Take one listen to Brother Firetribe’s False Metal and you will likely start to reminisce of a time when popular 80’s hard rock acts had catchy songs, with fun sing along choruses, and great keyboard/guitar driven rock.
Elements of this CD reminds me of Journey, Bon Jovi, Survivor, Diving for Pears, and Blue Tears. On False Metal, you will find the excellent vocals of Pekka Ansio Heino, the Neal Schon like guitars of Emppu Vuorinen, and the melodic Van Halenish keyboards of Tomppa Nikulainen.
The first track Break Out is a hard Journeyesque melodic track that screams radio hit. Valerie sounds like it could have been at home on any Survivor disc. I’m On Fire has that big AOR sound of Blue Tears. Love Goes Down is another track that has radio potential. Devil’s Daughter could have been a much bigger track if the guitar sound was beefed up a little bit. The keyboards are way too over powering on this track.
Midnight Queen and One Single Breath could be potential hits as well. Lover Tonight is a little heavier number. This is a pretty good song. Spanish Eyes is a nice melodic track, but it is a bit boring to me.
Kill City Kid is the heaviest track on this disc. This song treads down the Survivor road again. It is one better tracks on False Metal, and is a good way to close out this disc.
Brother Firetribe is the most AOR friendly rock I have ever reviewed at the Hard Rock Hideout. This is very upbeat, happy music. Whether you will enjoy this or not truly depends for your tastes in AOR keyboard driven rock. Fans of bands like Journey and Survivor will eat this up.
Here is a video I found from the False Metal CD. This will give a taste of the Brother Firetribe sound.
One Single Breath Video
Rating: Out of 10
- Break Out
- I’m on Fire
- Love Goes Down
- Devil’s Daughter
- Midnight Queen
- One Single Breath
- Lover Tonight
- Spanish Eyes
- Kill City Kid
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New Jani Lane project on the way in 2007.
I saw this over at Jani’s site, and thought I would post it here:
As quoted by Jani Lane, “I forgot to tell you I just finished my new project, Saints of the Underground. As I said previously the members include myslef, Keri Kelli on guitar (Alice Cooper), Bobby Blotzer on drums (Ratt). We have had the oppurtunity to mix our record with Andy Johns of Stones and Zeppelian fame to name two of hundreds.”
When this CD sees the light of day, I will be reviewing it here!
John Soeder of Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer reports:
VAN HALEN scored a landslide victory in The Plain Dealer‘s seventh annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poll. The newspaper asked readers and visitors to http://www.cleveland.com to tell it which nominees on the latest official Rock Hall ballot are most worthy of induction.
“Quite honestly, I’m not surprised,” singer Sammy Hagar said when he was informed of the mandate.
VAN HALEN‘s music “is holding up really well,” said Hagar, 59. “I’m not taking all the credit. I mean, the earlier stuff with Roth set the tone for the whole thing. Thank God when I joined the band, it didn’t go down. We kept going. It was awesome.”
Earlier this year, it was announced that Eddie Van Halen‘s 15-year-old son Wolfgang had replaced Michael Anthony on bass.
“I really have no idea — ppphhhttt! — what’s going on,” Hagar said. “Michael and I are friends, which is why he isn’t in the band anymore.”
VAN HALEN and Hagar went their separate ways in 1996. Eight years later, Hagar was back in the fold for a reunion tour. In the interim, he co-headlined a tour with Roth.
There has been buzz lately about VAN HALEN hitting the road again with Roth. Hagar, for one, doesn’t buy it.
“I’m not saying I don’t want a Dave reunion,” Hagar said. “I think their best bet after this would be to go out with Dave. But I don’t see it working.
“Ed, Wolfie, Alex and some new kid would be what I put my money on. That could happen.
“But Dave and Ed working together? I don’t see it in a million years. I know ’em both.”
In fact, Hagar doubts VAN HALEN‘s members can put aside their differences even long enough to get through the Rock Hall ceremony.
“I think it could be ugly,” he said. “This might be the best one ever! It’s what everybody wants. They want to see blows thrown and yelling and screaming and people making fools of themselves and trying to outshine each other.
“This could be a real comedy, man. This could be a reality series right here.
“I don’t think it’s gonna be a real friendly, beautiful scene. . . .I could go there and jam with them. Ed, Mike, Al and I probably could pull it off, ’cause we just did it [in 2004]. We were professional when we went onstage.
“But you throw Dave in that mix, and I just don’t see it working. Dave‘s gonna want it to be all about him. Ed‘s gonna want it to be all about him. And that’s a tough one right there. I’ll probably just be sitting over in the corner, cracking up.”
Read the rest of the article at www.cleveland.com.
If you want to hear an amazing CD, with awesome vocals, and melodic but heavy metal to match. Run, don’t walk to pick up the Jorn Lande release, The Duke.
For several reasons, the Norwegian Jorn Lande is not very well known in the United States. Lack of promotion, and no radio airplay are a few problems Jorn faces in the U.S. It is really too bad, because most people are missing out on one of the top singers in Metal today.
For those of you who have not been exposed to Jorn Lande, He has a voice that falls somewhere between Ronnie James Dio and David Coverdale. If you know how amazing those two singers are, you will know what to expect from Jorn.
Musically and lyrically, the Duke is a superb effort from start to finish! This is melodic metal in its finest form. The guitar tandem of Tore Moren and Jørn Viggo Lofstad do an amazing job on this disc.
Take one listen to the heavy Blacksong which sounds like Lynch era Dokken and you will be hooked.
