Posts Tagged ‘Rock’

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.

I had been searching for weeks to find a way to pay tribute to Marie Fredriksson, the late singer of Swedish Pop Rock group Roxette who recently passed away after a long battle with Brain Cancer (December 9TH). Then as I was cruising Youtube looking for something to check out, I came across a rock band from Nebraska named Through Fire that covered the Roxette classic Listen To Your Heart for their recent release All Animal which was released via Sumerian Records and is this week’s Cover Of The Week. One of the things I was most impressed with when listening to this track besides the music was the vocals of Grant Joshua Kendrick who is able to go a little low vocally during the verses and then his ability to go a little higher during the choruses. It’s an amazing cover and I have provided the music video for you guys which is primarily a performance based music video. You can also catch the band live as they tour the country in 2020 with Fozzy and Royal Bliss so check out the tour dates here.

Collaborations are a thing in music that has been happening for a very long time like that time when Roy Harper came in and sang Have A Cigar on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album in 1975, but in the late 90’s collaborations started to become more of a thing. Limp Bizkit was one of the hugest bands at one point in their careers and no time was bigger than the time they released their third record Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. The album also featured the groups second collaboration with the late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland who first appeared on the previous release Significant Other (Nobody Like You). The track called Hold On is this week’s Collaboration of the Week as we celebrate and remember the late frontman who passed away December 3, 2014. The song is very melodic and features a slower tempo than previous songs on the album and it helps set the mood for Weiland’s beautiful vocals on the first verse while Fred Durst takes the second verse. Limp Bizkit was recently announced to be headlining 2020’s edition of the Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival in Mansfield, Ohio. So check that out and check out the collaboration below:

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.

underOzzy Osbourne will forever go down as one of the greatest of all time in the rock and heavy metal genre for everything he has contributed to it whether through Black Sabbath or as a solo artist. Back in early November, we debuted the first single Ozzy released in almost ten years with Under The Graveyard, the first single off of Ozzy’s upcoming twelfth album Ordinary Man that was co-written and produced by Andrew Watt who also plays guitar on the album along with Guns N Roses Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers Chad Smith. The song itself is very visceral and very telling of dark times in Ozzy’s life and it’s only fitting to capture that for a music video which is what Lords Of Chaos director Jonas Åkerlund did as he developed a mini movie for the track. The video itself takes us all the way back to 1979, a truly dark time in Ozzy’s (played by Jack Kilmer) life when he was booted out of Sabbath and living in LA, but it’s not ultimately a sad tale as their is light at the end of the tunnel. The video also documents how Sharon (played by Jessica Barden) comes to Ozzy’s rescue which ultimately led to them getting married. It truly is an excellent video and a front runner for Music Video Of The Year. So check it out below and look out for the new album due in early 2020.

80456739_10157568836934597_6044723112530935808_nWhen Chester Bennington passed away in July of 2017, he left a huge hole behind in the hard rock scene. The well respected vocalist and lyricist was looked up to by a lot of people in the scene and by a lot of young bands. Eyes Set To Kill, the post hardcore/metalcore act from Phoenix, Arizona where Linkin Park originated from was one of those bands which is why they have decided to pay tribute to Chester by covering Points Of Authority which is off of the bands gigantic debut album Hybrid Theory. The band takes the Nu Metal classic they knock it right out of the park as the track features Philly rapper Whitney Peyton who takes care of Mike Shinoda’s lines even mixing in some of the Jay Z collaboration in there for good measure. One of the things that I have to say about the track as well is that I loved Alexia Rodriguez’s vocals on the track as she does an amazing job channeling the way Chester delivered the vocals, but also doing a great job making it her own. Check out the amazing cover below and check out Eyes Set To Kill on Facebook for more info.

Collaborations are a thing in music that has been happening for a very long time like that time when Roy Harper came in and sang Have A Cigar on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album in 1975, but in the late 90’s collaborations started to become more of a thing. One of my favorite bands that got looped into the whole Nu Metal scene was the  Industrial Rock band Orgy all because they were signed to Jonathan Davis of Korn’s new label Elementree Records. In fact if you look at some of the releases from the label, Jonathan made an appearance somehow, but I definitely do not have a problem with that at all. In fact, I am here to celebrate that by naming Revival which comes off Orgy’s debut album Candyass as this week’s Collaboration of the Week. Orgy was a band that was anything, but Nu-Metal with their industrial rock sound that was taking over the scene with bands like Dope and many more. The track is power chord heavy in guitars while having that industrial feel to it as Jay Gordon carries the song vocally before Jonathan Davis comes in during the chorus (the only time he appears is in the chorus) and Davis is also a co-writer of the track. Check out the track below: