With so much great sleazy glam rock coming out of Sweden it’s a pleasant change to find something like this coming from the US. I’m not sure where to start with this delicious sleazy offering from Californian band, Dirty Penny. If I compiled a list of my top CDs for 2007 this would be high at the top of that list.
Think Crashdiet leaning more towards the dirty side of sleaze.
Things start off in suitably suggestive style with the first track “Midnight Ride” and follow with tunes that are all perfect slabs of glam rock just the way it should be. At first I thought “Black n’ Blue” was a bit out of place on this, it’s almost jazz rock n’ roll but even that fits. “Vendetta” is probably the cream of the crop. Hell, all of these songs are gems. The disc closes with an acoustic version of Sleeze Disease. It’s a fantastic rendition and sounds like a completely different song to the heavier version.
Binge Daniels has a voice made for this type of music, the backing vocals are massive and the hooks huge.
If you are looking for lyrics that resemble complex rocket science, you won’t find it here. The lyrics are simple and sometimes cheesy, (“Take a Bite” being a classic example of this) but perfect for what this music is about. “Scream and Shout” may be the exception to the cliché lyrics that the rest of the tunes have; but this kind of rock is meant to be mindless, sexy and fun and Dirty Penny deliver exactly that.
Although nothing is perfect, I can’t find a filler or dud song on this. This is worth every Dirty Penny you have and simply a must have for sleaze rock lovers. Absolutely killer.
Rating:Out of 10
Dirty Penny is:
Binge Daniels – vocals
Jonny Prince – guitar
Tyno Vincent – bass
Spanky Savage – drums
Produced, mixed and engineered by Johnny Lima.
Reviewed by Tania
I have been looking forward to the new Lizzy Borden disc for a while. As soon as I seen some of the guest musicians giving Lizzy a hand on this disc (George Lynch, Dave Meniketti, Ira Black), I knew without a doubt I would pick this up. There hasn’t been a ton of hype about this release, so my only hope going in, is that Appointment With Death with this record is that it would surprass the last Lizzy Borden effort, Deal With The Devil.
In 2007, Lizzy Borden returns with a new band, and a brand new look that will scare your grandparents.
Appointment With Death is a concept album, but that shouldn’t scare you away. This release is pure heavy metal.
Lizzy’s voice hasn’t changed one bit. He can still hit those high pitched notes with ease. He is in fine vocal form on this record. Ira Black’s guitar work is a definite upgrade for this Lizzy Borden fan’s ears. His chugging guitar riffs combined with Marten Anderssen’s heavy bass work, and Joey Scott’s excellent skin bashing seem to compliment each other quite well.
There are two or three cuts that I couldn’t get into very much but I do have some early favorites. The title track, Appointment With Death, is a hard driving tune that I want to keep playing over and over. Live Forever is a metal beast that is forcing its way into my head whether I like it or not. I am a sucker for guitar solos, and Bloody Tears is a metal anthem that has a lot of excellent guitar work. Tomorrow Never Comes has an Iron Maiden type of guitar sound to it, and has catchy lyrics that get into your head quickly. Under Your Skin is quite possibly the most modern sounding metal track on this record. This is a good song that could have some hit potential. Somethin’s Crawlin is the perfect Halloween Anthem. This song kind of reminds me of something that Alice Cooper would do, and that is quite cool. (We Are) The Only Ones has great sing along quality and neck-snapping, head-banging quality.
Is Appointment With Death Lizzy Borden’s best work? If it isn’t, it is very close! This is the kind of disc that will take multiple listens to fully absorb and appreciate. The songs are well written, and the music is a step above any heavy metal discs that have been released recently. It is a very solid metal offering, and is one that should appeal to Lizzy fans every where. Go Get It!
2. Appointment With Death
3. Live Forever
4. Bloody Tears
5. The Death of Love
6. Tomorrow Never Comes
7. Under Your Skin
8. Perfect World (I Don’t Wanna Live)
9. Somthin’s Crawlin
10. (We Are) The Only Ones
11. Darker Side
Lizzy Borden is:
Lizzy Borden – vocals
Joey Scott – Drums
Ira Black – Guitars
Marten Anderssen – Bass
Special Guests Include:
George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch mob)
Dave Meniketti (Y & T)
Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain)
Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel)
Michael T. Ross (Angel/Hardline)
Everyone that caught their live show has been clamoring for Endeverafter’s new disc. I am happy to say that the new CD, Kiss or Kill was definitely worth the wait.
Kiss or Kill is a hard rock disc that plays off of style of Endeverafter’s influences which include Aerosmith, Guns ‘N Roses, and Motley Crue.
Michael Grant’s rifftastic guitar playing is certainly the highlight here, but Endeverafter is an extremely tight unit, and the songs on Kiss or Kill are very satisfying.
I have listened to Kiss or Kill at least 4 times, and each time, I seem to like this disc a little more than the last. This CD is already in my current top 10, and I would not be surprised to find it in the Hard Rock Hideout Top 10 List of 2007. There isn’t a bad song on this record, and not a single track felt like filler material to me. My favorite cuts are I Wanna Be Your Man, Baby,Baby,Baby, Poison, and Tip of My Tongue.
Watch the videos below, then run, don’t walk, to pick up your new copy of Kiss or Kill. It is in stores everywhere today! You won’t be disappointed. This CD Rocks!
I Wanna Be Your Man
Baby, Baby, Baby
Rating:Out of 10
1. I Wanna Be Your Man
2. Baby 3x
3. Gotta Get Out
5. Next Best Thing (Guest Vocal Butch Walker)
6. Tip Of My Tongue
7. Road To Destruction
8. All Night
10. From The Ashes Of Sin
11. Long Way Home
Michael Grant – Vocals / Lead Guitar
Tommi Andrews – Bass
Kristan Mallory – Guitar
Eric Humbert – Drums
On this new release, Bo saw the light and got out of his American Idol contract, and put out a rock record in the style he wanted.
On this record, you will not find tunes written by Bon Jovi. Tom Keifer didn’t produce any of the tunes. No help from AI trusted pop song writers are present on this disc. This is pure Bo Bice. He wrote the songs himself, and enlisted a little help from producer Frank Liddell to craft ten tunes of pure rock goodness.
See The Light is not a hard rock record by any means, but is a good rock record the falls somewhere in between the Rolling Stones and The Eagles. Chances are if you like Classic Rock from the 70’s, you are going to find a lot to enjoy on See The Light.
The tunes are well written, the guitar work by Bice and Philip Shouse is very good. Bice also enlists the help of keyboardist Thomas Lee, who plays some guitar and keyboards. Thomas is no strange to Bice fans, as he has accompanied Bo on his 2006 tour.
I already have several favorite cuts on this disc including Witness, Got Money and Whiskey, Women & Time. My wife and I, saw Bo Bice and his band Sugar Money perform Got Money in February of 2006, at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. I have been clamoring to get my hands on a copy of that tune for over a year now. I am overjoyed to find it here.
Whiskey, Women & Time, and Sinner in a Sin are both tunes that were only available on the Dual Disc DVD side of Bo’s debut effort, The Real Thing. Both songs are concert staples, that I have heard Bice perform several times. The versions of these songs are far better and have a different arrangement than the versions on that record, so they don’t feel like rehashed songs at all. These are well written, and time tested tunes. Bo Bice fans that have seen him live, already love these songs. Chances are, new fans will too!
As a whole, the songs on See the Light surpass those on the debut disc in just about every way possible. If you haven’t ever given Bo Bice a chance because he was on American Idol, now is the best time to jump on board and see what Bo Bice is all about. You can find this disc at Wal-mart stores everywhere.
The video below, is for the first single “Witness”! Enjoy the video and go get your own copy today!
Rating: Out of 10
The Musicians on See the Light are:
Bo Bice – Vocals, guitar, mandolin
Philip Shouse – Guitar
Thomas Lee – Keyboards and guitar
Glenn Worff – Bass Guitar
Steve Gorman – Drums
Ike Bartley – Saxophone
Miles McPherson – Lap Steel, Mandolin
Dan Dugmore – Dobro, Harmonica, 12 String Guitar
After one listen to the debut effort by United Kingdom’s hard rockers, Redline, I wish I could pack my bags and move to Europe to start up a new Hard Rock Record Label. It is mind blowing to me at times, that so many new hard rock bands can reproduce that great style of ’80’s hard rock. Too many new bands are not getting the exposure they deserve and Redline is one of them!
Redline has a sound that is well rooted in 80’s hard rock. Singer Liam Doherty has a sound that is similar to C.J. Snare from Firehouse, but this band rocks as hard as Lynch era Dokken. Does the sound work? You bet it does!
Ignition rocks hard all the way through, and there isn’t a bad song in the bunch! “King of the Mountain” starts Ignition off right with a good head banging tune that will put a smile on the face of most hard rock fans. By the time you get done listening to “No Limits” and “Twistin’ The Knife”, you may have to put the CD on pause and go find yourself a neck brace.
Lucky for you, the band slows it down with the highly enjoyable ballad “Cold Silence“.
The pace picks back up with “High Price to Pay” and bewilders your senses right through the final cut “Ride“.
I love this CD, and I think both new rock fans and 80’s hard rock fans are going to love this disc! You can pick up a copy of Ignition and preview the tracks through CDBaby. For more information on Redline, check out their myspace page here.
Here is the promotional clip for King of the Mountain. The version on the CD sounds even better than this one.
Rating: Out of 10
- King of the Mountain
- No Limits
- Twistin’ The Knife
- Cold Silence
- High Price to Pay
- Some Kinda’ Mean
- Straight Between the Eyes
- Coast To To Coast
- Heaven’s Gate
Liam Doherty – Vocals
A.D. – Guitars
Martin Orum – Bass
Mark Biddiscombe – Drums
I recently reacquired a brand new copy of this disc for a mere $6.00 and was shocked to have found it. It is pretty hard to find in 2007.
The band was creating and performing great hard rock music, when it was pretty unpopular.
They have been fairly quiet since their last release, Ignite in 2001, but are rumored to be taking the stage in Rocklahoma 2008.
If you like great hard party rock, then you need to check out Hair of the Dog’s self titled debut from 1998. On this disc, I can hear the influence of Ted Nugent and Aerosmith in the bands’ music. Ryan Cook’s slide guitar is a nice addition to the hard rockin’ tunes.
Even though this disc doesn’t come close to capturing the energy of the band’s amazing live show, it is definitely worth spinning today.
Some of the stand out tracks are Cadillac Jack, Whiskey Tango, Alone and The Party Ain’t Over.
You can check out a few of the band’s tunes at their myspace page. If you can find a copy, I recommend picking this one up!
Rating:Out of 10
- Cadillac Jack
- Whiskey Tango
- Sweet Lady Vegas
- As I Am
- Southern Cock
- The Party Ain’t Over
- Satin Girl
- Killin’ Heart
If you are a fan of the band Creed, then Alter Bridge probably needs no introduction. Alter Bridge consists of 3 former members of platinum recording artist Creed, and ex-Mayfield Four singer, Myles Kennedy.
With the new CD Blackbird, not only has the band crafted their finest work since the breakup of Creed, but they have also created what could be one of the best new hard rock records of 2007. Yes, It really is that good!
Blackbird starts off with a crushing rocker, Ties That Bind. This song sets the stage immediately for what I knew was going to be an incredible listening experience.
Come To Life has a cool groove, a heavy bass line, sing along lyrics, and killer guitar work. GREAT!!
The pace slows down a bit with Brand New Start. Myles Kennedy excellent voice shines almost as much as his guitar work on this track. More Great Stuff!
I have listened to Buried Alive a few times now and this song hasn’t impressed me as much as some of the others. It is slowly growing on me.
Coming Home has a very heavy bass line. This is another headbanging track that has a Tool like feel about it. Cool!
Before Tomorrow Comes will be a monster radio hit! This song is exactly the type of tune that Creed had some hits off. Soaring vocals and sing along lyrics. I love this song!
Rise Today is the first single and video from Blackbird. If you like this song, you are going to love this disc. This was the first song that I heard, and I knew that I had to hear more after listening to this one. Check out the video below:
Blackbird is the longest song on this disc, clocking in at nearly 8 minutes in length. This is like 2 or 3 songs wrapped up in one. At times, it has a stoner rock like feel, but then the music slows down, and Myles Kennedy’s voice takes off. The guitars really howl on this track. This is an extremely cool song that does not feel too long. In fact, you will find yourself replaying this one to pick up on things that you didn’t catch the first time around. Amazing!
The bass riff that starts off on One By One sounds like something that Tony Iommi would write. The song itself has a slightly darker feel to it, but once again the voice of Myles Kennedy powers this song to new heights. This song has some hit potential.
Watch Over You slows the tempo back down again. At this point Myles Kennedy has me saying Scott who? This guy has a killer voice!
Break Me Down is a song that I think could have had much more potential with a little different arrangement on the music. It is still a solid tune though.
White Knuckles is one of the heavier songs on Blackbird. Be prepared to headbang to this one!
Wayward One is a mid tempo, moody sounding song. It is a solid track, but not the strongest one on Blackbird. I probably would have mixed this song higher in the playing order, but that is just my personal taste.
Don’t even hesitate in picking this disc up! Blackbird is nothing short of a brilliant listening experience. You don’t even have to take my word for it! Alter Bridge have launched a special listening party for their fans a chance to check out the album in its entirety. Click this link to listen to Blackbird in its entirety. Warning…..you will be heading to store to purchase this one, if you take the time out to preview it!
1. Ties That Bind
2. Come To Life
3. Brand New Start
4. Buried Alive
5. Coming Home
6. Before Tomorrow Comes
7. Rise Today
10. Watch Over You
11. Break Me Down
12. White Knuckles
13. Wayward One
Alter Bridge is:
Myles Kennedy – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Mark Tremonti – Guitar and Backing Vocals
Brian Marshall – Bass
Scott Phillips – Drums
Swedish rock band, The Babylon Bombs have released their 2nd video, “Hometown Hero“, off of their album, Doin’ You Nasty. (Available now through Impulse Music.) Check it out!
The band had a bunch of leftover songs in the Godsmack writing sessions and thus Another Animal was born.
Another Animal also features the perilous pipes of former Ugly Kid Joe singer, Whitfield Crane.
It has been quite a while since I have heard Whitfield Crane sing, and I must admit that after hearing this CD, it made me want to seek out the W.C. discology. Whitfield’s voice is in top form here.
Broken Again is the first single off of this record, and if you have checked it out at the previous article at the Hard Rock Hideout, then you already know it is killer stuff. Chances are if you like the song Broken, Again you are going to love this CD.
Some of my other favorite cuts off this record are Left Behind, Black Coffee Blues and Fade Away. Fade Away is the least heavy song on this record, but Whit Crane’s voice really shines on this tune. This is going to be a massive hit for the band with a little bit of luck.
If you are a Godsmack fan, you are going to enjoy this disc. Fans of Whitfield Crane out to check this disc out as well!
For more information on Another Animal, check out their website here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Find A Way
- Distant Signs
- Broken Again
- Before The Fall
- Left Behind
- The Beast Within
- The Thin Line
- Black Coffee Blues
- Fade Away
The Cult returns in 2007 with a different band lineup. That really shouldn’t surprise anyone. The Cult has more former members than Bang Camaro has singers.
The Cult in 2007 is Ian Astbury vocals, Billy Duffy on lead guitar, John Tempesta on drums, Mike Dimkitch on rhythm guitar, and Chris Wyse on bass guitar.
Personally, I am glad to get some new hard rock tunes by the Cult in 2007. It has been far too long since 2001’s Beyond Good and Evil. There are quite a few stand out tracks on Born Into This including the title track Born Into This, Dirty Little Rockstar, I Assassin, Illuminated and Savages.
Ian Astbury’s vocals are as strong as ever, and Billy Duffy’s playing on this record is excellent.
Check out the Cult at their myspace page here!
Rating: Out of 10
- Born Into This
- Dirty Little Rockstar
- Holy Mountain
- I Assassin
- Tiger In The Sun
- Sound of Destrution
- Gun Culture
Nick Oliveri is no stranger to Ozzfest. He first took the stage in Ozzfest as the bassist for Queens of the Stone Age.
On Dead Planet, Nick handles the lead vocals and bass playing. Nick Oliveri’s razor sharp voice is one that takes a couple of listens to get used to, but I find his sound refreshingly different from so many of the singers that I have listened to as of late.
Mondo Generator has a punk/metal sound that I describe as Motorhead meets Velvet Revolver. The music on Dead Planet is extremely tight. The dual guitars of Ian Taylor and Spud are far better than I could have imagined.
Dead Planet gives you a wide selection of tunes. 17 songs averaging about 3 minutes in length. The cool thing about the short song length on Dead Planet is, if you find a song not to your liking, chances are 3 minutes later you will.
Stand out tracks are All The Way Down, Lie Detector, So High, Take Me Away, and Paper Thin.
I had no expectations when I first listened to this CD, and surprisingly liked this one a lot. If you are a fan of Nick’s former work in Queens of the Stone Age, get Dead Planet, you will love it. If you like the video above, for Lie Detector above, check out Mondo Generator, I think you will like them! You can hear more tracks at the band’s myspace page here.
1. Basket Case
2. I Never Sleep
3. All the Way Down
4. She Only Owns You
5. Lie Detector
6. Mental Hell
7. All Systems Go
8. Like a Bomb
9. So High
11. Take Me Away
12. Life of Sin
13. Paper Thin
14. Sam Hall
15. There She Goes Again
16. Bloody Hammer
17. Sleep the Lie Away
The first thing I noticed is that record seems to be a little bit heavier than the last couple of HIM releases.
On the opening track Venus Doom singer Ville Vallo sings in a much lower range than I am used to. The sound on this song reminds me of Type O Negative with a dash of Black Sabbath.
I actually like Love in Cold Blood a little better than Venus Doom. Valle goes back and forth between his normal vocal range, and the deeper bass parts on this song. The guitar work by Mikko “Linde” Lindström is excellent on this track.
Passion’s Killing Floor is another song has a little bit of a doom metal type of feel. The keyboards on this song by Janne “Burton” Puurtinen gives song a haunting almost eerie feel. Cool Stuff.
Kiss of Dawn is one of the more mainstream sounding tracks on Venus Doom. It is also one of my favorites off of this record. Check out the video below for this song.
Sleepwalking Past Hope is a song that you have to hear to fully appreciate. This song clocks in at over 10 minutes in length. The song has more stoner rock elements, but the keyboards turns this song into something completely different.
Dead Lovers’ Lane is a song that could easily be a radio hit for the band. The chugging guitar riffs really drive this song home. Hopefully rock radio won’t be scared off by the layer of keyboards on this track. I think it is totally cool.
Song or Suicide is a short little throw away track, that is only a little over a minute long.
Bleed Well is the third song on Venus Doom with major hit potential. The snippet below gives you a taste of this great song.
Cyanide Sun is a low tempo, moody sounding number. It is a very strong track, and a good way to close out this record.
Bottom line, Venus Doom is one cool sounding record. Although their are some elements that remind me of other bands that I listen to, Venus Doom is a unique sounding record. It debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 38,637 units sold. I expect that this record could give HIM, their first platinum record with a little bit of luck. If you like the songs in the videos above, go get this!
1. Venus Doom
2. Love in Cold Blood
3. Passion’s Killing Floor
4. Kiss of Dawn
5. Sleepwalking Past Hope
6. Dead Lovers’ Lane
7. Song or Suicide
8. Bleed Well
9. Cyanide Sun
This CD is a cover album of sorts. Leslie West and company have chosen to take on the tunes of Bob Dylan for this record.
You love or hate for this record will likely stem from whether you like Bob Dylan or not. Personally, I have not been a Bob Dylan fan, so I found this record a little more palatable than some. I am not familiar with a lot of Bob Dylan’s songs, so for me, I am hearing these songs for the first time as presented by Mountain.
I like Leslie West’s raspy vocals, and I always enjoy good bluesy hard rock. I don’t know if Mountain does an adequate job on the cover tunes or not, but I like what I hear on this disc well enough to spin this a few times.
On this album, you get a guest appearance by Ozzy Osbourne on the track Masters of War. I am sure this was a trade off for Leslie’s appearance on Ozzy’s Undercover disc. Nonetheless, I enjoy hearing Ozzy here.
Masters of War is a bluesy guitar riff filled disc that I enjoyed to a lesser degree. Is this the best collection of Mountain tunes that I have ever heard? No, but it is a solid effort from Mr. West and company.
This is a disc that will mix well with some of the other southern hard rock discs that I enjoy. Masters of War won’t blow your mind, but if you are a fan of the band, it is certainly worth seeking out.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Masters Of War
2. Serve somebody with
3. Blowin’ In The Wind [heavy]
4. Everything Is Broken
5. Highway 61 Revisited
6. This Heart Of Mine
7. Subterranean Homesick Blues
8. The Times They Are A-changin’
9. Seven Days
10. Mr. Tambourine Man
11. Like A Rolling Stone
12. Blowin’ In The Wind [acoustic]
This band is lead by frontman, Ely Dye , Adriel Garcia (guitar), London (drums), Milo (guitar) and Brady (bass).
City Sleeps has a song on the new CD Soundtrack to Resident Evil: Extinction, and a solid debut CD, Not An Angel that will help usher them into the limelight.
Judging from their first single and video Prototype, this band’s music is primed for radio play, and could easily have some pop and rock crossover hits and some definite mainstream success.
Ely Dye has a vocal range that hits the high notes with ease. At times, I think he could easily match Sting note for note. His soaring vocals grab you on the very first listen.
Prototype, Just Another Day, Not An Angel and Sleep With Me are my early favorites off of this record. The intro and exit tracks Hotel and Check Out are throw away instrumentals, but luckily, there is enough meat in between these songs to make this a record worth checking out. Not An Angel is an upbeat record, and is a lighter than a lot of the artists that I review at the Hard Rock Hideout. I thought this was a new release worth mentioning.
If Alternative Rock is your thing, check out City Sleeps on myspace. If you like what you hear, check out the pre-order offer below!
Something to note for you rockers in or around Atlanta, Georgia!
Starting Tuesday, September 25, get a free concert ticket to see City Sleeps in Atlanta when you pre-order their new album, Not An Angel (out 10/9) from Criminal Records. The concert is at the Masquerade on Friday, October 12, and it is an all-ages show. The first 50 people to pre-order the new CD will get TWO tickets to the show. That’s a new CD plus two concert tickets for a mere $9.99! (A single ticket to the show would cost you $10, plus Ticketmaster fees, of course.) Even if you’re not one of the first 50 people to pre-order Not An Angel, it’s still a good deal for a CD and one ticket.
Rating: Out of 10
3. Just Another Day
4. Not an Angel
5. Walker’s Ridge
6. Ordinary High
7. I Can’t Make You Love Me
10. Be a Man
11. Sleep With Me
12. Check Out
I must admit that Mower is far better than I ever could have expected. Pinpointing the band’s style is a little more difficult than I expected. There are elements of hardcore, a little bit thrash, mixed with a little bit of stoner rock for good measure. Within the songs, I can hear elements of early Metallica fused with Anthrax, Rob Zombie and a small dash of Black Sabbath. The energy in the songs captivates my ears with every spin.
While I release this type of rock may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Mower’s latest CD, Not For You is one worth checking out. My favorite cuts so far are American Psycho, Look Away, U-Turn, Road Rage, and the thrashing cover of California Dreamin’.
Mower is the second metal band that I have heard lately using a dual vocal approach (the first being Atreyu.) The mixture of Brian Sheerin and Dominic Moscatello is a little different than Atreyu’s approach. One singer is all metal, the other is hardcore. It makes for an intersting mix.
Not For You is a short listen. It has 15 songs clocking in at roughly 39 minutes. Most of the songs here are less than 3 minutes in length. To me, it is the shorter length on the songs that makes this disc more listenable. If you like you music on the heavier side, Mower may be an act for you to get a quick Metal fix.
Rating: Out of 10
1. American Psycho
2. Road Rage
3. 10′ X 10′
4. The End
5. Look Away
6. Broken Hands
8. General Admission
11. Not For You
12. L.A. Riot
15. California Dreamin’
If you are a KISS fan of any kind, this CD needs no introduction, you probably own this on multiple formats. For those of you that don’t, keep reading!
KISS Alive may be the most successful live hard rock disc of all time. This Album has sold over 4 million copies since its initial release. Rolling Stone Magazine has this disc listed as one of their Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
While I don’t agree with all of Rolling Stone’s choices, this is one that is a worthy selection.
Is KISS the greatest band of all time? Probably not. Is this the best live CD of all time? It is pretty damn close if it isn’t. The sound quality of this disc, is amazing, especially since it was recorded in ’75. I can listen to this 80 minute set repeatedly without getting bored.
This is truly a once in a lifetime live set, and I think the live energy of the KISS live performance is captured very well here.
If you are a hard rock fan, you owe it to yourself to pick up this excellent 2 disc set!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Watchin’ You
2. 100,000 Years
3. Black Diamond
4. Rock Bottom
5. Cold Gin
6. Rock And Roll All Nite
7. Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
This CD is becoming one of the more rare live recordings that I have come across.
I have been a fan of Black ‘N Blue for a long time, but quite frankly, I don’t think this recording captures the best live show the band has ever done. It does have a few of the bands hits, but it is a short set (less than an hour).
This isn’t a live CD that I will grab for regularly. I prefer the studio cuts over the live version here. This disc turns up on Ebay from time to time, and you can find used copies at amazon. This is a disc that the diehard Black ‘N Blue fans will search for only.
Rating:Out of 10
- Chains Around Heaven
- The Strong Will Rock
- Hold On To 18
- Wicked Bitch
- School of Hard Knocks
- I’m the King
- One For The Money
Black ‘N Blue is:
Jamie St. James – Vocals
Tommy Thayer – Guitar
Jeff Warner- Guitar
Patrick Young – Bass
Pete Holmes – Drums
This CD was recorded live during Jorn’s first concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner on September 16th, 2006.
For those of you that have never checked out Jorn Lande before, Live in America is as good of a place, as any to begin. This double CD set features the incredible vocals of Jorn Lande, and the amazing guitar work of Tore Moren and Jörn Viggo Lofstad (The tandem from the superb 2006 release The Duke) , and also Steinar Krokmo on bass and Willy Bendiksen on drums.
During this set, Jorn covers songs from his releases: The Duke, Unlocking the Past, Out To Every Nation, as well as songs that he did with Beyond Twighlight, and Masterplan plus covers of songs by Deep Purple, Dio, and Whitesnake.
The only downfall with this disc, is its length. The live tunes with solos only last 75 minutes, and with the vast amount of music Jorn has put out over the years, this set could have been well over 2 hours long. There are a couple of nice bonuses however.
There are three studio tracks, the 2007 version of Out to Every Nation, the Black Sabbath cover Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth and Sacrificial Feelings (which was only available previously as a bonus track.) This is nice bonus to a great disc.
The sound quality on Live on America is superb, and the music is excellent. One listen to this set and you will quickly realize the amazing musicians Jorn Lande has in his band. The excellent musicianship plus the amazing vocals of Jorn Lande makes this a live collection that should appeal to most 80’s hard rock fans. (Jorn Lande fans probably already own this). If you are a fan of live hard rock music, DO NOT MISS Live in America!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Godless And Wicked
4. Perfect Strangers
5. Gonna Find The Sun
6. Whitesnake Medley: Come On/Sweet Talker/Crying In The Rain/Here I Go Again/Give Me All Your Love
7. Out To Every Nation (2007 Version Studio Track)
8. Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth (Studio Track)
9. Sacrificial Feelings (Bonus Studio Track)
The live show was recorded on March 30th, 2007. Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio has never sounded better.
I saw the Cincinnati show of the first leg of the Heaven and Hell tour, and the set was quite similar to the one on this two disc set. I consider that concert one of the best that I have seen, and this CD is an excellent representation of the great show that I saw that night.
The main focus of this set are the three CD’s that Black Sabbath released with Ronnie James Dio: Heaven and Hell, The Mob Rules and Dehumanizer. There are also two new songs, The Devil Cried and Shadow of the Wind, that were released earlier in the year from Black Sabbath: The Dio years.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to catch Heaven and Hell live, this CD is one that you will not want to miss. 65 or not, Ronnie James Dio is still singing as good as he ever has in 2007. The combined force of Tommi Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Vinnie Appice on drums is not one to be missed.
The sound quality on this disc is superb, and the music is fantastic. If you are a Black Sabbath fan, you need to buy this must own 2 CD set!
1. Computer God
2. Falling Off the Edge Of the World
3. Shadow Of the Wind
4. Die Young
5. Heaven And Hell
6. Lonely Is the Word
7. Neon Knights
There were two different versions of this record released. One version in the UK and Canada, and another in the United States.
The U.S. version added John Sykes as a third guitar player over Mel Galley and Micky Moody. The ultra slick U.S. version focused less on the keyboards of Jon Lord, and is more centered around John Sykes playing.
To me, the U.S. album is the perfect set up for the band’s monstrous 1987 album.
This album is full of stadium ready anthems. Slide It In, Slow An’ Easy, and Love Ain’t No Stranger are all excellent songs that band continues to perform live today. Other favorites of mine from this album are, Hungry For Love, Spit It Out, and Standing In the Shadow.
This album made me a lifetime John Sykes, and David Coverdale fan, and more importantly, a Whitesnake fan.
Slide It In is an album that is often over looked by its ultra popular successor in 1987, but is a record that should not be missed!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Slide It In
2. Slow An’ Easy
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. All Or Nothing
6. Guilty of Love
7. Hungry for Love
8. Give Me More Time
9. Spit It Out
10. Standing In The Shadow
No Fuel Left For the Pilgrims is a late 80’s classic that has been out of print for years.
I once owned this on cassette, and have not been able to track this one down again until now.
This band was wrongly lumped into the hair metal category, and even had a couple of videos on the MTV Head Banger’s Ball.
If you put AC/DC into a blender, added the funk of the Electric Boys, and maybe a little bit of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, and hit puree, you might get something that sounds something like D*A*D. This is a cool CD with some funky rock tunes.
The gruff vocals of Jesper Binzer compliment the heavy and sometimes steel guitar licks of his brother Jacob. It is one of the more unique sounding CD’s of the late 80’s, and a worthy pick up in 2007. Check it out!
For more information on D*A*D, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
One of the nicer surprises in 2007, is the debut release by Detroit rockers, Ugly.
I had my first taste of Ugly in 2007, when they performed live in during the Labor day riverfest celebration in Cincinnati. I liked the live show so much, it only made sense to check out their new CD.
Much like the band’s live show, this CD does not disappoint! This is a hard rock CD with a great classic rock feel. There are great vocals, guitar solos and plenty of rocking drum beats to get your blood pumping.
24 Hours sounds like it was shot out of rock and roll cannon. This song will grab most listeners on the very first play.
Pusher keeps the party going. The cowbell drumming of Donnie Highland really turns the energy up on this track and makes this a fun song to listen to.
Friday Night (In the City) is a solid track with major radio potential. The background vocals of bassist Frank Green and Kevin McCreery, greatly enhances the playability of this song.
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll was the first song that I heard by Ugly. I liked this song enough to check the band out, and I am glad I did. This song kicks ass! Check out the video below!
Son is a low tempo bluesy number that has to be listened to to be fully appreciated.
Social Keeper is an upbeat rocker that has all of the swagger of an AC/DC song. Great Stuff! I took a video of the band performing this song in Cincinnati, check it out!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love the song, Driving Me Under. Kevin McCreery’s smoking guitar licks and the overall sing along quality of this song has made this one of my favorite tunes on this record.
Idea is another song that I first heard Ugly perform in Cincinnati. This is another good sleaze filled rocker.
Washed Out has an almost Beatlesque feel to it. The sound of this track was completely unexpected, but totally cool.
The Cats Ass has a killer groove, and a Guns ‘N Roses sleezy vibe about it.
Everything is a mid tempo ballad with monster radio potential.
Everytime I listen to The Train it reminds of the same style of bluesy rock that Aerosmith is famous for. This is an exceptional track to close this record out with.
The shredding guitars of Kevin McCreery, and Geo Teubl’s excellent vocal delivery really drives these hard rocking tunes home. At times, Geo reminds me of The Cult’s Ian Astbury, and that is very cool indeed! Producer Rick Parashar (Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, 3 Doors Down) did a bang up job with this CD. The production quality on this disc is top notch. This is a energetic disc full of hard-driving, sleazy good tunes that will put a big smile on your face. The tunes are so good, they are Ugly!
If the rock gods are kind, the whole world will know about Ugly before long. You can get on board by now by pre-ordering Ugly’s new CD through Rock Ridge Music.com for a mere $8.99. At this price, it is a steal. Go buy it today!
For more information on Ugly, stop by the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
- 24 Hours
- Friday Night (In the City)
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
- Social Keeper
- Driving Me Under
- Washed Out
- The Cats Ass
- The Train
Holy Diver is the debut by DIO, which features Vivian Campbell on Guitar, Black Sabbath band mate, Vinny Appice on drums and Jimmy Bain on bass.
To this listener, Holy Diver will always be a timeless metal classic. Ronnie James Dio’s ultra powerful vocals alone, make this a disc for all metalheads to check out. Vivian Campbell’s playing on this record is nothing short of superb. His playing on Holy Diver is far beyond anything he has done with his current employer, Def Leppard.
Vinny Appice has always been a great metal drummer, and his heavy drum beats on this record are nothing short of perfect!
The songs Holy Diver and Rainbow in the Dark, are still two of the biggest rock anthems that Ronnie James Dio has ever sung.
Some other favorite cuts of mine off of this disc, are Stand Up and Shout and Don’t Talk to Strangers.
Ronnie James Dio has been, and forever will be one of my favorite metal singers. I have followed his career since the Elf days, and Holy Diver is still one of my favorite records by Ronnie and company.
If you don’t own this record….what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this Classic Metal record!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Stand Up and Shout
2. Holy Diver
4. Caught in the Middle
5. Don’t Talk to Strangers
6. Straight Through the Heart
8. Rainbow in the Dark
9. Shame on the Night
I haven’t listened to Supagroup before, so I didn’t know what to expect.
After listening to Rules a couple of times, I can safely say they fit into the Classic Rock mold. They have a party rock sound that is similar to, but not the same as AC/DC.
This disc is filled with high speed to mid-tempo, 3 chord mayhem that will get you on your feet rocking.
Let’s Go (Get Wasted) is about as big of a party anthem as you are ever going to hear.
Other highlights on this disc include the bluesy, “I’m Gonna Change“, The infectious “Ready To Go”, “Bastard” and “It Takes Balls”.
If you are a fan of AC/DC, Rhino Bucket or Airbourne, Supagroup may be a band for you to check out!
Rules is a solid slab of feel good, hard rock and will whet your appetite for the new disc, Fire for Hire coming at the end of September.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Ready To Go
2. Hot Times
4. Let’s Go (Get Wasted)
5. It Takes Balls
6. Invincible Me
7. I’m Gonna Change
8. One For The Money
9. Ruling (Is Its Own Reward)
10. Hog Wild
11. Rough Edge
I think it is safe to say that this is one of the biggest debut discs by any hard rock band, and is certainly one of the most influential records of all time.
As far as debut’s go, Van Halen has only been outsold by Guns N’ Roses‘, Appetite for Destruction. A Diamond Level in sales (10 Million Copies sold) is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing on this record, changed the face of rock music. Countless guitarists tried to replicate his style of playing over the years, and he continues to influence young guitarists today.
The dynamic front man, David Lee Roth was nothing like anyone else at the scene at the time, and he too has had plenty of imitators over the years.
This record is one that you can listen to from beginning to end. It rocks all the way through. Several of the cuts have been over played on rock radio. Four Singles were released from this record, Running With the Devil, (The Kinks‘ cover) You Really got Me, Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love, and Jamie’s Cryin.
One of my all time favorite Van Halen tunes, is the John Brim cover, Ice Cream Man.
In 2003, Rolling Stone picked this record as one of the greatest rock records of all time. I may not accede with all of their picks, but this is one that I would certainly agree with.
If you don’t own this record, Do NOT pass go, do not collect $200.00. Get you tail to your local record store and pick this up.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Runnin’ With The Devil
3. You Really Got Me
4. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
5. I’m The One
6. Jamie’s Cryin’
7. Atomic Punk
8. Feel Your Love Tonight
9. Little Dreamer
10. Ice Cream Man
11. On Fire
This CD is filled with some great blues filled hard rock. Sadly, this music didn’t fit into the music scene at the time.
Like many of the bands of late 80’s early 90’s era, The War Babies didn’t fit into the grunge scene and disappeared as fast as they showed up. They had minor success with the song Hang Me Up. It received some airplay on MTV, and Z-Rock.
The stand out songs on this disc are Hang Me Up, the acoustic based Cry Yourself To Sleep, the Aerosmith inspired Sweetwater, my personal favorite, Blue Tomorrow and the rocking Satellite.
The War Babies are a band that will likely appeal to fans of Aerosmith, Thunder, Asphalt Ballet and Saigon Kick.
This disc has been out of print for a while. You can find some cheap used copies on EBay and at Amazon.com. It is worth grabbing if you can find it. Happy Hunting!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Hang Me Up
2. In The Wind
3. Cry Yourself To Sleep
5. Sea Of Madness
6. Blue Tomorrow
8. Death Valley Of Love
9. Big Big Sun
10. Killing Time
11. Care (Man I Just Don’t)
Another hot release in 2007 is the new disc Infected by Swiss rockers, Shakra. This band reminds me of a cross between Gotthard, Pink Cream 69, and a dash of the Scorpions and Def Leppard for good measure. If you like any of those bands, then Infected may be a disc for you to check out.
This is very good 80’s style metal release. There are plenty of great vocals by Mark Fox, and lots of excellent guitar work throughout this disc by the guitar tandem of Thom Blunier and Thomas Muster. Most of the songs on this disc are upbeat semi heavy rockers, but this disc does have a slower moment or two.
The video below is for the excellent low tempo number, Love Will Find A Way.
Infected is one of those discs that you have to hear to appreciate. I have given this one quite a few spins, and seemingly enjoy more with every listen. It also mixes well with my playlist that is a good mix of 80’s through 00’s hard rock and metal.
I recommend checking out some of the band’s other songs off of Infected, on their myspace page here. You can pick up Shakra’s infected at CD Inzane, and Impulse Music. All other U.S. retailers sell this disc at import prices.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Make Your Day
4. Playing with Fire
5. Dance with Madness
6. Love Will Find a Way
9. Higher Love
11. Look at Me
12. The Other Side
13. Let’em Have It
14. Acheron’s Way
I must admit that it has been a long time since I took the Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride with the Electric Boys. I was flipping through my CD’s the other day, and decided to let this disc breathe again for the first time in ages. I used to be fairly fond of this band, but it has been a very long time since I have played this disc.
At one point in time, nearly 2 decades ago, All Lips N’ Hips was a staple on the MTV Headbanger’s Ball, as well as the Z-Rock Syndicated Radio Station.
You can check the video for All Lips N’ Hips below:
Conny Bloom does an excellent job on vocals and on the lead guitar. Bassist Andy Christell takes the songs to a whole new level. Some of the song lyrics are kind of cheesy, i.e. ” I wish I had a car to drive”, but the music is very good. Most of the songs have a funky bass groove, that is completely infectious. Both Bloom and Christell are now members of the Finnish band, Hanoi Rocks. This gives me high hopes for that bands’ new disc, Street Poetry, due out in September, will be a very good one.
Funk-O-Metal Carpet ride is a very positive, upbeat record. The tunes are fun to listen to. My current favorites are Psychedelic Eyes, All Lips N’ Hips, and Rags to Riches.
The only way you will find this disc now is as an expensive import, or a cheap used copy on Ebay or Amazon.com. It is a good disc, and worth seeking out.
For more info on the Electric Boys, check out the following website here.
Rating: Out of 10
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
Sixx A.M. is Nikki Sixx’s Soundtrack to his up and coming Book, The Heroin Diaries: The Year in A Life of A Shattered Rock Star. This is a collaborative effort with singer James Michael and DJ Ashba (Beautiful Creatures). Creating a Soundtrack to a book, could be a Hard Rock first. I don’t recall any other artists trying to do something like this. With that being said, listening to this CD would probably be appreciated much more if you read the book first. Strangely enough, the soundtrack was released first. (The book wont hit retailers until Sept 18th.)
For those of you thinking you are going to find a Motley Crue like CD, guess again! The sound on this record is about as far from the Crue’s glam metal as it gets. This is more of a modern hard rock approach to the music. Nikki Sixx’s big bass guitar sound is present, but this disc is completely different from anything you have heard from him before. James Michael is a very good singer. His vocals are clean, and easy to understand unlike many of today’s hard rock screamers.
I tend to like the harder numbers on this CD the best, and Life is Beautiful, Pray For Me, and Heart Failure are all solid tracks.
There are some slower numbers on this disc, that I could see having some crossover hit potential. The songs Tomorrow and Accidents Can Happen are both radio ready. Neither are heavy enough to banished from pop radio, nor are they too light to be vanquished from many rock radio stations out there.
This soundtrack is not without its problems though, and it is not a CD that I can listen to all the way through. There are some filler songs, and there are a few songs where Nikki Sixx gives his diatribe to some cool music, but as a whole, this isn’t a disc that I will grab for very much.
I may grow to appreciate this CD more once I read the book, but right now this disc like so many of the soundtracks that have preceded it suffers from only have a few solid tracks and too much filler. The CD is worth checking out for the solid cuts that are on it. It wont blow you away, but it is an interesting listen.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Van Nuys
3. Life Is Beautiful
4. Pray For Me
6. Accidents Can Happen
8. Dead Man’s Ballet
9. Heart Failure
10. Girl With Golden Eyes
11. Courtesy Call
13. Life After Death