Another stand out song is Stormcrow, which sounds like a heavy Whitesnake track. The guitars on this song blow me away every time. Awesome!
Duke of Love could have easily been on the Whitesnake, Slide it In Album.
Jorn Lande truly shines on the low to mid tempo Burning Chains. You have to hear it, to appreciate it.
The cover of Thin Lizzy’s Are You Ready may be the best cover song I have heard in 2006. It is very well done here.
The final song, Starfire, is a remake of the same track from his debut disc and sounds even better than the original.
The Duke is certainly one of the top Metal discs of 2006, and a favorite of mine.
If you would like to hear some of the tracks off the Duke, You can listen to a few songs off of this disc at:Jorn Lande’s Website
Rating: Out of 10
- We Brought the Angels Down
- End of Time
- Duke of Love
- Burning Chains
- After the Dying
- Midnight Madness
- Are You Ready
Jorn Lande – Vocals
Jorn Viggo Lofstad – Guitars
Tore Moren – Guitars
Willy Bendiksen – Drums
Morty Black – Bass
TMZ.com caught up with David Lee Roth in Manhattan last night (Wednesday, Dec. 27), and he warned that a potential VAN HALEN reunion could result in a NASCAR-style wreck. Or a “Jerry Springer”-like brawl. Or even a “Knots Landing”-esque bitchfight!
Diamond Dave, looking dapper and well-coifed outside of Marquee, said that he’s excited that VAN HALEN was nominated for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but wondered whether the band would spontaneously combust if they reunited. For months, the band has hinted at a reunion, but Roth admitted in May that he hasn’t spoken to guitarist Eddie Van Halen for almost two years.
“A VAN HALEN reunion is a lot like NASCAR — are you there to see the winner or the crash?” mused Dave. “In this aspect, we’re a lot closer to ‘Jerry Springer’ meets ‘Knots Landing’, which, to me, sells T-shirts.”
Watch a video clip of David Lee Roth talking about a possible VAN HALEN reunion at this location.
Eddie Van Halen and his brother Alex are prepping for a VAN HALEN tour next year, with Eddie‘s 15-year-old son Wolfgang on bass instead of Michael Anthony, but no singer has been officially announced. Eddie recently told Guitar World magazine, “I’m telling Dave, ‘Dude, get your ass up here and sing, bitch! Come on!’… As it stands right now, the ball is in Dave‘s court. Whether he wants to rise to the occasion is entirely up to him, but we’re ready to go.”
There had also been talk recently that another member of the VAN HALEN clan would be the new singer, but most reports have said the job belongs to Roth, according to Launch Radio Networks.
As for having his son in the band, Eddie said, “Wolfgang breathes new life into what we’re doing. He brings youthfulness to something that’s inherently youthful. He’s only been playing bass for three months, but it’s spooky. He’s locked tight and puts an incredible spin on our (stuff). The kid is kicking my ass! He’s spanking me now, even though I never spanked him. To have my son follow in my footsteps on his own, without me pushing him into it, is the greatest feeling in the world.”
There’s no word on when the new lineup will be officially unveiled.
When I picked up this new Sweet Cheater disc, I must admit that I had low expectations. Just the name of this disc made me think I was going to regret picking it up. Much to my surprise, Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin’ is far better than I ever could have imagined.
There are elements in every song that remind of just about every popular 80’s Big Hair Hard Rock act you can thing of. One might complain that they are a copy cat band, but they sound like so many different ones, its actually refreshing to hear.
Take one listen to All Fired Up and see if this doesn’t remind you of old L.A. Guns.
Summer kind of sounds like old school Kix. The keyboard driven One Love is a cool L.A. Guns meets Poison sounding ballad.
The very Kix like Money’s Tough is a killer track, as is the slower paced It’s Our Love.
One listen to Dancin on My Grave, and I thought singer Mike Chappel started sounding like Steven Pearcy.
Holding Out on Love is like a fusion of Poison and L.A. Guns. I’ve Got You sounds like a Poison track as performed by Kix (if that is possible).
Ratt shows up again on the very cool Romina. (Ok…its Steven Pearcy’s vocal clone Mike Chappel😉 )
Subway Train is a good rocker and a great way to end this disc. This track actually sounds better than anything that was on the last Ratt CD.
This disc has to be the surprise of 2006. Perris Records has found one hell of a band in Sweet Cheater. Fans of the 80’s Big Hair sound, and pop metal in general, are going to eat this up. I expect that this will be in my play list for many years to come.
I have added a couple of videos below. You can also hear a few of their songs on their myspace page at: www.myspace.com/sweetcheaterband
Check these guys out! You will be glad you did!
Rating: Out of 10
All Fired Up (Live)
- All Fired Up
- One Love
- Money’s Tough
- It’s Our Love
- Dancin On My Grave
- Holding out on Love
- I’ve Got You
- Subway Train
Sweet Cheater is:
- Charlie Leger – Guitar
- Tom Flaherty – Guitar
- Mike Chappel – Vocal
- Mark Rahilly – Bass
- Tommy Leger – Drums
Big Cock features former Lynch Mob, and Cry of Love vocalist Robert Mason, and former King Kobra guitarist Dave Henzerling a.k.a. David Michael-Philips.
Sonically, this music reminds me of a cross between Lynch Mob and Mr. Big, with a dash of sleaze thrown in for good measure.
There are quite a few catchy numbers on this somewhat short disc. 12 songs and a 25 second filler track to close this disc for a total run time of under 36 minutes.
