This CD blends the styles of several bands that I enjoy including Foreigner, Whitesnake, Bad Company and more.
If you know the band Fair Warning, you are already familiar with Tommy Heart’s vocals. I prefer his work in Soul Doctor. This is killer stuff.
It has been quite a while since I have heard a CD, where I have enjoyed ever song, and the new Soul Doctor disc delivers all the way through. With this disc, you get great singing, smoking guitar work, and songs that rock hard.
My digipak version of this disc included a bonus track called Let’s Zep, which is a nice medley of Led Zeppelin tunes stretched over 9 minutes. This was an extremely cool way to close out this disc.
My only complaint is that I didn’t get to hear this disc in 2007. If I had, it would have easily cracked my top 10 list.
Do not miss out on, one of the better discs of 2007. You can check out Soul Doctor at the band’s website Souldoctorrocks.com .
Rating: Out of 10
Soul Doctor is:
Tommy Heart – Vocals
Chris Lyne – Guitars
Jogy Rautenberg – Bass
Michael Wolpers – Drums
CBS tabbed Beau Nasty as their act. This band seemed to be doomed for failure as quickly as they began.
They had a big name producer for their debut with Beau Hill (RATT, Winger).
Dirty, But Well Dressed has solid tunes, and a cool cover of the Lieber and Stoller track Love Potion # 9. The problem was, nothing really made Beau Nasty stand out amongst the crowd of new bands that the labels were signing. This has to be one of the reasons that led to the band’s quick demise.
Beau Nasty member, George Bernhardt is now playing with Rick Springfield, and Mike Terrana is bashing the skins for Masterplan.
The CD Dirty, But Well Dressed will appeal to hair metal fans, but very few others. I thought it was a fun disc, and is one that I return to from time to time, even if it is only to go back and check out a few of the more obsure bands in my collection. This disc has been out of print for a while, and is becoming more rare than hens teeth. If you want a copy of it, I would recommend grabbing one off of Ebay, as the prices have been getting out of control on this one.
You can hear more of the tunes at a fan made Beau Nasty, myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
Beau Nasty is:
Mark Anthony Fretz – vocals
Brian Young – guitar
George Bernhardt – guitar
Doug Baker – bass
Mike Terrana – drums
I can’t vouch for the band’s first CD, but if it is half as good as the new self title disc, then I may have to seek that one out as well.
Onesidezero has a sound that fuses modern rock, with a hint of 80’s metal. It is a sound that works, and I am impressed by the tunes I have listened to here.
I can’t place my finger on it, but if I had to compare Onesidezero’s sound to another band’s tunes, I might say Tool, however, Onesidezero’s songs are much more mainstream sounding than that.
I tend to prefer the harder numbers on this disc, and the songs My Confessions, Sleep, and Stay are all highly enjoyable tunes. I tend to lose interest on far too many of the tunes here. The guitar work gets my attention at times, but I was expecting something with a little more teeth. Quite a few of the tunes here, sound too repitious, and I begin to lose interest.
I have mixed feelings about this disc. This album is neither amazing or terrible. It may appeal to more of the alternative rock fans, than the hard rock folks. The harder numbers are pretty good, but the rest of the tunes just didn’t appeal to me. If you like what you seen in the video, “Sleep” below, stop by the band’s myspace page, and give some of their tunes a whirl, and see what you think.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Carry Your Gun
3. Whatever Happened To…
5. My Confessions
9. Who Will Stop the Rain?
10. Safely Forgotten
11. Cardboard Cutouts
12. Carry Us Away
Jasan Radford – Vocals, Guitar
Christian Hernandez – Bass
Rob Basile – Drums
Levon Sultanian – Guitars, Vocals
The three songs here are all very solid hard driving rockers. I enjoyed each song on this disc.
Pedal to the Metal opens up this disc with a catchy rocker, that got its hooks into me immediately. This is 80’s style metal that I found instantly accessible.
The song title, Super-Sassy Glossy Lips seems kind of silly, which is why this song took me by surprise. Once again, this is another tune that has a very 80’s pop metal feel to it. This is very cool stuff.
Cocaine Girl has a sleazier edge to it, and the lyrics on this one are catchy, and a little funny.
Badmouth seems to have a ton of potential! I love the kind of rock this band dishes out, and this EP has only whet my appetite for a full length disc. The band is going to embark on a European and U.S. tour in 2008. I hope to catch them live, if they hit my city.
You can check out three of Badmouth’s tunes at their myspace page at this location
Go add them, and tell them Hard Rock Hideout sent you!
You can also get to see the band behind the scenes in the following video!
Rating: Out of 10
- Pedal to the Metal
- Super-Sassy Glossy Lips
- Cocaine Girl
Tom Pearson – Lead Vocals
Rick Hard – Drums
Randy Joy – Lead Guitar
Chris LeMon – Bass
Mike Hill – Rhythm Guitar
Bluebeard is a band that didn’t get the recognition they deserved during this era of rock. They have shared the stage with several big name acts, but never gained the success and fame that the headlining acts gained. The band has a couple of discs that were preleased prior to Deluxe With Reverb, one of which Bad Dream captures hundreds of dollars for a copy on EBay in 2007.
After the tragic death of Bluebeard’s singer, Robert Barry Leach in 2004, the band regrouped to put together Deluxe With Reverb.
I must admit that I didn’t have any expectations with this record, and as a result, I was pleasantly surprised.
Deluxe With Reverb sounds like a 70’s classic rock record. With this set of tunes, you get heavy guitar riffs, melodic keyboards and excellent musicianship all the way through. The only issue that I found with this disc, is the production value is not what it should be. For an independent release, it is acceptable.
