When listening through some of the releases for my top 10 of 2011, one CD that I keep gravitating back to is Worship Music from Anthrax. It is a great injustice that I have not reviewed this CD before now.
Worship Music is the first CD Anthrax has recorded with Joey Belladonna in twenty-one years. Not since 1990′s awesome Persistence of Time record has Belladonna recorded with Anthrax. I am not sure what has been missing with Anthrax, but the band has recaptured the magic with Belladonna on the microphone. Worship Music is one of the strongest Anthrax CD’s to date. From a musical standpoint, the incredible riffs of Rob Caggiano and Scott Ian, the amazing drums of Charlie Benante and killer bass riffs from Frank Bello, are amongst the best Anthrax has ever recorded. Belladonna’s range may have diminished a little over the years, but he still sounds awesome!
Anthrax has never been radio darlings, but a couple of tunes that seem tailor-made for radio play would be “Crawl”, or “In The End” (with a few minor edits for expletives). “The Devil You Know” or “Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t” are two outstanding slabs of molten metal that are going to make a lot of headbangers happy (self included). I am a sucker for anything that has to do with zombies, so I absolutely loved the intro on “Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t”. I can only imaging the mosh pit craziness that ensues when Anthrax plays this tune live.
If the Big 4 shows with Metallica, Megadeth & Slayer didn’t return Anthrax to the top of the metal mountain, Worship Music will certainly help them get there. Anthrax has outdone their Big 4 peers by releasing what is easily the best metal album of 2011. I highly recommend it!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Worship (Intro)
02. Earth On Hell
03. The Devil You Know
04. Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
05. I’m Alive
06. Hymn 1
07. In The End
08. The Giant
09. Hymn 2
10. Judas Priest
12. The Constant
13. Revolution Screams
Joey Belladonna – vocals
Scott Ian – rhythm guitar
Frank Bello – bass
Rob Caggiano – lead guitar
Charlie Benante – drums
The Damned Things is a new heavy metal band consisting of Antrax members Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, with Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die, and Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy. Their debut album, Ironoclast is coming December 14th. Check out the band’s awesome new video, “We’ve Got A Situation Here”!
Would she follow in her father’s operatic rock footsteps? Or would she venture into metal alongside her husband, Scott Ian? Pearl Aday did neither on her first, full length album, Little Immaculate White Fox. She followed her own road to rock, and it’s good.
With such a colorful musical upbringing, there was no way this lady wasn’t destined for rock greatness. Meatloaf is her father, whom she performed and toured with. That was followed by a stint as a back up singer for Motley Crue (call me jealous). And now Pearl is taking her well deserved position at center stage.
The first track, “Rock Child,” establishes all this and more. From being a “little girl living center stage” and “sleeping in a guitar case,” this song is a rock anthem about her life. She comes out wailing and comes out with a bang that makes you stop and take notice.
She follows that up with a rockin’ rendition of Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limit,” which is a perfect selection for her voice and would definitely make Ms. Turner proud.
Although it’s easy to spot all of the different musical influences in her music, the one influence that isn’t overly stated is the influence from her father. The one song that really has that Meatloaf vibe to it is “Whore.” From the harmonies to the musical and vocal phrasing, it just screams Meatloaf . Whether she meant to do it or not, it is quite an excellent homage to her father.
Pearl wasn’t messing around when putting together musicians for this album. Her band consists of guys from Mother Superior, who have backed The Rollins Band and U2. Husband Scott Ian plays guitar, and there are a couple of other tasty guitar players who also make appearances.
First up, Ted Nugent. Yeah, you just can’t go wrong with Uncle Ted. And the second you hear “Check Out Charlie,” there’s no denying that Ted Nugent guitar sound. The song is heavy and solid and Pearl proves that she can stand her ground in the rock world.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Pearl can slow it down and croon a touching ballad too. With Jerry Cantrell’s guitar mastering on “Anything,” Pearl’s soft, sweet vocals blend perfectly with his soulful sound. It was the perfect way to end the album. Some may question ending an album with a ballad, but this worked well for me, like a moment of zen after rockin’ out for almost an hour.
Song after song, your ears are bombarded with great rock and roll. Sometimes it’s hard for me to really get into an album. With this one, there was no problem at all. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it already and it hasn’t grown old. Why? Because it’s real. Rock is in her heart, her soul and her blood and it’s obvious when you hear her voice. There are plenty of decent rock singers and rock bands out there, but there are very few that make you feel it. Pearl makes you feel it.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Rock Child
2. Nutbush City Limits
3. Broken White
4. Check Out Charlie
6. My Heart Isn’t In It
8. Worth Defending
9. Love Pyre
Pearl Aday – Vocals
Scott Ian – Guitars & Background Vocals
Jim Wilson – Guitars & Background Vocals
Marcus Blake – Bass & Background Vocals
Matt Tecu – Drums
Eddie Trunk had Scott Ian from Anthrax, and his fiance Pearl Aday (daughter of Meatloaf) on his show tonight.
Pearl has a new album coming out on January 19th called Little Immaculate White Fox.
Eddie played the first song off of the album, “Rock Child”, and it is damn good tune.
You can check out the live version with of “Rock Child” with Scott Ian below.
“Little Immaculate White Fox” track listing:
01. Rock Child
02. Nutbush City Limits
03. Broken White
04. Check Out Charlie
06. My Heart Isn’t In It
08. Worth Defending
09. Love Pyre
Check out some of clips in the widget below.
Lobo always did have a heavy metal edge, and now the character’s got a writer to prove it.
According to Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, he’s writing a two-issue Lobo comic for DC that is being drawn by artist Sam Kieth for release this fall.
Ian confirmed the comic in an interview with The Quietus.com, saying that writing a comic book character comes more naturally to him than writing songs.
“I have a bit of that going on with the comic book character Lobo. I find it much easier to write comic books than lyrics, actually, because it’s a natural dialogue,” Ian said. “Writing song lyrics is not natural, but over the years, I know what I need to know to get it done. I find it quite easy to capture a character and use my own personality and humor.”
“Looking at Sam Kieth art for my Lobo book. SICK!!!!” Ian posted on his Twitter page.
Ian, who hosted Rock Show for VH1 and also starred in the reality series SuperGroup, is writing the series while also promoting new albums this summer from both Anthrax and the musician’s other band, Pearl.
DCU Executive Editor Dan DiDio had announced in June that Lobo would be coming back with Sam Kieth attached, but only on art. Although the writer for the series wasn’t announced, DiDio played coy, telling Newsarama last week that the writer was someone outside the comic book industry.
“We’ve reached outside the normal circle of writers and have brought someone in who will have an excellent perspective on the character – something that’s different that’s sure to raise an eyebrow,” DiDio said.
Lobo was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen in 1983, becoming one of DC’s most popular comic characters during the 1990s, even appearing in the cartoon television shows Justice League and Superman: The Animated Series. The gritty-looking character, who rides on a space cycle, has extraordinary strength and an accelerated healing factor. But his real appeal often lies within the character’s humorous self-centered attitude and zest for mindless violence.
The character has enjoyed a revival recently, including appearances as a recurring character in the year-long weekly series 52 and in the two-part crossover with Batman titled Deadly Serious that Kieth wrote and drew in August 2007.
Courtesy of Newsarama.com