THE QUILL is back! Five years since their last studio album the band is ready to once again spread its musical gospel. The new album “Full Circle” is packed with heavy rock firmly rooted in the seventies but vibrant and updated rather than retro.
The Swedish four-piece has been around since the nineties and went on to release three acclaimed albums on SPV: “Voodoo Caravan” (2001), “Hooray! It’s a Deathtrip” (2003) and “In Triumph” (2006).
With the touring cycle for the latter record completed, the band and singer Magnus Ekwall parted ways and THE QUILL was put on the backburner. Drummer Jolle Atlagic joined now defunct Finnish glam legends Hanoi Rocks – touring Europe and Japan in the process – and also did a stint in The Real McCoy band alongside Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett. Christian Carlsson (guitar) and Robert Triches (bass) also kept busy with other projects.
In 2010, it was time for THE QUILL again. Songs were written and Magnus Arnar (X-Ground Mower and Soul 78) filled the vacant vocalist spot. It was a perfect match. The versatile 33 year-old has heaps of energy and a powerful voice that fits THE QUILL like a glove. Magnus has the required range to sing the old stuff but also a rawness that the band was looking for.
Yes, there’s a new twist to the sound. Less is more, if you will. The songs are sharp, direct and catchy, built around big riffs, big grooves and big hooks. Just check out “Sleeping With Your Enemy” and try to get that chorus out of your head. Surrender to the up-tempo outburst of energy that is “Medicine”. And physically feel how “Bring it on” simply rocks like a motherfucker, it has very much of a classic rock sound but yet still has that contemporary feel in the Foo Fighters/Queens Of The Stone Age vein.
Needless to say, THE QUILL is a band reborn. This is what they are meant to do. Great music and great shows will always find an audience.
Magnus Arnar (vocals)
Christian Carlsson (guitars)
Jolle Atlagic (drums)
Robert Triches (bass)
“The Quill” (1995)
“Silver haze” (1999)
“Voodoo caravan” (2002)
“Hooray! It’s a deathtrip” (2003)
“In triumph” (2006)
“Full Circle” (2011)
BLIZZARD OF OZZ AND DIARY OF A MADMAN RESTORED AND REMASTERED SET FOR RELEASE ON MAY 31ST
In celebration of the forthcoming reissues of Ozzy’s landmark albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, fans will be able to download a new 8-pack of songs for the Rock Band platform on May, 31st. The tracklist includes “Mr. Crowley,” “Steal Away (The Night),” “I Don’t Know,” “Flying High Again,” “Over the Mountain,” “Diary of a Madman,” “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (pack only), and “Bark at the Moon” (pack only).
The restored and remastered editions of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman will also be in stores everywhere on May 31st, along with a special 30th anniversary deluxe collector’s box set which includes, both albums on CD and vinyl, a 100 page coffee table book, the “30 Years After the Blizzard” documentary DVD, a full sized detailed replica of Ozzy’s iconic cross, and more.
Ozzy Amazon pre-order links: http://myplay.me/64m
I have been anxious to hear new Warrant music, with Robert Mason on vocals ever since I first saw them play live with Mason singing back in 2009.
When the band debuted a couple of their new songs at the M3 Rock Festival in 2010, I knew we were going to have another cool Warrant album on our hands before long.
With no surprise, Rockaholic has exceeded my expectations by far.
There are several great tunes on Rockaholic, and way too many to talk about individually. The songs that are amongst my favorites are “Sex Ain’t Love”, “Dusty’s Revenge”, Life’s A Song”,”Show Must Go On” and “The Last Straw”.
This is easily Warrant’s strongest album since Dog Eat Dog, and surpasses the previous effort Born Again with Jamie St. James by a mile!
Robert Mason is a fantastic vocalist, and some may argue, “Yeah, but he ain’t Jani Lane”, but quite honestly, I think he is a better hard rock singer overall. That isn’t a dig against Jani, I like him a lot too. I believe Robert Mason has the voice that is going to keep Warrant around for many more years. Rockaholic is great beginning to the Robert Mason era of Warrant, and is a CD you should be checking out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Sex Ain’t Love 3:57
2. Innocence Gone 3:40
3. Snake 3:44
4. Dusty’s Revenge 4:26
5. Home 3:27
6. What Love Can Do 4:19
7. Life’s A Song 4:09
8. Show Must Go On 2:48
9. Cocaine Freight Train 2:57
10. Found Forever 4:14
11. Candy Man 4:04
12. Sunshine 3:53
13. Tears In The City 3:34
14. The Last Straw 4:12
Robert Mason – Vocals
Joey Allen – Guitars
Eric Turner – Guitars
Jerry Dixon – Bass
Steven Sweet – Drums
Adelitas Way and MTV2 have premiered the official video for, “Sick,” the first single off the band’s upcoming sophomore album, Home School Valedictorian. It might be too easy to say the band gives a “sick” performance, but when you mix hard rock guitar riffs with a powerful vocal delivery and combine that with a set filled with burning objects in the middle of a long tunnel, you get that extra punch in this video. “Sick” is available now on iTunes.
For more information on Adelitas Way, make sure to check on the band’s official website, www.adelitaswayrock.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Look for Home School Valedictorian in stores and online everything June 7th. In the meantime, fans can preview the entire album through the official YouTube Album Sampler.
When Faster Pussycat released their 2006 CD, The Power and the Glory Hole, I was less than impressed by the band’s move to their industrial twinged sleaze. Judging from the sounds on Priscilla’s latest effort, Eight Lives Gone, Faster Pussycat could have learned a thing or two from Priscilla. They simply do it better.
Singer Brad Slitt has composed an album full of sleazy good rockers, that are a lot of fun to listen to.
One of my favorites is the hard rockin’ title track, “Eight Lives Gone”. I can only imagine the electricity the band brings to the stage with this tune.
I can imagine the lighters swaying back and forth on the hair ballad “Fade Away”. While this song is good, the drum track kind of takes away what could have been one of the finer moments on this CD.
Powered by kick ass tunes like “High Tonight”, “High Fashion” and “Six Six Sex”, Eight Lives Gone offers up a guttural attack on the senses that I won’t soon forget.
The production qualities of Eight Lives Gone could have been a lot better, but this is still a pretty good CD overall. Ohio may not be a hot bed for sleaze rock, but Priscilla certainly gives me hope for a rekindled music scene that is long overdue for some new excitement. Check out Eight Lives Gone for some sleazy good rock!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Satanic Panic / Lord of The Flies
02. High Tonight
03. Eight Lives Gone
04. Generation Exploitation
05. High Fashion
07. Like a Tattoo
08. Six Six Sex
09. Twilight Alley
10. Hiroshima Shake
11. Fade Away
12. Kill Kult Kids
13. Zinc Alloy