Posts Tagged ‘Rock’

220px-Alice_Cooper_ParanormalSometimes choosing the very next Rock video of the week can be as easy as 1-2-3, but then there are those times when it’s not. This week’s choice for rock video of thew week was not one of those difficult situations because it’s from the original king of shock rock Alice Cooper. After releasing his 27TH studio album Paranormal back in July of 2017, he has been supporting the record and just to let you know it’s one of the first records in a very long time to feature former Alice Cooper Band members like Dennis Dunaway as well as other special guests. Well to keep us entertained through the holidays, Alice has just released a video for the track The Sound Of A and we have it for you right here. The track was originally written by Alice before he even joined the band in 1967. It had been lost in the netherworld until Dennis brought the track to Alice’s attention and that is how it ended up on the record. The video is as eerie as the track as you see different people as they don the iconic make up of Alice Cooper throughout the video. Check out the video below and be on the lookout for the vinly 10″ release of the track in February.

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Myles-Kennedy-Year-of-the-TigerWhether he is performing with Mayfield Four, Slash or Alter Bridge, there is no denying the talent that Myles Kennedy possess. He is definitely one of today’s best voices in the rock genre and now he is about to take a huge step towards the future as he gets ready to release his first solo album Year Of The Tiger which is due out March 8TH via Napalm Records. Myles has been kind enough to release a music video to hold us over until then for the title track. The video itself is very reflective on the past while also looking at the present. The video contains clips of Kennedy from the past while showing clips of a child who breaks off from his father to learn and play the guitar in order to go down the same journey as Kennedy. The song itself is amazing as Kennedy shows us a little more of his influences with some acoustic vibes and some banjo thrown in there for fun. If you would to pre-order a physical copy of the record, you can do so by clicking here. I am a huge vinyl collector and there is some pretty cool vinyl options available. Otherwise, check out the video below:

dAs promised we not only have our rock video of the week for you guys, but we also have the second animated video for all of you. One of the most interesting bands to come out of the early 2000’s was the always colorful 70’s British rock-esque The Darkness. After a hiatus that lasted nearly seven years, the band returned in 2012 with the power packed album Hot Cakes before following that up with 2015’s Last Of Our Kind. This past October, the band released their fifth studio album Pinewood Smile which featured hits like All The Pretty Girls, Solid Gold, and even Southern Trains. Well now the band has another track that they would love to share with us and it’s called Happiness. The video was directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio and it takes Justin Hawkins and the band on a wild journey filled with beaches, mermaids, and even getting swallowed by a big creature all while trying to find love. Hawkins talked about the track saying, “Happiness’ is about seeing only the golden sand and overlooking the broken glass. Hearing the waves crash and filtering out the grotesque cries of mating gulls. Smelling the distant odor of fresh chips and ignoring the stench of nearby dog shit. Happiness is a choice. Choose The Darkness.” Well, that is something I can buy into so check out the video below:

510h-bQIqELEvery once in a while, we love to cover classic albums from classic bands as we have in the past like when we covered an album from Sweet or even Led Zeppelin. For this week’s album of the week, we are looking an artist that was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. The band that I am talking about is the legendary English act Electric Light Orchestra which was made up of Jeff Lynne (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Bev Bevan (Drums), Richard Tandy (Piano/Keys/Guitar), Kelly Groucutt (Bass), Mik Kaminski (Violin), Hugh McDowell and Melvyn Gale (Cello). They were a band that was known for mixing a Beatlesque sound mixed with Futuristic/Sci-Fi themes, and even throwing in some classical arrangements. In September of 1975, the band would release their fifth studio album Face The Music which marked the first time that Groucutt and Gale were in the band as they replaced Mike de Albuquerque  and Mike Edwards. The album peaked at number 13 on CashBox, number 8 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, Number 11 on the Billboard Year End Charts for 1976 as well as being certified Gold.

electric-light-orchestra-acb-246-ab1. Fire On High– Is an opening instrumental track for the album that just displays the band’s talent. It also features some backwards masking done on purpose that you can hear Bev Bevan saying, “The music is reversible, but time is not. Turn back, turn back, turn back, turn back.” 5/5

2. Waterfall– a great track that is all about those who don’t understand love if they are not in a relationship. Almost like the concept of love is an illusion. 5/5

3. Evil Woman– One of my favorite tracks from ELO with that cool guitar riff that comes in after they say Evil Woman in a track that is all about how evil women can be. 5/5

4. Nightrider– A very cool track from the band that failed to chart for the band at the time. The string crescendo section of this track was used in previous track Evil Woman, but just put in backwards. The title of the track is a tip of the hat of sorts to Jeff Lynne’s previous band The Nightriders. 4.5/5

Electric_Light_Orchestra-Face_The_Music-Trasera5. Poker– A cool rock track from the band that I hate to believe is about the game of Poker and all the madness that can ensue, but I believe it is. This track kicks off side B of the album. This is also the first track on the album that features Groucutt on lead vocals. 4.5/5

6. Strange Magic-A very cool track that features Tandy providing the weeping guitar lick that is the signature of the track. The track has that Beatles pop sound to it while mixing the classic arrangement side of ELO. 5/5

7. Down Home Town-A cool laid back track from the guys which is also the other track that features vocals from Groucutt. The track also features the chorus of Waterfall played backwards in the beginning of it. 4.5/5

8. One Summer Dream– An orchestral arrangement opens the very last track on the record before Lynne comes in with his guitar track. Another Beatlesque track from the group. Jeff Lynne once said that was an anti-war song in the liner notes to 2006 reissue of the album. It’s a very beautiful track and a cool way to end the album. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a good album to start off with if you want to get to know the genius of Jeff Lynne and ELO. The fact that Jeff Lynne was genius enough to include orchestral arrangements is mind boggling and these guys definitely deserved to be in the R&R Hall Of Fame. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

aI want to remind everyone that the Grammy’s do not make a band legitimate or not even though they have tried cleaning up mistake after mistake. The Grammy’s tend to drop the ball when the nods come in for Best rock song, etc. In past years, we have seen the committee get lazy and pick only bands that had been around for decades with cover songs as the songs they have chosen for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental to Jethro Tull instead of Metallica. One of the biggest embarrassments for the academy was the 1989 awarding of Best Metal Performance We have also seen them drop the ball as far as what deserves to be considered for Best Rock Album, but all of that has changed with this years nominees. This year, it seems like things have gotten better with the academy and that they actually woke up. Bands like August Burns Red, Body Count, Code Orange, Mastodon, and Meshuggah were nominated for Best Metal Performance. Metallica received two nods at the show as they were nominated for Best Best Rock Album (Hardwired… To Self Destruct) and Best Rock Song (Atlas, Rise!). Other bands that received multiple nods were Nothing More (Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Performance), Mastodon (Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Album),  and the Foo Fighters (Best Rock Song, Performance). This could be a sign of things to come, but then again this is the academy we are talking about here. The award show airs live on January 28, 2018 on CBS and check out the nods below:

Best Metal Performance
August Burns Red – Invisible Enemy
Body Count – Black Hoodie
Code Orange – Forever
Mastodon – Sultan’s Curse
Meshuggah – Clockworks

Best Rock Album:
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Best Rock Song:
Metallica – Atlas, Rise!
K.Flay – Blood in the Cut
Nothing More – Go to War
Foo Fighters – Run
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Best Rock Performance:
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Chris Cornell – The Promise
Foo Fighters – Run
Kaelo – No Good
Nothing More – Go To War

kyle gassWe decided that we are going to be changing some things up here on the blog and one of the changes that we are doing is that instead of having two Music Videos of The Week, we will have one dedicated to each genre (still searchable by clicking the music video of the week tab). So, with that being said, we have our Rock Video Of The Week for all of you and it comes to us from Michigan’s own I Prevail. The band released their debut album Lifelines last year which features many amazing tracks from Scars all the way to Stuck In Your Head. The band who is still touring in support of the record decided that they wanted to release a video for the track Already Dead which is our featured Music Video this week. The video is special in a way because it features Tenacious D member Kyle Gass who logs into his computer to see the band performing on a chat of sorts. He begins by mocking everything the band does before he breaks out the big guns in Voodoo dolls. It’s a very fun music video and a cool experience for the band. Guitarist Steve Menoian explains, “We wanted to make a video for “Already Dead” because it gets a great reaction live and is so much fun to play. When Kyle Gass agreed to collaborate with us, it became a bucket list dream come true.” Check out the video below and make sure to check out the band live.

Zakk Wylde may be one of the greatest guitarists in metal history and it may go down like that when it is all said and done. While touring with his Black Sabbath cover band Zakk Sabbath in 2017, the year has been a busy one for him. He has gotten back with the man that brought him into the business in Ozzy Osbourne and now he has a brand new album that he is bracing to release in 2018 entitled Grimmest Hits. he has decided to give us an early Christmas present when he unleashed the track All That Once Shined for all of us to listen to. When you check out the track, you can tell that Zakk is boasting his love for Black Sabbath and the doom metal genre that the legends started. The track is absolutely laced with it and it kicks ass. I also love the way Zakk is singing now a days because it sounds like a combo of Ozzy and Alice In Chains. You should definitely give this track a listen and prepare for the album as they get ready to release it on January 19, 2018. You can pre-order the album by going here or get the digital version here. Check it out below: