When Don Dokken was revisiting the original multi-track tapes for a 25th anniversary edition of Breaking The Chains last year, he came across the long forgotten masters from gigs the band played in before they were signed to Elektra . Lucky for us, as we get get one killer Dokken live show with the classic lineup, (Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Mic Brown) and three unreleased tracks!
If you are a 80′s hard rock fan of any kind, you have probably heard all of these songs before, but the live versions presented here are from a period when the band was unsigned and hungry. Needless to say, it is a great performance, and the band sounds like a million bucks.
The unreleased tracks here are pretty damn good, and Nightrider and George Lynch’s solo (track 7) are nearly worth the price of admission, all by themselves.
From Conception will certainly whet your appetite for the new Dokken disc, Lighting Strikes Again coming this summer. Until then pick up this killer live disc and relive an awesome moment from Dokken’s history.
Rating:Out of 10
- Goin Down (Unreleased Track)
- In The Middle
- Young Girls
- Hit And Run (Unreleased Track)
- Night Rider
- Guitar Solo
- Live To Rock
- Breakin’ The Chains
- Liar (Unreleased Track)
One of the best unsigned bands I have heard in a very long time, is Overloaded from Detroit, Michigan. This killer hard rock band has the kind of sound that will appeal to most fans of 80′s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
Overloaded’s sound is similar to that of Slave to the Grind era Skid Row. Lead Singer, Chris Gillen has a killer voice, and reminds me a whole lot of Sebastian Bach at times.
This disc is a hard hitter right out of the gates. Hellfire, Heavy Metal Highway and Shotgun City will have you busting out the air guitar in no time. Lead Guitarist, Erik Kluiber plays impressive solos all throughout this disc and sounds as good if not better than many of the seasoned veterans in the hard rock scene today.
The amazing thing about this disc is the production is the damn good! Usually that is uncommon for unsigned acts, but this is a big studio quality sound.
Did I mention this whole disc rocks?
Where Are You Running To is one of the coolest new songs I have heard in 2007, and I have heard a bunch.
Beaver Feaver is a much better song than the title suggests. The band sounds like they are going to rip the roof off with this track.
The high energy and chugging guitars on Cyclone will send you into a head banging frenzy.
It is a travesty that this band hasn’t been signed to a major label, and promoted. This band is too good for Detroit to have them all to themselves. If the music gods are kind, we will be hearing big things out of this band in the future. You can hear Overloaded’s music at their myspace page. You can find more information on Overloaded at their website www.overloadedmusic.com. For a paltry sum of $10.00, you can pick up their CD at CD Baby. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up today!
Rating: Out of 10
- Heavy Metal Highway
- Shotgun City
- Feeling Overloaded
- Where Are You Running To?
- Beaver Fever
- War of Worlds
- King of the Landfill
It is as follows:
Jul. 12 – White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA
Jul. 14 – Gorge, George, WA
Jul. 17 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
Jul. 19 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Jul. 21 – Hyundai Pavilion, Devore, CA
Jul. 24 – Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
Jul. 26 – Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
Jul. 28 – Coors Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
Jul. 30 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Kansas City, MO
Aug. 02 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
Aug. 04 – Smirnoff Music Center, Dallas, TX
Aug. 06 – UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Louis, MO
Aug. 08 – Germain Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH
Aug. 10 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
Aug. 12 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
Aug. 14 – Verizon Wireless Music Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
Aug. 16 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 18 – New England Dodge Music Theatre, Hartford, CT
Aug. 20 – Tweeter Center, Boston, MA
Aug. 22 – Tweeter Center, Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 24 – Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 26 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Aug. 28 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
Aug. 30 – Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
The traveling extravaganza will once again be headlined by OZZY OSBOURNE, with the rest of the lineup yet to be announced. Ozzfest co-founder Sharon Osbourne said during a press conference last month that doing the tour like this was unprecedented: “We’re doing 25 shows across America, and it’s the first time that actually a summer festival tour has gone out free. There’s been millions of free one-off shows, but this is gonna be a 25-city tour. And we’re having our second stage, as usual, and everything goes as normal, except it’s free.”
Viacom sues Google, YouTube for $1 billion
Media conglomerate claims massive intentional copyright infringement
NEW YORK – MTV owner Viacom Inc. said Tuesday it has sued YouTube and its corporate parent Google Inc. in federal court for alleged copyright infringement and is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.
Viacom claims that the more than 160,000 unauthorized video clips from its cable networks, which also include Comedy Central, VH1 and Nickelodeon, have been available on the popular video-sharing Web site.
The lawsuit marks a sharp escalation of long-simmering tensions between Viacom and YouTube. Last month Viacom demanded that YouTube remove more than 100,000 unauthorized clips after several months of talks between the companies broke down.
In a statement, Viacom lashed out at YouTube’s business practices, saying it has “built a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to others’ creative works in order to enrich itself and its corporate parent Google.”
Viacom said YouTube’s business model, “which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal and is in obvious conflict with copyright laws.”
A representative for Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Other media companies have also clashed with YouTube over copyrights, but some, including CBS Corp. and General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal, have reached deals with the video-sharing site to license their material.
Coming up are reviews of the new CD by Australian rockers Koritni, and their CD Lady Luck.
Tunes by one of the best unsigned bands in Cincinnati, Ohio, Prizoner. Another review on a killer CD from a great unsigned band called Overloaded. A review of Dokken’s From Conception: Live 1981, and Shaw/Blades – Influence.
New Rush Track – Far Cry
If you visit Rush’s website, you can listen to their new track, Far Cry, off of their new upcoming disc Snakes and Arrows. Click Here to listen! It sounds pretty good to me!!