With a better produced record, and a little label support, this L.A. based rock group could be going places. Deluxe With Reverb is a solid debut, and is one that all classic rock fans need to pick up. You can preview several tracks at Bluebeard’s myspace page!
Rating: Out of 10
1. I Don’t Know About Me
2. Paint It Black
3. How Difficult Is That?
4. Sleeper & The Dreamer, The
5. Love Is Nowhere
6. Pretty Vegas
7. Authority Man
8. Take A Little Time Out
9. Love To Rescue Me, A
10. Sad Forgotten Song
12. In The Streets Of L.A.
13. Forever And Beyond
14. Whisky A Go Go – Encore (Bonus Track)
15. Bad Dream
16. Love Is Nowhere – (alternate take, Bonus Track)
17. Take A Little Time Out – (take Radio Edit, Bonus Track)
Vincent Bitetti – Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars and Backing Vocals
Vincent Thomas-Penny – Electric, Acoustic, Classical Guitars and Backing Vocals
Robert Barry Leech – Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals (Paint It Black), Flute
Gayle Hart – Bass Guitar
Danny Bogan – Drums
Ellington Erin – Lead Vocals and Tambourine
It has been a long time since I have heard any new music featuring Rowan Robertson on guitar. If that name seems familiar, it should. Rowan was the 17 year old wunderkind that Ronnie James Dio brought in to play on his album, Lock Up The Wolves. I enjoyed that disc, so when I found out that the brothers Duncan (Jeff, Shawn and Matt) tabbed Rowan to join them in DC4, I had to give their sophomore effort, Explode a spin.
Jeff Duncan who handles the lead vocals in DC4, also doubles as a guitarist in the metal band Armored Saint. I can definitely hear John Bush’s influence on Jeff Duncan’s Style. Duncan doesn’t quite have the range of Bush, but he is a very solid vocalist. DC4 isn’t quite as heavy as Armored Saint, but they are decent enough!
Explode is a solid slab of 80’s style metal, but it is not without its problems. The music on Explode is a little repetitious at times, and was mixed with the bass being a little too heavy, and the guitars a little too downplayed. When the guitars of Jeff Duncan and Rowan Robertson are allowed to shine, they usually do. I was hoping to hear more songs with some good guitar solos built in, and there are not enough of them on this record.
My favorite cuts on this disc are the title track, Explode, God Complex and Long Hard Road to Lost. After several listens, the song Candy Cane really got in my head, and Experiment started growing on me quite a bit.
You won’t find anything new musically with Explode, but if you are looking for a new disc to rock out with, this should get it done for you.
Check out DC4 on their myspace page here.
Rating:Out of 10
- Rock and Roll Disease
- God Complex
- Cabin Fever
- This Is What You Wanted
- Candy Cane
- Long Hard Road To Lost
- Hate Parade
Jeff Duncan – Lead Vocals, Guitars
Rowan Robertson – Guitar
Shawn Duncan – Drums
Matt Duncan – Bass and Backing Vocals
Allied Forces is the only CD in the Triumph discography to go platinum (one million units sold) in the United States.
There are quite a few killer hits on this disc, including Magic Power, Fight the Good Fight and Say Goodbye.
The ultra-cool, title track Allied Forces is one of the heaviest numbers Triumph has ever done.
My only problem with this CD are the two tracks Air Raid, is nothing more than a song intro, and Petite Etude, is an extremely short acoustic guitar track. I could have used a couple of more tracks on this disc, but it is such a small issue, it is hardly worth mentioning.
With only seven true cuts on this disc, it makes it a short listening experience, but a very good one.
Rik Emmet’s voice is amazing on this record. He hits the high notes unlike any other singer in rock music today. His guitar playing is second to none. He handles all of the 6 string and 12 string guitars on Allied Forces. His solos and guitar work in general is something that you have to experience over and over.
I have heard the songs off of Allied Forces, hundreds of times on rock radio over the years, and I never tire of hearing of them. It never ceases to amaze me how great this three piece band sounds.
Allied Forces is a must own record. It is absolute classic disc that no rock fan should be without.
Rating:Out of 10
Rik Emmett – Guitars and Vocals
Mike Levine – Bass Guitar, Piano and backup vocals
Gil Moore -Drums and backup vocals
The band was signed to Geffen records and released a couple of albums in the late 80’s.
Fire Fire is the second and final release by this four piece metal band. The band lost their deal with Geffen and broke up after this record was released. Their current whereabouts are unknown. Fire Fire is a very slicked produced record. EZO sounds like a million bucks on this disc. The tunes fall between somewhere between hard rock and heavy metal, and is in the vein of Loudness. Shoyo Iida’s fretwork does not disappoint on this record. Masaki Yamada is an above average singer/screamer. He even had a brief stint in Loudness
Fire Fire is a pretty good record for the most part. My favorite cuts are Love Junkie, the title track Fire Fire, Streetwalker, and Million Miles Away.
Both EZO records are a chore to find. If you are able to grab either one at a decent price, do so. They are pulling down big bucks on Ebay and on Amazon.com. Happy Hunting!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Love Junkie
2. Night Crawler
3. Fire Fire
4. Wild Talk
5. Burn Down the Night
6. Black Moon
7. Back to Zero
9. She’s Ridin’ the Rhythm
11. Million Miles Away
Masaki Yamada – Vocals
Taro Takahashi – Bass
Hiro Homma – Drums
Shoyo Iida – Guitar
The seems to be resurgence of classic rock bands in this decade, and judging from the sound of Hex, Bigelf is one of the better ones. Bigelf’s Hex has been available in Europe for quite some time, and was recently released in the Unites States.
Bigelf has a sound that is best described as a mixture between Ozzy era Black Sabbath, and Pink Floyd. (Yes, you read that right.)
Usually, when bands tap into that heavy stoner rock elements found in so many Sabbath tunes, they end up sounding like a poor copy, and nothing else. Bigelf manages to tap into that sound and make it something completely different. The layer of keyboards throughout Bigelf’s tunes gives the band a heavy sound without being too melodic. It is a sound that has more in common with 70’s rock than anything from this decade, and that is cool.
There are a few killer cuts on this record, including Mad Hatter, Pain Killer and Disappear.
Hex is a CD worth exploring. It has a bunch of heavy stoner rock moments, and then at times will head into a trippy Pink Floyd meets the Beatles direction. It seems with each spin of Hex, it continues to get better. It is definitely a CD that will grow on you with time. The music is the strong point on Hex, and it delivers all the way through.
Put a new elf under your X-Mas tree this year, and give Big Elf’s Hex a spin for yourself.
You can hear more songs at Bigelf’s myspace page. I have included two videos from Hex below!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Bats In the Belfry II
3. Pain Killers
5. Rock & Roll Contract
6. Sunshine Suicide
7. Falling Bombs
8. Black Moth
9. Carry The Load
10. Burning Bridges
11. Bats In The Belfry I
Damon Fox – Lead Vocals, Keyboards
Ace Mark – Guitar
Duffy Snowhill – Bass
Froth – Drums
Yes, that’s right, the same band that brought you Stick To Your Guns, and Temptation is back in action.
The Lost Tapes is a collection of tunes that were intended for release long before 2007 but have not seen the light of day until now.
I have to admit, that I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations for this record. I didn’t enjoy the last record Temptation as much as the debut effort, and was a little leery about this one.
I can proudly say that this disc has exceeded all of my expectations.
This is a fine collection of tunes that in many ways surpasses the debut effort, Stick To Your Guns. My only complaint is that this disc is missing the slick production of the first two releases. That shouldn’t keep you from picking up a copy of this record. It is worth the money, if you like hard rocking, party tunes.The Lost Tapes is the kind of release that makes you want to throw a party, and crack open a few beers.
Some of my favorites off of this record are Just One Kiss, Cheap Wine and Gasoline, and Dancing By The Light of The Moon,
Rating: Out of 10
- Hard Drivin’ Man
- Blue Eyed Soul
- Just One Kiss
- My Body Needs Your Body
- Cheap Wine And Gasoline
- Shakin’ The Blues
- Dancing By The Light Of The Moon
- Rolling Stone
Sweet F.A. is:
Steve DeLong – Vocals
Nick Lane – Drums
Jon Huffman- Guitar
James Thorpe – Bass
Jim Quiggins – Guitar
Seether has been a band that has been off of my radar for a while, but after listening to Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, I can not ignore them anymore.
The first song I heard off of this disc, was Fake It. That tune piqued my curiosity enough to seek out this record.
If you like that tune, this record will hold no surprises for you, but I think you will be pleased by what you find here.
Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces is a modern hard rock record, that has several radio ready tunes. If you are a fan of bands like Hinder, Nickelback, or Daughtry, you will probably get into this record.
Seether isn’t breaking any new ground with this disc by any means. There are at least five tunes on this record that have hit potential, (Fake It, Breakdown, FMLYHM, Rise Above This, and 6 Gun Quota) and that should be enough for Seether to have a hit record on their hand.
This is a great sounding record, and whether you like the newer, post-grunge hard rock acts out there or not, you are going to hear a lot of these songs in 2008. I like this record, and I think you will too!
You can check out Seether at their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Like Suicide
2. Fake It
6. Rise Above This
7. No Jesus Christ
8. 6 Gun Quota
9. Walk Away From the Sun
10. Eyes of the Devil
11. Don’t Believe
Shaun Morgan – Vocals, Guitar
Dale Stewart – Bass, Vocals
John Humphrey – Drums
Great rock music should stand the test of time, Alice Cooper’s song, School’s Out does just that. This disc starts off with the anthemic title track which has been played on rock radio thousands of times around the world. It is the only hit worthy tune on this record, but the rest of the tracks have some merit.
The songs Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets, and Grande Finale have some credible lyrical contenta, as both were written as satirical pieces about West Side Story. They are an interesting listen, and worth spinning a couple of times. Luney Tune is a fun little trippy tune, that I would love to see get reworked.
By today’s standards, the School’s Out album sounds a little dated, but in 1972, this had to blow people’s minds. This disc sounds like a rock and roll, acid trip. The music is funky, and at times a little psychedelic.
This isn’t a record that I can get a lot of replay value out of, but it is interesting to hear the roots of Alice Cooper’s music. There are other discs (Billion Dollar Babies, Welcome To My Nightmare) that are better o start off with in the early Alice Cooper discography.
Rating:Out of 10
1. School’s Out
2. Luney Tune
3. Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets
4. Street Fight
5. Blue Turk
6. My Stars
7. Public Animal #9
8. Alma Mater
9. Grande Finale
The Alice Cooper roster for School’s Out:
Alice Cooper – lead vocals
Glen Buxton – guitars
Michael Bruce – guitars / keyboards
Dennis Dunaway – bass
Neil Smith – drummer
He was a member of Alice Cooper’s band at the same time, as Kip Winger.
Both musicians branched out with music careers of their own after their stint with Alice.
Chances are, if you enjoyed Winger’s tunes to any degree, you will probably love Saints and Sinners. They style of music is quite similar.
Saints and Sinners is Roberts’ sophomore effort that was originally released on Geffen Records. This disc was produced by Sir Arthur Payson, who also has discs by RATT and Alice Cooper to his credit. Most of the songs on this disc were written by Roberts and Desmond Child.
