One of the more surprising yet lesser known CD’s in my collection is Zero Day, by Nevada Beach.
Nevada Beach has a sound that I would call a cross between Dirty Looks, Britny Fox and Great White. Singer Hank Decken reminds me of Henrik Ostergaard from Dirty Looks, but while that band has a style similar to AC/DC, Nevada Beach’s sound is more of a hard rock/pop metal sound.
Nevada Beach had a hit with their song, Waiting For An Angel, on the MTV Headbanger’s Ball, but never really achieved the level of success that so many of the bands from the early 90’s did. It is a shame, as Zero Day is a very good CD, and one that will appeal to most hair metal fans. Zero Day is on Metal Blade Records, and this isn’t the type of artist that this particular label is known for.
With Nevada Beach being one of the lesser known bands of the era, you can still find copies of their CD, and sometimes Vinyl, on Ebay and Amazon.com for less than 10 bucks. If you are a fan of music from the hair metal era, you will most certainly enjoy this record. I recommend grabbing a copy before these all disappear!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Rough House
2. Waiting For An Angel
3. On Zero Day
4. Action Reaction
5. Only The Fool
6. Back For Blood
7. Walking Dead
9. Big Zero
10. Gagged And Bound
Nevada Beach is:
Hank Decken: Lead Vocals & Lead Guitars
John Murphy: Drums & Vocals
Tony Rivers: Bass & Vocals
Geoff Safford: Guitars & Vocals
I have had a few different people suggest I check out the band ZO2. For those of you who mentioned this to
me, THANK YOU! ZO2 Rocks!
The powerful three piece from Brooklyn, New York has a lot to offer classic rock and hard rock fans everywhere.
I hear the influence of a few different bands in their music including Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Soundgarden. It sounds like an odd combination of sounds, but it works well for ZO2. What surprises me the most, is how big of a sound this band has for a three piece outfit. Paulie Z is solid singer and superb guitar player. I don’t want to discredit David Z or Joey Cassata, as all three members sing in this band, and do a great job.
Initially, my favorite cuts on this album were the hard rocking Isolate, the positively infectious If You See Kay and the Black Crowes like Ain’t It Beautiful . A few additional spins and some other songs really grew on me. She Believes has a huge vocal, and Cassata, sounds like he graduate from the John Bonham school of drum playing. Comin’ Home has a bluesy Zepplinesque feel to it. This song is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Get Up Now is a fantastic, upbeat tune that has a killer groove.
There are so many radio ready cuts on this record that is should be getting huge amounts of play everywhere, but sadly it is not. ZO2’s Ain’t It Beautiful is a great rock record that should not be missed.
Hard rocks fans everywhere need a copy of this disc for their collection. You can get a copy of it at Amazon.com.
Rating:Out of 10
2. She Believes
3. If You See Kay
4. Ain’t It Beautiful
5. Comin’ Home
7. Get Up Now
8. I Don’t Mind
9. Get the Led Out
10. Hopelessly Gone
11. On the Verge of War
Paulie Z (Vocals, guitar)
David Z (Vocals, bass guitar)
Joey Cassata (Drums, percussion, vocals)
Before 2008, I have not heard any songs by Whitecross. I do not know how this band managed to slip by me. I do not usually pick up CCM releases, and that may be why. Nonetheless, I got a hold of the new Whitecross CD Reissue by Retroactive Records.
Nineteen eighty seven is a 2005 re-recording of the songs on the Whitecross debut record by Rex Carroll and Scott Wenzel. This reissue has a few outtakes thrown in as bonus tracks. The Bonus tracks are nice and the Re:Animate instrumental is cool, but the added tracks don’t really add to this releases. As far as Nineteen Eighty Seven goes, they don’t have to.
What does Whitecross sound like? Think Stryper meets RATT. Guitarist Rex Carroll sounds like a Warren DiMartini clone. His playing on this record is superb. Of course with this being a CCM release, some of the songs have a message, and some listeners may frown upon this, but I don’t.
Not all songs have to be about Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll (but that is o.k. too). I think hair metal fans that give this CD a chance will be greatly surprised by the quality of music here.
There are some very good tunes on this disc, including, Enough is Enough, He is the Rock, No Way I’m Goin’ Down. Check out the clip below and decide for yourself. I like this disc, and I think you will too.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Who Will You Follow
2. Enough Is Enough
3. He Is The Rock
4. Lookin’ For A Reason
5. No Way I’m Goin’ Down
6. Seein’ Is Believin’
7. All I Need
9. Signs Of The End
10. Love on the Line
12. Enough is Enough (outtake)
13. No Way I’M Goin’ Down (Outtake)
14. Love on the Line (Outtake)
15. Scotty Outtake
Rex Carroll -Guitars
Scott Wenzel – Vocals
Mike Fieghan – Drums
Tony Acevedo – Bass Guitar
A Nervous Wreck opened for The Bulletboys last Thursday night. I have seen this band a few times, in the past. Either my Samuel Adams was distorting my perception, or they were much better than the last time I seen them play live. They had a tight set that included covers of Motley Crue, L.A. Guns, Poison songs and a few of their own original tunes.
The Bulletboys returned to Cincinnati, Ohio’s The Blue Note for the first time in many years. It has been 12 years since I have seen the band perform. Marq Torien is the only original member of the band. I knew this going into the show, so I didn’t expect a whole lot, but I have been a fan of this group for a while, so I came to check out the concert anyway.
The band arrived a little late, as they just drove in from Yonkers, NY, but they were still able to put on a solid show. Marq may be the last original member of the Bulletboys, but he proves to be the most important one. Torien’s voice hasn’t changed one bit since the band’s debut CD from 1989. The band backing him up was very good, and Torien also proved to have some pretty good skills on the six string as well.
The band played a short but tight set that included, Talk To Your Daughter, THC Groove, Rock Candy, For the Love of Money, Hard as a Rock, Hell on My Heels, Kissin’ Kitty, Hang on St. Christopher and the mandatory Smooth Up In Ya.
Torien mentioned during the show, that they will be on the road later this year with…….The Foo Fighters.
I enjoyed this show, and will certainly catch them again this summer when they go back on tour. I got the chance to talk to Marq and the rest of the band, after the show. They seem pretty excited about their new CD coming out this year, and their up and coming tour this summer.
There are a few dates remaining on this short club tour. Don’t miss them when they head your way!
I hope you enjoy the videos below!
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
Back in 1988, Kevin Dubrow got fired from Quiet Riot. Carlos Cavazo, and Frankie Banali carried on with former Rough Cutt singer Paul Shortino.
If Quiet Riot had any momentum left in the 80’s, this CD probably killed it. Paul Shortino’s singing style was a radical departure from the metal screams of Dubrow. Shortino is more of a bluesy style of singer. His vocals on this self titled album are actually pretty good, as they were on the Rough Cutt records.
This disc is certainly heavier than the previous album with Dubrow, QRIII. This album is less keyboard centric, and more of a guitar rock album.
Some of my favorite cuts are Stay With Me Tonight, King of the Hill, and The Joker.
In 2008, this album is solid enough to stand on its own. It will never be my favorite Quiet Riot album, but I am still able to play this one, and get a little enjoyment out of it. If you can get over the fact that this is a Quiet Riot album, you might actually like this.
This disc is out of print, but you can still find copies on Amazon.com and Ebay.
Rating:Out 0f 10
1. Stay With Me Tonight
2. Callin’ The Shots
3. Run To You
4. I’m Fallin
5. King Of The Hill
6. The Joker
7. Lunar Obsession
8. Don’t Wanna Be Your Fool
9. Coppin’ A Feel
10. In A Rush
11. Empty Promises
Quiet Riot is:
Paul Shortino – Vocals
Sean McNabb – Bass
Carlos Cavazo – Guitar
Frankie Banali – Drums
Jimmy Waldo (Keyboards)
Jimmy Johnson (Bass)
I still remember the day when I heard Pull Me Under on the radio for the first time. I was out of town for business in Detroit. The DJ didn’t say who it was, but I was immediately blown away. I had to know who this was, and quickly.
Images and Words was the release that opened up the world of progressive metal for this listener. At the time of this album’s release, glam metal was on the decline. Progressive metal offered listeners something new, and Images and Words, quickly put Dream Theater on top of the progressive metal scene.
Images and Words is Dream Theater’s second release, and the first for singer James Labrie. The first CD, When Dream and Day Unite, didn’t take off, and the band’s singer Charlie Dominici was fired. The band didn’t start gaining success until James Labrie joined the group.
I did not start paying attention to this genre of metal until I heard this album. Images and Words offers a somewhat unique style that was certainly ground breaking to me, and many others. The musicianship on this record is nothing short of stellar. John Petrucci showcases his awesome guitar skills, and Mike Portnoy proves to be one of the best drummers out there. James Labrie’s great voice ties it all together for one nice package.
There are a few songs that blend well with mainstream metal including Pull Me Under, Another Day, and Take the Time. It isn’t until later in the album where you find gems like Metropolis Part 1, a nine minute monster of a song that seems to fly by. Dream Theater can craft heavy tunes, and turn on a dime, and create music that is AOR quality. They back up their tunes with incredible live performances. For this listener, Images and Words is still an extraordinary listening experience. This release is essential for all progressive rock and metal fans.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Pull Me Under
2. Another Day
3. Take The Time
5. Metropolis – Part 1 “The Miracle And The Sleeper”
6. Under A Glass Moon
7. Wait For Sleep
8. Learning To Live
Dream Theater is:
James LaBrie – vocals
John Myung – bass
John Petrucci – guitars, vocals
Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, vocals
Kevin Moore – keyboards
When Judas Priest announced former Judas Priest Cover Band, British Steel singer, Tim “Ripper” Owens as the new singer in 1996, I had high hopes the band would beable to maintain the same level of intensity the band had on the Painkiller disc.
The first time I heard the Jugulator disc, I was completely let down. Owens came off like a bad Halford clone. I thought maybe the band has been too far removed from the recording process to recapture their classic metal sound. It was 7 years since Painkiller was released after all.
I haven’t played Jugulator for quite a while, but a couple of songs off this disc have made their way onto the Boneyard playlist on XM Radio. Strangely enough, the songs started growing on me. I decided to give this album another chance. I may have been a little too quick to write this one off.
Looking at the track listing, one must quickly garner that the band is quite angry on this release. The subject matter is certainly heavy and on the depressing side. Is their a rule that says that a metal band has to write all doom and gloom tunes? Judas Priest has quite a few upbeat, catchy tunes in their repertoire. You won’t find may of those on Jugulator.
A quick run down of the tracks:
Jugulator is high speed sonic attack that at times almost ventures into the Power Metal category. Owens is quick to establish that he has a multi-faceted voice, but this song does nothing to excite me. Whoever mixed this album picked the wrong song to open up this album.
Blood Stained is a much better tune. I actually like this one a lot. It is a little different from the classic Priest sound, but I like Owens growly vocals on this one. Judas Priest should have done more songs like this one on Jugulator.
Dead Meat is a heavy tune that resembles the Painkiller sound somewhat. The one thing that is missing from this song, is a catchy chorus. This song just doesn’t work for me.
On Death Row, Ripper tends to scream more than he sings. It is a heavy driving tune, and the chorus is a little better on this one, but it takes a little too long to get it. The lyrics are a little cheesy but it is a tune that has grown on me.
Decapitate doesn’t have a whole lot of redeeming qualities. This tune comes across as a moody, noisy metal track. I find this one, a hard song to listen too.
After the migraine causing Decapitate (no pun intended) Burn in Hell is a move in the right direction. The band slows the rhythm down long enough for the listeners to catch their breath, and then blast off into what is one of Judas Priest’s better songs with Ripper Owens.
Unfortunately, I felt the migraine returning with Brain Dead (maybe it has something to do with head related songs). This is more metal noise with little replay value.
Abductors is more of a mid tempo metal song. It isn’t a great song, but it is better than many of those that came before it.
I had high hopes for the song Bullet Train. After all, this seems like a cool subject matter to write a good metal song about. Sadly, once again, this is another tune that does not deliver. Chalk this one up to poor song writing.
Does any one really need a nine minute song? Their are some rare exceptions to this rule, but Cathedral Spires is not one of them. Judas Priest should have learned their lesson with this extremely lengthy metal migraine. Sadly, they went on to do another 9 minute stinker Lochness on Angel of Retribution.
As a whole, my first reaction to Jugulator was the right one. There are two or three songs with redeeming qualities, but this does not make a good CD. Ripper Owens debut with Judas Priest was a flawed one for sure. It may not be completely his fault. Very few vocalists can overcome a poorly written song, and Ripper just didn’t have the
experience to save most of those badly crafted tunes. After listening to Jugulator, I am glad that Rob Halford is back with the band. I am going to go take some Excedrin now!
Jugulator is a disc that will appeal to die hard metal fans, and those wanting to complete their Judas Priest collections only.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Blood Stained
3. Dead Meat
4. Death Row
6. Burn in Hell
7. Brain Dead
9. Bullet Train
10. Cathedral Spires
Judas Priest is:
Ripper Owens – Vocals
KK Downing – Guitars
Glenn Tipton – Guitars
Ian Hill – Bass
Scott Travis – Drums
I still the remember the day I heard the news when David Lee Roth quit Van Halen. I was in a state of disbelief when I first heard this news.
When Van Halen announced Sammy Hagar as their new singer, I had high hopes. Sammy Hagar is a better singer than David Lee Roth, and also has some very good guitar playing skills (although the band Van Halen hardly needs them).
5150 is the first Album with Sammy on vocals. With this release being 22 years old, it seems like an eternity ago. Listening to this album again today, I realize how big of a departure this CD was from the classic Van Halen sound.
5150 is more of a main stream pop rock record, than it is hard rock. Sammy’s vocals are good, but this music is a lot more pop than their previous records. The tunes on this record rely on the keyboard far too heavily. Some may say that Van Halen’s sound matured, but I didn’t really care for this new direction.
I am a Sammy Hagar fan, but I can not deny, I prefer any of the David Lee Roth era of Van Halen albums to the tunes on 5150. I also prefer Sammy Hagar’s solo work to this record. Van Halen has had a ton of success with this record, and continues to sell copies of it today.
I don’t hate 5150, but I don’t love it either. When this album came out, I liked it fairly well, but today, I find this a lot harder to listen to. I believe some of their later work with Sammy Hagar was far better than this. The best cuts on 5150 are Good Enough, Best of Both Worlds, and Dreams.
Dust this record off, and let us know what you think of 5150!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Good Enough
2. Why Can’t This Be Love
3. Get Up
5. Summer Nights
6. Best of Both Worlds
7. Love Walks In
Van Halen is:
Sammy Hagar – Vocals
Eddie Van Halen – Guitars
Michael Anthony – Bass
Alex Van Halen – Drums
The Limit is a three piece band from New Haven, Conneticut. Their debut CD, Reinventing The Sun, pulls its sound from many of the Limit’s influences. On this CD, I can hear a fusion of sounds that includes Rush, Led Zeppelin, as well as a few others.
The Limit has a good classic rock sound. For a trio, the music on this CD is quite good. In fact, it is far better than I could have ever expected. I could tell from the very first listen that the songs on this disc translate quite well. Mark Daniels’ guitar work is quite solid. He also has a solid vocal range, which works with this style of music.
The production on Reinventing The Sun isn’t quite what it should be. I found the production quality a little thin. Reinventing The Sun doesn’t do The Limit the justice they deserve. I don’t know if something is missing from the way this mixed, but I thought the overall sound was a little too low. A few tweaks of the equalizer, and I was able to improve the sound somewhat, but I could not get it perfect. At times, I thought Daniels’ voice should be at the forefront, but it gets washed out by the music at times.
Reinventing the Sun is a solid start for The Limit. This CD shows that this band has loads of potential, and I expect big things from them in the future.
For more information on The Limit, check out their myspace page!
Rating:Out of 10
1. House Of Sand
3. A Little Like Dying
4. Sky Walker
6. Time Can’t Keep Me
7. Mother Maria
8. Best Thing
9. The Things You Want
11. Save Yourself
12. Hard To Say Goodbye
13. Hard To Say Goodbye (Reprise)
Bob Chimiel – Drums
Todd Grosberg – Bass
Los Angeles rockers, Poets & Pornstars has released their debut album in 2007.
This CD has a mixture of styles. Some tunes fall a little closer to the alternative rock side, and some tunes are certainly hard rock.
I could not get into this record after the first couple of spins. Some of the tunes here started growing on me with repeated listens. I usually lean towards the harder tracks on albums with mixed styles like this one. Some of my favorite songs on this record are Rock and Roll, Get Your Kicks, Strange, and Monkey.
I believe the first half of the album is much more rocking than the later half of the disc. With that being said, this isn’t my favorite CD of late, but it does have some solid tunes worth investigating. Hal Ozsan is a good singer. He seems to have fun with the songs, and that comes across when you listen to the songs here.
Sadly, he has left the band, right at a time when the band seemed to be gaining some momentum. I am not sure what is in store for this band in the future, but their debut is an album that a few of you may want to look into.
Check out Poets & Pornstars at their myspace page!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Rock and Roll
2. Get Your Kicks
4. My Devil’s Song (sexwinewomensongsugarmagicmoney)
5. In The Dark
6. War On Gravity
8. Partners In Crime
9. Spy vs. Spy
Poets & Pornstars are:
Hal Ozsan – Vocals and Guitar
Sally Hope – Bass
Domo – Guitar
Dave Plesh – Drums
Randy Austin – Keys, Percussion, Background Vocals
Does the name Stick It seem unfamiliar to you? This isn’t a new Great White Album. Stick It is a reissue of the band’s debut album from 1984, with 5 additional Bonus Tracks, by Axe Killer Records in 1999.
Great White’s debut CD is just about impossible to find, so this is the one to grab if you want to at least hear the original tracks from the first release.
This CD showcases a heavier sounding Great White. Long time members, Michael Lardie, Audie Desbrow, and Tony Montana had not yet joined the band. Great White was a four piece unit, and leaned more to the heavy metal side, than the pop metal of their later releases.
Out of the Night and Stick It are two of the heavier songs on the disc. They open the disc up in a big way.
Great White’s cover of the Who song, Substitute has been on a few compilations, and is an old favorite of mine. It is a solid, but heavier version of the original song.
Bad Boys, On Your Knees, and Streetkiller are all above average heavy numbers.
No Better Than Hell kind of reminds me of pre-Pyromania Def Leppard. It is o.k. track, but nothing that will set your world ablaze. Nightmares is a semi-average song.
Dead End is a a very solid tune. Mark Kendall really rips it up on this song. This would have been a very good closer for the original album.
The Bonus Tracks on Stick It Are: Down At The Doctor, Train To Nowhere, The Hunter, Red House, and Rock’N’Roll.
Down at The Doctor is an old Mickey Jupp cover that sounds nothing like the other songs on Stick It. This song is more hard rock than metal. It is a very upbeat tune, with some killer saxaphone by Clarence Clemons.
Train To Nowhere is an old Savoy Brown Blues cover. This is mostly an acoustic guitar piece with some blues harp, and saxaphone. Once again….it sounds nothing like the other songs on Stick It.
Rock ‘N’ Roll is a pretty solid cover of the Led Zeppelin tune. This song feels more at place on this record than the other covers present here.
The Hunter is an old Blues song originally recorded by Albert King. I don’t the original tune, but Great White’s version is pretty cool.
Red House is a seriously long tune. Clocking in at almost 9 minutes in length. This tune is a cover of an old Jimi Hendrix tune. Great White does a pretty good job with it.
If you are a Great White fan, this is a must own disc in the bands’s discography. Even though the bonus tracks don’t really line up well with the rest of the songs on Stick It, I am happy that I have them in my collection. This disc has only been available as an import, but I found mine through Amazon.com. Don’t miss this!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Out Of The Night
2. Stick It
4. Bad Boys
5. On Your Knees
7. No Better Than Hell
8. Hold On
10. Dead End
11. Down At The Doctor
12. Train To Nowhere
13. The Hunter
14. Red House
Great White is:
Jack Russell: Lead Vocals
Mark Kendall: Guitar
Lorne Black: Bass
Gary Holland: Drums
Kudos goes out to Point One from Seattle, Washington. Somehow this band has managed to create a sound that is a blend of 80’s, 90’s and 00’s metal.
I didn’t think something like that was possible in this day and age, but Unlucky Stars, sounds so unlike anything I have listened to lately, it is a total breath of fresh air.
With Point One you get some guitar work reminiscent of 80’s metal, the pure vocal style of today’s rock, bits of grunge, a dabble of hardcore (but not too much), and small hints of industrial. The marriage of all of these different sounds some how works for Point One, and better yet, works for this listener’s ears.
There are several songs on Unlucky Stars that are radio ready, and a few that have hit potential. Sadly, with Point One being an indie artist, I doubt that there are enough radio stations out there that have the balls to play this disc. If you are a hard rock fan, with an open mind, you ought to give Unlucky Stars a listen. I think you will find some tunes you can enjoy on this disc.
Point One has six of the tunes from Unlucky Stars available for listening on their myspace page. You can also view the video for Monochrome Mistress below! Go check them out!
Rating:Out of 10
- Unlucky Stars
- Monochrome Mistress
- Best Part Of Me
- Drama Queen
- Running Away
- Bodies For Freedom
- Pain That I Am Used To
Point One is:
Len Hotrum – Vocals, Additional Guitars
Keith Wright – Lead Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Backing Vocals
Chase Culp – Drums & Percussion, Backing Vocals
Darren Howard – Bass, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Additional Guitars
Saturday Afternoon, my wife and I check out the latest movie produced by Lost’s J.J. Abrams.
Quite honestly, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Cloverfield. The movie trailer quickly establishes that something has knocked the head off of the Statue of Liberty. When I saw this, something Godzillalike came to mind. Either that or King Kong, is running around like a madcap monkey in Manhattan once more. The trailer doesn’t show you what did it or how it happened.
You have to go to the ovie to find out, as I won’t tell you (or show you either). That is the surprize part of the movie.
Cloverfield employs an unknown cast of actors, and focuses around 6 people, Rob Hawkins, his brother Jason, Rob’s semi ex girlfriend, Beth McIntyre, his friends Hud, Lily and Marlena.
While attending a going away party for Rob, this group of people experienced what they though was an earthquake. They soon find out, that it is something terribly worse.
This film is shot through a camcorder angle, as Rob Hawkins’ friend Hud, was playing the videographer for Rob’s going away party. The whole film is shot this way, in some ways it makes the film more believable, and in other ways, it is detrimental to Cloverfield.
If you have ever seen The Blair Witch Project, you know that this type of filming can work, and work well. Where Cloverfield fails is the film is so herky jerky at times, it is hard to watch. At some point during the film, they should have cut away from the camcorder angle. It would have been much more enjoyable.
I spent time in New York City last summer, so in that respect, this movie made more of an impact on me, than it may with other people. There are moments that will make you jump, and others that will make you squirm.
As a whole, the story is pretty good, and the special effects are certainly solid. This is a fun, but not perfect popcorn flick.
Sci Fi fans will certainly want to check this out!
Rating: Out of 5
If you are going stir crazy, waiting for the new Judas Priest, Nostrodamus CD to come out, never fear.
Rob Halford is opening up his archives, to give you a release with some demos and previously unreleased tunes from his stint in his band, Fight.
Chances are, if you are a Fight fan, you may have most of the songs on this disc. If you don’t, this is disc worth grabbing.
Into the Pit, and Nailed to the Gun are awesome tunes. If you haven’t picked up a Fight disc, those tunes are a must own for metal fans. The new songs, Now You Die, Forbidden, Down, Beast Denies, and Dead Men Talk are all solid tunes.
Some of the demo cuts are in fairly raw form complete with errors, which make this an interesting, if not essential listen. Rob Halford fans will be quick to grab this one. All others ought to give this one a look.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Into the Pit
2. Nailed To the Gun
3. Now You Die
4. Life In Black
5. Kill It
8. War Of Words
9. Psycho Suicide
12. Beast Denies
13. Laid To Rest
14. Jesus Saves
15. Dead Men Talk
16. For All Eternity
Rob Halford – Vocals
Brian Tilse – Guitars
Russ Parrish – Guitars
Jay Jay – Bass
Scott Travis – Drums
San Diego trio, Thieves and Liars is simply the best three piece band I have heard since American Dog, and they may actually be better.
The band tracked most of the songs live on When Dreams Become Reality. This is an old school recording process, but for Thieves & Liars it totally works. This CD sounds great.
Before I move into the songs, I must mention the booklet that comes with the disc. It is fully illustrated with complete song lyrics. I find CD booklets of this quality to be rare with today’s artists. Thieves & Liars didn’t go the cheap route for this one.
When Dreams Become Reality is a major upgrade when compared to most of today’s rock artists. This CD has it all! Are you looking for songs with great song writing, and stellar musicianship? Look no further!
You will find some excellent rockers like Road To Nowhere, Slavin’ Away and Run, and amazing Pink Floyd like ballads with Forgotten.
This CD is an ambitious project for the band, as it is a concept album, about the Story of Joseph. I won’t go into the details of the story, you can check that out on your own. Usually concept albums come from bands with a long successful tenure, but this shouldn’t be something to scare you away from Thieves & Liars. If anything, that should tell you that the band took their time with the song writing, and it shows.
When Dreams Become Reality is over an hour long. On this record, you will hear bits of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and AC/DC fused into the band’s music. Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint the band’s true sound, but the songs that rock truly stand out.
This will be a band to watch in 2008. I will certainly catch them live in support of this excellent classic rock record. Check them out on their myspace page here. You can view the band’s video, Slavin’ Away below!
Rating:Out of 10
1. The Dream
2. Betrayed By Blood
3. Road To Nowhere
4. Slavin’ Away
8. When Dreams Become Reality
9. Good Times
10. Seven Long Years
12. The Author Of Dreams
Thieves and Liars is:
Corey Edelman- Guitar
Joey Bradford- Bass, Vocals
Kyle Rosa – Drums, Vocals
It seems that every few years another new band releases a disc full of AC/DC inspired rock.
The debut release by Rhino Bucket is one of the better ones.
Singer Georg Dolivo sounds just like a Bon Scott clone. Greg Fields has the Angus Young style of playing down pat on this record.
One Night Stand is one of the biggest hits by Rhino Bucket, and this tune is worth the price of admission by itself. This is album exemplifies what a hard rock record should be. You wont find any sappy ballads on this record. It rocks all the way through from beginning to end.
The band lineup has changed but Rhino Bucket is still rocking hard in 2008. Sadly, the record that spawned one of their band’s biggest hits is out of print. You can still find copies of this disc online on EBay and Amazon.com. Hopefully, another record label will reissue this excellent slab of hard rock. Don’t miss out on one of 1990’s better hard rock records.
For more information on Rhino Bucket, check out their myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
1. One Night Stand
2. Beg for Your Love
3. Train Ride
4. Going Down Tonight
5. Even the Sun Goes Down
6. Blood on the Cross
7. Shot Down
8. I’d Rather Go Insane
10. Ride the Rhino
Rhino Bucket is:
Georg Dolivo – Vocals
Reeve Downes – Bass
Greg Fields – Guitar
Liam Jason – Drums
Gypsy Pistoleros was introduced to the mass public during Rocklahoma 2007. They had one of the more interesting and unique releases last year with Wild, Beautiful Damned.
In 2008, the band has remixed and re-released Wild, Beautiful Damned with a couple of extra cuts in the form of Para Siempre. (That’s Forever for you non Spanish speaking folks.)
Which version you may prefer of the CD is up to your tastes. Some of the songs on Para Siempre have been changed up from the original disc. Cuts like The Crazy Loco Loquito I preferred the original version of. The added cuts Chicas Peligrosa, and the cover, Living La Vida Loca are nice additions so it balances out.
If you never got the opportunity to pick up Wild Beautiful Damned, Para Siempre is the way go. You can find copies available on line at CD Inzane.
Rating: Out of 10
- Shotgun Kiss Is Ay Que Dolor
- Un Hombre Sin Rostro, Pistolero
- Forever is Para Siempre
- Senor Mangi Acqui
- What’s It Like To Be A Girl In The House of 1000 Dolls ?
- Jet, Jet, Jet Boyz
- Una Para Todo Es Bandido
- Living La Vida Loca
- Chicas Peligrosa
- Switchblade Kiss Comes Close
- The Crazy Loco Loquito
- 1-2-3-4 Kiss Me Then I’m Damned For Sure
The Gypsy Pistoleros are:
When Steve Harris from Iron Maiden recommends a band, I tend to take notice. He has talked favorably about Voodoo Six, and has called their debut, the best he has heard in years.
That was enough to have me search out a copy of the band’s 2006 debut, Feed My Soul. After spinning this disc for the first time, all I can say is, Thank You, Mr. Harris! Voodoo Six delivers the goods!
Singer Henry Rundell has one of those one of a kind 80’s style metal voices, that is quite cool to hear for the first time. His sound falls somewhere between a Jeff Keith from Tesla, and a little bit of Robert Plant.
The band itself leaves me speechless. Voodoo Six has a sound that is a very good blend of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s hard rock. They may not have a completely unique sound, but it is different enough to excite this hard rock fan. In their tunes, I hear elements of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and quite a few others. While their sound may borrow a little from these bands, they don’t sound exactly like any of them, and that is completely cool.
If you want to hear a CD, where guitar solos are not a lost art form, where the bass playing is not a bunch of distortion, where the drum beats will ignite your inner head banger, THIS is the CD to get. Voodoo Six is still very much an unknown band in the U.S. as Feed My Soul has not had a proper release here.
With a disc this good, rock fans that haven’t heard this are truly missing out! This is killer stuff! Voodoo Six will be releasing then 2nd disc in 2008. I highly recommend that you check this band out. Chances are you may find yourself buying two V6 discs this year. Feed My Soul is a very good debut, and is one I will be spinning a lot in 2008.
For more info on Voodoo Six, visit their myspace page!
Rating: Out of 10
- No Friend
- Feed My Soul
- I Am The Sun
- Walking On Nails
- Saints and Sinners
- One More Day
- Shine On
- Slip Inside
Voodoo Six is:
Henry Rundell – Voice
Richie Faulkner – Lead Guitar
Tony Newton – Bass
Dave ‘Grav’ Cavill – Drums
Matt Pearce – Guitar
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
In 1992, Southgang released their sophomore effort, Group Therapy. This disc was released towards the end of late 80’s and early 90’s glam metal scene. The introduction of grunge killed any chance of Southgang maintaining any level of success.
It is a real shame too, as Group Therapy is a definite step up from the band’s debut CD, Tainted Angel. The songs on this record have a harder edge, and less of that pop metal sound found on the first album.
These Georgia boys went out in style, as Group Therapy is one great, hard rocking affair. Butch Walker added a bluesier style of guitar to the songs on this record, giving the band a better, more relevant hard rock sound.
The production value on Group Therapy is quite high. This disc was produced by Howard Bensen, who also produced Pretty Boy Floyd’s Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz, and Bang Tango’s Psycho Cafe, and years later Chris Daughtry’s multi-platinum debut.
There truly isn’t a bad song on this record. It rocks from
beginning to end! Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are Water Under the Bridge, Tug of War, and Culture Clash City.
Sadly, this is the band’s last record, and a I am guessing that a reunion is highly unlikely.
Mitch McLee, Jayce Fincher and Butch Walker went on to form the Marvelous 3 after the break up of Southgang, but are no longer together.
Group Therapy has been out of print for years. Used copies turn up from time to time at Amazon.com and Ebay, and well worth picking up. If you don’t own any records by Southgang, this is the one worth searching for.
Rating:Out of 10
1. White Trash With Cash
2. Water Under the Bridge
3. Tug of War
4. Fire in Your Body
5. Final Resting Place
6. Legend of C.C. Road
7. Culture Clash City
10. My Best Friend’s Girl
11. Ode to Peggy’s
12. Blue Bird Has Landed [The Uncut Trail Mix]
Jesse Harte – Vocals
Mitch McLee – Drums
Jayce Fincher – Bass
Butch Walker – Guitars
The German metal band Accept, didn’t really start taking a foothold in the U.S. until their fifth release Balls to the Wall. A quick look through the Accept catalog, and it is amazing how many strong releases you will find.
Restless and Wild is the 4th album by Accept, and a very good one. Udo Dirkschneider’s abrasive yet powerful vocals, and the heavy guitars of Wolf Hoffman make this a metal classic worth checking out.
From the bizarre folk music intro on this disc, you almost know this record is going to jump out and bite you, and boy does it ever. This is not some watered down pop metal disc, this is heavy metal in its purest form. The first two songs on this disc, Fast as A Shark, and Restless and Wild, are my favorites. There are several strong cuts worth checking out.
The band toured with Judas Priest before this album was recorded, and without question, you can hear the influence of the guitar styling in the music. If you like Judas Priest style metal, and prefer the heavier side of rock, Restless and Wild is an excellent disc worth re-discovering.
The following video is Accept performing the track, Restless and Wild in 1985. Check it Out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Fast As A Shark
2. Restless And Wild
3. Ahead Of The Pack
4. Shake Your Heads
5. Neon Nights
6. Get Ready
7. Demons Night
8. Flash Rockin’ Man
9. Don’t Go Stealing My Soul Away
10. Princess Of The Dawn
Hermann Frank Jr. – Guitars
Stefan Kaufmann – Drums
Udo Dirkschneider – Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann – Guitars
Peter Baltes – Bass
I thought the game was extremely cool, but never in my wildest imagination, did I think this game would spawn several sequels, and three movies years later.
I have seen all of the movies in The Resident Evil franchise, and enjoyed Resident Evil: Extinction quite a bit. Each movie has plenty of science fiction
action and horror all rolled into one. Resident Evil: Extinction is no exception.
The premise of the movie is this: The Umbrella corporation who created the T-Virus, that turned the population of Raccoon City into a bunch of zombie’s. The Umbrella Corporation thought they controlled the outbreak of the Virus. As we find out in Resident Evil: Extinction, the outbreak of the T-Virus was not
controlled, turning the majority of the world’s population into man eating zombies.
A small band of survivors fight against all odds to find safe haven, against this
I have always been a fan of Sci-Fi, action flicks, and this movie seems to borrow elements from The Planet of the Apes, Road Warrior, Night of the Living Dead, and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. Although it isn’t completely original, it is a good popcorn flick, and one worth checking out.
Milla Jovovich is joined by a solid cast, which includes Ali Larter (Heroes), Mike Epps, and the R&B singer Ashanti in this final sequel of the Resident Evil Series.
If you enjoyed the first two movies, you are sure to like this one too. Check it Out!
Rating: Out of 5
Almost from the first note, I could hear many of the band’s influences in their music, which includes the Ramones, Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC.
Shot In The Dark is a good dose of 80’s hard rock, with the Ramones style punk.
The strongest cuts on this record are Ride the Main Line, One Way Ticket To Love, and the Poison like ballad Here I Am.
There is a new wave of bands that are bringing back real rock to the table. Main Line Riders is a band you will certainly hear a lot more about in 2008. Shot In The Dark is a very solid debut, and is one worth checking out. I look forward to catching this band live, when they hit the road to support this record this summer.
If you give a new band a spin, try out the Main Line Riders, I think you will like them. For more info on the band, check out the Main Line Riders myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- Ride the Main Line
- One Way Ticket To Love
- Throwin’ Bones to the Wolves
- Here I Am
- Speed Queen
- Pack Up Your Blues
- I Walk Alone
- Put The Hammer Down
- We Are the Ready Ones
- Shot in the Dark
Main Line Riders are:
Mike Mayhem – Lead Vocals
Cliffy – Guitars
Blackway – Guitars
PJ – Bass
Josho – Drums
I won’t hide the fact that I am a fan of Robert Mason’s vocals. I have enjoyed his work in each band I have followed him in (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love, Silent Witness) including Big Cock. He hasn’t disappointed me yet.
This CD, without question is the best Big Cock release yet. I found Motherload to be a little heavier and a bit more upbeat than the first two Big Cock discs.
The first two records had a song that I didn’t care for here or there. This is not the case with Motherload. There isn’t a bad song on the disc. Motherload rocks pretty hard all the way through. The exception is the ballad, Don’t Ask Me To Be Faithful, which is a solid tune as well.
My favorite cuts on this record are Breaking My Balls, M.I.L.F., and Built For Speed. The band wrote my theme song, with the tune Live to Rock!
The band stays true to their roots, and as a result, have created another disc, that is sure to appeal to most fans of 80’s hard rock. You can check out some of the new tunes at Big Cock’s myspace page! You may find yourself reserving a copy shortly thereafter. Motherload will hit most online stores in February.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Get a Load of Me
3. Breaking My Balls
4. Bump and Grind
5. Road To Ruin
7. Don’t Ask Me To Be Faithful
8. Live To Rock
11. Built for Speed
Big Cock is:
Robert Mason – Vocals
Dave Henzerling – Guitars and Vocals
John “DrumPulverizer.com” Covington – Drums and Percussion
Colby – Bass, Vocals
Their self titled disc disappeared about as fast as it arrived. The band had a little bit of success, as a music video was released for the song Cowgirl. The band managed to sell 150,000 copies of the CD, but disappeared before long.
Unlike many of the hair metal CD’s of the early 90’s, this one actually has a little more substance. Great vocals, and a funky upbeat vibe drive these tunes. While Cowgirl is the obvious hit, there isn’t a bad song on this disc.
I once owned a copy of this on cassette tape, but never replaced it until last year. I was shocked to find a used copy of this disc in 2007. A quick internet search, and I found that you can still grab this disc for under 10 bucks (for a used copy) through Amazon.com, and occasionally on EBay. It is way out of print, but well worth the price of admission.
Rating:Out of 10
Sons of Angels are:
Solli – vocals
Torstein – bass, backing vocals
Lars K. – keyboards
Stafan William-Olsson – guitar
Geir Digernes – drums
It is rare when a newer band influenced in 80’s metal puts out a release that remotely compares to their predecessors. The new release Screams from the Wild, by the UK’s Tequila Rockin Bird, sounds like a lost release from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
While this release isn’t original by any means, it is most certainly a good slab of heavy rock. On Screams From the Wild, I can hear bits of Iron Maiden, and Ozzy era Black Sabbath fused into Tequila Rockin’ Birds’ music. I love those bands, so I was immediately captured by the tunes here.
The songs blast off with the opener Welcome to Hell and rock hard right through the closing track Trust In Your Government.
The thunderous drums of Johnny Warriner helps drive the dual axe attack of Nick Watson, and Kez Symes. The powerful, whiskey stained vocals of Rich Woods are a pleasure to take in. A band this talented have to be headed for great things. I would imagine that they won’t be unknown for too much longer. Tequila Rocking Bird will certainly be one of the leaders in the New Wave of Classic Rock that is happening today.
The band has done something rare, by offering up their record for free via download. Something that sounds this good is not usually given away for free, so go download your copy today, before the band regains their senses, and put this record out for sale. Fans of some of the newer Classic Rock bands like Priestess ought to download this asap!
Special thanks to Bill at Rock of Ages for turning me onto this band!
For more information on Tequila Rocking Bird, check out their myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- Welcome To Hell
- Party Song
- Devil’s in the Detail
- Don’t Make Me Angry Again
- Dirty Mama
- Screams From the Wild
- Step Inside My Mind
- Wild Livin’
- Trust In Your Government
Tequila Rocking Bird is:
Rich Woods – Vocals
Nick Watson – Guitar
Kez Symes – Guitar
Johnny Warriner – Drums
Greg Butler – Bass
Million Dollar Reload, the five piece band, from Belfast, Ireland has released one great slab of rock with their cd, Anthems of a Degeneration.
When I hear a CD this good, I wonder if I am living on the wrong side of the pond. Why releases like this aren’t circulating in the United States to mass appeal is a crime in my opinion.
Million Dollar Reload has a sound that I would compare as a cross between Buckcherry, Guns ‘N Roses, and maybe a little bit of AC/DC. The music may be unoriginal, but when songs are this good, I could care less. A CD of this quality deserves to be in the player of every hard rock fan, regardless of what country you live in. One thing is for certain, if the band can a major record label to bite on this release, this band will be huge!
The first six songs on Anthems of a Degeneration are high energy rockers. The band doesn’t give you a chance to breathe until you get to the song, The Last Icon. This is a slower track, but should be a monster hit for this band. It is a song about rock stars passed on including AC/DC’s Bon Scott.
The pace resumes with the awesome track Tattoos and Dirty Girls and rocks all the way through the final cut, Travel. I thought the title “Travel” was a strange name for a balladesque tune, but it is another hit worthy number for the band, and a very strong note on which to close this disc.
You can buy a copy of the CD off of the Million Dollar Reload myspace page. Don’t even hesitate to pick this one up. This is a great rock CD. It should not be missed!
Rating:Out of 10
- I:Introducing The Formula For A Frantic Life
- Get It Up
- Livin’In The City
- Goodnight New York
- Give It All
- International Anthem
- The Last Icon
- Tattoos and Dirty Girls
- Dead Like You (Freeloader)
- Fire Your Guns
- Cold Hard Day
- You Can’t Stop Me From Flying
II: Dreams and Heroes
III. Claws of Babylon
IV. Blues For the Soul
Million Dollar Reload is:
Phil Conalane – Vocals
Andy Mack – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Kie McMurray – Bass/Vocals
Davy Cassa – Drums/Vocals
B.A.M. – Guitar/Vocals
Every time I think about the last Bon Jovi release, Lost Highway, I shudder to think how far Bon Jovi has fallen away from their rock roots. I decided to drag out my copy of 7800° Farenheit to rediscover the music, that Bon Jovi used to be about.
7800° Farenheit is the sophomore effort by Bon Jovi. One look at the picture on the back of the CD, and you see that they were heavily rooted in the 80’s glam metal at the time. The music is hard rock with a melodic edge due to the keyboards by David Bryan. The keyboards on this record are almost over bearing. Richie Sambora is a solid guitarist, and he isn’t given enough chances to shine on this record. The record isn’t a total loss though.
The song In and Out of Love, always brings back happy memories. This is one of Bon Jovi’s harder songs that they have recorded, and certainly one of my favorite tunes by the band.
There are certainly some forgettable tunes on this disc. I haven’t listened to Price of Love, King of the Hill and Hardest Part is the Night in a long time. All of these songs are somewhat forgettable.
This album does have its share of solid cuts though, and In And Out of Love, Only Lonely, Silent Night and Tokyo Road, are by far the best ones.
Although I like several of the songs on 7800° Farenheit, I can not deny that some of tunes here sound somewhat dated. They don’t stand up as well as some of stuff on the later Bon Jovi releases.
This record does offer listeners at interesting look at mid 80s’s glam. Although it may not stand up to the band’s classic release, Slippery When Wet, it does have some solid cuts worth checking out.
There were a couple of videos released in support of this record, you can check them out below.
Rating: Out of 10
1. In And Out Of Love
2. The Price Of Love
3. Only Lonely
4. King Of The Mountain
5. Silent Night
6. Tokyo Road
7. The Hardest Part Is The Night
8. Always Run To You
9. To The Fire
10. Secret Dreams
Bon Jovi is:
Jon Bon Jovi – Lead & Backing Vocals
Richie Sambora – Guitars & Backing Vocals
David Bryan – Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Alec John Such – Bass & Backing Vocals
Tico Torres- Drums, & Backing Vocals
The band was forced to change their name, using the spelling that it is today. The Kelly Hansen led, Hurricane, must have had rights to all things related to the name back in the 90’s.
I always thought the name change and spelling was kind of stupid. Funny enough, when I pop the CD in my player, the name comes up as Herricane Alice. Even Atlantic Records couldn’t get their name right. The name of the album, “Tear the House Down” also seemed to be a poor choice as well. Several bands in the 80’s and early 90’s had a song with the same name. It is a very cliched title.
Luckily, the music here is better than the name. Singer Bruce Nauman has a vocal style that falls somewhere between KISS’ Paul Stanley and Marq Torien from the Bulletboys. The music wasn’t breaking any new ground. It is fairly typical 80’s pop metal, but it is still very solid.
Tear the House Down is one of the many overlooked records of the 90’s pop metal era. Some of my favorite cuts, are Wild Young and Crazy, Dream Girl and Need a Lover.
There is good news for those of you seeking out a copy of the Hericane Alice CD from 1990. The folks at Wounded Bird Records are putting out a reissue of this CD in February. If you didn’t grab a copy of the original disc from Atlantic Records. You will soon be able to pick a copy of this disc without paying extortion rates on Ebay.
All of you new hair metal fans who never had the opportunity to get this disc, out to pick this up when it comes out.
You can preview some of the songs below at the Hericane Alice myspace page. This band has resurfaced at The Alice in 2007. We may not have seen the last of this group yet.
Rating: Out of 10
Hericane Alice is:
Bruce Naumann – vocals
Ian Mayo – bass guitar
Danny Gill – guitars
Jackie Ramos – drums