I recently reacquired a brand new copy of this disc for a mere $6.00 and was shocked to have found it. It is pretty hard to find in 2007.
The band was creating and performing great hard rock music, when it was pretty unpopular.
They have been fairly quiet since their last release, Ignite in 2001, but are rumored to be taking the stage in Rocklahoma 2008.
If you like great hard party rock, then you need to check out Hair of the Dog’s self titled debut from 1998. On this disc, I can hear the influence of Ted Nugent and Aerosmith in the bands’ music. Ryan Cook’s slide guitar is a nice addition to the hard rockin’ tunes.
Even though this disc doesn’t come close to capturing the energy of the band’s amazing live show, it is definitely worth spinning today.
Some of the stand out tracks are Cadillac Jack, Whiskey Tango, Alone and The Party Ain’t Over.
You can check out a few of the band’s tunes at their myspace page. If you can find a copy, I recommend picking this one up!
Rating:Out of 10
- Cadillac Jack
- Whiskey Tango
- Sweet Lady Vegas
- As I Am
- Southern Cock
- The Party Ain’t Over
- Satin Girl
- Killin’ Heart
If you are a fan of the band Creed, then Alter Bridge probably needs no introduction. Alter Bridge consists of 3 former members of platinum recording artist Creed, and ex-Mayfield Four singer, Myles Kennedy.
With the new CD Blackbird, not only has the band crafted their finest work since the breakup of Creed, but they have also created what could be one of the best new hard rock records of 2007. Yes, It really is that good!
Blackbird starts off with a crushing rocker, Ties That Bind. This song sets the stage immediately for what I knew was going to be an incredible listening experience.
Come To Life has a cool groove, a heavy bass line, sing along lyrics, and killer guitar work. GREAT!!
The pace slows down a bit with Brand New Start. Myles Kennedy excellent voice shines almost as much as his guitar work on this track. More Great Stuff!
I have listened to Buried Alive a few times now and this song hasn’t impressed me as much as some of the others. It is slowly growing on me.
Coming Home has a very heavy bass line. This is another headbanging track that has a Tool like feel about it. Cool!
Before Tomorrow Comes will be a monster radio hit! This song is exactly the type of tune that Creed had some hits off. Soaring vocals and sing along lyrics. I love this song!
Rise Today is the first single and video from Blackbird. If you like this song, you are going to love this disc. This was the first song that I heard, and I knew that I had to hear more after listening to this one. Check out the video below:
Blackbird is the longest song on this disc, clocking in at nearly 8 minutes in length. This is like 2 or 3 songs wrapped up in one. At times, it has a stoner rock like feel, but then the music slows down, and Myles Kennedy’s voice takes off. The guitars really howl on this track. This is an extremely cool song that does not feel too long. In fact, you will find yourself replaying this one to pick up on things that you didn’t catch the first time around. Amazing!
The bass riff that starts off on One By One sounds like something that Tony Iommi would write. The song itself has a slightly darker feel to it, but once again the voice of Myles Kennedy powers this song to new heights. This song has some hit potential.
Watch Over You slows the tempo back down again. At this point Myles Kennedy has me saying Scott who? This guy has a killer voice!
Break Me Down is a song that I think could have had much more potential with a little different arrangement on the music. It is still a solid tune though.
White Knuckles is one of the heavier songs on Blackbird. Be prepared to headbang to this one!
Wayward One is a mid tempo, moody sounding song. It is a solid track, but not the strongest one on Blackbird. I probably would have mixed this song higher in the playing order, but that is just my personal taste.
Don’t even hesitate in picking this disc up! Blackbird is nothing short of a brilliant listening experience. You don’t even have to take my word for it! Alter Bridge have launched a special listening party for their fans a chance to check out the album in its entirety. Click this link to listen to Blackbird in its entirety. Warning…..you will be heading to store to purchase this one, if you take the time out to preview it!
1. Ties That Bind
2. Come To Life
3. Brand New Start
4. Buried Alive
5. Coming Home
6. Before Tomorrow Comes
7. Rise Today
10. Watch Over You
11. Break Me Down
12. White Knuckles
13. Wayward One
Alter Bridge is:
Myles Kennedy – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Mark Tremonti – Guitar and Backing Vocals
Brian Marshall – Bass
Scott Phillips – Drums
Swedish rock band, The Babylon Bombs have released their 2nd video, “Hometown Hero“, off of their album, Doin’ You Nasty. (Available now through Impulse Music.) Check it out!
