Rhino Bucket’s new CD, “The Hardest Town” is now streaming online! You can listen to the whole CD at the following location on myspace. Check it out!!
Head over to Hardcore Superstar’s Myspace page to listen to their new album “Beg For It” in its entirety!
After 25 years hiatus of the “originals”, KROKUS is totally committed to write and produce an album that seamlessly fits into the groove of their work of the early eighties (Metal Rendez-Vous. Hardware, One Vice, Headhunter). They feel they owe this to their faithful fan base. And good things do take time!
In order to get a break from song writing and recording with a well-deserved change of scenery, KROKUS will play one exclusive summer festival in 2009 on August 5th in Zofingen, Switzerland.
Says Chris Von Rohr: “It’s always good to stop working in the studio for a moment and lose some sweat on stage. We most likely will play one or two new songs “live” and compare how they stand up against the best we already have from our back catalogue. The fans reaction at the concert will tell us. We call that the “Platinum-Stage-Test-Son-Of-A-Gun”.
And Marc Storace adds: “We shall perform on the eve of a full moon summer sky, when the spirit is naturally high. Open-air festivals are very special because they vibrate warm human feelings combined with a mystical touch. The promoters did well to call it the *Magic Night*.”
We “bridged” the long pause of the “originals” from the rocking ‘80s to last year’s reunion performance with GLOBE CLUB interviews of all members of the band. Chris Von Rohr asked us for the time being to also feature those video interviews on our HOME web page, as a reminder for fans to take in one or the other at their leisure between now and August. The interviews fill the gap and explain his view as the original founder of KROKUS with the events that took place then and now as well as Marc Storace’s thoughts on why he believed the reunion was the best for band and fans. Many fans waited patiently to hear from Fernando Von Arb, who kept on going steadily until recently. And the interviews with Mark “Koki” Kohler and Freddy Steady round out “the story told by the originals”. These interviews, in Chris’ mind, are a strong base to catch up for old fans and getting new fans “up to speed”.
One of the bands I am looking forward to seeing at Rock Gone Wild is Junkyard. Sure the lineup of the band may not be the same, but I never got a chance to see them back in the early 90’s.
“Hollywood” is one kick ass rock tune, and is easily one of favorites by this band. It will be interesting to see if Junkyard can still deliver the goods in 2009. Check out “Hollywood” below!
Where have you been Lou Gramm? The heralded singer of such great classics as Juke Box Hero, Double Vision, Hot Blooded, and Midnight Blue has been stunningly silent this decade. That has now changed with the formation of The Lou Gramm Band. Teamed up with brothers Ben and Richard, The Lou Gramm Band self-titled debut disc will be released this June.
One thing that surprised me about this disc is that Lou Gramm has turned into a Christian rocker. Most of the songs center on God, the Lord, and Lou’s relationship with Him. Songs such as Willing To Forgive, So Great, Redeemer, and That’s The Way God Planned It, all focus on redemption, forgiveness, and loving the Lord. This may explain where Lou’s been for the past few years, he was off finding religion.
The disc kicks off with Baptized By Fire which sounds like a typical Lou Gramm/Foreigner rocker. The guitar work by Don Mancuso sets the tone and pace. The rock & roll vibe is definitely apparent. Lou’s voice still sounds great. Although he may not be able to scream like it was the early 80s, he can still bring the rock as a front man.
Made To Be Broken is the best song on the disc, and shows that Lou can still deliver the goods like the days of old. A touch of the Foreigner sound creeps into this song. It would fit in nicely with any of their 80s releases. The guitar work is tight, the chorus memorable, and Lou’s voice sounds like 1985 all over again.
That’s The Way God Planned It is a song that really surprised me. It plays like a church hymn with a chorus that would get a lot of airplay on the Christian Lite FM radio stations. Complete with pipe organ and preacher’s lyrics, this song is without a doubt, the biggest disappointment of the disc.
Single Vision is not a follow up to the huge Foreigner hit Double Vision. Rather, it is a song that speaks about life without God, and how the teachings of the Lord should be in the classroom and that God should still be in the pledge of allegiance. It may be slightly controversial subject matter, but it certainly is a catchy tune.
The disc closes with You Saved Me, a slow, melodic, clunker of an ending. The piano intro is a nice touch, and the guitar solo is brilliantly performed, but the vocals don’t match the music, and once again, the heavy theme of reconnecting with God paints the entire song. This is another tune that is more church hymn than rock song.
So, is The Lou Gramm Band worth the price? Well, if you’re a fan of Foreigner and miss the vocal stylings of Lou, then yes. If you’re only a casual fan, you may want to download Made To Be Broken on ITunes, and skip the rest.
Rating: Out of 10
- Baptized By Fire
- Made To Be Broken
- Willing To Forgive
- That’s The Way God Planned It
- (I Wanna) Testify
- So Great
- Single Vision
- Rattle Yer Bones
- You Saved Me
The Lou Gramm Band Is
Lou Gramm – Lead vocals
Ben Gramm – Drums
Richard Gramm – Bass
Andy Knoll – Keyboards
Don Mancuso – Guitars
Reviewed by Ryo Vie