The glam punk band, the Towers of London has been doing extremely well in the UK, but in the United States, if you mentioned the Towers of London band, you would get the infamous, deer in the headlight look.
It is a shame too, as this band, that was heavily influenced by the New York Dolls, have crafted a disc that was clearly one of the best of 2006.
This disc is quite unlike so much of the rock that I listen to today. This is also the reason why I find the Towers of London so appealing. The Towers of London have a sound that reminds me of the Sex Pistols quite a bit. The tunes on this record are more of the punk variety, but they most definitely rock hard.
As you can see below, the band has several videos for their album, Blood, Sweat, and Towers. I won’t give you a song by song breakdown, but you can hear quite a few of the songs yourself. If you like what you hear and see below, go pick up a copy of the disc today! I like this record, and I think you will too!
On A Noose
Fuck It Up
How Rude She Was
I’m a Rat
For more information on the Towers of London, check them out here.
1. I’m A Rat
2. Air Guitar
3. Kill The Pop Scene
5. Fuck It Up (Acoustic Version)
7. Good Times
8. On A Noose
9. Start Believing
10. Northern Lights
11. I Lose It (BONUS TRACK)
12. Fuck It Up
13. How Rude She Was
14. Son Of A Preacher (BONUS TRACK)
15. Seen It All
Towers of London is:
Donny Tourette – Vocals
Dirk Tourette – Guitars
Tommy Brunette – Bass
The Rev – Lead Guitars
Snell – Drums
2007 has been a great year for rock, and Thanksgiving week has been an exceptional one for heavy metal. First with the great new release Angel Down by Sebastian Bach, and another one called Deadly Sins by Seven Witches featuring New Jersey, Axe shredder Jack Frost.
I must admit that I haven’t heard everything in the Jack Frost discography, but if Deadly Sins wasn’t near the top of the list, I would be greatly surprised.
This disc has everything a metalhead could possibly want: killer guitar work by Jack Frost, soaring vocals/screams by Alan Tecchio, and an excellent rhthym section featuring the heavy bass licks of Kevin Bolembach, and the pounding double bass drums by Troll .
There are some additional guest musicians on this disc, including the bass work of Armored Saint’s Joey Vera and Clint Arent from Pain Museum, and growled vocals of Hades’ Dave Lescinsky.
Seven Witches have crafted a fine metal cd, and one that will be getting lots of play by me in the following months. If you are a fan of bands like Armored Saint, Dream Evil or Judas Priest, you need to check out this disc.
You can preview four of the new tracks below. If you like what you hear, go get this record. It is available in most major retail outlets!
Seven Witches current lineup is:
Alan Tecchio – Vocals
Kevin Bolembach – Bass
Jack Frost – Guitars
Jeff Curenton – Drums
12 Years Coming have been compared on their myspace to Motley Crue meets Guns n Roses. I’m not hearing Motley Crue but I can definitely hear the GnR influences here. ‘I Want You (On Me)’ sounds a bit like GnR in an ‘It’s So Easy’ kind of way, although I’m not saying this song is good, because it isn’t! It sounds like some amateur garage band demo. Thankfully things get a bit better from here on in.
‘Open Book’ is a great ballad and it’s not sappy, has nice lyrics and is probably the best song on this EP. ‘Shut Up’ is a good rocker with the likable sleazy words to match the sound. There isn’t a lot to say about the rest of the tunes except they go along in the same vein. Straight forward, basic, no frills rock, although they all sound similar and it gets a little boring fairly quickly.
12 Years Coming have an almost southern-fried kind of blues/rock ballsy edge to them, with a bit of a sprinkle of Junkyard. Singer Joe Riley has the kind of voice I like, not too polished and perfect, it’s a bit raspy, gritty and raw around the edges, it’s just the song writing is lacking some oomph.
This is nothing especially exceptional here and 12 Years Coming are not reinventing the wheel, its fairly average pub rock. Crack open your favourite beer and give it a taste for yourself. Check out 12 Years Coming, at their myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- I Want You (On Me)
- One Night Stand
- Open Book
- Show Me
- Shut Up
- Take Me Down
12 Years Coming is:
Joe Riley – vocals
Bart Overturf – guitar/vocals
J – bass/vocals
Rob Philippi – drums
Reviewed by Tania
The band has toured clubs across the U.S. and Europe, growing their fan base across the way.
Thier debut effort Armed & Hammered is a short one. Clocking in just shy of 29 minutes in length.
This CD will immerse you in a punk/sleaze mixture with catchy tunes and ripping guitar solos that will please most hard rock fans. Tattoed Millionaires have a sound that I would describe as The Sex Pistols meets Kiss. It sounds like a kooky combination, but it works! It is a throwback sound to 70’s glam, and that is totally fine with me.
It seems that more and more bands are discovering the true roots of glam, and Tattooed Millionaires truly deliver the goods with Armed & Hammered!
Fans of bands like Hanoi Rocks, and The Gypsy Pistoleros need to give Tattooed Millionaires a chance too. This is a great glam rock disc worth checking out!
For more info on Tattooed Millionaires, check them out here!
Here is the band performing the T.Rex song, 20th Century Boy Live! Enjoy!
Rating:Out of 10
- Teenage Love
- I Just Want the Drugs
- Laid in the U.S.A.
- Freedom To Rock
- All I Want Is You
- Next Big Thing
- Gimme Good Head
- Dance To The Sound
- Rock & Roll Heart
Tattooed Millionaires are:
Johnny Jetson Vocals/Bass
Justin Sandler – Drums
Nick – Guitar
Serj has recently released his debut solo effort, Elect the Dead.
I always fear when a lead singer from a band puts out a solo effort. The end result is rarely ever equal to the output by the singer’s band.
For those System of a Down fans that are looking for another SOAD like CD, Elect the Dead may come as a disappointment or a complete surprise. Serj took a backseat to guitarist Daron Malakian on the last couple SOAD album, and a few fans were unhappy with the records.
Those longing to here Serj belt out to some new tunes will be quite happy with Elect the Dead. On this record, there are some definite radio ready tracks with Empty Walls and Feed Us. This record gets a little spacey in a Pink Floyd meets metal sort of way. With that being said, I don’t consider all the songs here to be classic.
Elect the Dead certainly has some solid tunes. The song writing is pretty good, and the musical arrangements are unique and interesting. The variety of tunes on this disc also works as its detriment. There are a few tracks that I didn’t care for very much, therefore Elect the Dead isn’t a CD that I will find myself replaying a lot. Nonetheless, Tankian fans and SOAD fans will likely enjoy this record and ought to give it a look.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Empty Walls
2. The Unthinking Majority
4. Feed Us
5. Saving Us
6. Sky Is Over
8. Honking Antelope
9. Lie Lie Lie
10. Praise the Lord And Pass the Ammunition
11. Beethoven’s Cunt
12. Elect the Dead
Landing the opening slot for the Poison/Ratt tour has increased their fan base, and the constant touring with groups like Cradle of Filth, CKY and GWAR has exposed the band to a whole new group of listeners.
Is Lit Up/Let Down the best Glam Metal CD that I have heard. No. Not by a longshot, but there are some solid and enjoyable cuts on this disc worth giving it a few spins.
I am a sucker for enhanced CD’s and VOJ’s new disc has the following video, No One’s Gonna Do It For You, and a Making of Video. It is a nice addition for VOJ fans.
I think Lit Up/Let Down is a CD that takes a few listens to get its hooks into you, but once it does, you will get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I hear little bits of Poison, and Guns ‘N Roses fused into their music.
I think Vains of Jenna has loads of potential, and they will definitely be one of the bands carrying the glam metal torch well into the next decade.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Don’t Give A Damn
2. Ceased Emotions
3. Hard To Be Vain
4. Lit Up/Let Down
5. Get On The Ride
6. Baby’s Got A Secret
7. Noone’s Gonna Do It For You
8. Set It Off
9. Noone’s Gonna Do It For You (Acoustic)
10. Set It Off (Acoustic)
Vains of Jenna is:
Lizzy Devine – Vocals & Guitars
Nicki Kin – Lead Guitars
JP White – Bass
Jacki Stone – Drums
Louisville, Kentucky’s Velcro Pygmies have been playing and touring clubs in the south for a few years now.
American Muscle is the band’s second CD, and a pretty good one at that. I can hear some definite Def Leppard and Van Halen influences in the band’s tunes.
Fans of 80’s style hard rock are going to love American Muscle. There isn’t a bad song on the disc. American Muscle is filled with songs that have infectious sing along choruses, and heavy guitar riffs. This is an 80’s style glam metal CD disc that simply delivers!
This CD hasn’t left my playlist since I picked up! This CD reminds of an era where music was supposed to be fun. The Velcro Pygmies may not be original, but they most certainly do 80’s style hard rock right! I think most hard rock fans are going to love this disc.
The band also has a brand new website, VelcroPygmies.com. Go check them out, you will be glad you did!
The video below is for the song Don’t Call It Love! Enjoy!!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Sweet Miranda
2. Rich Bitch (All Over You)
3. Building Up To Feel So Good
4. Don’t Call It Love
5. Ready To Go
6. The Punchline of Pretty
7. Beauty In A Box
8. The Best It Ever Gets
9. Get Away
10. Sweet Home Alabama
Velcro Pygmies are:
Cameron Flener – Vocals
Chris Eddins – Drums
Delicious – Guitar
Jason Reed – Bass
At one point in time, I would not pick up a live disc regardless of the artist. Today however, I love any and all live records that most hard rock artists put out. They capture all the little nuances of the band’s live show. It is like having your own personal concert at your disposal.
The new Rob Zombie Live disc hits stores today, and is a must have record for all of you Zombie fans. The CD was recorded in 2006 on the Educated Horses Tour. This is a pretty tight set and captures Rob Zombie and company well. The disc gives you 18 live tracks with over an hour of live music. The CD Booklet also reveals a link with some cool bonus material.
My only disappointment is that the band didn’t do I’m Your Boogeyman Live, but other than that, this is a pretty strong set list. I haven’t seen Rob Zombie Live, but after hearing this disc, I will certainly be catching him the next time he comes into town.
If this CD doesn’t whet your appetite for the up and coming Rob Zombie / Ozzy Osbourne shows, nothing else will. If you are a Rob Zombie fan, you need to get this!
You can preview the disc in its entirety at this link!
Don’t forget to sign up for the Hard Rock Hideout Ghoulish Giveaway, where you can win an autographed copy of the CD!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Sawdust in the Blood
2. American Witch
3. Demon Speeding
4. Living Dead Girl
5. More Human Than Human
6. Dead Girl Superstar
7. House of 1000 Corpses
8. Let It All Bleed Out
9. Creature of the Wheel
10. Demonoid Phenomenon
11. Supercharger Heaven
12. Never Gonna Stop
13. Black Sunshine
15. Devil’s Rejects
16. Lords of Salem
17. Thunderkiss ’65
Rob Zombie band is:
Rob Zombie – vocals
John 5 – guitar
Piggy D – bass
Tommy Clufetos – drums
After one listen to the debut effort by United Kingdom’s hard rockers, Redline, I wish I could pack my bags and move to Europe to start up a new Hard Rock Record Label. It is mind blowing to me at times, that so many new hard rock bands can reproduce that great style of ’80’s hard rock. Too many new bands are not getting the exposure they deserve and Redline is one of them!
Redline has a sound that is well rooted in 80’s hard rock. Singer Liam Doherty has a sound that is similar to C.J. Snare from Firehouse, but this band rocks as hard as Lynch era Dokken. Does the sound work? You bet it does!
Ignition rocks hard all the way through, and there isn’t a bad song in the bunch! “King of the Mountain” starts Ignition off right with a good head banging tune that will put a smile on the face of most hard rock fans. By the time you get done listening to “No Limits” and “Twistin’ The Knife”, you may have to put the CD on pause and go find yourself a neck brace.
Lucky for you, the band slows it down with the highly enjoyable ballad “Cold Silence“.
The pace picks back up with “High Price to Pay” and bewilders your senses right through the final cut “Ride“.
I love this CD, and I think both new rock fans and 80’s hard rock fans are going to love this disc! You can pick up a copy of Ignition and preview the tracks through CDBaby. For more information on Redline, check out their myspace page here.
Here is the promotional clip for King of the Mountain. The version on the CD sounds even better than this one.
Rating: Out of 10
- King of the Mountain
- No Limits
- Twistin’ The Knife
- Cold Silence
- High Price to Pay
- Some Kinda’ Mean
- Straight Between the Eyes
- Coast To To Coast
- Heaven’s Gate
Liam Doherty – Vocals
A.D. – Guitars
Martin Orum – Bass
Mark Biddiscombe – Drums
Rob Zombie has posted new audio and video clips from his first ever live album, Rob Zombie Live. Now available for our intense pleasure are live versions of “Dragula,” “Black Sunshine” and “Living Dead Girl.” Over the course of the Educated Horses Tour, Rob Zombie, in collaboration with producer Scott Humphrey, combined the most tantalizing of audio and visual elements. Rob Zombie’s heavy metal music and extreme stage presence do not disappoint in a nostalgic music video of “Thunder Kiss ’65” presented on YouTube. The much anticipated Rob Zombie Live is sure to be a hit with incredible guitar riffs, live footage and pictures from the ever-classic Rob Zombie.
Rob Zombie Live available in stores on October 23rd.
Click on the tracks below to preview the live tracks!
“Thunder kiss ’65”
Tigertailz fans have been excited about this new 10 song CD, Thrill Pistol with disc two being Wazbonez ’92. I have to admit being a fan of cover art, this one didn’t get me very excited. The chick with the stick on Clint tattoo just doesn’t do it for me. But I’m a girl so what do I know about apparently hot chicks with fake tattoos. Anyway that is irrelevant because it’s the music that is the main thing.
On first listen I wasn’t that keen on this disc, but on the third spin I am actually liking it quite a bit. For me it’s a grow-on-you type album and not one I instantly liked. These seem to be Tigertaliz’s heavier songs to date. Kim Hooker’s vocals sound quite different in places which I’m not saying is a bad thing, just different. The first 6 songs are the strongest on here, although title track “Thrill Pistol” is quite a change in style after the first 3 songs, its almost honky tonk piano sounding, complete with female vocals (courtesy of the wonderful sounding Suzy Chunk), but it’s catchy and likeable even if its not what you expect after hearing the rest of this disc.
The two ballad type songs “Milez Away” and “Only You” are just plain weak and awful.But that might be because I’m just not a fan of ballads in general, unless its Great White! “Natural Born Animal” is my pick for the best track on here. It has the potential to become the new “Love Bomb Baby”.
I won’t comment on Wazbones ’92 too much, suffice to say it is a great album and probably superior to Thrill Pistol, so it’s a bonus and nice addition to get Wazbones thrown in with Thrill Pistol. Thrill Pistol is not brilliant but it is good heavy glam. Tigertaliz fans should be pretty happy with this release.
Rating: Out of 10
Kim Hooker – vocals
Jay Pepper – guitar
Pepsi Tate – bass
Matt Blakout – drums
Produced by Tigertailz.
Disc One: Thrill Pistol:
01. Brain the Sucker
02. Long Live The New Flash
04. Thrill Pistol
05. Milez Away
06. Natural Born Animal
07. Only You
08. Tongwynlais Fly
09. Hanging By The Heelz
10. Serpent Queen
Disc One: U.S. Wazbonez ’92:
03. Make Me Bleed
04. Dirty Needlez
05. I Believe
06. Love Junkie
07. One Beat Of Your Heart
08. Show Me
09. Love Can Kill
10. The Final Solution
Reviewed by Tania.
Check out the new video, “Share Your Pain” by the Swedish glam metal band, Vanity Blvd.
For more information on Vanity Blvd. check out their myspace page here!
Check out RATT performing You’re In Trouble from 1984.
There were two different versions of this record released. One version in the UK and Canada, and another in the United States.
The U.S. version added John Sykes as a third guitar player over Mel Galley and Micky Moody. The ultra slick U.S. version focused less on the keyboards of Jon Lord, and is more centered around John Sykes playing.
To me, the U.S. album is the perfect set up for the band’s monstrous 1987 album.
This album is full of stadium ready anthems. Slide It In, Slow An’ Easy, and Love Ain’t No Stranger are all excellent songs that band continues to perform live today. Other favorites of mine from this album are, Hungry For Love, Spit It Out, and Standing In the Shadow.
This album made me a lifetime John Sykes, and David Coverdale fan, and more importantly, a Whitesnake fan.
Slide It In is an album that is often over looked by its ultra popular successor in 1987, but is a record that should not be missed!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Slide It In
2. Slow An’ Easy
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. All Or Nothing
6. Guilty of Love
7. Hungry for Love
8. Give Me More Time
9. Spit It Out
10. Standing In The Shadow
One of the nicer surprises in 2007, is the debut release by Detroit rockers, Ugly.