The band had a bunch of leftover songs in the Godsmack writing sessions and thus Another Animal was born.
Another Animal also features the perilous pipes of former Ugly Kid Joe singer, Whitfield Crane.
It has been quite a while since I have heard Whitfield Crane sing, and I must admit that after hearing this CD, it made me want to seek out the W.C. discology. Whitfield’s voice is in top form here.
Broken Again is the first single off of this record, and if you have checked it out at the previous article at the Hard Rock Hideout, then you already know it is killer stuff. Chances are if you like the song Broken, Again you are going to love this CD.
Some of my other favorite cuts off this record are Left Behind, Black Coffee Blues and Fade Away. Fade Away is the least heavy song on this record, but Whit Crane’s voice really shines on this tune. This is going to be a massive hit for the band with a little bit of luck.
If you are a Godsmack fan, you are going to enjoy this disc. Fans of Whitfield Crane out to check this disc out as well!
For more information on Another Animal, check out their website here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Find A Way
- Distant Signs
- Broken Again
- Before The Fall
- Left Behind
- The Beast Within
- The Thin Line
- Black Coffee Blues
- Fade Away
The Cult returns in 2007 with a different band lineup. That really shouldn’t surprise anyone. The Cult has more former members than Bang Camaro has singers.
The Cult in 2007 is Ian Astbury vocals, Billy Duffy on lead guitar, John Tempesta on drums, Mike Dimkitch on rhythm guitar, and Chris Wyse on bass guitar.
Personally, I am glad to get some new hard rock tunes by the Cult in 2007. It has been far too long since 2001’s Beyond Good and Evil. There are quite a few stand out tracks on Born Into This including the title track Born Into This, Dirty Little Rockstar, I Assassin, Illuminated and Savages.
Ian Astbury’s vocals are as strong as ever, and Billy Duffy’s playing on this record is excellent.
Check out the Cult at their myspace page here!
Rating: Out of 10
- Born Into This
- Dirty Little Rockstar
- Holy Mountain
- I Assassin
- Tiger In The Sun
- Sound of Destrution
- Gun Culture
Nick Oliveri is no stranger to Ozzfest. He first took the stage in Ozzfest as the bassist for Queens of the Stone Age.
On Dead Planet, Nick handles the lead vocals and bass playing. Nick Oliveri’s razor sharp voice is one that takes a couple of listens to get used to, but I find his sound refreshingly different from so many of the singers that I have listened to as of late.
Mondo Generator has a punk/metal sound that I describe as Motorhead meets Velvet Revolver. The music on Dead Planet is extremely tight. The dual guitars of Ian Taylor and Spud are far better than I could have imagined.
Dead Planet gives you a wide selection of tunes. 17 songs averaging about 3 minutes in length. The cool thing about the short song length on Dead Planet is, if you find a song not to your liking, chances are 3 minutes later you will.
Stand out tracks are All The Way Down, Lie Detector, So High, Take Me Away, and Paper Thin.
I had no expectations when I first listened to this CD, and surprisingly liked this one a lot. If you are a fan of Nick’s former work in Queens of the Stone Age, get Dead Planet, you will love it. If you like the video above, for Lie Detector above, check out Mondo Generator, I think you will like them! You can hear more tracks at the band’s myspace page here.
1. Basket Case
2. I Never Sleep
3. All the Way Down
4. She Only Owns You
5. Lie Detector
6. Mental Hell
7. All Systems Go
8. Like a Bomb
9. So High
11. Take Me Away
12. Life of Sin
13. Paper Thin
14. Sam Hall
15. There She Goes Again
16. Bloody Hammer
17. Sleep the Lie Away
The first thing I noticed is that record seems to be a little bit heavier than the last couple of HIM releases.
On the opening track Venus Doom singer Ville Vallo sings in a much lower range than I am used to. The sound on this song reminds me of Type O Negative with a dash of Black Sabbath.
I actually like Love in Cold Blood a little better than Venus Doom. Valle goes back and forth between his normal vocal range, and the deeper bass parts on this song. The guitar work by Mikko “Linde” Lindström is excellent on this track.
Passion’s Killing Floor is another song has a little bit of a doom metal type of feel. The keyboards on this song by Janne “Burton” Puurtinen gives song a haunting almost eerie feel. Cool Stuff.
Kiss of Dawn is one of the more mainstream sounding tracks on Venus Doom. It is also one of my favorites off of this record. Check out the video below for this song.
Sleepwalking Past Hope is a song that you have to hear to fully appreciate. This song clocks in at over 10 minutes in length. The song has more stoner rock elements, but the keyboards turns this song into something completely different.
Dead Lovers’ Lane is a song that could easily be a radio hit for the band. The chugging guitar riffs really drive this song home. Hopefully rock radio won’t be scared off by the layer of keyboards on this track. I think it is totally cool.
Song or Suicide is a short little throw away track, that is only a little over a minute long.
Bleed Well is the third song on Venus Doom with major hit potential. The snippet below gives you a taste of this great song.
Cyanide Sun is a low tempo, moody sounding number. It is a very strong track, and a good way to close out this record.
Bottom line, Venus Doom is one cool sounding record. Although their are some elements that remind me of other bands that I listen to, Venus Doom is a unique sounding record. It debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 38,637 units sold. I expect that this record could give HIM, their first platinum record with a little bit of luck. If you like the songs in the videos above, go get this!
1. Venus Doom
2. Love in Cold Blood
3. Passion’s Killing Floor
4. Kiss of Dawn
5. Sleepwalking Past Hope
6. Dead Lovers’ Lane
7. Song or Suicide
8. Bleed Well
9. Cyanide Sun
This CD is a cover album of sorts. Leslie West and company have chosen to take on the tunes of Bob Dylan for this record.
You love or hate for this record will likely stem from whether you like Bob Dylan or not. Personally, I have not been a Bob Dylan fan, so I found this record a little more palatable than some. I am not familiar with a lot of Bob Dylan’s songs, so for me, I am hearing these songs for the first time as presented by Mountain.
I like Leslie West’s raspy vocals, and I always enjoy good bluesy hard rock. I don’t know if Mountain does an adequate job on the cover tunes or not, but I like what I hear on this disc well enough to spin this a few times.
On this album, you get a guest appearance by Ozzy Osbourne on the track Masters of War. I am sure this was a trade off for Leslie’s appearance on Ozzy’s Undercover disc. Nonetheless, I enjoy hearing Ozzy here.
Masters of War is a bluesy guitar riff filled disc that I enjoyed to a lesser degree. Is this the best collection of Mountain tunes that I have ever heard? No, but it is a solid effort from Mr. West and company.
This is a disc that will mix well with some of the other southern hard rock discs that I enjoy. Masters of War won’t blow your mind, but if you are a fan of the band, it is certainly worth seeking out.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Masters Of War
2. Serve somebody with
3. Blowin’ In The Wind [heavy]
4. Everything Is Broken
5. Highway 61 Revisited
6. This Heart Of Mine
7. Subterranean Homesick Blues
8. The Times They Are A-changin’
9. Seven Days
10. Mr. Tambourine Man
11. Like A Rolling Stone
12. Blowin’ In The Wind [acoustic]
This band is lead by frontman, Ely Dye , Adriel Garcia (guitar), London (drums), Milo (guitar) and Brady (bass).
City Sleeps has a song on the new CD Soundtrack to Resident Evil: Extinction, and a solid debut CD, Not An Angel that will help usher them into the limelight.
Judging from their first single and video Prototype, this band’s music is primed for radio play, and could easily have some pop and rock crossover hits and some definite mainstream success.
Ely Dye has a vocal range that hits the high notes with ease. At times, I think he could easily match Sting note for note. His soaring vocals grab you on the very first listen.
Prototype, Just Another Day, Not An Angel and Sleep With Me are my early favorites off of this record. The intro and exit tracks Hotel and Check Out are throw away instrumentals, but luckily, there is enough meat in between these songs to make this a record worth checking out. Not An Angel is an upbeat record, and is a lighter than a lot of the artists that I review at the Hard Rock Hideout. I thought this was a new release worth mentioning.
If Alternative Rock is your thing, check out City Sleeps on myspace. If you like what you hear, check out the pre-order offer below!
