Saturday, November 18, 2017

SATIN - It's About Time (2017)

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Three years ago we presented here the debut of Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer SATIN, easily the best indie Melodic Rock / AOR album that year. Well, wait to listen to Satin's sophomore effort "It's About Time" to be released next month, November 20th... this is not only the best independent 2017 Melodic Rock / AOR release, but one of the best overall!

Satin grew up listening the '80s classic bands and he fell in love with all Melodic Hard Rock variants forever. Influenced by the likes of Kiss and Bon Jovi, he started to play guitar at the age of nine and performed on a local tv show at the age of eleven.
He continued learning music and playing other instruments. In 2005 after releasing a KISS covers album, he was featured on the ‘Gods Of Thunder - A Norwegian Tribute To KISS’ album.
Since then Satin has been a part of many projects, playing, composing and producing for others, and in 2013 he received a Norwegian Grammy.

His self titled debut album was released in April 2014, ten songs written and produced by Satin which leave us jaw-dropped. Seriously, the quality in all departments of Satin's debut is remarkable.
Well, wait to listen to "It's About Time"... expect the same but augmented 100%!
All completely managed by himself - songwriting, arrangements, instrumentation production - and recorded at Satin's own studio 'Solysma' - this guy has achieved a level of quality rarely seen in any musical genre. And all by himself.

Yeah, "It's About Time" is on par - or even better - with a major label production. Everything sounds pristine, clear, polished... and the best part of all: at the service of 10 awesome Melodic Rock songs with a strong AOR flavor.

The first two a tracks, the superb 'Look Up In The Sky', and the anthemic 'I'll Never Let You Down', worth the admission alone. Darn, Satin is an extremely talented cat, with a knack to compose elegant Melodic Rock songs like the former, and at the same time anthemic AOR diamonds such as the latter, plenty of synths / layers of harmony vocals.
On 'Waiting For Someone' Satin adds a little more muscle to his vocal performance, in a track with some American feel which brings to my mind the first Hardline album.
Only 3 songs, and I'm sold...



And then it comes 'Use It Or Lose It'... '80s AOR is back! That jumpin' verses are from the Stan Bush factory, there's a strong guitar riff and a pumping bass line, but are the synths which provide the aural magic.
But wait, Satin isn't a one trick pony; at the middle the song changes its rhtyhm for a very original guitar passage and then explodes into a crazy melodious solo, which round up one of the greatest songs on the year!

Next, Satin keeps the quality over the top: a different kind of synths (very cool) opens 'The Damage Got Done', a poppy and catchy as hell tune with some Rick Springfield feel circa 1984.
Another favorite of mine (lie, all are!) arrives with the incredibly infectious 'This Time', which it sounds like a lost REO Speedwagon song preformed by a young Jon Bon Jovi. There's lovely keys, a welcomed, different drum sound and tons of harmony vocals... '80s AOR anyone?
This Top Class stuff folks...

And the distinguished Satin pen continues with the primo AOR of 'Who You Are' similar to Lou Gramm (Foreigner) first solo album but at the same time updated, the beautiful ballad 'Heading For A Fall' (sweet vocals by Satin) recalling the obscure American '80s AOR band The Synch, and the groovy melodic hard rocker 'True Love' driven by a pulsating riff and a fantastic layered chorus.

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I have to mention that Satin not only does a very good lead vocal work here, but also he is a very clever arranger recording himself the backing vocals / harmonies in different tonality resulting in a terrific effect.
Closer is just another gem, 'Lying Eyes' a midtempo melodic rocker combining the best of Dion Bayman with the rockier side of '80s Richard Marx, there's delicious verses and a 'cascading' chorus in the vein of classic Stage Dolls. All embellished by keyboards and an effective guitar solo.

