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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?

bvbHopefully all of you celebrated safely what you were most thankful for on Thanksgiving, but as chaotic as Black Friday is there was one band that was willing to make it exciting. Questions were up in there as to the future of Black Veil Brides as far as who was going to replace Ashley Purdy on bass for the band and they answered that by announcing that Lonny Eagleton, who was the bassist for Andy Biersack’s solo band Andy Black would be the replacement. Now with Eagleton in the fold, the band decided to unveil their latest ep, The Night EP, in what the band is calling as part of a series of duologoies where they will release EP’s instead of full albums (I can only assume) and it is the first release from the band on their new label Sumerian Records. In an interview witrh Alt. Press Biersack told them, “With the feeling of nostalgia on this one, going back into the time when we were doing the rerecord [of We Stitch These Wounds]. The idea was to add two songs that felt very much like the band that we were in the past and maybe strayed away from [and] return to that form. Quite honestly, when you’ve been a band as long as we have and put out five full-length records, EPs and everything else, you want to do new stuff. I think this is a model that we’re really excited about, and moving forward, it’s a sustainable model that we can do, something that allows us to write songs together and release music, do music videos and artwork, bring it to people and say, ‘This is the new thing.’ And then half a year later, there’s another new thing.” The track I chose for the Rock Single Of The Week is the Avenged Sevenfold tinged Vengeance which is the better of the two tracks in my opinion. Check out the video below for the track and be on the lookout for more music from Black Veil Brides as it comes.

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.

outlawsWe only did one of these Collaboration Of The Week posts before and with a new song on the horizon, I figured this was a good time to bring it back. Now, I am not usually a fan of country music. but I have enjoyed some outlaw country rock and just about any kind of country that mixes rock music with it. This week, I am presenting to you brand new music from country artist Cory Marks who collaborated with country legend Travis Tritt, Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody (whose no stranger to country, check out FFDP’s cover of Blue On Black), and Motley Crue’s Mick Mars for Outlaws & Outsiders. It might sound like the strangest collaboration for a country artist or even the other guys involved, but when you listen to it, it just makes sense. It has the foot stomping country twang to it during the verses and the louder than hell rock sound attached to it that just blends so perfectly to create some modern day Southern Rock. Five Finger Death Punch is apparently working on new music while Mick Mars is going to be a busy man with the Motley Crue reunion and his solo album that he says he will not release until he is satisfied with it. While you wait for those, check out Outlaws & Outsiders below:

ozzy straight to hell2019 looked like a very gloomy year for the prince of darkness Ozzy Osbourne, but the last couple of weeks and months have been quite eventful for him. From his collaboration with Post Malone to the announcement of a solo album and brand new single in nearly ten years. I think it’s safe to say that Ozzy has finished 2019 on a strong note and just to let you know he also appears on stage for the first time I believe in a year when he joins Post Malone on stage at The American Music Awards this Sunday night. Today was another huge day for music releases as we get a couple of interesting covers from Marilyn Manson and Evanescence, but we also get a brand new track from Ozzy in Straight To Hell which will appear on his upcoming solo release Ordinary Man due out sometime early 2020. The special thing about the track is not only does it feature Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses, but Slash makes an appearance on the track as well and I believe this is only the 3rd time they have worked together. The track is definitely different than the previous single Under The Graveyard in where it is a more straightforward rock track sounding closer to bands like Clutch and High On Fire (musically that is). Check out the new single Straight To Hell and be on the lookout for the new album.

time bomb singleAt one time there was no one bigger in bringing back an element of Nu Metal than Hollywood’s own Hollywood Undead. Through all the band member changes and losses, the group is still here and they are looking to end 2019 in style as they gear up for the release of their sixth studio album New Empire, Vol. 1 on February 14, 2020 through their new label Dove & Grenade. The band has already unleashed the track Already Dead and now they are releasing their latest single Time Bomb which also happens to kick the album off. The group definitely grows in the new single, but it features that same kind of intensity that the band is known for which is nice to see that they haven’t lost that.Johnny 3 Tears talked about the album saying, “This album is our attempt at reimagining Hollywood Undead, not just a new sound for this release, but a new sound for the band altogether. Our goal from the outset was to make music that stands alone from our other albums, yet seamlessly fits with what we’ve made before. Building upon the old to create a new sound and a New Empire.” If you would like to pre-order the album, you can do so by clicking here. Otherwise, check out Time Bomb below:

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Track Listing For New Empire, Vol. 1

1. Time Bomb
2. Heart of a Champion
3. Already Dead
4. Empire
5. Killin’ It
6. Enemy
7. Upside Down
8. Second Chances
9. Nightmare

ozzy under the grave yardIt has been ten long years since the last time we had a single from the Prince Of Darkness, the Godfather of Metal himself Ozzy Osbourne. In 2010, he had released the album Scream with Guitarist Gus G and the album’s success was short lived. Fast forward ten years later and Ozzy has already recorded an album with Black Sabbath (13), did a farewell tour with them, and recorded a single with Rap artist Post Malone (Take What You Want). Ozzy has also had some downs to go with he ups as he had to cancel the rest of his farewell tour in 2018 due to some complications to pneumonia that sidelined the legend, but it was the recording with Post Malone that gave Ozzy hope again as he had a blast working with Post’s produce Andrew Watt. He had so much fun with Andrew Watt that he decided to record a solo album with him playing guitar and rounding out the band was Duff McKagan (GNR) on Bass and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. There are reports that are saying that even Ozzy is calling this new album the best work he has ever done and when you listen to Under The Graveyard (This week’s rock single of the week) which is the latest single, you are hopeful for the rest of the album. Ozzy himself sounds absolutely amazing on the track that isn’t your prototypical ozzy song. There is a lot of alt-rock influence in it and you can hear the inspiration for Post Malone’s track in this one. My only problem with the song is the initial guitar solo which is way too fuzzy for my liking, but we’ll see how Zakk Wylde (who had nothing to do with the album) interprets it live. Check out the single below:

blue-oyster-cult_agents_bIf you were to take the time to look on any Halloween playlist that is out there that involves having classic rock on it then I guarantee you will at least find one song by American Hard Rock/Occult Rock band Blue Öyster Cult. The band which was made up of Eric Bloom (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Allen Lanier (Keyboards/Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Joe Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), and Albert Bouchard (Drums/Vocals) were known for mixing elements of the occult and horror into their music which is why I decided to cover their fourth studio album Agents Of Fortune as this week’s album of the week. It was a unique album for the band as it was the last album to feature every member having vocal duties on some of the tracks, the only album to not feature writing credits from Eric Bloom, and thanks to one lead single, this album made them a huge concert draw as well. The platinum selling album would peak at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, 28 in Canada, and 26 in the UK. Kerrang! Magazine voted the album 62 on their The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time list while Q magazine said it was one of “The Greatest Classic Rock Albums Ever!”

blue-oyster-cult-agent-of-fortune-2-cd1. This Ain’t the Summer of Love– a monster opener that is all about how the promoters were exposed for being frauds with their Summer Of Love campaigns. 4.5/5

2. True Confessions-a piano driven bluesy rock track that is all about love in the 70’s in the eyes of someone who lived it then. 4/5

3. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper-a classic track from the band that put them on the map and established them as a live force. The track is all about we fear death when we shouldn’t and how we should just be living. 5/5

4. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)– a bad ass 70’s rock song with swagger that I think is all about The Men In Black and UFO’s. 5/5

5. The Revenge of Vera Gemini– a track that undoubtedly inspired the Marvel character that features vocals by Patti Smith as well as Albert, but rumor has it that it’s about her relationship with Bob Dylan. 4.5/5

3365286259_da7ae4fcc1_z6. Sinful Love– a cool rock track that once again features Albert on vocals and is about drug addiction in my opinion and he is trying to kick it, but he loves it too much. 4/5

7. Tattooed Vampire– an upbeat hard rock track about a tattooed Asian girl at a tattoo parlor? 4/5

8. Morning Final– According to one report that I saw online that the track is about a murder that took place at a famous place in New York City that Joe Bouchard used to like going to. 4/5

9. Tenderloin– Eric Bloom sings this cool as ice rock song about a prostitute (basically) 4/5

10. Debbie Denise– The last track on the album and it’s a track based on a song written by Patti Smith where one line was changed about a girl who patiently waits for her man to come back from tour because she loves him. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I can definitely understand why this is a band that is so polarizing in a way. I saw that because there are people who live and die by Blue Öyster Cult and some that thought they were cheesy. I liked the album overall, but in reality there were only two songs that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

IMG_7714The first time I ever heard the track God’s Gonna Cut You Down, the traditional folk song was by the man in black Johnny Cash who recorded the track for his album American V: A Hundred Highways. It was a different take then the usual versions that were recorded because his was a stripped down version as opposed to the gospel versions that came before it. Apparently during his Heaven Upside Down Tour, Marilyn Manson was performing the Johnny Cash version of the song live, but in fact he recorded a version of the track for the soundtrack to the 2017 film 24 Hours To Live. He talks about the song telling Loudwire, “I enjoyed doing it. I did it in one take and everyone thinks that Johnny Cash wrote it and I looked up the people that covered it and it was great because it’s Elvis, Tom Jones… It’s originally just some soul singer back in I don’t even know what era. The chords that Tyler [Bates] played, it was slightly similar to the version that we’re most familiar with, the one that Tom Jones and Johnny Cash did, most notably.” Check out the track below because Manson does an amazing job morphing his style into the track:

 

covenEvery year, I try to find new and exciting albums to cover while we do Eddie’s 31 Days of Halloween and I think I found one. I was looking on the world wide web when I came across the term Occult Rock and of course I was curious and so I clicked on it. Apparently there was a band that was Satanic before Black Sabbath could ever be considered that and this band was open about it on their music. The band that I am talking about is  Chicago’s Coven, a band that was made up of Jinx Dawson (Vocals), Jim Donlinger (Guitar), Jim Nyeholt, John Hobbs, and Rick Durrett (Organ, Piano, Keys), Alan Estes and Oz Osborne (Bass), and Steve Ross (Drums) would release their debut album Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls in 1969. According to metal and rock historians and fans, they are recognized as the first band to put up the devil horns as was recognized by the album which was produced by Bill Traut. Jim Donlinger whose real name was James Vincent (He was in another band at the time and he was asked to write songs for this by Traut) talked about the album and the process and said, “Bill brought me a large box full of books about witchcraft and related subjects. He told me to read them and start writing some songs … Sometime before the sun came up, I had completely written all the material requested of me for the entire album … Coven also contributed four songs to the project.”

coven back1. Black Sabbath– Not to be confused with the Black Sabbath titular track, this track has more of as psychedelic light rock feel to it as Jinx struts her stuff vocally. a track aboutr witches who sacrifice to the dark prince. 4/5

2. White Witch Of Rosehall– a kind of upbeat tempo track that could be telling the story of a haunting that happened in Jamaica. The story is about the spirit of Annie Palmer who haunts Rose Hall. 4/5

3. Coven in Charing Cross– an interesting track that even features chanting done by the members of the band as they talk about a cult who practices the occult. 4/5

4. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge– is the what the F word means. The origin of the word f**k in Ireland meant that you were arrested “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”. I loved the use of the organs in this track, a fun track overall. 4.5/5

5. Pact with Lucifer– literally a track about a farmer who sold his soul to the devil so that he could get fortune and now the devil has come to collect. 4/5

coven vinyl.jpg6. Choke, Thirst, Die– This must be a track about seances or trying to resurrect the dead otherwise I have no idea. 4/5

7. Wicked Woman– a track about a woman who is devilish and she’ll be the death of you if you’re not careful. 4/5

8. Dignitaries of Hell– an interesting track about all of the demons that accompany Satan in hell as they are all Dignitaries of Hell. 4/5

9. Portrait– an interesting song about a portrait and the power that it has over people who come across it. 4/5

10. Satanic Mass– It is literally what it is, the album ends with a Satanic mass. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– The way the world worked in 1969, this was definitely one of the ballsiest releases of it’s time. You weren’t going to get mainstream fame and success with this albuym, but you definitely did somewhat get infamy with it. I am going to give the album 4 stars out of five for a final grade.