With this record he had a couple of modest hits, with the track Twisted and Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore? which was written by Jon Bon Jovi. I like both of those tunes quite a bit, as well as Rebel Heart and Fighter.
The sound on this record is typical early 90’s pop metal, but I am OK with that. I got a lot of play out of this disc back when I owned it on cassette years ago. I tracked down another copy of this one recently.
Fans of 80’s Hair Metal will definitely enjoy this disc. It is out of print, but you can still find copies of this one through Amazon.com and Ebay. Happy Hunting!
Rating: Out 0f 10
1. Wild Nights
3. Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?
4. Dance Little Sister
5. Rebel Heart
6. You Always Want It
8. I’m Not Lookin’ For An Angel
9. Too Far Gone
10. It’s Only Over For You
Kane Roberts band is:
Kane Roberts – lead, rhythm guitars, lead vocals
John McCurry – guitar
Steve Steele – bass
Myron Grombacher – drums
Chuck Kentis – Keyboards
I’ve always liked Hardcore Superstar but in saying that, I’ve never thought they were anything to rave about, not bad but not especially fantastic either. Their releases up until the 2005 self titled album were likeable but fairly average at best. ‘Dreamin’ In a Casket’ is quite different to the Hardcore Superstar I’d become familiar with. This is much heavier sounding, in your face rock and I like it.
The first thing I noticed were the massive drums on this disc. In fact overall the musicianship is far superior and improved than any of their other undertakings; aggressive drums, big riffs, great solos, strong choruses and Jocke Berg’s vocals are at his high-pitched best. ‘Dreamin in a Casket’ kicks their earlier albums’ asses all the way to Sweden and back.
‘Silence For the Peacefully’ is reminiscent of Hardcore’s great anthem ‘We don’t Celebrate Sundays’. ‘Wake Up Dead In The Garbagecan’ is a killer track and I’d like to hear more of the gang vocals that are present on ‘Wake Up Dead’ on more songs where they are lacking slightly. Title track ‘Dreamin In a Casket’ is another great tune.
Of course nothing is perfect and some of these songs sound similar to one another, but they still pretty much all rock. They could also use a little help in the lyrics department but now I’m just being picky.
Superb and sleazy energetic rock. All in all a great effort from these guys.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Need No Company
2. Medicate Me
3. Dreamin’ In A Casket
4. Silence For The Peacefully
5. Sophisticated Ladies
6. Wake Up Dead In The Garbagecan
7. Spreadin’ The News
8. This Is For The Mentally Damaged
9. Sensitive To The Light
10. Lesson In Violence
11. Sorry For The Shape I’m In
12. No Resistance
Hardcore Superstar is:
Jocke Berg – vocals
Thomas Silver – guitar
Martin Sandvik – bass
Magnus “Adde” Andreasson – drums
Reviewed by Tania.
There have been a few AC/DC inspired rock releases in 2007, and This Ain’t Heaven…Welcome To Hell is one of the better ones.
The German rock band, Sin City, started as a AC/DC tribute band, but with three strong releases under their belt, they have plenty of tunes to be proud of themselves.
The music on This Ain’t Heaven…Welcome To Hell is so strong, that I often forget that it isn’t AC/DC that I am listening to. Porty Portner has Bon Scott’s vocal sound down to a tee. The combined guitar might of Dschürgen Young and Heiko “The Rocker” Haag, will have you rocking out, and in search of your favorite cold beverage in no time.
I have quite a few favorites on this record, including the tunes, Horny, Sign It, Taking In Your Sleep (The Romantics Cover) and New Jack City. There honestly isn’t a bad cut in the bunch.
If you are rock purist, and are looking for something completely original, Sin City is not an act that you will want to try out. If you are fan like myself that prefers hard rocking tunes with a good beat and a party rock vibe, Sin City delivers the goods! You can pick up your copy of This Ain’t Heaven……Welcome to Hell at the following link. http://www.sin-city.de/puresincity/pages/shop.php
It will make a great stocking stuffer for your favorite AC/DC or Sin City fan!
Rating:Out of 10
Sin City is:
H.G. “Porty” Portner – Vocals
Dschürgen J. Young – Guitars
Heiko “The Rocker”Haag – Guitars
Lars “Dr. Pank” Lunova – Drums
Patrik “AC Thunder” Apel – Bass
In 2006, Twisted Sister released their Christmas Album, and now in 2007, the fine folks at Razor & Tie Records have released a Christmas Compilation CD with some of the biggest stars of the 80’s Hard Rock Era.
Monster Ballads XMas is a tasty feast of reworked Christmas classics, and a song with a unique twist from Danger Danger. Every song on this disc is highly enjoyable, at least until you get to Faster Pussycat’s Silent Night, which is awful.
If you need a disc to get you in the mood for the holiday season, this is the one to pick up. There are only 23 shopping days left before X-Mas. Don’t miss out on this record!
1. Jingle Bells – Skid Row
2. Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – Winger
3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Jani Lane Of Warrant
4. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Twisted Sister with Lita Ford
5. White Christmas – Queensryche
6. Run Rudolph Run – L.A. Guns
7. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Firehouse
8. Naughty Naughty Christmas – Danger Danger
9. Blue Christmas – Tom Keifer of Cinderella
10. Jingle Bell Rock – Nelson
11. Silent Night – Faster Pussycat
12. Twelve Days of Christmas – Dokken
13. Happy Holiday – Enuff Z’Nuff
14. Winter Wonderland – Stryper
15. Christmas Love – Billy Idol
Surviving New York Dolls members, David Johansen, and Sylvain Sylvain, were joined by bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks), guitarist Steve Conte (Crown Jewels), drummer Brian Delaney and keyboardist Brian Koonin.
Usually reunion records scare me off, but I couldn’t pass up on checking out the latest disc by a band that I consider the godfathers of glam. Amazingly, this record does not disappoint. It is one solid record from beginning to end. This disc has a big classic rock sound, with upbeat songs that are pleasingly good.
The band even released a couple of videos for this record, which I doubt you ever got to see, if you live in the United States.
Dance Like a Monkey
Get Away from Tommy
This record will please all New York Dolls fans, and quite a few people that are interested in checking out this band for the first time. This isn’t a hard rock record by any means, but it is a very good rock and roll record, and deserves to be heard by all glam fans!
For more information on the New York Dolls, check them out on their website here!
Rating: Out of 10
1. We’re All in Love
2. Runnin’ Around
3. Plenty of Music
4. Dance Like a Monkey
5. Punishing World
6. Maimed Happiness
7. Fishnets and Cigarettes
8. Gotta Get Away from Tommy
9. Dancing on the Lip of a Volcano
10. I Ain’t Got Nothin’
11. Rainbow Store
12. Gimme Luv and Turn on the Light
13. Take a Good Look at my Good Looks
New glam metal from nearly every country on the planet continues to show up at the Hard Rock Hideout. The new release by the S.E.X. Department from Perris Records is the first that has come from Italy.
The S.E.X. Department has a sound that I would compare to early Motley Crue, mixed with Pretty Boy Floyd. For a three piece band, they have a decent sound.
Something about this release reminds me of the rawness of Motley Crue’s debut. This disc is not as strong as Too Fast For Love, but it is a pretty good cut of glam tunes for these Italian rockers.
Kelly Trash Mendess vocals are not overpowering, but are well suited for the tunes here. The best cuts on this disc are Revenge of the Vampires, Glitter Bitter, Sir Yes Sir and ,S.E.X. Department.
The band’s sound could be greatly enhanced with a second guitar player and more background vocals. That may be all that S.E.X. Department needs to push them over the top. This CD is a solid debut for S.E.X. Department. This disc should be enough to gain them a whole new slew of fans, and help the band build success for a more powerful sophomore effort.
Rating:Out of 10
The video below is the band performing their song, Rock n’ Roll. Check it out!
- Call Me, Baby Call Me
- Drive Me Insane
- Revenge of Vampires
- Rock n’ Roll Never Dies
- One Way Ticket to Rock
- Glitter Bitter
- Sir Yes Sir
- Italian Cowboy
- Rock n’ Roll
- S.E.X. Department
S.E.X. Department is:
Kelly Trash Mendess – Vocals/guitar
Doctor Dok – Bass
Milky Milano – Drums
Rok Hollywood is a glam metal band on the rise, from Indianapolis, Indiana. The last couple of years the band has been growing their fan base, by playing at the 2006 Cruefest in Hollywood, CA which featured bands like Vains of Jenna, Antidote (Dirty Penny), Kid Ego, and Miss Crazy. Rok Hollywood has also opened for several marquee acts including: Ratt, Poison, Black Stone Cherry, Cinderella, L.A. Guns and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
They are a band on the rise on MTV2, and with a little luck could become a household name in the glam metal scene before long.
The band has allowed HardRockHideout.com to have a glimpse at their yet unreleased DVD. This disc captures a live show by Rok Hollywood, in which they opened for L.A Guns at the 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis. I was at this show, but due to traffic, I missed all but the last few minutes of the band’s performance. Based on what I have watched on this DVD, Rok Hollywood puts on one hell of a show. This DVD captures several of the Rok Hollywood’s original tracks, and a couple of cover tunes that the band performed live. Singer Shawn Merrill has a voice that falls somewhere between Dave Meniketti and Sebastian Bach. Guitarist David Short proves to be a very solid six stringer. His brother, drummer Daren Short is his equal on the skins. The band is rounded out nicely by guitarist Mike Rubadue, and new bass player, Aaron Lanane.
This DVD is not the finished product, as the band is going to capture more live footage, and interviews etc, to enhance this DVD. It is an entertaining set, and will be a worthy pick up for glam metal fans once the final product is released.
Until then, show Rok Hollywood some love, by checking out their myspace page, and pick up a copy of their CD. Just click on the logo below, or visit www.myspace.com/rokhollywood
DVD Track Listing:
Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll
Your Love is Like A Weapon
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
My Kind of Woman
The glam punk band, the Towers of London has been doing extremely well in the UK, but in the United States, if you mentioned the Towers of London band, you would get the infamous, deer in the headlight look.
It is a shame too, as this band, that was heavily influenced by the New York Dolls, have crafted a disc that was clearly one of the best of 2006.
This disc is quite unlike so much of the rock that I listen to today. This is also the reason why I find the Towers of London so appealing. The Towers of London have a sound that reminds me of the Sex Pistols quite a bit. The tunes on this record are more of the punk variety, but they most definitely rock hard.
As you can see below, the band has several videos for their album, Blood, Sweat, and Towers. I won’t give you a song by song breakdown, but you can hear quite a few of the songs yourself. If you like what you hear and see below, go pick up a copy of the disc today! I like this record, and I think you will too!
On A Noose
Fuck It Up
How Rude She Was
I’m a Rat
For more information on the Towers of London, check them out here.
