Sunday, February 28, 2010

Entombed - Wolverine Blues

Monster riffs. Monster grooves. Monster Awesome!

Tummler - Early Man

Post Kyuss,post Grunge super thick hard rock. Sound like 70's Aerosmith playing underwater.

Black Pyramid - Black Pyramid

More than just Black Sabbath on steroids. If you like Sleep you will like this. The vocals sometimes remind me of the guy from Slough Feg.
-I'm hearing some Yob in there too. Good stuff.

Karp - Suplex

Punk rock attitude, dirty, heavy noisey rock. I find the vocals to be annoying at least half of the time. There's a Melvins cover on here but they put their own lyrics on and call it a Karp song.

The Obsessed - Incarnate

A Wino band. Soulful plodding retro-ish metal.

Melvins - The Crybaby

An eclectic bunch of covers with a different vocalist on each song.

Karp - Action Chemistry

A collection of singles, comp tracks, and covers all recorded in the 90's. Spastic punk rock that brings the noise and the heavy. Probably the best stuff from Karp.

Broken Hope - Loathing

Cookie Monster vocals but I like it anyway. It's got riffs and breakdowns you just can't ignore. Metal beatdown!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Thunder And Roses - King Of The Black Sunrise

Blue Cheer meets Cream.

Aerosmith - Rock In A Hard Place

Almost non descript. Sounds like Aerosmith, but not as bad as they would go on to become.

-I put this on while working on the house. Still sounds like Aerosmith, If I wasn't doing other things I probably would have turned it off. At least half of this sounds like generic Aerosmith filler. It like these should all be bonus tracks on the re-release of the album that came before or after that...whatever those were.

Dokken - Breaking The Chains

Dokkens' vocals sound more like Vince Neil on this, the first Dokken album. Sounds like they had already figured out what they wanted to do. They get a lot better at doing it on the next couple albums. This one starts out strong but starts sinking pretty fast.

Megadeth - Rust In Peace

This is supposed to be Megadeths' crowning achievement. Personally I prefer groove over all this technical wanking. I'd rather listen to Peace Sells when it comes to Megadeth, but I'm not really much of a fan. This sounds too much like a machine, not even fun.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Montrose - Rock The Nation

Good time party rock! The only thing that compares to this is the first Van Halen album. This record predates that by about five years. Maybe Ted Nugent was doing this kind of thing...yeah this sounds like Nugent too. This is an awesome must have for fans of the Rock!

The Knack - Get The Knack

The Beatles and The Cars have a dinner party on Cheap Tricks' ass. Super catchy sweet and not so innocent power pop songs.

One of my favorite albums ever.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Aerosmith - Rocks

The best Aerosmith album and one of the best rock albums of the 70's.

Fun Facts: Looks like they sold about three and a half million more copies of this since I got it.

Aerosmith - Draw The Line

Good rockin' album. On side two they start to lose the aggresivness and harder rockin that side one has. Still a solid rockin' album. Things are probably starting to drop off right here for Aerosmith. Not as good as ones that came before it, but still solid. Kings And Queens is probably my favorite Aerosmith song and it comes from this album.

Fun Facts: Joe Perry calls this the "Blackout Album" because he and Steven Tyler were so wasted during the time they recorded this that they would frequently blackout.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Aerosmith - Night In The Ruts

When Night In The Ruts came out I didn't care for it so much. It wasn't as good as the ones that came before it. I'm listening to it right now and surprisingly I'm diggin' it. Doesn't sound much different than Rocks, or Draw The Line. It doesn't rock as hard as those though. Classic Aerosmith. I'm pretty sure it's all downhill for Aerosmith after this.

Dokken - Tooth And Nail

L.A. Metal six years after the first Van Halen album. Produced by Tom Werman. This is the last time Dokken would have any grit to them. They still have the the power ballads, but they still almost seem like legit metal here. They just go on to get more and more polished and watered down after this.

Dokken - Under Lock And Key

Some of the best pop metal from the 80's. Don Dokken is a whimpy guy singer, I guess that's why the girls like him. Not too much screaming, except there is a lot of screaming coming from the guitar. George Lynch is a virtuoso guitar guy. His stuff his all pretty tasteful and this album. Some ballads and some smokin' rockers. The songs are all pretty solid. Do the girls like Don Dokken? I doubt it. I'm sure girls liked the band Dokken though, this album went Platinum. Because it's cheese metal.

Kiss - The Elder

The Wall this is not. Spinal Tap made a concept album and it's called The Elder. A deaf dumb and blind boy may enjoy this record.

"You're a child in a sun dress
Looking at a rainy sky"

Just like Dynasty and Unmasked, if this wasn't a KISS album it probably would be appreciated a bit more. I don't hate this's...interesting.

"Most of the participants in the album's recording admit that it was a major misstep for Kiss. Ezrin, despite what was his recent success with the even more ambitious The Wall, admitted that his judgments concerning Music from "The Elder" were clouded due in large part to a cocaine addiction at the time. Stanley and Simmons admit that they were "delusional" concerning the project, while Frehley has stated that he felt that it wasn't a good idea to begin with." - Wikipedia

Kiss - Unmasked

Relatively speaking this is not so bad pop rock. I bought this when it was new and I was a youngster. I pretty much thought it didn't stand up to their earlier stuff, and it doesn't, but compared to the stuff that came after this... it's not too bad. The songs are mostly kinda catchy. I think they're leaning more towards bands like Devo, Blondie,The Knack...really lightweight stuff, but bigger. By this time I had moved on to Van Halen, AC/DC, Judas Priest ect. A couple songs are dangerously close to reminding me of Disco. Some of the styles of guitar playing on here doesn't sound like Kiss at all...and it's probably not.

Paul gets to sing one of the best couple lines.
"I feel you deep inside of me,
Beating up against my heart"

I think this album works as a whole. I try not to dissect it song by song. I think the weaker songs help to carry the thing along overall I think it's a fun album.

From what I understand, they all hated Peters solo album, but to keep Peter happy they brought in Vini Poncia, who produced Peter's solo album to produce Dynasty. By the time they get to Unmasked Peter is out of the picture, but they still bring in Poncia not only to produce, but co-write eight of the songs on here. I'm guessing since Dynasty went platinum they didn't want to mess with things too much. Poncia co-wrote I Was Made For Love You and Sure Know Something, so I suppose it was a good move. Poncia also co-wrote I Was Made For Dancing with Leo Sayer, so bring this guy on board wouldn't be a move towards their rock roots.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Kiss - Animalize

"I wanna put my log in your fireplace"

I think that pretty much sums it up.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just so you know,

The Who rules and I love Cheap Trick.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Jerry Lee Lewis - Live At The Star Club Hamburg

Super high energy piano rock and roll. A great great live performance. Great recording. Should be required listening for any fan of rock and roll. I think Jerry is amped up on something stronger than coffee.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Rolling Stones - Aftermath

Good good stuff. This is when they started writing their own songs. Killer dis-satisfied biting lyrics. The first great Stones album.

Steamhammer - Reflections

Killer blues rock + psychedelic smokin' guitar.