Showing posts from March, 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 guitar

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

Europe War of Kings

EUROPE       WAR OF KINGS               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.