1. I’m A Rat
2. Air Guitar
3. Kill The Pop Scene
5. Fuck It Up (Acoustic Version)
7. Good Times
8. On A Noose
9. Start Believing
10. Northern Lights
11. I Lose It (BONUS TRACK)
12. Fuck It Up
13. How Rude She Was
14. Son Of A Preacher (BONUS TRACK)
15. Seen It All
Towers of London is:
Donny Tourette – Vocals
Dirk Tourette – Guitars
Tommy Brunette – Bass
The Rev – Lead Guitars
Snell – Drums
Crazy Lixx’s new CD, Loud Minority is an album that hair metal fans across the world can rejoice about.
Crazy Lixx has pledged to bring great 80’s style rock back, and with Loud Minority, they have done just that.
I have listened to a lot of new glam CD’s in 2007, and especially during Glam Month at Hard Rock Hideout, and I don’t think there is one that I have enjoyed as much as Loud Minority.
There are some obvious hits on Loud Minority, with Want It, and Heroes are Forever. There isn’t a bad song in the bunch on Loud Minority. Crazy Lixx has formed eleven quality sing along anthems, that will surely appeal to fans of 80’s glam metal. Some of my personal favorites are Hell and High Water, Want It, and Love on the Run.
The video below is the band performing Do or Die live in 2006. The sound isn’t the greatest, but it will give you an idea of what Crazy Lixx sounds like.
I recommend checking out the Crazy Lixx’s myspace page, where you can find a video for their song Want It and additional song samples. If you are a fan of 80’s style glam metal, you need to pick this disc up! This disc is available for purchase online at Swedmetal records.
Rating: Out of 10
- Hell or High Water
- Dr Hollywood
- Want it
- Love on the Run
- Make Ends Meet
- Death Row
- Heroes are Forever
- Do or die
- Pure desire
- The Gambler
Crazy Lixx is:
* D.C. Danny (Dirtychild Danny) – Vocals
* Vic Zino – Guitar
* Joey Cirera – Drums
* Luke Rivano – Bass
2007 has been a great year for rock, and Thanksgiving week has been an exceptional one for heavy metal. First with the great new release Angel Down by Sebastian Bach, and another one called Deadly Sins by Seven Witches featuring New Jersey, Axe shredder Jack Frost.
I must admit that I haven’t heard everything in the Jack Frost discography, but if Deadly Sins wasn’t near the top of the list, I would be greatly surprised.
This disc has everything a metalhead could possibly want: killer guitar work by Jack Frost, soaring vocals/screams by Alan Tecchio, and an excellent rhthym section featuring the heavy bass licks of Kevin Bolembach, and the pounding double bass drums by Troll .
There are some additional guest musicians on this disc, including the bass work of Armored Saint’s Joey Vera and Clint Arent from Pain Museum, and growled vocals of Hades’ Dave Lescinsky.
Seven Witches have crafted a fine metal cd, and one that will be getting lots of play by me in the following months. If you are a fan of bands like Armored Saint, Dream Evil or Judas Priest, you need to check out this disc.
You can preview four of the new tracks below. If you like what you hear, go get this record. It is available in most major retail outlets!
Seven Witches current lineup is:
Alan Tecchio – Vocals
Kevin Bolembach – Bass
Jack Frost – Guitars
Jeff Curenton – Drums
12 Years Coming have been compared on their myspace to Motley Crue meets Guns n Roses. I’m not hearing Motley Crue but I can definitely hear the GnR influences here. ‘I Want You (On Me)’ sounds a bit like GnR in an ‘It’s So Easy’ kind of way, although I’m not saying this song is good, because it isn’t! It sounds like some amateur garage band demo. Thankfully things get a bit better from here on in.
‘Open Book’ is a great ballad and it’s not sappy, has nice lyrics and is probably the best song on this EP. ‘Shut Up’ is a good rocker with the likable sleazy words to match the sound. There isn’t a lot to say about the rest of the tunes except they go along in the same vein. Straight forward, basic, no frills rock, although they all sound similar and it gets a little boring fairly quickly.
12 Years Coming have an almost southern-fried kind of blues/rock ballsy edge to them, with a bit of a sprinkle of Junkyard. Singer Joe Riley has the kind of voice I like, not too polished and perfect, it’s a bit raspy, gritty and raw around the edges, it’s just the song writing is lacking some oomph.
This is nothing especially exceptional here and 12 Years Coming are not reinventing the wheel, its fairly average pub rock. Crack open your favourite beer and give it a taste for yourself. Check out 12 Years Coming, at their myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- I Want You (On Me)
- One Night Stand
- Open Book
- Show Me
- Shut Up
- Take Me Down
12 Years Coming is:
Joe Riley – vocals
Bart Overturf – guitar/vocals
J – bass/vocals
Rob Philippi – drums
Reviewed by Tania
A Twisted Christmas captures a great live show by the band, in which Twisted Sister performed several of their big hits, as well as a few tunes off of their 2006 Christmas CD, A Twisted Christmas.
Twisted Sister is one of the few bands from the 80’s era of rock that I never managed to see live, so I thoroughly enjoyed this performance. The band sounds great live, and the concert was a high energy show that the crowd in New Jersey really got into.
Before 2006, Hard Rock fans only had Trans Siberian Orchestra to go to for some harder rocking Christmas tunes. Thank Goodness for Santa Dee and his twisted little elves for bringing this hard rock Christmas DVD.
When you are out spending your hard earned cash on Black Friday, and need something to get you in the mood for Christmas, pick up Twisted Sister’s A Christmas Live DVD, and have yourself a Heavy Metal Christmas!
On a side note, the DVD has some pretty cool extras including the following videos:
I enjoyed this disc, and I think you will to! Go Get it!
