I first heard about these guys, as they were on the road with Hard Rock Hideout favorite, Black Stone Cherry.
Once I heard the debut single and title track Soulcrusher, I was immediately hooked. Singer Johnny Strong has a powerful set of pipes, and has a style quite similar to former Soundgarden front man, Chris Cornell.
I am sure even mentioning the name Soundgarden will send a lot of 80′s hard rock fans scurrying away from this release, but you really ought to give Operator a chance. This isn’t a grunge band, nor is this music even remotely in the grunge style. This is an excellent L.A. 5 piece band that totally kicks ass. This is a release that sounds nothing like the newer bands that are on the radio today. This isn’t nu-metal, nor is this a Nickelback sound-a-like band. One listen to Soulcrusher, and I think you will be hooked.
The sound on this record is greatly augmented by a two axe attack of Paul Phillips (ex-Puddle of Mudd) and Rikki Lixx. Johnny Strong’s voice is an impressive instrument all by itself. The rest of band is rounded out by a solid rhythm section of Wade Carpenter on bass, and Dorman Pantfoeder (Love Arcade) on drums.
Soulcrusher has a good mix of heavy head banging tunes, and dynamic, soulful rockers.
I’ve listened to this a few times now, and each time my reaction is pretty much the same…..”Wow, this record is f***ing great!” I will go so far as saying that Operator is the best new band that I have heard in 2007. Soulcrusher ought to make Operator a household name!
Soulcrusher will find itself amongst my top releases in 2007. DO NOT miss out on this excellent, must own record!
If the first three songs haven’t made you a fan, head to your nearest drugstore and buy a replacement battery for your Miracle Ear. You can check out Operator at their website, and at their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
On Tuesday Morning, we took an early train from Poughkeepsie, NY to New York City. We were advised that this was the most cost effective way to get to and from New York City. Everything costs an arm and a leg in NYC, especially the parking. Trust me, you DO NOT want to have to drive in New York City. You may get run over by a crazed taxi driver.
Nonetheless, our train pulled into Grand Central Station (an amazing train station) around 8:30 A.M. After meeting a friend of ours from New Jersey, and getting a bite to eat, we headed to one of the two biggest tourist traps in New York City, The Empire State Building.
Walking to The Empire State Building, the one thing I noticed is that everyone seems to be on their way somewhere, and in a big hurry to get there. It is one fast paced life style in the Big Apple. After a short blocks, we made it to our destination.
The Empire State Building is now the tallest building in New York City at a whipping 1472 feet tall. This is near three times taller than the tallest building in Cincinnati, the city that I live closest too. The famed building has been in countless movies, and the view is to die for. Views like this don’t come cheap however.
Luckily, we got there early enough to beat the long lines, and our wait time was minimal at best. We paid our admission to the 86th floor observatory. The $93.00 admission to go the 102nd floor was far too much for the same view only 16 floors higher.
The video below was taken from digital camera. Enjoy the view!