Bad Motherfucker is immediately infectious and will set your hopes high for the rest of the disc. I Want It All has a very Lynch Mob feel to it. I like this track a lot.
Cinnamon grates on my nerves every time I hear it. I do not like the lyrics at all. I usually skip to King of Cool which is a (no pun intended) a very cool track.
Carrie’s In Love slows it down, and sound a lot like a Mr.Big track. I never cared for that band much, but I do like this track pretty well.
Mean Street Machine kicks it into gear. This is a great track.
I had to look at the credits to see if George Lynch was playing on Take It Off. The layered guitars on this song sound exactly like an older Lynch Mob track.
Dynamite rocks pretty heavy, but lyrically could have been a little better.
My first reaction when hearing Hard To Swallow was wtf is this crap. It sounds like a fusion of 50’s music, and Mr. Big. I still skip this track.
Thank God, Old No. 7 didn’t follow the pattern of the last track. It is a pretty good song, but no where near as good as You Suck the Love Out of Me. Some of the vocals remind me of Axl Rose’s growliness on a old G N R track.
Year of the Cock closes this disc with a mid tempo rock song. It is an ok song, but certainly not classic.
As a whole, this is a pretty decent debut effort from these hard rock veterans.
Both Big Cock discs are getting released to wider distribution in January, so you should be able to find these in more retailers soon.
- Bad Motherfucker
- I Want It All
- King of Cool
- Carrie’s In Love
- Mean Street Machine
- Take It Off
- Hard To Swallow
- Old No. 7
- You Suck the Love out of Me
- Year of the Cock
- Thank You, Good Night
Vocalist Rich Lewis could be a Blackie Lawless clone vocally.
Chris Laney also lent his producing talents, so this is one great sounding disc, from beginning to end.
The track “Violent New Breed” will grab you immediately. This is one kick-ass, hard rocking tune.
The heavy pace continues on “Morning After”. I can hear some Zan Clan like backup vocals on this one. This track is very cool!
“Hey You” cranks it up again. This song reminds me of a KISS song, both sonically and lyrically.
“Eye of the Storm” may be my favorite song on this disc. This is a well written song and the guitars are absolutely killer.
The tempo slows way down on “Turn and Walk Away”. This power ballad really delivers. Rich Lewis delivers an excellent vocal on this track, and Randy Piper’s guitar shines greatly. This song screams radio hit!
Lyrically, “Animal In Me” could have used a little more work. The music is good, but it is my least favorite track on this disc.
“Hellchild” sounds like a W.A.S.P. anthem. The keyboards on this track kind of give it that screechy horror type of feel, but are strangely annoying at the same time. The rest of the song is very good though, and would translate well live.
“Salt” is another excellent, heavy track with Zan Clan like backing vocals. This track sounds as if could have been at home in the late 80’s. It is very cool!
“In The Mirror” is a low to mid tempo number that seems to get better with each listen. The guitar work here is superb.
Just the title of “B.O.O.M.” seems to carry the W.A.S.P. spirit. The keyboards return in a minor fashion on this track, and I think they should have left them out. It would have sounded better. Aside from that, this is a cool hard driving track and it ends “Violent New Breed” in good fashion.
There is more to like on this disc than I expected. Chris Laney’s addition to this group takes it over the top. Many of these songs would translate well live. For W.A.S.P. fans, picking this disc up is a no-brainer. For all other Hard Rock, and metal fans, you ought to stop by the band’s myspace page (www.myspace.com/randypipersanimal) and give some of these tracks a listen. I think this is a great disc, and well worth the price of admission!
Rating: Out of 10
- Violent New Breed
- Morning After
- Hey You
- Eye of the Storm
- Turn and Walk Away
- Animal in Me
- In The Mirror
Randy Piper’s Animal is:
Randy Piper – Guitar
Rich Lewis – Vocals
Chris Laney – Guitar
Jackie Livengood – Bass
Johan Koleberg – Drums
It has been a long time since I have heard any new material from former MSG lead singer, Robin McAuley. I enjoyed the MSG albums he sang on, so I was kind of excited about this release.
The first thing I noticed is how short this CD is. Only 8 tracks, under 35 minutes in length.
Luckily, this CD does out perform quite a few other 2006 releases with more tracks.
There are quite a few solid tracks. Movin On sounds like a very heavy MSG track, and is the best track by far. Let’s Dance and Gonna Get It are both pretty good as well. Gonna Get it has very Schenker like guitars on it. Let’s Dance cranks the tempo up with driving guitars and drums to match. This is a fun track.
Victoria also sounds like that a track that could have been left off of an MSG album. This is 80’s pop/metal that is as good as it gets. I love the guitars on Promise, and We Belong.
Won’t Let It Go is my least favorite track here. I don’t know if it is McAuley’s vocals or the lyrics that do not work for me here, but I just couldn’t get into this song.
Freedom is another decent track that sounds like it could have been at home in the late 80’s.
Sadly, Robin McAuley has left Demon Angels to go sing for Survivor. I am sure its a higher paying gig, but he left a potential band on the rise. Its a shame based on this hard rocking release. This band has loads of potential. I can only hope that Demon Angels can find a new singer as talented as McAuley and put out a follow up release to this excellent hard rocking disc.
Here is the lone video from Time of Confusion:
Rating:Out of 10
- Gonna Get It
- Movin’ On
- Let’s Dance
- We Be Long
- Won’t Let It Go
I didn’t think I would hear too many new quality releases to close out 2006, but I could not have been more wrong. Jon Oliva’s Pain, is one Heavy Metal release that took me by surprise.
This disc starts off with a very strong track, Through the Eyes of the King, which is unmistakably Savatage in style! This track is one of the best metal songs I have heard all year.
The title track Maniacal Renderings is a progressive number that stretches past 7 minutes. Parts of this song remind of Queensryche, in a good way.
The Evil Beside You starts off slow and kind of reminds me a little of Queen in style, but then breaks into another Savatage style rocker. Time to Die turns up the heaviness, and at times sounds like Black Label Society backing up Oliva. ( At this point, this reviewer has a big evil grin on his face ).
Push It To the Limit cranks the tempo way the hell up. I can see people in a mosh pit, slamming to this song. The bass rhythm on this song reminds me of Anthrax at times.
Who’s Playing God returns to more of a Progressive Metal style. This almost reminds me of a heavy Queen song. Timeless Flight also starts off with that Queen styling, but in a very heavy sense. This is one of those progressive tracks that is technically brilliant. It is one of those songs that make you wonder if you are hearing a CD that may one day be considered classic.
Holes is another heavy track that could easily fit on any Savatage CD. Lots of heavy guitars, rhythm and bass. At first I didn’t like this track, but I had to give it a couple of listens. You have to hear the way this song ends. Awesome!!
End of Times is another prog rocker with plenty of crunching guitars and heavy bass. This is another decent song with excellent guitar work. I didn’t care for this song too much.
Still I Prey For You Now is a slow short number that fails to excite me. I was hoping for something a little more powerful at this place in the record.
The Bonus track features 2 tracks in 1. Reality’s Fool is another slow tempo number that almost seems out of place. A few seconds later another instrumental track continues the fantastic solo work of the late, great Chris Oliva.
As a whole, this is a very strong effort from Jon Oliva’s Pain. Savatage fans should be rushing to pick this up. Progressive Metal fans will likely enjoy this too. If you don’t like either of those, this disc may not appeal to you. I have always liked Savatage, and felt they were very under rated. This disc stands up to any of the Savatage records out there, and is one of the best new releases of 2006.
Rating:Out of 10
Below are a couple of live videos of songs that are from the Maniacal Renderings CD. If you like these, you are going to love this CD!
Evil Beside You
- Through the Eyes of the King
- Maniacal Renderings
- The Evil Beside You
- Time To Die
- Push It To the Limit
- Who’s Playing God
- Timeless Flight
- End Times
- Still I Pray for You Now
- Reality’s Fool (Bonus Track)
Wow….this is a crazy week, but I have picked quite a few new tunes this week, and my playlist has changed dramatically.
Here is my current list:
Demon Angels – Time of Confusion
Jon Oliva’s Pain – Maniacal Renderings
Circle II Cirle – Burden of Truth
Miss Crazy – S/T
Leatherwolf – World Asylum
Sweet Cheater – Eatin’ Aint Cheatin
Iron Maiden – A Matter of Life and Death
Big Cock – Year of the Cock, and the S/T disc.
Violent Divine – S/T – I am really digging these guys.
Occasionally, I will plug a new band in my music reviews, if they fit in the Hard Rock and Heavy metal genre. When I read that the influences of Violent Divine, were Motley Crue, and Guns ‘N Roses. I had to give them a listen.
I listened to 3 tracks, one time each on myspace and I said, ok, where can I get this…..NOW! I don’t buy much from ITunes, but they actually had this, so I said why not, besides, it beats going to the local record store on December 24th.
This kind of sounds like a fusion between 80’s Hard Rock and today’s current hard rock scene. This comes across as a fusion of Metal and Punk and a dash of sleaze with big drum beats, great guitars and catchy lyrics. There are a few immediate stand out tracks: Let’s Go, Rush You, and Levitate, but there honestly isn’t a bad song on this disc. I dare you try to listen to this disc, and try not to head bang! It is a well produced, fun to listen to debut effort by this Swedish based 4 piece.
This is definitely worth your money if you are looking for a new band that kicks ass!
Here are a couple of video’s to give you a taste of Violent Divine!
Rating:Out of 10
- Let’s Go
- Love Revolution
- The Morning Show
- Rush You
- Ghost in the Machine
- Down the Line
Miss Crazy has released a new single called Can’t Get Enough, that will be available for download for 99 cents at www.misscrazymusic.com Christmas Night.
You can preview this track at www.myspace.com/misscrazymusic.
You can also get a Christmas Call from their lead singer Marcus Allen Christopher if you leave them a message with your phone number in their inbox.
Rob Halford has his own line music store. Halfordmusic.com
There is a new Halford song available (Forgotten Generation) and unreleased Fight tracks that can be purchased.
Los Angeles-based hard rock band DC4, featuring former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson alongside brothers Jeff Duncan (ARMORED SAINT, ODIN) on lead vocals and guitar, Shawn Duncan (ODIN, BIRD OF PREY) on drums, and Matt Duncan on bass, have recently finished recording the follow up to Volume I and the early results are positive. Shawn reports that “the recording has gone balls out and I couldn’t be happier with the energy”, while Matt adds that although he has “recorded with Jeff and Shawn a million times and know what to expect from them, they always seem to surprise me in some way or another.” The album is currently being mixed and produced by Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) who comments that “the band was very well rehearsed, which made for a smooth session. I’ve known Jeff, Shawn and Matt for quite some time now and it was really like a bunch of buddies just hanging out. Their recent addition of Rowan is a great shot in the arm, as he brings in unexpected influences, which makes for a more interesting sound in the end.”
The band is excited for fans to hear what the newest DC4 music has to offer and the enthusiasm shows through. Comments Matt, “I hope the fans hear the hard work and also the fun it was to make this record. We worked hard and laughed our asses off!” As for when the new music will be ready, Joey says that “We tracked 10 songs but we’re concentrating on 3 songs on a full production level. We’re hoping to have a 3 song sampler of the record by the end of the year. This is not a demo, these 3 songs will go to eleven!”
Merry Christmas from the Hard Rock Hideout!!
Nothing better than some Ozzy Claus!
For you XM Radio Listeners out there, Rob Halford will be taking over the Boneyard on X-mas day. He will be playing anything he wants. If you have XM, tune into XM41 on X-Mas Day!!
If you don’t believe me, watch the video below…..just look at the big hair!
Mark Reale of Riot may be an Army of One. He is lone founding member of Riot, and has held this band together for over 30 years now.
Why Mark or Riot, hasn’t received more recognition in the music community is a mystery to me. With a style that falls between Joe Satriani, and Michael Schenker, you don’t have to listen to Army of One very long before you say “Wow”!
With that being said, how do the songs, on Army of One stack up. In my best Guiness Stout voice, they are “BRILLIANT!!“.
With Mark Reale’s and Mike Flyntz guitars and Mike DiMeo’s amazing vocals, I can’t imagine any hard rock or metal fan not enjoying this CD. This is melodic metal as good as you are going to find it anywhere! It is hard for me to pick out highlights on this disc, as I truly enjoy the whole thing. The Bonus Track of Road Racin’ Live, a track that was on the 1979 release Narita, is excellent. It sounds better now than it when it was first released. Johnny the Seal has something to smile out about when he hears this disc.
Check out this video of Reale and Flyntz dualing guitars….awesome!!
Rating:Out of 10
- Army of One
- Knockin At My Door
- One More Alibi
- It all falls down
- Helping Hand
- The mystic
- Stay Alive
- Alive in the City
- Stained Mirror (Instrumental)
- Darker Side of Light
- Road Racin’ (Live)
Here is a great video. One of the new tracks off of Live….In the Shadow of the Blues.
I love this track!!
I about busted a gut when I saw this one!
Here is an excellent hard rocking release that came out in January of 2006. I stumbled on this by accident when I was looking for some Twisted Sister news.
I heard a couple of songs on myspace, and had to pick this up.
Axes 2 Axes starts out with a heavy number Tonight, sung by Ronnie James Dio, and followed up with a blistering instrumental, Axes 2 Axes. Please Remember is a pretty good rock number sung by Eddie.
Dee Snider does a good job covering the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby, with some backing vocals by Terry llous from XYZ. This is a far superior cover than the torrid, Leader of the Pack, cover from Twisted Sister’s Come Out and Play album.
Evil Duz is a pretty heavy track where Eddie just about sounds like Lemmy from Motorhead on this track. (Well sort of, maybe not as gravelly) .
Crosstown is another kick ass instrumental from Eddie.
Senorita Knows is a mid tempo track. It is my least favorite track, but it isn’t a bad song by any means. Love Power is a funky track with some slap bass playing by Rudy Sarzo. Eddie sounds like he is having fun on this song.
Funky Monkey is the third instrumental track on this CD. It is another great track. Eddie really struts his guitar work here.
The Reason is the sole ballad on this disc, and a good one at that.
Axes 2 Axes closes out with another great vocal by Joe Lynn Turner on Living Free.
Overall, Axes 2 Axes is a pretty quick disc to listen to. It clocks in under 39 minutes long. If you want to discover a good rock CD, and an excellent guitar player that deserves more credit than what he gets, check this disc out! The Dio and Dee Snider tracks almost make this disc worth picking up just by themselves.
Rating: Out of 10
- Axes 2 Axes
- Please Remember
- Eleanor Rigby
- Evil Duz (What Evil Knows)
- Senorita Knows
- Love Power
- Funky Monkey
- The Reason
- Living Free
I think most hard rock fans are going to find something to like about Gillan’s Inn. This is a great guitar rock album, and Ian Gillan sounds like he just started singing for Deep Purple yesterday. The production quality on this disc is nothing short of superb!
Unchain Your Brain , Hang Me Out to Dry and Speed King features the lightning quick Joe Satriani on Guitars. Simply Amazing!!
When A Blind Man Cries features Jeff Healey on guitars. This guy may be blind, but he is one hell of a guitar player! GREAT STUFF!
Sugar Plum has this guitar riff that is just infectious. Trashed features the heavy guitar of Tony Iommi.
Smoke on the Water…sure you have heard it a thousand times, but this one includes Steve Morse on guitars and the Violin of Sim Jones. You have to hear it to appreciate how good this sounds.
Men of War and Loving On Borrowed time also features the excellent guitar work of Steve Morse.
The Bonus track I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight with Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott to me is the weakest track on the disc.
As whole, every song is well produced and sounds great. The Dual Disc CD features a DVD side with the making of this disc. There are some cool videos and some bootleg Deep Purple material on here. The DVD also includes the whole album in 5.1 surround sound and stereo.
If you are a fan of Deep Purple, Ian Gillan or hard rock in general, you need to get this!
Rating:Out of 10
- Unchain Your Brain
- Bluesy Blue Sea
- Day Late and a Dollar Short
- Hang Me Out to Dry
- Men of War
- When A Blind Man Cries
- Sugar Plum
- No Worries
- Demon’s Eye
- Smoke on the Water
- No Laughing In Heaven
- Speed King
- Loving on Borrowed Time
- I’ll Be your Baby Tonight (Bonus Track)
There is a lot of great stuff on my Playlist still.
One of my favorites is still Whitesnake….Live in the Shadow of the Blues. The new tracks are killer. Possibly the best new stuff since John Sykes left the band.
Demon Angels – Time of Confusion is in active rotation. I should be reviewing this soon.
Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas, I can’t help but listen to this one. I know its cheesy, but I like it.
Ian Gillan – Gillan’s Inn. I am still listening to this one. I hope to review this one soon.
Riot – Army of One. This CD is quite good. I will be reviewing it soon.
Eddie Ojeda – Axes 2 Axes. This one is new on my playlist. I stumbled on this one last night. There is some very good stuff on this disc.
Big Cock – Both Discs. Year of the Cock and the S/T disc. There is some good stuff on both of these. Reviews coming soon!
Finally! Another hard rock band gets into the Christmas spirit and releases a X-Mas CD in the big hair 80’s vein. Twisted Sister moves into an almost uncharted territory with this release. Sure Trans Siberian Orchestra (Savatage) did it first, but Twisted Sister was brave enough to do it in their name. Kudos to them for a releasing a CD that is fun to listen to. This is an X-mas CD for the headbangers out there! We finally have something that we can enjoy during the holidays, without falling asleep.
A Twisted X-Mas can be a little silly at times. Could you really expect to take this seriously? Nonetheless, Dee Snider and company sound as good as they did 20 years ago.
Personally, I find this CD a fun listen. If you are a fan of Twisted Sister, or 80’s hard rock in general, you have to pick this up.
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- Oh Come All Ye Faithful
- White Christmas
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas (With Lita Ford)
- Silver Bells
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- Let It Snow
- Deck The Halls
- The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
- Heavy Metal Christmas (12 Days of Christmas)
Twisted Sister is:
Dee Snider – lead vocals
Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda – lead guitar
Jay Jay French – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Mark “The Animal” Mendoza – bass, backing vocals
A. J. Pero – drums, percussion
Eddie Ojeda and J.J. French were on the Eddie Trunk show last night for a couple of hours on XM Radio 41 the Boneyard. Twisted Sister is enjoying a moderate level of success with their Twisted Christmas Album. Sales have been surprisingly good, and their has been a demand for more live shows. The band only had 10 live shows planned. On 3 dates remain:
|Rams Head Live||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Starland Ballroom||Sayreville, New Jersey|
|The House of Blues||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
This is supposed to be the last disc we see from Twisted Sister, but the great response from the fans may have changed their mind.
Buckcherry 15 has gone Gold (RIAA certified 500,000 copies shipped.)
The Lost Christmas Eve by Trans Siberian Orchestra (featuring Savatage members) has gone Platinum. (RIAA certified 1,000,000 copies shipped.)
Def Leppard Will Begin Recording Their New Album In January
Jonathan Cohen of billboard.com reports:
Def Leppard will begin recording its next studio album in January at frontman Joe Elliott’s house in Dublin. Basic ideas were hashed out on the road during the band’s extensive tour in support of this year’s covers album “Yeah!,” a first for Def Leppard.
“We’ve got about five or six songs on the go, and there’ll be 11 or 12 on the final version,” guitarist Phil Collen tells Billboard.com. “We’re trying to get it out for next summer, which for us would be amazing. But we’ve never been this far along. We come off tour, wait six months, then we start writing. We’ve already got that sorted out.
Collen says the songs thus far have “absolutely” been influenced by the process of making “Yeah!,” which featured Def Leppard’s spin on songs popularized by Thin Lizzy, the Faces and Mott The Hoople. “We did that so quick,” he says. “It was raw, and it didn’t demand we sit around for months or years. That really inspired us.”
“A lot of the songs are anthemic sounding,” Elliott adds. “I wouldn’t say they could have been on ‘Pyromania’ or ‘Hysteria’ but they’re in the vein. Sonically, it’s a little more like ‘Back in Black’ than, say, ‘Hysteria.’ It’s more driving. The songs we’ve got so far are leaning that way.”
Says Collen, “It’s a rawer kind of vibe — more menacing. More of a live sound. Not too glossy.”
In the 100th issue of the UK based Classic Rock Magazine, there is a killer CD in it this month. This is a great chance to pick up some cool tunes for the price of a magazine!
I picked it up for $8.99 U.S. Currency.
1. Whitesnake – Ready To Rock (New track from the (Live in the Shadow of the Blues)
2. Motley Crue – Dr. Feelgood (Live from Carnival of Souls CD)
3. Skid Row – Shut Up Baby, I Love You (From RPM)
4. Motorhead – Sword Of Glory
5. Dio – One More For The Road
6. Saxon – Man And Machine
7. Helloween – Mrs. God
8. Magnum – Brand New Morning
9. UFO – Hard Being Me
10. Angra – Breaking Ties
11. Cheap Trick – Perfect Stranger
12. Tommy Bolin – Teaser
13. Uli Jon Roth – All Along The Watchtower (Live)
14. Monster Magnet – There’s No Way Out Of Here
15. Amplifier – Elysian Gold
I found this yesterday in Borders. The new issue will be coming out soon, so if you are interested, get to Borders and pick this up, before it is too late!
I only discovered Huntington, West Virginia’s Hydrogyn yesterday. After reading that Michael Wagener produced this disc, I knew that I had to get this in my CD player quickly. Michael Wagener has produced more platinum acts than I can remember including Motley Crue, Skid Row, Metallica, Ozzy, Poison and the list goes on and on. He thinks Hydrogyn is going to be huge.
