Thursday, April 17, 2014

Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time

I guess when you make five great albums in a row it's tough to live up to, but this album rocks like crazy!

Kiss - Creatures Of The Night

The last Kiss make up album. Huge production. Possibly the biggest sounding metal album of the early 80's.
     Paul gives some inspired vocal performances on this record.
     Huge, huge drum sounds.
     Kiss craziness here with the album cover featuring Ace Frehley who doesn't even play on the album. They say Vinnie Vincent probably play guitar on 70% of the album. Later in 1985 when the album was re issued Bruce Kulick is on the cover with the band, but he didn't play on the album either! No less than seven guitar players participated during the recording of the album although they all may not have made the final cut for the album.
     Eric Carr plays bass on I Still Love You?! Plus a couple other guys play bass on here, other than Gene.
     Several co-writers were involved. It took an army of people behind the scenes both credited and un-credited but this undoubtedly is the heaviest Kiss record.
     Overall this album just has a heavy plodding sound/feel.

Kiss - Kiss

The second best Kiss studio album.

There's 10 songs on here. Six of them are all time rock classics. Two of them are good enough, but work well enough with the rest of the album. Kissin Time is a stinker, that the record company had them do, and Love Theme From Kiss is for sure filler that should have never been included. It's the kind of thing that turns up as a bonus track when albums are re released 30 years later, and then you say to yourself, "Oh, I see why that didn't make the album.".

Kiss - Hotter Than Hell

The best Kiss studio album.

Saxon - The Power And The Glory

If Iron Maiden had a more of a Kiss AC/DC mentality.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Shrine - Bless Off

Angry controlled high energy rock.

3rd Ear Expeience - Boi

Psychedelic pop space rock freak out spacey rockin. Similar to Monster Magnet, but not so drugged out. Also an early Pink Floyd thing going on here. Lots of spacey trippiness. Almost a post rock thing but not so boring, also some cool rhythms.

Hopelorn - From Withered Branches

This is slick and tight Black Metal. Slow parts then fast parts. Start over again.

Witchgrave - Witchgrave

Retro NWOBHM with gruff vocals. Killer old school satanic metal. Venom meets Judas Priest.

Phantom - Incendiary Serum

Black Metal with slower somber parts here and there.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

Reminds me of David Bowie. I haven't paid any attention to Queens Of The Stone Age since their first couple albums. This is not Stoner rock and one of the better albums released in 2013. I wasn't convinced upon my first listens but this is a grower.

Clutch - Earth Rocker

Jack Black doing Dave Wyndorf. Jamming with Rage Against The Machine. Party rock Frat Style.

Kurballah - Kurballah

Raw Black Metal.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Unvarnished

70's/80's pop rock. Stale. Handclaps. Just get the record with "I Love Rock and Roll".  Lyrics here seem a bit more introspective/personal than just mindless pop/rock anthems, but not a lot. The lyrics are the only thing that makes this unique. Musically it's generic.

The Freeks - Full On

High energy garagey stoner rock. Similar to Fu Manchu/Nebula/Monster Magnet.

Ape Skull - Ape Skull

Sounding like late 60's ish, like a band from about 1968 inspired by Hendrix,Cream ect... slightly funky sometimes. Songs sound like an obscure album lost to time except the production is pretty good relatively speaking.

Black Rainbows - Holy Moon

Stoner rock with a spacey theme. Sparce vocals, cool vibe. Fans of the generic should enjoy this. A lot of guitar jam out in the vein of Earthless.

Sykopath Condor - Sykopath Condor

For fans of Kyuss and Pearl Jam and a bit of Southern Rock vibe in the vocals. Similar to Dave Wyndorf sometimes.

Queensryche - Queensryche

Sounds similar to Operation Mindcrime. I don't know what any of their stuff has sounded like since then. It might all sound like Operation Mindcrime. I haven't been a Queensryche fan since the first ep. This sounds inspirational! New singer sounds like Geoff tate with a cold and never going for the highs of course. I'm kinda surprised this doesn't totally suck.

Metal Church - Generation Nothing

Monotonous mid tempo 80's Metal/Thrash. Sounds likeit might ba aimed towards radio play. Nothing extreme with a catchy riff here and there. This is bland and uninspired.

Fanghole - For Pharaoh

Stoner rockish anxious mysterious post rockish simplified. "Regular" productionish, 90's AmRepish.

Brutus - Behind The Mountains

Bouncy early Black Sabbath vibe. These guys make it their own. Heavy blues rock.