I had my first taste of Ugly in 2007, when they performed live in during the Labor day riverfest celebration in Cincinnati. I liked the live show so much, it only made sense to check out their new CD.
Much like the band’s live show, this CD does not disappoint! This is a hard rock CD with a great classic rock feel. There are great vocals, guitar solos and plenty of rocking drum beats to get your blood pumping.
24 Hours sounds like it was shot out of rock and roll cannon. This song will grab most listeners on the very first play.
Pusher keeps the party going. The cowbell drumming of Donnie Highland really turns the energy up on this track and makes this a fun song to listen to.
Friday Night (In the City) is a solid track with major radio potential. The background vocals of bassist Frank Green and Kevin McCreery, greatly enhances the playability of this song.
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll was the first song that I heard by Ugly. I liked this song enough to check the band out, and I am glad I did. This song kicks ass! Check out the video below!
Son is a low tempo bluesy number that has to be listened to to be fully appreciated.
Social Keeper is an upbeat rocker that has all of the swagger of an AC/DC song. Great Stuff! I took a video of the band performing this song in Cincinnati, check it out!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love the song, Driving Me Under. Kevin McCreery’s smoking guitar licks and the overall sing along quality of this song has made this one of my favorite tunes on this record.
Idea is another song that I first heard Ugly perform in Cincinnati. This is another good sleaze filled rocker.
Washed Out has an almost Beatlesque feel to it. The sound of this track was completely unexpected, but totally cool.
The Cats Ass has a killer groove, and a Guns ‘N Roses sleezy vibe about it.
Everything is a mid tempo ballad with monster radio potential.
Everytime I listen to The Train it reminds of the same style of bluesy rock that Aerosmith is famous for. This is an exceptional track to close this record out with.
The shredding guitars of Kevin McCreery, and Geo Teubl’s excellent vocal delivery really drives these hard rocking tunes home. At times, Geo reminds me of The Cult’s Ian Astbury, and that is very cool indeed! Producer Rick Parashar (Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, 3 Doors Down) did a bang up job with this CD. The production quality on this disc is top notch. This is a energetic disc full of hard-driving, sleazy good tunes that will put a big smile on your face. The tunes are so good, they are Ugly!
If the rock gods are kind, the whole world will know about Ugly before long. You can get on board by now by pre-ordering Ugly’s new CD through Rock Ridge Music.com for a mere $8.99. At this price, it is a steal. Go buy it today!
For more information on Ugly, stop by the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
- 24 Hours
- Friday Night (In the City)
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
- Social Keeper
- Driving Me Under
- Washed Out
- The Cats Ass
- The Train
I haven’t listened to Supagroup before, so I didn’t know what to expect.
After listening to Rules a couple of times, I can safely say they fit into the Classic Rock mold. They have a party rock sound that is similar to, but not the same as AC/DC.
This disc is filled with high speed to mid-tempo, 3 chord mayhem that will get you on your feet rocking.
Let’s Go (Get Wasted) is about as big of a party anthem as you are ever going to hear.
Other highlights on this disc include the bluesy, “I’m Gonna Change“, The infectious “Ready To Go”, “Bastard” and “It Takes Balls”.
If you are a fan of AC/DC, Rhino Bucket or Airbourne, Supagroup may be a band for you to check out!
Rules is a solid slab of feel good, hard rock and will whet your appetite for the new disc, Fire for Hire coming at the end of September.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Ready To Go
2. Hot Times
4. Let’s Go (Get Wasted)
5. It Takes Balls
6. Invincible Me
7. I’m Gonna Change
8. One For The Money
9. Ruling (Is Its Own Reward)
10. Hog Wild
11. Rough Edge
I think it is safe to say that this is one of the biggest debut discs by any hard rock band, and is certainly one of the most influential records of all time.
As far as debut’s go, Van Halen has only been outsold by Guns N’ Roses‘, Appetite for Destruction. A Diamond Level in sales (10 Million Copies sold) is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing on this record, changed the face of rock music. Countless guitarists tried to replicate his style of playing over the years, and he continues to influence young guitarists today.
The dynamic front man, David Lee Roth was nothing like anyone else at the scene at the time, and he too has had plenty of imitators over the years.
This record is one that you can listen to from beginning to end. It rocks all the way through. Several of the cuts have been over played on rock radio. Four Singles were released from this record, Running With the Devil, (The Kinks‘ cover) You Really got Me, Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love, and Jamie’s Cryin.
One of my all time favorite Van Halen tunes, is the John Brim cover, Ice Cream Man.
In 2003, Rolling Stone picked this record as one of the greatest rock records of all time. I may not accede with all of their picks, but this is one that I would certainly agree with.
If you don’t own this record, Do NOT pass go, do not collect $200.00. Get you tail to your local record store and pick this up.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Runnin’ With The Devil
3. You Really Got Me
4. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
5. I’m The One
6. Jamie’s Cryin’
7. Atomic Punk
8. Feel Your Love Tonight
9. Little Dreamer
10. Ice Cream Man
11. On Fire
This CD is filled with some great blues filled hard rock. Sadly, this music didn’t fit into the music scene at the time.
Like many of the bands of late 80’s early 90’s era, The War Babies didn’t fit into the grunge scene and disappeared as fast as they showed up. They had minor success with the song Hang Me Up. It received some airplay on MTV, and Z-Rock.
The stand out songs on this disc are Hang Me Up, the acoustic based Cry Yourself To Sleep, the Aerosmith inspired Sweetwater, my personal favorite, Blue Tomorrow and the rocking Satellite.
The War Babies are a band that will likely appeal to fans of Aerosmith, Thunder, Asphalt Ballet and Saigon Kick.