Judging from the first two tracks, he may be right.
Lead Singer Julie has a delivery that is similar to Pat Benatar, however I think she sings at a lower octave than Pat. The songs on “Bombshell” are mostly hard hock and maybe a touch of heavy metal at times.
Vespers Song starts the pace off right, and Blind is a kick ass rock song. Breaking Me Down reminds me a whole lot of Evanescense, except its a bit heavier with better guitar work. I’ve Been Waiting was on OK track. Confession is a pretty good song.
Look Away S.P. is heavier song, and is another great track.
Love Spoke reminds me of a country song with more heavier guitars. I didn’t care for this track.
Depending on which version of Bombshell you picking up, track 8 will be either a cover of AC/DC’s Back in Black, or Skid Row’s 18 and Life. My copy has Back in Black, and is a faithful cover of the original. I had to buy the 18 and Life cover from Hydrogyn’s website after hearing it on their myspace page. Both tracks are great!
The Sand is another cool track similar to Evanescense metallic style, but once again, it has a heavier feel to it.
Whisper slows it down acoustically, but picks up the pace about midway through. For some reason, this song also strikes me as a country song with heavier guitars in parts. I don’t really care for this track.
Circle picks it back up again mid tempo. I didn’t like this one very much either.
Book of Names is another good heavy track.
Come Back To Me goes back in the acoustic direction. This isn’t my cup of tea. Skip.
Mutilated Mind ends this disc with another heavy rock song. I don’t know what they did when they mixed the vocals on this track, but it has this multi layered sound about it, that I didn’t really care for. The song isn’t too bad though. It was good to hear this disc end on an upbeat note.
Similar to Doro’s – Warrior Soul there are really 5 or 6 stand out tracks here. The rest aren’t enough to keep me excited. Hydrogyn is one of those bands that could break out and be huge, if the writing was just a little more solid. It is a decent debut effort from a state that is not known to be a hotbed for Hard Rock Music.
I don’t think the ultra hot Julie will be unseating Doro Pesch anytime soon, but maybe we can have a hard rock and a metal queen.
The videos below will give you a taste of Hydrogyn.
- Vespers Song
- Breaking Me Down
- I’ve Been Waiting
- Look Away S.P.
- Love Spoke
- Back In Black
- The Sand
- Book of Names
- Come Back To Me
- Mutilated Mind
I must admit that Doro fell off my musical radar since her days in Warlock. Why that is, I don’t really know. The cover of this disc really caught my attention, so I had to give this a chance.
I am glad I did. This sounds just like the Warlock songs I used to remember back in the late 80’s.
Doro shows why she will continue by the reigning Metal queen for quite some time. I don’t think too many metal fans will have a hard time liking the majority of this disc.
You’re My Family starts the pace off right with a heavy rocking number. Haunted Heart sounds like it could have been on Judas Priest’s Angel of Retribution disc. Strangers Yesterday is an OK track.
Thunderspell kind of sounds like a heavy Pat Benatar song. I love this track. Warrior Soul is a low tempo almost haunting number. I didn’t really care for this song too much. Creep In My Brain is another very cool track.
At this point I start losing interest in the rest of the songs. The tempo slows down, on Above the Ashes and I think Doro’s voice works best on the faster numbers. My Majesty is an more upbeat rocker, and is a better song, but its not one of my favorites here.
There are also a couple of songs that are in German(In Liebe Und Freundschaft and Ungebrochen. They sound nice, but the only German words I understand is Farfegnuugen, weinerschnitzel and bier.
Shine on was just an average song to me, and not a very memorable way to end this disc.
There are certainly some moments of greatness on Warrior Soul, but the disc seems to fall off about midway through. It may not be the best disc you will buy all year, but it definitely wont be the worst.
Rating: Out of 10
- You’re My Family
- Haunted Heart
- Strangers Yesterday
- Warrior Soul
- Heaven I See
- Creep Into My Brain
- Above the Ashes
- My Majesty
- In Liebe Und Freundschaft
- Shine On
I have 2 reviews coming up that are similar in nature….so why not make it a Battle Royale.
Doro Pesch has a new release out, Doro – Warrior Soul. Brand new metal queen Julie (just Julie) is singing on the new release from Hydrogyn. Both releases are sure to please, but which one is the best? New Reviews are coming soon!
Wow…this is a pretty tough CD to review. Fans of late 80’s and early 90’s Europe may find this release a little shocking.
Secret Society has a similar sound to Start From the Dark. There are a few modern rock almost Nu-metal sounding songs.
A couple of times, I had to check the credits to see if Joey Tempest was singing. His powerhouse vocals were so toned down, it didn’t sound like the same singer. At times he sings, what seems like, an octave lower than normal.
Personally, I think Joey is one of the the best singers out there. Why would they want to mess with his voice? It is a powerful instrument that they seemed to tone down this time around.
So how are the songs? If you can get past the initial shock of an almost 180 in sound from the late 80’s and 90’s version of Europe, you might actually like this. I am actually liking it more with each listen. John Norum plays like a madman on this disc. I always new he was a good guitarist, but he picked it up big time on Secret Society.
Here is a breakdown of the tracks:
Secret Society is the first track that may make you say….wtf?! Toned down vocals but excellent guitar work. It doesn’t sound like the Europe I was most familiar with, but its a good song. Norum starts slinging his axe around quickly and sets the tempo for this record.
Joey Tempest starts to sound like himself more on Always the Pretenders. This song still has the modern rock, heavy bass feel to it. It is a pretty good track. I could see this as being a hit in the United States, if they ever would play real rock on the radio.
The Getaway Plan is a more of the modern rock, heavy bass again. This song nearly ventures into the Soundgarden territory, then jumps back out of it again, as soon as Norum starts playing. It is my least favorite track so far, but it isn’t a bad song by any means.
The pace slows down with Wish I Could Believe. This song is really growing on me. This is a well written song. Tempest and Norum both sound great.
Let the Children Play is an interesting track that almost ventures into the Nu Metal area. This is another well written and Tempest sounds pretty decent here. The song finishes with kids singing the Chorus with Tempest. It sounds better than I can describe it. You have to listen to this song to understand it.
Human After All is another mid tempo modern rocker. There is plenty of noodling by Norum here. At this point, this song is starting to sound too much like some of the others on the disc. It isn’t a stand out track to me by any means.
Ah yes………Love is Not the Enemy picks up the tempo. I really like the groove to this song. This is a great track!
A Mother’s Son starts with some piano playing, and ventures into a low tempo modern rock song. This isn’t my cup of tea, but I can see that some people may like this track. It isn’t a bad song, but it is one that I will probably skip while playing this disc.
Forever Travelling is another mid tempo song. It is just an ok track.
Brave and Beautiful Soul almost comes across sounding like a U2 track. I like U2, but I am not sure if I like Europe sounding like U2. Another track that I am not crazy about.
I was hoping that Europe would close this disc with a powerful and high tempo rocker. Devil Sings the Blues is that same mid tempo modern rock formula that the rest of the songs on this disc have. Once again, it isn’t a bad track, but it isn’t great either.
If you are looking for the Final Countdown 2006 style, you aren’t going to hear it on this record. If you can listen to Secret Society with an open mind, you may enjoy it. This is one of those CD that is pretty good through the first half and kind falls off about midway through the disc. Nonetheless, it is another solid effort from Europe.
Rating:Out of 10
- Secret Society
- Always the Pretenders
- The Getaway Plan
- Wish I could Believe
- Let the Children Play
- Human After All
- Love is not the Enemy
- Mother’s Son
- Forever Travelling
- Brave and Beautiful Soul
- Devil Sings the Blues
This video will give you a minor taste of the Europe 2006 sound.
The Carmine Appice Project is a CD that I absolutely had to hear.
All of the songs on this disc are written by Kelly Keeling and Carmen Appice with Tony Franklin on Bass, Appice on Drums and Keeling on vocals. All 3 are former members of Blue Murder. I hold that band in high regard. As you can probably tell by the front cover, each song has a different guitarist.
There is a stupid amount of talent on this CD. How do the songs stack up? Let me continue……….This CD isn’t what I expected at all. A few of the songs sound like well orchestrated Jam Sessions. It may appeal to some people, but I think I prefer a more concise musical effort but a solid 4 or 5 piece outfit. The mixing on the CD is horrible. Tony Franklin’s bass overpowers the rest of the music on just about every song. I am not impressed with the song writing either.
Days are Nights with Ted Nugent comes across as one of those Jam Sessions. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either.
Nobody Knew with Brian May was kind of boring to me.
Stash with Stevie Salas was just noise to me everytime I tried to listen to it. I skip this track every time now.
Where You Belong is a piano based number with Slash. I did not care for this song, I thought this was a poor use of Slash’s talent.
4 Miles High with Steve Morse has a good groove to it, but I did not care for the vocals on this song.
Gonna Rain with Richie Sambora is an almost Modern Rock song. There is a pretty good solo by Richie but as a whole this song is filler. I did not like this song.
This Time Around features Yngvie Malmsteen and Doug Pinnick. Awesome fretwork by Malmsteen, but this is just an odd combination. Pinnick’s vocals do not go with Yngvie’s high speed noodling.
Killing Time with Ty Tabor. More Filler. Skip!
Doin Fine with Vivian Campbell. This is a slower paced number. Did Vivian show up for this track? I can hear Tony Franklin. Oh wait….there he is….he showed up midway in this track. Did he phone this in?…..more crap!
Under the Moon and Sun with Edwar Winter on vocals and Mick Mars on Guitar. Edgar shines vocally on this track. Mick sounds pretty decent to. This is the best song on this CD.
Code 19 with Zakk Wylde. Zakk sounds great but this is a poor song.
Out of Mind with Neil Schon. Neil’s time is better spent in Journey, or Soul Sirkus, or cutting the grass (in the desert). Yawn!
Do You Think I’m Sexy with Pat Travers. Yes, its the Rod Stewart song with Carmen Appice on vocals. Oh my god, just when I thought this CD was bad, it gets worse. This is total crap.
G Z Blues is a bluesy number with Seymour Duncan and Steven Seagal (how the heck did he get on there?). This is pure instrumental and after the aforementioned tracks above, it was rather pleasing.
It has been a long time since a CD has actually pissed me off. This one has!. I doubt I will give this another listen. If you feel the need to buy this, I will sell you my copy!
Rating: Out of 10
Black Stone Cherry – This CD is still in high rotation on my playlist. I love this cd.
Warrant- Born Again
Whitesnake – Live in the Shadow of the Blues. Those new songs really smoke.
Carmen Appice Project – Ultimate Guitar Zeus. I am reviewing this one soon.
House of Lords – World Upside Down
Riot – Army of One.
Judas Priest – Angel of Retribution
Krokus – Hellraiser
Riot – Rock City
Zan Clan- Who the F**k are you? We are Zan Clan