Man oh Mercy! When I received a copy of Warpath’s CD, Damnation in the mail, I had no idea what to expect. What I found is one of the best new thrash metal bands to come along in years. This unsigned UK band plays with a fury and conviction, that rivals the biggest names in thrash metal.
What do they sound like? The high speed riffs are reminiscent of early Metallica, and Megadeth, and yet the vocals offer the listener a completely different experience. The bottom line is, this young thrash band delivers in a major way.
James Murphy from Death and Testament mastered this CD, and as a result it sounds absolutely amazing. You can’t listen to this CD without into a headbanging convulsion before long.
Unbelievable riffs, excellent compositions, a fantastic rhythm section help drive the tunes on Damnation. On some of the tunes on this disc, drummer James Davenport delivers more beats per minute than seems humanly possible. It must be an intoxicating experience to see this guy play. The riffs of Pete Hawthorne and Richard Goss are fantastic. The vocals of Richard Goss are really growing on me in a major way. He may not be the best singer I have ever heard, but his vocals work with this music well. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to hear a singer truly sing instead of opting for the cookie monster approach that so many young metal bands are trying today.
Mark my words, with a record this good, Warpath will not be unsigned long. If you are a fan of thrash, you owe it to yourself to check these guys out. I will take this over Death Magnetic any day of the week!
Rating: Out of 10
3. Hostile Takeover
4. Face to Face
5. Spitting Blood
6. Life Unworthy of Life
8. Expendable Forces
Richard Goss – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Pete Hawthorne – Lead Guitar
Gareth Allen- Bass Guitar
James Davenport – Drums
Tune in to Hard Rock Nights for 3 hours of fantastic hard rock!
Paul Shortino, former Rough Cutt and Quiet Riot singer, is our guest. We’ve got new music from him, as well as classics from Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, and Aerosmith; deep cuts from Izzy Stradlin, Black Sabbath, and Ace Frehley; new stuff from Black Robot, Jennifer Batten, and The Spider Rockets. Don’t miss a second of it!
Helena Cos, vocalist for the Spider Rockets, and Nigel Dupree, frontman of the Nigel Dupree Band, will both appear on Hard Rock Nights tonight on ClassX! We’ll play some music from both bands, along with classic cuts from Judas Priest, Warrant, and Guns N’ Roses, seldom-heard headbangers from Sleeze Beez, Mötley Crüe, and Pretty Boy Floyd. We’ve also got new rock from Black Robot, Coldspell, Heaven and Hell, Milan Polak, and you’ll just have to listen to find out what else!
Hard Rock Nights airs every Saturday night at 9pm EDT on classxradio.com!
We’ll be rockin’ hard tonight with classics from Metallica, Winger, BulletBoys, Buckcherry and Ugly Kid Joe! You can also expect to hear some songs that you haven’t heard in ages from Poison, Rough Cutt, Blue Öyster Cult and Quiet Riot! And as always, we’ll be bringing you some of the best new hard rock on the planet! Listen in for new Freakshow, Joetown, Stonerider, Black Robot, and Sacred Oath!
Tune in to Hard Rock Nights at 9 pm EDT every Saturday night on classxradio.com!
We are honored to have on the program this evening one of the greatest metal guitarists, K. K. Downing of the legendary Judas Priest. His riffs are instantly recognizable, and with Glenn Tipton he comprises one of the most devastating tandems in hard rock! We’ll be playing plenty of Priest music tonight, both studio and live material, as we talk to Downing about the band’s upcoming British Steel tour, the new disc which will be released in July, and more!
Of course, we’ll play your favorite songs from other hard rock legends as well, from Mötley Crüe to Black Sabbath to Quiet Riot to Bon Jovi. We’ve also got plenty of new stuff from Joetown, Coldspell, Black Robot, Milan Polak and Jennifer Batten. You don’t want to miss tonight’s episode!
Hard Rock Nights airs every Saturday night at 9 pm EDT on WMWX-FM in Cincinnati, which is simulcast on classxradio.com globally. Listen in for our interview with Downing and a ton of killer music!
It’s Saturday, which means it’s time for Hard Rock Nights on ClassX! Tonight we delve into classics from Van Halen, Cinderella, Twisted Sister, and Ratt, along with some deep cuts from Poison, Mötley Crüe, Tora Tora, and Guns N’ Roses. New music from Coldspell, Freakshow, and Heaven and Hell as well! We also have a very special new track from Paul Gilbert and Freddie Nelson which may just be the greatest rock song of 2009…listen and decide for yourself!
Hard Rock Nights airs every Saturday night on classxradio.com beginning at 9 pm EDT.
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights we’ll be jamming through some great classics from Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith, Jackyl, and Cinderella, some lost and forgotten cuts from Quiet Riot, Poison, KISS, and Anvil, and new stuff from Billy Sheehan, Heaven and Hell, Jørn, and Freakshow. Joining us on the program is Nigel Rojas, frontman for the awesome reggae-infused hard rock band Orange Sky. We’ll check out several cuts from the new Orange Sky record, Dat Is Voodoo, as we chat about the band’s history, sound, and where they are going in the future.
Don’t miss Hard Rock Nights tonight and every Saturday night, exclusively on classxradio.com beginning at 9 p.m. EDT!
Boldly going where very few radio programs are willing to go, Hard Rock Nights is back for another edition of hard-hitting heavy music tonight! From the classics (Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith) to the new breed (DC4, Coldspell, Nigel Dupree, Sixx:A.M.), along with some deep cuts from your favorite artists that you won’t hear anywhere else (Izzy Stradlin, Quiet Riot, Suicidal Tendencies)! In addition to all that, Rob Thorne from Sacred Oath will give us a call to chat about his new record and his experiences in the band.
Hard Rock Nights airs every Saturday night from 9-11 pm EDT on classxradio.com and WMWX-FM in Cincinnati. Tune in and rock out!
Are you ready for some of the best hard rock of the year? Heaven and Hell (also known as Black Sabbath with Dio) just released their latest album, and we’re going to blast a couple of songs from it through your speakers tonight! We’ve also got some classic Black Sabbath (with Dio), some solo Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, and more! Classic hard rock from Jackyl, the Four Horsemen, Skid Row, and Iron Maiden is also on tap, along with some lost tracks from Poison, Charlemagne, and Halford. And not only do we have new H&H, we’ve got brand new stuff from Jørn, Sacred Oath, and GMT with Dee Snider!
Tune in to Hard Rock Nights tonight and every Saturday night on classxradio.com from 9-11 pm eastern!
Joetown is the special guest on this week’s edition of Hard Rock Nights, heard only on WMWX in Cincinnati and classxradio.com globally! Joe will talk about his latest release, Pills And Ammo, a high-energy rocker that will have heavy metal freaks bangin’ their heads all over the world. We’ll play a few tracks from the disc, along with some classics from your favorite hard rock acts Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Living Colour, Judas Priest, and Deep Purple. Along with all that we’ve got some deep cuts from Hericane Alice, Edan, Keel, and Vince Neil, and we’re even gonna throw in an M.O.D. song as well (that’s right…Methods of Destruction, baby). And some new stuff from Fraze Gang, Billy Sheehan, Motörhead, and Sacred Oath. It’s all on Hard Rock Nights tonight, 9 pm EDT, on classxradio.com!
How would you like a free CD from San Francisco’s Sacred Oath? How would you like that CD to be signed? We’ve got five copies we’re giving away over at the Hard Rock Nights blog. Click on over and sign up to win right now!
Jack Russell joins JT on Hard Rock Nights tonight in preparation for the release of the new Great White CD, Rising, in stores April 21 in the USA! Jack will talk about the new record, his bandmates, the new bass player, and a little bit of Great White history! We’ll also check out several tracks from the new disc as well as some classic cuts from Great White. In addition to that, you can expect to hear classics from XYZ, Poison, Mötley Crüe, Billy Squier, Black Sabbath and more! And we’ve also got new stuff from Coldspell, Alice Cooper, Joetown, and Sacred Oath on tap!
Speaking of Sacred Oath, how would you like a signed copy of their forthcoming release? Visit the Hard Rock Nights blog for details on how you can win one!
You can listen to Hard Rock Nights every Saturday night at 9 PM EDT on classxradio.com!
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights we’ll be bangin’ our heads through two hours of great music from the past and today! Joining us will be Rok Hollywood, the hard rockers from Indy who will be opening for Skid Row in Cincinnati next Friday. We’ll spin a couple of Rok Hollywood tracks, as well as classics from KISS, Motörhead, Megadeth and Bang Tango. We’ve also got some deep cuts from Mötley Crüe, Tygers of Pan Tang and Judas Priest, and brand new hard rock from Hardline, Sacred Oath, Great White and more! Don’t miss it, beginning at 9 pm EDT tonight, streaming on classxradio.com!
AND THAT’S NOT ALL…during the program tonight, I’ll be Twittering! Sign up to follow HRN at twitter.com/hardrocknights and chat with me while we rock out!
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights, it’s a cover song extravaganza!!! Join us as your favorite hard rockers pay tribute to the greatest classic rock and pop songs in headbanging style. You’ll hear a few obvious choices, such as Quiet Riot, Guns N’ Roses, and Great White…but there will be a few surprises along the way from Alice Cooper, Suzi Quatro, and Deep Purple. We will also feature new cover songs from Sammy Hagar, Carbon 9, Street Legal, and Saints of the Underground. Don’t miss it! Tune in to Hard Rock Nights on classxradio.com from 9-11 pm EDT every Saturday night!
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights we are pleased to have Joey Allen scheduled to chat with us. Joey is one of the guitarists for Warrant, and he’ll talk to us about the band and their new singer Robert Mason.
In addition to that, we’ve got plenty of Warrant songs to play, as well as some classics from Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns, and Ted Nugent, forgotten tracks from Judas Priest, Skid Row, and Gary Hoey, and new stuff from Queensrÿche, Joetown, Souls of We, Whitesnake, and Chickenfoot!
Don’t miss Hard Rock Nights, every Saturday night from 9-11 pm EDT on classxradio.com!
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights we are joined by the amazing Billy Sheehan! Billy is best known for his work with Mr. Big and David Lee Roth and has just released a new album, Holy Cow! featuring guest appearances by Paul Gilbert, Billy Gibbons, and Dug Pinnick. We’ll be spinning plenty of Sheehan solo stuff, and some Mr. Big and David Lee Roth to boot! And of course, your favorite classic bands and new stuff from Joetown and Queensrÿche! Tune in from 9-11 pm EDT at classxradio.com, and check out our new daily blog feature, “Hard Rock History,” at the official HRN blog!
Tonight, guitarist George Lynch joins us on Hard Rock Nights to talk about Souls Of We, the future of Lynch Mob, and a possible reunion with Dokken! We’ve also got plenty of music from your favorite headbangers like Poison, Ozzy Osbourne, and AC/DC, lost tracks from Ted Nugent and Twisted Sister, and new rockers from Coldspell and Grerat White. Don’t miss Hard Rock Nights with special guest George Lynch tonight! You can tune in from 9-11 pm EDT every Saturday night on classxradio.com.
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights, we’ve got two hours of spectacular hard rock with attitude! Classics from Cinderella, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and Ozzy Osbourne, along with forgotten tracks from Keel, Quiet Riot, and Krokus! We also have new stuff from George Lynch’s Souls of We, Fraze Gang, and Alice Cooper, and the HRN debut of Billy Sheehan’s new “A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To ‘Ya Ev’ry Time” featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top on guitar! You can tune in to Hard Rock Nights tonight and every Saturday night on classxradio.com beginning at 9 pm EDT!
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights, we explore the difference between the depressing music of grunge (without actually playing any of it…because we wouldn’t do that on HRN) and the party-attitude music of real hard rock! Slaughter, Quiet Riot, Keel, Van Halen and BulletBoys are among the bands that will be teaching us a lesson with loud guitars, big hair and spandex pants. We’ve also got new music from Kelly Fairchild, Krokus, Souls of We, DC4 and Takara. Tune in to Hard Rock Nights tonight (and every Saturday night) on classxradio.com starting at 9 pm eastern!
Want to hear classics from KISS, Twisted Sister, Mötley Crüe, and Ratt, new stuff from Krokus, Allen/Lande, Souls of We, and DC4, and “lost classics” from Vinnie Vincent, Blackeyed Susan, Kingofthehill, and Jani Lane….ALL IN THE SPACE OF TWO HOURS? Plus cuts from a ton of other bands??? Then look no further than HARD ROCK NIGHTS on ClassX! We’ve got all that and more lined up for tonight. Just click over to classxradio.com from 9-11 pm tonight (and every Saturday night)! Rock on!
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights, we will be joined by T.Y.R. Tonight You Rock frontman Joel Valentine while we play the greatest hard rock ever made…Iron Maiden, AC/DC, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, Keel, and more! We’ll also sneak in a few new tracks from Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper, M.O.B, Black Stone Cherry, and Danger along the way. You can listen to Hard Rock Nights on classxradio.com from anywhere in the world every Saturday night from 9-11 pm eastern.
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights, we salute the hardest rockers in the world…from KISS to Mötley Crüe, Deep Purple to Megadeth, Aerosmith to Ugly Kid Joe! We’ll be spinning classics like Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild” and some deeper cuts like Poison’s “Tragically Unhip.” Along for the ride will be new releases from Coldspell, M.O.B, Alice Cooper, T.Y.R., and Lipstick Magazine. Listen to Hard Rock Nights every Saturday night on classxradio.com from 9-11 pm eastern!
Just days after viewing the Presidential inauguration in the USA, aliens discover Hard Rock Nights!!! Listen tonight with the little green men to hear classics from Def Leppard, Van Halen, and AC/DC, along with some lost classics from Dangerous Toys, Lita Ford, and Aerosmith! New stuff on tap from DC4, Hell City Glamours, M.O.B and more! Hard Rock Nights airs internationally (and maybe intergalactically!) on classxradio.com every Saturday night beginning at 9 pm eastern. Don’t miss it!
The three piece Metal band from Germany, RAGE, has released a brand new CD, Carved In Stone. Check out the new video, Open My Grave, below!
This metalfest featured eight bands on which Belladonna was the headliner. I arrived late, and caught the band’s Session 9’s set.
Session 9’s brand of Nu-Metal energized the small crowd, before Joey and Company took the stage.
Before the show, I ran into the man with a million faces, Seven Witches guitarist Jack Frost. I had no idea that Jack was playing in Joey Belladonna’s solo band, so I was quite happy knowing that a guitarist of his caliber was playing live with him. I also had the opportunity to meet Joey Belladonna, as did many others.
Belladonna took the stage a couple of minutes before midnight, and played a healthy dose of 80’s Anthrax tunes, and Belladonna solo material. The set list included the following tunes:
Madhouse, Antisocial, (Efilnikufesin) N.F.L., Time, Two-Faced, Caught In A Mosh, I Am the Law, Medusa, and Indians
The band was ultra tight all night, and Joey Belladonna’s voice was damn near perfect. Jack Frost was fun to watch, and seemed to enjoy what he was doing. If you have ever seen him play before, you will already know, that you will see hundreds of different expressions on his face while he is playing. He is truly entertaining to watch.
RC Ciejek, was one of the most energetic bass players that I have seen in quite some time. Drummer Paul Marciano was kicking ass behind his massive drum kit! Belladonna made his best efforts to keep the audience fired up, and he succeeded. A mosh pit broke out for one of the songs, (This has to be the first time this has happened at the Blue Note in ages.) of course the Blue Note Bouncers put an end to that quickly.
It was a very small turn out for this excellent show. I don’t know where the metal heads were in Cincinnati Sunday night, but they weren’t at the Blue Note. They missed a great show, and a chance to meet a metal legend!
There are plenty of dates left on this tour! Don’t miss them when they come to your town!
April 09 – Kings Tavern Denver, CO
April 11 – Roadhouse Apple Valley, CA
April 12 – Tremors Riverside, CA
April 13 – The Museum Club Flagstaff, AZ
April 14 – Club Congress Tucson, AZ
April 16 – Fat Cat Modesto, CA
April 18 – Studio Seven Seattle, WA
April 23 – Big City Night Club Farmington, NM
April 25 – Acadia Bar Houston, TX
April 26 – Rosedale San Antonio, TX
April 29 – The Otherside Event Center Tulsa, OK
April 30 – The Muse Nashville, TN (New)
May 01 – Jaxx Springfield, VA
May 02 – Soundgarden, Myrtle Beach, NC
May 03 – Championship Sports Bar And Grill Trenton, NJ
May 05 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
May 08 – Vnuks Milwaukee, WI
May 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, IL
May 10 – Jigsaw Saloon Parma, OH
May 11 – Cardo’s Chillicothe, OH
May 13 – Europa Night Club Brooklyn, NY
May 16 – Mark’s Showplace Manchester, NH
May 17 – The Haunt Yonkers, NY
May 18 – The Big Bop Concert Hall Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 19 – The Big Bop Concert Hall Toronto, CA
May 20 – TBA Ottawa, Canada
May 21 – Foufounes Electriques Montreal, CA
May 22 – Time To Laugh Kingston, On
May 25 – TBA Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 26 – TBA Moncton, NB
June 05 – Hard Rock Live Mexico City, Mexico
In 2006, Leatherwolf released a new CD, World Asylum, that featured a new singer for the band, Wade Black. The CD didn’t take off as they expected it to, and Wade Black left the band, in November of 2006.
Fast forward to 2007, and original singer Michael Oliveri rejoined Leatherwolf. The band re-recorded World Asylum, with Oliveri on vocals and re-released the record via Nil8 Records.
I have the original version of the CD, and for whatever reason, I could not get used to Wade Black (Crimson Glory) on vocals. His style was somewhat different from Oliveri’s, and I didn’t get into that disc very much.
I have been a fan of Leatherwolf for years. Their three axe attack was always something to draw me in. The lineup of the band has changed, but the great metal music has not. In fact, New World Asylum is nothing short of killer!!!
Oliveri’s vocals on this record are damn near perfect, and the guitar work is excellent. Whatever tweaks the band made to this new version of World Asylum seems to work, as I like this version much better.
The Best cuts are I Am The Law, Live or Die, Behind The Gun, and Dr. Wicked. I don’t think their is a bad cut on this disc.
If you are a fan of heavy metal music, in the vein of bands like Judas Priest and Accept, you ought to check out New World Asylum. You will be glad you did. You can hear more tunes from New World Asylum, at the Leatherwolf myspace page here. American heavy metal doesn’t get much better than this! The CD is available for purchase through CD Baby.com.
Michael Oliveri – Vocals
Geoff Gayer – Guitars
Cary Howe – Guitars
Pete Perez – Bass
Dean Roberts – Drums
It is hard for me to think of Bruce Dickinson as that other guy, as big as Iron Maiden has become, but The Number of the Beast is the first album to feature ex-Samson front man, Bruce Dickinson as the lead singer of Iron Maiden.
The first couple of albums with Paul Di’Anno were good, but Bruce’s powerful voice elevated Iron Maiden’s sound into the stratosphere. The galloping style of guitar playing by Dave Murray and Adrian Smith was unlike anything other bands were doing at the time.
Not every song on the The Number of the Beast is an instant classic, but the three songs on this album that every hard rock fan should have in their play list are The Number of the Beast, Run To the Hills, and Hallowed Be Thy Name.
For this listener, this album is one that requires a few plays before you can gain a full appreciation for it. The musicianship on this record is amazing, but some of the songs take some time to grow on you. This isn’t my favorite Iron Maiden album, but it is a superb release, and most certainly a must own record for all metal fans.
For Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast is a ground breaking disc, and one of the better albums to come out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. This is an absolute classic!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Children of the Damned
4. 22 Acacia Avenue
5. Number of the Beast
6. Run to the Hills
8. Total Eclipse
9. Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden is:
Bruce Dickinson – Lead vocals
Dave Murray – Guitar
Adrian Smith – Guitar
Steve Harris – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Clive Burr – drums, percussion
While flipping through some CD’s in collection, I noticed a couple of covers that were kind of similar. The similar covers inspired this week’s video showdown.
The week pits W.A.S.P.’s Wild Child against the mighty voice of JORN Lande, and his video Living With Wolves!
W.A.S.P’s – Wild Child
It is almost mind boggling for me to think that 2008 marks the 25th Anniversary of Motley Crue’s Shout At the Devil.
If I were to choose my top 10 favorite albums of all time, Shout at the Devil would almost certainly make the list.
I think I have owned Shout at the Devil in every form it has been in, including LP (Yes, I tried to find the backwards message), cassette, and CD. Few CD’s bring back the fond memories that this disc does, and this album has always found itself in my playlist consistently over the years.
On Shout at the Devil, Motley Crue was still hungry, and this comes across in the sound of the record. They had not yet achieved the massive success that they were headed for. The band was certainly were making a name for themselves every where they went, and their reputation as L.A. bad boys certainly solidified after the release of Shout At the Devil.
The band’s sound matured over the punk/metal style of Too Fast For Love. Shout at the Devil is a raw metal record. In my opinion, the band hadn’t fallen prey to the pop metal sound that would show up on their later records.
Everything from the Intro to the final cut Danger rocks on this record. Shout at the Devil is everything that a metal record should be loud, sleazy and totally cool. No metal fan should be without it.
Rating:Out of 10
1. In the Beginning
2. Shout at the Devil
3. Looks That Kill
5. God Bless the Children of the Beast
6. Helter Skelter
7. Red Hot
8. Too Young to Fall in Love
9. Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid
10. Ten Seconds to Love
Motley Crue is:
Vince Neil – Vocals
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Mick Mars – Guitar
Tommy Lee – Drums
One of the better metal discs of 2007, is Steve Grimmett’s Personal Crisis.
This is a release that has a sound that is deeply rooted in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. For me, this is a very good thing, as I enjoy most of the bands that came out of the NWOBHM era. I have always enjoyed Steve Grimmett’s voice in Grim Reaper, but I wasn’t sure what to expect with his solo disc.
I have always classified Steve Grimmett as a Rob Halford type of singer. His voice has matured, and has maybe deepened a little bit since the Grim Reaper days. The high pitched screams are gone, but I am completely ok with that. His voice is more relevant with today’s metal releases than ever before.
80’s metal fans looking for a disc with ultra sharp guitar playing, and killer vocals, need not look any further. Ian Nash’s playing on this record will win you over immediately. There is plenty of guitar noodling for you to feast your ears on.
Personal Crisis has a few surprises in store for you. Joanna Ruiz sings on the track Enemy, along with Grimmett. This is an extremely strong track, and Ruiz’s voice really adds a new element to this song.
Steve Grimmett covers his old band’s tune (Grim Reaper) with the tune, Wrath of the Ripper. This song will have you scurrying to pull out your copy of See You In Hell, to compare it to the original. I love this version of the tune.
Personal Crisis is a record that no metalhead should be without! Finding this disc in the United States may present quite the challenge for you. I recommend picking up a copy from Impulse Music at this location. You can preview some of the songs at the Steve Grimmett myspace page. Take the time to check them out! You will be glad you did!
2. Wait For Ever
10. Wrath Of The Ripper (Grim Reaper cover)
Steve Grimmett Band is:
Steve Grimmett – Vocals
Ian Nash – Guitar
Rich Walker – Bass
Pete Newdeck – Drums/ Background Vocals