Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CD Review: The Coasters Can Still Find "Magical" Moments After 60 Years With New Album

Not many bands can boast about celebrating 60 years together, but the legendary vocal group The Coasters are doing in style with their first new album in 35 years. The current line-up of Joe Lance Williams, Primo Candelara, Dennis Anderson and Eddie Whitfield have been performing together for the last five years with Williams holding the most tenure in the band (15 years). The original Coasters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, being the first group inducted in.

Now The Coasters are celebrating their anniversary with an album of covers entitled "Magical Favorites." The fourteen songs that make up this release range from everything like rock ballads such as The Eagles' "Lyin' Eyes" to folk staples like "If I Had A Hammer." The best of this release is when The Coasters take on the classic R&B songs like "Cool Jerk" and "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay." Their voices mesh perfectly on the identical cover of The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" and uplifting swing of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me." They still know how to have fun with "Twistin' The Night Away," before finishing the album with the Roy Orbison classic "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" as The Coasters due justice to this and all the songs on this new release.

The Coasters' "Magical Favorites" will be released on March 31 through Stardust Records in association with Cleopatra Records. To find out more about this release, please visit cleorecs.com.

Monday, March 30, 2015

CD Review: All That Remains Begins Their "Order Of Things" Tour In Connecticut

Massachusetts heavy metal band All That Remains will be heading to the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun on April 3rd to begin their four month world tour. The band will be supporting their latest album "The Order Of Things," which was released back in February and debuted at #25 on the Billboard album chart.
 
The new twelve-song release begins with the thunderous drumming from Jason Costa on "This Probably Won't End Well" as lead singer Philip Labonte is in top form. Their hardcore heavy metal prowess comes blasting through on "No Knock," before hitting a more mainstream metal chord with the adrenaline pumping "Divide." Things slow down for the meaningful delivery of "For You," but quickly return to the quick heavy metal bashing of "A Reason For Me To Fight." The album's latest single "Tru-Kvlt-Metal" is an aggressive monster that looks to destroy all in its path, before closing the album with the seven-minute prog-metal feel of "Criticism And Self-Realization."
 
Check out All That Remains live at Mohegan Sun on April 3rd for free, before they head out on the road. They will be returning to the state in May, performing at the Webster Theater along with In Flames and Periphery. To find out more about the tour and the new album "The Order Of Things," please visit allthatremainsonline.com.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

CD Review: Eighties Rockers Translator Return With Album And Live Shows

San Francisco rock band Translator are enjoying a bit of a resurgence in underground popularity. They had a modern rock radio hit in 1982 with "Everywhere That I'm Not," before calling it quits in 1986. They released four studio albums between 1982-1986 and reunited a few times in the 2000's and even released a new album in 2012 entitled "Big Green Lawn." On March 31st, Omnivore Recordings will be releasing a new album from Translator ("Sometimes People Forget") full of rare demos recorded between 1979-1985. To support this new release, Translator with re-group for a string of shows in May in California.

The new twenty-two song release showcases a raw, truthful feel to their music, beginning with the post-punk energy of "Translator" and "Everywhere That I'm Not." These songs have a slightly different appeal as they are not overproduced and showcase the band's studio sound as they built up songs like "Necessary Spinning" and "Everything Is Falling." Their underground rock sound fits in perfectly with the modern alternative bands of the eighties like R.E.M., The Pretenders and fellow Californians Game Theory. The gentle flow of "Winter Crying" showcases another side to the band's songwriting, while this compilation displays how their music has grown and matured through their six years together. To find out more about this latest release from Translator on Omnivore Recordings, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

CD Review: Cherry Red Records Celebrates 50 Years Of "The Magnificent Moodies" With New Box Set

Many music fans know The Moody Blues by their grand, orchestrated rock sound as displayed in their biggest hit single, "Nights In White Satin," but it was their earlier sound that helped shape the sixties R&B sound in England. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the debut album from The Moody Blues ("The Magnificent Moodies") Cherry Red Records recently released a two-disc box set which contains the remastered album along with tons of extra studio tracks.

The first disc begins with the original twelve song album remastered from the original tapes, which featured the top ten hit single "Go Now" along with other R&B covers and a handful of originals thrown in. Following the release of this album, singer/guitarist Denny Laine (Wings) and bassist Clint Warwick left the band, making this album the only one with this classic line-up. This box set features almost every recording The Moody Blues made during these 1964 and 1965 studio sessions. Following the songs from the album, the rest of the disc includes the mono versions of the A & B sides to six of the singles released during this time with also a rare "first version" of "Go Now" and "People Gotta Go" from the French only EP "Boulevard de Madeleine."

The real treasure of this box set is on the second disc beginning with the previously unreleased recording sessions 1964-1965, which includes many early version of songs from the album. It's great hearing this band working in the studio and hearing how songs like "Go Now" and "I'll Go Crazy" got formed from these early takes. Also featured on this disc are all of the BBC "Saturday Club" Sessions recorded between April 1965 to November 1965. Many of the songs showcased during these sessions are live, in-studio renditions of their singles, but also included are rare covers of Rufus Thomas' "Jump Back" and "I Want You To Know" from Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. The second disc closes with the 1966 Denny Cordell produced sessions for the band's follow-up album and singles, before Laine and replacement bassist Rod Clark parted ways with the band. All of the songs included in this box set help paint a picture of how hectic things were for The Moody Blues for two straight years, before becoming platinum selling artists with the album "Days Of Future Passed."

This box set was already released earlier this year on the Esoteric Recordings label and has garnished rave reviews from fans. Apart from the two CDs, the box set contains a full color booklet, poster and three re-printed fan club cards. To find out more about "The Magnificent Moodies" box set, please visit cherryred.co.uk and the Facebook page facebook.com/TheMagnificentMoodies.

Also new from English rock musician John Lodge is his new solo album "10,000 Light Years Ago" on May 4th through Cherry Red Records. Lodge may be better known as the singer, songwriter and bassist for The Moody Blues since 1966. His latest short, eight-song release begins with the grand progressive rock-like entrance of "In My Mind." John's voice is timeless on the upbeat, adult contemporary rock feel of "Those Days In Birmingham," before showing his softer side on the simply amazing acoustic touch of "Simply Magic." John changes gears for a moment with the slow jazzy waltz of "Love Passed Me By," then picks the tempo back up with the rockabilly rhythm of "Crazy," before closing with the symphonic rock of the title song "10,000 Light Years Ago," which sounds like it came off the latest Moody Blues album. To find out more about the latest release from John Lodge, please visit his Facebook at facebook.com/johnlodgemusic.

Friday, March 27, 2015

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Reminds Us How Good Game Theory Was With Re-Release Of "Real Nighttime"

Fans of the eighties alternative pop/rock band Game Theory are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's second album "Real Nighttime." A brand new remastered version of the album was released on March 17th through Omnivore Recordings. Originally released in 1984, "Real Nighttime" was well received by critics everywhere and placed them alongside other rising bands like R.E.M. and the Dream Syndicate.
 
This newly released anniversary edition of the album includes 25 tracks (12 from the original album and 13 bonus songs) and shows why Game Theory was on their way to stardom. The songs on "Real Nighttime" are very addictive and energetic and still carry that underground alternative sound as in "Friend Of The Family" and "Curse Of The Frontier Land." They capture the eighties pop sound perfectly with "She'll Be A Verb" and also displays their post-punk youth with the title-song "Real Nighttime," but the real reason fans will want this new release is for the amazing bonus tracks. Although, the two bonus covers that appeared on the original CD release of the album got dropped, Omnivore Recordings added the acoustic outtake "Girl W/ A Guitar" and the pop rocker "Faithless." The new release also contains nine live songs recorded between 1984-1986 at various locations and a home demo cover of Queen's "Lily Of The Valley" that will simply amaze fans. To find out more about this new release from Game Theory, please visit omnivorerecordings.com

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CD Review: Seattle Band Ivan & Alyosha Want You To Know "It's All Just Pretend"

With a name like Ivan & Alyosha, you would think it was the name of a European folk duo, but you would be wrong. It is in fact the name of one of Seattle's hottest underground rock acts. This five-piece band received critical praise for their debut album "All The Times We Had," featuring the iTunes song of the week "Running For Cover." They are now preparing to release their sophomore album "It's All Just Pretend" on May 5th through Dualtone Music.
 
The new eleven-song release begins with the sweeping melodies of "Something Is Wrong" as Ivan & Alyosha look to take over where the Imagine Dragons are leaving off. They pick-up the tempo with the infectious rock groove of "Bury Me Deep," before heading into the album's lead-off single "All This Wandering Around." The gentle touch of "Tears In Your Eyes" shows the strength in their performance, adding emotion to their music without losing their identity. It's nice to see them incorporate some fun into their sound with the addition of horns on the pop swing of "Oh This Love" and also keep their rock edge with the grunge-like guitars of "Modern Man." The album closes with the soft, acoustic folk of "Don't Lose You Love," which brings it all back home when Ivan & Alyosha started out as a duo over seven years ago.
 
Once the album drops at the beginning of May, the band will be heading out on a 20-date U.S. tour. To find out more about their new album "It's All Just Pretend," please visit ivanandalyosha.com.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CD Review: Connecticut Native Frank Viele Heads Out On Tour Behind "Fall Your Way" Album

Connecticut blues artist Frank Viele will be releasing his debut solo album "Fall Your Way" on April 7th through the Horizon Music Group. He rose to fame in the area as the leader of Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project and finally went out on his own three years ago. After honing his skills on the road, the time came for Viele to enter the studio.
 
His new thirteen-song release begins with "Broken Love Song" as fellow blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa lends his talents to the song, making it burn with his fiery guitar playing. The addition of horns by Bill Holloman (Elton John, Bruce Springsteen) on the uptempo "Kalifornia" adds some funk to Viele's bluesy sound, before slowing down for the warm soul touch of "Alexa." The smoothness of his songwriting comes shining through on "When You Gonna Come Home" and his Dave Matthews Band influence comes seeping into "Monsters In The Hall," which would become a great jam when performed live. He injects a shot of adrenaline into the blazing rock of "You Don't Have To Go," before closing with the gentle flow of "I Just Don't Know" as you feel the passion in Frank Viele's voice.
 
Frank Viele had a record release show on March 21st and will heading up to Hartford, CT on Friday, March 27th for a show at Black Eyed Sally's before heading out on the road. He will be circling around back to Connecticut in June with a few shows to end the tour. To find out more about Frank Viele and his new album, "Fall Your Way," please visit frankvielemusic.com.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CD Review: Jazz Drummer Billy Cobham Reflects On His Past With Two New Live Releases

Jazz drummer Billy Cobham has had an amazing career that has lasted over forty years. He has performed along side some of the biggest names in jazz like Miles Davis, George Benson and Horace Silver. He was one of the founding members of the Mahavishnu Orchestra along with John McLaughlin and was a touring drummer for Carlos Santana. In between all that, he managed to release nine solo albums. Now, Cleopatra Records is reminding us how good of a musician he was with a two-part CD release. The first disc "Mirror's Image" captures the first set of Cobham and his band performing live in Tokyo, Japan on February 15, 1992. The trio includes Cobham on drums, Ira Coleman on bass and Joe Chindamo on keyboards. The six-song release begins with Cobham slowly introducing the crowd to his talents as he feels his way around the drums before locking in with the rest of the band on the seventeen-minute opener "Mirror's Image." The tempo picks with "Kinky Dee," lead by the wonderful bass/keyboard jam, but its Cobham's drum solo that makes you forget about all the rest. The way Joe Chindamo tickles the keys in "Leeward Winds" is just amazing as the disc closes with the fifteen-minute slow waltz of "Layed Back Lifestyle."
 
The second disc entitled "Reflected Journey" continues the concert from 1992, beginning with the quick, electrifying bounce of "Prime Time," as everyone is on point. The band slows down for the ambient feel of the title song "Reflected Journey," before closing the disc with the short "Improvisation," led by the bass grooves of Ira Coleman. The two discs will be released almost two months apart ("Mirror's Image" on Feb. 17 & "Reflected Journey" on April 28). To find out more about these amazing discs, please visit cleorecs.com.

Monday, March 23, 2015

CD Review: New Independent Music From Local Artist Mark Daniel And U.K. Artists Gaunt Story And Raveneye

U.K. rock trio, Raveneye, will be releasing their debut EP, "Breaking Out" on April 28th through Rook Recordings. After only a year together, Raveneye have already gathered rave reviews after their multiple appearances on the BBC. The new five-song album begins with the strong, heavy rock rhythm of the title-song "Breaking Out" as they combine a Seattle grunge vibe with a fresh Rival Sons-type power and energy. They incorporate a bluesy-rock feel into "Get It Started," which is sure to catch the attention of rock radio, while lead singer Oli Brown pulls off his best Chris Cornell impression in "Runaway." The album closes with the exciting fresh heaviness of "You Got It." To find out more about Raveneye and their new release "Breaking Out," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ItsRavenEye.

From the U.K. comes the third album from the modern alternative British singer/songwriter Rob Ashworth, better known as Gaunt Story. The new eleven-song release entitled "Nothing Holds You Like A Song" starts with the gentle approach of "My Son, The Liar" as you concentrate on the song's storied lyrics. The music is soft and tender as in "Sea Of Life" as it just floats through your head, putting you at ease with its minimal instrumentation. His music does not stray from from this formula as "More Woman" is the most accessible to mainstream radio, before closing with the folk-stylings of "Dreams Of Man." To find out more about Gaunt Story and his latest release "Nothing Holds You Like A Song," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/gauntstory.

Connecticut native Mark Daniel recently released his latest four-song EP entitled "Repair To New." He and drummer Mickey Curry collaborated on about 15 songs beginning in January of 2014. After a year in the studio together, the 15 songs were reduced down to these four, beginning with the southern soul/blues sound of "Vacant Beauty." Mark's voice has a John Fogerty quality to it in the opener as his sound carries an alternative, singer/songwriter feel as in "The Breakdown." The album closes with the acoustic, Neil Young-like tone of "Fall Behind" that just melts with goodness. To find out more about Mark Daniel, please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

CD Review: A Couple Of Canadian Classic Rockers With New Music To Enjoy

Canadian guitarist, singer, songwriter Randy Bachman is releasing his first solo album in five years. Being affiliated to such bands as The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive puts a big target on your back to create classic rock anthems and Bachman definitely delivers on his latest release, "Heavy Blues." The new eleven-song release, begins with "The Edge," which carries a powerhouse rhythm comparable to only The Who in their heyday. Bachman also invites a load of friends along to help out on this new release, including the blues guitar wizardry of Joe Bonamassa on the seventies sounding "Bad Child" and the godfather of grunge, Neil Young on the dirty heavy rock of "Little Girl Lost." The slick pedal steel guitar performance of Robert Randolph gives an extra spark to "Oh My Lord," while the late-Jeff Healey lended his skills to "Confessin' To The Devil," one of his final performances. The album closes with the slow blues of "We Need To Talk," which is the only time you notice the roughness in Randy Bachman's voice. To find out more about his latest release "Heavy Blues," please visit randybachman.com.

Fellow Canadian guitarist, singer, songwriter Pat Travers has had an amazing career lasting over forty years. In the mid-seventies his band, the Pat Travers Band continuously climbed the charts with their guitar-driven classic rock. With over twenty studio albums in his catalog, Pat Travers looks to add to his legacy with his latest album "Retro Rocket." It was released on March 17th through Purple Pyramid Records. The new eleven-song release begins with the newly inspired fire of "I Always Run" and "Searching For A Clue" as Travers shows no signs of slowing down at age 60. He builds the foundation of his amazing solo with the slow, bluesy beginning of "Who Can You Turn To," before finishing with an intense, frenzy rock 'n' roll blast of power. He lets loose again on the six-plus minute excitement of "You Can't Get Their From Here" and keeps the energy going all the way to the live six-minute closer "Looking Up," that showcases a preview of Travers' live delivery. He tacks on a bonus track to the album, the two-minute theme song to "The Living Dead," entitled "Lead Me Home." To find out more about Pat Travers new album "Retro Rocket," please visit cleorecs.com.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

CD Review: Audio Fidelity Rolls Out A Couple Of Classics To Rediscover From Grover Washington And Bread

The next round of releases from the Audio Fidelity label continues with the amazing 5.1 surround sound, hybrid multichannel SACD release of jazz sax great, Grover Washington's "Winelight" and the 4.0 hybrid multichannel SACD from 70's soft rock icons "The Best Of Bread." Both albums were huge sellers for their respected artists and both have that "laid back," relaxation feel that allows you to get lost within the music.

First up is the Grammy winning album "Winelight" from jazz saxophonist Grover Washington, which features the #2 single "Just The Two Of Us" with Bill Withers on vocals. This six-song album has the perfect tempo for "dinner music" as Washington's sax playing is smooth and never over-powering. The clarity of the instruments in "Let It Flow (For Dr.J)" really brings to life the funky bass line, while the seventies feel of "In The Name Of Love" make this more that just background music to enjoy. When you can hear everything going on between the musicians, you get a new sense of appreciation for what they are creating in the studio. The highlight is of course the full seven-minute version of "Just The Two Of Us" that is sure to put anyone in the loving mood with this latest outstanding release.

Also newly released in SACD format is "The Best Of Bread." Their music dominated the singles chart in the mid-seventies and even if you were not a fan of their music, you couldn't avoid their touching vocals and gentle musicianship. The original twelve-song release gets beefed up with a new 4.0 Quad Mutichannel mix of the album. The warmness of this new release, makes this the ultimate collection of this hits. Songs Like "Baby I'm-A Want You" and "Let Your Love Go" were as much about the music as it was about the lyrics and as beautiful as their music sounded on newly pressed vinyl, it sound even more stunning on this latest release from Audio Fidelity.

To find out more about these two latest releases from Audio Fidelity and to see what will be coming out soon from the label, please visit their website at audiofidelity.net.

Friday, March 20, 2015

CD Review: Simple Mind's "Sparkle In The Rain" Gets Expanded For Anniversary Box Set

In 1984, Scottish rock band Simple Minds released their sixth studio album which became the band's commercial breakthrough, especially in their home country where it his #1 on the album charts and went double-platinum. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of this landmark album for the band, Universal Music Group is releasing a 2CD Deluxe Edition and a 4CD Super Deluxe Edition of the album.

