Tuesday, April 25, 2017

AARON KEYLOCK - Cut Against The Grain (2017)

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Born in Oxford, UK, teenage guitar sensation AARON KEYLOCK picked up the guitar aged 8. While most kids were playing with toys and concentrating on threading conversations together he was already stringing his Les Paul and developing an understanding of songwriting, guitar licks and by the age of 11 he was rocking the clubs. And his tender 18 he become a band leader, who writes his own material and has enough experience to pour the ups and down of life on the road into his songs.
Above all, "Cut Against The Grain" - his proper full length debut CD - is the triumph of focused perseverance over settling for something more mundane.

Aaron also found the perfect foil for his effervescent playing in producer Fabrizio Grossi (Alice Cooper, Slash, Zakk Wylde) whose mellifluous production highlights the album’s intricacies in a refreshing take on rockin' blues, with influences ranging from Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to Steve Marriott or Robert Johnson.
Sure there’s plenty of retro influences but his licks are intense and his lyrics engaging and consistent enough to draw us in into the album’s twists and turns, with a subliminal pull that always leads to the next track.

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The disc opens with the straight to-the-vein ‘All The Right Moves’, full of intense playing and a booming chorus that matches his vibrant approach. He’s not lacking in self confidence either, as evidenced by the brave time-changes of ‘Down’, which punctuate his sizzling guitar licks, while he adds more nifty slide and harp on ‘Medicine Man’ which opens with a distant down-home feel before exploding into a midtempo rocker with a chanted refrain.
Aaron is equally good when playing slow – always a good barometer of a guitarist’s true ability and touch and tone – as he positively revels with a big tone and expressive phrasing on ‘Falling Again’, a track that suggests he’s been working hard on his vocals.

Unlike so many of his contemporaries, it’s not number of notes that count, but rather the ability to make a concise musical statement over 11 tracks that sound linked and interwoven by the flow of his playing.
Aaron makes every solo count in terms of dynamics and emotional expression. One minute he gets down low on ‘Just One Question’, to build up the solo with real heft and then there’s a sudden slide break from the left hand speaker that cuts through the heart of ‘Medicine Man’ like a bolt of lightning.

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"Cut Against The Grain" is an album full of spark, real energy and strong material that suggests Aaron Keylock has quickly found his own musical identity.
It has real crossover appeal, from classic rock / hard / power blues to the subtleties of rootsy acoustic rock. Aaron lets his guitar playing evoke the meaning and feel of his songs to such an extent that the eleven tracks feel part of organic whole.
Fabrizio Grossi’s contemporary production values subtly gel everything together, highlighting Aaron's voice with a crisp clarity while making sure the solos flow and imbue even the most familiar riffs with an essential vitality.
Strongly Recommended


01 - All The Right Moves
02 - Down
03 - Medicine Man
04 - Falling Again
05 - Just One Question
06 - Against The Grain
07 - That's Not Me
08 - Try
09 - Spin The Bottle
10 - Sun's Gonna Shine
11 - No Matter What The Cost

Aaron Keylock – Vocals, Guitars
Jordan Maycock – Bass
Sonny Miller Greaves – Drums


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SHERYL CROW - Be Myself [Target Exclusive +3] (2017)

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After a short-lived period in country music, fortunately SHERYL CROW's new album "Be Myself" is a strong return to form. The new record reunites Crow with '90s collaborators Jeff Trott & Tchad Blake and returns to the sassy, carefree, stripped down rock&pop that brought her massive success in that era. This "Be Myself Target Exclusive" release includes 3 bonus tracks.

It's no surprise Sheryl Crow has grown into such a classic-rock sage – even when she was coming up in the Nineties, she relished the role of a grizzled road warrior who sang about still getting stoned and scraping mold off the bread.
Her new album "Be Myself" is her toughest and best in a decade, a full-blown return to her fierce rock-queen glory. She aims directly at the torn-and-frayed guitar groove of her Nineties records.
Crow flashes her nasty streak in the highlight 'Heartbeat Away' where her bluesy guitar sounds as pissed off as her voice.

It’s a slow open from 'Alone in the Dark', through 'Halfway There', 'Long Way Back', and the title track finally captures the return Crow, Trott, and Blake are intent on telling and capitalizing upon.
While “Be Myself” fully embodies the sound and style of Crow’s mid-nineties output, she still infuses the album with the work of a long career. “Roller Skate” effectively blends the longing for the mid-nineties with the pop of Crow’s early 2000s albums, while 'Love Will Save the Day' could be at home on Wildflower (2005) as much as it fits here.

The mood of the album changes drastically on 'Strangers Again', and the impact of harsher instrumentation and angrier lyrics creates a divergence from the album’s first half as well as seems to dispense completely with anything that followed Sheryl Crow (1996).
'Rest of Me' evokes both a softer approach and a direct appeal, and after the aforementioned 'Heartbeat Away' (with some Led Zeppelin on it), 'Grow Up' has an early '80s radio-pop feel, while 'Woo Woo' is a little silly, little poppy tune that could have been a hit many years ago.

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This Target Records edition includes 3 bonus tracks; the middle-of-the-road 'Disappearing World' which mix classic Crow with some electronic percussion, the sweet midtempo 'The World You Make' in a Sheryl Crow trademark style, and 'Long Way Back (Acoustic Version)', more stripped than the original but enjoyable the same.

Across her ninth album "Be Myself" Sheryl Crow and producer Jeff Trott, play with the style of her most successful records, and in turn create an album that acts like a greatest hits package.
The familiarity of her career is this album’s foundation, and a career as productive as Crow’s is worth exploring, and though the album may not inspire you to dust off her old records, it’s enjoyable, fun, and reassuring in its renewal.


01 - Alone In The Dark
02 - Halfway There
03 - Long Way Back
04 - Be Myself
05 - Roller Skate
06 - Love Will Save The Day
07 - Strangers Again
08 - Rest Of Me
09 - Heartbeat Away
10 - Grow Up
11 - Woo Woo
Target Exclusive Bonus Tracks:
12 - Disappearing World
13 - The World You Make
14 - Long Way Back (Acoustic Version)

Sheryl Crow - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, tambourine
Gary Clark, Jr, Audley Freed - guitar
Josh Grange - guitar, Mellotron, Pedal Steel, piano
Toby Gad - bass, Moog Synthesizer
Adam Minkoff - Keyboards
Robert Kearns - bass
Fred Eltringham - Drums, Handclapping, Percussion, Tambourine
Mark Douthit - saxophone
Doyle Bramhall II, The McCrary Sisters - vocal harmony
David Rossi - string arrangements
Jeff Trott - bass, guitar, Pump Organ, sitar, synthaxe, Wurlitzer, vocal harmony


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ADRENALINE RUSH - Adrenaline Rush [full retail]

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After the just released ADRENALINE RUSH new album, one of you asked for the first CD, the self-titled "Adrenaline Rush". Now 2017 this Swedish outfit is a true full band, but this debut record basically was the partnership of vocalist Tave Wanning and skillful songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist Erik Martensson from Eclipse, who provided all instruments, production & mix.

Accordingly, for me "Adrenaline Rush" (the album) was essentially a new Martensson project with a female vocalist, giving it a new fresh approach over past albums with Toby Hitchcock, WET and of course Eclipse.
As with everything that Erik Martensson touch, the sound, punch, and rocking brightness on "Adrenaline Rush" is top notch.

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Overall, the musical style is a mix of European (Swedish in fact) and American female-fronted melodic hard rock inspired in the '80s, much more groovin' and melodious than the recent Adrenaline Rush album.

We find Euro arena-ready anthemic tunes in the likes of 'Playin’ To Win', 'Want It All', 'Change', while in the 'Americanized' side, 'Girls Gone Wild', 'Hit You Like A Rock' and 'Black n' Blue' borrows the sound obtained by Motley Crue's in their Dr. Feelgood album.
That's meaning slick & polished, but still punchy.

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A huge, big sound is the key of "Adrenaline Rush", Erik Martensson in its purest form complemented by the capable Tave Wanning on vocals.
Formerly of pop duo Peaches, Wanning's phrasing is much more melodic here than on the last Adrenaline Rush record. While many will find much pleasure in emblazoning her appearance, it has to be said the singer has a quite a strong voice at her disposal with a way of singing that somewhat reminds one of Vixen’s Janet Gardner.
Highly Recommended


01 - Black n' Blue
02 - Change
03 - Generation Left Behind
04 - Girls Gone Wild
05 - When We're Gone
06 - Want it All
07 - Too Young to Die
08 - Oh Yeah !
09 - No No No
10 - Playin' to Win
11 - Hit You Like a Rock

Tave Wanning - lead and backing vocals
Erik Martensson - guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, backing vocals


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ISILDURS BANE & STEVE HOGARTH (Marillion) - Colours Not Found In Nature (2017)

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During the summer of 2016 (whilst finishing the Marillion album F E A R) singer Steve Hogarth joined forces with Swedish Progressive pioneers Isildurs Bane to record the album "Colours Not Found In Nature", to be released in few days under the ISILDURS BANE & STEVE HOGARTH banner.
Hogarth wrote all lyrics and performed all lead vocals, while the music was composed by Isildurs Bane's talented musical director and keyboard player Mats Johansson.

Swedish progressive rock group Isildurs Bane was formed in 1976, and over the years the combo has developed through several musical styles and line-up changes but have always honoured musical innovation.
The band plays a majestuous symphonic prog mix between vocals, guitar, keyboards and wind instruments, and add colorful string arrangements.

For this new Isildurs Bane venture, you can tell that many of the songs and arrangements by keyboard player Mats Johansson (also orchestrator) where done with Steve Hogarth's vocal style in mind.
Add Hogarth's imaginery writing the lyrics, and the resulting feeling, modulation, and rhythm of the songs are strongly reminiscent of Marillion.
At first glance, I wanted to write here that Hogarth's voice dominated the album, but after repeated listens this would be wrong. The sonic structures, arrangements with violins, bells (including tubular bells), double bass, vintage keyboards, etc, are just as important as the singers' throat.

With the the quite commercial 'Ice Pop', and the sweet melodic follower 'The Random Fires', the album starts very lively, drifting to the more relaxed, sympho waves of 'Periphal Vision'.
Hogarth sounds profound, but by no means as vile as on one Marillion song of the past 10, 12 years. His pipes on this recording seamlessly blend with Isildurs Bane's, and we discover some new facets from his capable way of singing.
'The Love and the Affair' is the next insight into the soul of Hogarth and the songwriting of his musical partners. The six titles are all at the same high level, sometimes lighter, sometimes symphonic, at places rocking, all in a true progressive manner.

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Ranging from an excellent artwork and elaborated yet always captivating music, Isilidurs Bane & Steve Hogarth's "Colours Not Found In Nature" is a true Prog Rock album.
This Swedish band has a unique sound with great playing, and on this album (I've heard some of their past works) they opted for a much more accessible style, shorter songs, and a proper 40 minute length.
Hogarth's lyrics are very personal and interesting, and his vocal performance throughout the record, intense, velvety I'd say.
Marillion / Hogarth fans will be delighted. So do I.
Highly Recommended


1. Ice Pop
2. The Random Fires
3. Peripheral Vision
4. The Love and the Affair (Part I & II)
5. Diamonds and Amnesia
6. Incandescent

Steve Hogarth – lead & backing vocals
Samuel Hällkvist – guitars
Mats Johansson – keyboards
Katrine Amsler – keyboards
Christian Saggese – acoustic guitar
Axel Croné – bass, string arrangements
Kjell Severinsson – drums
Klas Assarsson – percussion
Luca Calabrese - horns
additional musicians:
Liesbeth Lambrecht – violin & viola
Pieter Lenaerts – double bass
Xerxes Andrén – drums, percussion
John Anderberg, Anneli Nilsson – backing vocals
All compositions by Steve Hogarth & Mats Johansson


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Monday, April 24, 2017

RAW SILK - The Borders Of Light [CD Edition +1] (2017)

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After 27 years from their cult debut album this time it’s for real: melodic rockers RAW SILK will release their long awaited follow-up titled "The Borders Of Light" next April 28.
Again entirely written by founder member drummer / keyboardist Kostas Kyriakidis, now the new line-up include British musicians and was recorded in Birmingham, England.

Raw Silk burst onto the European Melodic Rock / AOR scene in the '90s with their, over the years, cult debut album Silk Under The Skin. The 2004 re-release on CD brought the band back to the forefront and led to high profile reunion concerts supporting Pink Cream 69, Jeff Scott Sotto and Winger.
After a second long hiatus and led by composer-drummer Kostas Kyriakidis the band has regrouped in the UK with a brand new line-up, and the result is "The Borders Of Light".

Starting from the album artwork, the original Raw Silk elements are still there ranging from strong melodies to colorful keyboard lines and hard solid guitar riffs. The songs are benefited by new singer Chris Dando vocals - at places sweet and melodious yet stronger when needed.
While the AOR factor is still present all over the record, this Raw Silk 2017 explore varied waters such as neo / light prog, elaborated melodic rock and even some hard.

In the latter we have 'Out of Reach' (the more AOR tune here in the vein of the debut CD) 'One Lifetime', 'Nobody Fills the Loneliness', midtempo 'Night Time Angels', and ballad 'The Road You've Taken' adding nice acoustics.
In the more expansive side there's 'Chimera' with some harder passages and proggy shifts, and title track 'The Borders Of Light', where the neo prog sections appear mixed with melodic rock.
This, the title track, it's only available on the physical CD edition of the album, quite strange for those aiming to only purchase the digital version.

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"The Borders Of Light" is a welcomed return from Raw Silk into the scene, musically moving on a bit in style from the first album.
It's a fine blend of Melodic Rock, AOR, neo-prog and more. This new album offer something back to the first-time fans while also offering something for new listeners.


01. One Lifetime
02. Nobody Fills the Loneliness
03. Chimera
04. Night Time Angels
05. The Road You've Taken
06. Losing My Mind
07. Distressed and Powerless
08. Out of Reach
09. The Borders of Light
10. Solitude of Pain

Chris Dando – Vocals, Keyboards
Daryl Gardner – Rhythm Guitar
James Marshall Stanley – Lead Guitar
Kostas Kyriakidis – Drums, Keyboards
Paul Thompson – Bass
additional personnel:
James Barratt - Acoustic guitars
Stephanie Fowler – Vocals


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (CD 3)

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The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) was a musical movement that somehow saved - or revitalized if you want - the languishing metal / hard rock scene at the end of the Seventies, and cemented the '80s sound for the genre during the entire decade.
The excellent 3-CD box “Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” comprises the origins of this musical scene with the very early works of bands that will rule in years to come.

Indeed, at the end of the '70s metal music was digging its own grave; Deep Purple and Black Sabbath disbanded and Led Zeppelin near to its end. Besides, Punk was raising its ugly head.
But a new, fresh underground breed of young bands started to grow up at the North of London. This movement consisted of hundreds of acts that emerged from the working class punished at the end of the decade and as a reaction against Punk that was gaining popularity and terrain.

Its aesthetics was very different from that of the musicians from the early '70s, gone were the hippie outfits in favor to a more street-like clothes, shocking and aggressive, so to speak, leather jackets, tacks, chains and jeans.
And more importantly, their music was more energetic, flesh & blood, from the guts. Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were the first to explode, but many others raised soon, and truly stupendous bands to get major recognition in years to come.

VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (CD 3) booklet

However, a bunch from the scene developed into a much more melodic territory, planting the seeds for the effervescent '80s Melodic Hard Rock scene in Europe.
“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a very diverse compilation, including 56 bands and 56 tracks, from classic heavy metal to melodic hard rock, rare early singles much of them for the first time available on CD.

On this Disc 3, we found heavy acts such as Jaguar, Streetfighter, Black Rose and Turbo, alongside the first successful singles from melodic hard rockers legends Praying Mantis, Tygers Of Pan Tang with the killer 'Don't Touch Me There', Sweet Savage, Girl (Phil Collen's first band before joining Def Leppard) and many more.

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“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a must have compendium to understand the '80s metal / hard rock evolution, and a collectors piece or rare, hard to find songs.
Appeared some years ago, this 3-CD box has become a collectors piece itself, as it's out of print with remaining copies being sold for U$S 600 at Amazon. Go figure.
A Must Have


01 - Tygers Of Pan Tang - Don't Touch Me There
02 - Praying Mantis - Captured City
03 - Streetfighter - She's No Angel
04 - Sweet Savage - Killing Time
05 - Trespass - One Of These Days
06 - Holocaust - Heavy Metal Mania
07 - Girl - Hollywood Tease
08 - Ethel The Frog - Fight Back
09 - Savage - Let It Loose
10 - Jaguar - Axe Crazy
11 - Black Rose - Knocked Out
12 - Sabre - Miracle Man
13 - Turbo - Running
14 - Crucifixion - Take It Or Leave It
15 - Warfare - Burn Down The Kings Road
16 - Horsepower - You Give Me Candy
17 - Tarot - Feel The Power
18 - She - Never Surrender
19 - Steel - Rock Out


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VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (CD 2)

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The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) was a musical movement that somehow saved - or revitalized if you want - the languishing metal / hard rock scene at the end of the Seventies, and cemented the '80s sound for the genre during the entire decade.
The excellent 3-CD box “Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” comprises the origins of this musical scene with the very early works of bands that will rule in years to come.

Indeed, at the end of the '70s metal music was digging its own grave; Deep Purple and Black Sabbath disbanded and Led Zeppelin near to its end. Besides, Punk was raising its ugly head.
But a new, fresh underground breed of young bands started to grow up at the North of London. This movement consisted of hundreds of acts that emerged from the working class punished at the end of the decade and as a reaction against Punk that was gaining popularity and terrain.

Its aesthetics was very different from that of the musicians from the early '70s, gone were the hippie outfits in favor to a more street-like clothes, shocking and aggressive, so to speak, leather jackets, tacks, chains and jeans.
And more importantly, their music was more energetic, flesh & blood, from the guts. Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were the first to explode, but many others raised soon, and truly stupendous bands to get major recognition in years to come.

VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (CD 2) booklet

However, a bunch from the scene developed into a much more melodic territory, planting the seeds for the effervescent '80s Melodic Hard Rock scene in Europe.
“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a very diverse compilation, including 56 bands and 56 tracks, from classic heavy metal to melodic hard rock, rare early singles much of them for the first time available on CD.

On this Disc 2, we found heavy acts such as Diamond Head, Cloven Hoof, Axis, Saxon (all still active today), alongside the early recording from legendary melodic hard rockers SHY (one of the greatest from the British '80s scene), Quartz, or Marseille and their terrific single 'Rock You Tonight'.

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“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a must have compendium to understand the '80s metal / hard rock evolution, and a collectors piece or rare, hard to find songs.
Appeared some years ago, this 3-CD box has become a collectors piece itself, as it's out of print with remaining copies being sold for U$S 600 at Amazon. Go figure.
A Must Have


01 - Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
02 - Saxon - Motorcycle Man (Live)
03 - Angel Witch - Angel of Death
04 - Vardis - If I Were King - Live
05 - Fist - Name, Rank and Serial Number
06 - Marseille - Rock You Tonight
07 - Quartz - Street Fighting Lady - Live
08 - Atomkraft - Future Warriors
09 - Aragorn - Black Ice
10 - Shy - Give Me A Chance
11 - Venom - In League With Satan
12 - Jess Cox - Piece Of The Action
13 - Tysondog - The Inquisitor
14 - Cloven Hoof - Laying Down The Law
15 - Dedringer - Hot Lady
16 - Axis - Messiah
17 - Lone Wolf - Nobody's Move
18 - Mammath - Rock Me


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VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (Disc 1)

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The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) was a musical movement that somehow saved - or revitalized if you want - the languishing metal / hard rock scene at the end of the Seventies, and cemented the '80s sound for the genre during the entire decade.
The excellent 3-CD box “Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” comprises the origins of this musical scene with the very early works of bands that will rule in years to come.

Indeed, at the end of the '70s metal music was digging its own grave; Deep Purple and Black Sabbath disbanded and Led Zeppelin near to its end. Besides, Punk was raising its ugly head.
But a new, fresh underground breed of young bands started to grow up at the North of London. This movement consisted of hundreds of acts that emerged from the working class punished at the end of the decade and as a reaction against Punk that was gaining popularity and terrain.

Its aesthetics was very different from that of the musicians from the early '70s, gone were the hippie outfits in favor to a more street-like clothes, shocking and aggressive, so to speak, leather jackets, tacks, chains and jeans.
And more importantly, their music was more energetic, flesh & blood, from the guts. Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were the first to explode, but many others raised soon, and truly stupendous bands to get major recognition in years to come.

VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (Disc 1) booklet

However, a bunch from the scene developed into a much more melodic territory, planting the seeds for the effervescent '80s Melodic Hard Rock scene in Europe.
“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a very diverse compilation, including 56 bands and 56 tracks, from classic heavy metal to melodic hard rock, rare early singles much of them for the first time available on CD.

On this Disc 1, we found heavy acts such as Raven, Girlschool, Persian Risk or Satan, but also more melodious such as cult classics Samson, Dark Star, Heavy Pettin' or Bronz, with their awesome very first single 'Night Runner'.

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“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a must have compendium to understand the '80s metal / hard rock evolution, and a collectors piece or rare, hard to find songs.
Appeared some years ago, this 3-CD box has become a collectors piece itself, as it's out of print with remaining copies being sold for U$S 600 at Amazon. Go figure.
A Must Have


01 - Samson - Vice Versa
02 - White Spirit - High Upon High
03 - Raven - Don't Need Your Money
04 - Sledgehammer - Sledgehammer
05 - Bitches Sin - Always Ready
06 - Blitzkreig - Blitzkreig
07 - Girlschool - Take It All Away
08 - Chevy - Chevy
09 - Persian Risk - Ridin' High
10 - Satan - Trial By Fire
11 - Dark Star - Lady Of Mars
12 - Avenger - On The Rocks
13 - Heavy Pettin - Love X Love
14 - Xero - Cutting Loose
15 - Hellenbach - Let's Get This Show On The Road
16 - Bronz - Night Runner
17 - Saracen - We Have Arrived
18 - Bastille - Hard Man
19 - Silverwing - Rock N Roll Are 4 Letter Words


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

LOUDNESS - On The Prowl [Japan SHM-CD Limited Release remastered] Out Of Print

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It's pleasure to finally be able to fulfill this request: LOUDNESS' "On The Prowl" in its Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Edition, a Limited Release long time out of print.
"On The Prowl" is Loudness ninth studio album, their second and last with American vocalist Mike Vescera before his leaving to join Yngwie Malmsteen's band for the album The Seventh Sign.
This is the album were Vescera was fully involved, resulting in the more US Hard Rock sounding recording ever by the legendary Japanese band.

"On The Prowl" includes 3 new songs (the first in the track list) plus re-works of tracks from early Loudness' albums where Mike Vescera translated and adapted the lyrics to be sung in English.
Not only the English lyrics provide a different feeling, but also the fresh arrangements resulted into an almost completely new songs... and what killer songs!

This 'Americanized' Loudness sounds much more melodic, groovy hard rockin' than some of the ruckus straight up trad metal of the early Loudness days, but also doesn't back down on the balls.
Gutsy numbers like 'Deadly Prayer' feature fast pace and some banshee screams from the capable Vescera, always in control and pitch perfect. Guitar sections are well worked out - Akira Takasaki flexing his skills with power riffs, melodious solos and beautiful rhythms.
'Girl' is a rowdy number with heavy drumming, though its subject matter feels glammy, for example - this is pretty much the combination we have with this album in particular; still retaining balls, but with a glammish, commercial edge, while 'In the Mirror' is just all out ballsy cutting US metal.

Of course the Vescera era also ushered in a concentration on melodic songs, but Loudness retain the power in the sense of Dokken, for example, this isn't an album without teeth. 'Take it or Leave It' is a rockin' midtempo number which fails to abandon crunching guitar tone and fantastic displays of solo prowess.
The new arrangements on 'Long Distance' are almost melodic hard rock where the quality of Vescera's vocals, and the cool tone and skill of Takasaki's guitar shine through. And we have a super power ballad in 'Never Again'.

Speaking about the new songs, the opening trio, 'Down ‘N Dirty', 'Playin’ Games' and 'Love Toys', all are killer examples of early '90s US melodic hard rock with tons of groove, sharp riffs and catchy choruses.
Special mention goes to production, handled by talented Mark Dearnley (Alien, Bang Tango) who has provided a perfectly polished sound without losing the band's attack.

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Loudness "On The Prowl" is one of the best hard (melodic) rock albums destined to the US market recorded in the early '90s. The songs are great, musicianship stellar, and production top notch.
The sound from this Japanese SHM-CD is incredible, punchy, clear, not saturated at all and with superb dynamics.
Fans of polished, melodic, groovy US styled hard rock - think Dokken, Stryper, George Lynch's awesome album Sacred Groove, Keel - you need to check this album now.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Warner Music Japan ~ WPCL-10752
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01 - Down 'N' Dirty
02 - Playin' Games
03 - Love Toys
04 - Never Again
05 - Deadly Player
06 - Take It Or Leave It
07 - Girl
08 - Long Distance
09 - In The Mirror
10 - Sleepless Night
11 - Find A Way

Michael Vescera - vocals
Akira Takasaki - guitars
Masayoshi Yamashita - bass
Munetaka Higuchi - drums
additional musicians;
Jim Wilkas - keyboards
Nat, Gary and Chris Vescera, Marty Earley - backing vocals


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JUNKYARD - Junkyard [CD reissue]

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After the recent JUNKYARD comeback album featured here, one of you asked for the band's cult classic debut "Junkyard", particularly the reissue CD because the original edition was pretty flat in terms of sound output.
Well, the dynamics in this "Junkyard reissue" are excellent, in fact, it almost feels like a remastered version (though is not).

Junkyard's 2017 style is much more raw, almost punkish at places than this polished 1989 self-titled debut, so if you didn't liked the new album but love that classic '80s L.A. hard rock sound, you better get a copy (if you find it) of this reissue.
Yeah, "Junkyard" is a terrific slab of '80s Sunset Strip hard rock.

Listed among the 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine, in fact "Junkyard" has very few points in common with the Hair Metal movement.
They were a little harder and a little uglier, but still catchy, groovy and party-ready. Often compared with the very first Guns N' Roses (Appetite For Destruction and earlier era) on their debut Junkyard comprised 10 killer tracks with no filler in sight.

"Blooze" starts things off with a frenetic rock and roll assault, then "Hot Rod" is a fun tune with a head-bopping tempo before the instantly memorable "Simple Man" - shot full of grit and heavy on the bluesy hard style - appears as the first highlight. This is a rock'n'roll classic that should be in every library; it's heartfelt, self-aware, hits all the right buttons, and makes you want to play electric guitar.
"Shot In The Dark" (not to be confused with the Ozzy song of a few years before) is another rocker heavy on the groove in a great sleazy style.

"Hollywood" is another winner, holds it's own with a driving rhythm and catchy riffs; "Life Sentence" is great for getting into the zone - driving, working out, or whatever you're doing - and is followed nicely by the greasy, slow, atmospheric "Long Way From Home."
"Can't Hold Back" and "Texas" pick up the pace again and keep things moving nicely until the final song -- another true gem and great closeout -- the greatly constructed "Hands Off," which has the perfect balance of slow, methodical progression to a hard-rocking crescendo of distortion, intensity, melancholy and heart, of both the song and the album.

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This Junkyard first album may not have reached the audience and had the impact of Guns N’ Roses’ debut released on the same label (Geffen) two years before, but it was equally good.
Every song is a keeper with true hard rock substance, and production - handled by the great Tom Werman - is top notch.
As said, this reissue sound is excellent, and the album, as a whole, a killer compendium of the L.A. Hard Rock golden era.
Highly Recommended


01 - Blooze
02 - Hot Rod
03 - Simple Man
04 - Shot In The Dark
05 - Hollywood
06 - Life Sentence
07 - Long Way Home
08 - Can't Hold Back
09 - Texas
10 - Hands Off

David Roach - vocals and percussion
Chris Gates - lead and rhythm guitars
Brian Baker - lead and rhythm guitars
Clay Anthony - bass
Patrick Michael Muzingo - drums, percussion
with;
Al Kooper - keyboards
Earl Slick - guest slide guitar
Tom Kelly, Bob Carlysle, John Purcell - backing vocals


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Friday, April 21, 2017

TREAT - The Road More Or Less Traveled (2017)

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"The Road More Or Less Traveled" is the new live CD / DVD / Blu-ray by melodic hard rock greats TREAT recorded last year at the Frontiers Rock Festival, the annual concert event organized by the recording label, Frontiers Records. This saw Treat playing hot on the heels of the release of their latest studio album, the terrific Ghost Of Graceland.

First, the sound recording is fabulous, with every player and instrument coming through crisp and clear. More importantly, Treat's performance is superb, with excellent musicianship as usual and helped by H.E.A.T keyboardist Jona Tee taking the place of Patrik Appelgren for this exclusive performance.
Being on the Ghost of Graceland Tour, Treat pulls five from their latest album: the title cut, which starts the show, and also 'Better The Devil You Know', a killer take on 'Non Stop Madness', 'Do Your Own Stunts', and 'Endangered'.
From Coup De Grace they drop 'We Own The Night', 'Papertiger' and 'Roar', two of my favorite Treat songs, and then for one of two encore songs, Skies Of Mongolia.

After these, Treat reaches back to their past for their most prominent singles: 1985's 'Get You On The Run (Scratch & Bite)', 1987's 'World Of Promises' (from their classic Dreamhunter) the second encore song, and 1989's 'Ready For The Taking', 'Conspiracy', and 'Gimme One More Night (Organized Crime).
Of course in a 14 song set you’ll never please everyone, but the best of the new and classy Treat are here, delivered in a truly sparkling form.



Some may argue that "The Road More Or Less Traveled" is too much, I mean, too much polished for a live album, but folks, this recording is just awesome.
One of the things I love about the Treat sound is their vocal harmonies, which sound amazing live. The lead vocals come out pristine, the guitars sharp (there's not a single distracting noise all over the record) and the drum sound is a blast.

Treat's "The Road More Or Less Traveled" is absolutely essential for fans of the band and also pretty much a must for anyone keen to start an acquaintance with one of Sweden’s more endearing and enduring Melodic Hard Rock bands ever to set foot on a stage.
Highly Recommended


01. Ghost of Graceland
02. Better the Devil You Know
03. Nonstop Madness
04. Ready for the Taking
05. Papertiger
06. Do Your Own Stunts
07. Endangered
08. Gimme One More Night
09. We Own the Night
10. Roar
11. Get You on the Run
12. Conspiracy
13. Skies of Mongolia
14. World of Promises

Robert Ernlund: Lead vocals
Anders Wikström: Guitars, vocals
Pontus Egberg: Bass, vocals
Jamie Borger: Drums
with
Jona Tee: Keyboards


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