Here is the track listing off of the Snakes and Arrows disc that is due on May 1st:
01. Far Cry
02. Armor and Sword
03. Workin’ Them Angels
04. The Larger Bowl
06. The Main Monkey Business
07. The Way The Wind Blows
10. Bravest Face
11. Good News First
12. Malignant Narcissism
13. We Hold On
From Launch Radio Networks:
When Triumph is inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame tomorrow (March 10th) in Toronto, it will mark the first time that singer-guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist Mike Levine, and singer-drummer Gil Moore will appear together in almost 20 years. There was a fair amount of bad feelings on both sides when Emmett left the group to start a solo career back in 1988, but that’s all in the past now.
In fact, Moore told us that he and Emmett have become fast friends again: “I felt badly that it went off the rails, you know, when it did a long time ago, and I, you know, I’ve always wanted to try to get back to talking, and this provoked it, and it’s been great, you know? I spent four hours last Sunday (March 4th) with Rik Emmett, just sitting (and) drinking coffee (laughs), talking, and it was like, ‘Where’s this been for the last 15 years? ‘It was great.”
Now that everything’s OK between them, people have started to wonder about the chances for a Triumph reunion tour. Emmett’s got a full plate with his career, and Moore is deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of his Metalworks recording studio complex in Mississauga, Ontario, so it would take a lot to get the band on the road. But Moore told us that promoters call regularly, and he expects to get more pressure at the ceremony tomorrow from a band insider: “We’ve been getting them (calls), you know, every year, and, you know, of course, it’s always the same thing: ‘You know, we’re at odds with Rik, so there’s no chance of that.’But now that we’ve reconciled with Rik, I think the prospect of playing is just something that we’d have to see how it works out in the future. Our, our agent’s flying up from L.A., so he’s gonna be here for the ceremony. I’m sure he’ll be twisting all three of our arms really hard.”
Triumph, along with songwriter and producer David Foster, will be honored during the Canadian Radio Music Awards at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, which is part of the annual Canadian Music Week.
Boston Vocalist Brad Delp Dead At 55
Atkinson police responded to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. and found Delp dead. Police Lt. William Baldwin said in a statement the death was “untimely” and that there was no indication of foul play.
Delp apparently was alone at the time of his death, Baldwin said.
The cause of his death remained under investigation by the Atkinson police and the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s office. Police said an incident report would not be available until Monday.
Delp sang vocals on Boston’s 1976 hits “More than a Feeling” and “Longtime.” He also sang on Boston’s most recent album, Corporate America, released in 2002.
He joined the band in the early 1970s after meeting Tom Scholz, an MIT student interested in experimental methods of recording music, according to the group’s official Web site. The band enjoyed its greatest success and influence during its first decade.
The band’s last appearance was in November 2006 at Boston’s Symphony Hall.
On Friday night, the Web site was taken down and replaced with the statement: “We just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll.”
A call to the Swampscott, Mass., home of Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau was not immediately returned Friday night.
Set List from the March 11th Megadeth Heaven and Hell Show:
MEGADETH Set List (45 min):
2. Wake Up Dead
3. Kick The Chair
4. Washington Is Next
5. A Tout Le Monde
6. Symphony Of Destruction
8. Peace Sells
9. Holy Wars
Black Sabbath Setlist (110 Min.)
- After All (The Dead)
- The Mob Rules
- Children of The Sea
- Lady Evil
- Ear In The Wall
- The Sign of The Southern Cross
- The Devil Cried
- Vinny Appice Solo
- Computer God
- Falling Off The Edge of The World
- Shadow of The Wind
- Die Young
- Heaven & Hell~ENCORE~
- Lonely Is The Word (**dropped due to time)
- Neon Knights
Tigertailz signs with Sanctuary Records
Reunited U.K. rockers TIGERTAILZ have inked a deal with Sanctuary Records for the release of their new album, “Thrill Pistol”. “This new TAILZ album will be a double CD pack that will also include a ‘bonus’ disc of the original ‘Wazbones’ album which was originally recorded in 1991 but never officially released,” reads a posting on the band’s web site. “In many people’s opinion, the ‘Wazbones’ record was the best album the ‘TAILZ ever made. The later released version was re-recorded with new songs. [The CD will] feature all the original songs which were recorded in 1991 at Monnow Valley Studios [in] Monmouth, Rockfield Studios [in] Monmouth and Front Page Recorders [in] Costa Mesa, CA, USA. The album featured a ‘Clockwork Orange’ theme with all the band members decked out in the same clothes as the characters in film.”
TIGERTAILZ will enter the studio in April to record the new CD for a tentative August/September release.
TIGERTAILZ bassist Pepsi Tate recently spent time working on what will be the ‘TAILZ’ first official DVD release. The new DVD (provisionally entitled “Blast”) will contain footage from last year’s European live shows as well as lots of outtakes, interviews and also the recent promo video “Falling Down”.
Dream Evil is the 4th studio disc by DIO. On this disc, former Rough Cutt, and Giuffria guitarist Craig Goldy replaced fan favorite Vivian Campbell on guitar. Did Goldy live up to everyone’s expectations? If anything, he exceeded them quite a bit. This disc is heavy and melodic. The sound is quite similar to DIO’s past efforts.
Night People is a high speed rocker that starts off Dream Evil right. Great guitars by Goldy and heavy bass strumming by Jimmy Bain.
Dream Evil is always the track that I remember best from this disc. I remember wearing the cassette version of this song out in my car stereo many years ago. It still sounds cool today. The keyboards give this song a Holy Diver, Last in Line kind of feel. Great stuff!
Back when this cassette first came out, I didn’t care for Sunset Superman very much. The lyric was too silly for me at the time. I have grown to like this track a lot more over the years. The guitar work on this song is stellar.
All the Fools Sailed Away is one of my favorites on this disc. This is one of the more melodic songs on Dream Evil, and one of two tracks released as a single. Killer stuff!
