OZZY OSBOURNE: New Album Is In The Same League As ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’, ‘Diary Of A Madman’
Ozzy Osbourne has told Dan Epstein of Revolver magazine (web site) that he has finally found the perfect setting for making records: the newly soundproofed guest house behind his Beverly Hills mansion, which he’s outfitted with a mixing desk and a ProTools rig.
“When I made records before, I’d have to get up, get in a cab or car, go to the studio, and wait for everyone to turn up,” Osbourne explained. “If you’re already inspired before you leave for the studio, you’re fucked by the time you get there! But now I have the luxury of working in my own home. I can play the music on my own sound system, and I can lie down in my room and watch my flat-screen TV whenever I like.”
Unlike 2001’s slickly produced “Down to Earth”, the last album of original Ozzy material, the new disc promises to be a rawer and heavier affair. Recorded with the same band that backed Osbourne on his scattered 2006 Ozzfest dates — Zakk Wylde on guitar, Mike Bordin on drums, and former ROB ZOMBIE bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson — the album has no official producer, although longtime Mutt Lange protégé Kevin Churko is serving as the engineer.
“Kevin‘s working the machines and helping me with the songwriting,” said Osbourne. “He really knows what he’s doing with the ProTools, which is good because I can’t work the fucking thing. I can barely work a light switch!”
“We just went in and jammed out the riffs, just like how they made ‘Back in Black’ and all the SABBATH record,” said Wylde. “I don’t need Bob Rock there to tell me what to do, like that ‘Vagina Monologues’ band METALLICA. When you know where you’re going, you don’t need to ask for fucking directions! It sounds like classic Ozzy — there’s piano ballads, there’s an acoustic thing, and then there’s the heavy shit. From the beginning, Oz kept saying to me, ‘Zakk, we need another ‘No More Tears’ — we’ve gotta piss all over that fuckin’ record. This thing’s gotta be able to hang with ‘Diary of a Madman’!'”
“I always try to make a great album,” says Osbourne. “It’s not like I go in there and go, ‘You know what? I’ve had a great run — I’m gonna do a piece of shit for my next album!’ But to be perfectly truthful to you, ‘Down to Earth’ was just a filler album to me. It did well, and some people liked it, and I loved the ballad on it [‘Dreamer’]. But this album I put in the same league as ‘No More Tears’, ‘Blizzard of Ozz’, and ‘Diary’. It’s definitely my influence of SABBATH coming out, here and there. But then again, I would have liked to see SABBATH put out an album like this at this stage of the game.”
For more on Ozzy Osbourne‘s new solo album, pick up the March 2007 issue of Revolver magazine, set to hit newsstands this coming Monday, January 15. More information is available at www.revolvermag.com.
Former Rough Cutt and Quiet Riot singer Paul Shortino has a new CD coming out from his new band called The SideFX.
This band features Ira Black (Vicious Rumours) on guitar, Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake), and Patrick Johannson (Yngwie Malmsteen) on drums.
You can listen to a new track, Voice In Your Head, off their forthcoming disc here.
House of Lords are on tour with Bang Tango have dates scheduled in the following cities:
|Tue||01/16/07||Hartford, CT||Webster Theatre / Underground|
|Wed||01/17/07||Worcester, MA||Lucky Dog Music Hall|
|Fri||01/19/07||Newport, RI||Newport Blues Cafe|
|Sat||01/20/07||Springfield, VA||Jaxx, Springfield, VA|
|Sun||01/21/07||Farmingdale, NY||Crazy Donkey|
|Wed||01/24/07||Warren, MI||The Ritz|
|Sat||01/27/07||Sharonville, OH||Rhinos Live|
Frank Hannon from Tesla is opening for Winger in support of his solo CD, Guitarz from Mars.
Dates are scheduled as follows:
The Descent is the second major film directed by Neil Marshall. If Neil keeps directing films like this one, he will be on his way to Hollywood’s A-List.
The Descent features an unknown cast:
Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone. Does that stop this from being a great film? Not at all.
The Descent is one of those movies that will make you jump (and does so quickly), and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The premise of the story is this: A bunch of female friends reunite for extreme adventures each year. The focus in the Descent is their spelunking trip into an unnamed, unmapped cave system. Without giving away too much. Lets just say that they find a lot more adventure(hehehe) than they bargained for.
This movie surprised me greatly. It has been a long time since a movie has made me jump. The Descent does this easily, and unexpectedly.
Horror Fans need to rent this one quick. It is very good!
Rating:Out of 5
Back in the late 90’s when most of the Big Hair bands went into hiding, and fans of the genre were struggling trying to find new music to listen to, one band from Germany, PC69, threw caution to the wind and released a killer Hair Metal CD, Electrified.
Sadly, this went largely unnoticed in the United States, as interest in this music just wasn’t there at the time.
Pink Cream 69 as they are known as in Germany consists of David Readman on vocals, Alfred Koffler on guitars, Dennis Ward on bass and Kosta Zafiriou on Drums.
Readman has a voice that sounds like a cross between Kip Winger and David Coverdale. Judging from this disc, Alfred Koffler is an amazing yet very under rated guitarist.
Electrified has several stand out tracks including Shame, Stranger In Time, Break the Silence, Electrified, Over the Fire and Burn Your Soul.
This album rocks hard until you get all the way to Rocket Ride, which is the album’s lone power ballad.
This disc is a nice little gem in my collection. When I play this disc for my friends who into the old hair metal scene, their initial reaction is usually, “Oh My God, Who is this band?!”
You can find most of the Pink Cream 69 releases on ITunes now. I have included some videos below so you can hear how good this band is for yourself!
Rating:Out of 10
Over the Fire
Stranger in Time
- Stranger In Time
- Break the Silence
- Over the Fire
- Losing My Faith
- Higher Kind of Love
- Burn Your Soul
- Rocket Ride
- Best For You
- Gone Again
I recently read some good things about the Lizards so I decided to check them out myself to see what they were like.
The Lizards features former Riot, and current Masterplan singer Mike DiMeo on vocals, and former Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult Drummer Bobbi Rondinelli.
I enjoyed Mike’s vocals on the last couple of Riot albums, but that didn’t prepare for me what I was about to hear on Against All Odds.
This disc is more like a 70’s classic rock disc than the progressive, power metal of Riot. The cool thing about this disc is, it sounds great but not too dated. This is a very polished and well produced disc. Mike DiMeo’s voice sounds better here than I have ever heard him anywhere else. He shows more style and range than he has on anything else I have heard him on. Rondinelli’s drums are heavy and very thick. I forgot how good of a sound he had behind the skins. Patrick Klein’s guitars have a sound not unlike Ritchie Blackmore. Randy Pratt has such a good bass grove combined with Rondinelli’s drums, you would think these guys have been playing together for decades.
I’m the One features an almost David Coverdale like vocal by DiMeo. Randy Pratt’s fat bass sound is mixed really well with DiMeo’s vocals.
Can’t Fool Myself is a 9 minute classic that ventures into Deep Purple like territory. This is a very up tempo track with some killer guitar work by Patrick Klein, and super fast bass licks by Randy Pratt. Words can not tell you how cool this track is.
On A Wire is a funky song that features a killer duet with Mike DiMeo and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath).
Planck Time is an instrumental track that strangely enough has a Dave Matthews blues harp sound to it, with guitars by Klein that rock once more.
Ariel is a short instrumental track with DiMeo on the harpsichord and Klein’s howling guitars, with a brief vocal by DiMeo. This track leads into the next track My Dark Angel, seemlessly.
When I heard My Dark Angel the first time, I was pretty astounded. This is an amazing song that starts off slow and builds into this monster rock track with a heavy bass rhythm. DiMeo’s vocals here are amazing. He is approaching Jorn Lande territory in this song. Rondinelli’s drums sound so damn good here, and Randy Pratt is playing the bass like a demon possessed by the need to set the strings on fire. This is a killer track that you play again and again. Excellent!
Bad Luck Is Come To Town is a short and funky rock track. DiMeo shows the soulfulness of his voice here. This is another track where Rondinelli’s drums absolutely rock.
Revelation #9 features another duet with the howling vocals of Glenn Hughes and Mike DiMeo. This Piano driven track almost has a Beatlesque feel to it, before moving into a heavier guitar driven sound.
Take the Fall is another funky track that could easily have sounded at home on any Deep Purple disc. This track has the third duet with Hughes and DiMeo. This is lengthy rocker that clocks in just shy of 9 minutes. The middle of this track has a heavy jam session done The Lizards way.
Up The Stairs features the 4th and final duet between Glenn Hughes and Mike Dimeo. This song almost has a funky disco feel to it, with much heavier over tones. There are lots of horns and heavy guitars on this track, but this one does not work for me.
Eleven is a keyboard driven ballad, with a funky bass lick by Randy Pratt. This track is just OK to me.
The Arrival of Lyla finishes off Against All Odds with an upbeat track with Patrick Klein’s howling guitar licks.
From beginning to end, Against All Odds is a very well crafted disc. The sound is extremely deep on every track while, each track offers something sonically different. The Lizards pull this music off in a effortless Hard Rock flair that is sonically pleasing and leaves you wanting more. This is a new classic rock disc for the masses and is nothing short of a musical masterpiece. Not too many discs come across my player as good as this one.
Deep Purple fans and Classic Rock fans both need to pick this up! You can hear more of these tracks at the Lizard myspace page here.
Rating:Out of 10
- I’m No Good
- Can’t Fool Myself
- On A Wire
- Planck Time
- My Dark Angel
- Bad Luck Is Come to Town
- Revelation #9
- Take the Fall
- Up the Stairs
- The Arrival of Lyla
I hesitated picking up Winger – IV based on some other comments I have read regarding this disc. I have always like Kip Winger’s voice and Reb Beach’s guitars, so I figured I may as well give this a chance.
If you pick up IV thinking you are going to hear songs similar to Seventeen, and Madalaine, you will be greatly disappointed. This release is a more modern sounding rock record. The bubblegum pop metal goodness of past Winger releases is gone. This a more of a more melodic/AOR rock album.
This disc starts off with a heavy yet melodic track Right Up Ahead. I have listened to this track a few times and have grown to like it more. Blue Suede Shoes is an acoustic driven track with a great vocal by Kip. This is one of those songs that needs to grow on you. Four Leaf Clover is a more upbeat modern rock style track. I am not crazy about this song.
I expected a song with a name like M16 to blow me away. The rhythm to this track is unmistakably Winger. I have grown to like this track with time.
Your Great Escape is an upbeat rocker. Reb’s guitars shine on this track. This is my favorite track from this disc.
Disappear is an interesting track with a moody sounding keyboard synthesizer to start the track off with, but flows into a sound that is more reminiscent of, In the Heart of the Young Era Winger. I like this track alot.
On A Day Like Today is a low tempo number. Kip’s vocals sound good, but this is a track that doesn’t stick with you for very long.
Living Just to Die is a heavier up tempo number. This is another track that has grown on me quite a bit. Short Flight to Mexico continues on a heavy pace, and is another enjoyable track.
Generica is one of those tracks that grow on you with time. I didn’t like this track the first couple of times that I heard it, and have grown to like this one too.
Can’t Take it Back is a low to mid tempo number that sounds better LOUD!
You can hear some of the songs at Winger’s my space page at www.myspace.com/wingertheband.
I have updated my review as of 2/14/07. Hearing some of these songs live has changed my perspective completely. I don’t think my initial review was fair, so I made some updates.
Rating: Out of 10
- Right Up Ahead
- Blue Suede Shoes
- Four Leaf Clover
- Your Great Escape
- On A Day Like Today
- Living Just To Die
- Short Flight to Mexico
- Can’t Take it Back
Judging from the strength of The Erotics 4th release, Rock N Roll Killing Machine, they will be a band to watch in 2007.
This is a short release. 7 tracks, 1 cover tune, 1 song is a clean version of the same song (probably made for radio). This is a hard rock release that oozes punk, glam and sleaze, and just rocks the house. The Erotics remind me of early L.A. Guns and maybe a little bit of old Motley Crue. Their lead singer Mike Trash has a sound similar to Alice Cooper at times, but his delivery is much quicker paced giving the Erotics a totally unique sound.
The songs on RNRKM are all pretty solid. Rock N Roll Killing Machine is a great rocking track that has to translate well live. I Like It The Way That You Hate Me oozes sleaze, and is catchy enough to sing along with it. Drop the Bomb is another energetic track that I find myself playing over and over. Drink, Fight and Fuck is a great rock anthem, and is easily the best song on this disc. You will not get this song out of your head…..Ever!! Only A Fool shows that the Erotics can slow it down a little bit, and still sound great. I Wanna Be Somebody is a cover of the W.A.S.P. track. The Erotics make this version a fusion of Punk and Metal. I think I like their version better.
Rock N Roll Killing Machine is a tasty appetizer that will have you wanting more. The good news is the Erotics next disc, 30 Seconds Over You, is coming out in 2007.
You can grab this very reasonably at ITunes and at CDBaby. CDBaby has it set up so you can listen to all of the tracks here:Rock N Roll Killing Machine. You can also listen to some of their new tracks at their MySpace page here.
Rating:Out of 10
- Rock N Roll Killing Machine
- I Like It The Way That You Hate Me
- Drop the Bomb
- Drink, Fight and Fuck
- Only A Fool
- I Wanna Be Somebody
- Drink, Fight and F*ck (clean version)
Hi Guys and Girls,
Here is my Playlist for the Week Ending 1/13/07.
Winger – IV
The Answer – Rise (This is an amazing CD and group.)
Vicious Rumours – Warball
Kid Ego – Ignite the Tide
Army of Anyone – S/T
Dream Evil – United
Sweet F.A. – Stick To Your Guns
Its been a long time since there has been any new material by Leatherwolf. 1989 to be exact.
This lineup is missing original vocalist Mike Olivieri who decided to leave the band in 2000.
The vocals on World Asylum were filled by former Crimson Glory and Seven Witches singer, Wade Black. Drummer, Dean Roberts and Guitarist, Geoff Gayer are the lone holdouts from original Leatherwolf lineup. Rounding out this quintet are Riot bassist, Pete Perez and former Helstar guitarist, Eric Halpern.
There are a few quality metal tracks on World Asylum that are worth hearing. I Am the Law, King of the Ward, Behind the Gun. At this point in the record, the songs start sounding the same to me. It is solid well sung and well played Power Metal, but I keep looking for a track or two to grab me the way several tracks did on Dream Evil’s United release, and it never seems to happen.
I have given this disc multiple listens over the last 3 weeks, and each time I find that I have a hard time making it through the whole disc in the same sitting.
I liked the initial releases by Leatherwolf, but I just couldn’t get into this disc. Some hardcore metal fans may find this disc more enjoyable than I did. I would suggesting listening to some tracks first before picking this one up.
Singer Wade Black has left the band since this disc has come out, so maybe he didn’t get into it either.
Rating: Out of 10
- I Am the Law
- King of the Ward
- Behind the Gun
- Live or Die
- Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.)
- The Grail
- Never Again
Quite possibly one of the best discs of 2005 is Lipservice, the 10th release by Swedish rockers Gotthard. Gotthard is well known in the UK and Europe, but continue to go unnoticed in the United States. It is really a shame, because a record this good should really be heard by the masses.
“Lipservice” has gone Double Platinum in Switzerland and continues to sell well everywhere but in the United States.
Gotthard has a sound that falls somewhere between Def Leppard and Bon Jovi, but”Lipservice” is a stronger release than either of those bands have put out in years.
Whether you want some rocking pop metal songs or some power ballads, “Lip Service” has it all.
“All We Are”, and “Dream On” start this disc off right by rocking. “Lift You Up”, should have been a massive hit here. “Everything I Want“, is an awesome Def Leppard like power ballad, and “Cupid’s Arrow” sounds a lot like a Whitesnake track musically.
“I’m Alive” is an excellent heavy track with a killer vocal by Steve Lee. “Stay For the Night” and “Anytime Anywhere” could have both been radio hits. Both tracks have a sound that is similar to House of Lords.
“Said and Done” is another quality rock track with excellent guitars of Leo Leoni and Freddy Scherer.
“Nothing Left At All” is an acoustic guitar, piano based ballad that could have been another big hit.
There is a lot to like on Lip Service. This is a very upbeat and clean sounding record. It has a good mix of excellent vocals, and great sounding guitars, crafting one of the best Hard Rock/Melodic metal discs I have ever heard. Fans of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and the Scorpions are going to like this disc a lot. All other should at least give this a listen too.
Here are a couple of videos from Lip Service for you to check out!
Lift You Up
- All We Are
- Dream On
- Lift You Up
- Everything I Want
- Cupid’s Arrow
- I Wonder
- I’m Alive
- I’ve Seen An Angel Cry
- Stay For the Night
- Anytime Anywhere
- Said and Done
- The Other Side of Me
- Nothing Left At All
- And Then Goodbye
Steve Lee – vocals
Leo Leoni – guitars
Mandy Meyer – guitars
Marc Lynn – bass guitar
Hena Habegger – drums
DC4 is hard at work on their new CD EXPLODE. They have posted a new demo track called Long Hard Road to Lost. You can listen to it here.
