Halloween is a fun time to dress up into your alter ego whether it is Tramping out or going full on scary. The following bands don’t need Halloween to go full on scary because they are that way all the time. I am going to keep the list rather mainstream because there is some really crazy sh#t out there that actually scares me, but probably too crude and disturbing to actually post.
Here are the some of the Scariest Rock Bands that have crossed our path.
Slipknot: A heavy metal band out of Iowa, Slipknot is known for the stage shows where the band dresses up in similar clothing but each wearing masks that are very unique and quite scary at times. The band would do a lot of stage diving, fighting and occasionally would light other band members on fire which made for a crazy concert experience.
My Sunday Song #13 is by Alessia Cara called “Scars to Your Beautiful”. The song is off her latest album titled ‘Know It All’. This choice was inspired by my youngest daughter. She has to listen to this song every morning on the way to school. I don’t know if she understands the meaning or maybe she does and this is her anthem to get her emotionally ready for tackling school. Either way, it is a such an inspiring song for women and even men.
The song is about Body Image. If people don’t like they way you look, that is their problem not yours. The people’s perception of beauty needs to change because you are who you are and you are BEAUTIFUL!! Remember…God made you they way He wanted to make you and that in itself is beautiful.
One of my all time favorite songs is “Hallelujah” and one of the most covered songs. I am most familiar with the version by Leonard Cohen (the original) and then of course my personal favorite , Jeff Buckley.
I came across this version by Pentatonix that they released this past week and I have to say I enjoyed it. It is off their new album, ‘A Pentatonix Christmas’. It reminded me how great the songs is and always will be. However, nothing beats Buckley’s version in my opinion. I can enjoy this one as well.
I will share all three versions with you and you can pick your favorite.
It feels like I just did this last week…oh wait…I did. Another Friday and another week full of Christmas albums. I can’t wait (he says very sarcastically). There are a plethora of new releases, but only a few must haves for me. There a few metal ones down the list I will probably give a listen to as well. The most intriguing for me are highlighted in Blue.
Dee Snider – We Are the Ones – (Snider Than Thou Productions): The Twisted Sister frontman, Dee Snider, is releasing his first ever solo album and all I can say is..IT IS ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!
When Lady Gaga came on the scene back in 2008, I thought she was just a 21st Century Madonna. Boy, was I wrong. Where Madonna never really grew up in her music, Lady Gaga certainly has.
The album is eclectic in its musical styles, but they all blend nicely together in a very cohesive album. She definitely has her pop/dance songs such as the first single “Perfect Illusions” to “A Yo” which would fit nicely on any P!nk album.
Lady Gaga rocks out on the coolest song of the album “John Wayne” and has a country-blues tinged song “Sinner’s Prayer”. Her vocal maturity shows through on the exceptional songs “Joanne”, “Diamond Heart” and the heartbreaking love song “Million Reasons”.
One of the highlights is the song “Angel Down” that was inspired by Trayvon Martin. It is a very moving and sad song. The only misstep I found was “Hey Girl’ with Florence Welch. It is the one song I found flat musically and not very interesting.
For the album, she worked with Mark Ronson, Beck & Josh Homme (eclectic group) who helped her craft a well-rounded, sensational album. I can now say I am officially a fan.
10 keepers out 11 songs – 91%(4.5 out 5 stars).
NOTE: This is my first 200 word album review which was inspired by a challenge by Mike Ladano from way back in August. I am a little slow getting around to it. Click on his name and check out his site. It has tons of reviews and some awesome stories.
The lead singer of Dead or Alive, Pete Burns, dies at age 57 of cardiac arrest. Pete passed yesterday, Sunday, October 23rd. The band Dead or Alive was most famous for the 80’s hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”. The song made it to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984 and was one of the more fun Pop/Dance songs that came out in the 80’s. It was in heavy rotation on MTV where the band’s look help propel them to success. They had another hit in 1986 that made it to #15 called “Brand New Lover”. The band didn’t do much more in the states, but they will live in music history as everyone knows that song “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).
Each week Apple Music creates a playlist for me of songs they feel I will like called “My Favorites Mix”. This week they did a really great job of picking those songs. There were 25 songs and 1 hour & 32 minutes of magic. Here are the songs:
“Parasite (feat. John 5)” by Ace Frehley – Origins Vol. 1
“You’re In Trouble” by Ratt – Out of the Cellar
“Tobacco Road” by David Lee Roth – Eat ‘Em and Smile
“My Woman in Black” by Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette
“Outta My Way” by Talisman – Cats and Dogs
“Monster You Made” by Pop Evil – War of Angels
“Under and Over It” by Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist
“Fiddler’s” by John 5 – Songs for Sanity
“We Could Run Away” by Needtobreathe – The Heat
“Rudebox” by Robbie Williams – Rudebox E.P.
“Stay the Night” by James Blunt – Some Kind of Trouble
“No Apologies” by Bon Jovi – Greatest Hits – The Ultimate Collection
“Professor Satchafunkilus” by Joe Satriani – Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock
“Lighter Shade of Green” by Alcatrazz – Disturbing the Peace
“Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones – The Complete Collection 1971-2013
“Something More” by Train – Drops of Jupiter
“Invisible Touch” by Genesis – Invisible Touch
“Run to You” by Bryan Adams – Reckless
“Bring It On Home” by Dread Zeppelin – Un-Led-Ed
“One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx – Reach the Beach
“Suicide Blonde” by INXS – The Best of INXS
“Sure Know Something” by Kiss – Dynasty
“Save A Prayer” by Duran Duran – Greatest
“Let’s Dance” by David Bowie – Best of Bowie
“Hollywood” by Collective Soul – Afterwords
When I gave this a listen the first time, this playlist put me in a great mood. I hope the new playlist coming up on Wednesday is as good as this one. Go to Apple Music and give it a listen at this link.
“My Champion” by Alter Bridge is this week’s choice for My Sunday Song #12. The song is off their brand new album “The Last Hero” and if you haven’t listened to it…you should. There is a great review over at Stick It In Your Ear by DeKE if you want to read up on how awesome the album is.
It is a very uplifting and inspiring song. If you know someone who is struggling, let them know that they are your champion. They might need a little encouragement or just a word from you that could help them with whatever they are going through.
I hope the song and the lyrics help you out in some way.
Friday again and we are definitely getting closer to Christmas as there are several Christmas albums on the new release schedule (and I don’t want to listen to any of them!!!). Thank goodness there are some great rock releases as well. If you like women rockers, there are two great ones coming out today in The Pretty Reckless and The Pretenders. So many to listen to and can’t wait to hear them. My choices are highlighted in Blue.
Pretty Reckless – Who You Selling For – (Razor & Tie): Taylor Momsen and gang are ready for the new hard rock release. Taylor has a great voice that is perfect to rock out. She is amazing and so is this band. High hopes for this one.
The Pretenders – Alone – (BMG): This was an unexpected surprise. So excited that Chrissie Hynde is back. I have followed them since the early 80’s and love everything they do. This is a must for me.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominations for the 2017 induction ceremony today. There are a lot of great artists on this list and all deservedly so; however, only 5 will make it through. The nominees are as follows: