I was fortunate enough to get an invite to a preview of the movie 300 Wednesday night. I wanted to put my thoughts down regarding this movie, while it was still fresh in my mind. 300 is the story based on the Graphic Novel of comic book writer Frank Miller. First and Foremost, you have to understand the caliber of writer that Frank Miller is.
Frank is the type of writer that comic book publishers dream about having write one of their books, just insert a title here. He got his start as a comic artist, and moved into the writing role on the comic Daredevil (yes, the same character that spawned a movie a few years ago).
His claim to fame was a series that he wrote for DC Comics: Batman, the Dark Knight Returns. The futuristic and dark but very real character portrayal changed the comic industry forever, and has influenced many writers after him. Knowing the caliber of writer that he is, can only prepare you for the story of 300.
300 is the story of Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, where 300 Spartan soldiers stood to defend Sparta against impossible odds, and massive Persian army, led by their King Xerxes. It is a great story about honor, courage and fighting for what you believe in. The story and filmography in 300 is so immersive, that you will totally forget about the unfamilar cast playing here.
The battle scenes are some of the most horrific you will ever see, and may not be for those with a weak stomach. The special effects are quite well done. As a whole, it is an enjoyable story, and one that is captured well on the silver screen.
Those of you that enjoyed movies like Russell Crowe’s Gladiator, will enjoy 300 quite a bit. I will be quite surprised if 300 isn’t one of the top movies of 2007. It is a must see on the big screen, and will be a must own on DVD when it is released.
Rating: Out of 10
Black Sabbath’s Mob Rules is the band’s 10th studio disc and 2nd featuring Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Mob Rules also features the 2007 lineup of the Heaven and Hell Tour, Tony Iommi on Guitar, Geezer Butler on bass, and Vinnie Appice on Drums.
Mob Rules starts off where Heaven and Hell left off, by opening up with a heavy up tempo track Turn Up the Night. Iommi starts jamming early and Dio is in fine form here.
I find myself head banging to Voodoo each time I listen to it. Ronnie James Dio is probably one of the few singers on earth that can make a track like this work. Voodoo has a very good rhythm to it, and the guitar work is quite good, but Dio’s vocals are what stands out the most.
The Sign of the Southern Cross is one of the heavier tracks on Mob Rules. This song is essential to any Sabbath fan. Awesome!
E5150 is a dark instrumental track that will scare the hell out of your parents. This track flows right into the title track, The Mob Rules. This is a heavy track that is essential to any Sabbath fan. Great stuff!
Something about Country Girl reminds me of an Irish drinking song, albeit a very heavy one. I didn’t really care for this track much at first, but it has grown on me somewhat.
Slipping Away is an upbeat rocker that has a simple rhythm about it. Its pretty much the same guitar riff over and over by Iommi. Geezer Butler has some funky bass grooves in this track. It is a cool track but not essential.
Falling Off the Edge of the World is one of the better tracks on Mob Rules. This tracks starts off as a dark low tempo number that only Black Sabbath could pull off, and then blasts off into a heavy guitar noodling , Dio screaming monster. This is probably my second most favorite track off this disc.
Over and Over ends this disc with a heavy low tempo track. Dio belts out the lyrics in fine fashion, and Tony Iommi ends this disc the same way it began, by jamming out. The song itself would just be an average track, by Iommi’s playing turns this into something much more enjoyable. While not this is not the best Sabbath track I have ever heard, it is still a solid way to close out this disc.
Mob Rules is an excellent slab of Black Sabbath metal. This disc isn’t quite as good as Heaven and Hell, but it still very much essential to any fan of hard rock and heavy metal!
- Turn Up The Night
- The Sign of the Southern Cross
- The Mob Rules
- Country Girl
- Slipping Away
- Falling Off the Edge of the World
- Over and Over
Black Sabbath is:
Ronnie James Dio – vocals
Tony Iommi – guitar
Geezer Butler – bass guitar
Vinny Appice – drums
Geoff Nicholls – keyboards
Do you enjoy listening to Internet Hard Rock and Metal Radio Stations? Do you listen to radio programs like the Hairball John Radio show over internet radio? Your listening habits are being threatened right now, and you may not know it.
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Check out the killer new track from the new Black Sabbath disc coming in April, Black Sabbath: The Dio years.
In 1979 due to lack of commitment and personal conflicts, Ozzy Osbourne was asked to leave Black Sabbath. None other than Ronnie James Dio was brought in to replace him.
Heaven and Hell is the first of 3 discs (and a live disc) featuring Ronnie on vocals and the 9th overall by Black Sabbath.
Heaven and Hell is nothing short of a metal masterpiece! Who can deny the incredible opening track Neon Knights! This is an up tempo track that pleases both Black Sabbath and Ronnie James Dio fans. Great vocals by Dio and killer guitars by Iommi. Awesome!
Children of the Sea is another classic Sabbath track. This mid tempo jewel featues that fat Geezer Butler bass rhythm, and more awesome vocals by RJD. Outstanding!
Children of the Sea
Lady Evil is infectious as hell. Geezer’s bass sounds extremely fat on this track. If you don’t find your self singing “Lady Evil, Evil...” after a single listen, then you probably wont get this track. That would be a real shame too. This is killer track!
Heaven and Hell is unmistakably one of the biggest songs Black Sabbath has ever written. Dio’s vocals are in fine form here. Iommi’s guitars are amazing on this song. The sheer heaviness of this track is what makes it so cool. I can’t say enough about this track. Definitely one of my all time favorite metal songs!
Heaven and Hell
Wishing Well is a cool track that you need to sit and absorb a few times. Iommi’s guitar work on this track is so cool, you need to listen to this multiple times to get the true enjoyment out of it.
Die Young has a very trippy Pink Floyd and Queen progressive feel to it while retaining that Sabbath heaviness. I like this track more each time I hear it.
Walk Away is one of those tracks that needs to grow on you. Af first it seems that this track isnt as heavy as some of the Heaven and Hell. This track is probably the least heavy of the 8 songs here. It is still a rocking track, but not one of my favorites.
Lonely is the Word is a another great track where Dio really belts out the vocals. One again, Iommi’s guitars are excellent. This song makes me want to break out a lighter and start waving it in the air. Absolutely incredible playing, and a superb song to close this record out with.
Heaven and Hell is an extraordinary debut by Dio with Black Sabbath. If Iommi and company were trying to get people to forget about Ozzy with this disc, they accomplished the task. This is an impressive heavy metal classic that still sounds great in 2007. No hard rock fan or metalhead should be with out it!
- Neon Knights
- Children of the Sea
- Lady Evil
- Heaven and Hell
- Wishing Well
- Die Young
- Walk Away
- Loney is the Word
Black Sabbath is:
Ronnie James Dio – vocals
Tony Iommi – guitar
Geezer Butler – bass guitar
Bill Ward – drums
Geoff Nicholls – keyboards
Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice will reunite for the first time in 15 years as HEAVEN AND HELL to cast a dark spell over spring as the quartet tours the U.S. Tickets will go on sale the weekend of March 9 for all 20 stops of the American leg (except Houston, on sale March 17), which is set to launch in Phoenix on April 22. There will also be a special fan presale for all dates beginning Wednesday, March 7 at 12 Noon EST. The tour will follow in the wake of the band’s highly anticipated Radio City Music Hall concert in New York City on March 30, which sold out in a matter of minutes.
Last year, the hard-rocking quartet convened to record three new songs for Rhino Records’ era-spanning collection, “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”, due out April 3 on Rhino/Warner Bros. Records. One of the newly recorded tracks — “The Devil Cried” — is the first single. Bristling with the trademark SABBATH sound, the song is being well received by fans and critics alike.
The sessions for “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” went so well that the band agreed to satisfy longstanding demands for a reunion tour. Set to launch in Canada on March 11, the HEAVEN AND HELL world tour will spotlight Dio’s tenure with SABBATH and will feature selections from all three of the group’s the studio albums, “Heaven And Hell” (1980), “Mob Rules” (1981) and “Dehumanizer” (1992), as well as the newly recorded tracks.
Multi-platinum recording artist MEGADETH will join the tour and preview never before heard material from the group’s new CD, “United Abominations”, due out May 8 on Roadrunner Records. All dates will also feature Roadrunner labelmates MACHINE HEAD who are supporting their latest album, “The Blackening”, set for release on March 27.
HEAVEN AND HELL, MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD tour dates:
Apr. 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
Apr. 24 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Apr. 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
Apr. 26 – San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
Apr. 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
Apr. 29 – Denver, CO @ Broomfield Events Center
May 01 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 02 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Pavillion
May 03 – Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater
May 05 – Chicago, IL @ All State Arena
May 06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Theatre @ Target Center
May 08 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Arena
May 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre
May 12 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall
May 14 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
May 15 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 17 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
May 18 – Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
May 19 – Holmdell, NJ @ PNC Arts Center
Very few discs today can install such a passion for music, as the one generated in me by Whitesnake’s self titled disc from 1987. This disc was released the year I graduated high school. The fondness and memories that accompany this disc are like none other that I own today.
This is a disc that turned David Coverdale into a superstar, and made Whitesnake a household name amongst rock fans. Sure Whitesnake had been around for years, but this disc was a career maker for this group, and the strength of the songs on this disc has certainly kept the fans clamoring for more. Over Eight Million Copies sold, and four big hits spawned from this disc, Still of the Night, Here I Go Again, Give Me All Your Love, and Is This Love! This band had it all at the time. Killer Songs, kick ass music videos and awesome tours to go along with it.
Sadly, there is always a back story with every disc. By the time this disc was released, all of the members in the band were gone besides David Coverdale. There are tons of rumors out there as to what happened. Nonetheless, the guitar player that reenergized this band was none other than John Sykes. His awesome guitar playing and song writing are all over this disc. Sadly, David and John were trading barbs at each other when this disc came out, and it is highly doubtful that they will ever work together again.
How much do I like this disc? Let me put it this way, I have Still of the Night as a ringtone on my cellphone. In my opinion, this disc is absolutely killer. There are no filler tracks, and is disc that I consider a must own. This disc has made me a huge Whitesnake fan, as well as a huge John Sykes fan (his material after Whitesnake is well worth seeking out, more on that later).
If you have not picked this disc up, you need to run to the music store and pick this up!
You will not be disappointed! Stroll down memory lane and check out the videos below from this disc, and then stop over and check out the reviews by the other March Metal Madness Knights, Heavy Metal Time Machine , Heavy Metal Addiction , and Pulses, Verses and other Flotsam
RATING: Out of 10
Still of the Night
Is this Love
Here I Go Again
Crying in the Rain
- Crying In the Rain
- Bad Boys
- Still of the Night
- Here I Go Again
- Give Me All Your Love
- Is This Love
- Children of the Night
- Staight For the Heart
- Don’t Turn Away
This Week On The Hairball John Radio Show
This week, Hairball John and The Acid Chimp welcome to the show the “metal god” himself, Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford. Rob speaks about the recent Judas Priest reunion tour, as well as being the opening act for Led Zeppelin’s last United States concert. Finally, Rob gives the Hairball Nation details about Judas Priest’s forth -coming concept album, “Nostradamus”.
Alongside a new song from Halford, we’ll have fresh music from Swedish metallers and Hard Rock Hideout favorite, Dream Evil and a newly released demo of a classic Winger tune . We’ll also hear from Billy Rowe of Jetboy and Ronnie James Dio talks about the current crop of bands carrying on the torch of traditional metal.
Finally, Skid checks in from Florida where he recently caught Winger at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.
This Week’s Show Details
This Week’s Guest(s)
* Rob Halford (Judas Priest / Halford)
This Week’s Featured Artists
* Dream Evil (New)
* Scorpions (Pole Position)
* Halford (New)
* Dokken (Bladder Ballad)
Don’t miss the show this week. You can catch it Daily. Check the link below for the schedule:
Check out the new RAGINGMETAL Radio show. This week’s artists include:
Masterplan (feature band), Metal Law,
Vio-Lence, Demon Angels, Mötley Crüe, and more….
Before Van Halen became a household name, before Quiet Riot released their U.S. debut, and before Ronnie James Dio sang a note with Black Sabbath, there was the great unknown band from New York City, RIOT. Rock City is the debut by Riot featuring Guy Sperenza on vocals and Mark Reale on guitar.
At this early stage in the band’s career, they had a sound that was similar to April Wine and Blue Oyster Cult at the time, instead of the heavy/power metal offerings of today’s lineup.
This disc spawned several killer tracks including Rock City, Tokyo Rose, Warrior and This is What I Get. This is not hair metal. This is hard rock in its purest form, before the onslaught of 80’s hard rock bands came along. The guitars are raw and heavy. The drums and loud and pounding, and the bass rhythm’s are deep and heavy, especially for 1977. Mark Reale showed back in ’77 that he had awesome guitar chops back in the day. Take one listen to the guitar solos on Warrior, and you will be amazed that this was released in ’77.
Rock City is truly one of those discs that you have to listen and absorb to truly appreciate.
Mark Reale’s playing was stellar in 1977 and it has only gotten better over the years. Guy Sperenza’s vocals were pretty good. Overall, this debut is one worth hearing. I can’t even imagine what rock fans thought of this disc at the time. It sounds great in 2007 as long as you have an open mind, and understand hold old the tunes are.
Take a listen to a couple of the cuts off Rock City below, and let me know what you think!
Rating:Out of 10
- Rock City
- Tokyo Rose
- Heart of Fire
- Gypsy Queen
- This is What I Get
If you want to hear some good new 80’s style hard rock, you need to give Snakeryder’s new disc, Back For the Kill a listen. To give you a quick idea what this band sounds like, if you were to put Dave Meniketti from Y&T, members of Cinderella and George Lynch era Dokken into a blender, they might sound like Snakeryder.
I decided to check these guys out after seeing their disc advertised over at Melodic Rock and previewing some of the tracks over there. To my surprise, this band and disc are far better than I expected them to be.
Back For the Kill is the 2nd disc by these New Jersey rockers. Judging from the great sounds here, I am going to have to pick up the debut as well.
Wake Up the Nation starts this disc off right by rocking hard right out of the gate. Something about this track kind of reminds of me of Keel, but that is all good.
Hard Life is another good headbanger. The guitars by A.J. Fedz really kick ass on this track. Breakout is an excellent Dokken like sounding hard rock track.
I hate to keep comparing Snakeryder to other bands I love, but I hear little bits of other great 80’s hard rock acts in each of these songs. I mean this only as a high compliment.
Sweet Desire sound like it could have been on the Y&T disc Contagious. This is a killer mid tempo track, that would have been huge in 1990.
The title track Back For the Kill is an excellent rocker with killer guitar riffs and a cool bass groove.
Can’t Stop the Insanity is a track that is growing on me more with every listen. It has some excellent guitar noodling by by A.J. Fedz. The overall heaviness of this track reminds me of Skid Row.
Love Steals slows the pace down mid tempo. This is another track that could easily be a big hit.
You Never Knew Me is a moody song with the guitars toned down. At first listen, I didn’t care for this song, but it is slowly growing on me.
Shotgun is probably my least favorite track on this disc. It isn’t a bad song, but I just couldn’t get into this one.
Money on Her Mind is a good upbeat rocker. I found myself singing along with this one after a couple of listens. (always a good sign for me, but not for the people around me 😉 ) This is a very good track to end this disc with.
Overall, Back For the Kill is a quality slab of new 80’s style hard rock. This is sure to appeal to most fans of that genre. Y&T fans really need to give this a look. I think this will appeal to some Dokken and Cinderella fans as well. You can pick this disc up at Metal Mayhem as well as CD Inzane .
Rating: Out of 10
- Wake Up the Nation
- Hard Life
- Break Out
- Sweet Desire
- Back For the Kill
- Can’t Stop the Insanity
- Love Steals
- You Never Knew Me
- Money on Her Mind
VAN HALEN REUNION LIVE on VH1
For the first time ever, VH1 Classic will air the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” LIVE on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Music fans will get to see and hear VAN HALEN, R.E.M., PATTI SMITH, THE RONETTES, and GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE get inducted into this esteemed musical institution as the action and music unfolds.
For the first time, this year’s induction ceremony will be telecast live from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on VH1 Classic and MHD: MTV Networks’ high-definition music channel on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET. In addition, a special two-hour highlight edition will premiere on VH1 on Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The week leading up to the live special, VH1 Classic will air special programming to salute previous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including FLEETWOOD MAC, STEVIE WONDER, U2, BONNIE RAITT and more.
On Tuesday, March 6 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET VH1 Classic will air a “Classic Albums” marathon focusing on the work of former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including FLEETWOOD MAC, QUEEN, THE WHO, STEVIE WONDER, U2, THE SEX PISTOLS and PINK FLOYD. Each “Classic Albums” episode tells the story behind the making of one of rock music’s most seminal albums.
VH1 Classic will also present a special “BBC Crown Jewels” marathon premiering on Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET. These rare performances from the BBC archives feature past Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees such as AC/DC, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, TOM PETTY, STEVIE WONDER, THE POLICE, ROD STEWART and BONNIE RAITT.
Select “Decades Rock Live” concerts featuring performances by LYNYRD SKYNYRD, ELVIS COSTELLO and THE PRETENDERS will air back-to-back on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. “Decades Rock Live” is a critically-acclaimed original concert series that pairs celebrated artists from rock to soul who have influenced popular music over the last 50 years with some of today’s hottest recording acts who have been inspired by these legends.
Additional Rock Hall-themed programming to run throughout the week includes “Prince: Prince of Paisley Park” airing on Sunday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. ET and the “Rock and Roll Picture Show” featuring LED ZEPPELIN’s “The Song Remains The Same” premiering on Monday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
DEF LEPPARD TO TOUR WITH FORIEGNER AND STYX in 2007!
DEF LEPPARD’s official web site has been updated with the following message:
“So, if DEF LEPPARD is not hitting the road with KISS this year (as previously rumored), then who will they go out with? Although there is no official word that it will be the case for ALL dates on the 2007 tour, we can spill that the band is currently in the process of booking shows in the U.S. and Canada with rock veterans FOREIGNER and STYX. That’s all we can tell for the time being, but stay tuned: more details and show dates will be announced on DefLeppard.com as soon as they are confirmed!”
DEF LEPPARD was scheduled to 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 last 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 told Billboard.com in December. “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 said 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 said. “It was raw, and it didn’t demand we sit around for months or years. That really inspired us.”
New Release Date For W.A.S.P’s Dominator
W.A.S.P. will release its new studio CD, “Dominator”, in the U.K. on April 16, Scandinavia on April 20, and the rest of mainland Europe on April 27 via Demolition Records. The CD will arrive in South America and Russia in early May.
“Dominator” (view cover here) track listing:
02. Long, Long Way To Go
03. Take Me Up
04. The Burning Man
05. Heaven’s Hung In Black
06. Heaven’s Blessed
08. Heaven’s Hung In Black (Reprise)
09. Deal With The Devil
The LP will be released in three versions: a standard single CD package, a limited-edition digipack, and limited-edition vinyl.
Regarding the album title, Blackie Lawless said in a recent interview, “It is based on the idea of Western imperialism and about what’s wrong with Washington D.C. It’s important that people understand this is not about the American people and it is not a critique on the American people — it is a critique on the government in the United States. If someone looks at the lyrics of ‘Dominator’, they’ll think it’s a man talking to a woman. And I like the interesting concept of that because that’s what bigger countries do to smaller countries — they toss them like they’re their bitch.”
Apparently I must have listened to a lot more Motley Crue last week than I realized, as they blazed to the top of the charts this week with 134 songs played. Crazy!
It comes as no surprize that Axel Rudi Pell, Fozzy and Sinner cracked the top 10 this week, as discs by all 3 bands were reviewed recently at Hard Rock Hideout.
Another forgotten release from 1989 that gets little mention these days, is the debut by Lord Tracy, Deaf Gods of Babylon. After Terrence Lee Glaze’s departure from Pantera, he met up with three transplanted Memphians living in Texas, guitarist Jimmy Rusidoff (Southern Creed), bassist Kinley “Barney” Wolfe and drummer Chris Craig (both of Black Oak Arkansas and Texas band Lightning.)
I have been trying to track down a copy of this out of print disc for a while, and my persistence on EBay finally paid off. Amazingly, this disc is much better than I remembered it to be the first time around. There are several solid tracks and a couple of toungue in cheek ones, showing me that this band didn’t take themselves too seriously, and were having fun making this music.
Stand out tracks are the upbeat rockers ,Out With the Boys, East Coast Rose, She’s A Bitch, Watchadoin, In Your Eyes and a very good ballad Foolish Love. This a good pop metal/ hard rock disc that still sounds pretty damn good today. This is a disc worth seeking out if you are fan of good 80’s hard rock. You can catch a couple of the band’s tunes at their myspace page, or check out the lead track Out With The Boys below.
Out With the Boys
Rating: Out of 10
- Out With the Boys
- East Coast Rose
- Shes a Bitch
- Barney’s Wank
- Chosen Ones
- In Your Eyes
- Rats Motel
- Foolish Love
- She Man Blues
- King of the Nighttime Cowboys
- 3 H.C.
- Ivory Lover
MEGADETH: New Song ‘Sleepwalker’ Posted Online – Feb. 28, 2007
A brand new MEGADETH track, entitled “Sleepwalker”, is available for listening at the band’s official MySpace page. [UPDATE: The song has just been removed from the site, however a quick trip to the Hard Rock Hideout Forum will put a smile on your face :)]
“Sleepwalker” comes off MEGADETH’s new album, “United Abominations”, due on May 15 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE). Check out the cover artwork at this location. A professionally shot video clip of MEGADETH performing a new song, entitled “Washington is Next”, on October 14, 2006 at the Loud Park ’06 festival in Tokyo, Japan has been posted online at YouTube.com. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Gears of War”, “United Abominations”, “Burnt Ice”, “Never Walk Alone” and “Amerikhastan”. A rough-mix version of “Gears of War”, is available for download at this location. A video clip of MEGADETH performing “Gears of War” live on October 31, 2006 at Six Flags in Springfield, Massachusetts during the “Gears of War – Match Made In Hell” event has been posted online at YouTube.com.
David Lee Roth re-releasing material
On April 3, 2007, Friday Music will re-release three much-sought-after classic recordings from the legendary DAVID LEE ROTH Warner Brothers catalog: “A Little Ain’t Enough” (FRM 1054), “Your Filthy Little Mouth” (FRM 1055) and the highly collectable “Sonrisa Salvaje” (FRM 1053) (“Eat ‘Em and Smile” sung in Spanish). All three albums have been re-mastered by Joe Reagoso, and each compact disc comes complete with the original graphics and artwork keeping the integrity and spirit of the original releases.
“Sonrisa Salvaje” is receiving its first ever release on compact disc, making this highly anticipated Roth album finally available to his fans. Originally released in 1986 for a very short time on vinyl, this much coveted collector’s item has fetched high dollars at auctions over the years. David Lee Roth gives a great performance along with his band at the time, Steve Vai (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Gregg Bissonette (drums). This collector’s dream features ten rocking Spanish versions of classics like “Loco Del Calor!” (“Goin’ Crazy”), “Yankee Rose” and “En Busca De Pleito” (“Big Trouble”).
Often regarded as one of his most defining hard rock moments, Roth’s platinum-plus “A Little Ain’t Enough” features twelve incredible tracks produced by Bob Rock (METALLICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE). This 1991 smash continues the tradition with Roth staples like “Hammerhead Shark”, “A Lil’ Ain’t Enough”, “40 Below” and “Shoot It”. Featured players include Jason Becker (lead guitar), Steve Hunter (guitars), Brett Tuggle (keyboards and vocals), Gregg Bissonette (drums) and Matt Bissonette (bass and vocals).
1994’s “Your Filthy Little Mouth” is one of Roth’s more prolific projects, and highly regarded as one of his best albums to his huge fan base. Produced by Nile Rodgers (DAVID BOWIE, DURAN DURAN) this album churns non-stop with fourteen classic Roth performances. Radio staples “She’s My Machine” and “Everybody’s Got The Monkey” and the bluesy “Sunburn” are only a few of the shining moments on this classic release. Includes the core band of Terry Kilgore (guitar), John Regan (bass), Tony Beard (drums) and Richard Hilton (keyboards).
Get the new track by Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul’s new band, Hell Yeah now!
Back in 1989 when Udo Dirkschneider was pursuing a solo career, the band Accept carried on without him, recording a new disc with the mostly unknown David Reece ( who would later form Bangalore Choir).
Most Accept fans will cuss and swear that this isn’t real Accept music. Personally, I think David Reece is a hell of a singer, and I got a lot of enjoyment out of this disc. His vocal style is about 70% Rob Halford and 30% Paul Stanley. Eat the Heat is more of a melodic effort than the Dirkschneider efforts, and sounds quite similar to the other hard rock and hair metal bands in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
This disc should have been much bigger than it was. Take a listen to Love Sensation and you will totally understand what I mean.
This disc rarely gets any mention today, and zero airplay from any of places that I listen to hard rock and metal. There are several stand out tracks on this disc including: X-T-C, Prisoner, Love Sensation, Hellhammer, and Break the Ice.