Naked In the Rain is a pretty good song, but the image of Ronnie James Dio being Naked In the Rain makes me want to run out of my house screaming.
Overlove is a exceptional high speed rocker. Vinnie Appice sounds like he is beating the hell out of his drums on this one. Great Stuff!
I Could Have Been A Dreamer is another great track that was released as a single off of Dream Evil. This is another classic DIO track, and one of my favorites.
Faces In the Window is a pretty good headbanger. This song is a stand out on Dream Evil that never really got the attention it deserved. I think this would have been a better track to close out Dream Evil with but they didn’t ask me to mix it…lol.
When A Woman Cries is a solid Dio track. It isn’t one of my favorites on this disc, but its a good track.
Dream Evil is still one of my overall favorite solo discs from DIO. Plenty of great tracks on this one that I still play and enjoy today! If you haven’t picked this one up yet, you can pick this up for $10.00 off of Amazon.com. Dream Evil is a bargain at this price!
Wait……you aren’t done….yet! See what the other the Metal Madness Knights are saying about Dream Evil at the links below: Heavy Metal Time Machine, Heavy Metal Addiction, and Pulses, Verses and other Flotsam!
Rating: Out of 10
- Night People
- Dream Evil
- Sunset Superman
- All the Fools Sailed Away
- Naked in The Rain
- I Could Have Been A Dreamer
- Faces In The Window
- When A Woman Cries
Killing the Dragon is the 9th DIO studio disc, and the first to feature current Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich. Craig Goldy was not available for Killing the Dragon as he just recently had gotten married and his wife had a newborn child. Goldy did leave his mark on a few tracks, and has writing credits on Throw away Children, Rock ‘N Roll, and Push.
Doug Aldrich, on the other hand ,had played in quite a few hard rock bands prior to DIO, including Lion, Bad Moon Rising, House of Lords and Hurricane. He was the perfect replacement for Goldy at the time, and his guitar work on Killing the Dragon is awesome.
Killing the Dragon stars this disc off with a high tempo rocker. Doug Aldrich establishes himself quickly by showing off his mad guitar skills. This track sounds like classic DIO to me.
The heaviness continues with Along Comes the Spider. There are plenty of chugging guitars on this track. Sure the title and chorus is kind of silly, but the music is great.
Scream is one of the better tracks on this disc. Its a pretty solid song with some excellent guitar noodling by Aldrich.
Better in the Dark is an excellent upbeat rocker with a cool guitar riff by Aldrich. Dio sounds great here but Aldrich steals the show with some killer guitar solos!
Rock ‘n Roll is one an extremely cool track on Killing the Dragon. This song has an very heavy bass riff. Dio’s voice sounds amazing here. As a whole, this is a very heavy track, and a cool one at that.
Push is probably my favorite track off of Killing the Dragon. Aldrich reminds me of Jake E. Lee on this track. Its a cool song with excellent vocals by Dio. This song may be a little less heavy than some of the other tracks here, but it works.
Guilty would have to be a close 2nd to Push as my favorite on this disc. This is another rocker that kicks ass. This track is also not quite as heavy as some of other tracks on Killing the Dragon.
The guitar work on Throw Away Children is absolutely superb. If it wasn’t for Aldrich’s playing, I would probably skip this track.
Before the Fall has a very Deep Purple sounding keyboard throughout the song, but the guitars are far heavier than any Deep Purple track. Once again, the guitar work is great, but I consider this an average DIO track. It is good, but not great.
The keyboards on Cold Feet give this song a less heavy feel to it. I like this song, but I don’t think I would have placed this as the last song on the disc.
Bottom line, If you want to hear an above average hard rock disc, with amazing vocals and stellar guitar work, you need to pick up Killing the Dragon. There are at least 4 songs on this disc that are mainstays on my play list today. DIO fans should not hesitate picking this up.
Rating: Out of 10
- Killing the Dragon
- Along Comes a Spider
- Better in the Dark
- Rock ‘n Roll
- Throw Away Children
- Before the Fall
- Cold Feet
Ronnie James Dio – vocals
Doug Aldrich – guitar
Jimmy Bain – bass, keyboards
Simon Wright – drums
Dehumanizer is the 16th studio disc by Black Sabbath, and the third featuring Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Ronnie returned to Black Sabbath after an 11 year hiatus in which he was performing as a solo artist.
This disc features the same lineup from the Mob Rules disc, which is Iommi on guitar, Butler on bass, Appice on drums and Dio on vocals.
Typically when people talk about Dio singing in Black Sabbath they will often refer to Heaven and Hell, and Mob Rules. Dehumanizer rarely gets mentioned, and that is a shame. It is a heavy disc, and easily as solid as the first two with RJD.
This disc starts off with Computer God, which is a very heavy track to start the pace of Dehumanizer. This is a well written and performed song, and quite possibly one of their best.
After All is a very dark and heavy track that sounds like it was a left over from the period when Ozzy was still in the band. This is a bit too dark for my tastes.
After All (the dead)
TV Crimes on the other hand is a killer track that I absolutely love. The tempo is high paced, and Dio sounds awesome on vocals. This is one that I hope they perform live on the Heaven and Hell tour. This is essential for any Sabbath fan.
Another track that I like a lot on Dehumanizer is Letters from Earth. This is another well written song, with cool lyrics, and superb playing by Iommi. Geezer’s bass sounds like it is going to rip the walls down, and Appice crushes on the drums here. Great Stuff!
Master of Insanity starts with a dark and gloomy bass riff by Geezer, and turns into a heavy rocker, that resembles more of a DIO solo track than a Black Sabbath song. Nonetheless, it is a good song, and one of the better ones on Dehumanizer.
Master of Insanity
I love the chugging guitars and fast paced bass rhythm of Time Machine. This song is another Dehumanizer stand out.
