Rick Springfield – “Little Demon” – Single Review

Rick Springfield has a new album coming out on January 26th, 2018 called ‘The Snake King’.  If you are expecting a “Jessie’s Girl” pop album you will be sadly disappointed. Rick is exploring his rock side.  Even more, he is going back to his early influences and it is a more Blues-Rock oriented album.

The first single, “Little Demon”, is a wonderful example of that sound.  It is a hard, rocking song with some heavy blues influence.  Rick sounds great and he can still deliver the goods.  The highlight of the song is the music as you can see below, there are not a ton of lyrics.  The song is very guitar heavy and at over 5 minutes  is a really long song that we are not accustomed to from Rick.  He is definitely stretching himself artistically and if this is an example of what is to come on the album, we are in for a treat.

I am well aware that Rick can bring the rock as he did just that with his album Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance which is my favorite album of his.  I wasn’t sure he could pull of the blues as well, but I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.  His voice is gritty enough now to pull off the vocals and the team surrounding him has done a great job musically.  Is it the best blues song I have heard and the most authentic, no.  However, if you are a fan of Rick Springfield, it is a great rock song and you should be able to get on board with it.  I do like it better than anything on his last release so that is a good sign.

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Hellyeah – Unden!able – Album Review

Hellyeah’s fifth studio album is ‘Unden!able’ and it is undeniably fantastic (sorry, had to do it).  It is the best album they have done to date.  It is heavy, hard and pounding but melodic at the same time.

I have had the album for 2 weeks now and have really spent a lot of time absorbing it’s greatness.  It is funny how the older I get, the heavier I tend to like it (there are so many ways you could take that).  When I was younger, I wouldn’t have given them a listen, but now I can’t get enough.

The album opens with the intro “!” and slowly builds to the hard-driving song “X”.  The song will get your blood flowing with the pounding Vinnie Paul drums and Chad Gray’s vocals.  He is in top form with his gravelly, semi-screaming vocals.  He sings with such power and intensity throughout this album.

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#TBT – Scorpions – Humanity: Hour 1

Scorpions first album came out in 1972.   35 years later in 2007 they did something I never expected.  They released an album that for me was a big surprise. This is not the typical Scorpions album you are used to hearing.  They made an album that sounded like a modern rock album but there is still the Scorpions sound.  After their last few albums, my expectations were low as they I feel they have struggled to find themselves since the mid-90’s.

The album is different than their other albums as it is a concept album.  Per the band’s website:

 Humanity: Hour 1 is a concept album based on a loose storyline by Desmond Child and futurist Liam Carl, which predicts a world torn apart by a civil war between humans and robots. This apocalyptic nightmare serves as a warning shot to all humanity, whose only hope of survival is to reclaim our humanity.

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Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Damned Vol. 1 – Album Review 82%

I am finally getting around to reviewing the fourth album from Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Damned on Eleven Seven Music.  I have to live with an album for a few weeks before I can accurately determine what I like and what I don’t about an album.  I can say there is not much I don’t like about this album.

Prayers for the Damned is the best Sixx:A.M. album to date.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I thought Sixx:A.M. was going to be a one-off project for Nikki Sixx and now I see that they are for real.  You think I would have caught on after the second album or even the third.  I guess it helps that Motley Crue is no more so that makes me feel this is no longer  a side project as well.

The band consists of Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba, James Michael, and new drummer Dustin Steinke.  I feel they are clicking so well as a band on this album and it shows in the quality of the songs and the tone of the album.  The songs are pieced together nicely and the flow of the whole album works with just minor hiccups.

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Kiss – My Top 10 Albums

For my first Top 10 List, I am going to choose the band that started it all for me…KISS! When I was a kid, it was all about Kiss.  My brother, Gary, had his entire walls in his bedroom (sort of bedroom) covered with pictures of Kiss.  My other brother, Jimmy, and his friends dressed up as Kiss and made their own costumes.  How could I not be influenced to like them.

I have seen them in concert at least a 1/2 dozen times with and without make-up.  Sadly, the with make-up was only after they put the make-up back on for the reunion tour.  I was too young to see them early on.

Everyone has albums they love and hate for Kiss.  For me, there are definitely 10 albums that I think are good enough to be on the list.  For this list, I will actually include a live album and I will explain why later.

Here are my Top 10 favorite Kiss albums and why:

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Women that Rock – Playlist

Most of the rock albums I have are sung by men.  However, there are a lot of great rock songs and albums with female lead singers.  I was sitting here listening to Janis Joplin and started thinking about who were some of my favorite female lead singers that could rock it out.  Below is my list of my favorite Women that Rock.

Here we go.

“Piece of My Heart” – Janis Joplin

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Gotthard / Steve Lee – Artist Profile

Gotthard is a rock band out of Switzerland and sadly never got much, if any, airplay here in the states. This is another band I was introduced to thanks to the website Melodicrock.com.  I don’t think I would have ever heard of them otherwise, and I would have missed out on a great band.

The band was started back in the early 90’s and they have gone on to be one of the top selling bands in Switzerland. I believe at one time, the top selling was a little known band named Krokus.  Who doesn’t love Krokus.

Gotthard Lee 2010

The moving force behind Gotthard was the lead singer Steve Lee.  He had such an amazing voice and he could rock out or sing a heartfelt ballad.  He had a little raspiness in his voice and his vocals brought so much passion and life to these songs it gave you an instant connection to them.

Sadly, in October 2010, Steve Lee was killed in a freak accident when he was on a motorcycle tour in the U.S.  I still remember when I heard the news and I can say I was truly upset.  I spent the next few days listening to their albums non-stop.

The band has gone on to replace Steve with a new lead singer, but it is not the same.  The band I am writing about here is specifically the era of Steve Lee.

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Friday New Releases – April 29th

It is Friday again and not a moment too soon.  Today’s new releases are just what this metal head has been waiting for and I have a feeling these will be on heavy rotation over the next week.

Sixx A.M. – Prayers for the Damned (Eleven Seven Music)

When Nikki Sixx put together Sixx A.M. for the Heroin Diaries, I thought it was going to be a one-off project.  Gladly that was not the case.  This album is their fourth one and since all three previous albums have been exceptional, I am hoping that streak continues.

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Thriving Ivory / Midnight Cinema – Artist Profile

I guess you are getting a two-for-one artist profile.  As I am doing a profile on Thriving Ivory & Midnight Cinema.  No, they are not the same band even though they have most of the same bandmates.  The difference is explained below.  They are both great Pop/Rock bands and that voice of Clayton Stroupe is amazing.

Thriving Ivory

Thriving Ivory was based out of California and consisted of  Clayton Stroope, Drew Cribley, and Paul Niedermier.  Clayton’s voice is very unique. I believe it is one of those you either love it, or hate it.  Me, I love it. It gives them their own unique sound and different is always good.

The band’s first album, Thriving Ivory, came out in 2008 and contained their biggest hit “Angels on the Moon”.  I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it.  iTunes was offering the video for free one week and that was how I came across the song.  The song went on to go Gold selling over 500,000 singles.

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