I think this disc will appeal to most fans of 80’s Hard Rock, Judas Priest fans, and Accept fans with an open mind. This disc is available in wide circulation still, including Amazon.com, and ITunes. Check it Out!
Rating: Out of 10
- Love Sensation
- Chain Reaction
- Generation Clash
- Turn the Wheel
- Stand 4 What U R
- Break the Ice
David Reece – Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann – Guitars
Jim Stacey – Guitars
Peter Baltes – Bass Guitar
Stefan Kaufmann – Drums
The premise for this story is this, In order to prevent a key witness in a trial of Mobster, a bunch of deadly snakes are put on the plane with the informant, and sent into a frenzy with some phermones.
Snakes on a Plane plays with most people’s base fear of snakes. The funny part about Snakes on a plane, is most if not all of the snakes are computer animated ala Anaconda. They look real enough, but you haven’t seen such color and hyperactive snakes as these.
Samuel Jackson does a fine job as the movie’s “hero”, but honestly, the script wasn’t much to write about. I about busted a gut when Samuel Jackson proclamied at the movie’s climax, ” I am sick of the mother f**cking snakes, on this mother f**cking plane.” If you have ever watched Pulp Fiction, you will pick up on the humor.
As a whole, Snakes on a Plane probably will not scare you. It may gross you out a little bit. If you like these type of movies, it is certainly worth a rental, but I couldn’t recommend buying this one.
Rating: Out of 5
On the way home last night, I was listening to Eddie Trunk on XM41 the Boneyard. Eddie played the first track, As I Am, off of Dream Theater’s 2003 release, Train of Thought. I have always considered myself a Dream Theater fan, even though I do not own all of their discs. After hearing As I Am, I turned the car around and headed back to the local record shop, where I remembered seeing a copy of this in the used bin. As I Am has to be one of the coolest metal tracks I have heard in a long time. This ventures away from the progressive rock side of DT and into a new almost Black Sabbath sounding metal track.
Train of Thought has a low song count…only 7. Those seven songs clock in at well over an hour.
The Dying Soul is the first of 5 tracks clocking in at over 1o minutes in length. This track starts off with a two minute jam before you hear any lyrics at all. This song is a fusion of heavy and progressive metal. Plenty of heavy guitars and double bass drums on this track.
Endless Sacrifice starts as this low tempo melodic number with piano and awesome sounding guitars, and blasts off in short intervals into a heavy track full of distorted guitars and swirling keyboards, before returning back to the slow pace it started with. You really have to hear this track to appreciate it. The music on this track is incredible!
Honor Thy Father is a heavy prog rocker that is about a conflict between a father and son. It is a hate filled number lyrically, and the music seems to fit that perfectly.
Vacant is a short piano based number that seems out of place when combined with the other tracks on Train of Thought.
Stream of Consciousness is a beast of an Instrumental track, clocking in at over 11 minutes.
In the Name of God is the longest track on T.O.T, clocking in at over 14 minutes in length. This is a heavy based track with lyrics that are about violence and war in the name of religion. This is a well written track that you really need to listen to and absorb.
Train of Thought is full of stellar musicianship. If you are the type of hard rock fan that will only listen to KISS style, sing along anthems, you probably aren’t going to like this disc. If you like good progressive, heavy metal, this disc should be a no brainer for you. As I Am may be the only track that you will load into your mp3 player and listen to over and over, but, like many Dream Theater discs, this music has to be experienced soley for the amazing musicianship.
Enjoy the mini concert for Train of Thought below:
As I Am
The Dying Soul Part 1
The Dying Soul Part 2
Honor Thy Father
In the Name of God part 1
In the Name of God part 2
Rating: Out of 10
- As I Am
- The Dying Soul
- Endless Sacrifice
- Honor Thy Father
- Stream of Conciousness
- In the Name of God
Get ready for March Metal Madness. What is it? Well, join the four Knights of the Rock Table: Hard Rock Hideout, Heavy Metal Time Machine, Heavy Metal Addiction, and Pulses, Verses and other Flotsam for four huge 20th anniversary reviews. That’s right, each Monday in March each of these four bloggers will be reviewing the same 1987 release on their respective blogs. Only the album choices have been discussed so our opinions on these albums may be very different. So check in each week in March to see our take on some releases that are cornerstones of most good Hard Rock and Metal collections.
Here are the dates and albums we will be reviewing.
First week-Whitesnake-s/t on Monday, March 5th
Second week-Dio-Dream Evil on Monday, March 12th
Third week-Testament-The Legacy on Monday, March 19th
Fourth week-Kiss-Crazy nights on Monday, March 26
Join us for the Mirth, Merriment and Metal Madness every Monday in March!
(Try saying that 10 times fast!)
Mask of Sanity is the 18th release by the German Metal Band Sinner. I must admit, that before 2007, I have not ever heard of this band before. A few of the online metal shows that I listen to have been giving this disc some spins, so I decided to give this one a look. With a CD cover that Ghost Rider fans (like myself) had to love, my expectations were raised for this disc somewhat.
Lead vocalist Mat Sinner sounds like a cross between Udo Dirkschneider (Accept) and Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot). His voice is one that takes some getting used to. He wont go down in history as one of metal’s best singers by any means, but he wont go down as the worst either.
The band backing up Mat Sinner, Tom Naumann on guitar, Frank Rössler on keyboards, Klaus Sperling on drums, and Christof Leim on guitar sound great.
Its obvious that the band has been playing together for a long time, as the music is tight as hell. There are elements of 80’s hard rock, a dash of power metal and sometimes progressive metal mixed in the songs on this disc. The band is so good, I wonder if Mat Sinner is holding them back. A better vocalist could possibly take this band to new heights.
Nonetheless, Mask of Sanity, is a good metal release, and worth checking out.
There are quite a few cuts off Mask of Sanity that I like including, Badlands, Black, Diary of Evil, The Sign, and Baby Please Don’t Go. Check out the videos below
For more information on Sinner, check out Mat Sinner’s myspace page.
Diary of Evil
Rating: Out of 10
- Cant Stand the Heat
- Diary of Evil
- Last Man Standing
- No Return
- The Other Side
- The Sign
- Thunder Roar
- Under the Gun
- Baby Please Don’t Go (Bonus Track)
New link added 2/25/07!
This week’s show features killer new music by Skid Row, Koritni, Silent Force, plus TT Quick, Warrior Soul, Krokus and more. Check it out!!
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Don’t miss out on the cool new tunes this week!!
Another killer heavy metal disc that no rock fans should be without, is the 5th release by Armored Saint, Symbol of Salvation. Armored Saint features Jon Bush (Anthrax), Jeff Duncan (Odin, DC4) and Phil Sandoval on guitars, Joey Vera on bass, and Gonzo Sandoval on drums. Symbol of Salvation is the most successful disc to date by Armored Saint.
This disc has quite a few killer cuts on it including, Reign of Fire, Last Train Home, The Truth Always Hurts, and Symbol of Salvation.
This disc was getting heavy air play on the nationally broadcast Hard Rock station ZRock back in 1991. I don’t hear too many tracks getting played off this disc today, and its a real shame, as this is a classic metal disc. Symbol of Salvation has very little filler, and all of the tracks are head banger ready. If you haven’t picked this up, you ought to give this a look. For more information on Armored Saint, check out the band’s myspace page or their website Armored Saint.com
Rating: Out of 10
Reign of Fire
Last Train Home
- Reign of Fire
- Dropping Like Flies
- Last Train Home
- Tribal Dance
- The Truth Always Hurts
- Half Drawn Bridge
- Another Day
- Symbol of Salvation
- Hanging Judge
- Burning Question
- Tainted Past
Jack Blades is a guest /Jorn Lande tune on Hairball John this week.
The Hairball John Radio Show features Jack Blades from Night Ranger. Hairball John will also be spinning a cut off of the new Jorn Lande disc, Unlocking the Past, and a new track from Private Line’s new disc Evel Knievel Factor Check it out!! This show can be heard on several different Internet Radio stations everyday. You can check out the daily schedule at Hairball John Broadcast Schedule. Just remember, THE PAST IS BACK TO KICK YOUR ASS!!
ACE FREHLEY: ‘Rumors Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated’
Contrary to published reports, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is alive and well and working on his highly anticipated solo album.
It has been erroneously reported on various web sites and wire services that the legendary guitarist had committed suicide.
“I don’t know how this ridiculous rumor got started,” smiles Ace, as he eats his daily allotment of wheat germ, preparing to jump back on his treadmill.
In a January 2006 interview with Guitar World magazine, Frehley had the following to say regarding his current projects: “I’ve been working on a solo album and a few film projects. I’d love to do an instructional video, but I want it to be comedic. [Laughs] I don’t want it to be just another boring how-to-play video. I may not be the world’s greatest guitarist, but at least I’m never boring.”
Eddie Trunk Interviews Former White Lion Guitarist Vito Bratta
In what was being billed as his first interview in over 15 years, Bratta discussed what he has been doing since the band’s breakup and spoke about the possibility of reforming WHITE LION with singer Mike Tramp.
When asked about the possibility of a WHITE LION reunion, Bratta said, “As far as working with Mike Tramp again and doing the WHITE LION thing, I’ve never said ‘No’ to anything. I’ve said ‘No’ for certain reasons. Things have happened in my life where I’ve had to say ‘No’ to people. ‘Listen, I just can’t do this right now.’ And there were reasons behind it. . . My father had a five-year illness, and it was just a nightmare. And there was no one who was gonna take care of him except for me and my mom, and that’s what we did to the very end. Unfortunately, you can’t just walk away. Now, in the WHITE LION days, it’s not just you that’s young — you’re in your 20s — but your parents are young, too. There’s really no medical stuff going on. I remember the tour bus pulling up… ‘Oh, there’s a two-year tour? Fine. Make it a three-year tour.’ None of this stuff [with the parents getting ill] happened. But as you get older, there’s responsibilities and things…. And there’s… you know, financial [responsibilities], too. When you’re young… I remember when WHITE LION went out — me, Mike, Greg and James — we never spoke about… I don’t think anybody ever said, ‘How much are we making tonight?’ No one said a word about money, because we were so used to not having any that nobody cared. But then it gets to a point in your life where you’ve got bills to pay, and it’s not just you that’s gonna suffer — there’s other people that are gonna suffer. ‘Oh, I’m gonna go out and do this WHITE LION reunion tour, and I’m not really gonna make much, but I’m gonna have a blast.’ Well, there’s bills to be paid, and you can’t tell the electric guy, ‘Well, I’m just out having a blast’ — you’ve gotta pay the bills. That, and like I said, the family illness… There just always seemed to be something. I never said ‘No,’ but the problem is… now I’m gonna use one of these stupid analogies I always do… When you’ve got a girlfriend and you break up, and she’s basically cheating on you in front of you, saying, ‘Well, if you don’t get back together with me, this is what I’m gonna keep doing. And the more she cheats, the more you’re not gonna get back with her. And the problem is that I have to keep watching Mike do these TRAMP’S WHITE LION [tours, featuring an all-new band playing WHITE LION songs] and all that stuff. I’ve always wished the guy luck, but the more he does these things, the more it makes me not wanna be part of anything. I don’t know how much I can do to stop it, I just wish I could… I wish that didn’t exist, I wish that part of it didn’t exist. I understand what he’s doing and all that stuff, I don’t like it… I wish he wouldn’t do it, but I understand why he’s doing it. I wish him luck, but I’m not gonna sit here and tell anybody I’m not gonna do the WHITE LION thing ever again. I did kind of lie to you a little bit, Eddie, when you had asked me one time if the rumors of a hand injury were true. I said, ‘No, they’re false.’ I mean, they actually were true. I did injure… I snapped something in my wrist about 1997, I think it was, that just prevented me from playing all day. It wasn’t a hand injury that… In other words, I didn’t know if I was making up my own excuses. This is gonna be ‘Dr. Phil’ now on Eddie’s show. But I did have a hand injury, and the thing is that I was the type that played 14 hours a day. I mean, it was ridiculous what I was doing. I used to get home at four o’clock in the morning from club shows and play another two hours. I just was always playing. Guitar players will understand — to get to a certain level, you have to maintain it. It’s like an athlete. And basically I was like a marathon runner who couldn’t run more than 10 feet. So how was I gonna keep it up? So these are things I’m hoping to get over.”
Former Britny Fox Singer releases solo disc
Dizzy Dean Davidson, the former lead singer for ’80s hard rock band BRITNY FOX, has released, a n new CD, Drive My Karma. This is more of a melodic rock effort than it is a hard rock or metal disc. You can listen to some of the new tracks at Dean’s myspace page here.
Fozzy is the band fronted by WWE wrestler Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward. I am not much of a wrestling fan, so I can honestly say that I have never seen Jericho wrestle, but I do know this, he is a good singer and he should be focusing on music, and not wasting his time in wrestling.
All That Remains shows that Fozzy has come along way from their tumultuous beginning as a glorified cover band.
All That Remains blasts off with two awesome hard rock tracks, Nameless and Enemy. Wanderlust is another killer track featuring the heavy guitars of Zakk Wylde. The Title track, All That Remains, maintains the heavy pace of this disc. This track is more subdued, but is a great sounding song.
The Test starts with an ultra heavy guitar riff, and ventures back and forth from a thrash to hard rock sound. This track is growing on me.
Its A Lie is a rap metal fusion featuring rapper Bonecrusher on vocals with Chris Jericho. I have never been a big fan of rap metal, so this track is bascially a throw away to me, but it may appeal to others.
Daze of the Week goes back to the normal Fozzy hard rock formula and kicks ass while doing so. Way I Am is a pretty good headbanger, and Lazarus, which sounds quite similar to Nameless, is one of the better tracks on All That Remains.
Born of Anger ends this disc with a non Fozzy like, Thrash /Death Metal type growler featuring former Megadeth guitarist, Marty Friedman. I did not care for this track at all, and it was a total throw away to me.
As a whole, All That Remains is a great Hard Rock disc that should not be missed. You can check out more Fozzy tracks at Fozzy’s MySpace Page. I have attached the video for Enemy below. Check it Out!
Rating: Out of 10
- All That Remains
- The Test
- It’s A Lie
- Daze of the Week
- The Way I Am
- Born of Anger
New LA Times article sheds very little light on the current Van Halen Debacle
For Van Halen, the stars seemed aligned for a triumphant 2007. Next month, the group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the plan was to follow that with a summer reunion tour that would feature David Lee Roth back at the mike for the first time since the Reagan years.
But, once again, the backstage soap opera of Van Halen is the story of the day.
The Van Halen tour has been “shut down,” according to a top official at Live Nation, the huge concert promoter that finally surrendered in the face of the chaos surrounding guitar hero Eddie Van Halen. Roth, meanwhile, says he is unsure whether the mercurial guitarist will even travel to New York for the Hall of Fame induction on March 12.
“We have fragile politics in Van Halen; please accept that as a partial answer,” Roth said. “But I don’t know if the Van Halens are going to go….I hope they do, but right now, I just don’t know. Hope springs eternal.”
Eddie Van Halen declined interviews through his publicist and girlfriend, Janie Liszewski. Conversations with the business team behind the tour paint a picture of a rock star who is somewhere between Axl Rose and Michael Jackson on the music industry scale of eccentric recluses. The result is that the Van Halen venture imploded before takeoff, even as the Police, the Eagles and Genesis have efficiently geared up for lucrative reunion tours.
“I cannot tell you how frustrating and completely nuts this has been,” one key business figure in the reunion effort said while asking not to be identified on the outside chance that the reunion might be salvaged. “Right now, I have to say, I don’t see that happening.”
It’s a disheartening situation for the fans who pine for a Roth-led lineup of the iconic metal band. Among those devoted is Wolfgang Van Halen, the 15-year-old son of Eddie and, according to Roth, a key force behind the reunion.
Wolfgang, a precocious musician, was “the maestro” at the reconstituted band’s lone rehearsal, picking the set list and using his iPod to remind his father of the nuances of his solos on the old albums. Wolfgang was tapped by his father to play bass on the tour too, replacing founding member Michael Anthony, a jolting choice considering the child’s age and Anthony’s status as one of rock’s best backup singers and most relentlessly cheerful presences.
Eddie Van Halen remains, by all accounts, a gifted guitarist and rock auteur, but the decision to jettison Anthony in favor of a teenager may have been the first sign that the new enterprise was guided by creaky logic. Now all eyes will be on the Hall of Fame banquet to see who shows up, who performs and how Roth interacts with old rival Sammy Hagar, the man who replaced him as lead singer in 1985 and who will be inducted as an equal.
On Valentine’s Day, when the tour still looked viable, Roth was all smiles as he sat down for an interview in a bungalow at Chateau Marmont. The 52-year-old was wearing a snappy black suit and the short haircut that has recently replaced his old pro-wrestler cut. He still flashes a karate smile, but the singer seems calmer and more focused than in years past. The reason, he said, is that he’s fresh from working as an emergency medical technician in New York. It’s a longtime dream of his to be a paramedic, and the unglamorous gurney and rubber-glove duty humbled him, he said.
“I was working in neighborhoods that were almost exclusively black and Spanish-speaking, so only maybe twice out of 200 clients was I recognized…. I was joking about this in the truck on New Year’s Eve, which was my last shift — I was working in Brooklyn, down in Coney Island — I said that I’ve been in more project apartments than Jay-Z and Diddy combined.”
Roth was the rock frontman on top of the world when he went solo, but — as Mick Jagger and Robert Plant also learned — fans treasured him more when he was side-by-side with an equal on guitar. Roth seemed like a vainglorious sex panther in Van Halen, but on his own he often came off as a relentless jive salesman whose only product was his own past. Roth is still “on” all the time — he calls it his “incandescent personality” — but lately he comes off as the voice of reason, a pretty stunning change.
That, and the financial prospects, made him jump at the chance to work with Eddie Van Halen again. Of the old days, he says: “There was a lot of sparks and a lot of tension, like your favorite movies, especially those underground ones…. There was a lot of anxiety too, but it was about ambition, not ego.”
Roth was optimistic that the band would follow up the tour with new music; he also pointed to the cache of 1996 recordings that he did with Van Halen during an earlier reunion flirtation. Now it appears the entire output of this new reunion was a single rehearsal in January and a photo shoot with Roth and Eddie, Wolfgang and Alex Van Halen. Alex is Eddie’s older brother and the band’s drummer.
“Hearing it again, that’s an elixir…. What we sell is that we make all the guys feel young and invincible and all the girls feel young and desirable,” Roth said. “I watched it happen to everybody that was listening in the studio.”
Van Halen was a monster of rock and, for a time, arguably the biggest band in the world. According to the Recording Industry Assn. of America, Van Halen albums have shipped more than 56.5 million copies, which is more than the career totals of U2, Celine Dion, Shania Twain or Prince.
Roth said that he and Anthony will be in New York for the Hall of Fame, as will Hagar, the affable “red rocker.”
Last month, Hagar publicly chided Eddie Van Halen for taking his son on tour. He also added that “the guy is a genius, but he’s just out there and it’s hard for people around him.”
In 2004 and 2005, Van Halen toured with Hagar and, according to Pollstar, grossed $55 million playing arenas. But Hagar said that Eddie Van Halen was drinking heavily and, on some nights, it showed. In Chicago, Eddie stumbled throughout the set and, at one point, quit playing and sacked out, telling the crowd: “I done run outta gas.”
There were tender scenes too. With the tour winding down in Los Angeles, for instance, Wolfgang came on stage at the Staples Center to play. The body language of father and son made it clear that they reveled in the shared spotlight. Roth said that that affection led to the hopes for the Van Halen reunion.
“I’m going to put some words in Ed’s mouth,” Roth said. “Whatever explanation he may give about having his son in the band, I’m going to superimpose: He wants to play with his kid while he’s still at the top of his game and able to … and that’s also the same reason I’m in the band in its current configuration. No questions asked. He said, ‘Hey, c’mon up the hill and make some music.’ I said, ‘Great. I’d love to play with you while you’re still on the top of your game.’ ”
Roth smiled, but a moment later, when he was asked about what he feared most about the reunion, he didn’t hesitate with his answer: “The two worst words in the English lexicon are ‘band meeting.’ ”
New Tesla Cover Album Real to Reel Due in May
The new Tesla Cover album called Real to Reel is due to be released on May 22nd, 2007.
Here is the track listing for the new disc:
Ball of Confusion
Beer Drinkers and Hellraisers
Bell Bottom Blues
Day of the Eagle
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Do You Feel (Like I Do)?
Honky Tonk Woman
I Want To Take You Highter
Is It My Body?
I’ve Got A Feeling
Make It Last
Saturday Night Special
Season’s of Wither
Street Fighting Man
New Black Sabbath Track will be available on March 13th, 2007.
According to Black-Sabbath.com, the new BLACK SABBATH track “The Devil Cried” will be released in digital form to the public via all digital retailers on Tuesday, March 13. The song was written and produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ronnie James Dio and was recorded with bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice in November 2006 in the U.K. The cut was engineered and mixed by Mike Exeter, who worked on Iommi’s “Fused” and “The 1996 DEP Sessions”.
“The Devil Cried” is the first single off the group’s forthcoming “best-of” collection, “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”. The first comprehensive introduction to the band’s legacy features a dozen classic studio recordings, plus one live track — “Children Of The Sea” from 1982’s “Live Evil”. The collection also contains the three brand-new tracks — the aforementioned “The Devil Cried”, plus “Shadow Of The Wind”, and “Ear In The Wall”. The disc will be available April 3 at all physical retail outlets and at http://www.rhino.com for a suggested list price of $18.98. The album will also be available at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $11.99. Check out the cover artwork at this location.
Arranged chronologically, the compilation spotlights singer Ronnie James Dio’s time with BLACK SABBATH and draws heavily from the lineup’s 1980 debut and 1981 follow-up, “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” respectively. Recognized as back-to-back metal classics, the albums feature such signature songs as the title tracks, “Neon Knights”, “Die Young”, “Turn Up The Night” and “Voodoo”. “The Dio Years” also features “After All (The Dead)”, “TV Crimes” and “I” from the singer’s brief reunion with SABBATH for the “Dehumanizer” album and tour.
“Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” track listing:
01. Neon Knights
02. Lady Evil
03. Heaven And Hell
04. Die Young
05. Lonely Is The Word
06. The Mob Rules
07. Turn Up The Night
09. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
10. After All (The Dead)
11. TV Crimes
13. Children Of The Sea – Live
14. The Devil Cried*
15. Shadow Of The Wind*
16. Ear In The Wall*
* Newly recorded tracks
Former Steeler axe slinger, Axel Rudi Pell returns with his eleventh disc in 2006, and sixth featuring Hardline singer, Johnny Gioeli. Current Masterplan drummer, Mike Terrana and Pell’s former Steeler band mate, bass player Volker Krawczak, rounds up the rhythm section.
I was re-exposed to Axel Rudi Pell, after hearing Fly to the Moon, on XM41 – The Boneyard. That track is great, so I had to pick this up. How does the rest of the disc sound? It is very good.
Valley of Sin is a great rock track that is similar in style to Lynch era Dokken. Rock the Nation is another good track that keeps the energy of the disc going.
The lenghty title track Mystica, is well sung by Gioeli. Axel Rudi Pell really shines on the guitar here.
Would you belive it? A power ballad in 2006. Yes, that’s right, No Chance to Live is an excellent ballad that would have easily been at home in the 80’s.
Mystica starts rocking again with another great track, Living a Lie, before moving into the epic, The Curse of the Damned that clocks in at nearly 10 minutes in length. This mid tempo song has a Coldplay sounding keyboard pacing the song and eventually blasts off into a high tempo, guitar noodling, Deep Purplish keyboarding monster of a song. It really needs to be heard to be appreciated.
Haunted Castle Serenade is a very cool instrumental piece. Losing the Game closes out Mystica with another good mid tempo rocker.
Don’t miss out on one of the better discs from 2006! You can hear some of the tracks at the band’s myspace page here! This disc is essential for Hardline, and Axel Rudi Pell fans. I think most Hard Rock Fans are going to like this a lot.
There are some great songs on Mystica that should not be missed. Axel Rudi Pell provides some excellent hard rocking 80’s style guitar, and Johnny Gioeli sounds great all throughout Mystica. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
- The Mysterious Return (Intro)
- Fly To the Moon
- Valley of Sin
- Rock the Nation
- No Chance To Live
- Living A Lie
- The Curse of the Damned
- Haunted Castle Serenade
- Losing the Game
The Playlist for the Week Ending 2/24/07 has grown with leaps and bounds.
I have added a few discs from KISS, DIO, AC/DC, Black Sabbath as well as Axel Rudi Pell’s Mystica. I found some used Lita Ford and Enuff Z’nuff discs at the local record store, and added those as well. I have almost completed my Riot discography. Only one or two more left to go there.
I recently picked up the new (2006) disc by Rhino Bucket (great stuff), as well as Sinner, Mask of Sanity and an Ebay Pickup, the out of Print debut by Lord Tracy.
I have picked up so much stuff, I don’t know when I will possibly get to listen to it all, but I know I will enjoy doing so. The reviews will be flowing soon!