Frontiers Records is very pleased to announce the release of two separate JORN records entitled “Unlocking The Past” and “The Gathering” on January 27th 2007.
The concept behind this dual release is to encounter the fans’ request for more material and to make some of Jorn’s earlier work more available.
“With “The Gathering””, Jorn says, “I’m removing dust from some of my earlier recordings because I believe some of these songs deserve a second chance in history”. “Some tracks have been rerecorded from scratch, simply because I felt they would sound better with new arrangements and approach” continues the Norwegian singer, adding “Others have been remixed and have this way been given a “face lift” due to the fact that the original recordings didn’t sound that great productionwise. All songs have been digitally mastered by my good friend Tommy Hansen and I hope that this album will please my old as well as my newer fans”.
“Unlocking the Past” includes some previously unreleased cover songs that were originally considered to be “leftovers” or additional bonus tracks for previous JORN albums. Many of them were never included on any official release. Some brand new covers were also recorded specifically for this release. Dust has been brushed from these recordings; the remix of “Burn”, “The day the earth caught fire” (which originally appeared on Jorn’s solo debut album “Starfire”), and the remastered version of “On and On” (which was supposed to appear on a Millennium covers album a few years back), complete the tracklisting of the album.
“I’m very excited about releasing these songs from the treasure chest” Jorn says and surely this is nothing less than a nice present for the numerous fans of one of the greatest Rock singers today.
The new Masterplan CD MII featuring former Riot singer Mike DiMeo, and ex-Axel Rudi Pell, and Artension drummer Mike Terrana will be released on February 23.
One of the many bands lost in the shuffle of the grunge movement of the early 90’s was Indianapolis natives Sweet F.A.
I had the pleasure of seeing these guys live a few times before they broke up, and they always put on a good show.
Stick To Your Guns is the debut disc by this 5 piece unit of Steven David DeLong on vocals, Jon “Lightning” Huffman and James Thunder on guitars, Jim Quick on bass and Tricki Lane on drums.
This band has a great sound, which is a cross of sleaze metal and a dash of southern rock. They seemed ripe to make it big back in the early 90s but they never seemed to get the marketing push they needed by MCA to get them over the hump. They had the look, the swagger, the sound to get them there, but MCA didn’t really know how to market Hard Rock artists very well, and their success was cut short, way too early.
There are some excellent tunes on this disc that still hold up pretty well today. Prince of the City is a great high energy track to start this disc off with. Nothin’ For Nothin’ is another sleazy rocker that reminds me of the Bullet Boys quite a bit. The beat and groove of Rhythm of Action is killer. Whiskey River is a powerful rocker in the vein of Skid Row. The acoustic power ballad Heart of Gold is easily as good as anything you heard from the more successful bands of the era (Warrant, Poison, Cinderella). This disc ends with the acoustic track Southern Comfort. This is a very cool song to end this disc with.
This is one of those CD’s that 80’s hard rock fans can break out at any time and still enjoy. Great vocals, and musicianship by the Sweet F.A. guys. This is one of those discs that is out of print and is becoming harder to find, so pick one of these up if you can get your hands on it!
Rating: Out of 10
Here is the video for Rhythm of Action:
- Prince of the City
- Nothin’ for Nothin’
- Rhythm of Action
- Do A Little Drivin’
- Daily Grind
- Stick To Your Guns
- Whiskey River
- I Love Women
- Breakin’ The Law
- Heart of Gold
- Devil’s Road
- Southern Comfort
Sweet F.A. is:
Steven David DeLong – vocals
Jon “Lightning” Huffman – guitars
James Thunder – guitars
Jim Quick – bass
Tricki Lane – drums
ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA, the band featuring drummer Tommy Lee (MOTLEY CRUE), guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES), vocalist Lukas Rossi and bassist Johnny Colt (BLACK CROWES, TRAIN), took part in “CD USA”‘s broadcast of the “America’s Party” New Year’s Eve celebration from the famous Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. Watch the band’s performance at YouTube.com:* “Underdog” (video)* “Leave the Lights On” (video)* “Headspin” (video)* “Can’t Bring Myself to Light this Fuse” (
video) * “Be Yourself (And 5 Other Cliches)” (video) ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA frontman Lukas Rossi was videotaped accepting a gold record plaque at the SonyBMG Canada offices for Canadian sales in excess of 50,000 copies of the band’s self-titled debut album.******************************************************************************************
Universal Music has set up an alternative, free download site for fans who purchased the “Kiss Alive! 1975-2000” box set without the bonus tracks — “2000 Man” and “God of Thunder”. If any KISS fans can’t get the replacement discs from Best Buy, they can use the following code from January 8 through January 14 ONLY to get the two tracks: P3Hw6qV6. Click here and enter the code to download the songs now.
As previously reported, the “Kiss Alive! 1975 – 2000” box set sold just over 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 167 on The Billboard 200 chart.
“Kiss Alive! 1975-2000” comes with the first three “Alive” albums from 1975, 1977, and 1993, as well as the December 31, 1999 Millennium show from Vancouver, British Columbia, which was supposed to be “Alive IV” but was never released.
The first “Alive!” album was a landmark for the band, becoming their first gold record, but singer-bassist Gene Simmons told Launch that their label wasn’t in favor of the idea. “We were on our last legs, Casablanca was gonna go belly-up,” he said. “We didn’t get paid for the album — in fact, when we told the record company we were gonna do a live record, they didn’t want to do that, because live records didn’t work. In those days, a live album was a liability. You did that after your career was over.”
I passed by the Dream Evil’s United disc in my local record shop several times over the last few weeks. Each time, the cover on this disc would catch my eye, but I haven’t ever heard a single track by this band in my life, so I wasn’t will to lay the bucks to check it out. My local store has a demo copy sitting out, and let me listen to the first couple of songs. This CD went home shortly thereafter. The real bonus is, I picked up one of the first pressings of this disc, that comes with a second CD, with 5 extra songs (at the same price).
What does Dream Evil sound like? If there was a 2nd New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Dream Evil would be one of the bands leading the pack. This is very much in the same vein as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, without sounding like either of those two bands. This isn’t power metal or progressive rock, this is heavy metal, the way it is supposed to be done!!
Lead Singer Niklas Isfeldt has the pipes to really belt out these tunes, and drive them home. At times he hits notes in the Rob Halford range, which is really cool to hear. Dream Evil has a fiery axe attack of Mark Black on lead, and Frederick Nordstrom on rhythm guitars. The heaviness of this guitar duo reminds me quite a bit of Accept, but the intensity of Peter Stalfors bass really gives this band a different sound. The commanding double bass drums of Pat Power tops off Dream Evil’s powerful yet melodic sound.
United is a very heavy disc, with no filler tracks. There are plenty of stand out tracks:
Fire! Battle! In Metal! is as good as metal anthems come. United, Evilution, Let Me Out, Higher on Fire and Back From the Dead are all impressive. When the band slows it down on Love is Blind, I was blown away. This is one killer heavy track that has to be heard to be appreciated.
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to the video and the 3 mp3’s below, and discover this awesome band for yourself. Fans of British Heavy Metal would be crazy not to pick this up! If I had heard this disc in 2006, it would have cracked my 2006 Heavy metal Top 5 list for sure.
Rating:Out of 10
Fire! Battle! In Metal!
Let Me Out
Back From the Dead
- Fire! Battle! In Metal!
- Blind Evil
- Let Me Out
- Higher On Fire
- Kingdom At War
- Love Is Blind
- Back From the Dead
- My Number One
- Calling Your Name
- Into the Unknown
- I Will Never
Jonathan Cohen of Billboard.com reports that VAN HALEN, R.E.M., PATTI SMITH, THE RONETTES and GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame March 12 during a ceremony at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. To be eligible for induction, this year’s class had to release their first single no later than 1981.
VAN HALEN faces the decision of whether to perform at the ceremony with ex-members. The group is without a lead singer, although rumors are swirling that original frontman David Lee Roth will tour with the outfit this summer. In addition, Eddie Van Halen’s teenage son recently replaced longtime bassist Michael Anthony in the band.
In a recent interview with The Plain Dealer, former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar expressed doubt VAN HALEN’s members can put aside their differences 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.”
According to the January 7, 2007 edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose is putting the final vocals down on the band’s new album that he has been working on at the Palms recording studios.
Rose announced last month on GUNS N’ ROSES‘ official web site a “tentative” March 6 release date for the band’s eternally delayed new CD, “Chinese Democracy”. In the posting, Rose also revealed he has split with longtime manager Merck Mercuriadis due to disagreements over the set up for the album release.
In order to properly plan for the release, GNR has canceled four January shows in Sacramento, Calif., Bakersfield, Calif., Reno, Nev., and San Diego.
“Chinese Democracy” is the first GUNS N’ ROSES album since the 1993 covers collection “The Spaghetti Incident”. In the ensuing decade, the group has lost every original member besides Rose and burned through a reported $13 million in recording expenses.
GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Greatest Hits” collection, which was originally issued in March of 2004, was certified triple-platinum on April 11, 2006 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of three million copies. The CD sold 18,000 copies in the United States last week alone (week ending Dec. 31), bringing the total number of copies sold since its release to 3.39 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
WARRANT will be releasing their first full length home DVD in March 07
The ALL new OFFICIAL DVD is titled: WARRANT Born Again D.V.D. Delvis Video Diaries. It features 12 NEW music videos from the 12 bombastic songs off of the Warrant CD Born Again. With video edits from Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet & Tommy Thayer. Bonus features include: 30 minutes of in the studio recording sessions, the making of Born Again. Also backstage on tour funny video debauchery of The Down Boys. We have also added to two slide shows for your viewing pleasures. Feel free to enjoy all this video magic with your neighbor’s, cranking up your surround sound unit to 11!
If you like your music full of sleaze, punk and in your face heavy rock and roll, you may want to check out North England Rockers, Kid Ego.
The first three tracks Ignite the Tide, Lady Conniver and Till I Die kick you in the head repeatedly and keep you asking for more. Ignite the Tide starts to loose speed about midway through the disc and picks back up again with the infectious Heartbreak Hooker. Deathrow, Flirtin’ with Suicide, and Long Time Runnin’ will have you break out your air guitar and leave you needing a neck brace.
Ignite the Tide is a powerful debut by Kid Ego. There are elements of their music that reminds me of early Motley Crue, L.A. Guns and a maybe a dash of Bad Religion. It is hard rock with one foot firmly implanted in punk. Kid Ego is a band that you will be hearing about for years to come.
This debut is positively worth your money. I had a hard time tracking this one down, but was able to get it from ITunes. Check it out!!
Rating: Out of 10
Here is the video for Flirtin’ With Suicide
- Ignite the Tide
- Lady Conniver
- Till I Die
- Magic Candy
- Sweet Bectoria
- Heartbreak Hooker
- Flirtin’ with suicide
- Long Time Running
While strolling through my local music store, I found this lost gem that I once had in my collection several years ago. Before, I picked this up again, it had been well over 10 years since I have last heard Loudness, so I didn’t remember their music at all.
Thunder in the East was originally released in 1985 and reissued in 2003. This was the first album released in the U.S. in the english language. After a little digging, I found that this disc peaked at #74 on the Billboard charts. Quite an accomplishment for a virtually unknown Japanese metal band.
How does this music stand up today? Pretty well. This is still a pretty good metal disc. I can hear Stryper and Iron Maiden like elements. (It sounds nuts, but it works for this band.)
The opening track Crazy Nights is a catchy heavy rocker with an excellent guitar riff to open the song.
There are a bunch of other quality tracks on this disc including Like Hell, Heavy Chains, Get Away, and The Lines are Down.
Lead singer, Minoru Niihara does an pretty good job vocally on this disc. Lead Guitarist, Akira Takasaki reminds me of Oz Fox quite a bit, but plays much heavier than that.
I enjoyed this disc quite a bit. This band may look like a 80’s big hair band but they were actually quite heavy for their time. Metal fans who haven’t heard this should certainly give this a look. There are some above average metal tracks that are worth discovering!
Enjoy the videos I found from Thunder in the East! If these don’t take you back 20 years, nothing will.
Rating: Out of 10
- Crazy Nights
- Like Hell
- Heavy Chains
- Get Away
- We Could Be Together
- Run For Your Life
- Clockwork Toy
- No Way Out
- The Lines are Down
- Never Change Your Mind
You can hear some tracks off the side project from Jani Lane, Bobby Blotzer, Robbi Crane and Kerri Kelli here!
KOTTAK (formerly KRUNK), fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Jimmy Ratchitt, who, in another life, as James Kottak, drummed for KINGDOM COME and, for the last 10 years, Germany metal legends SCORPIONS, have confirmed the following tour dates: January 4 – Universal City, CA – B.B. Kings 6 – Lancaster, CA – Schooners 18 – Fullerton, CA – Fender Ave Bar & Grill (with BLACK SYMPHONY) 20 – Tarzana, CA – Paladinos 27 – Fullerton, CA – Fender Ave Bar & Grill.
Kottak recently released their debut album, Therupy, via Escapi Music. His band also consists of his wife, and sister to Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, Athena on drums.
Very few bands in 2007 surprise me. One listen to a couple of tracks by The Answer, not only was I surprised, but my jaw dropped. This is the kind of CD that takes an unknown band and makes them superstars. Yes, its really that good!
The Answer is a 4 piece act hailing form Northern Ireland. This amazing band isn’t afraid to show their influences in their music. Name a 70’s rock act, and they have them listed as an influence.
Putting a finger on their music, and comparing them to another group really wouldn’t be fair, but I would say a cross between the Black Crows, and a heavy dose of (old) Aerosmith, and maybe a dash of AC/DC. I honestly don’t think the Black Crowes or Aerosmith have released a disc as strong as this one in a long time. This is a pure hard rock CD from beginning to end.
Usually, you will at least get some filler material with new rock acts, but this is a CD that is truly kick ass from beginning to end.
Singer Cormac Neeson, has a raspy Chris Robinson voice, with the melodic range of Robert Plant. The vocals are great here, but I have to give credit where credit is due. It isn’t just the vocals that make this music so great. The band backing up Neeson is pretty damn good too. Paul Mahon has some wicked skills on the guitar. Throughout Rise, the guitars are all amazing. You can hear hints of southern rock, blues and some slide guitar as well. The rhythm section of Michael Waters on Bass, and James Heatley on Drums would do most bands proud.
There are some definite stand out tracks on Rise. Under the Sky, Come Follow Me, Into the Gutter and Leavin’ Today are great songs that rock out.
Bottom line: If you want to hear a new band with a classic rock sound, that contains great vocals and music, you need to get this. You can hear some of their new songs at The Answer Myspace page. If you are looking to pick this up quickly, can you find on ITunes.
I have also included the video below:
Under the Sky
Come Follow Me
You can also see the new video for Never Too LateHere!
Rating:Out of 10
- Under the Sky
- Never Too Late
- Come Follow Me
- Be What You Want
- Memphis Water
- No Questions Asked
- Into the Gutter
- Sometimes Your Love
- Leavin’ Today
- Always On My Mind
Former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens and company returns with their 3rd release, Burden of Truth.
This band seems to get better with each new disc, and Burden of Truth is no exception.
Burden of Truth features the hard driving guitar tandem of Andy Lee and Evan Christopher. The Savatage like keyboards are all but gone on Burden of truth. This is more of a heavy guitar driven album. The sound is much better than the bands sophomore effort, the Middle of Nowhere.
One listen to this disc, and you will realize quickly that you are hearing some absolute classic Metal songs.
Heal You is one of the best tracks that I have heard within the last year. Great Stuff!
The Black is a classic metal track that will go down as a band favorite for years to come.
The guitar shredding and double bass drumming on Messiah is very cool.
The title track, Burden of Truth, has to be heard to be appreciated. This is one of those well written and performed songs that people will break out their lighters (or cell phones with today’s concert goers) it they see this played live in concert.
Bottom line, this is an excellent Metal CD, and very worth picking up. Zac Stevens has a killer voice, and he lays down excellent vocals on every track on Burden of Truth. His voice alone, merits a purchase of this disc.
Those looking for a Savatage sound-a-like CD, may do better with the new Jon Oliva’s Pain release Maniacal Renderings.
Rating:Out of 10
- Who Am I To Be?
- A Matter of Time
- Heal You
- Your Reality
- The Black
- Burden of Truth
- Live As One
I just never know what I am going to stumble on when I walk into my local music store. They always have a bunch of great metal offerings, so I never know what I will leave with.
I stumbled on this disc that was released in 2002, WWIII – When Got Turned Away. I had no idea that WWIII released another disc, so I had to give this a listen. Strangely enough, I didn’t really get into their self titled disc in 1990. Mandy Lion’s vocals were too abrasive for my musical taste at the time.
In 2007, my opinion has changed, because Mandy Lion’s voice is exactly what makes this disc work for me. For those of you haven’t heard Mandy Lion before, he had a voice that is somewhere between Udo from Accept, and Blackie Lawless from W.A.S.P, and a dash of Lemmy from Motorhead for good measure. He has a gravelly, alcohol soaked, sometimes growly delivery, but he is not one of those Death Metal grunters, which I personally despise.
The music here reminds me of pre-Painkiller Judas Priest and Accept mixed together. This is air guitar causing, fist in the air, head banging heavy metal. I couldn’t find a track that I didn’t like, and I thought the cover”Fighting for the Earth” from another obscure metal band, Warrior, was very well done.
The last couple of tracks are remixes of Walk With Me and Let the Flesh Rule the Mind. Both tracks come across sounding like WWIII doing Rob Zombie. They are ok, but it is kind of a strange way to end this disc.
When God Turned Away is a strait forward Metal CD. This will likely appeal to Accept and some Judas Priest fans. All others may want to stop by the bands’ MySpace page and give some of these tracks a listen.
Rating:Out of 10
- Walk With Me
- The Last Days of the Empire of Ignorance
- Let the Flesh Rule the Mind
- Fighting For the Earth (Warrior cover)
- Garden of Stone
- The Hard Way
- Kill the Lord of the World
- When God Walked Away
- Walk With Me (Remix)
- Let the Flesh Rule the Mind (Remix)
You can listen to a demo of Gears of War off the up and coming Megadeth album, “United Abominations” here!
Judas Priest is Looking At Mid-Year Release For ‘Nostradamus’ Concept Album
Launch Radio Networks reports: Things are going well with the recording of the new JUDAS PRIEST album. It’s a concept album about the 16th Century French prophet Nostradamus, and the band has started thinking about release dates. Frontman Rob Halford told Launch that everyone’s excited about the project. “The writing sessions were fantastic — some of the best writing that (guitarists) Glenn (Tipton) and K.K. (Downing) and myself have ever created, and we’re in good shape, we’re recording. And finger’s crossed, and with the belief that it’s ready when it’s ready, we should be out by the middle of 2007 with ‘Nostradamus’.”
POISON has announced plans to go into the studio to record an album of classic rock songs and they want the fans’ input. Post your cover-song suggestions in the comments section of the band’s official MySpace page by January 10 and it just might show up on their new record coming in late spring.
Put Cinderella, Kix, Britny Fox and dash of Def Leppard in a blender, and you may come out with something that resembles Miss Crazy.
You can easily hear similarities to all of these groups on Miss Crazy’s debut CD.
This a rocking affair that is going to appeal greatly to 80’s Hard Rock Fans! Miss Crazy may not win any awards for being original, but with so few of these bands putting out any quality music today, its nice to find a new group to carry the torch.
No Compromise has elements of all the bands I mentioned above. It is a heavy track which features the very Tom Keifer like vocals of Markus Allen Christopher. The track Billie treads down Kix street with another upbeat rocker.
Hide Island is more more in the vein of Def Leppard. This track features some killer guitar work, and is one of my early favorites.
Dizzy Dean Davidson shows up to sing Life’s Been Gone. Ok, not really, but it sure does sound like it.
You’re Blue sounds like it could have been performed by Night Songs era Cinderella. Scream is reminiscent of Blow My Fuse era Kix.
So Long is another with Britney Fox like song, with a Def Leppard style chorus. Now is another Cinderella like track.
Shut Eyes has elements of AC/DC, Def Leppard and Cinderella. Baby Let’s Go ends this disc on a high note with more Cinderella like elements.
Bottom Line: This is a all killer no filler kind of disc. All of the tracks are mid to high tempo to rockers. This is the kind of music that you want to put into your car CD player and play very LOUD! My only problem with this disc is that it didn’t end up my hands sooner! This is 80’s style hard rock/ hair metal that is as good as it gets today!
If you haven’t heard Miss Crazy yet, pay a visit to the band’s website at www.misscrazymusic.com.
They have a jukebox on their site where you can listen to these tracks.
Warning! You may find yourself running to the record store to pick this up!
Rating:Out of 10
- No Compromise
- Hide Island
- Life’s Been Good
- You’re Blue
- So Long
- Shut Eyes
- Baby Lets Go
Here is my playlist for week ending 1/5/07!
Circle II Circle – Burden of Truth
Leatherwolf – World Asylum – Review coming soon.
Kid Ego – Ignite the Tide – I will be reviewing this one soon.
Miss Crazy – S/T
Desperado – Ace
Army of Anyone – S/T
Warrant – Born Again – I am surprised about how much play I am getting out of this disc.
Black Stone Cherry – S/T
Sweet Cheater – Eatin’ Aint Cheatin’
Randy Piper’s Animal – Violent New Breed
Stone Sour – Come What(ever) May- I have been giving this a few more spins as of late, and I it has been growing on me more.
Zan Clan – Who the F**k Are You? – This keeps finding its way back into my play list.
Violent Divine – S/T
Whitesnake – Live…In the Shadow of the Blues – The new tracks are staying in active rotation. I love ’em!
Ok, this has nothing to do with anything, but I thought it was damn funny! I had to share this.
Desperado is the band that Dee Snider put together after Twisted Sister broke up back in 1988.
Elektra Records wanted a new disc, and strangely shelved this disc before it ever seen the light of day.
This was finally released under the moniker, Bloodied, But Unbowed in 1996. Poor sales sent this disc back to the closet it came out of. Luckily, Cleopatra Records released Ace in its original format as it was intended for release in 1990.
Desperado features the unmistakable vocals of Dee Snider, the guitars of former Ozzy guitarist Bernie Torme, Marc Russell (Widowmaker) and former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr. Three of these guys are well known musicians that could have propelled this disc on their own.
Why Elektra buried this is a mystery. It could have been the grunge movement (shudder) or the lack of a huge hit. Bernie Torme was quoted as saying “Well, it took years out of all our lives, though for me 99.9% was pure pleasure. It was a great album, great singer, great band, but unfortunately for us, a shit record company. Hey, its just my opinion. ”
How good are the tunes here? Read on!
Immediately, one would think to compare this band to Twisted Sister, but Desperado sounds nothing like Twisted Sister at all. Sure, its Dee Snider singing, but that is where the comparison ends.
Desperado is a more strait forward hard rock offering than the hair metal releases of Twisted Sister. Quite a few of these songs have a western hard rock flair, that brings something new to the table. Dee Snider sings more often than he screams on this disc, and the sound and production is surprisingly good.
Ace starts off with Hang ‘Em High which has an Aerosmith kind of flair to it. Each time I listen to this track it gets a little better. Gone Bad is a quick head banging rocker with some excellent guitar work by Torme.
Run Wild Run Free (The Maverick) has a twinge of southern rock going for it. Snider puts down a great vocal here.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter clocks in at over 7 minutes in length. This is a low to mid tempo track that takes a few listens to appreciate. Torme’s guitar has a bluesy flair here, and really shines. This is one of those songs that you hear at first and you don’t really get into, but slowly creeps up on you and sucks you back in.
Calling For You is a mid tempo track that could have been a hit, if it was released back in the early 90’s when this disc was originally intended for release.
More amazing fretwork can be found by Torme in See You At Sunrise, another song that is a gem on Ace.
Something about parts of There’s No Angels Here sounds like a cross between a Poison and Van Halen song, but as a whole, it is a very good track.
Made for Trouble is a radio ready track that is in the vein of Tesla.
Probably the best track on the disc is Emaheeval (I’m I evil). This is a hard driving catchy rocker that is just an amazing song to close this disc with.
It is a shame that this disc didn’t see the light of day back in the earlier 90’s. It could have spawned 2 or 3 hits, and kept this band together for another release. This disc is a no brainer for Dee Snider fans. Hard Rock fans ought to give this a look!
Rating: Out of 10
- Hang ‘Em High
- Gone Bad
- Run Wild Run Free (The Maverick)
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
- Calling For You
- See You At Sunrise
- There’s No Angels Here
- Made For Trouble
- Ride Through the Storm
- Son of a Gun
Bang Tango returned with another solid rocking disc in 2006 with From The Hip.
The opening track It’s All Ok, is better than Ok. It is an upbeat jamming rocker that will get your blood pumping. This track sets the stage high for the rest of the up and coming tracks .
Ain’t Nothin’ Better sounds like a cross between AC/DC and Guns ‘N’ Roses, and keeps the pace going nicely. Go, Go, Go is another killer track that has more of that AC/DC feel to it.
Carry Me Up is a slower song that almost seems out of place after the punch and delivery of the first three tracks. Mother Mary on the other hand, has a pretty cool bass groove, and is a catchy song to boot.
Get Use To It fails to deliver and feels like filler to me. I’m the One is a punchy track oozing with sleaze and ventures into Faster Pussycat territory.
Simple is sonically pleasing and vocally revolting all at the same time. One More Spin reminds me of old school Bang Tango. It has a crunching bass lick that is infectious as hell.
Angel Devil finishes this disc with an acoustic number that sounds out of place here.
From the Hip rarely sounds like older Bang Tango material and may repel some fans of the band’s earlier work. Joe Lesté’s voice is one you will either love or hate. Many times throughout this disc, his voice sounds raspier than ever. On some songs it works, others it does not. The music on most of the tracks are top notch, and makes this worthy of a listen. While this disc may not be essential to your collection, I enjoyed it, and I am sure those of you with an open mind will too!
You can hear some of the new tracks at Bang Tango’s Myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- It’s All Ok
- Ain’t Nothin’ Better
- Go, Go, Go
- Carry Me Up
- Mother Mary
- Get Use To It
- I’m the One
- One More Spin
- Angel Devil
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Here are my picks for the Top 5 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal CD’s of 2006.
1) Iron Maiden – A Matter of Life and Death – Just a Killer CD from Start to Finish.
2) Black Label Society – Shot To Hell- Zakk Wylde returns with another excellent CD.
3) Randy Piper’s Animal – Violent New Breed – Randy Piper puts out a killer W.A.S.P. like CD that kicks major ass.
4) Jorn – The Duke –Jorn Lande is an amazing vocalist who truly delivers with each new release. The Duke is no exception. Watch out for 2 new releases in January 2007 from Jorn.
5) Riot – Army of One – An excellentCD from Mark Reale and company. This is the kind of CD that will create new Riot fans.
1) Buck Cherry – 15 – Can anyone deny the infectious single Crazy Bitch? This is a great CD with very little filler. A great surprise in 2006.
2) Black Stone Cherry– What’s this another Cherry group? This CD has gotten a ton of play from me this year. I describe them as the Allman Brothers meets Metallica, or Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Alice In Chains. Whichever way you look at it, this is a killer CD that is easy to head bang to.
3) Warrant – Born Again – Another surprise in 2006 was Warran’t Born Again. This CD has amazing replay value, and recaptures the sound of Early Warrant, without Jani Lane. Great Stuff!
4) Krokus – Hellraiser –80’s Rock Made a Pretty good comeback in 2006, and Krokus put out a great CD that is easily one of the best they have ever done! This one is a must buy for all Hard Rock Fans.
5) Whitesnake – Live…..In the Shadow of the Blues – Whitesnake returns with a double live CD with 4 new Studio tracks with David Coverdale and company. The live tunes are great, and the new studio tracks are killer. Whitesnake is returning in June 2007 with a new studio disc, and will be another band to watch in ’07.
There was so much great music in 2006, it was really hard to choose a top 5 from each category. The CD’s listed above got the most spins from me in 2006, and I enjoyed these the most by far.
Ok…so its Aluminum. LOL.