Satin's "It's About Time" is simply fabulous.
This guy is the complete package: terrific songwriting, great instrumentation, polished crystal clear production, and THAT classy Melodic Rock / AOR sound. What a talent.
All songs are keepers, no filler, with a unique style / freshness each other, full of ear-worm melodies that will stay in your head for weeks.
Yes, Satin's "It's About Time" is already placed in my Best Of the Year list, and I guess it will rank higher and higher as we reach the end of 2017.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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01 - Look Up In The Sky
02 - I'll Never Let You Down
03 - Waiting For Someone
04 - Use It Or Lose It
05 - The Damage Got Done
06 - This Time
07 - Heading For A Fall
08 - Who You Are
09 - True Love
10 - Lying Eyes

All songs written, performed & produced by Satin


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VAMP - The Rich Don't Rock [2CD remastered Deluxe Edition]

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One of you requested this Divebomb Records reissue of VAMP's "The Rich Don't Rock [2CD remastered Deluxe Edition]", out of print now with remaining copies being sold for over €140.
Munich Melodic Hard Rockers VAMP were another sad example for the way music industry works. Signed by Atlantic Records they released in 1989 the cracking "The Rich Don't Rock" album produced by Tony Platt (Foreigner) stuffed to the rafters with arena-ready choruses, hooky guitars and soaring ballsy vocals.
But VAMP were victims of their record label short sightedness and their album went nowhere commercially.

VAMP started recording their only album in Holland but due executive differences several producers come and left until they finally managed to get Tony Platt whom did a great job obtaining a brilliant and crisp sound.
VAMP toured Europe supporting White Lion, Bullet Boys, Bonfire and others but meanwhile the record company didn't promote "The Rich Don't Rock" in any way.
Disappointed with the scarce support, drummer Dickie left the band accepting the offer by no other than BRUCE DICKINSON to join him on his first solo world tour. After that tour he stayed in London and joined melodic rockers SKIN.
Soon the rest of VAMP disbanded. A sorrowful story for such talented band.

"The Rich Don't Rock" is a long-lost little gem, something of a hidden Melodic Hard Rock classic blending American and European stylings with class and superb musicianship.
Led from the front by the strong vocals of US born Tom Bellini (who really is a sonic deadringer for Tyketto's Danny Vaughan a lot of the time) and some fantastically pyrotechnic guitar playing from Ricolf Cross who adds something utterly smashtastic to every song, "The Rich Don't Rock" is chock full of great anthems and melodies ranging from fast-paced melodic hard rockers to polished AOR numbers.

Take as example the three spectacular opening tracks: "Heartbreak, Heartache" where some Scandinavian acts come to mind such as TREAT, the radio friendly HELIX-ish "Like I Want", and the thumping title track 'The Rich Don't Rock' akin STEELHEART.
But there's more highlights, in fact, all are great tunes with that classic late '80s / early '90s glossy sound, crunchy riffs and catchy choruses.

"Love Games" rocks you with a killer riff & rhythm and layers of harmony vocals to die for, while the chorus sticks in your head forever.
You'll be needing a rest after all that, so "Renegade" drops the pace a little – though not the intensity – in a meaty midtempo recalling the first KING KOBRA.
And then... another moster song. "All Nite" kicks in the doors with Fliszar’s double kick drum assault and some more string-mangling solo mayhem from Cross. In the middle, Fliszar does an amazing 1:20 min drum solo full of rage and fire.

Do you need AOR? The title of "Lonely Nights" speaks for itself (it isn't the perfect name for an AOR tune?). This a pure '80s keyboard driven golden song with screaming guitars in the mix. Musically, think ZINATRA finest moments while the chorus is pure EUROPE / Joey Tempest circa 1986.
Between these great after great tracks we have another diamond: "Stand By Me". An absolutely titanic melodic hard rocker in the mould of earlier LILLIAN AXE. It's absolutely epic, and if the album finished at this point you wouldn't be complaining.

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But VAMP continues rocking in an incredible way with the nasty little rocker called "Bleeding", a thrilling bass-propelled beast with blazing heavy guitars all over and a crunching climax that sends every needle into the red. Awesome.
The foot-tapping does not stop with "Talk is Cheap" where Tom Bellini sounds like Kevin DuBrow at places and the band rocks with a live feel.

We need balance for the end and the Americanized AORish "Shout" blast your speakers with a style reminding you ICON in the skeleton and AUTOGRAPH during the chorus, all wrapped by swirling keyboards.
"Why" finally draws things to an end in a razor devastating hard rockin' style – a great way to end a monstrous, and monstrously overlooked slab of blazing Melodic Hard Rock glory.

