Another copy of Airbourne’s 8 song EP, Ready To Rock showed up on Ebay. I was hopeful to grab this copy as the bidding started out slow. Much to my disappointment, it didnt’s stay that way.
The latest copy of Ready to Rock sold for $330.00. Plus 3.75 shipping. That is $42.09 per song.
RICHIE KOTZEN, former guitarist for MR BIG and POISON has now a very strong cult following in Europe as a solo artist. With a series of very consistent and quality releases.
“Live in Sao Paulo” is Richie Kotzen’s first-ever live album which came about when Kotzen after much prompting from fans, chose for the purpose a stellar performance from his South American tour in 2007.
His live performance reflects the guitar style’s that has defined his career as a virtuoso. Kotzen reveals to fans live his true diversity with the rhythmic labours of “A Love Divine” to the poignant ballad “Remember”. The performance continually travels between moments of classic-rock song “Shapes of Things”, to the uplifting original “Stand”.
A real must-have release for all Kotzen fans and for the followers of early Van Halen, Bad Company and Free.
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Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of SILENT RAGE’s highly anticipated fourth studio album “Four Letter Word” on July 4th 2008.
Silent Rage is known for their multi-captivating vocals, the unmistakeable blend of Melodic and Hard Rock and signature songwriting reminiscing of the glorydays of 80’s Arena Hard Rock. “I think our sound can be described as Classic Arena Style Hard Rock” says singer and guitarist Jesse Damon “that’s what we’re considered in Europe!” “
“Four Letter Word” is another fine example in the tradition of the band’s classic production. “We had a great time staying within the natural progression of our 1989 release “Don’t Touch Me There” & mixing in the sounds of modern hard rock” continues Damon, “all of the tracks, whether lighthearted or serious in nature, have deep meaning to the band members. There’s no hidden agenda, just melodic-hard-rock with contemporary production, written from the heart & soul of four veteran rockers”.
Silent Rage’s new album was produced by former Guns’N Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke who is also credited on the album for his contribution on guitar, keyboards and percussion. “Gilby is a long time friend of the band”, tells Jesse “We were first acquainted with him back in the 1980’s when he was playing with his band, “Candy”. Both bands were performing on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Then, Silent Rage’s first tour manager (Bill Greer) went on to work with Gilby in Guns’N Roses and we got to see his rise to fame. Our association with him became very close when our bassist, EJ Curse began riding motorcycles with him on a regular basis. EJ went on to play bass for a few of Gilby’s concerts. SR heard the CD of “The Bronx” that Clarke produced & loved it. It was great to work with someone that we had such a long kinship with”.
Another very special guest is RATT’s Bobby Blotzer on drums and former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, who plays a guest solo on “Man or Machine”. “We met Bruce while working with Gene Simmons on the “Don’t Touch Me There” CD” explains Damon, “Bruce co-wrote one of the songs for that disc. Kulick has always been in our circle of friends & a supporter of Silent Rage. We always admired his guitar virtuosity plus, he’s a great guy. Knowing he lived nearby our recording studio, we had to ask him to do a jam on the CD. We thought it fitting to have him perform on “Man or Machine” since originally, that song was an idea that Gene Simmons & I started a few years back”.
Silent Rage is very proud of the new CD “Four Letter Word” and look forward to present it live in Europe during the summer. A string of concerts has been already set in Europe and more are going to be announced shortly.
“Four Letter Word” tracklisting includes:You Could Be The One; Four Letter Word; Man Or Machine; Feel My Love; Close Your Eyes; Sinister Man; Hard Habit To Break; Nobody Knows (Ballad of Andy & Glory); Bona Fide; I’m Not Lonely; Trouble.
Get ready for a raw, rock explosion for melodic hard rock fans, new and old, on July 4th!
From the opening air raid sirens of the title track, Indestructible, you almost know you are going to hear something cool. The title track starts off in awesome fashion. It is a very good track to open this disc up with.
Disturbed already has # 1 radio hit with the song, Inside the Fire, and their are several tracks that could follow this one on to radio.
Deceiver is one of the heavier songs I have heard Disturbed record. This track has plenty of double bass drumming, and some very heavy guitar licks. This is easily my favorite tune on this CD. This song is going to be massive for Disturbed.
The Night has that awesome rhythm that so many Disturbed songs are known for. The driving drums and bass will definitely get the head bangers going. Dan Donegan has some tasty guitar licks in this song as well.
Perfect Insanity is another one of those tunes where David Draiman does his typical vocal chant. Listen to this one once, and repeat after David…..Losing My Mind. This song gets in your head.
At this point, Indestructible needs a song to break it up from being too repetitious. Haunted takes it down between mid to high tempo, but aside from some semi creepy parts, it is too much like everything else on this record. It isn’t a band song, but I needed to hear something to break this album up.
The cool thing about the song Enough is Draiman sings more than he chants. His voice shines on this track, while Mike Wengren serves up some extremely cool drum beats.
The Curse is another tune that will ignite your inner head banger. The music on this song is pretty cool. I thought the chorus was kind of weak, but it isn’t the worst Disturbed has ever done.
Torn is another song that I had trouble getting into. Dan Donegan has some cool guitar parts on Torn, but as a whole, their isn’t anything that makes me want to replay this song.
Divide is more like it. This is the kind of stadium anthem that will have people singing along with the band in no time. Cool Tune!
Those thinking that Disturbed have gotten a little lighter over their last couple of releases will be happy to know that Indestructible is a return to the heavy sound that made Disturbed one of the more popular metal bands over the last ten years. This is easily their heaviest record yet, and quite possibly their best effort to date. If you are a fan of Disturbed, don’t even hesitate to pick this one up. Indestructible hits stores June 3rd, 2008!
Rating:Out of 10
David Draiman – Vocals
Dan Donegan – Guitar
Mike Wengren – Drums
John Moyer – Bass