Paul Stanley has released his first solo album in 28 years. Does it live up to the hype? Read on.
If you are picking this up, and thinking you are going to get a new KISS sounding CD, you are wrong. I would say that Live to Win is closer to the Bon Jovi style of music than KISS.
This CD is laden with a bunch of pop metal tunes some of which are obviously better than others. The title track Live to Win is pretty decent, and is one of the better tracks on the CD. Lift sound more like a modern rock tune and isn’t too bad. Wake Up Screaming starts with that electronic drum beat thing going on, and for some reason, this song gets on my nerves. Stanley’s voice cracks in a couple of places here as well. Everytime I See Your Around slows it down, and is not a good song to follow up W.U.S. I usually have to skip those to songs.
Bulletproof picks up the pace a little bit. Its another decent Pop Metal effort. I could almost hear this one on a KISS album.
The lyrics for All About You makes me think about Happy Bunny. It is an ok song.
Second to None, slows it back down again, and it is a better song than I expected it to be. It’s Not Me is a mid tempo pop/rock and it is a pretty decent song.
Loving You Without You Now slows it back down again. I do not like this song at all. It grates on my nerves.
Where Angels Dare ends this disc with a pretty good rock number. If more guitars and bass were added to this song, this could also easily be a KISS song. Not a bad way to end this disc.
I have listened to this a few times, and I don’t love or hate this disc. I think the guitars and bass on some of these songs are pretty thin. Stanley’s voice is certainly the focal point of all of the songs here. Paul sounds great on most of the tracks, but I can hear his voice crack in a couple of places. Its a solid effort from Paul Stanley. This disc makes me wonder how good a new KISS CD with new material would sound today.
Rating:Out of 10
- Live to Win*
- Wake Up Screaming
- Everytime I See You Around
- All About You
- Second To None
- It’s Not Me
- Loving You Without You Now
- Where Angels Dare*
I plan to have some more reviews up soon. I am currently listening to Krokus Hellraiser, Judas Priest Angel of Retribution, and Def Leppard Yeah!, I have a few CD’s from Riot coming my way soon, and I hope to reviews those by next week. I will probably throw some other things in there soon as well. Stay Tuned!! Keep it Heavy!
Thank you Dave Mustaine!! After listening to a few CD’s that ventured away from the Hard Rock category, this CD was extremely pleasing to hear!!
Strangely, I did not pick this CD up when it first came out. I found it at a bargain on in my local CD shop last night.
This CD is going to make a lot of Megadeth fans happy. It is heavy driving metal right from the first track, and doesn’t let up. If Mustaine has nerve damage, you sure as heck can’t hear it here.
There are quite a few good tracks here with my favorites being: Die Dead Enough, Kick the Chair, Tears In a Vial
The tracks I would consider filler are so rocking with Mustaine’s blazing guitar, I even like those.
While not perfect, you aren’t going to find too many Hard Rock/Metal CD’s better than this.
This makes me look forward to the new Megadeth CD coming in 2007!!
Pick this one up, if you haven’t already!!
Rating:Out of 10.
- Blackmail the Universe
- Die Dead Enough
- Kick the Chair
- Tears In a Vial
- I Know Jack
- Back In The Day
- Something That I Am Not
- Truth Be Told
- Of Mice and Men
- Shadow of Deth
- My Kingdom
Out of all singers I have discovered on TV, Bo Bice is the best of them all, hands down.
He has the best voice, and to me is still the best new talent to come off the TV screen.
Does the Real Thing reflect this? Yes and no. First off, RCA forced Bo to do songs in this Pop/Rock style.
Bo Bice would be better suited for a Skynyrd style rock album than a bunch of pop tunes. The amazing thing is, on The Real Thing it works, it just isn’t what you would expect from a southern rocker like Bice.
So The Real Thing is mainly a collection of Pop Rock tunes. There are no bad song on this disc, but some are certainly better than others. Personally, I think the title track, The Real Thing is kind of lame. RCA released this as a single, along with a lame video. What the hell were they thinking. Its not even close to being, one of the better songs on the disc.
You’re Everything was written by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. I like this track a lot.
The Jon Bon Jovi/Richie Sambora track Nothing Without You is also pretty good.
Lie…It’s Alright has a pretty good groove and is kind of cool.
Valley of Angels, Whiskey Women and Time, Cinnamon and Novocaine are Bice penned tracks, and shows off his writing skills. All 3 are great tracks, and show what kind of CD Bo would have made, if not overpower by RCA’s strong-arm. Sadly, 2 of these are only available on the DVD side of The Real Thing Dual Disc CD/DVD, so most people never got the chance to hear these.
Even though I would not consider this music hard rock by any means, I like this CD. There isn’t a track on this CD, where the music overpowers Bo’s voice, and that says what kind of talent Bo Bice really is. I can only hope that CD #2 will be more in the Southern/hard rock vain I would expect.
Rating: out of 10
- The Real Thing
- You’re Everything
- U Make Me Better
- Nothing Without You
- My World
- Remember Me
- Hold On To Me
- Lie…It’s Alright
- It’s My Life
- Willing To Try
- Valley of Angels
- Whiskey, Women and Time (Dual Disc only)
- Sinner in a Sin (Dual Disc only)
- Cinnamon and Novocaine (Dual Disc only)
Let me start by saying that I hate reviewing CD’s like this. My expectations were quite high for this CD, and it was a let down. I decided to give it a couple of more listens before reviewing, and my opinion changed very little.
For those of you who didn’t watch, Rock Star Supernova is the project( I call it a project, because I just don’t get a band feel from this CD) of Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted and Gilby Clarke. They did a talent search on CBS looking for a lead singer for this project. The end result was virtual unknown Lukas Rossi. The show was fun to watch, but this CD is not what I would consider a fun listen.
The collective talent of these three musicians is quite impressive, as are the bands they came from( Motley Crue, Metallica, Guns and Roses)
Rockstar Supernova sounds nothing like any of these, and to me that is a little disappointing. Strangely enough, the weakest point for me on this CD, are the vocals of Lukas Rossi. The man has great stage presence, but I question his voice. His vocals seem to get washed out by the music on a few tracks.
After listening to a few songs, I found myself saying, where is the “Rock”, I must be missing it. This is a little too poppy for my tastes.
I decided to crank this CD up in my car….maybe that would help. It did improve the sound a little bit. I heard a few things that I missed the first time around. Tommy Lee does sound great on the drums. A couple of songs are ok.
Leave the Lights On grew on me a little bit after a few listens. It’s All Love slows it down and Rossi’s vocals are a little better here. Headspin was a Lukas Rossi original that was sung on the TV show. It is one of the better tracks on the CD. The Dead Parade almost sounds like a left over song from the John Corabi era Motley Crue.
Bottom-line, some of the tracks, are certainly better than others. This is one of those CD’s that may take several listens before it grows on you. I can’t usually make it to the end before I want to listen to something else. I feel like I am being generous with my rating here.
Rating: out of 10
- It’s On
- Leave the Lights On
- Be Yourself(and 5 Other Cliches)
- It’s All Love
- Can’t Bring Myself To Light This Fuse
- Make No Mistake…This Is The Take
- Social Disgrace
- The Dead Parade
Chris Daughtry was my hands down pick to win the last season of American Idol. Obviously, he didn’t win, but RCA was quick to sign him to a record deal.
Does this CD live up to my expectations? Yes and no.
Chris is a decent singer, with a good voice, but some of the tracks on this CD sound so very familiar to me.
2 or 3 of these tracks could easily have been on a Nickleback CD.
There are, however a couple of stand out heavy tracks (What I Want featuring Slash, and There and Back Again). I like these tracks pretty well. I also like the guitars on It’s Not Over.
My biggest problem with this CD is, there are no songs that stick in my head and can’t wait to hear again. None of the songs are particularly bad. Most of them are above average but they are not very memorable.
A couple of tracks bother me. The song Breakdown was originally recorded by Chris’ band Absent Element, and to me, their version of this track was far better. The version on this CD is too over produced.
Zac Maloy from the Nixons’ song, Used to was also used. I think his version may have also been a tad bit better.
Even though I am not impressed by all of the tracks on this CD, quite a few are radio ready, and if all goes well, Chris could have a couple of hits on his hands.
I do not think that this CD is going to appeal to the rockers that prefer their music on the harder side. If the Nickleback fans out there give this a chance, it may sell well.
Definitely listen to this before you buy it.
Rating: out of 10
- It’s Not Over
- Used To
- Over You
- Feels Like Tonight
- What I Want (Featuring Slash)
- There and Back Again
- All These Lives
- What About Now
Here is a picture I took at a holiday light show within the last week. I was pretty surprised on how it turned out!!
This week I am going to review some CD’s from TV’s Pop/Rock Stars Chris Daughtry, and Bo Bice from American Idol and Supernova from Rockstar:Supernova. I will try to tell you which CD’s are worth your hard earned money, and which one will stink up the house.
Be Safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving! I will be away for a few days, but will be returning soon with more reviews, including Chris Daugtry, and Rockstar: Supernova’s newly released CD’s! Stay Tuned!
Slave to the System is one of the better CD’s released in 2006.
This group consists of Damon Johnson, and Roman Glick from Brother Cane, and Scott Rockenfeld and Kelly Gray of Queensryche.
I have always liked both bands, but I must admit that I haven’t been very fond of the Kelly Gray, Queensryche years.
After hearing this CD, I wonder how much Geoff Tate has been holding back Kelly, as he kicks ass on this CD. Damon Johnson and the rest of the guys are great as well. Some songs lean towards more album oriented radio friendly rock, others are a little harder. The slower tracks took two or three listens to digest, and have really grown on me. The CD does a good job of mixing the two up.
As a whole, this is a killer CD with no filler tracks. This is straight up hard rock all the way through. If you like either of the two bands, I mentioned above, you are going to like this. It may take you a couple of listens to get into this, but if you give this a chance, you will be pleasantly surprised.
This CD is one of my top picks in 2006.
For more information on Slave to the System, check out their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Ruby Wednesday
- Slave to the System*
- Live this Life
- Cruze out of Control*
- Gone Today*
- Will You Be There
- Walk the Line
Slave to the System is:
Damon Johnson – Vocals and Guitar
Roman Glick – Bass
Kelly Gray – Guitar
Scott Rockenfeld – Drums
This movie could have easily been called “Night of the Living Slugs” (Watch them make a sequel, call Slither 2, NOTLS” lol!)
Honestly, this flick wasn’t half bad. At least it gets a couple of points for originality.
The cast is basically a bunch of unknowns, with the exception of Michael Rooker (Rowdy Burns, from Days of Thunder) . They do a pretty good job with the material they have to work with. The story and special effects are above average for a 2006 Horror movie.
This one is at least worth a rental. I enjoyed it!
The Abandoned is also part of the After Dark, 8 Films to Die For, Film Festival.
Sadly, The Abandoned is not one that I can recommend. This movie is very slow paced in places.
The story had potential, and enough creepiness to put this movie over the top, but it just never delivered the goods. The cast was pretty much a no name group.
There are a small amount of special effects, and gore but not enough to save this clunker of a flick.
I have seen better horror flicks that were direct to video.
Skip this one, I wouldn’t even rent it.
The Grave Dancers is one of the 8 Films in the After Dark Horrorfest that has a special one weekend viewing that started this past Friday.
I decided to check this one out, only due to knowing Dominic Purcell from Prison Break.I am ever so glad I did!
This is one of the better horror flicks I have seen in a long time. A decent story and some above average special effects make this one worth checking out!
It is a shame that this didn’t get released in all theaters. I am betting this one could pull down at least 50 million. Check it out if it comes out near you!
I heard on the news this morning that there are a couple of Playstation 3’s that went for $10,000.00 today on Ebay.
I love video games as much as the next person, but 10K?
Good Grief, that is nuts!
How does Zakk Wylde do it? Each year he chugs out another quality CD.
Shot to Hell is no exception in the quality dept.
This CD sounds like it could be Mafia part 2 in many cases, with the exception that it has more slower tracks than its predecessor. Aside from that, Zakk’s vocals and guitar style is virtually unchanged, and that is a good thing. I guess if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. The BLS formula seems to work.
Several quality tracks and a only a 2 or 3 that I would consider fillers. If you liked Mafia, chances are you will enjoy Shot to Hell as well. Fans needing a heavy yet melodic hard rock CD should give this one a look. For Black Label Society fans, its a no brainer, pick this up!
- Concrete Jungle*
- Black Mass Reverends*
- Blacked Out World
- The Last Goodbye*
- Give Yourself to Me
- Nothing is the Same
- Hell is High
- New Religion*
- Sick of it All
- Faith is Blind
- Blood is Thicker that Water*
- Devil’s Dime
- Lead Me to Your Door
Black Label Society is:
Zakk Wylde – Vocals, Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars, Piano, Keyboards
John DeServio – Bass Guitars
Craig Nunenmacher – Drums
Nick Catanese – Rhythm Guitars
I find myself gravitating towards this CD more often lately, so I thought I would give my 2 cents on it.
Zakk Wylde’s voice used to annoy the crap out of me, and thanks to my mp3 player, I have grown to like it after a few spins.
Listening to Mafia, the Black Sabbath and Ozzy influences run rapid throughout the CD. Not only does Zakk approach his vocals in a similar method to Ozzy, sometimes his guitars seem to have that dark, Iommi/Black Sabbath approach.
Even when Zakk slows it down, he crafts some great songs. Mafia has quite a few stand out tracks! Fire It Up, Suicide Messiah, In this River (written for Zakk’s buddy Dimebag Darrell) are my personal favorites. There are quite a few decent tracks on Mafia worth spinning this disc for.
It may take a couple of listens to really get into this CD, but I believe this is one of the top Metal releases of 2005.
Rating:Out of 10
- Fire it Up*
- What’s in You
- Suicide Messiah*
- Forever Down*
- In This River*
- You Must Be Blind
- Death March
- Dr. Octavia
- Say What you Will
- Too Tough to Die
- Electric HellFire*
- Spread Your Wings
- Been A Long Time*
- Dirt On the Grave*
- I Never Dreamed
Black Label Society is:
James LoMenzo – Bass, Vocals
Craig Nunenmacher – Drums, Shaker
Zakk Wylde – Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Vocals
Occasionally, I will stumble across a CD that surprises me. Stone Sour’s Come What (ever) May is one of these.
For those of you that don’t know this, Stone Sour is a side project of Slipknot singer Corey Taylor & Jim Root.
This CD is somewhat of a departure from the Slipknot style of music. I have had trouble classifying this one, whether you want to call this Numetal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal or whatever, there is certainly a mix of styles on here that will appeal to the masses.
The major difference over Slipknot, is the often clean vocals. Corey Taylor shows that he has a good singing voice. The songs are heavy. Some heavier than others. At first this reminded me of Linkin Park, but that is an unfair comparison. This might be a bit better than that.
There are some amazing songs on this CD, 2 of which, you would never expect to hear out of Slipknot’s front man.
Through Glass and Zzyzx Road are great songs, but sound more like corporate mainstream rock. Nonetheless, they are great.
The rest of the songs you will find heavy, crunchy tunes, many of which are laden with explicit lyrics.
If you like your music heavy, but listenable, you could do worse than Stone Sour. Check it out!!
Rating:Out of 10
- Come What(ever)May
- Hell & Consequences
- Made of Scars
- Your God
- Through Glass
- 1st Person
- Zzyzx Road
Damn it! I was really looking forward to this CD, and what I ended up with is a major disappointment.
The title of this CD is Michael Schenker Group Twenty-Five Years Celebration.
The sticker on the front says Featuring: All Original MSG Singers. (Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley, Leif Sundin, Kelly Kelling, Chris Logan, Jari Tiura)
What you really get is 12 tracks sung by Tiura, which is arguably the worst singer in the mix. Two Tracks from Kelly Keeling, and 1 each from Logan, Sundin, Bonnet and McAuley.
My question is this: How the hell is this a 25 year celebration when over 50% of the songs are by one singer? Sad!
Schenker sounds awesome. His playing is excellent as always. The vocals from Tiura just do not work for me at all. The writing on this CD seems kind of weak to me as well. I am having trouble finding a song that doesn’t sound like one of the others on this CD. The lone highlights to me, are Rock ‘N’ Roll (not the Zepplin song by the same name) sung by Graham Bonnet, and Tell a Story sung by Robin McAuley.2 standout tracks out of 19? Sad by any means.
Tread at your own risk with this one. For MSG diehards only.
- Setting Sun
- Angel of Avalon
- Dreams Inside
- Dust to Dust
- Voice of My Heart
- Journey Man
- Big Deal
- St. Ann
- Shadow Lady
- Love Trade
- Human Child
- Bitter Sweet
- Blind Alley
- Life Vacation
- Rock ‘N’ Roll
- Tell A Story
- Life Goes On (Instrumental)
For some reason I missed this group’s release not once but twice. This CD was originally released in 1989 and then remastered by Spitfire records in 2001.
I stumbled on this one in the used bin at the local record store and decided to give it a spin.
This is a pretty good Southern Rock Record. Heavier than ZZTop or Skynyrd, but not by much. If you enjoy those groups you will probably like this.
I prefer the harder numbers on this CD, so the stand out tracks are Don’t Dog Me, Get off my Jollies, and Bent for Silver.
It is a relatively short listen, 11 tracks clocking in just a little over 37 minutes. This CD may not set everyones world on fire, but it is definitely a necessity for the Southern Rock fans out there!
- Don’t Dog Me
- Sorry’s all I got
- Waiting for the Potion
- Get off my Jollies
- Shiny Mama
- Bent for Silver
- Love Comes Loose
- Dig a Hole
- San Loco
I first caught part of this movie on SciFi, and decided to watch the rated version on DVD.
I was greatly surprized by this flick. It is definitely a B-Movie, but a fun one nonetheless.
The DVD adds some cut scenes (mostly gore) and some nudity that was not present in the cable tv version of the movie. The premise of the movie is this:
A handicapped rock climber goes back to his cabin years after his injury to discover that the cabins in the area are being attacked by a bigfoot creature.
All campiness aside, this movie tries to establish itself with such small appearances by Lance Henriksen and Paul Gleason. The rest of the cast are a bunch of unknowns. The cast matters little though, the monster in Abominable is the star of the movie.
I enjoyed this movie, and while it isn’t perfect, it is one of the better bigfoot movies I have seen. It is definitely worth a rental!
I recently saw the remake of the Texas Chainsaw Masscare and decided to give the original movie another look.
It has been so long since I have seen it, I recalled very little of it.
I am proud to say that the 1974 version of he Texas Chainsaw Massacre is everyting a Horror Classic should be! More gore than most people are accustomed to seeing, and a story that gets creepier as time progresses.
If you have yet to see the original version of this movie, of which the prequels, sequels and remakes continue to be made, do yourself a favor and see this one first!!
It is a great horror flick!
Why hasn’t this CD been heard in the United States???
This is the best thing Slash has done since leaving Guns and Roses, and in some instances far superior to Velvet Revolver.
Singer Rod Jackson should have been a household name after this release. He sounds great on this CD.
Slash’s guitar work is simply awesome throughout most of the tracks. The stand out tracks are Been There Lately, Shine and Life’s Sweet Drug. Guns and Roses fans are going to love this!
- Been There Lately*
- Just Like Anything
- Mean Bone
- Back to the Moment
- Life’s Sweet Drug*
- Serial Killer
- The Truth
- Ain’t Life Grand
- Speed Parade
- The Alien
* Best Tracks
Black Stone Cherry is quite simply at the top of my list for best new band in 2006. I discovered these guys only because I saw they were opening for Black Label Society. I found their website, listened to two songs and went out and bought the CD immediately.
The only way I can describe these Kentucky rockers is a cross between Skynyrd and Metallica. They are definitely harder and faster than Skynyrd for those that are wondering.
There are so many great tracks on this CD, I don’t even know where to begin.
My favorites change from day to day, but currently, they are Lonely Train, Violator Girl and Hell or High Water.
This is head banging, heavy southern rock! This CD is so damn good, you need to sign off the net now and get to your local CD shop and pick this up!
Rating: Out of 10
- Rain Wizard
- Backwoods Gold*
- Lonely Train*
- Maybe Someday*
- When the Weight Comes Down*
- Crosstown Woman
- Shooting Star
- Hell and High Water
- Shapes of Things
- Violator Girl*
- Tired of the Rain
- Rollin On
Black Stone Cherry is:
Chris Robertson – (vocals/guitar)
Ben Wells – (guitar/vocals)
Jon Lawhon – (bass/vocals)
John Fred Young – (drums/vocals)
Bruce Dickinson proves that he still has plenty of vocal chops to please the masses. This CD stands up to any of Maiden’s past works and that really says something.
Don’t expect to listen to this CD quickly! 7 songs clock over 7 minutes long. You wont mind once you start hearing the almost, progressive rockers chocked full of guitar solos.
This is what a rock CD is supposed to sound like! “A Matter of Life and Death” is easily one of the best CD’s of 2006!
Pick up the special edition if you can. It includes a Bonus DVD with the Making of, a Video for Benjamin Breeg and more!
- Different World
- These Colours Don’t Run
- Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
- The Pilgrim
- The Longest Day
- Out of the Shadows
- The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
- For the Greater Good of God
- Lord of Light
- The Legacy
Iron Maiden is:
Bruce Dickinson – vocals
Dave Murray – guitar
Janick Gers – guitar
Adrian Smith – guitar and backing vocals, guitar synth on “Brighter than a Thousand Suns”
Steve Harris – bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboard
Nicko McBrain – drums
What a great find this CD was! This CD features former Whitesnake members Rudy Sarzo on bass, Tommy Aldridge on Drums, Adrian Vandenberg on guitars, and Little Caeser singer Ron Young.
If you were to put Whitesnake in a blender with a dash of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, you may get a sound that resembles Manic Eden. It is a kick ass CD, that has been largely unheard of.
James Christian from House of Lords was briefly involved in this band, before Ron Young took over on vocals. Nonetheless, Ron sounds great singing with the former Whitesnake band mates.
Listen to the tune below, and see what you think. This is a very good blues rock effort, and worth picking up.
Rating:Out of 10
- Can you Feel it
- Gimme a Shot
- Fire in my Soul
- Do Angels Die
- Pushing Me
- Dark Shade of Grey
- Keep it Coming
- When the Hammer comes down
- Ride the Storm
- Can’t hold it
Manic Eden is:
Ron Young – Vocals
Adrian Vandenberg – Guitars
Rudy Sarzo – Bass
Tommy Aldridge – Drums