DVD Track Listing:
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- Shoot ‘em Down
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- The Fire Still Burns
- You Can’t Stop Rock & Roll
- White Christmas
- The Price
- Oh Come All Ye Faithful
- I’ll Be Home For Christmas
- Burn In Hell
- Silver Bells
- I Wanna Rock
- Heavy Metal Christmas (The 12 Days Of Christmas)
- We’re Not Gonna Take It
- Oh Come All Ye Faithful (music video)
- Oh Come All Ye Faithful (animated video)
- Heavy Metal Christmas (The 12 Days Of Christmas) (Originally filmed for Gametap)
- Exclusive Interviews
- Mendoza’s Choir (background singers for O Come All Ye Faithful)
Twisted Sister is:
Dee Snider – Vocals
Jay Jay French – Guitars
Eddie Ojeda – Guitars
Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza – Bass
A.J. Pero – Drums
The band has toured clubs across the U.S. and Europe, growing their fan base across the way.
Thier debut effort Armed & Hammered is a short one. Clocking in just shy of 29 minutes in length.
This CD will immerse you in a punk/sleaze mixture with catchy tunes and ripping guitar solos that will please most hard rock fans. Tattoed Millionaires have a sound that I would describe as The Sex Pistols meets Kiss. It sounds like a kooky combination, but it works! It is a throwback sound to 70’s glam, and that is totally fine with me.
It seems that more and more bands are discovering the true roots of glam, and Tattooed Millionaires truly deliver the goods with Armed & Hammered!
Fans of bands like Hanoi Rocks, and The Gypsy Pistoleros need to give Tattooed Millionaires a chance too. This is a great glam rock disc worth checking out!
For more info on Tattooed Millionaires, check them out here!
Here is the band performing the T.Rex song, 20th Century Boy Live! Enjoy!
Rating:Out of 10
- Teenage Love
- I Just Want the Drugs
- Laid in the U.S.A.
- Freedom To Rock
- All I Want Is You
- Next Big Thing
- Gimme Good Head
- Dance To The Sound
- Rock & Roll Heart
Tattooed Millionaires are:
Johnny Jetson Vocals/Bass
Justin Sandler – Drums
Nick – Guitar
Former Skid Row singer, Sebastian Bach blazes the comeback trail with his first new album since his collaboration on the Frameshift disc from 2005.
Not only is this an exciting return for Bach, but it is also one for Axl Rose. This disc features 3 songs with Guns ‘N Roses frontman. These are the first new tunes available (bootlegs don’t count) with Axl Rose since his work with Alice Cooper on the 1999 Box Set, The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper.
When Bach’s first mainstream success in 1989 with the first Skid Row album, there was no doubt that they were part of the whole Glam Metal scene. With Skid Row’s 2nd release, Slave To The Grind, they moved toward a more heavy metal sound. In my opinion, Angel Down carries on where Slave to the Grind left off.
Why mention this during Glam Month? This glam metal star has crafted what is possibly the best hard rock record of 2007. Bach has brought in some pretty good players for this record, including Metal Mike Chlasciak, and Bobby Jarzombek from Halford. I have had the pleasure of seeing Chlasciak play live, and his is one hell of a guitar shredder. Jarzombek and his pounding double bass drums is his equal on the drums. The band is rounded out by former Iced Earth bassist Steve DiGiorgio and Johnny Chromatic on guitar.
Roy Z. produced this disc, and like most recordings he touches, Angel Down is a well produced, great sounding disc from beginning to end.
Most of the tracks on Angel Down, were written by Sebastian Bach, but he did have a little help from Roy Z, Axl Rose and Desmond Child. Most importantly, his bandmates wrote a lot of the music. This wasn’t a bunch of hired hands playing Sebastian’s music. This was a complete band output.
Sebastian Bach has been a fan favorite of several years now. Those of you that thought Bach couldn’t sing anymore, are about to be proved wrong in a major way. Bach’s voice soars on this disc. Everything from the screams to the higher pitched songs, he does it all, and does it quite well.
Not every song on Angel Down is perfect, but it is one of the best classic metal discs to be released not only in 2007, but quite possibly this decade. This record has some extremely heavy numbers with tracks like American Metalhead and Negative Light. It also has a couple of tracks Falling Into You, and By Your Side that could have been at home on the first Skid Row record. It is going to be quite hard for me to listen to anything else for a while after hearing this record. This is a fucking great record, and it will be near the top of my best of list at the end of 2007. I can only hope that Bach will put out more quality releases like Angel Down in the future.
Do yourself a favor and go buy this record today!
Rating: Out of 10
1 Angel Down
2 You Don’t Understand
3 Back in the Saddle
4 (Love Is) A Bitchslap
5 Stuck Inside
6 American Metalhead
7 Negative Light
8 Live & Die
9 By Your Side
10 Our Love Is a Lie
11 Take You Down with Me
12 Stabbin’ Daggers
13 You Bring Me Down
14 Falling into You
Sebastian Bach band is:
Sebastian Bach – Vocals
Mike Chlasciak – Guitars
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Steve DiGiorgio – Bass
In January of 2007, UK rockers Gypsy Pistoleros released their first full length disc, Wild, Beautiful, Damned.
The band open the eye of a lot of people, and gained a whole new fan base with their appearance in the Rocklahoma Music Festival.
The Pistoleros mix a little bit of flamenco into their sleazy, glam tunes. The band has a sound that I would call a cross between the punk of The Sex Pistols and the glam of Hanoi Rocks and maybe a dash of early 80’s Motley Crue. The influences are definitely strong in the music, but one thing is for certain, Wild, Beautiful, Damned rocks! This CD sounds like a party waiting to happen….just add tequila. I have quite a few favorites on this record including the tunes: Forever Is Para Siempre, Moonchild and Un Hombre Sin Rostro, Pistolero.
You won’t hear a new glam record that is more unique than this one. It is a very solid effort, and is a disc for all glam fans to check out!