As you have read, "The Rich Don't Rock" is a pearl from start to finish.
US label Divebomb Records has tracked down the members of VAMP and have partnered with the band to bring "The Rich Don't Rock" back with the love and attention it deserves.
This is a dreamy 'Deluxe Edition' not only including the original album remastered by guitarist Ricolf in his own studio, but also a fantastic bonus CD.

CD 1 contains the original album remastered plus 3 bonus: the impossible to find VAMP first EP (only 12'' vinyl) featuring noticeable - yet killer - different versions of "The Rich Don't Rock", "Why" and "Shout".
And CD 2... 15 awesome previously unreleased tracks: 8 songs recorded for their unreleased sophomore album "One Smack Killer" and 7 TRDR demos including their 1986 demo under the name ROXX which is what got them signed.
All these stuff was professionally recorded with great production, first class sound.

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The remastering is excellent, you have a complete booklet with lyrics and rare photos, plus previously unreleased material.
I would rate the remastered CD 1 alone as Highly Recommended, but the inclusion of the bonus CD with a ton of ridiculously good unreleased material turns this release as UTTERLY Essential for fans of punchy, classy Melodic Hard Rock.
Yeah folks, this is a must listen unknown little gem.


CD 1: "The Rich Don't Rock" REMASTERED
01. Heartbreak, Heartache
02. Like I Want
03. The Rich Don't Rock
04. Love Games
05. Renegade
06. All Nite
07. Lonely Nights
08. Stand By Me
09. Bleeding
10. Talk Is Cheap
11. Shout
12. Why
BONUS TRACKS:
13. The Rich Don’t Rock (12” EP Version)
14. Why (12” EP Version)
15. Shout (12” EP Version)


DISC 2:
ONE SMACK KILLER : SHELVED 2ND ALBUM
01. Little Bit
02. Love Starved Woman
03. Dead In The Backseat
04. Junkyard D.O.G. (Dirty Old Geezer)
05. One Smack Killer
06. Gimme Some Lovin'
07. I Don't Know
08. The Big Mess
THE RICH DON'T ROCK : PRE-PRODUCTION
09. Lonely Nights
10. What About Love
11. Down And Dirty
12. Waste Of Time
13. Love Games
14. Don't Bite
15. Talk Is Cheap

Tom Bellini – Lead and Backing Vocals
Ricolf Cross – Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Oliver Scholz – Bass, Backing Vocals
Dicki Fliszar – Drums, Percussion


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MINDFEELS - XXenty (2017)

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"XXenty" is the debut album from MINDFEELS, a new Italian AOR combo. Make no mistake; from the album title to the band's name, there's a clear TOTO reference, and ideed, MINDFEELS are absolutely influenced by Lukather & Co.
And that is a good thing in my book.

The seeds of MINDFEELS were planted 20 years ago when drummer Italo Graziana (SOUL SELLER), Roberto Barazzotto (bass) and Luca Carlomagno (guitars, keyboards, violin) created Dejanira, a cover band doing instrumental versions of Toto songs. Sometime later, the band enlarged to add vocalist Raffaella Miani to record an unreleased first album.
Moving to the more recent past, Miani was replaced by Davide Gilardino, and the band set to recording a new album.

With the Toto and Westcoast influence still prominent in their music, the band changed their name to MINDFEELS, a play on the 1999 Toto album Mindfields. They drop their first album "XXenty", also a TOTO reference, but as well so named to celebrate their better than 20 years playing music together.
However, they are not a TOTO copycat, and there's various other influences into their music

MINDFEELS incorporates all the signature Westcoast elements: strong use of melody, harmony, and groove from the vocals to guitar lines, keyboards to rhythm section, then wrapped in arrangements that can sway between light and airy to dense and deliberate.
Additionally, sweet melodies and catchy refrains abound in all of Mindfeels' arrangements. Also and again, not unlike Toto and Steve Lukather specifially, Luca Carlomagno has a strong guitar presence in both riffs and leads.
Suffice to say, while not sounding specifially like TOTO, MINDFEELS play Westcoast AOR rock in the same vein as TOTO. They're hoping, of course, to carve out their own style and may do so with this album.