Sins of the Father is one of the most different Sabbath tracks I have heard in a while. It seems that Geezer’s bass is mixed so that it less audible. Iommi’s guitar seem to be tuned in a different key on this track. The end result is a very cool 80′s sounding Metal song.
Something about the track Too Late reminds me of Queensryche in a sense. It starts off as a low tempo acoustic track that allows Dio’s voice to shine, but then breaks in a heavy metal behemoth about midway through. This is one of those songs that you may not get the first time. I bet if you sit down, crank this song up, and close your eyes, and immerse yourself into the music, you will get into it to. I think it is a very cool song.
I is a track that grows on me more with every listen. The lyrics are cool, and the chorus is simple and sing songy…I..I..I. The music is good, and Dio sounds great as well.
Buried Alive is a song that I just could not get into. Its ultra heavy intro, didnt work for me. Sure Iommi has some cool solos here, but this feels like an average track to me. Quite frankly, I tend to skip this song when it comes up.
Aside from the intro on Time Machine, I can’t tell much of a difference in the Wayne’s World version. They could have used this one instead of the other version on the album, and added another original cut. There isn’t enough difference between the two to really support having two different versions here.
Bottom line, I believe Dehumanizer is a much better disc than a lot of people perceive it to be. It has some tracks that may need to grown on you a few times, and is probably the heaviest of the three discs that have Dio on vocals. It is still a good listen today, and to me and while it isn’t perfect, it is still a must have in my heavy metal collection!
- Computer God
- After All (The Dead)
- TV Crimes
- Letters from Earth
- Master of Insanity
- Time Machine
- Sins of the Father
- Too Late
- Buried Alive
- Time Machine (Wayne’s World Version)
Black Sabbath is:
Ronnie James Dio – vocals
Tony Iommi – guitars
Geezer Butler – bass
Vinny Appice – drums
Geoff Nicholls – keyboards
HEAVEN AND HELL STAGE SET IMAGES
A nice little news brief that fits right in with DIO week is the release of pictures of the stage for the upcoming Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath) tour.
The lighting designer for the HEAVEN AND HELL tour, Paul Dexter, has posted several computer-generated, photo-realistic images of the band’s stage set for the current North American trek, which is scheduled to kick off this Sunday, March 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Check them out at this location (click on “Next” for more images).
HEAVEN AND HELL‘s North American tour will launch with 11 Canadian dates, wrapping up March 28 in Ottawa, featuring opening acts MEGADETH and DOWN. A U.S. tour with support from MEGADETH and MACHINE HEAD will launch April 22 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The shows are expected to only feature material from Dio‘s era with BLACK SABBATH, including three new songs that were recorded for the upcoming anthology “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” that’s due April 3.
As previously reported, HEAVEN AND HELL will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” airing Wednesday, April 11. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com.
Motley Crue reigns supreme for a second week in a row. Black Stone Cherry, Riot and Def Leppard return to the top 10. Snakeryder, Company of Wolves and Lord Tracy make their top 10 debut for the week. Enuff Z’nuff hangs on by a thread.
Will the Crue reign supreme for a third week or will they get knocked off the top spot by one of the top 10 contenders or a new comer to the top 10………..
This disc starts off with the essential Rainbow track, Man on the Silver Mountain. This track has been a staple in most of Dio’s live shows, and still gets airplay on rock radio stations today.
Man on the Silver Mountain
Self Portrait has an older Deep Purple feel to it. It is an ok track, but nothing ground breaking.
Something about Black Sheep Of The Family reminds me of a late 60′s era Janis Joplin tune. This isn’t the Ronnie James Dio that I am accustomed to hearing in 2007. Once again, it isn’t bad, but not earth shattering either.
Catch the Rainbow is a low tempo number that quite frankly, I find to be a snoozer.
Snake Charmer is a cross between the 60′s style of rock with a southern rock flair. This isn’t a sound that appeals to me.
Ok, after The Temple of the King, I can almost hear the bell bottoms swooshing. I am afraid that Danny Bonaduce is going to haunt my nightmares. I can’t get into this song either.
If You Don’t Like Rock ‘n’ Roll is actually a fun little boogie woogie piano based rock and roll track. This kind of reminds me of a Bob Seger track. It is pretty good.
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves is the only other track on this disc that has that hard rock approach that Dio has been known for. Blackmore’s guitar finally starts to show a little bit of prowess here.
Ritchie Blackmore woke up for the instrumental track, Still I’m Sad which closes this disc. He has some good Purplesque guitar licks here, but the over emphasis of the cowbell kills this track for me too.
Bottom-line, only 2 or 3 cuts off this disc are about all you need. It is an OK listen, especially if you want to hear where Ronnie James Dio came from. Man on the Silver Mountain is certainly essential, but the rest of the tracks on this disc vary quite far from the sound of this song.
This is a CD for the DIO and Blackmore diehards only.
Rating: Out of 10
- Man On The Silver Mountain
- Self Portrait
- Black Sheep Of The Family
- Catch The Rainbow
- Snake Charmer
- The Temple of The King
- If You Don’t Like Rock ‘n’ Roll
- Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
- Still I’m Sad
MEGA CONCERT Coming to Columbus, Ohio 5/19/2007.
This is a pretty awesome bill for this show. Check out this lineup:
Black Stone Cherry
Puddle Of Mudd
Three Days Grace
Presale went on sale yesterday. Tickets on sale Saturday March 10th. Show starts at 12 P.M. on Saturday May 19th.
Go to the official site,
Rock on the Range for more info.
Holy Diver Live is a DVD of a live concert performed at the tail end of Dio’s Master of the Moon tour in 2005. In this concert, Ronnie has an all star band (most of which might consider a supergroup), featuring Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot) on bass, Doug Aldrich (Lion, Whitesnake) on guitar, Simon Wright (AC/DC) on drums and long time Dio keyboardist, Scott Warren.
In this concert, this band performed the entire Holy Diver disc, as well as other hits from Ronnie James Dio, and a couple of Black Sabbath tunes for good measure. The band is in fine form, and Ronnie James Dio sounds great as always.
This concert is full of awesome guitar solos, kick ass drumming, great vocals and more mano cornuta’s than you will be able to count. You also get some bonus interviews by the whole band, which was cool all by itself.
This is a 2 hour concert for the minimal price of a new CD. This dvd is well worth picking up, especially if you like to watch live rock shows from time to time. If you like the performance in the video below, by all means, pick this up!
Heaven and Hell
Rating: Out of 10
Concert Set List:
- Tarot Woman
- The Sign of the Southern Cross
- One Night In the City
- Stand Up and Shout
- Holy Diver
- Caught In the Middle
- Don’t Talk to Strangers
- Straight Through the Heart
- Rainbow in the Dark
- Shame on the Night
- Gates of Babylon
- Heaven and Hell
- Man on the Silver Mountain
- Long Live Rock and Roll
- We Rock
I was fortunate enough to get an invite to a preview of the movie 300 Wednesday night. I wanted to put my thoughts down regarding this movie, while it was still fresh in my mind. 300 is the story based on the Graphic Novel of comic book writer Frank Miller. First and Foremost, you have to understand the caliber of writer that Frank Miller is.
Frank is the type of writer that comic book publishers dream about having write one of their books, just insert a title here. He got his start as a comic artist, and moved into the writing role on the comic Daredevil (yes, the same character that spawned a movie a few years ago).
His claim to fame was a series that he wrote for DC Comics: Batman, the Dark Knight Returns. The futuristic and dark but very real character portrayal changed the comic industry forever, and has influenced many writers after him. Knowing the caliber of writer that he is, can only prepare you for the story of 300.
300 is the story of Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, where 300 Spartan soldiers stood to defend Sparta against impossible odds, and massive Persian army, led by their King Xerxes. It is a great story about honor, courage and fighting for what you believe in. The story and filmography in 300 is so immersive, that you will totally forget about the unfamilar cast playing here.
The battle scenes are some of the most horrific you will ever see, and may not be for those with a weak stomach. The special effects are quite well done. As a whole, it is an enjoyable story, and one that is captured well on the silver screen.
Those of you that enjoyed movies like Russell Crowe’s Gladiator, will enjoy 300 quite a bit. I will be quite surprised if 300 isn’t one of the top movies of 2007. It is a must see on the big screen, and will be a must own on DVD when it is released.
Rating: Out of 10
Black Sabbath’s Mob Rules is the band’s 10th studio disc and 2nd featuring Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Mob Rules also features the 2007 lineup of the Heaven and Hell Tour, Tony Iommi on Guitar, Geezer Butler on bass, and Vinnie Appice on Drums.
Mob Rules starts off where Heaven and Hell left off, by opening up with a heavy up tempo track Turn Up the Night. Iommi starts jamming early and Dio is in fine form here.
I find myself head banging to Voodoo each time I listen to it. Ronnie James Dio is probably one of the few singers on earth that can make a track like this work. Voodoo has a very good rhythm to it, and the guitar work is quite good, but Dio’s vocals are what stands out the most.
The Sign of the Southern Cross is one of the heavier tracks on Mob Rules. This song is essential to any Sabbath fan. Awesome!
E5150 is a dark instrumental track that will scare the hell out of your parents. This track flows right into the title track, The Mob Rules. This is a heavy track that is essential to any Sabbath fan. Great stuff!
Something about Country Girl reminds me of an Irish drinking song, albeit a very heavy one. I didn’t really care for this track much at first, but it has grown on me somewhat.
Slipping Away is an upbeat rocker that has a simple rhythm about it. Its pretty much the same guitar riff over and over by Iommi. Geezer Butler has some funky bass grooves in this track. It is a cool track but not essential.
Falling Off the Edge of the World is one of the better tracks on Mob Rules. This tracks starts off as a dark low tempo number that only Black Sabbath could pull off, and then blasts off into a heavy guitar noodling , Dio screaming monster. This is probably my second most favorite track off this disc.
Over and Over ends this disc with a heavy low tempo track. Dio belts out the lyrics in fine fashion, and Tony Iommi ends this disc the same way it began, by jamming out. The song itself would just be an average track, by Iommi’s playing turns this into something much more enjoyable. While not this is not the best Sabbath track I have ever heard, it is still a solid way to close out this disc.
Mob Rules is an excellent slab of Black Sabbath metal. This disc isn’t quite as good as Heaven and Hell, but it still very much essential to any fan of hard rock and heavy metal!
- Turn Up The Night
- The Sign of the Southern Cross
- The Mob Rules
- Country Girl
- Slipping Away
- Falling Off the Edge of the World
- Over and Over
Black Sabbath is:
Ronnie James Dio – vocals
Tony Iommi – guitar
Geezer Butler – bass guitar
Vinny Appice – drums
Geoff Nicholls – keyboards
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Check out the killer new track from the new Black Sabbath disc coming in April, Black Sabbath: The Dio years.
In 1979 due to lack of commitment and personal conflicts, Ozzy Osbourne was asked to leave Black Sabbath. None other than Ronnie James Dio was brought in to replace him.
Heaven and Hell is the first of 3 discs (and a live disc) featuring Ronnie on vocals and the 9th overall by Black Sabbath.
Heaven and Hell is nothing short of a metal masterpiece! Who can deny the incredible opening track Neon Knights! This is an up tempo track that pleases both Black Sabbath and Ronnie James Dio fans. Great vocals by Dio and killer guitars by Iommi. Awesome!
Children of the Sea is another classic Sabbath track. This mid tempo jewel featues that fat Geezer Butler bass rhythm, and more awesome vocals by RJD. Outstanding!
