Drowning Pool is back with their fourth CD in 2010, and the second with vocalist Ryan McCombs. Personally, I have always been on the fence with Drowning Pool. I have liked a lot of their music, but I have always wondered if they could top their 2001 debut Sinner. Their electric appearance at Cruefest 2 won me over, and I have been looking forward to this CD as a result of that show.
The band has definitely had their share of tragedies, but with this new CD, I thought for sure that Ryan McCombs would be the spark that would help Drowning Pool continue to grow with their music. Ryan McCombs actually sounds pretty good, and there are some catchy songs, but Drowning Pool’s latest opus is not without its problems. The grungy guitar sound has always been a staple of Drowning Pool’s music, and for this listener, it no longer works. Why? The guitar parts practically sound the same on every song. The song writing is pretty good, but the muddy guitar sound turns good songs into average ones at best.
Some of the highlights include the songs “Let The Sin Begin”, “Alcohol Blind”, the kick ass stadium anthem “Horns Up”. I can’t figure out why “Let The Sin Begin” wasn’t released as the first single, it is clearly better than “Feel Like I Do”(See Video Below). This song is an infectious rocker, and has a lot more hit potential, in my opinion. “Horns Up” might be Drowning Pool’s biggest rocker since “Bodies”.
Sadly, I felt like the middle of the album had too many songs that felt like regurgitated radio rock. There just wasn’t much to distinguish the songs as Drowning Pool. I was hoping for more growth from the band, and it just isn’t here. With that being said, the new album isn’t bad. I didn’t like this one as much as Full Circle, but there are some good songs to be found here. Chances are, if you liked the last couple of albums from Drowning Pool, you will like this one too.
For the latest Drowning Pool Updates, check out the band’s myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Let The Sin Begin
2. Feel Like I Do
3. Turn So Cold
5. Over My Head
6. All About Me
7. More Than Worthless
8. Children of the Gun
9. Alcohol Blind
10. Horns Up
11. King Zero
Drowning Pool is:
Ryan McCombs – vocals
C.J. Pierce – guitar
Mike Luce – drums
Stevie Benton – bass
Check out the brand new video from Slash, “By The Sword (featuring Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother).
Buckcherry has posted details on how you can download their new song, “All Night Long” over at Buckcherry.com. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get this cool new song for free!
ASIA’s “OMEGA” – A REQUIRED ROCK MUSIC REALITY CHECK!
ASIA – releases their fourth studio album on May 4th, 2010, on Frontiers Records, that features the four original members of this vastly influential and Rock historical band. This new album is “Omega”. I could never put into words, just how talented and important to the history of Progressive Rock Music these four musicians are: Geoff Downes, (keyboards, backing vocals), John Wetton, (bass lead vocals), Steve Howe, (guitar, backing vocals) and Carl Palmer, (drums, percussion).
Granted, the Asia franchise has created music with other lineups while Geoff Downes has steered the Progressive ship, (twelve all-encompassing album releases, spanning three decades, since the iconic and self titled debut release of 1982). With that said, this “Omega” release is testament as to the unmatched Progressive Rock prowess that this original lineup possesses.
As I listen to “I Believe”, I actually do believe this Asia lineup has reached that milestone point in their music career, where they can create what I consider to be the most beautiful Progressive Rock Music one could listen to in 2010. “There Was A Time” progressively plays out at almost six minutes and it is rich with the glistening softness of Geoff Downes’s keys, that weaves its way through Steve Howe’s unearthly guitar, while Carl Palmer and John Wetton apply an almost magical rhythm section. I really do hear magic on “Omega”, excuse me if I feel this way.
If there ever was a progressive element in Rock Music that can be considered the super glue of its layered parts, it is the keyboards. Geoff Downes incredibly inspires the song “I’m Still The Same” with his majestic keyboard play, giving this song it’s progressive decor and mind flight sound and feel. “Don’t Wanna Lose You” is the Classic Rock journey back in time, only Asia musically adds the relevant Rock ambiance that reminds me it is still 2010.
The short and extremely creative guitar leads of Steve Howe resonate his fondness for that 1970’s tone, that so many guitar gods of his generation have captured with splendor. John Wetton may still play as astute as ever on bass, still it is his timeless vocals that are all the listening splendor on “Omega”.
Steve Howe may incorporate the tonal spirit of Classic Rock’s guitar elegance throughout “Omega”, just remember that this is a guitarist that has fortified his very own sound through the decades as well… and his trademark licks are peppered throughout this entire album. “Finger On The Trigger” can easily be pointed out as the Rock out moment on Omega, proving that this legendary lineup has a bounty of uplifting Rock ‘N’ Roll left inside of them… and I never doubted that for one Rockin’ second!
“Holy War” begins instantly on a spirited note, with Geoff Downes hitting the keys in epic fashion. As this song kicks into progressive gear, the realization that Asia is back once again making a song so structurally sound is a Rock Music reality check. The Progressive Rock elegance of “Holy War” has reminded me once again, that Asia has staked their claim as THE most talented supergroup I can ever describe to someone.
“Ever Yours” may just be the tear jerker of “Omega”. The lyrics of Asia’s songs are synonymous with its respective music’s energy it radiates. The musical highs will inevitably catch up to the musical lows, creating a dazzling union of parts and that is what separates Asia apart in the Rock Music world. The songs on “Omega” are musical moments that have personality, feelings and emotion. “Ever Yours” is as sentimental as it is inspirational, proving to me it’s importance to the overall assemblage of songs heard on “Omega”. An Asia ballad is a work of art, not a filler song for iphone lighters at a live concert.
Not to sound silly or corporate in any way, those who know me realize I am not either when it comes to music, especially Rock Music… yet after each listen to “Omega”, I want to stand and applaud this original Asia lineup. Certainly, many will pump their fists into the air and jump up and down with progressive glee, that Asia is not only back, they are back on top. I myself want to do the same fist pumping and jumping in joy, only the Rock historical reverence, that I uphold for these four musicians, has me restraining myself and saying… bravo.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Finger on the Trigger
2. Through My Veins
3. Holy War
4. Ever Yours
5. Listen Children
6. End of the World
7. Light the Way
9. Still the Same
10. There was a Time
11. I Believe
12. Don’t Wanna Lose You Now
John Wetton – vocals, bass
Steve Howe – guitar
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Carl Palmer – drums
9 Out Of 10 Flying V Guitars!!
Helloween’s song “Dr. Stein” originally appeared on the band’s classic CD, “Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2”. When I heard the band’s 2010 version of the same song, I did a double take. My first thought was, “Is this Helloween?” You have to see it & hear it for yourself. Check out the video clip “Dr. Stein” below.
“Dr. Stein” is on the New Helloween CD Unarmed – Best of 25th Anniversary.
Nickelback’s latest album, Dark Horse has been out for a year and half now, and yet the band is still releasing videos and singles from the CD. One of my favorite songs off of the album is “Burn It To the Ground”. Like them or hate them, you have to admit, “Burn It To the Ground” is a pretty good song. Check it out in the video clip below.
Empires of Eden is very proud to announce Steve Grimmett as one of the feature artists on the upcoming album Reborn in Fire. Famous for his vocals for legendary NWOBHM bands Grim Reaper, Lionsheart and Onslaught, Steve is featured on a full-length song on the album.
Featured on the track „Beyond Daybreak“, Steve delivers an emotive and aggressive vocal performance that illustrates why he is one of the most influential voices in heavy music.
Steve Grimmett vocal session video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdlr3og9b20
Stu Marshall Beyond Daybreak guitar session video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIs-Kn3U8ZE
From guitarist Stu Marshall: “Steve was one of the sought-after performers I tracked down and thankfully he agreed to be involved in the project. The track needed to be heavy while retaining the melodic flair that Steve is known for; as a fan, that’s what I wanted to hear from him. This concept is one of the great things about EOE: the singers all compose their own lyrics and melodies, providing a window into what makes many of them as great as they are.”
Reborn in Fire, the new album from Empires of Eden features an impressive list of some of the world’s most respected heavy metal voices including Mike Vescera and Zak Stevens. Released by 7Hard, the album is set for release in June and will be available on iTunes through Activist Music.
A 30-Piece orchestral score / 8 singers / one album: Reborn in Fire.
To commemorate the Legacy and Deluxe re-issue releases of the seminal album, Raw Power, Legacy Recordings and Hard Rock Hideout are giving you the chance to win a Gibson Les Paul Studio Raw Power guitar signed by guitarist James Williamson. Raw Power Legacy Edition is in-stores 4/13, while the Deluxe edition is in-stores 4/27.
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Did you listen to last Wednesday Night’s Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show? If not, you missed new songs from Ozzy Osbourne, RATT, Y & T, Pretty Maids and a bunch more. Check out the playlist from the April 28th show!
Let Me Hear You Scream – Ozzy Osbourne
Take A Big Bite – Ratt
Sexual Thing – Poison
Hot Shot – Y&T
Crawlin’ – Alice Cooper
Going, Going, Gone – Danger Danger
Up In Smoke – Blackberry Smoke
Devil’s Daughter – Silvertide
Shake Me – Taddy Porter
Dirty Water – Snowblynd
Outer Space – Ace Frehley
2000 Man – Kiss
Back In The New York Groove – Ace Frehley
Best of Me – Ratt
Keep On Dreaming – H.E.A.T.
Angel In Black – Bangalore Choir
We Belong – Saints & Sinners
Little Drops of Heaven – Pretty Maids
Burning Like A Flame – Dokken
Dynamite – Salute
Lost in Wonderland – Eden’s Curse
Dyin’ For An Angel – Avantasia
Now Forever After – Kingdom Come
Twister – Broken Teeth
Lick It Into Shape – Smashed Gladys
Lost Weekend – Ratt
Garden of Your Earthly Delights – Tunnel
While The World Waits Suburban Tribe
A Bigger Bang – Ammotrack
Beg For It – Hardcore Superstar
One More Reason To Hate You – Gunfire ’76
Badlands – Metal Church
Hook In Mouth – Megadeth
Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
Crack of Dawn – Johnny Crash
Cocaine – Black Robot
Going Down (Above The Clouds)- Jetboy
Eat Me Up Alive – Ratt
(You Can Still) Rock In America Night Ranger
You can listen to the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show every Wednesday night from 9 P.M. – 12 A.M. CST online at www.kacvfm.org.