Posts Tagged ‘Grace Slick’

sanctuaryI am always looking for new bands to cover, but there is always that unfortunate circumstance when a member of a band passes away and I cover the band’s album as a tribute. Warrel Dane, the lead singer of the bands Sanctuary and Nevermore passed away this morning in Brazil of a heart attack. He was in Brazil recording his second solo album when the incident happened where he was staying. So, I wanted to pay tribute to Warrel Dane by covering an album from the band that introduced me to him in Sanctuary. The album that I chose for you guys is the band’s 1988 debut record Refuge Denied which was produced by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and Paul Lani. You may be asking how in the world did they get Mustaine to produce the album? Apparently, after they recorded a demo, they approached Mustaine who had just performed with Megadeth in their area and they handed it to him. Mustaine was impressed enough with the band that he agreed to produce the album. The album featured Dane, Lenny Rutledge (Guitar), Sean Blosl (Guitar), Jim Sheppard (Bass), and Dave Budbill (Drums). Initially, the album had sold 7,000 copies on Vinyl, but has since sold over 200,000 worldwide.

sanctuary-refuge-denied-1988-japan-back1. Battle Angels– The band launches into overdrive with some chugging riffs right from the get go in a track that has some amazing battle fantasy lyrics. 4/5

2. Termination Force– The track starts off with that typical 80’s thrash melodic sound that is a little eerie with the guitars made to stand out the most before the rest of the band launches in and the song features some cool bass playing from Sheppard. It seems to be a song about rebelling against your government and the need to feel like you have to before it’s too late. 4/5

3. Die For My Sins– This is a kick ass song that has that trash metal sound with the power metal vocals in a track that is about someone who doesn’t have the will to live, but wants you to have fun for him. That is what it seems like anyways to me because I am not picking up a religious tone. 4/5

4. Soldiers of Steel-A track that has that Megadeth/Mercyful Fate to it with some killer guitar work with more of those fantasy inspired lyrics. 4/5

refuge-denied-515ccee9558bb5.  Sanctuary– Every great band has a song named after them right? Well, Iron Maiden did and so does Sanctuary. The track helps kick off side two of the vinyl and it does with this melodic riff that fades in and at first I was worried because of the intro, but the band turns up the tempo and they save the song. 4/5

6. White Rabbit– I wonder how much of an influence Dave was when the band decided to cover this Grace Slick written Jefferson Airplane track. Nonetheless, I have to say that this is a pretty decent cover, it’s better than Megadeth’s cover of These Boots. 4.5/5

7. Ascension To Destiny– This might musically be the best track on the whole record in my opinion. The band is on fire as the duel guitarists get it right on this one and it fits with Dane’s powerful vocals. 5/5

8. The Third War– It’s an all out metal assault on this track which is about, you guessed it, the possibility of World War III which is nuclear war. 4.5/5

9. Veil Of Disguise– I love the clean guitar channel, slow tempo’d track that this is because it just has that evil feel to it. I think lyrically, we are in ancient Egypt maybe just from the nature of the lyrics. Don’t fret because the distortion does come back at some point in the track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a pretty decent debut for the band, but it was their next album that would top this one’s sales. Nevertheless, I love the mixture of thrash with power metal because it was something a little different even though you can hear the Mercyful Fate influence in it. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

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The Stoned AgeThere are films that come out and surprise people as to how amazing of a film they are like Dazed And Confused and then there are films put out by rival studios to try and jump on the competition. I feel like that was the case for today’s Cheeseball Cinema film that I enjoyed as a young teenager when I saw it on the shelf of my local Strawberries (Music Store) called The Stöned Age. All that local California metal heads Joe (Michael Kopelow) and Hubbs (Bradford Tatum) want to do is get drunk, stoned, and get laid, but the problem is where are the chicks and where’s the party at? They hear from a local rat named Tack (Clifton Collins Jr.) that there’s a couple of chicks in the valley from northern California that are visiting, but there’s only a couple of problems. First off, the local bad ass named Crump (Daniel Collins) has gotten out of jail and he spotted them first which means there his and they have to get rid of Tack in order to party with these babes. Will they avoid the obstacles and do what it is they set out to do or will the night end in absolute disaster? The film also stars Renee Allman (Showdown In Little Tokyo) as Lanie, China Katner (Airheads) as Jill, Michael Wiseman (Planet Of The Apes) as Crump’s brother, Kevin Kilner (American Pie 2) as Officer Dean, Art Chudabala (War Of The Worlds) as Mike Dick, David Groh (Victory at Entebbe) as Dad.

Renee Allman

Renee Allman

To say that this film is better than Dazed And Confused must be some kind of joke because the film is clearly not better than Dazed as the poster claims. Hey, if that is what you have to do to get people interested than by all means go for it. Dazed And Confused was a completely different animal than The Stöned Age because it wasn’t only about the kids drinking and trying to find a place to party, but it dived deep into their psyches at the time. This film just follows a couple of metalheads that want to get high and bang chicks, but it does do something. While a lot of metal heads back in the 80’s where stoners and did like to drink, they weren’t all morons like the movie portrays them to be. You can tell that the film was written by someone who truly didn’t know what metal heads were about and that is why your film is here. One of the things they did get right was the casting of Renee Allman who was super sexy in this film and she’s just about the only T&A that you will see in this film. I liked China Katner who is the daughter of Grace Slick and Paul Katner of Jefferson Airplane/Starship fame, but she plays the 70’s hippie chick (so she doesn’t get naked) who hangs with a metal chick if that makes sense. Her character is also very contradictory as she hates the guys, but in the end she makes out with both of them. Overall, the film is OK, it’s not the greatest film ever written, but if you’re a fan of Blue Öyster Cult, Ted Nugent, Montrose, and other 70’s era rock and metal then you definitley like this films soundtrack which is a definite highlight. On a scale of one being close to an a-list Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am giving this film a 2.3 for a final grade.

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