duo of B.D. Hughes and Kirk Evin, really make this disc a worthy listen. It is a heavy, yet very polished sounding hard rock record.
One of the coolest hard rock videos I have seen in a while is their video for Escaping the Clouds, which you can view below.
If you like the video above, you ought to give Grand Lux a listen. Carved in Stone rocks hard from beginning to end, and there isn’t a bad song in the bunch. I think if you take a chance on this disc you will be pleasantly surprised like I was. You can check out a few of their tunes at their myspace page here!
Rating:Out of 10
- 1000 Paper Cranes
- Fallen Angel
- Escaping the Clouds
- Eye of the Storm
- Through Dirt
- Like Hail From Blue Sky
- Love Reflection
- Never Fall
- Eternity In Fire
- Rainbow’s End
13 – Atlanta, GA – HiFi Amphitheatre
15 – West Palm Beach, FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre
16 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
19 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Amphitheatre
23 – Bristow, VA at Nissan Pavilion
25 – Pittsburgh, PA at Post Gazette Pavilion
27 – Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center
29 – Scranton, PA – Montage Mountain
30 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
2 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Amphitheatre
4 – Darien Lake, NY Six Flags
8 – Homdel, NJ – PNC Arts Center
9 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
27 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
28 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Amphitheatre
4 – Marysville, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10 – Dallas, TX – Smirnoff Music Center
30 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
1 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
2 – Columbus, OH – Germain Amphitheatre
12 – London, ON – John Labatt Centre
15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Center
3 – Glasgow, UK – SECC Arena
5 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle Metro Arena
16 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Ahoy Rotterdam
17 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Ahoy Rotterdam
19 – Oberhausen, Germany – tba
21 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP-Arena
I think Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades are one of the better vocal tandems in rock music today. I have enjoyed their music with Damn Yankees and their solo material, as well as their work in Night Ranger and Styx. With this in mind, I expected to like their new covers disc Influence, but I am honestly having trouble getting into it.
Even on paper, this sounds like a bad idea. 80’s rock stars sing covers of 60’s and 70’s hits in 2007. In my best Bill the cat voice, I can only say “ACK!“.
I have spun this disc a few times, but I must admit that this does not mix well with the music I have been listening to as of late. It lacks that harder edge that I need from music purchases today.
I will admit that Tommy and Jack have probably improved upon most of these songs, but I was hoping for a little more rock and a little less of soft rock feel. Basically, these are faithul renditions of the original versions, not the souped up rockers I was hoping for.
Quite frankly, this disc may be a bit too sugary sweet for my tastes. I like syrup on my pancakes and waffles, but not in my music. Tommy and Jack are two of the coolest guys in rock, and I really don’t want to insult either of those guys. Without saying any more, this disc was not for me, but may appeal to those that don’t like their rock with a harder edge.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Summer Breeze (Seals & Crofts, 1972)
2. Time Of The Season (The Zombies, 1968)
3. Your Move (Yes, 1971)
4. I Am A Rock (Simon & Garfunkel, 1966)
5. Lucky Man (Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, 1970)
6. The Sound Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel, 1964)
7. California Dreamin’ (The Mamas & The Papas, 1963)
8. On A Carousel (The Hollies, 1965)
9. Dirty Work (Steely Dan, 1972)
10. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield, 1967)
11. Dance With Me (Orleans, 1975)
The Legacy is the debut by San Francisco thrash metallers Testament. I must admit that I am not a large fan of Thrash metal, but I have enjoyed songs by the big 4 (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax). I can honestly say that before 2007, I have not heard or listened to the Legacy.
I was first exposted to Testament back in 1990 through the MTV Headbanger’s ball, and specifically their song Souls of Black. I picked up that disc back in the day, but never picked up any of their other discs.
Off the Wall starts this disc off with a hyper speed thrash attack. Louie Clemente sounds like he is going to pound the drums through the floor, and 19 year old Alex Skolnick surprises the world with his incredible heavy guitar playing.
I really like the heavy guitar riff on The Haunting. Chuck Billy’s fast paced vocal delivery on this track can only send the masses into a moshing frenzy.
Burnt Offerings teases you with an Iron Maiden like beginning before blasting off into a high speed assault on the ears. The main guitar riff on this track is quite simplistic in nature, but is still very cool. Skolnick and Peterson shred like crazy on this track.
I immediately felt the need to break out the air guitar on Raging Waters, and I think ended up with whiplash from headbanging to this tune. Thrash metal doesn’t get much better than this.
C.O.T.L.O.D. or Curse of the Legions of Death was more enjoyable for me after I read the lyrics. Its an extemely short track, but a good listen. This track is one that needs to grow on you.
First Strike is Deadly and Do or Die are the kind of thrash songs that I usually don’t like as much. The frantic pace of these songs is so high that I can’t enjoy the guitar work as much as I normally would. First Strike’s saving grace is the awesome guitar solo towards the end of the song. With a few more listen’s Do or Die started growing on me a little more. You can almost sing along with Chuck Billy’s chant on this one.
The beginning guitar work on Alone in Dark sounds so good, it makes me wonder how good Testament could sound if Alex Skolnick slowed his playing down below light speed. This song has grown on me a lot more after several listens.
Apocalyptic City reminds me very much of old Metallica. It starts off slow and builds into a furious, head banging, full speed fret flailing monster. I really like this track a lot. It is a pretty amazing way to end (or in some senses start) The Legacy.
I have found over the last few weeks that this disc mixes well with the other stuff I am listening to a regular basis, and I decided to keep this disc in my playlist. I think a little thrash music is good for the soul from time to time. Thanks to Ray Van Horn Jr. for picking this disc in March Metal Madness!
Rating: Out of 10
- Over the Wall
- The Haunting
- Burnt Offerings
- Raging Waters
- First Strike is Deadly
- Do or Die
- Alone In the Dark
- Apocalyptic City
WHITESNAKE – New Studio Album Due In October
WHITESNAKE mainman David Coverdale has issued the following update:
“Just a quickie to let you know that all is ship shape and moving along wonderfully. I am thrilled, erect nipples an’ all, with the new songs and very excited to be presenting them to you later this year. SPV’s wish-list is for an October release, so, we’re not having to pressure ourselves with too extreme a deadline. God Willing, those days be gone. As far as touring, it appears this will also be late summer, as the entire world is out there on the road through the summer, doing their very best to seduce y’all. My US agent told me that every single amphitheater in every major city in the States has a ‘name’ act headlining every night of the week this season…so, unless any significant touring opportunity presents itself I think we’ll concentrate on making a cracking record that will make us all proud. I see some of you were curious if I had ever met Mr. Brad Delp, who sadly, recently passed away. No… I didn’t have the pleasure, I’m sorry to say. I only crossed paths with Tom Scholz when we played the Texas Jam together way back when – a tale I will share at a later date. My sincere condolences to Brad’s Family – a tragic loss.. It’s interesting you should ask about GLENN (HUGHES). I was talking with Doug (Aldrich – guitar) recently that I was thinking that some of the new songs could use some of Glenn’s extraordinary singing, but, just a thought at this time. I haven’t discussed anything with him. We shall have to see how that goes, so please don’t be holding me to anything. Glenn and I were in touch recently, with him telling me about his tour in Russia. He tells me there is great interest in a DP Mark 3 reunion over there.”
DEF LEPPARD Guitarist Vivian Campbell – We Will “Deliver A New Album This Year”
“Just a brief update from life in the trenches. Contrary to what I’m sure most of you believed when previously told, we are actually well ensconced in working on the new Leppard album and have been for some time. What’s more, the work is progressing at an unusually (for us!) healthy pace, so much so that we will, in fact, make our self-imposed deadline and deliver a new album this year.
I think it might have been mentioned before that we started writing and making demos for the record in our make-shift ‘sparkle lounge’ (Sparkle Lounge is the tentative album title) while on tour last summer. There’s nothing altogether unusual about that – for most bands, that is. For us, however, it was a major step towards upping our productivity and one which is now fully paying dividends. For not only are the songs coming together quickly, but they’re also sounding very energetic and natural, which might be as much to do with the pace of progress as with anything else.
By now you’ve likely noticed that we’re headlining the Sarnia Bayfest in Ontario, on July 21st. Talks are well under way for a full tour this summer to support the new record, and we should be able to make a formal announcement about the dates soon. 2007 is going to be yet another exciting year for us and we’re all very much looking forward to seeing your smiling faces again.
See you out there!”
POISON, RATT And GREAT WHITE To Tour Together This Summer
BW&BK has learned that POISON will once again be embarking on a North American Summer Tour. This year, they will co-headline with a reunited RATT and special guests GREAT WHITE, in addition to one other band yet to be named.
Ratt’s lineup is expected to feature vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer. Bassist Juan Croucier is still discussing the possibility of joining the festivities.
Great White will be celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band.
Currently, only one date has been confirmed – August 12th at The Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. The full routing will be announced shortly.
As previously reported, Poison is currently working on a record of classic rock cover songs due to be released later this year.
MEGADETH – New eBay Auctions Up And Running
MEGADETH’s official eBay store is open for business again. This week, frontman/founder Dave Mustaine is auctioning signed promo sheets, collectable backstage sticky passes and laminates, posters, and other items. Go to this location to check out all the items up for sale.
As previously reported, Megadeth’s new single from their forthcoming United Abominations album, ‘Set Me Free (A Tout Le Monde)’, has gone to radio in the U.S. The song is an updated version of ‘A Tour Le Monde’ from Megadeth’s Youthanasia album and features guest vocals from LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia.
United Abominations will be released on May 15th through Roadrunner Records.
The small town of Raven’s Fair had a local legend about a person name Mary Shaw. Parents of the town used to tell their children a poem “Beware the stare of Mary Shaw, she had no children, only dolls, and if you see her, do not scream, or she will rip your tongue out by the seams.”
It seems that some legends are true…….
Dead Silence is a creepy ghost story about Mary Shaw, and her “children”. The cast in this flick is pretty much a no name bunch with the exception of Donnie Wahlberg. The special effects are pretty good, and there are some moments that may make the unexpecting movie watcher jump (my wife did…lol), there is also some added gore for good measure (what did you expect from the people who made SawIII). The pacing of the movie can be a little slow at times, but as a whole, I thought the story was good, and certainly a new idea.
It isn’t the best horror flick I have ever seen, but it certainly isn’t the worst either. Definitely a movie for the horror fans to check out, either at the big screen or as a rental in a few months.
Rating: Out of 10
I found this little nugget on John Sykes page today. The 12 minute video below is John Sykes last show with Whitesnake in Rio back in 1985.
David Coverdale sounds a little rough here, but Sykes is awesome…..its worth viewing. Let me know what you think about this! Check it out!
One of the best unsigned rock bands in Cincinnati, Ohio is Prizoner. I have been fortunate enough to see these guys play live several times around my local area. They have been a staple in the hard rock scene in Cincinnati for 20 years or so. Prizoner like many bands in the early 90’s put out a quality indie CD, trying like hell to get signed by a major label, but sadly never getting any bites.
Cincinnati isn’t exactly the place you want to be when you are a hot young band and trying to get signed to a deal. Geography, and the grunge movement stalled any chance they had to get signed and the band actually broke up for a while as a result. They reformed in 1998 and have been playing live shows around town ever since.
Young and Rejected is their debut release on Strugglebaby, a small indie label in Cincinnati. If you give this disc one listen, I think you will like this a lot. This disc is full of great 80’s hard rock. White Knuckle Ride, God Made Woman, and Little of Everything are prime examples of great rock that should have been heard by the world, just not the Ohio Valley.
Greg Anderson is the kind of front man that most bands would kill to have today. Not only is he an above average singer, he has the charisma and personality that so few singers today possess. Tim Keyes may be one of the best hard rock guitarists in the area, and a solid singer to boot. ( You should hear him sing when they play Judas Priest live…..wow!)
Prizoner has made both their debut CD Young and Rejected and their 1994 follow up Voodoo available for download for FREE directly from their website.
Just go to Prizoner’s website and grab Young and Rejected. If you are a fan of 80’s hard rock, you need to grab this. You can’t beat the price! :)
Rating:Out of 10
- White Knuckle Ride
- God Made Woman
- Distance Kills
- Sioux City Sue
- Little of Everything
- Where Does She Run To
- Rattle and Shake
- Young and Rejected
- Bet Your Life
- 1000 Years
- Eyes of a Prisoner
- Old King Cold