Children of the Sea
Lady Evil is infectious as hell. Geezer’s bass sounds extremely fat on this track. If you don’t find your self singing “Lady Evil, Evil...” after a single listen, then you probably wont get this track. That would be a real shame too. This is killer track!
Heaven and Hell is unmistakably one of the biggest songs Black Sabbath has ever written. Dio’s vocals are in fine form here. Iommi’s guitars are amazing on this song. The sheer heaviness of this track is what makes it so cool. I can’t say enough about this track. Definitely one of my all time favorite metal songs!
Heaven and Hell
Wishing Well is a cool track that you need to sit and absorb a few times. Iommi’s guitar work on this track is so cool, you need to listen to this multiple times to get the true enjoyment out of it.
Die Young has a very trippy Pink Floyd and Queen progressive feel to it while retaining that Sabbath heaviness. I like this track more each time I hear it.
Walk Away is one of those tracks that needs to grow on you. Af first it seems that this track isnt as heavy as some of the Heaven and Hell. This track is probably the least heavy of the 8 songs here. It is still a rocking track, but not one of my favorites.
Lonely is the Word is a another great track where Dio really belts out the vocals. One again, Iommi’s guitars are excellent. This song makes me want to break out a lighter and start waving it in the air. Absolutely incredible playing, and a superb song to close this record out with.
Heaven and Hell is an extraordinary debut by Dio with Black Sabbath. If Iommi and company were trying to get people to forget about Ozzy with this disc, they accomplished the task. This is an impressive heavy metal classic that still sounds great in 2007. No hard rock fan or metalhead should be with out it!
- Neon Knights
- Children of the Sea
- Lady Evil
- Heaven and Hell
- Wishing Well
- Die Young
- Walk Away
- Loney is the Word
Black Sabbath is:
Ronnie James Dio – vocals
Tony Iommi – guitar
Geezer Butler – bass guitar
Bill Ward – drums
Geoff Nicholls – keyboards
Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice will reunite for the first time in 15 years as HEAVEN AND HELL to cast a dark spell over spring as the quartet tours the U.S. Tickets will go on sale the weekend of March 9 for all 20 stops of the American leg (except Houston, on sale March 17), which is set to launch in Phoenix on April 22. There will also be a special fan presale for all dates beginning Wednesday, March 7 at 12 Noon EST. The tour will follow in the wake of the band’s highly anticipated Radio City Music Hall concert in New York City on March 30, which sold out in a matter of minutes.
Last year, the hard-rocking quartet convened to record three new songs for Rhino Records’ era-spanning collection, “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”, due out April 3 on Rhino/Warner Bros. Records. One of the newly recorded tracks — “The Devil Cried” — is the first single. Bristling with the trademark SABBATH sound, the song is being well received by fans and critics alike.
The sessions for “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” went so well that the band agreed to satisfy longstanding demands for a reunion tour. Set to launch in Canada on March 11, the HEAVEN AND HELL world tour will spotlight Dio’s tenure with SABBATH and will feature selections from all three of the group’s the studio albums, “Heaven And Hell” (1980), “Mob Rules” (1981) and “Dehumanizer” (1992), as well as the newly recorded tracks.
Multi-platinum recording artist MEGADETH will join the tour and preview never before heard material from the group’s new CD, “United Abominations”, due out May 8 on Roadrunner Records. All dates will also feature Roadrunner labelmates MACHINE HEAD who are supporting their latest album, “The Blackening”, set for release on March 27.
HEAVEN AND HELL, MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD tour dates:
Apr. 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
Apr. 24 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Apr. 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
Apr. 26 – San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
Apr. 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
Apr. 29 – Denver, CO @ Broomfield Events Center
May 01 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 02 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Pavillion
May 03 – Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater
May 05 – Chicago, IL @ All State Arena
May 06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Theatre @ Target Center
May 08 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Arena
May 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre
May 12 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall
May 14 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
May 15 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 17 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
May 18 – Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
May 19 – Holmdell, NJ @ PNC Arts Center
Very few discs today can install such a passion for music, as the one generated in me by Whitesnake’s self titled disc from 1987. This disc was released the year I graduated high school. The fondness and memories that accompany this disc are like none other that I own today.
This is a disc that turned David Coverdale into a superstar, and made Whitesnake a household name amongst rock fans. Sure Whitesnake had been around for years, but this disc was a career maker for this group, and the strength of the songs on this disc has certainly kept the fans clamoring for more. Over Eight Million Copies sold, and four big hits spawned from this disc, Still of the Night, Here I Go Again, Give Me All Your Love, and Is This Love! This band had it all at the time. Killer Songs, kick ass music videos and awesome tours to go along with it.
Sadly, there is always a back story with every disc. By the time this disc was released, all of the members in the band were gone besides David Coverdale. There are tons of rumors out there as to what happened. Nonetheless, the guitar player that reenergized this band was none other than John Sykes. His awesome guitar playing and song writing are all over this disc. Sadly, David and John were trading barbs at each other when this disc came out, and it is highly doubtful that they will ever work together again.
How much do I like this disc? Let me put it this way, I have Still of the Night as a ringtone on my cellphone. In my opinion, this disc is absolutely killer. There are no filler tracks, and is disc that I consider a must own. This disc has made me a huge Whitesnake fan, as well as a huge John Sykes fan (his material after Whitesnake is well worth seeking out, more on that later).
If you have not picked this disc up, you need to run to the music store and pick this up!
You will not be disappointed! Stroll down memory lane and check out the videos below from this disc, and then stop over and check out the reviews by the other March Metal Madness Knights, Heavy Metal Time Machine , Heavy Metal Addiction , and Pulses, Verses and other Flotsam
RATING: Out of 10
Still of the Night
Is this Love
Here I Go Again
Crying in the Rain
- Crying In the Rain
- Bad Boys
- Still of the Night
- Here I Go Again
- Give Me All Your Love
- Is This Love
- Children of the Night
- Staight For the Heart
- Don’t Turn Away
This Week On The Hairball John Radio Show
This week, Hairball John and The Acid Chimp welcome to the show the “metal god” himself, Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford. Rob speaks about the recent Judas Priest reunion tour, as well as being the opening act for Led Zeppelin’s last United States concert. Finally, Rob gives the Hairball Nation details about Judas Priest’s forth -coming concept album, “Nostradamus”.
Alongside a new song from Halford, we’ll have fresh music from Swedish metallers and Hard Rock Hideout favorite, Dream Evil and a newly released demo of a classic Winger tune . We’ll also hear from Billy Rowe of Jetboy and Ronnie James Dio talks about the current crop of bands carrying on the torch of traditional metal.
Finally, Skid checks in from Florida where he recently caught Winger at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.
This Week’s Show Details
This Week’s Guest(s)
* Rob Halford (Judas Priest / Halford)
This Week’s Featured Artists
* Dream Evil (New)
* Scorpions (Pole Position)
* Halford (New)
* Dokken (Bladder Ballad)
Don’t miss the show this week. You can catch it Daily. Check the link below for the schedule:
Check out the new RAGINGMETAL Radio show. This week’s artists include:
Masterplan (feature band), Metal Law,
Vio-Lence, Demon Angels, Mötley Crüe, and more….
Before Van Halen became a household name, before Quiet Riot released their U.S. debut, and before Ronnie James Dio sang a note with Black Sabbath, there was the great unknown band from New York City, RIOT. Rock City is the debut by Riot featuring Guy Sperenza on vocals and Mark Reale on guitar.
At this early stage in the band’s career, they had a sound that was similar to April Wine and Blue Oyster Cult at the time, instead of the heavy/power metal offerings of today’s lineup.
This disc spawned several killer tracks including Rock City, Tokyo Rose, Warrior and This is What I Get. This is not hair metal. This is hard rock in its purest form, before the onslaught of 80′s hard rock bands came along. The guitars are raw and heavy. The drums and loud and pounding, and the bass rhythm’s are deep and heavy, especially for 1977. Mark Reale showed back in ’77 that he had awesome guitar chops back in the day. Take one listen to the guitar solos on Warrior, and you will be amazed that this was released in ’77.
Rock City is truly one of those discs that you have to listen and absorb to truly appreciate.
Mark Reale’s playing was stellar in 1977 and it has only gotten better over the years. Guy Sperenza’s vocals were pretty good. Overall, this debut is one worth hearing. I can’t even imagine what rock fans thought of this disc at the time. It sounds great in 2007 as long as you have an open mind, and understand hold old the tunes are.
Take a listen to a couple of the cuts off Rock City below, and let me know what you think!
Rating:Out of 10
- Rock City
- Tokyo Rose
- Heart of Fire
- Gypsy Queen
- This is What I Get
If you want to hear some good new 80′s style hard rock, you need to give Snakeryder’s new disc, Back For the Kill a listen. To give you a quick idea what this band sounds like, if you were to put Dave Meniketti from Y&T, members of Cinderella and George Lynch era Dokken into a blender, they might sound like Snakeryder.
I decided to check these guys out after seeing their disc advertised over at Melodic Rock and previewing some of the tracks over there. To my surprise, this band and disc are far better than I expected them to be.
Back For the Kill is the 2nd disc by these New Jersey rockers. Judging from the great sounds here, I am going to have to pick up the debut as well.
Wake Up the Nation starts this disc off right by rocking hard right out of the gate. Something about this track kind of reminds of me of Keel, but that is all good.
Hard Life is another good headbanger. The guitars by A.J. Fedz really kick ass on this track. Breakout is an excellent Dokken like sounding hard rock track.
I hate to keep comparing Snakeryder to other bands I love, but I hear little bits of other great 80′s hard rock acts in each of these songs. I mean this only as a high compliment.
Sweet Desire sound like it could have been on the Y&T disc Contagious. This is a killer mid tempo track, that would have been huge in 1990.
The title track Back For the Kill is an excellent rocker with killer guitar riffs and a cool bass groove.
Can’t Stop the Insanity is a track that is growing on me more with every listen. It has some excellent guitar noodling by by A.J. Fedz. The overall heaviness of this track reminds me of Skid Row.
Love Steals slows the pace down mid tempo. This is another track that could easily be a big hit.
You Never Knew Me is a moody song with the guitars toned down. At first listen, I didn’t care for this song, but it is slowly growing on me.
Shotgun is probably my least favorite track on this disc. It isn’t a bad song, but I just couldn’t get into this one.
Money on Her Mind is a good upbeat rocker. I found myself singing along with this one after a couple of listens. (always a good sign for me, but not for the people around me ;) ) This is a very good track to end this disc with.
Overall, Back For the Kill is a quality slab of new 80′s style hard rock. This is sure to appeal to most fans of that genre. Y&T fans really need to give this a look. I think this will appeal to some Dokken and Cinderella fans as well. You can pick this disc up at Metal Mayhem as well as CD Inzane .
Rating: Out of 10
- Wake Up the Nation
- Hard Life
- Break Out
- Sweet Desire
- Back For the Kill
- Can’t Stop the Insanity
- Love Steals
- You Never Knew Me
- Money on Her Mind
VAN HALEN REUNION LIVE on VH1
For the first time ever, VH1 Classic will air the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” LIVE on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Music fans will get to see and hear VAN HALEN, R.E.M., PATTI SMITH, THE RONETTES, and GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE get inducted into this esteemed musical institution as the action and music unfolds.
For the first time, this year’s induction ceremony will be telecast live from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on VH1 Classic and MHD: MTV Networks’ high-definition music channel on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET. In addition, a special two-hour highlight edition will premiere on VH1 on Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The week leading up to the live special, VH1 Classic will air special programming to salute previous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including FLEETWOOD MAC, STEVIE WONDER, U2, BONNIE RAITT and more.
On Tuesday, March 6 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET VH1 Classic will air a “Classic Albums” marathon focusing on the work of former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including FLEETWOOD MAC, QUEEN, THE WHO, STEVIE WONDER, U2, THE SEX PISTOLS and PINK FLOYD. Each “Classic Albums” episode tells the story behind the making of one of rock music’s most seminal albums.
VH1 Classic will also present a special “BBC Crown Jewels” marathon premiering on Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET. These rare performances from the BBC archives feature past Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees such as AC/DC, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, TOM PETTY, STEVIE WONDER, THE POLICE, ROD STEWART and BONNIE RAITT.
Select “Decades Rock Live” concerts featuring performances by LYNYRD SKYNYRD, ELVIS COSTELLO and THE PRETENDERS will air back-to-back on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. “Decades Rock Live” is a critically-acclaimed original concert series that pairs celebrated artists from rock to soul who have influenced popular music over the last 50 years with some of today’s hottest recording acts who have been inspired by these legends.
Additional Rock Hall-themed programming to run throughout the week includes “Prince: Prince of Paisley Park” airing on Sunday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. ET and the “Rock and Roll Picture Show” featuring LED ZEPPELIN’s “The Song Remains The Same” premiering on Monday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
DEF LEPPARD TO TOUR WITH FORIEGNER AND STYX in 2007!
DEF LEPPARD’s official web site has been updated with the following message:
“So, if DEF LEPPARD is not hitting the road with KISS this year (as previously rumored), then who will they go out with? Although there is no official word that it will be the case for ALL dates on the 2007 tour, we can spill that the band is currently in the process of booking shows in the U.S. and Canada with rock veterans FOREIGNER and STYX. That’s all we can tell for the time being, but stay tuned: more details and show dates will be announced on DefLeppard.com as soon as they are confirmed!”
DEF LEPPARD was scheduled to begin recording its next studio album in January at frontman Joe Elliott’s house in Dublin. Basic ideas were hashed out on the road during the band’s extensive tour in support of last year’s covers album “Yeah!”, a first for DEF LEPPARD.
“We’ve got about five or six songs on the go, and there’ll be 11 or 12 on the final version,” guitarist Phil Collen told Billboard.com in December. “We’re trying to get it out for next summer, which for us would be amazing. But we’ve never been this far along. We come off tour, wait six months, then we start writing. We’ve already got that sorted out.
Collen said the songs thus far have “absolutely” been influenced by the process of making “Yeah!”, which featured DEF LEPPARD’s spin on songs popularized by THIN LIZZY, THE FACES and MOTT THE HOOPLE. “We did that so quick,” he said. “It was raw, and it didn’t demand we sit around for months or years. That really inspired us.”
New Release Date For W.A.S.P’s Dominator
W.A.S.P. will release its new studio CD, “Dominator”, in the U.K. on April 16, Scandinavia on April 20, and the rest of mainland Europe on April 27 via Demolition Records. The CD will arrive in South America and Russia in early May.
“Dominator” (view cover here) track listing:
02. Long, Long Way To Go
03. Take Me Up
04. The Burning Man
05. Heaven’s Hung In Black
06. Heaven’s Blessed
08. Heaven’s Hung In Black (Reprise)
09. Deal With The Devil
The LP will be released in three versions: a standard single CD package, a limited-edition digipack, and limited-edition vinyl.
Regarding the album title, Blackie Lawless said in a recent interview, “It is based on the idea of Western imperialism and about what’s wrong with Washington D.C. It’s important that people understand this is not about the American people and it is not a critique on the American people — it is a critique on the government in the United States. If someone looks at the lyrics of ‘Dominator’, they’ll think it’s a man talking to a woman. And I like the interesting concept of that because that’s what bigger countries do to smaller countries — they toss them like they’re their bitch.”
Apparently I must have listened to a lot more Motley Crue last week than I realized, as they blazed to the top of the charts this week with 134 songs played. Crazy!
It comes as no surprize that Axel Rudi Pell, Fozzy and Sinner cracked the top 10 this week, as discs by all 3 bands were reviewed recently at Hard Rock Hideout.
Another forgotten release from 1989 that gets little mention these days, is the debut by Lord Tracy, Deaf Gods of Babylon. After Terrence Lee Glaze’s departure from Pantera, he met up with three transplanted Memphians living in Texas, guitarist Jimmy Rusidoff (Southern Creed), bassist Kinley “Barney” Wolfe and drummer Chris Craig (both of Black Oak Arkansas and Texas band Lightning.)
I have been trying to track down a copy of this out of print disc for a while, and my persistence on EBay finally paid off. Amazingly, this disc is much better than I remembered it to be the first time around. There are several solid tracks and a couple of toungue in cheek ones, showing me that this band didn’t take themselves too seriously, and were having fun making this music.
Stand out tracks are the upbeat rockers ,Out With the Boys, East Coast Rose, She’s A Bitch, Watchadoin, In Your Eyes and a very good ballad Foolish Love. This a good pop metal/ hard rock disc that still sounds pretty damn good today. This is a disc worth seeking out if you are fan of good 80′s hard rock. You can catch a couple of the band’s tunes at their myspace page, or check out the lead track Out With The Boys below.
Out With the Boys
Rating: Out of 10
- Out With the Boys
- East Coast Rose
- Shes a Bitch
- Barney’s Wank
- Chosen Ones
- In Your Eyes
- Rats Motel
- Foolish Love
- She Man Blues
- King of the Nighttime Cowboys
- 3 H.C.
- Ivory Lover