2008 could be a big year for the the Gypsy Pistoleros. They have been invited back to Rocklahoma in 2008, and are releasing their 2nd CD, Para Siempre soon. If it is as good as this release, the band will take the world by storm!
Check out the Gypsy Pistoleros on their myspace page here: http://www.myspace.com/gypsypistoleros
Rating:Out of 10
1. Crazy Loco Loquito
2. Un Hombre Sin Rostro, Pistolero
3. Forever Is Para Siempre
4. What’s It Like To Be A Girl In The House Of 1000 Dolls
5. Una Para Todo Es Bandido!
6. Senor Mangi Acqui
8. Switchblade Kiss Comes Close
9. Jet, Jet, Jet Boys
10. Shotgun Kiss Is Ay Que Dolor
11. 1-2-3-4 Kiss Me Then I’M Damned For Sure
The Gypsy Pistoleros are:
Until recently, I have not heard any Bobaflex tunes so I had no expectations when I first listened to this disc. Much to my surprise, I found a very strong record that mixes a little bit of southern rock, with heavy metal. I instantly compared Bobaflex to some of the other stand out bands of a similar vein that I have been listening too quite often, Black Stone Cherry and The Showdown.
There is a definite modern feel to this record, and this is definitely radio ready rock. My favorite cuts on this disc are the super heavy Sellout, the hard rocking tune Born Again, the excellent headbanging tune, Need A Drink and the balladesque Home.
Tales from Dirt Town is an extremely solid metal record, and one for today’s hard rock fans to check out. You can check out three of Bobaflex’s new tunes at this link.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Born Again
3. That Old Speed
5. Need A Drink
7. Be With You
8. I Still Believe
10. One Bad Day
Thomas Johnson – Drums
Mike Steele – Guitar
Shaun McCoy – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Martin McCoy – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jerod Mankin – Bass guitar
Australian band, The Deadthings proclaim themselves to be Australia’s No. 1 glam band. If their look is anything to go by they are off to a good start! There is no doubt these guys have a fantastic image and style that we glam fans appreciate. They look dynamite, complete with lots of hairspray and ghoulish makeup.
‘Dead Over Heels’ follows on from their previous albums ‘When Hell Sleazes Over’ and ‘Who Killed Holly Would’ – you just have to love the titles to these – and the song monikers are similarly inventive and death related. Lyrically they are very refreshing and clever. Lyrics full of blood, death, sex all done tongue in cheek style. While their previous releases were quite punk influenced, ‘Dead Over Heels’ is going in a more 80s sleazy hair metal direction.
Stand out tracks: ‘Christine’s Curse’ complete with a spooky sounding start. ‘Devil with an Angel’s Kiss’ is pure glam metal and sure to be a crowd pleaser. ‘Crimson Rain’, another fantastic song title and again this has killer metaphoric lyrics. The Real Life cover of ‘Send me an Angel’ is a rocky and good rendition, although the backing vocals could use a bit more punch. This music is like Tigertailz meets Black ‘N Blue.
My only complaint is that this album really doesn’t do The Deadthings justice and that is because of the poor quality of the production. It sounds thin and sometimes tinny. I’d love to hear these great songs with bigger backing, a heavier production style and some polish. It would turn a good release into something great.
The Deadthings have built a strong live following and have had rave reviews about their live performance by putting on a highly visual show that not only sounds good, is fun to watch. Be sure to check them out if get the chance. A band with great potential and one to keep an eye on.
Check them out at the following link: http://myspace.com/thedeadthings
Rating: Out of 10
- Another Nail in the Coffin
- Christine’s Curse
- Evil with An Angel’s Kiss
- She’s a Whore
- Send me an Angel
- Sister Suicide
- Crimson Rain
- Murder City
- Love Lies Bleeding
- Kill for Thrills
The Deadthings are:
Julez Mephisto – vocals
Leigh van Hell – rhythm guitar
Dave Scythe – lead and acoustic guitars
Nikk Murder – drums
Trixxi Trash – bass
Reviewed by Tania
The Donnas may not consider themselves part of the glam scene today. One look at the picture below, and a single listen to Bitchin‘ and you will quickly discover that the four girls from L.A. have created a sound and a look that will appeal to most Glam fans!
Usually, I bypass rock bands fronted by female lead singers. It isn’t because of chauvinistic reasons. It is because time and time again, I have been disappointed by releases with bands fronted with women. Their have been many exceptions to the rule, but as of late, I haven’t found any bands that got their hooks into me as much as The Donnas have.
On this record, you will find a bunch of catchy upbeat tunes that have a distinct Joan Jett feel, with a dash of Lita Ford 80’s pop metal thrown in for good measure. Bitchin’ isn’t a heavy sounding record by any means, but has a hard enough edge that will make it palatable to a lot of hard rock fans. You won’t find much filler material on Bitchin’. Most songs are sing-a-long anthems that grab you on the first listen.
As a bonus for a limited time, when you buy the CD, their is a bonus code inside for a downloadable song called Randi. This isn’t a throw away song either. It is actually pretty good. It is a nice little extra for those that decide to pick this disc up.
The Bottom line is, Bitchin’ is a great disc, and one that is going to see a lot of play from me in the weeks to follow. The Donnas rock, and are well worth checking out! You can preview four tracks at the Donnas’ myspace page. Go check them out!
2. Don’t Wait Up For Me
4. What Do I Have To Do
5. Save Me
6. Like An Animal
7. Here For The Party
8. Better Off Dancing
9. Love You Til It Hurts
10. Smoke You Out
11. Girl Talk
12. Give Me What I Want
13. Tonights Alright
14. When The Show Is Over