Some songs with a heavier, hard rocking character especially in the riffs and rhythm section, include 'Soul Has Gone Away', 'The Joker', and 'Touch The Stone'. But even these are tempered by lighter parts in melody and synth embellishment.
More '80s AOR appear on the catchy 'Don't Leave Me Behind' (one of my favorites), while the Westcoast feeling rises in 'The Number One' where guitar, bass, drums, and synths twist into a breezy mix.

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A song like 'Speed' turns not on its title, but more on a rhythmic bass groove which starts and fills the arrangement. Piano lilts across the song as rhythm increases in the riffage. And Gilardino's vocals are relaxed but also deliberate.
Surprisingly, the song doesn't end with a guitar solo, something otherwise notable across this album.
The midtempo ballad arrives with 'These Words', a slower more subtle song that turns mostly on the vocal arrangement.

For MINDFEELS, obviously experienced musicians & veterans of the AOR Westcoast style, "XXenty" is a consistent and fine first effort, offering the promise of a bright future.
It's a very well balanced record including cool melodic rockers too, and a bright production.
The current music industry (most of it) don't make albums like this anymore, so kudos to the new label Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group for releasing "XXenty", a pure delight for AOR fans.
Highly Recommended


01 - Don't Leave Me Behind
02 - Soul Has Gone Away
03 - Hidden Treasures
04 - The Joker
05 - Skyline
06 - Speed
07 - These Words
08 - Fear
09 - It's Not Like Dying
10 - Touch the Stone
11 - The Number One

Davide Gilardino - Lead and Backing Vocals
Luca Carlomagno - Guitar
Roberto Barazzotto - Bass
Italo Graziana (Soul Seller) - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals


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Friday, November 17, 2017

SKAM - The Amazing Memoirs Of Geoffrey Goddard (2017)

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Leicester hard rockers SKAM are not strangers to this blog, with their 2 previous albums already receiving positive reviews here. It’s been 3 years since the band’s last studio record, but it’s definitely been worth the wait. "The Amazing Memoirs of Geoffrey Goddard" is the 3rd album from the trio released today, arguably their best album to date.

"The Amazing Memoirs of Geoffrey Goddard" can be seen as a fairly ambitious record with a concept, featuring a story-arc of Squadron Leader Geoffrey Goddard, a test pilot from 1935, who is a victim of strange forces that jolt him through time.
Now, we are sure that the boys in the band have sweated blood to make sure it all makes sense, but you have a simple test when it comes to a concept album: if you don’t buy into the narrative – or don’t care less about – can you still enjoy it?
The answer here is a resounding hell and indeed yes.

'Prologue' starts the album complete with rain and plane sound effects with Squadron Leader Goddard giving us some background to his tale, setting the scene for how his strange experiences began.
'Between The Eyes' builds itself up in a way that you know something ace is coming. A strident drum beat from Neal Hill, a swaggering bass rumble from Matt Gilmore and its all topped off with a dirty little riff from Steve Hill – appropriately they have lift off.
The lead work here is different to most of those on the hard rock path. There is a real type fuzz about it, and allied to their obvious gift for writing hooks and choruses you can hum, this is something of a career high.

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'The Iron Cross' picks up the tempo with Steve in full on guitar hero mode here; his shredding solo is just superb. Fast paced crunchy rhythms with a dark vibe combining to make an impactful rock song that sticks with you.
With its thick riff backed by a monstrous rhythm section, 'Otherside' is yet another fine slab of heavy rock that grabs you by the balls and refuses to release its grip.
Recorded old school, with the band all in the same room, there is a real warmth about the music here. Nothing sounds forced, instead it is all natural.

Another mammoth riff bursts the speakers with 'Bring The Rain', a beast of a track that truly shows off the power that SKAM possess. Slightly distorted vocals with a bit of venom, a driving rhythm section, gorgeous harmonies, bags of melody and topped off with yet another awesome guitar solo.
'Fading Before The Sun' is a very British slice of rock n roll and sounds just about perfect, while 'Two Worlds' really lets its hair down and reaches for the horizon at breakneck speed.

