Tuesday, April 27, 2010

LEGACY - Legacy (2010)



The band’s creation began on September 17, 1987, in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Eric Adams, a youth minister, felt called to build and manage a band that could not only rock your face off, but share the love of God while doing so.
With John Rice, Matt Rice, and Matt Reedy already on board, Eric reached out to Fred Blanchard, the younger brother of a friend of his, wondering if he knew of any singers seeking work.
As divine providence would have it, Fred’s band had just broken up that day, so he and Doug Meacham were both available to join.

Undecided on a name, the band fluctuated between Xristas, Threshold, and Cross as they strived to learn the songs and mesh their individual talents into one smooth, all-cylinders-cranking metal machine.
But before they actually played any gigs, Matt Reedy left the fold and Blanchard enlisted his friend John Jenkins as a replacement.
With this infusion of fresh blood also came a new band name: Legacy.

Claiming Columbus, Ohio as their home and citing bands like Stryper, Dokken, and Scorpions as influences, Legacy launched themselves into the live circuit, carrying their baggage of heavy guitars, thunderous rhythms, melodic hooks and layered harmonies.
The band opened for several Christian rock legends, including REZ, Shout, Sacred Warrior, Mylon Lefevre & Broken Heart, and Allies.

Legacy’s star seemed to be on a meteoric rise. They garnered praise wherever they went.
They were featured in CCM Magazine and Heaven’s Metal Magazine.
Their singles appeared on compilations from Pure Metal and Star Song Records.
They were on the brink of being signed by a major Christian label.
But then it all unraveled.
Matt left the band to pursue alternate ministries; Fred departed soon after. Within a year, the band experienced a string of personnel pains, and before a new incarnation could be solidified, grunge steam-rolled onto the scene and the radical shift in the musical winds shattered any chance Legacy might have had at wider success.

The band may someday squeeze a small reunion and possibly even crank out some new music.
Meanwhile, enjoy all their '80s-'90s recordings, re-issued & remastered.


1 - Salvation Is Law
2 - It's Real
3 - Cross The Line
4 - Forever In Your Arms
5 - Don't Run Away
6 - Red, White, And Blue
7 - Change Of A Broken Heart
8 - Comin' Along
9 - Soldiers Unite
10 - One Way Or The Other
11 - Live It
12 - What A World
13 - Model Citizen
14 - Vision Of Perfection

Doug Meacham - Lead Vocals
Fred Blanchard - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
John Jenkins - Drums
John Rice - Bass Guitar
Matt Rice - Lead & Rhythm Guitars


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Thursday, April 15, 2010

KEVIN GILBERT - Performs Toy Matinee Live (2010)



The wait is over; "Kevin Gilbert Performs Toy Matinee Live" is out.
This brilliant performance, beautifully recorded at Los Angeles renowned Roxy on May 1, 1991, was mixed and produced by Kevin and mastered by John Cuniberti (Joe Satriani producer).
The band includes luminaries Marc Bonilla, Spencer Campbell, Toss Panos and Sheryl Crow with a guest appearance by Tim Pierce.

Only released via Kevin's website, this magnificent piece of contemporary rock music shines with the astonishing musical skills of Gilbert (check his keyboard part in 'There Was A Little Boy') and Bonilla's superb performance (one of the most underrated guitar-genius ever) throughout the show.

This CD is a must have for any Toy Matinee or Kevin Gilbert fan and every good music audiophile lover.
Highly Recommended


01 - Last Plane Out
02 - Things She Said
03 - Remember My Name
04 - There Was A Little Boy
05 - Queen Of Misery
06 - Turn It On Salvador
07 - The Ballad Of Jenny Ledge #
08 - Toy Matinee
09 - Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)
10 - We Always Come Home


Kevin M. Gilbert - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Bazuki
Marc Bonilla - Guitars, Background Vocals
Spencer Campbell - Bass, Background Vocals
Anastasios "Toss" Panos - Drums and Percussion
Sheryl Crow - Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tim Pierce - Guitar on # "The Ballad of Jenny Ledge"


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Friday, April 9, 2010

CRASHDIET - Generation Wild [bonus tracks edition] (2010)





After the tragic suicide of original singer Dave Leppard the band bounced back with the unsurprisingly dark "The Unattractive Revolution", an album that gained them many plaudits.

This new album sees them lighten their mood and prove that they are Sweden's premier Melodic Glam/Sleaze band, bar none.



If the Reckless Love album was good (and it is bloody good), then this one beats it hands down.

It's got 13 of the most catchy, irresistible, hard-rockin' songs you are gonna hear this year.

With the departure of singer Oliver Twisted (back to the ranks of Reckless Love) the band have recruited Simon Cruz to the fold and recorded what is, probably, their finest album to date.

Simon has slotted in nicely and sits somewhere between Mike Tramp and original singer Dave Leppard.



If Motley Crue had recorded this album in the eighties it would have been huge. The songs themselves are monstrous!

The likes of "Armageddon", "Generation Wild" and "Down With The Dust" (how White Lion is this one?) are super charged, melodic rock anthems of the highest order.

Their softer side emerges on the likes of "Save Her" and the exquisite "Beautiful Pain" whilst the likes of "Native Nature" and "Chemical" are slices of sleaze that the Crue would be proud of.



If you loved the eighties melodic glam scene, then you'll love this to death.



01 - Intro

02 - Armageddon

03 - So alive

04 - Generation wild

05 - Rebel

06 - Save her

07 - Down with the dust

08 - Native nature

09 - Chemical

10 - Bound to fall

11 - Beautiful pain

12 - One of a kind (bonus track)

13 - Fear control (bonus track)





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Thursday, April 8, 2010

RICK SPRINGFIELD and JEFF SILVERMAN - From The Vault (2010)



‘From The Vault’ is a compilation of songs that Rick Springfield has written and recorded between 1986 and 1999 with veteran producer, engineer, songwriter, and lead-guitar player from his first touring band, Jeff Silverman, that have been digitally remastered giving the audience an entirely new listening experience.

Many of the tracks, such as “Dancin’ on the Edge of the World”, “Right Planet, Wrong World”, “You Write the Book”, “Dream in Colour” and “Religion of the Heart” are previously unreleased songs.
Others such as “Somewhere”, “Monkey”, “Love Receiver” and “My Depression” were later recorded for Springfield’s albums, but have never been heard in these versions.

Rick Springfield fans will be really pleased with this great collection of missing gems.


01 - Dancin' On The Edge Of The World
02 - Right Planet
03 - You Write The Book
04 - Monkey
05 - Love Receiver
06 - Hey Eileen
07 - Dream in Colour (demo)
08 - Woman II
09 - Religion of the Heart
10 - Why Don't You Dance
11 - Somewhere
12 - My Depression
13 - In Veronica's Head


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Monday, April 5, 2010

DANGER ANGEL - Danger Angel (2010)



Danger Angel is a solid radio friendly debut album by a talented sextet hailing from Athens, Greece. If melodic rock is your thing then this 13-track album will not disappoint.

Lead singer Jimmy Cage has an interesting voice, almost a cross between Lizzy Borden and Axl Rose. He has good range and uses it well whether just singing or hitting a high falsetto scream.
Guitars are provided by the spirited duo of Ethan Chionos and Spiros Foussekis. Always flashy and melodic, these two make a fine team and can dish out riffs that match the tone and style of the song.
The bottom end of drummer Antonis Venieris and bassist Rudy Rallis complement the guitars well. Both are very capable musicians and make aural contributions to every song.
The standout musician on the album really seems to be keyboard player George “AHAS” Lignos. He seems to have the knack for injecting just the right amount of keys into just the right locations, whether the song calls for the keys to be subtle or in-your-face, and somehow manages not to dominate the music.

The band is very proud and honored to include legendary singer Jeff Scott Soto contribution, the man lends his superb voice for one track on the album, “Never Let You Go” and the Danger Angel band sounds as tight as TALISMAN or TAKARA.

The CD opens with “Com’ On Rock Me,” a true arena rocker that sets the tone for the rest of the disc. “Runaway Angel” features some amazing guitar work and has a very catchy chorus, while “Poison Dreams” gives the drums and bass a chance to shine.
“I’ll Be There For You” is the required power ballad, this track showcasing Lignos’s fine keyboards and heartfelt guitar solos.
“Rebel Son” allows Cage to sing falsetto through most, and is full of DOKKEN-style guitar work.

“Never Let You Go” with JSS on vocals is an upbeat rocker that would fit in perfectly on any of the old Takara albums.
“Hangover” is driven by the drums and bass, but features a great, almost honky-tonk piano riff, while “Together Forever” and “The Rain” have a real Euro-pop-metal groove to them.
Guest vocalist Peggy Zarou sings an amazing duet with Jimmy Cage on the ballad “Till The End Of Time,” while “Until The Morning Light” is a gritty modern metal track that is driven by the keyboards and rhythm section.
“9202” is a great keyboard instrumental that leads into the final mellow arena rocker, “Burning Hearts”

The production and engineering are very good, and the band presents itself with polish and maturity. All of the instruments are clean, clear and well balanced, the vocals are crisp and understandable.
All in all, Danger Angel is a fine melodic rock album that brings back memories of BON JOVI’s first album, albeit with a modern sound. Always melodic and never offensive, Danger Angel channels the innocent and fun loving spirit of the party rock bands of the early ’80s with a fresh and updated sound.
Big guitars, big vocals, big choruses and solid, pleasant songwriting make this a treat for the ears.
If you were a hair metal fan back in the day you will certainly enjoy this album.


01 – Com’ On Rock Me
02 – Runaway Angel
03 – Poison Dreams
04 – I’ll Be There For You
05 – Rebel Son
06 – Never Let You Go (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
07 – Hangover
08 – Together Forever
09 – The Rain
10 – Till The End Of Time (duet with Peggy Zarou)
11 – Until The Morning Light
12 – 9202
13 – Burning Hearts

Jimmy 'M.T.' Cage: vocals
Ethan Chionos: Guitars
Spiros Foussekis: Guitars
Antonis Venieris: Drums
Rudy Rallis: Bass
George 'AHAS' Lignos: Keys

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