Something to note for you rockers in or around Atlanta, Georgia!
Starting Tuesday, September 25, get a free concert ticket to see City Sleeps in Atlanta when you pre-order their new album, Not An Angel (out 10/9) from Criminal Records. The concert is at the Masquerade on Friday, October 12, and it is an all-ages show. The first 50 people to pre-order the new CD will get TWO tickets to the show. That’s a new CD plus two concert tickets for a mere $9.99! (A single ticket to the show would cost you $10, plus Ticketmaster fees, of course.) Even if you’re not one of the first 50 people to pre-order Not An Angel, it’s still a good deal for a CD and one ticket.
Rating: Out of 10
3. Just Another Day
4. Not an Angel
5. Walker’s Ridge
6. Ordinary High
7. I Can’t Make You Love Me
10. Be a Man
11. Sleep With Me
12. Check Out
I must admit that Mower is far better than I ever could have expected. Pinpointing the band’s style is a little more difficult than I expected. There are elements of hardcore, a little bit thrash, mixed with a little bit of stoner rock for good measure. Within the songs, I can hear elements of early Metallica fused with Anthrax, Rob Zombie and a small dash of Black Sabbath. The energy in the songs captivates my ears with every spin.
While I release this type of rock may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Mower’s latest CD, Not For You is one worth checking out. My favorite cuts so far are American Psycho, Look Away, U-Turn, Road Rage, and the thrashing cover of California Dreamin’.
Mower is the second metal band that I have heard lately using a dual vocal approach (the first being Atreyu.) The mixture of Brian Sheerin and Dominic Moscatello is a little different than Atreyu’s approach. One singer is all metal, the other is hardcore. It makes for an intersting mix.
Not For You is a short listen. It has 15 songs clocking in at roughly 39 minutes. Most of the songs here are less than 3 minutes in length. To me, it is the shorter length on the songs that makes this disc more listenable. If you like you music on the heavier side, Mower may be an act for you to get a quick Metal fix.
Rating: Out of 10
1. American Psycho
2. Road Rage
3. 10′ X 10′
4. The End
5. Look Away
6. Broken Hands
8. General Admission
11. Not For You
12. L.A. Riot
15. California Dreamin’
If you are a KISS fan of any kind, this CD needs no introduction, you probably own this on multiple formats. For those of you that don’t, keep reading!
KISS Alive may be the most successful live hard rock disc of all time. This Album has sold over 4 million copies since its initial release. Rolling Stone Magazine has this disc listed as one of their Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
While I don’t agree with all of Rolling Stone’s choices, this is one that is a worthy selection.
Is KISS the greatest band of all time? Probably not. Is this the best live CD of all time? It is pretty damn close if it isn’t. The sound quality of this disc, is amazing, especially since it was recorded in ’75. I can listen to this 80 minute set repeatedly without getting bored.
This is truly a once in a lifetime live set, and I think the live energy of the KISS live performance is captured very well here.
If you are a hard rock fan, you owe it to yourself to pick up this excellent 2 disc set!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Watchin’ You
2. 100,000 Years
3. Black Diamond
4. Rock Bottom
5. Cold Gin
6. Rock And Roll All Nite
7. Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
This CD is becoming one of the more rare live recordings that I have come across.
I have been a fan of Black ‘N Blue for a long time, but quite frankly, I don’t think this recording captures the best live show the band has ever done. It does have a few of the bands hits, but it is a short set (less than an hour).
This isn’t a live CD that I will grab for regularly. I prefer the studio cuts over the live version here. This disc turns up on Ebay from time to time, and you can find used copies at amazon. This is a disc that the diehard Black ‘N Blue fans will search for only.
Rating:Out of 10
- Chains Around Heaven
- The Strong Will Rock
- Hold On To 18
- Wicked Bitch
- School of Hard Knocks
- I’m the King
- One For The Money
Black ‘N Blue is:
Jamie St. James – Vocals
Tommy Thayer – Guitar
Jeff Warner- Guitar
Patrick Young – Bass
Pete Holmes – Drums
This CD was recorded live during Jorn’s first concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner on September 16th, 2006.
For those of you that have never checked out Jorn Lande before, Live in America is as good of a place, as any to begin. This double CD set features the incredible vocals of Jorn Lande, and the amazing guitar work of Tore Moren and Jörn Viggo Lofstad (The tandem from the superb 2006 release The Duke) , and also Steinar Krokmo on bass and Willy Bendiksen on drums.
During this set, Jorn covers songs from his releases: The Duke, Unlocking the Past, Out To Every Nation, as well as songs that he did with Beyond Twighlight, and Masterplan plus covers of songs by Deep Purple, Dio, and Whitesnake.
The only downfall with this disc, is its length. The live tunes with solos only last 75 minutes, and with the vast amount of music Jorn has put out over the years, this set could have been well over 2 hours long. There are a couple of nice bonuses however.
There are three studio tracks, the 2007 version of Out to Every Nation, the Black Sabbath cover Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth and Sacrificial Feelings (which was only available previously as a bonus track.) This is nice bonus to a great disc.
The sound quality on Live on America is superb, and the music is excellent. One listen to this set and you will quickly realize the amazing musicians Jorn Lande has in his band. The excellent musicianship plus the amazing vocals of Jorn Lande makes this a live collection that should appeal to most 80’s hard rock fans. (Jorn Lande fans probably already own this). If you are a fan of live hard rock music, DO NOT MISS Live in America!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Godless And Wicked
4. Perfect Strangers
5. Gonna Find The Sun
6. Whitesnake Medley: Come On/Sweet Talker/Crying In The Rain/Here I Go Again/Give Me All Your Love
7. Out To Every Nation (2007 Version Studio Track)
8. Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth (Studio Track)
9. Sacrificial Feelings (Bonus Studio Track)
The live show was recorded on March 30th, 2007. Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio has never sounded better.
I saw the Cincinnati show of the first leg of the Heaven and Hell tour, and the set was quite similar to the one on this two disc set. I consider that concert one of the best that I have seen, and this CD is an excellent representation of the great show that I saw that night.
The main focus of this set are the three CD’s that Black Sabbath released with Ronnie James Dio: Heaven and Hell, The Mob Rules and Dehumanizer. There are also two new songs, The Devil Cried and Shadow of the Wind, that were released earlier in the year from Black Sabbath: The Dio years.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to catch Heaven and Hell live, this CD is one that you will not want to miss. 65 or not, Ronnie James Dio is still singing as good as he ever has in 2007. The combined force of Tommi Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Vinnie Appice on drums is not one to be missed.
The sound quality on this disc is superb, and the music is fantastic. If you are a Black Sabbath fan, you need to buy this must own 2 CD set!
1. Computer God
2. Falling Off the Edge Of the World
3. Shadow Of the Wind
4. Die Young
5. Heaven And Hell
6. Lonely Is the Word
7. Neon Knights
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
No Fuel Left For the Pilgrims is a late 80’s classic that has been out of print for years.
I once owned this on cassette, and have not been able to track this one down again until now.
This band was wrongly lumped into the hair metal category, and even had a couple of videos on the MTV Head Banger’s Ball.
If you put AC/DC into a blender, added the funk of the Electric Boys, and maybe a little bit of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, and hit puree, you might get something that sounds something like D*A*D. This is a cool CD with some funky rock tunes.
The gruff vocals of Jesper Binzer compliment the heavy and sometimes steel guitar licks of his brother Jacob. It is one of the more unique sounding CD’s of the late 80’s, and a worthy pick up in 2007. Check it out!
For more information on D*A*D, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
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
Holy Diver is the debut by DIO, which features Vivian Campbell on Guitar, Black Sabbath band mate, Vinny Appice on drums and Jimmy Bain on bass.
To this listener, Holy Diver will always be a timeless metal classic. Ronnie James Dio’s ultra powerful vocals alone, make this a disc for all metalheads to check out. Vivian Campbell’s playing on this record is nothing short of superb. His playing on Holy Diver is far beyond anything he has done with his current employer, Def Leppard.
Vinny Appice has always been a great metal drummer, and his heavy drum beats on this record are nothing short of perfect!
The songs Holy Diver and Rainbow in the Dark, are still two of the biggest rock anthems that Ronnie James Dio has ever sung.
Some other favorite cuts of mine off of this disc, are Stand Up and Shout and Don’t Talk to Strangers.
Ronnie James Dio has been, and forever will be one of my favorite metal singers. I have followed his career since the Elf days, and Holy Diver is still one of my favorite records by Ronnie and company.
If you don’t own this record….what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this Classic Metal record!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Stand Up and Shout
2. Holy Diver
4. Caught in the Middle
5. Don’t Talk to Strangers
6. Straight Through the Heart
8. Rainbow in the Dark
9. Shame on the Night
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
I must admit that it has been a long time since I took the Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride with the Electric Boys. I was flipping through my CD’s the other day, and decided to let this disc breathe again for the first time in ages. I used to be fairly fond of this band, but it has been a very long time since I have played this disc.
At one point in time, nearly 2 decades ago, All Lips N’ Hips was a staple on the MTV Headbanger’s Ball, as well as the Z-Rock Syndicated Radio Station.
You can check the video for All Lips N’ Hips below:
Conny Bloom does an excellent job on vocals and on the lead guitar. Bassist Andy Christell takes the songs to a whole new level. Some of the song lyrics are kind of cheesy, i.e. ” I wish I had a car to drive”, but the music is very good. Most of the songs have a funky bass groove, that is completely infectious. Both Bloom and Christell are now members of the Finnish band, Hanoi Rocks. This gives me high hopes for that bands’ new disc, Street Poetry, due out in September, will be a very good one.
Funk-O-Metal Carpet ride is a very positive, upbeat record. The tunes are fun to listen to. My current favorites are Psychedelic Eyes, All Lips N’ Hips, and Rags to Riches.
The only way you will find this disc now is as an expensive import, or a cheap used copy on Ebay or Amazon.com. It is a good disc, and worth seeking out.
For more info on the Electric Boys, check out the following website here.
Rating: Out of 10
I first heard about these guys, as they were on the road with Hard Rock Hideout favorite, Black Stone Cherry.
Once I heard the debut single and title track Soulcrusher, I was immediately hooked. Singer Johnny Strong has a powerful set of pipes, and has a style quite similar to former Soundgarden front man, Chris Cornell.
I am sure even mentioning the name Soundgarden will send a lot of 80’s hard rock fans scurrying away from this release, but you really ought to give Operator a chance. This isn’t a grunge band, nor is this music even remotely in the grunge style. This is an excellent L.A. 5 piece band that totally kicks ass. This is a release that sounds nothing like the newer bands that are on the radio today. This isn’t nu-metal, nor is this a Nickelback sound-a-like band. One listen to Soulcrusher, and I think you will be hooked.
The sound on this record is greatly augmented by a two axe attack of Paul Phillips (ex-Puddle of Mudd) and Rikki Lixx. Johnny Strong’s voice is an impressive instrument all by itself. The rest of band is rounded out by a solid rhythm section of Wade Carpenter on bass, and Dorman Pantfoeder (Love Arcade) on drums.
Soulcrusher has a good mix of heavy head banging tunes, and dynamic, soulful rockers.
I’ve listened to this a few times now, and each time my reaction is pretty much the same…..”Wow, this record is f***ing great!” I will go so far as saying that Operator is the best new band that I have heard in 2007. Soulcrusher ought to make Operator a household name!
Soulcrusher will find itself amongst my top releases in 2007. DO NOT miss out on this excellent, must own record!
If the first three songs haven’t made you a fan, head to your nearest drugstore and buy a replacement battery for your Miracle Ear. You can check out Operator at their website, and at their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
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
On Through the Night is the mighty metal debut by Def Leppard. It blows my mind that so many newer Def Leppard fans are unaware of the band’s NWOBHM roots, and the excellent metal sound they used to possess. This record rocks hard, and does not sound overly dated in 2007.
On Through the Night is my favorite Def Leppard record. I will pick this one every time over Pyromania and Hysteria. On this record, the band was hungry, they had not achieved the massive success that they would years later. The songs have not been over played on the radio as have so many of the later discs. This is one of the reasons I still find this album so appealing.
Sadly, this record often goes overlooked today. Most fans start off of with Pyromania or Hysteria, and they are missing out on some great records by doing so.
The two axe attack of Pete Willis and Steve Clark, and the pre-accident drumming of Rick Allen gives this band an awesome heavy sound.
Rock Brigade and Hello America deliver the best one, two punch that any Def Leppard records could hope to deliver. Both are hard rocking tunes that truly deliver.
It Could Be You is a song that never achieve hit potential but it is a lost Def Leppard classic, that is still worth checking out.
To me, Wasted is still one of the biggest Def Leppard anthems of all time.
I find a lot of the other not so well songs such as When The Walls Came Tumbling Down, Rocks Off, and It Don’t Matter ultimately satisfying. The songs are more raw, and not overproduced as a lot of the stuff from the newer Def Lep releases.
On Through the Night is another classic metal disc that is available for less than $10.00 at most retailers today. It is much better than a lot of the newer stuff out there today, and is a disc that I still recommend picking up! If you don’t own this, you owe it to yourself to check out this lost Def Leppard classic!
1. Rock Brigade
2. Hello America
3. Sorrow Is A Woman
4. It Could Be You
6. When The Walls Came Tumbling Down
8. Rocks Off
9. It Don’t Matter
10. Answer To The Master
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
Bang Camaro has a great 80’s style hard rock sound, but the major difference is the band has a choir of twenty lead singers.
With 20 singers at the helm, every track becomes a sing along anthem. It is a unique idea, that I do not recall being done before.
Not only does the band employ an army of singers, but they also have 3 axe slingers at their disposal: Alex Necochea, Bryn Bennett, Maclaine Diemer on Guitars and Keyboards, Dave Riley on Bass, and Andrew Dole on Drums.
The guitar sound on this album is very tight and full of guitar solos. I am not sure if I appreciate the novel idea of a male choir approach, but I do like the music on this record very well. Some of the songs here could have gone from good to great with a very good single male vocalist instead of twenty. This band probably would not have stood out if they didn’t try something new, so kudos to them for trying something different.
A couple of my favorite tunes are Push Push Lady Lightning and Out on the Streets.
Rating:Out of 10
- Push Push Lady Lightning
- Swallow the Razor
- Pleasure (Pleasure)
- Gates of Love
- The Ballad
- Out On The Streets
- You Know I Like My Band
- Nightlife Commando
- Rock of Mages
- Rock Rebellion
- Bang Camaro
I have been a fan of this band for a while, and I have enjoyed songs off of their previous releases Sinner, and Desensitized. I believe that Full Circle has surpassed both of those releases, both lyrically and sonically.
Usually, I don’t care for bands with singers who have a throaty singing style, but at times, Ryan McCombs reminds me of former Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley when he sings in his pure voice. His vocal style and sound is a definite improvement for Drowning Pool.
The title track, Full Circle starts this disc off right, with a hard driving tune that should please most head bangers out there. I bet you will find yourself singing “Rise Above You” with your devil horns in the air after a couple of listens.
Enemy is another heavy tune that absolutely crushes. It keeps the pace going nicely.
Shame has very catchy lyrics and reminds me quite a bit of Alice in Chains in style. Great Stuff!
Reborn is a mid tempo rocker that has some very cool guitar work by C.J. Pierce.
The tempo slows down for the song, Reason I’m Alive. This track was written by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx. It is a cool song that should be a hit for Drowning Pool.
Soldiers is probably my favorite song off of Full Circle so far, and is the first single released by Drowning Pool. This song reminds me of the band’s former hit Bodies, which is very cool.
Paralyzed is another cool, mid tempo number that will likely find its way to radio before long.
Upside Down flat out rocks. This is another song that will get you headbanging quickly.
37 Stitches is another powerful song with major hit potential. You can preview this track below by clicking on the song title.
C.J. Pierce has more killer guitar work on the song No More. Great Stuff!
Yes, you guessed it! Rebel Yell is a remake of the 80’s Billy Idol classic. I really like Drowning Pool’s version on this song. It is a little bit heavier than the original song while staying fairly true to that version.
If you have ever been on the fence with Drowning Pool, you need to give the band a chance. This is by far their finest release. Not only will this appeal to Drowning Pool fans, but fans of Alice in Chains, and fans of 90’s metal. Don’t miss out on this excellent disc.
You can check out more Drowning Pool tunes at the bands’ myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Full Circle
5. Reason I’m Alive
8. Upside Down
9. 37 Stitches
10. No More
11. Love X2
13. Rebell Yell