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Friday, March 20, 2015

“Immortal RANDY RHOADS – The Ultimate Tribute”

“Immortal RANDY RHOADS – The Ultimate Tribute”

UDR isconstantly breaking new ground with older artists and serves as a monumental label capable of delivering the classic metal goods. My first approach to the music on the eve of Randy's passing was a surreal moment for me. As a fan and a guitarist . The cold new england wind howling outside my window reminds me of the frailty of life. At first listen, the one thing that stood out for me was that, this is a celebration of a musical genius. A life of work cut short and taken from us too soon. So let's take this track by track

1. Crazy Train
Vocals: Serj Tankian
Gtrs:  Tom Morello
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums:  Vinny Appice       Ok at first listen to all the hype in the press this was supposed to be something amazing. It is not. Serj places vocals in this song which make it seem almost comical. His vocal style just doesn't transfer well to this type of metal. Tom Morello is a phenomenal guitarist. He doesn't go for the typical let's copy Randy's style and I appreciate that but overall his contribution here is not that impressive. This remake I could do without. There is no passion or energy here just gimmicks.

2. Over the Mountain
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Jon Donais
Bass:  Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Frankie Banali     Jon Donais has a feel for what Randy was doing. You feel  the excitement on this one. The energy and passion is there. Ripper does an amazing job on the vocals.

3. Mr Crowley
Vocals: Chuck Billy
Gtrs:  Alexi Laiho
Keyboards: Kelle Rhoads
Bass Rudy: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice          um....keyboard intro was spot on but those I love testament but here in this context. next.

4. Believer
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Doug Aldrich
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice    Again Here is the passion. Doug Aldrich you are on fire. Randy would be impressed.

5. Back To The Coast (Quiet Riot)
Vocals: Kelle Rhoads
Gtrs:  Bruce Kulick
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Frankie Banali           interesting. Makes me think more about how Quiet Riot went from this crappy song to metal health? But it does show off some of Randy's pre-metal riffs.

6. I Don't Know
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: George Lynch
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen        Again....passion = energy. George Lynch you are shining. Not overplaying. Paying homage to the master. And that outro solo...awesome

7. S A T 0
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Rhythm guitars: Bob Kulick
Lead guitar: Dweezil Zappa
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice         ok. thanks Ripper for the vocals here,

8. Killer Girls (Quiet Riot)
Vocals:  Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Joel Hoekstra
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen    A better pre metal health song style. Cool

9. Goodbye to Romance
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Gus G.
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen....A very good remake. Gus G is an amazing guitarist

10. Suicide Solution
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Brad Gillis
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen....hands down my favorite track. Brad Gillis just kills this one. Awesome.

11. Flying High Again
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Bernie Torme
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums:  Brett Chassen.....Very well done. Energetic. Powerful

Overall a fantastic tribute to Randy Rhoads. His genius and legacy live on. A few missteps here and there but this is a great album filled with some of metals finest players.

Bryan Martin


Sunday, March 15, 2015

That Metal Show Host, Don Jamieson, The Interview

Interview with Don Jamieson of That Metal Show



I had the chance to speak with Mr. Jamieson during a cold, wintery day from my friend's car. It smelled like dust and cigarettes. My car was in the shop. I was about to hear my phone ring and speak with one of metals most outspoken fans. That Metal Show, has become a staple television show in every metal heads home from here to, only the Gods know where. But it was cold....too cold. The phone rang...


Did you ever think That Metal Show would be on Television for this long?

   No I thought we would shoot the pilot, I would get to meet Lita Ford, and that would be the end of my television career. But I'm very grateful.

How many takes does it take?

Just one. It's just a hang. We just do it. We are fans and that's how we treat it. What you see is what you get.

Does vh1 choose your wardrobe?

(Laughs), Nah. It's all straight from our closet. Believe it or not. That kind of high end fashion picked strictly by the three hosts.

Have you ever met a musician you idolized only to realize they were jerks?

Actually it's usually the opposite. So many of them I idolized as a kid. People like Alice Cooper. Just a true gentleman. Like many musicians, just salt of the earth people. To me it's all about making good TV. When Marylyn Manson came on our show. He chose to come on in a highly inebriated state. That's his choice. Makes my job a little harder, kind of like babysitting a fifth grader. None the less it is entertaining.

Do you find it difficult to make fans of all genres of metal happy?

Yes. You're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Jim, Eddie, and I, you know we are middle aged guys. So the stuff we like is in the classic sound. Sabbath, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden. That does not mean we don't like other genres. I like death metal, black metal. But this is vh1 classic so you kind of know what you're getting.

What are you currently listening to?

Well the pick of the week is a band called VISOGOTH from Utah. I'm really digging it. A great band called KYNG, a hard rock trio. The Pretty Reckless.

Are you a fan of female fronted bands?

Yeah. The European metal scene has a lot. Power metal. It's crazy. Here in the states it is still straight up male fronted rock. You don't see it as much. A band like The Pretty Reckless. It's really a great album. She does have an interesting story which is worth introducing our audience to.

Is metal an easy subject as a comedian or do people take it too seriously?

Heavy metal lends itself to comedy. There is no doubt. Watch any video from the 80's and you can write a whole hours worth of material. I have a portion of my act dedicated to metal

Manowar Or Metallica?

Definitely Metallica. They keep re-inventing themselves.

Dio or OZZY?

Loved Ronnie but gotta go Ozzy. Because ozzy was a part of Black Sabbath and Sabbath created metal.

Lita Ford or Doro Pesch?

I had a Lita Ford poster on my wall. So I gotta go Lita. Lots of missing socks in my house growing up.

How long will ,That Metal Show ,last?

As long as the network wants it. That's the key. The three of us are best friends. When the shows cancelled the three of us will still be doing the show somewhere. Just for free (laughs) It's who we are.

Where do you see yourself 10 years down the road?

Probably playing Elks clubs and Firehouses somewhere.

The Show hasn't changed you?

No. I'm a jeans and t-shirt guy my whole life. I haven't changed. We are who we are. When the cameras go off we don't change. We are metal heads through and through.


Bryan Martin

Europe War of Kings

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            Remembering those golden years of mtv when bands like Europe took over the video waves. Songs like "Carrie" and final countdown are forever burned into my teenage mind."The final countdown" alone has rocketed forth from so many stadiums and sporting events over the years, that it would be impossible to count. War of Kings , the 10th studio album, is a heavier and streamlined Europe. This band sounds like a prize fighter begging to get back in the ring.  It is less Smiles and bubble gum pop rock, and more brooding, dark, a hard rock atmospheric. You can still feel the musical sensibility. The song writing is  top notch and the hits are there. This album is a testament to the bands staying power. Legendary are not terms you can apply to every band. Europe is one of those few. With the rise of "final Countdown" Europe solidified themselves as a major contender to the throne of iconic metal. Then during the Grunge age, they fell away from America's favor. After reuniting in 2003 they have begun a steady trek back across the littered fields of burnt out metal and rock bands. "War Of Kings" is the album that will carry them to the throne room once again. Simply put it is one damn good heavy rock album.  The title track is an in your face atmospheric assault on your senses. Guitarist John Norum is one of the best shredders on the planet and he shines all over this album. Joey Tempest sounds amazing and more importantly he sounds hungry. Hungry to prove something. No need to prove anything to the diehard fans. We know Joey. We know.


Bryan Martin


War of Kings

1) War Of Kings
2) Hole In My Pocket
3) Second Day
4) Praise You
5) Nothin’ To Ya
6) California 405
7) Days Of Rock n Roll
8) Children Of The Mind
9) Rainbow Bridge
10) Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11) Light Me Up
Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)

Joey Tempest – lead vocals, acoustic & rhythm guitar, keyboards
John Norum – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
John Leven – bass, backing vocals
Mic Michaeli – keyboards, piano, backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Ian Haugland – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Judas Priest Defenders Of The Faith Re-Mastered



Judas Priest    Defenders Of The Faith   Re-Mastered


     My Teen age days were spent cranking metal on my record player. Yes. Record player. My room was covered in heavy metal posters. I can remember buying the new Defenders of the Faith album and just playing it over and over. The twin lead attack of k.k and Glenn burning into my air guitar playing mind.

     30 years later the entire album has been re-mastered to perfection!

     Judas Priest is one of the most iconic and widely recognized metal band in the world. Rob Halford's stellar vocal range is countered by his almost ethereal ability to lower his range and hit you right in your soul. Priest never disappoints. And this album, now re-mastered and including some amazing live tracks, is no exception. "Turbo Lover", "Freewheel burning" are rock solid flag bearers of 80's metal. This is Priest unrivalled and unleashed.  Burning slabs of molten metal tracks like, "Heavy Duty", "Love Bites", and "The Sentinel" sound reborn on this disc.

    As if hearing these songs was enough priest hits you in the face with not one but two live cd's. Disc 2 and 3 are live from Long Beach Arena, California on May 5th, 1984.  Here we have some incredible live versions of the classics. "Sinner", "Electric Eye", "Hell Bent For Leather". You cannot live without this new version of  past classics. You can almost smell the smoke from the rob's motorcycle.  It is all here.  Live is where the Priest beast is unleashed and where you will find the most solid evidence that Judas Priest will always be "Defenders Of  The Faith"

 Bryan Martin



CD1 'Defenders of the Faith' Re-Mastered 


1.   Freewheel Burning

2.   Jawbreaker

3.   Rock Hard Ride Free

4.   The Sentinel

5.   Love Bites

6.   Eat Me Alive

7.   Some Heads Are Gonna Roll

8.   Night Comes Down

9.   Heavy Duty

10. Defenders of the Faith


CD2 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984 


1.   Love Bites

2.   Jawbreaker

3.   Grinder

4.   Metal Gods

5.   Breaking the Law

6.   Sinner

7.   Desert Plains

8.   Some Heads Are Gonna Roll

9.   The Sentinel 

10. Rock Hard Ride Free


CD3 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984 


1.   Night Comes Down

2.  The Hellion

3.   Electric Eye

4.   Heavy Duty

5.   Defenders of the Faith

6.   Freewheel Burning 

7.   Victim of Changes

8.   The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)

9.   Living After Midnight

10. Hell Bent For Leather

11. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming


Album Release March 2015

Monday, November 17, 2014

Interview With Scott Ian Of Anthrax/ Book Review

Interview with Scott Ian Of Anthrax/I'm The Man book review

I'm The Man  The Story Of That Guy from Anthrax

Scott  Ian of Anthrax was high on my list of people to one day interview. So when the opportunity came to review his new Book, "I'm The Man", I jumped at the bonus chance to interview the man himself. Truly responsible for being a forerunner in the American Thrash Metal Movement, Scott and Anthrax are in the Pantheon of metal icons. His music is inspirational for so many bands, his guitar sledgehammer sound is a like a juggernaut of pure molten metal. He is onstage a force to be reckoned with. But I found the book and the man himself to be sincere, down to Earth, and honest. The history of Anthrax is interwoven with tales of hard partying, and dreams when metal was still in its true infancy. This book presents the reader with a drone like view of the rough road to success. The book is one wild ride throughout his life and you feel drawn to the persistence of once consistent theme in the pages: Scott loves what he does.


 First of all congrats, on the book.


 I like the flow of the book it is not all about booze and drugs and broads.

(Laughs) Well I look at it this way, even if that was my life. If my life was that I wouldn't have done a book unless I felt I did something different than what has been done a hundred times already. There are so many of those same books out already. So for me ,unless somehow my booze and drugs and women story was so much greater than someone else. But they all tend to blur a little to me. That was the thing going into this. I did not want to do a book just for the sake of doing a book.


Do you find that others in the industry have a difficult time continuing once they become parents?

Yeah, absolutely. Obviously, if you're a parent that enjoys being a parent. Makes touring for a long time very difficult. Three of us in the band have children so you know we just find ways to make it as painless as possible. So everyone doesn't have to be away for too long from their families.


 Being a dad, and a husband. How has your perspective on the world changed or has it?

Well it makes things in life simpler. Because family comes first. Everything else would stop If I needed it to. Just makes things a lot easier in one way. Easier to focus on family.


Would you want your son to grow up to be a musician?

If he wants to be. yes.

How much do you feel the industry for metal has changed with the advent of social media?

I don't know. I don't know what effect it truly has.  Whatever it does it doesn't make up for people stealing records.  I have a twitter account. What is the end game? I don't see the positive of getting your music out there for free. For me making a record used to be special. Getting signed by people ,who understood bands and understood talent development. Making a cd was not something everyone could do. And there is a reason for that. There are not going to be 5 million great bands. But if you go online there are 5 million things to listen to. I think it just creates clutter and confusion truthfully. I don't think anyone will discover the next Metallica or Zeppelin because someone uploaded their songs to the internet. I hate to sound like a crabby old man but nothing makes up for the fact that music is stolen all day long.

Do you come across new bands that interest you?

I am not actively out there looking. I have friends that send me stuff. They get every metal record that comes out in the hopes that they are going to be pleasantly surprised.  Once in awhile someone plays me something that I might like. But I already have 48,000 songs on my iPod to choose from. There is a band called Rival Sons, not a metal band. I really get into. very derivative of zeppelin and the 70's

In the book you did mention at one point the guys in Metallica were considering replacing Lars. Was that some sort of drunken bravado or a serious tone? I mean you were there so your perspective is key.

I don't think it was drunken bravado. It was something they were definitely talking about at that time.

Quick guitar question. Tube or digital amps?


How cool was it to jam with Peter Chris and Ace Frehley at the Eddie Trunk anniversary show?

Yeah. It was great. To get to play some of those songs with those dudes it was really a special moment. I had played with Ace a few times before but I never jammed with Peter. And certainly not together so it was definitely a trip. It sometimes hard to wrap your head around things like that. To go back to being a kid and remembering how into Kiss I was and then to think that I would someday be jamming with them. It blows my mind.

The new Anthrax is in the works?

Yeah we have just been writing and will continue to write until we feel we are ready. We have a lot of really good material. Just keep going until we are ready. Somehow we just know.


With the conclusion of the interview I shut off my phone and concentrated on his every word. Here was a true master of the metal  lifestyle. From the early days struggling to get a record deal to the globe trekking superstar, Scott Ian has remained loyal to himself, his band, and his art form. Pick up a copy of "I'm The man" today and read it for yourself.

Da Capo Press


Friday, August 15, 2014

The Harp Twins are twin ladies who know how to rock! They have played for heads of state and celebrities around the country. But they are true music fans as well as fans of metal! They  perform a variety of Television theme songs as well as covers by such notable classic metal acts like, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, And even AC/DC. Not only does their music sound amazing but their videos are equally fantastic, visual representations, of their passion.



1. Your cover of Iron Maiden's "Fear Of The Dark" is excellent. It is what led me

to discover your music. Are there any plans to do more Maiden songs?


Thanks so much! “Fear of the Dark” is our favorite Maiden song and we had a

ton of fun covering it! We also recently posted a video for our arrangement of

“Dance of Death” – which was our most elaborate music video to date! We have

gotten a lot of requests to cover more Iron Maiden, so you can definitely expect

more in the future. We have yet another Maiden song on our “to arrange” list that

we think our fans will love.


2. Obviously the two of you are fans of metal music as well as other forms. Name

your top five metal acts.


That’s really difficult, because we have a lot of favorite songs from a lot of

different groups. However, some metal acts that make the top of our current list

are Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Eluveitie, Angra, and Metallica.


3. Are there any bands that you would like to record with? And perhaps perform

on stage?


Oh goodness, yes! It would be a huge honor to play with any of the bands and

artists we’ve covered!


4. The current wave of metal bands from Europe are Symphonic and female

fronted. Do you ever see The Harp Twins perhaps fronting your own symphonic

style metal band?


We find it awesome that there are so many female fronted European symphonic

metal bands! It would be fun to perform with a rock or metal band some day, and

being able to rock out with a band backing us would be a dream come true. :) :)


5. Playing for presidents and people from all manner of life, do you have any

crazy stories that may have happened backstage or during a show?


One of the things that we most love about performing is that every audience and

show is different. When we’ve played for huge political events, our harps have

always been “swept” by the Secret Service. It was amusing to see the dogs

sniffing around our harps and equipment. One time a few years ago, we were

playing for a church service and the pastor tripped and fell on K during

communion. She and the harp were almost knocked over and there were

communion wafers all over the floor and us. Luckily, we didn’t miss a beat and

the pastor was fine. However, thankfully we haven’t had anything too crazy ever

6. The Harp seems a little out of reach for the average student in school. Do you

think The Harp Twins could help to change this? Maybe tour some schools to

inspire the younger generation?


We think that the only reason that harps seem “out of reach” is that people tend

to not think outside of the box. Since there are so many people that play the

piano, or violin, or guitar, people can see the potential of those instruments. We

are trying to show the world that the harp can rock just as much as any

instrument and it isn’t necessarily any more expensive than learning any other

instrument. In fact, we recently partnered with Harpsicle Harps to show what can

be done with small, affordable harps. Our most recently video is our arrangement

of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”, which we arranged specially for our Harpsicle

Harps! ( When we first

wanted to learn the harp in middle school, we worked a lot of jobs to earn money

for our instruments and lessons. We had to show our mom that we were serious

about learning the harp. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we didn’t let anything

stop us from following our dreams. We didn’t believe (and still don’t believe) that

anything is out of reach for someone who is willing to put in the time and effort to

pursue their dreams. We’ve played for quite a few schools for kids of all ages and

that is always a lot of fun! It is awesome to see the reactions of kids to what we

can do with our harps. We definitely think our music is starting to reach a new

audience and we would love to inspire a new generation of musicians. We love

taking the harp where it has never been before!


7. Future plans for The Harp Twins


We’re not sure what the future holds, but world domination by the Harp Twins

Revolution is a definite possibility. ;) ;) We would love to continue to perform on

our harps and act. We love traveling, so we hope our work will allow us to see

the world. The future is full of exciting possibilities and we can’t wait to see what

life has in store.


8. Although twins, each of you has your own unique personality. Name

something about each other that people might never guess...


K: Camille can trill really, really, high. Like ear-shatteringly high in pitch.

C: Kennerly can whistle and I can’t whistle worth beans. It seems like I should be

able to since we are the same genetically!

9. Anything you would like to say to your fans.


Our fans are the BEST and we wouldn’t be where we are today without them!

The support of our fans means the world to us and we are so grateful for each

and every person who supports our music and us. We try to show that

appreciation every day by spending as much time as possible interacting with

them on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.


That's about it. I know you are busy so take your time. Personally I think your

music and versions of classic covers are excellent. Keep up the fantastic music



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