We are already in to September and being a Holiday Weekend here in the States, it seems to be a lighter week than what we have seen the past and what is coming in the future. There is one Massive release for a lot of my friends and I will give it a listen, but otherwise there is nothing I am looking forward to this week. There are a few big releases outside of the Massive one and maybe they will be what you want to hear. My choice is highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear and what I may have missed as that does happen. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I know I will as it is a long weekend for me.
Iron Maiden – Senjutsu – (Iron Maiden / Sanctuary Records / BMG): Iron Maiden is back with another release and there are a lot of readers excited by this one. I have never gotten in to them, but I will give it a listen so I am not completely left out of the conversation when it begins. This is the band’s 17th Studio album which is why I haven’t tried to get in to them as that is a lot of albums to buy plus the million of live albums they have it is quite daunting. But if you like Metal, this should be up your alley.
And that is it for me. Hopefully one of these albums will strike your fancy and you’ll give them a spin…
Is 4% a lot? If someone was to give you 4% less of something, are you really missing out? For the most part, that answer would be…No! Well, the answer changes when it comes to music. If you were to listen to an album that was playing 4% slower and you asked that question, my answer would be…Yes, 4% makes a huge difference. And such is the case for the Stone Temple Pilot’s album ‘Live 2018’.
What am I talking about? For Record Store Day 2018, the one on Black Friday, Stone Temple Pilots released a special edition, 3-D, live album. The music wasn’t 3-D, the album cover was. There was a manufacturing error with the vinyl that caused the speed of the album to be 96% of the actual speed. Only a 4% difference that made a world of difference when listening to the music.
In my original review of Stone Temple Pilots – Live 2018 review, I mentioned if my opinion of the album was changed when (and if) I received the replacement copy, I would do another review…and here we are. The original, 96% speed, actually received a 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars…what will the corrected vinyl receive? We will see shortly.
The Replacement copy arrived and it took about 3-4 months after I contacted them to get a replacement which makes sense since albums need about a 3 month window to be made. The copy arrived and it was in a very simple, solid white cardboard sleeve. The dust cover was the same as the original version and the album was also the same in the that beautiful translucent, red vinyl.
Stone Temple Pilots are back with a brand new album and a brand new singer. As you probably already know the story, their original lead singer was one of the most iconic lead singers of any band, Scott Weiland. Scott had a lot of troubles with addiction and was in and out of the band several times. He was replaced with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, but Chester left to focus solely on his original band. Since this time, both singers have passed away and will never rejoin the band.
Now STP has a decision to make. Do they continue as a band? The answer to that is obviously YES or I wouldn’t be doing a review of their new album. Do they get a new lead singer that is completely their own person and nothing like the previous singer or do they get one that sounds just like Scott Weiland? The answer to that will come later, but first let me explain why I asked that question myself.
In history, bands have always replaced lead singers. There are two types of replacements..1) The singer that sounds nothing like the original singer and 2) the singer that sounds just like the old lead singer. Depending on which one you choose can have a different impact on the band. I think throughout history we have seen both work, however, for me there is only one solution.
Let’s look at the first, the new singer sounds nothing like the original singer. There are many examples of that happening and quite successfully…Deep Purple has done it, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and even Van Halen. Let’s look at Van Halen…with David Lee Roth (the original singer) and Sammy Hager (the replacement) were totally polar opposite singers and styles. However, each band was extremely successful in their own right. Why you might ask? Because the band sound was still Van Halen and the songs were great. Also, there was no real comparison between the two. It was really two different bands that just happened to have the same name. I personally like both versions (I am little more partial to David’s era just because I liked that sound a little better).