How does the sequel compare to the original? Just like most sequels, this one is not as good as the original. The dual guitars of Michael Wilton and Mike Stone don’t quite meet up to the great sound of the former dynamic duo of Wilton and Chris DeGarmo. They do sound very good, but maybe not quite as powerful or melodic as the original guitar tandem.
Once upon a time, Geoff Tate’s voice could reach notes that most rock singers could only dream about imitating. Watch the video below; if you aren’t blown away by his amazing vocals, you are probably reading the wrong website:
In 2006, and beyond Geoff Tate can still sing well, but those amazing high notes has moved out of his vocal ability. With that being said, the last few Queensryche releases have been mostly disappointing to me, so my approach to Mindcrime II was timid at best.
Amazingly, I would consider Mindcrime II is the best disc that the band put out since 1994’s Promised Land. Mindcrime II continues on with the story of Nikki, and the infamous Dr. X. It may take you a couple of times to absorb the story from the music, but I am betting you will want to listen to this a few times anyway.
Some of the highlights of this disc are I’m American.
One Foot in Hell is a very cool, heavy progressive number. Hostage is a dark and heavy track that seems to grow on me more with each listen. The Hands is one of those tracks that you will need to listen to over and over a few times. The guitar work is superb, and sounds pretty close to classic Queensryche.
The Chase, featuring the combined vocals of Geoff Tate and (Dr. X) Ronnie James Dio is one of the better Queensryche tracks I have heard in a while. Tate’s and Dio’s voices sound great together.
Fear City Slide has a killer bass groove, and is a very good listen.
Every time I listen to this disc, I hear something different, and tend to like the songs a little more each time. The first time I listened to this disc, I was disappointed, but my opinion has changed with time. This is one of those sleeper discs that needs to grow on you.
This may not be the stellar effort that Operation Mindcrime is, or the hit cranking machine of Empire, but is a solid listen, and certainly essential to every Queensryche fan.
Rating: Out of 10
- Freiheit Over
- I’m American
- One Foot in Hell
- The Hands
- Speed of Light
- Signs Say Go
- Re-Arrange You
- The Chase
- If I Could Change It All
- An Intentional Confrontation
- A Junkie’s Blues
- Fear City Slide
- All the Promises
“I wish to express my sympathy to Mark St. John’s family and friends. Though Mark was the guitarist I replaced, I respected his talent and contribution to Kiss. May he rest in peace.”
Mark St. John died early Thursday morning from a cerebral hemorrage. He was 51. St. John performed on the 1984 Kiss album Animalize.
Great White Members Ask To Be Dismissed From Station Fire Civil Suits
According to ww2.wpri.com, Great White band members, whose pyrotechnics ignited a deadly fire at The Station nightclub are asking to be dismissed from lawsuits stemming from the blaze.
The band members say they weren’t involved in the decision to use pyrotechnics and had no role in setting them off the night of the 2003 fire.
The blaze at the West Warwick club killed 100 people and began when the band’s pyrotechnics ignited flammable soundproofing foam.
The band was sued in federal court by fire survivors and victims’ relatives.
Mark Kendall (guitar), David Filice (bass) and Eric Powers (drums) filed court papers yesterday seeking to be removed from the case. Lead singer Jack Russell is among the defendants but did not join in the request.
The band’s tour manager is in prison after pleading guilty to igniting the pyrotechnics.
RUSH – Classic DVDs To Be Reissued As Individual Releases
Coinciding with the release of RUSH’s Snakes & Arrows album(due out May 1st via Anthem/Atlantic), Mercury/UME is releasing individual DVD’s of Exit…Stage Left, Grace Under Pressure and A Show Of Hands. Originally released on DVD in the Replay X 3 boxed set, while Replay X 3 is the only source for the Grace Under Pressure CD soundtrack, there are rumors that the individual DVD’s may include bonus videos not included in the boxed set versions.
MÖTLEY CRÜE – VINCE NEIL’s “Mötley Cruise 2008” On Sale Now The official MÖTLEY CRÜE website has been updated with the following:
January 24th – 28th, 2008
The Carnival Imagination
4 Days of Rock & Roll On The High Seas
Miami to Key West, FL and Calica, Mexico
VINCE NEIL and Carnival Cruise Lines invite you to embrace your Wild Side and board the newly renovated Carnival Imagination for a 4-day rock & roll vacation filled with music, fun and sun – and of course, plenty of Girls Girls Girls! Departing from Miami on January 24th, 2008, we’ll set sail for the Mayan Riviera, stopping by Key West, before making our way to Calica, Mexico!
Vince Neil’s Mötley Cruise in 2008 will feature an up-close and personal concert by Vince and his band, in addition to live performances by several other hot musical acts, being announced soon! We’ll have an array of exclusive events, including meet and greets with the artists, our wet and wild shore excursions in Key West and Cozumel, and our no-limit Texas Hold’Em charity poker tournament (with big cash prizes) and a one-of-a-kind live charity auction benefitting Vince’s Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation, just to name a few!
All of this takes place on board a world-class Carnival cruise with fine dining and 24-hour room service, full-service casino, beautiful swimming pools, spa, gym and other great amenities. Add a special Motley Cruise Survial Kit and the comfort of our nightly private lounge, and we’re sure you won’t go away mad!
Prices start at only $479 per person* with convenient payment plans available!
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If you have been wondering whatever happened to Kix, look no further than the band Funny Money. Funny Money features former Kix members, Steve Whiteman on vocals, and Jimmy Chalfant on drums. The band has gone through some line up changes over the years, but Funny Money has formed a solid four piece lineup with former Centerfold bassist, Mark Schenker and Rob Galpin on lead guitar.
Stick It, is the third studio album by Funny Money, and may be the best one yet. Legendary producer Beau Hill, mixed this disc, and all of the songs flow well as a result of it. Stick It should give Kix fans everything they have been wanting. This is a very strong offering full of AC/DC style, blues infested hard rock.
Check out a couple of tracks below:
About Women is a live video performance by Funny Money.
Slow to Blow is a great track that will give you an idea of what you will hear on Stick It.
If you like either of the tracks above, you need to pick this up. This is a disc that will appeal to 80’s Hard Rock fans, Kix fans, and probably quite a few AC/DC fans as well. It is solid all the way through, and well worth checking out.
Buy It! You will be glad you did!
Rating: Out of 10
- By The Balls
- Hot On Your Heels
- Big Bang Boom
- All Tied Up
- Fool’s Confession
- Slow To Blow
- Nowhere At All
- Play Me Like A Rhythm
- Thousand Thank Yous
- Weeds And Roses
- About Women
Funny Money is:
Steve Whiteman – Vocals
Jimmy Chalfant – Drums
Mark Schenker – Bass
Rob Galpin – Lead Guitar