The original ten-song album was re-mastered at Abby Road Studios by Andrew Walters and gives the album the absolute best sound its ever had. Songs like "Waterfront" and "Up On The Catwalk" were new creative peaks for the band as they continued their pop success for ten more years. Fans will want the 4CD set for the bonus discs, including a previously unreleased concert from the band's hometown of Glasgow, recorded on February 28th, 1984.

The second disc in the set includes a collection of rare B-sides, many making their debut on compact disc. The much sought-after 12" remix of "Waterfront" is one of the highlights of the disc, along with a live version of "Hunter And The Hunted" and a seven-minute remix of "Speed You Love To Me." These releases fully capture the excess of the eighties with its dance beats and drawn out dance instrumentals.

Discs three and four contain the entire 1984 concert as you can fully appreciate Simple Minds' live show at the band's creative mid-eighties peak. The eight-minute opener, "Waterfront" begins to work the crowd up, before diving into "Glittering Prize" and "King Is White And In The Crowd," from their previous album. The third disc closes with the steady build up of "Someone Somewhere In Summertime." Disc four continues the show with the pinnacle coming in the form of the twelve-minute "New Gold Dream," which includes parts of Talking Heads' "Take Me To The River" and The Doors' "Light My Fire" within its jam. The set closes with three songs recorded during a 1983 radio session of BBC Radio 1 to promote the upcoming release of "Sparkle In The Rain." To find out more about this new release, please visit simpleminds.com.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the iconic 80's movie, "The Breakfast Club." The movie made stars of the young actors Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald to name a few, who collectively became known as the "brat pack." Almost as great and memorable as the movie, was the soundtrack, featuring the #1 single "Don't You (Forget About Me)." The album itself reached #17 on the album charts as the ten song album fully captured the vibe of electronic music in the eighties. Other than the lead single from Simple Minds, not much else came from the soundtrack, even with the addition of fellow eighties superstars Wang Chung. To celebrate, Universal Pictures will be re-releasing the film in theaters for two days only on March 26th and March 31st. A newly restored blu-ray of the movie was released on March 10, along with a white vinyl edition of the soundtrack. To find out more about the theater screenings of the movie, please visit breakfastclub30.com to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this once again iconic movie.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Rising Independent Rock Bands Manian And The Monumenals, DB Cooper And Purple Hill

First from Pennsylvania, comes Manian And The Monumentals with their sophomore release, "Teeth." This latest release focuses more on the band's rock influences as the addition of a second guitarist gives their music a much fuller, heavier sound. The four-song release begins with the edgy rock groove of "Black Sky Desperation" as they carry a classic rock appeal with a raw, alternative sound. The band locks into a rock groove that looks to make a statement in "Snow," before slowing down for the bluesy ballad "Sad Love Songs." The new EP closes with the build-up of intensity of "Teeth" that show this band has the skills to take a shot at the mainstream. To find out more about Manian And The Monumentals, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/manimonumentals.

New independent Canadian rock band DB Cooper are preparing to release their second EP this Spring with the lead single "The Election." The song's up-tempo rhythm and infectious chorus could easily catch the attention of mainstream rock radio as the band look to build upon the success of their debut release "The Catherine North." DB Cooper have a very polished, infectious rock sound that has pop potential as shown in earlier songs "Say Goodnight" and "The World." To find out more about DB Cooper, please visit wearedbcooper.com.

Canadian alternative rockers Purple Hill recently released their latest album last month entitled "Top 40 Radio Memory Dream (Oh Yeah)." The album was recorded live, with very minimal overdubs, which helps give the music an authentic feel. The new ten-song release begins with the upbeat rhythm of "Sweat Out The Take Out." They inject a punk-like furry into "Through Your Nightmares," while "Being Young (Like It's So Far Behind Them)" as a mellow, atmospheric sound that allows you to really hear the passion within the band. The energy that Purple Hill puts into their music is presented in the song "At The 24th Hour" as they don't hold anything back on their performance. To find out more about Purple Hill and their latest album "Top 40 Radio Memory Dream (Oh Yeah)," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CD Review: The Kronos Quartet Re-Visits The Work Of Derek Charke With "Tundra Songs"

American string section, the Kronos Quartet recently celebrated their 40th anniversary together. After their first performance in 1973, the Kronos Quartet have released over forty albums and scored over a dozen films and their latest release, "Tundra Songs" looks to push the boundaries of contemporary classical music.
 
Inspired by the music of Canadian flutist Derek Charke, the six-songs represented on this new album were recorded between 2002 and 2005. The music looks to emulate the sounds of Inuit throat singing, made famous by world-reknown singer Tanya Tagaq. Beginning quickly with the short takes of "Lullaby" and "Throat Song," the Kronos Quartet finally get to open up their talents on the thirteen-minute piece "Cercle Du Nord III," which premiered live at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, Canada in 2006. The song's energy lays the perfect backdrop for the vast snowy lands of northern Canada. After a couple more quick numbers, the Kronos Quartet dives into the five part suite entitled "Tundra Songs." This thirty-minute song features vocals/chants from Tanya Tagaq as the song paints the perfect soundtrack to nature and the seasons.
 
The 28-page full color booklet that accompanies the new album, features a load of information on the songs and the meanings of the performances. The Kronos Quartet also have a very busy live schedule which currently runs to the end of June. To find out more about the Kronos Quartet's latest release "Tundra Songs," please visit kronosquartet.org.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CD Review: Sophomore Efforts From Bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch And Singer/Songwriter Anthony W. Rogers

Eighty-Two year old bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch is wasting no time rolling out his second full-length album "I Don't Prefer No Blues." He released his debut album in 2013 and caught the attention of critics everywhere. After living the life that blues musicians sing about, Welch's truthful sound made everyone stand-up and take notice of his music. His new album will be released on March 24 through Fat Possum's Big Legal Mess Records. His new ten-song release begins with the short, two-minute stomp-rhythm of "Poor Boy" that gets boosted with backing vocals supplied by Sharde Thomas. Bud's loose, raw guitar playing highlights the southern feel of "Girl In The Holler," before locking into a blues/rock groove on "Goin' Down Slow." Bud seems to enjoy himself on the up-tempo romp of "Cadillac Baby," but he pours his passion in the slow blues of the album closer "Sweet Black Angel," that has him sounding like a disciple of B.B. King. To find out more about Leo "Bud" Welch and his latest release "I Don't Prefer No Blues," please visit leobudwelch.com.
Another artist releasing his second independent solo album is Anthony W. Rogers with "Wrong." His latest album was recorded entirely by himself and will be available on limited 180-gram vinyl and digital formats. Rogers has spent the last three years polishing these songs for this new album and you can instantly notice the effort on the opener "Compromised." His up-tempo, pop feel of "Blown Away" has a seventies soft-rock vibe flowing through it, while "Keep Holdin' On" gets confusing with the lead and backing vocals sounding too similar in tone and volume. The psychedelic blues of the Neil Young-like "Crunch (Blues for Mitch)" is the pinnacle of the album as Anthony's songwriting and performing takes center stage. The relaxed feel of "White Beach" and the build-up of "Wash" finishes the album on a high note as Anthony incorporates all his talents into this release. To find out more about Anthony W. Rogers and his latest album "Wrong," please visit glassonyonpr.com.

Monday, March 16, 2015

CD Review: Guitarist Michael Schenker Takes Your "Spirit On A Mission" While Herman Rarebell Revisits His Time In The Scorpions

Former Scorpions bandmates Michael Schenker and Herman Rarebell have teamed up once again for the latest album from Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock. The new release entitled "Spirit On A Mission" will be released on March 24th through the inakstik label. This album also features former Scorpions' bassist Francis Buckholz and the amazing vocals of Doogie White (Rainbow). The new release comes in the standard twelve song album and a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD. The new album kicks things off strong with Schenker's guitar leading the way in "Live And Let Live." The metal speed of "Rock City" and "Something Of The Night" will quicken your pulse, while "Saviour Machine" has a grinding rhythm that has a more classic metal feel as White's vocals are allowed to soar. Keyboardist Wayne Finlay leads us into the deep depths of "Let The Devil Scream" as Schenker's fiery performance come straight from hell. The album closes with the adrenaline-pumping speed of "Restless Heart" and the heavy riff of "Wicked." Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock will be hitting the road at the end of the month for two months of dates. To find out more about the new album "Spirit On A Mission," please visit michaelschenkerhimself.com
 
Also being released soon is the latest from former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell entitled "Herman's Scorpions Songs." It features Herman on drums along with his friends lending their vocals to some classic Scorpions' songs written by Rarebell during his time in the band. The new fourteen-song release begins with the popular "Rock You Like A Hurricane" with Bobby Kimball (Toto) on vocals. He does a fine job with his strong delivery, while John Parr captures the desire of "Passion Rules The Game." Don Dokken brings back the hard rock of the mid-eighties with his vocals on "You Give Me All I Need" and the voice of Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell) breathes new life into "Dynamite" turning into a metal masterpiece. Great White's Jack Russell fits perfectly into "Don't Make No Promises" as a full album of this combination is in order. The album finishes up with Al Crespo (Unbreakable) delivering exceptional vocals to the rock ballad "Let It Shine." To find out more about this great set of reworked Scorpions' songs from Herman Rarebell, please visit hermanrarebell.com.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Re-Introduces Us To Queen's Roger Taylor's Solo Work

Beginning last year with the release of "Best" from Queen drummer Roger Taylor, there has been a re-kindled interest in his solo career. Also released late last year was "The Lot," which collected all of Roger Taylor's solo albums in a box set. It also included two discs worth of bonus material that did not appear on the original albums. Now, beginning with Taylor's debut solo album, "Fun In Space" and sophomore release "Strange Frontier," Omnivore Recordings is re-releasing his albums on vinyl and CD along with bonus tracks.

Roger Taylor's 1981 album "Fun In Space" proved that he had a career outside of his main outfit, Queen. The album cracked the top twenty album charts in the U.K. and showcased the talents of Taylor as he handled almost every instrument on the album, as well as producing it. Recorded during breaks in touring with Queen, it displays a side of Taylor that fans enjoyed as it had a modern rock vibe with a classic pop appeal as in "Let's Go Crazy" and "Good Times Are Now." The three bonus tracks that accompany the album feature Taylor's first solo single "I Wanna Testify," as well as the upbeat "Turn On The TV" and the single version of "My Country."

Also released on the same day will be the re-release of Roger Taylor's second album "Strange Frontier" on vinyl and CD with bonus tracks. The album had a heavier rock sound and less of a manufactured one as Taylor still handled the majority of the instrumentation except for some of the keyboards. Taylor also had some help from his Queen bandmates on separate songs. On the eighties electronic rock feel of "Man On Fire," Taylor is supported by Brian May on guitar, while Freddie Mercury lends his backing vocals to the dance pop of "Killing Time." The album also contains a couple of cover songs from Bruce Springsteen ("Racing In The Streets") and Bob Dylan ("Masters Of War"). The new release gets bulked up with five bonus tracks, including extended remixes of "Strange Frontier" and "I Cry For You" and a rare B-side "Two Sharp Pencils (Get Bad)."

While Roger Taylor is enjoying success on tour with Queen + Adam Lambert, Omnivore Recordings is enjoying this re-introduction to Taylor's solo albums. To find out more, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

CD Review: Music Legends Art Pepper, Les McCann And Bill Nelson Revisit Classic Albums

On March 10th, Omnivore Recordings is rolling out volume 2 of Art Pepper's "Neon Art" series, which focuses on unreleased live music from the jazz great. Volume 1 covered an unused recording of a show Pepper performed in 1981 in Seattle, WA (review here: jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com). This latest installment features three songs recorded during his tour of Japan in 1981. Beginning with the near 19-minute version of "Mambo Koyama," the band is very energized as the pace of the song certain gave the musicians one heck of a work out. The pace was quick and led by Pepper's sax throughout the entire jam. The melody slows down for a fourteen-minute version of the famous classic "Over The Rainbow" as Pepper's solo introduces the song and makes it almost as beautiful as the original. The disc closes with nine-minutes of be-bop jazz with the up-tempo jump of "Allen's Alley." Look for the third installment in the series to be released in early April. To find out more about Art Pepper's "Neon Art: Volume Two," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

American jazz pianist Les McCann has released over fifty albums throughout his forty year career. One of his most pivotal albums was the 1972 release of "Invitation To Openness." The 26-minute opening number alone made you stand up and take notice as he combined many different aspect of jazz into this one song. On March 3rd, Omnivore Recordings re-introduced the world to Les McCann's "Invitation To Openness" by re-releasing it on CD for the first time in over a decade. The original three song album get a bonus track of Les and his band performing "Compared To What" live in 1975. Like I said, the opening track, "The Lovers," is the highlight of the set as Les McCann takes you on a journey of moods and sounds as he explores the many different avenues of jazz music. The steady rhythm of "Beaux J. Poo Boo" allows McCann to roam, while the funk backdrop of "Poo Pye McGoochie" helped lead the way for others to follow as one of the innovators of the use of the electric piano and synthesizers. The five-minute bonus track "Compared To What?" is pure energy as the pace is quick and to the point. To find out more about the great newly released version of Les McCann's 1972 album "Invitation To Openness," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

English experimental musician Bill Nelson has been celebrating a 45 year career in music. With almost 100 albums in his repertoire, Nelson has recorded everything from rock to jazz to blues and one of his stand-out releases is the 1995 album "After The Satellite Sings." As part of the celebration of Nelson's extensive musical career, Cherry Red Records has re-released the album on CD. This newly remastered version of the album showcases Nelson pushing the boundaries of his music, adding dance beats to his jazzy/rock guitar as in "Streamliner." His music reflects that of mid-nineties David Bowie as the songs revolve around a good rhythm as Nelson lets loose on this guitar in "Ordinary Idiots," but not before the dream-like feel of "Beautiful Nudes." Nelson's album should be considered one of the decade defining moments as he experimented with every sound in order to create some exceptional music. To find out more about this newly released version of Bill Nelson's album "After The Satellite Sings," please visit cherryred.co.uk.

Friday, March 13, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Underground Acts Nalani & Sarina And The Chubby Knuckle Choir

Identical twins Nalani & Sarina have been building a strong underground following with their brand of pop/rock music. The duo released their first full-length album last year and will be following that up with a new EP in June. They have a live show scheduled at The Bitter End in New York on March 25, which will introduce fans to their new music. Their 2014 album "Lessons Learned" features the twins along side established musicians such as Will Lee and Tom Malone from The Late Show With David Letterman and Tommy Mandel from Bryan Adams' band. The uptempo opener "Raw Sugar" and "Hung Up" have the girls mixing funk and pop into their rock based songs to give a more dance feel to their music. The breakout single "Balloons" showcases their talents for performing as Nalani & Sarina put their all into their performances. The twins will be performing live all along the East coast for the next few months, so try and catch them if they are in your area. For a complete list of tour dates and for up-to-date information, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/nalanisarinamusic.

From Texas comes the latest release from The Chubby Knuckle Choir entitled "Reveille." The band lays down it country roots, before mashing together rock, blues and Americana music to give their sound a raw, truthful sound. The new ten-song release begins with the steel guitar driven, up-tempo country blues-rocker "Water Or Gasoline," before shifting gears to a more pop sound with an island vibe, courtesy of the bongo-drum rhythm. The swamp blues of "Hungry Hollow Road" is where the band's sound and songwriting excels. The dark tale of "Undone" and the soul-infused "Treat Her Right" are proof that The Chubby Knuckle Choir are the real deal, ready to deliver the goods. To find out more about The Chubby Knuckle Choir, please visit chubbyknucklechoir.com.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CD Review: Ray Wylie Hubbard Returns With His Country "Misfortune" And Thom Douvan Does His Jazz "All Over Again"

Texas singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard returns with his follow-up album "The Ruffian's Misfortune" (his third release on Bordello Records). Ray received national attention with his 2012 album "The Grifter's Hymnal" and brought that energy into the studio when he recorded this latest release. The new ten-song album starts out with the country-blues of "All Loose Things" as Hubbard is quick and concise on this new album, knowing exactly the point he wants to make with his songs. His music becomes so addictive because of its true nature displayed within "Hey Mama My Time Ain't Long" and "Chick Singer Badass Rockin'." The Americana-blues stomp rhythm of "Mr. Musselwhite's Blues" and up-tempo rocker "Down By The River" has Ray and his band running on all cylinders, before closing with the acoustic ballad "Stone Blind Horses" as you can feel the passion in his performing. Ray Wylie Hubbard will be appearing at this weekend's SXSW festival in his homestate to promote his new album which will be released on April 7th. To find out more about Ray Wylie Hubbard, please visit raywylie.com.
 
Jazz guitarist Thom Douvan returns with the follow-up to his critically acclaimed album "Brother Brother." His new album entitled "All Over Again," was released on March 3rd through Redwood Road Records and showcases some of Thom's finest work to date. The new ten song release begins with "Sephardia" as Thom lets his playing take the lead on this rock infused jazz number. His backing band fleshes out the song with their collaborative effort. Thom and his band settle down into a more classic jazz feel on "Ethersphere" and sound so smooth on the light atmospheric jazz of "Deja Vu All Over Again." The highlight of the album is the gentle, inviting sound of "Then I Met You" featuring Lynne Fiddmont on vocals. The addition of Mads Tolling violin gives "Rhonda" a light, airy feel with almost a Celtic vibe running through it. The album finishes with the seven-minute jazz funk of "Believe You Me" with Rob McDonald on vocals. The song gets a two-minute instrumental/scat reprise before heading into the album's two bonus tracks. Both songs feature shorter versions of "Then I Met You" (one a radio edit and the other an instrumental version of the song). To find out more about jazz guitarist Thom Douvan, please visit thomdouvan.com.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CD Review: The Hollywood Undead Are Paying A Visit To Celebrate The "Day Of The Dead"

Los Angles rap/rockers the Hollywood Undead are invading the east coast with their live shows in support of their soon to be released fourth album "Day Of The Dead." The new album will be released on March 31st, through Interscope Records and their latest tour kicked off on March 9th with a show in Philadelphia and continues with shows in New York, New Haven and Baltimore this weekend before heading west. The band's last album peaked at #2 on the Billboard album charts and this latest release looks to duplicate that success.
 
The new regular twelve song album begins with the amazingly addictive opener, "Usual Suspects" as it easily draws comparisons to fellow rap/metal band Linkin Park. They get edgier with the lyrics of "How We Roll" as the beats just bang through your speakers. The album's first single, "Day Of The Dead" was released in October of last year and is the perfect introduction to the album with its shout along chorus and powerful, quick rap lyrics. Their sound gets a little funkier with the hip-hop vibe of "Dark Places," then picks up tempo with the uplifting, metal appeal of "Gravity." The album finishes up with the big arena sweeping rhythm of "Disease" and hard rock groove of "Save Me." A deluxe edition of the album includes three more bonus tracks and also iTunes and Best Buy add on some more songs to keep the music going over 60 minutes.
 
For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about the Hollywood Undead and their latest release "Day Of The Undead," please visit hollywoodundead.com.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CD Review: A Trio Of New Releases From Metal Blade Records

Canadian hardcore metal band Cancer Bats are releasing their fifth album "Searching For Zero" on March 10th through Metal Blade Records. The band holds nothing back as they put their all into this latest release. The new ten-song album begins with adrenaline-pumping through the veins of "Satellite." The Rob Zombie-like screams of "True Zero" help make this the must hear song on the album as the band continues to power through the aggressiveness of "Arsenic In The Year Of The Snake." The shout-along chorus of "Devil's Blood" and the quick 90-second neck breaking speed of "All Hail" shows why this band is one of the top hardcore metal band around. The Cancer Bats are currently on the road in the U.S. until the end of the month. Then they head over to Europe for a month of shows. To find out more about their latest release "Searching For Zero," please visit cancerbats.com.
 
Also due out from Metal Blade Records are the latest releases from Theories and Sorcerer. Both album will appear on March 24th and look to be the new force of hardcore metal music. Swedish band Sorcerer are finally releasing their debut album "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross." The album has been twenty years in the making and their sound still carries that classic metal sound from the early nineties mainstream. Beginning with "The Dark Tower Of The Sorcerer," their years of experience have been put to good use as the songwriting and development of their sound certainly make them a band that must be heard. They showcase their metal edge on their eight-minute "Lake Of The Lost Souls" and the marching rhythm of "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross." The album closes with the mystical feel of the "Pagan Dance." To find out more about Sorcerer and their latest release "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross," please visit metalblade.com/sorcerer.
 
Seattle band Theories look to blow you away, literally, with the sheer force of the music on their new album "Regression." The new ten-song album comes blasting out right from the start with the intense speed of "Burnt Concrete." The band keeps the pedal down the entire time as "Shame" and "Abortive Crescent" are perfect examples of full-throttle energy that look to overtake your sense of hearing. Theories let up on the tempo, but not the intensity, for just a moment in "Hell In Her Eyes" as the power continues to build throughout the song all the way to the album closer "Landfill." To find out more about Theories and their latest release, "Regression," please visit theories.us.

Monday, March 9, 2015

CD Review: Judas Priest's "Defenders Of The Faith" Gets Expanded With Live Show For 30th Anniversary

One of the pioneers of British heavy metal music is the band Judas Priest. Their name is synonymous with the heavy metal genre and lead singer Rob Halford has been deemed "the metal god." Their slow rise to stardom began back in 1974 with their debut album "Rocka Rolla." They began finding success in the U.S. with their third album, 1977's "Sin After Sin," but their big break-through album would follow three years later with "British Steel," which would go platinum in the U.S. selling over a million copies. The 30th anniversary of that album would kick-off the deluxe edition series re-issues of some of Judas Priest's biggest selling albums. Last year marked the 30th anniversary of their ninth studio album "Defenders Of The Faith." The album hit the heights of creative success for the band worldwide, reaching the top 20 on the album charts in seven different countries. On March 10th, Columbia/Legacy will release a 3CD set celebrating the 30th anniversary of this landmark album.
 
The first disc contains the original album, newly remastered by Tom Allom and contains the singles "Freewheel Burning" and "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll." The songs were quick and concise as the entire album clocked in under the 40 minute mark. Halford's howls and screams along with the best line-up of any metal band at the time is the perfect recipe for the success this album found. The remastered sound on the album is stunning, but fans will be more intrigued with the two bonus discs that include the band's entire concert from Long Beach, CA on May 5th, 1984.
 
This concert is the perfect balance of Priest's old and new material at the time. Nine of the ten songs that appeared on the "Defenders Of The Faith" album, appear live in concert alongside classics like "Breaking The Law," "Living After Midnight" and "You've Got Another Thing Coming." The band sounds in top form for the classic "Desert Plains" and "Electric Eye" and mix in the new material perfectly. The setlist for this show is a wishlist for one of today's Judas Priest concerts so enjoy the flashback to when everything the band touched turned to gold. To find out more about this great new release, please visit defenders30.com.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

CD Review: Independent Psych Tributes To The Beatles And The Rolling Stones

Last year, Cleopatra Records released "A Psych Tribute To The Doors" (review: jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com). It was so successful that they are continuing with two new tributes. The first is "Stoned: A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones" and the other is "The Magical Mystery Psych Out - A Tribute To The Beatles." Two of the biggest bands in music history get their song re-worked psychedelic-style.

The fourteen-song release, "Stoned: A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones" may not feature any of your well-known rock bands, but does include renditions of Stones' songs that might make you think of them a little differently. Beginning with "What A Shame," artist Lorelle Meets The Obsolete drills the song with sonic guitars and dream-like vocals. The slower, darker tone of "Under My Thumb," supplied by Shiny Darkly gives a different meaning to the song, while Clinic's version of "It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)" is almost unrecognizable. The five-plus minute version of "Child Of The Moon" by Celestial Bums gives the song a Velvet Underground tone that makes this trippy version a must hear. The surf-guitar instrumental "Stoned" from Allah-Las is a great addition, while the Pink Velvet inject some feminine punk-rock into "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." The album closes with The Tulips adding a melodic pop beat to the classic rock ballad "Wild Horses." To find out more about "Stoned: A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones," please visit cleorecs.com.

Next is the perfect marriage of psychedelic songs from the band that brought that type of music to the mainstream. It's "The Magical Mystery Psych Out: A Tribute To The Beatles." This new twelve-song release begins with one of The Beatles "trippiest" songs, "Tomorrow Never Knows," re-done very well by the Electric Moon. This version of the song is how you probably would have heard the original version if you were tripping on acid or LSD. The Vacant Lots turn "Julia" into eighties modern rock gold, re-arranging the entire song into an up-tempo pop rocker. Your mind will be soaring with the sweeping tones of The KVB's "Taxman" and the rhythm-heavy "Love You To" by the Fantasmes as both bands do justice to these original George Harrison compositions. The band Quilt keep the gentleness of "Cry Baby Cry," before Kikagaku Moyo turns "Helter Skelter" into confused mayhem. To find out more about "The Magical Mystery Psych Out: A Tribute To The Beatles," please visit cleorecs.com.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

CD Review: New Release From Odin's Court Wants You To Follow Them "All The Way Down"

American progressive heavy metal band Odin's Court return with their fifth album entitled "Turtles All The Way Down." It was released on March 3rd through the band's own label D2C Studios in association with ProgRock Records. This latest album deals with the concept of the beginning of the universe and what it all means through the eyes of mankind. The band's sound could easily draw in fans of fellow prog-metal bands Dream Theater and Iron Maiden.

The new thirteen-song release begins with the spaced-out, synth-fueled instrumental "Turtles All The Way Down, Pt. 1." The clean, melodic guitar solo of the opener, gives way to the heavier, quicker pace of "And The Answer Is..." Lead singer Dimetrius LaFavors is fitting into his new role perfectly giving the album's lead single "...But What's The Question?" a classic metal appeal with his soaring vocals. Odin's Court plays heavily into more symphonic metal with the swirling keyboards competing with the duel guitar attack on the amazing instrumental "The Depths Of Reason."

The album is broken down into three categories, as each one gathers the songs discussing a certain angle of self-discovery of the universal question, "why are we here?" The band's sound treads into mainstream metal territory with "The Warmth Of Mediocity" as they continue to showcase great musicianship and songwriting. The slow down of the acoustic/piano ballad "(A Song For) Dragons," allows the band's wonderful harmonizing to take center stage, before the energy picks back up again with the metal groove of "The Death Of The Sun."

The final part of the album entitled "Everything" begins with the 100-second guitar instrumental "Turtles All The Way Down, Pt. 3," before heading into the 17-minute album closer "Box Of Dice (Does God Play?)." Odin's Court have performed along side such band's as King's X and Spock's Beard and the band will be heading out on the road in May with fellow rockers Enchant. For a complete list of tour dates and for more information on their new album "Turtles All The Way," please visit odinscourtband.com.

Friday, March 6, 2015

CD Review: New Metal Music In March From Sacral Rage And The Kahless Clone

The latest release from the Cruz Del Sur Music label is from the Greek heavy metal band Sacral Rage. They have combined all of the influences, like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Megadeth, and created an outstanding new metal album with a classic feel. The new nine-song album entitled "Illusions In Infinite Void" has it all, the thrash metal of "En Cima Del Mal," the high piercing vocals of "Lost Chapter E. Sutratma" and the tempo changes of "Panic Of Urals (Burning Skies)." The five-minute instrumental "Into Mental East," showcases the great musicianship within the band, before closing with the prog-metal feel of "Lost Chapter E. Amarna's Reign." To find out more about Sacral Rage and their latest release "Illusions In Infinite Void," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/SacralRage.
Also coming in March is the debut EP from Chicago progressive-metal band The Kahless Clone. Their s0und places the dark tones of metal on a musical landscape that takes you on an emotional journey of post-rock music.  This five-piece band creates these journeys through sound that you need to explore, especially with headphones as you get lost in the music of the moment of "I Can Feel Them, But I Can't Remember Them" and "A Somber Reflection." To find out more about The Kahless Clone and their latest release "An Endless Loop," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TheKahlessClone.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

CD Review: Rising Metal Bands ShadowIcon, Full Devil Jacket, Prong And Crowbar Release Iconic Albums

First, from Slovenia comes the latest release from the symphonic metal band ShadowIcon. The new EP entitled "Smoke & Mirrors" was released back in December of 2014, but is beginning to gain attention here in the U.S. The quick-hitting six-song album begins with the guitar driven "(Now I See) Through A Mirror Darkly" as vocalist Ana Prijatelj Pelhan brings the band to another level with her voice amongst a backdrop of amazing musicianship. The music and chorus of "If I Was The One" gives the song a bigger sound, while "The Edge" has the widest appeal with it's mainstream rock sound. The album finishes with the steady rocker "My Plea" and the intense reprise of the opening song "(Now I See) Through A Mirror Darkly." To find out more about ShadowIcon and their latest release "Smoke & Mirrors," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/shadowicon.

At the end of the month will see a few new release from the eOne Music record label. Beginning with the return of Full Devil Jacket and their new album "Valley Of Bones." After high profile tours and shows in the late-nineties, Full Devil Jacket were soon to be crowned the next big metal band, that was until lead singer Josh Brown almost died from a drug overdose. Now they return with unfinished business, beginning with dark metal tones of the album opener "Killers." The band still has that hard rock edge as displayed in the title song, while still keeping alive the nineties vibe with "The Moment." The highlight of the album is the adrenaline-fueled "We Got The Love," which will definitely put this band back on the map as a hard rock force to be reckon with. To find out more about Full Devil Jacket and their latest release "Valley Of Bones," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/FullDevilJacket.
 
Next up is the latest release from the metal trio, Prong with a set of new covers entitled "Songs From The Black Hole." The band takes on everything from their influences (Black Flag, Bad Brains) to exploring other avenues for their music with songs from Neil Young and the Butthole Surfers. The album comes blasting out of the gates with the aggressive nature of Discharge's song "Doomsday." They turn the Butthole Surfers song "Goofy's Concern" into a thunderous explosion of drums and classic metal guitars, while showcasing their skills during the five-plus minutes of "Kids Of The Black Hole," originally by the Adolescents. They add some heavy metal aspects to the Husker Du song "Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely," but the biggest make-over is the closer, "Cortez The Killer." Neil Young's original gets beefed up, while Prong sound nothing like their former selves. To find out more about Prong and their new release "Songs From The Black Hole," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/prongmusic.
 
Finally we get to the fifteenth anniversary reissue of Crowbar's sixth album "Equilibrium," originally released back in 2000. It will be available on March 31st and showcases the early days of the band, dealing with the revolving door of musicians that have come and gone, while still making a quality hardcore metal album. The music reflects the band's sludge metal sound that many of today's metal artists have named Crowbar as an influence. The album also contains one of the best metal cover songs of Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver." To stay up to date with the latest happenings of Crowbar, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/crowbarmusic.