One of my nicer used disc finds over the last couple of weeks is Lynch Mob’s REvolution. My used copy came with a nice slip cover case, complete with a postcard and poster of the band. REvolution marks the return of Robert Mason on lead vocals after more than a decade of absence.
Essentially, what you get on REvolution are some reworked Dokken and Lynch Mob songs. The versions here are far heavier than the originals by either band. Either George Lynch has his guitar tuned down, in a key that I am not use to hearing him play in, or the bass is way heavier in these tracks. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but the end result are some of the heaviest sounding tracks that I have ever heard George Lynch play on.
Some fans are going to love this, and some are going to hate the reworked Dokken songs. I enjoy the new twist and the more heavy metal approach to the songs.
There are a couple of problems which I should point out quickly. There is no new material on REvolution. Nada, Zilch, Zip! A couple of new songs could have helped out this collection greatly, but I think that was outside the scope of George’s vision for this disc.
Problem # 2, I have listened to these songs a few times now, and quite frankly, I do not find any of these versions superior to the originals.
With that being said, if this was the first time I had ever heard any of these songs, I would probably be pretty excited about this disc. All of the songs are still quite good, and still very enjoyable. Robert Mason does a great job putting his own spin on these songs, and George Lynch’s playing is superb as always.
Even though I enjoyed REvolution somewhat, I believe that this disc is probably for the Lynch Mob and George Lynch die hard fans only.
I have included a couple of tracks below for your listening pleasure. I am curious to see what everone else things about these reworked versions. Check these out and let me know what you think about these!
Kiss of Death
Paris is Burning
Rating: Out of 10
- Tooth and Nail
- Tangled in the Web
- All I Want
- Kiss of Death
- She’s Evil But She’s Mine
- Cold Is the Heart
- Breaking the Chains
- When Darkness Calls
- River of Love
- Wicked Sensation
- Paris Is Burning
ALLEN/LANDE Guitarist/Producer Magnus Karlsson Runs Through The Revenge, Track By Track
Magnus Karlsson – songwriter, guitarist and producer of the forthcoming second album from ALLEN/LANDE, The Revenge due out on Frontiers Records on May 11th – has issued the following track by track comments on the songs featured on the album:
‘The Revenge': “This is the first song I wrote for this album. I wanted to write something that invites the listener to an album that continues were The Battle ended but at the same time take it to another level. It’s not only in the song writing you can hear the difference, both Jörn and Russell shows a more powerful and rougher side this time.”
‘Obsessed': “My favourite at the moment. A heavy one with Russell on the vocals. The singers got to choose what solo songs they wanted to do and I must say this was a perfect pick for Russell. He sounds greater than ever : ) .”
‘Victory': “I didn’t think much of this song in the beginning but it came out as one of the best songs in the end (it happens quite often). A duet that starts with a little beep rhythm that the whole song is built around.”
‘Master Of Sorrow': “This is simply the best ballad I ever written and Jörn does an outstanding job on the vocals. I was sure Jörn was going to choose this one and he did : ) It is made for his voice.”
‘Will You Follow': “I wanted to do something like ‘Hunters Night’ from The Battle and this is it. A up tempo song with Russell.”
‘Just A Dream': “A duet with a progressive touch. This is not meant to be a progressive album at all but sometimes I can’t help myself. I love to mix in acoustic instruments in a heavy song and this is a good example of that.”
‘Her Spell': “A up tempo solo song with Jörn that almost has a power metal sound in the chorus. I prefer to not talk to much about my lyrics but I must mention that this one have to do with marriage… and I wouldn’t let my wife hear it : ) .”
‘Gone Too Far’: “Also a real favourite with Russell. This is far away from the style we are used to hear Russell in but he does this style fantastic as well.”
‘Wake Up Call': “This duet came out great. I love it when the singers sound this angry. You can hear some Celtic influences here. If you don’t wake up to this one I don’t know what to do : ) .”
‘Under The Waves': “A heavy song with Jörn. A great example of mixing soft piano with heavy guitars that I like so much.”
‘Who Can You Trust': “I have listened a lot to Within Temptation lately and got inspiration to do a really heavy song with a lot of choirs and strings like they have. It didn’t end up sounding like them but that’s how I got started.”
‘When Time Doesn’t Heal': “The second ballad on this album that is a duet. Once more Jörn and Russell shows that they can sing what style they want and it always sounds fantastic. I wanted to have a lot of acoustic guitars on this album but I’m afraid that the most of them ended up on this song.”
Streaming of four songs from the album can be heard at this location.
GUNS N’ ROSES-Influenced “Mr. Brownstone” Among Titles Of “Poison Plays” Penned By Virginia Tech Assassin
New York Post has issued the following report from Leela de Krester and Kate Sheehy:
He penned venomous plays featuring a sicko stepdad and “satanic” teacher he wanted to kill – prompting spooked students to dub him a potential “school shooter” last fall.
“I was even thinking of scenarios of what I would do in case he did come in with a gun, I was that freaked out,” said former student Ian MacFarlane, who took a playwriting class with Virginia Tech assassin Cho Seung-Hui.
“When we read Cho’s plays, it was like something out of a nightmare. The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn’t have even thought of.”
One of the killer’s plays was titled “Mr. Brownstone”, after a druggie GUNS N’ ROSES song sung by Axl Rose on the heavy-metal group’s album Appetite for Destruction. The play centers on three kids’ hatred for an “old, evil” teacher who they say “rapes” students.
Another of Cho’s plays is named “Richard McBeef,” after one of its main characters: a 40-year-old man accused by his stepson, “John,” of murdering the boy’s father to marry his mother – and who then tries to sexually abuse the kid.
“What are you, a Catholic priest? I will not be molested by an aging, balding, overweight pedophilic stepdad named Dick!” John rages.
“Damn you, you Catholic priest. Just stop it, Michael Jackson. Let me guess, you have a pet named Dick in Neverland Ranch and you want me to go with you to pet him, right?”
John’s mother, “Sue,” is portrayed as a pathetic, dimwitted housewife who immediately takes the side of her son and rails at her new husband.
“Are you a bisexual psycho rapist murderer . . . Don’t kill me!” she screams.
Toward the end, John, “in his room, smiles and throws darts on the target that is the face of Richard.”
“I hate him. Must kill Dick. Must kill Dick. Dick must die,” John furiously mutters. “You don’t think I can kill you, Dick? You don’t think I can kill you? Gotcha. Got one eye . . . Got the other eye.”
See the full story here.
HELLYEAH‘s self-titled debut album has sold just under 45,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, Long Island post-hardcore act FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES shifted almost 11,000 copies of “Holding a Wolf by the Ears” to land at No. 73.
A three-minute clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of HELLYEAH‘s “You Wouldn’t Know” video has been posted at YouTube. The clip was shot on February 25, 2007 with director Nathan Cox in the parking lot of the Dallas, Texas stripclub owned by former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The finished “You Wouldn’t Know” video is available for viewing at this location.
HELLYEAH is the new band featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott alongside members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE. The group will hit the road beginning around May 20 with dates in the U.S. before heading over to Australia and making its way to England for an appearance at this year’s Download festival.
White Lion Added to Rocklahoma Schedule!
WHITE LION has been confirmed 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. Also rumored to be appearing is TWISTED SISTER, although the band’s participation has not yet been officially confirmed by the event organizers. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Friday, July 13:
12:45 – 01:15 ZENDOZER
01:45 – 02:30 THE GREG LEON INVASION
04:15 – 05:00 WHITE LION
05:30 – 06:30 Y&T
07:00 – 08:00 SLAUGHTER
08:30 – 09:30 QUIET RIOT
10:00 – 11:00 RATT
11:30 – 01:00 POISON
Saturday, July 14:
10:00 – 10:45 36 INCHES
11:55 – 12:40 BANG TANGO
01:00 – 01:45 BULLET BOYS
02:05 – 02:50 FASTER PUSSYCAT
03:10 – 03:55 ENUFF Z’NUFF
04:15 – 05:00 FIREHOUSE
05:30 – 06:30 WARRANT
07:00 – 08:00 SKID ROW
08:30 – 09:30 WINGER
10:00 – 11:00 DOKKEN
11:30 – 01:00 VINCE NEIL
Sunday, July 15:
10:30 – 11:00 PEDAL POINT
12:20 – 01:10 TBA
01:30 – 02:15 BRITNY FOX
02:45 – 03:45 L.A. GUNS
04:15 – 05:15 GREAT WHITE
05:45 – 06:45 JACKYL
07:15 – 08:30 W.A.S.P.
09:00 – 10:30 TBA
WHITE LION is rumored to have been added to the POISON/RATT summer tour, which is tentatively scheduled to kick off June 12. This information, however, has not yet been confirmed by an official source.
The current touring version of WHITE LION (a.k.a. TRAMP’S WHITE LION) features original member Mike Tramp (vocals) alongside Claus Longwood (bass), Troy Patrick Farrell (drums), Jamie Law (guitar), and Henning Wanner (keyboards).
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 working on releasing a new WHITE LION album late 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.
For more information, visit http://www.whitelion2.com.
Regardless of the band he is singing for, one thing is always constant, his awesome vocals. The great fall out of 80’s hard rock probably prevented any chance of Robert Mason being a household name among music fans, and it is a true shame, because this is one talented hard rock singer.
Silent Witness is one of the lesser known bands that Robert has sung for, and this self titled CD was a great find for me on Ebay recently. Silent Witness features Robert Mason on vocals, John Bushnell on guitar, Hal B. Selzer on bass and Lance Hyland Stark on drums. This is a damn good melodic hard rock CD that very few people ever got to know.
John Bushnell has a guitar sound that reminds me more of Neal Schon than George Lynch. This disc is a little lighter than Lynch Mob, and kind of reminds me of Neal Schon’s former band, Hardline, and another band that I like, Cry Wolf.
I would give a track by track break down, but all of the tracks are worth listening to. This is an all killer, no filler disc that will appeal to the majority of the 80’s hard rock fans out there.
I could gripe over the fact that the music lacks originality, and yes, the song writing could be a little better. Quite frankly, I love to find CD’s like this one that still have that great 80’s hard rock sound. This is still a solid effort from Silent Witness, and is a disc that fits in well with a lot of those classic hard rock CD’s from the late 80’s and early 90’s.
You can still find this disc for reasonable prices on Ebay from time to time. I would recommend grabbing this lost classic, if you see it.
Rating:Out of 10
- Can’t Keep From Falling
- Living In A Lie
- Pouring Rain
- I’ll Wait
- Tell Me
- Take Me Back
- Don’t Let A Good Thing Slip Away
- Get Right Back Up
- Wrapped Around Your Finger
- Make This Night Last Forever
Silent Witness is:
Robert Mason – vocals
John Bushnell – guitar
Hal B. Selzer – bass
Lance Hyland Stark – drums