This disc has been out of print for a while. You can find some cheap used copies on EBay and at Amazon.com. It is worth grabbing if you can find it. Happy Hunting!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Hang Me Up
2. In The Wind
3. Cry Yourself To Sleep
5. Sea Of Madness
6. Blue Tomorrow
8. Death Valley Of Love
9. Big Big Sun
10. Killing Time
11. Care (Man I Just Don’t)
Another hot release in 2007 is the new disc Infected by Swiss rockers, Shakra. This band reminds me of a cross between Gotthard, Pink Cream 69, and a dash of the Scorpions and Def Leppard for good measure. If you like any of those bands, then Infected may be a disc for you to check out.
This is very good 80’s style metal release. There are plenty of great vocals by Mark Fox, and lots of excellent guitar work throughout this disc by the guitar tandem of Thom Blunier and Thomas Muster. Most of the songs on this disc are upbeat semi heavy rockers, but this disc does have a slower moment or two.
The video below is for the excellent low tempo number, Love Will Find A Way.
Infected is one of those discs that you have to hear to appreciate. I have given this one quite a few spins, and seemingly enjoy more with every listen. It also mixes well with my playlist that is a good mix of 80’s through 00’s hard rock and metal.
I recommend checking out some of the band’s other songs off of Infected, on their myspace page here. You can pick up Shakra’s infected at CD Inzane, and Impulse Music. All other U.S. retailers sell this disc at import prices.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Make Your Day
4. Playing with Fire
5. Dance with Madness
6. Love Will Find a Way
9. Higher Love
11. Look at Me
12. The Other Side
13. Let’em Have It
14. Acheron’s Way
Amazingly, this band sounds nothing like Faster Pussycat, and judging from the last Faster Pussycat album, that is a really good thing.
The Underground Rebels have a fresh rock sound, that leans a little towards the alternative/punk side of the fence. Frohlich’s vocals are clean and easy to listen to. The songs on Insult to Injury are primarily upbeat and somewhat infectious.
There are several stand out tracks on this record, of which Do It Again is my current favorite. The weakest tracks are the covers of Soft Cell’s Tainted Love, and Black Sabbath’s War Pigs. Tainted Love is an upbeat song, but The Underground Rebels slowed the pace down just a little bit, which changed the impact of the song. I do not like this version better than the original. It does seem to fit the record better than the cover of War Pigs. The War Pigs cover isn’t bad, but it seems out of place when comparing it to the other songs on this record.
The first song All That You Are is a song that I have played several times now, and like a little more each time I listen to it. Great Tune!
I Want More is extremely catchy. This is a song that sticks in my head. Its simple chorus, and easy to remember lyrics, makes this a song I will replay several times.
I have played the songs You and While I’m Away quite a bit, and I have enjoyed those quite a bit as well.
Insult to Injury isn’t the hardest of rock releases that I have listened to this year, but it does rock, and is worth checking out. You can hear The Underground Rebels tunes at their myspace page here.
If you like the CD, you can pick it up from CD Baby.com.
Rating: Out of 10
- All That You Are
- I Want More
- Insult to Injury
- Pullin’ Me Around
- Do It Again
- Tainted Love
- Hating You
- Down Anymore
- Washed Away
- While I’m Away
- War Pigs
Sixx A.M. is Nikki Sixx’s Soundtrack to his up and coming Book, The Heroin Diaries: The Year in A Life of A Shattered Rock Star. This is a collaborative effort with singer James Michael and DJ Ashba (Beautiful Creatures). Creating a Soundtrack to a book, could be a Hard Rock first. I don’t recall any other artists trying to do something like this. With that being said, listening to this CD would probably be appreciated much more if you read the book first. Strangely enough, the soundtrack was released first. (The book wont hit retailers until Sept 18th.)
For those of you thinking you are going to find a Motley Crue like CD, guess again! The sound on this record is about as far from the Crue’s glam metal as it gets. This is more of a modern hard rock approach to the music. Nikki Sixx’s big bass guitar sound is present, but this disc is completely different from anything you have heard from him before. James Michael is a very good singer. His vocals are clean, and easy to understand unlike many of today’s hard rock screamers.
I tend to like the harder numbers on this CD the best, and Life is Beautiful, Pray For Me, and Heart Failure are all solid tracks.
There are some slower numbers on this disc, that I could see having some crossover hit potential. The songs Tomorrow and Accidents Can Happen are both radio ready. Neither are heavy enough to banished from pop radio, nor are they too light to be vanquished from many rock radio stations out there.
This soundtrack is not without its problems though, and it is not a CD that I can listen to all the way through. There are some filler songs, and there are a few songs where Nikki Sixx gives his diatribe to some cool music, but as a whole, this isn’t a disc that I will grab for very much.
I may grow to appreciate this CD more once I read the book, but right now this disc like so many of the soundtracks that have preceded it suffers from only have a few solid tracks and too much filler. The CD is worth checking out for the solid cuts that are on it. It wont blow you away, but it is an interesting listen.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Van Nuys
3. Life Is Beautiful
4. Pray For Me
6. Accidents Can Happen
8. Dead Man’s Ballet
9. Heart Failure
10. Girl With Golden Eyes
11. Courtesy Call
13. Life After Death
One of the hottest bands on the L.A. circuit in the mid to late 80’s was Shark Island. Rumor has it that they were so good, some singer named Axl Rose used to tape singer Richard Black’s performances to he could copy his moves. Read more about that here.
Shark Island’s debut CD Law of the Order was originally released in 1989, and was the band’s only release until 2006’s Gathering of the Faithful.
Law Of The Order is a CD that is hard to categorize. This isn’t your typical hair metal. It isn’t flamboyant enough to be glam (but they sure tried to market the band that way). It isn’t gritty enough to be considered sleaze metal. This is more of a straight forward hard rock cd, and a very good one at that.
Law Of The Order is one of those CD’s that you truly need to hear to appreciate. There are several really good songs on this disc including Paris Calling, Somebody’s Falling, Get Some Strange, Passion to Ashes, and an excellent jamming cover of the Fleetwood Mac tune, The Chain. (I actually prefer the Shark Island version, to the original.)
My copy of this CD is the re-released version from 2004 that has a few bonus tracks that were only available on movie soundtracks at one time. Both Dangerous and Father Time, came from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure Soundtrack. My City came from the Point Break Soundtrack. All 3 songs are an excellent addition to a great CD.
Not only did my copy include the bonus songs, but it also has the Bastille Day, Alive The Whiskey CD included with it. This is the CD that the band wanted to release as the major label debut. The record company didn’t like that idea, and it didn’t get released until now. This captures the band performing live at the Whiskey in Hollywood, back on July 14th, 1989. The songs do sound a lot better than their studio versions. It is a very tight set, and definitely a collection of live tunes worth owning.
This CD is out of print and is starting pull down bigger dollars on EBay. I was able to secure a copy through Impulse Music recently. If you can still order it, I would get this one before it is gone. It is well worth your hard earned dollars.
You can check out Shark Island on their myspace page here.
Law Of The Order
1. Paris Calling
2. Shake for Me
3. Somebody’s Falling
4. Bad for Each Other
5. Passion to Ashes
7. Get Some Strange
8. Why Should I Believe
9. Ready or Not
10. The Chain
11. My City*
12. Dangerous *
13. Father Time*
Alive At the Whisky
1. Paris Calling
2. Ready or Not
3. Shake For Me
4. Get Some Strange
5. Passion To Ashes
6. Make A Move
Shark Island is:
Richard Black – Vocals
Spencer Sercome – Guitars
Chris Heilmann – Bass
Greg Ellis – Drums
The Problem of Pain: Part 1 is the first of a two album set. The second disc will be released in 2008.
It is a rock opera that is inspired by the albums Rush “2112” and Queensryche’s “Operation Mindcrime”.
The Problem of Pain retells the story of Job, from the Old Testament and deals with the question of why God allows evil and human suffering on earth.
The Problem of Pain is Torman Maxt’s third effort, and a very ambitious one at that for this three piece band. I must admit that I have not heard any of the band’s prior releases, but I am impressed with the ones I have heard on this disc.
Singer Tony Massaro has a voice that is similar to Rush’s Geddy Lee, giving the tunes on The Problem of Pain a very Rush like feel. Not only does Tony Massaro handle the vocals, but he proves to be a very talented guitar player as well. Many of the songs on this disc have a Classic Rock sound about them. I can hear elements of Rush, Led Zeppelin, and a maybe a little bit of Thin Lizzy in the music.
This is a very solid progressive rock CD, and one that requires multiple listens to fully appreciate. I enjoyed this disc, and will be spinning this quite a few more times in the coming months!
Rating: Out of 10
Chapter One: Prologue
Chapter Two: Job’s First Test
the angel’s first song
satan’s first song
Chapter Three: Job’s First Response
job’s initial shock
Chatpter Four: Job’s Second Test
the angel’s second song
satan’s second song
Chapter Five: Jobs’ Second Response
job’s second response
a great silence
Before the Scorpions were Rocking You Like A Hurricane, they released this gem of a disc, back in 1982. Interestingly enough, Klaus Meine was undergoing surgery on his vocal chords at the time this album was written, and the original tracks were recorded with Don Dokken on vocals. Klaus Meine was able to recooperate in time to record the vocals for this disc, and the Dokken tapes never surfaced.
This Scorpions’ release has been one of my favorites for years. This disc hit # 10 on the Billboard chart, and spawned some of the Scorps’ biggest anthems, Blackout, Can’t Live Without You, No One Like You, and You Give Me All I Need. Blackout is also the Scorpions first platinum disc in the United States (over 1 million units sold).
Even the weaker tracks on this disc are solid. There are a few other great rockers worth mentioning, including the killer track, Dynamite, the excellent upbeat tune Arizona, and the moody rocker China White.
I can’t imagine a fan of 80’s hard rock picking this disc up and being disappointed. This is definitely one of the best Scorpions discs out there, and you can get this one for less than $10.00 today. Blackout is a disc still worth picking up in 2007. Don’t miss out on this classic disc!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. No One Like You
4. You Give Me All I Need
8. China White
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down
Today’s review comes from Bill Leslie from Rock of Ages. Be sure to stop by Bill’s excellent site, where you can also find a new interview with Sacred Heart singer, Paul Stead.
It’s been many years now since the UK had a true melodic rock band that I felt could match the best of this often maligned genre. “Ten” had promise but despite some success in Japan, line-up changes and reluctance to tour have seen their chances of worldwide recognition diminish. Likewise Dare, who despite some significant airplay on the national BBC Radio 2 station have been unable to turn it into sales. No, the days of the likes of Shy, Tobruk and the mighty F.M. et al flying the flag for Britain are long in the past… but maybe that’s about to change.
Sacred Heart, a four-piece outfit comprising of Paul Stead on guitar & vocals, Mark Stephenson on lead guitar, Claudio Cafolla on drums and Darren Jhuboo on bass have taken the polished rock sound of the late 80’s, modernised it by adding a heavier feel that has welcomed comparison to the like of Nickelback and Hinder, and across twelve all original compositions have produced a debut that makes you wonder why it doesn’t bear the label of one of Europe’s premier AOR/Melodic Rock labels.
That’s right, despite no major label support, their persistence and belief in these songs has seen the band self-finance the whole thing, and through hard work and impressive use of the internet for promotion should see significant returns.
Having only heard their 2004 demos album “Lay It On The Line” before, the first thing that hits you is the sheer depth of sound they’ve achieved. Opening track “Afraid”, a brooding, mid-tempo rocker with a slight hint of Dio in its pulsing riffs, just sounds so ‘full’. The nearest comparison I could think of is that achieved by Europe on the “Out Of This World” opus and that’s an interesting one to recall as in a few places on this disc I found myself remembering that album and that band. Lead singer Paul Stead shares similarities in both voice and phrasing with Joey Tempest whilst the guitar work of Mark Stephenson possesses similar traits to that of Kee Marcello. Specifically it’s technical and impressive and often attention grabbing yet always seems appropriate to the song and never overly ‘flash’.
Further harder songs such as “Tonight”, a number that builds from a quiet opening toward a monster mid-section and solo, or the magnificent “Lift You Up” leave a lasting positive impression whilst the sleazy lap dancer tale of title track “Shake” will result in a smile from the listener either for the picturesquely suggestive lyrics or the guitar riff straight out of George Lynch’s book from Dokken’s heyday.
Memories of Jagged Edge and their quite English melodic blues-rock single “Out In The Cold” were stirred during “Lost”. One of the albums many highlights it’s already gained some radio airplay for the band in the UK and with its catchy chorus and “hooks that kill” could be an ideal candidate to lift as a single. Likewise the closing track “1000 Tears” which as the albums heaviest number tears up the final five minutes or so and leaves you in no doubt of the bands hard rocking credentials. Of the other tracks, “Paradise” also evokes memories of Europe in sound although it’s a cracker in its own right. “Carry On” is a big, grooving number with speaker rattling riffs and a touch of Warrant about it whilst “Perfect” again makes me recall those American pretty boys although this time it’s along with Whitesnake 1990 in the mix.
Of course, no melodic rock album would be complete without its ballads and here Sacred Heart offer the heartfelt tale of “Natali”, a song benefiting from a pulsating bass line, and the mid-album “Maybe”. Now I must admit that the soft acoustic opening of the latter hasn’t quite clicked with me yet, maybe too much of a come down from the fine opening five song salvo, but there is no denying that it’s a fine vocal performance from Stead and once it erupts pre-solo it’s real power ballad material. That only actually leaves “Promise” left to mention. A slick pop-rocker that like “Natali” perhaps errs on the pop side a little much for my personal taste yet along with the ballads gives the album wider breadth and variety and ultimately more appeal.
In summary, it’s an album that has impressed me greatly. I did initially think maybe I was going overboard and it was down to the sheer leap this band have taken since the demos release however placing the album next to personal genre favourites like the aforementioned Jagged Edge’s “Fuel For Your Soul”, FM’s “Tough It Out”, Ten’s debut album and even added a few of Europe, Dokken and Tyketto releases and I decided it’s not out of place in their company at all.
Of course, it’s not going to redefine a genre but it sure as hell should give the UK melodic rock scene a long overdue shot in the arm. It’s a superbly accomplished debut, which deserves the attention of any melodic rock fan. And that they’ve done it this well down the self-financed route has to be heard to be believed.
I am not exactly sure what it is about Soulidium that I like so much. I can’t say they are breaking new ground musically. The music on Children of Chaos, is quite comparable to a lot of the metal music that is on rock radio stations today. Usually, I am not too fond of the modern approach to metal, but I am able to accept it in limited doses.
The band does have a little bit of a shock rock element going on, and I do have an affection for the whole horror element. The first time I saw a picture of singer, Michael McNight, I had to jump back for a second. Maybe its the whole vampire image, but nonetheless, it works for me. It is something different, even though the band’s sound isn’t exactly new. The band has also released a couple of videos using that creepy horror element to their advantage!
Soulidium has a sound that reminds me of a cross between Filter, Tool and Breaking Benjamin. There are a few songs on this disc, that I have grown to like pretty well including, Trapped, The Light, Live Forever and Drama. All of these songs are radio ready. In fact, I have heard The Light on Squizz on XMRadio.
My only problem with this disc is this, some of the songs are so bass centric, they tend to run together and lose their own individual identity. A lot of newer bands are guilty of this, and Soulidium is no exception.
Nonetheless, I think Soulidium will gain a moderate level of success with this release. I am glad I checked this one out.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Soulidification Sequence
3. The Light
4. Live Forever
6. About You
7. Cash Kind Of Girl
10. Jaded Messiah
11. The Big Time
12. Slowly We Die
Twisted Sister is one of the few popular 80’s hard rock bands that I never had the opportunity to see live. When they close out the Rocklahoma Music Festival Sunday Night, I am sure they will put on an incredible show.
Aside from their live performances that I watched on their recent DVD, Twisted Sister: The Video Years, Live at the Hammersmith was the only way I had to experience the energy of a live Twisted Sister show.
This CD captures one of the live shows during the band’s Stay Hungry tour at the Hammersmith Theater in London, and a couple of tracks from 1979 in Detroit before the band was signed. This CD doesn’t cut out anything. Dee Snider talks to the audience with plenty of expletives. More importantly, the band rocks, and rocks hard. What amazes me the most is how different the tempo is on the live songs, versus the studio recordings. The Live tracks are played heavier and faster, which tells me that Twisted Sister is a better live band, than the one you hear on the studio discs.
The covers of Jailhouse Rock and Train Kept a Rolling are very cool. This CD is the only place that I am aware of where you will here Twisted Sister perform these songs.
The Rocklahoma Music Festival will likely be successful enough to create several more of these open air type music festivals in the United States. When this event happens next year, hopefully Twisted Sister will return. Until then, I will enjoy Live at Hammersmith to get my fill of live Twisted Sister. If you are a Twisted Sister fan, don’t even hesitate picking this up. It is essential to your collection!
1. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can’t Hurt You)
2. The Kids Are Back
3. Stay Hungry
5. We’re Not Gonna Take It
6. You Can’t Stop Rock N’ Roll
7. Knife In The Back
8. Shoot ‘Em Down
9. Under The Blade
In 2003, Vince Neil released a live CD, Live at the Whisky. Vince rarely plays his solo stuff live, and this CD is similar to the set I saw in Cincinnati. It was all Motley Crue tunes then, and this Live disc is all Motley Crue songs with the exception of Look In Her Eyes.
Tonight at 11:30 P.M., Vince Neil is taking the stage as the Headliner at the Rocklahoma Music Festival. I must admit that the show that I saw locally was far better than the set recorded at the Whisky. The band that he has with him now, Dana Strum and Jeff Blando from Slaughter, does a better job on the Motley Crue tunes that the band that Vince has with him on this release: Brent Wood (Wildside) on Guitar, Jamie Hunting (Union) on Bass, and Brent Fitz (Union) on Drums.
Even as a solo act though Vince Neil gives his all when performing Motley Crue tunes. When Vince and company takes the stage tonight, I am sure they will not disappoint too many people, unless of course people are expecting to hear tunes off of Exposed or Carved in Stone.
Vince Neil, Live at the Whisky is not Vince Neil’s best effort, but it is far from his worst. It is still fun to hear these songs performed live, even the though the band is no where near the caliber of Motley Crue.
You can check out the live version of the Exposed track, Look In Here Eyes below.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Kick Start My Heart
2. Knock ’em Dead Kid
3. Look In Her Eyes
4. Red Hot
5. Piece Of Your Action
6. Girls, Girls, Girls
7. Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
8. Home Sweet Home
9. Looks That Kill
10. Dr. Feelgood
11. Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room
12. Live Wire
The major question people are asking is, has the band gone into a sophomore slump, or does “Libertad” surpass the debut release “Contraband”.
I have listened to “Contraband” quite a bit, and believe “Libertad” surpasses the first disc, and has more potential for hits than its predecessor. “Libertad” however is a grower. I didn’t get into it completely on the first listen. Some of the songs definitely get better with repeated listening.
The first single seems like an odd choice to me. There are more infectious songs that “She Builds Quick” machines on this disc.
She Builds Quick Machines
I actually think the opening cut, “Let it Roll” is a better song. It is a heavier track with superb guitar work and a great bass groove. “She Mine” is another song that is really growing on me.
My early favorite off of this disc is “Get Out the Door“. This is song is quite infectious, and has an awesome beat. “Pill, Demons & Etc.” is also very catchy. Slash’s playing on this track is excellent. I am betting that “American Man” is going to get a lot of radio airplay before the end of 2007. I like this song a lot.
“The Last Fight” almost has a Tom Petty style about it. This song is about as close to “Fall to Pieces” as you are going to get on “Libertad“. This song has radio hit written all over it.
I will admit that there are a couple of songs that I didn’t care for. The Album closer “Gravedancer” sounds closer to the Rolling Stones, and this country flavored rock doesn’t work for me. The song “Spay” was a little too noisy for my tastes.
The cover of the Jeff Lynne penned ELO track, “Can’t Get it Out of My Head” seems out of place too.
The music on this disc is probably more like STP than Guns ‘N Roses. “Libertad” should bring Velvet Revolver continued success well into 2008. It is another solid offering by these hard rock veterans!
1. Let It Roll
2. She Mine
3. Get Out The Door
4. She Builds Quick Machines
5. The Last Fight
6. Pills, Demons & Etc.
7. American Man
8. Mary Mary Listen
9. Just Sixteen
10. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
11. For A Brother
Velvet Revolver is:
Scott Weiland – Vocals
Slash – Guitars
Dave Kushner – Rhythm Guitar
Matt Sorum – Drums
Duff McKagan – Bass
Saxon has been a revolving door of musicians over the years and singer Biff Byford, and guitarist Paul Quinn are the only original members.
Judging from the quality tunes on The Inner Sanctum, it doesn’t matter who is in the band because Saxon is still kicking ass in 2007.
This disc opens up with three great crushing metal tracks in a row, and does not let up until you get to Red Star Falling.
Red Star Falling slows the pace down to give the listeners a break. This track has a hauntingly cool feel about it. There are keyboards layered into the track, but it isn’t over powering, and gives the song a cool feel.
Need For Speed is a great track, and will be one of my favorites for a long time. This is the perfect anthem for any racing fan.
Without going into a further song by song breakdown, I can easily say that their are no bad songs on the Inner Sanctum. This is a great heavy metal disc, that will appeal to fans of 80’s metal. The stand out tracks to me are State of Grace, Need For Speed, Going Nowhere Fast and Ashes to Ashes.
It blows my mind that Inner Sanctum is Saxon’s 19th studio album. This band was a critical part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, yet they fail to get the same respect on U.S. soil as some of their counterparts. Inner Sanctum is a disc that takes me back to the early 80’s sound of Judas Priest and Accept. It is a superb metal disc, that is easily one of the best of 2007. And to boot, my copy of the Inner Sanctum came with a bonus DVD with a bunch of live performances. Talk about getting more bang for your buck!! Looks like I need to work on some Saxon back catalog now. For the rest of you, pick up Inner Sanctum! You will not be disappointed.
Rating: Out of 1o
1. State Of Grace
2. Need For Speed
3. Let Me Feel Your Power
4. Red Star Falling
5. I’ve Got To Rock ( To Stay Alive)
6. If I Was You (Album Version)
7. Going Nowhere Fast
8. Ashes To Ashes
9. Empire Rising
10. Atila The Hun