As the record hurtles to a close – and the story reaches its third act – there are no let ups. 'Believe In Me' is a rapid fire thing worthy of the first Velvet Revolver album and with the same stadium bothering attitude (on, no doubt, a millionth of the budget).
'Aching Hearts' is a bluesy ballad, and 'New Dawn' brings the journey to a close (Geoffrey Goddard lands) with one last groove that suckers you in.

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No doubt there were moments en route when this undertaking seemed like the fictional four years of the central character. But for both SKAM and Geoffrey Goddard, the hard work paid off – and yeah, this is pretty amazing.
"The Amazing Memoirs of Geoffrey Goddard" is an outstanding piece of work, expertly crafted with songs honed to perfection. If you like huge guitars, big choruses, plenty of hooks, groovy bass and powerful drum work then look no further.
A solid, mature, muscular heavy hard rock concept album.


01 - Prologue
02 - Between the Eyes
03 - The Iron Cross
04 - Otherside
05 - Take It or Leave It
06 - Peace of Mind
07 - Bring The Rain
08 - Fading Before the Sun
09 - Two Worlds
10 - Believe
11 - Aching Hearts
12 - New Dawn

Steve Hill - Guitars, Vocals
Matt Gilmore - Bass, Backing Vocals
Neal Hill - Drums, Backing Vocals


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ERIC JOHNSON - Collage (2017)

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Exquisite Texan guitarist ERIC JOHNSON is releasing today a new CD titled “Collage”. This 10-song album - a mix of originals and covers - tops a sudden whirlwind of activity for the longtime Austin guitar virtuoso.

The interpretations on “Collage” are enlightening, from a gorgeous acoustic rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s 'One Rainy Wish' to an uplifting update of Stevie Wonder’s 'Up Tight (Everything’s Alright)' re-done in a classic Johnson's late '80s style.
The latter is a pure delight for fans of Johnson's more melodic side, that one which made him world-wide known via his awesome album Ah... Via Musicom.

That 'sound' is what most old fans have been waiting for after various recent Eric works more bluesy oriented.
And you can taste it in the newly written Johnson's originals 'Morning Sun' (killer guitar tone), 'Stratagem' and the pearl 'One Rainy Wish'.
You fall in love as well with the romantic eight-minute epic 'To Love You' and 'To Whom It May Concern', an exquisite album-closing instrumental.

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Other covers shine too, like the turbo-charged take on the Ventures’ surf-rock classic 'Pipeline' shaped by Eric into a sweet poppy tune, a superb take on The Beatles’ 'We Can Work It Out', and the B.B. King hit 'Rock Me Baby', the bluesy track on the album.

“Collage” is, for the most part, ERIC JOHNSON returning to his melodious side, those perfectly crafted tunes full of magic with a crystal clear production. His vocals are ethereal as ever, and his playing, getting better and better with age.
SUPERB


01 - Up Tight (Everything's Alright)
02 - Morning Sun
03 - To Love You
04 - Stratagem
05 - One Rainy Wish
06 - We Can Work It Out
07 - Rock Me Baby
08 - Pipeline
09 - The Fade
10 - To Whom It May Concern


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DEEP PURPLE - The Infinite Live Recordings, Vol. 1 (2017)

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As part of DEEP PURPLE's roll of releases, this "The Infinite Live Recordings Vol. 1" released today on 3 LP features a brand new, previously unreleased 80 min. live show at the biggest metal festival in France, Hellfest 2017.

Recorded & produced by legend Bob Ezrin, "The Infinite Live Recordings Vol. 1" features tracks form the last studio album and of course, Deep Purple classics.
As Deep Purple put it clear in the booklet liner notes, there's 'No Overdubs' on this previously unreleased recording, and it sounds as if you would be there, at the show.

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Sure, "The Infinite Live Recordings Vol. 1" is destined for rabid Deep Purple fans, but this is a very, very good concert recording with the band performing full of fire, and it's highly enjoyable to all classic hard rock fans.


01 - Time For Bedlam (Live At Hellfest 2017)
02 - Fireball (Live At Hellfest 2017)
03 - Bloodsucker (Live At Hellfest 2017)
04 - Strange Kind Of Woman (Live At Hellfest 2017)
05 - Uncommon Man (Live At Hellfest 2017)
06 - The Surprising (Live At Hellfest 2017)
07 - