Posts Tagged ‘Metal’

Ozzy-album-1600x1600When you think of English Rock, you can’t help but mention these names The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and Ozzy Osbourne. These names are the names of rock icons that will never die and two of them recently collaborated for a new track. It was revealed by Ozzy Osbourne himself that he collaborated with Sir Elton John for a new track which also happens to be the title track to Ozzy’s upcoming studio release Ordinary Man which is due out February 20, 2020 via Epic. Chad Smith, who played drums on the album recently told Fox News, “It’s f–king epic. These two iconic, legendary, English f–king rockers that have been through it all are singing about the end of their lives: ‘I don’t want to die an ordinary man.’ And it’s f–king great!” The song itself is absolutely amazing as Elton John provides piano for this song that accomplishes the feat of sounding like an Ozzy and Elton John song when needed or I could just say it’s sounds like an edgier Elton song. Ozzy talked about securing Slash and Elton for the track saying it, “just came together. … When I was writing ‘Ordinary Man,’ it reminded me of an old Elton song, and I said to Sharon, ‘I wonder if he would sing on it?’ We asked and, lo and behold, he agreed, and sings and play piano on the song.” Do yourselves a favor and just listen to the track below and stay tuned here for more info on the album as it becomes available.

teslaOne of my favorite bands from the 1980’s that was always wrongfully looped into the hair metal genre was Teslaa a rock band from Sacramento and not LA. The band that was made up of Jeff Keith (Vocals), Frank Hannon (Guitars), Tommy Skeoch (Guitars), Brian Wheat (Bass), and Troy Luccketta (Drums) would release their second album The Great Radio Controversy on February 1, 1989 making the album 30 years old this year. The album was the follow up the highly successful debut album Mechanical Resonance and was produced by both Steve Thompson (Guns N Roses) and Michael Barbiero (Cinderella/Metallica) and it had some success of it’s own. The album title itself was named after the controversy over who had invented the radio. It’s is said that Nikola Tesla was the man who invented the radio, but as we all learned in school that it was Guglielmo Marconi who was credited with inventing the radio. While the album featured the typical metal sound associated with Tesla, the album also saw the band sneak in more bluesy elements to it as it peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it was certified double platinum meaning over two million in sales.

max1493513845-back-cover1. Hang Tough– I love the opening bass riff to this track as it kicks off the album as it almost seems that the rest of the band fades in with some amazing guitar work and solos by Tommy in this track that is all about no matter how many bumps you may take, you have to stay and hang tough. 5/5

2. Lady Luck-I love the effect in the beginning almost sounding like a tape malfunction, but the track is also pretty kick ass in this track about someone who sounded like he had it all, but Lady Luck left him and now he’s a loser. 4.7/5

3. Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out)– I love the slide guitar intro by Frank Hannon who is the one that brings the blues influence while Tommy keeps the metal aspect going. This was the first single off the album and one that critics absolutely love. The lyrics sound like someone who was happy achieving fame until women came along and ruined it for him. 5/5

4. Be A Man-Another bluesy metal track from the guys in this track that questions what most guys think what it means to be a man while the band is telling  you it’s not about material things, but by doing right by your family, friends, etc. and much more. 4.5/5

5. Lazy Days, Crazy Nights-This is one trackj that further demonstrates the dynamics of Skeoch and Hannon with one playing clean channel while the other plays fully distorted in this track that is all about how the narrator is trying to do good, but he just loves the lifestyle. 4.5/5

6. Did It For The Money– a kick ass rock track that is all about the desperate things people will do for money with the first verse being about a prostitute, the second verse about a man who is willing to rob for money and the third is their interaction. 4.5/5

tesla-924-2242-3-cd7. Yesterdaze Gone-a wild and crazy track that reminds me of Tie Your Mother Down as far as pace in the beginning, but the track is ultimately about a guy who can’t seem to he get his ex off his mind even though he keeps saying that yesterdays gone. 4.2/5

8. Makin’ Magic-a raunchy guitar riff leads this track that is all about reciprocating because if I make you feel good then return the favor. 4.1/5

9. The Way It Is-One of my favorite Tesla songs that had a video release, but was never released officially as a single. It’s not a ballad, but almost a slower paced track that emulates a lot of southern rock. 5/5

10. Flight To Nowhere– The sounds of a plane start off the track before the band comes in on this track that is about a guy who never wants the party to stop because he is on a mission on the flight to nowhere. I love the mixture of clean and distorted guitars on this track, it showcases how special of a duo they were. 4.3/5

11. Love Song– This is exactly what you think it is and that it’s a ballad and a very successful one for the band. It was a top ten hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Billboard Hot 100’s charts and for good reason. It’s just an amazing song all around. 5/5

12. Paradise– The electric version of this track is great with the mixture of piano and electric guitars, but you should hear the acoustic version of this song on the Five Man Acoustical Jam. That version is just amazing as well as this one is in it’s own right. 5/5

13. Party’s Over-The Last song on the album and the riff kicks ass as Jeff sings about being so over someone that when they try to come back you tell them sorry the party’s over. 4.2/5

My Final Thoughts– These guys were absolutely amazing and should have never been looped in the Hair Metal category because they were clearly better than most of the bands from that genre. The guitar riffs on this album are insane and Tommy Skeoch was very underrated. That is why I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

pedal cup 2020Two years ago instead of doing the pedal to the metal tournament which was emulating the NCAA basketball tournament, I decided to change it and call it the Pedal Cup. For the first year, we did the world cup edition of the competition and that was won by Japan and Babymetal. That year, we tried our best to get as many bands from different countries as we could and while it sometimes can prove difficult to do, we also plan to do the same for the European edition of the Pedal Cup for this year which will coincide with the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. Returning to this year’s tournament are the third and fourth place finishers from the World Cup edition in Portugal and Poland and they will be joined by Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, England, Ukraine, Holland, Austria, Denmark, and so many more celebrating the best in Death Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, and more. So stay tuned here for more info as the bands will be chosen and all of the countries competing will be revealed.

hqdefaultOver the course of the last thirty years or more, we have seen countless celebrities, athletes, and other form of entertainers enter the music world from Eddie Murphy to Shaquille O’Neal, Juliette Lewis, and even the one and only William Shatner. I am one that believes that only a select few can leave their own domain and be successful in one that people are not familiar with. When I say that they are a select few, I truly mean it because the only ones I can think of are Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) and AEW World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho who in 1999 decided to venture into the world of metal with the rhythm section of Stuck Mojo to form Fozzy. Chris Jericho who is the band’s lead singer has described the band which is made up of Rich Ward (Lead Guitar/Keys), Frank “Bud” Fontsere (Drums), Billy Grey (Rhythm Guitar), and Randy Drake (Bass) saying, “If Metallica and Journey had a bastard child, it would be Fozzy.” On October 13, 2017, the band would release their seventh studio album Judas which was the band’s third to chart on the Billboard Top 200 peaking at 147 with the lead single and title track being a minor radio hit.

fozzy-judas-cd_1_9eb7d519040caea3771990d52e2cbc50 (1)1. Judas– The lead single off the album and one of my favorite Fozzy songs ever can also be heard as Chris’s current theme song in AEW. I just love the big bass/guitar slam power chord style mixed with the melodic in this track about someone who can’t help but sell people out. He is addicted to success and will do anything to get it. 5/5

2. Drinkin’ With Jesus– A big time Saliva style Nu Metal track here in this song that is all about someone who is addicted to the excesses of life on the road. 4.5/5

3. Painless– Almost the same style as Judas as far as the sound is concerned in this track that is all about how drugs can make death seem painless. 4.5/5

4. Weight of My World– The track almost has an industrial dance rock feel to it in this track that I think is about whether or not you can handle someone who is destructive and unapologetic about it. 3.5/5

5. Wordsworth Way-a track that while it has some heavy elements to it, they mix the keys along with it in this track that is all about someone that Chris must have lost that he was really close with. 4.5/5

fozzy-judas-cd_1_9eb7d519040caea3771990d52e2cbc506. Burn Me Out-a kind of groove metal track with a little bit of a dance flow to it that is all about living life to the fullest because you don’t want to have any regrets. 4.5/5

7.  Three Days in Jail-a Nu metal track all the way through featuring Hyro The Hero rapping on the song as well in a track about he miseries of being locked up. 4/5

8. Elevator-Kind of a funky track that I honestly think is just a track about getting high. I could be wrong, but judge for yourself. 4/5

9. Running with the Bulls-a cool track that I think is talking about how you have to just keep running forward and not in reverse and just ride with the bulls. 4.5/5

10. Capsized-a track that is all about how when we fail at something, we sort of feel capsized because we usually just give up and never continue moving forward. 4.5/5

11. Wolves at Bay– an in your face metal track that ends the album that is all about no matter what, you can not give up and you have to keep those that always trying to push you down at bay. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was a decent album from Jericho and co., but I can definitely see why it didn’t sell as much as the previous album. My favorite songs are Judas and Wolves At Bay while my least favorite is Weight Of My World. So, I am giving the album 4.36 stars out of five for a final grade.

75602762_10157591626738213_1068101045881667584_oI usually do not like to deal in speculation especially when reporting on News because until it’s proven true then it’s just an opinion. So, I have some speculation news that could be huge for the rock and metal world. Nine hours or so ago, Lizzy Borden posted a picture (to the left of this paragraph) with no caption listing them as the fourth band on a bill that already features Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Poison. The bill is already stacked with some top talent that adding Lizzy Borden to the bill would just be absolutely maniacal and would be sure to conjure up some competition for sure as to who ruled the bill. Then around the same amount of time, the band would post this next picture below asking if their fans would be intrigued to see the show if it actually happened.

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So as far as we know, nothing is set in stone or concrete as to whether this is just wishful thinking on part of Lizzy Borden or if there is any actual truth to this. I have not seen any other rock or metal news sites post anything on this yet, but if I do see anything be sure that we will post the news, but there is one question that remains. Would you want to see Lizzy Borden added to this bill?

kreatorWhen you think of iconic thrash metal bands, you would instantly name the Big Four of Thrash Metal and all of it’s members, but meanwhile in Germany the era of Teutonic Thrash was being born as well called The Big Teutonic Four of Thrash (Sodom, Destruction, Tankard, and Kreator). While all of the bands remain active even to this day, I only know of one releasing a brand new album in 2020 in Sodom, while this week’s Metal Single Of The Week comes from Kreator who are gearing up to release a live album in 2020 entitled London Apocalypticon – Live at the Roundhouse. The band has unleashed a track from the live album and it’s their track Satan Is Real which comes from the band’s previous studio album 2017’s Gods Of Violence. The studio version is fierce and in your face bone crushing metal, but the live track is not far behind as it perfectly catches all of that into a live recording which is amazing. This very London show was the last show on the long trek that featured Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, and Bloodbath. Singer/Lead Guitarist Mike Petrozza said, “Hordes! Welcome to London Apocalypticon’! This is the culmination of a long and epic touring cycle in support of Gods Of Violence’ — over 150 shows, five continents and many amazing memories made! We’re very proud to share this amazing piece of KREATOR history with you; three professionally shot shows, plus professionally mixed and mastered audio; all of which has been meticulously laboured over to produce the best-ever KREATOR live release! But if this is still not enough for you…you can witness the real thing this spring when we embark on the ‘State Of Unrest’ tour with the mighty LAMB OF GOD and POWER TRIP! Respect!” Check out the track below:

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R-3389224-1377464743-7582.jpegI couldn’t believe in all the years that I have been reviewing albums that I never did one on one of my favorite albums from not just the 1980’s, but from the band Ratt. The LA Sunset Strip heavies featuring Stephen Pearcy (Vocals), Warren DeMartini (Lead Guitar), Robbin Crosby (Lead Guitar), Juan Croucier (Bass), and Bobby Blotzer (Drums) would release their second album Invasion Of Your Privacy on June 13, 1985 via Atlantic Records and was produced by Beau Hill (Alice Cooper/Europe). Much like the band’s debut album Out Of The Cellar, the album would peak at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts with two tracks out of the three singles released charting on the Billboard Hot 100 while one single (Lay It Down) charted in the top 20 on the mainstream rock charts. The album which featured Playboy Playmate Marianne Gravatte on the cover and in the video for Lay It Down would go on to sell over 2 million copies certifying it double platinum making it a very successful album for the band and is the last album the band would make that would sell as many copies as it did and this was the last to chart as high as it did. 

ratt-812571-ab1. You’re In Love– The first track on the album that just rips right from the beginning in this song that is all about a girl that’s used to getting what she wants until she meets her match and falls in love with him. 5/5

2. Never Use Love– Another amazing guitar riff starts off this track written by Pearcy that is all about someone who doesn’t want their partner using love as a tool or weapon. 5/5

3. Lay It Down– Ratt’s last top 40 hit is next on the deck and it is absolutely amazing. I think the track is pretty deep in that it’s sung from a women’s perspective as they don’t always know what they want whether it’s to be pleased or be the pleaser. 5/5

4. Give It All– A great song that I think is about escapades with various women while on tour if you ask me. 5/5

5. Closer To My Heart– Much like Wanted Man on the previous record, this one starts with acoustics before Juan takes over with his bass riff before the comes in eventually in this track about being betrayed. 4.5/5

ratt-invasion-of-your-privacy-back6. Between the Eyes– This track could be the sequel to the previous track in where this is about someone who has cheated on you, but still wants to have sex with you. 4.5/5

7. What You Give Is What You Get– The third and final single off the album that was written by Juan Croucier. It has that power chord heavy intro with the guitar solo and the amazing playing from the band throughout in this track whose meaning is in the same vein as my way or the highway and it’s true because what you put in and is exactly what you get. 5/5

8. Got Me on the Line– A great track musically and lyrically. It’s about a guy who thinks that a women on the other line of a sex chat hotline is the real deal. 5/5

9. You Should Know by Now– A deep cut on the record that is all about someone who is going to enjoy life and not miss out on it. 4.5/5

10. Dangerous but Worth the Risk– an amazing deep cut on the record that also happens to be the last track and one of the best guitar tracks too. I think the track is all about the risks the guys take when they go on the road with groupies and drugs. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is one of the greatest albums the band ever did throughout their whole career. Almost every single track on this album is just absolutely amazing and worth listening to. That is why I am giving the album 4.85 stars out of five for a final grade.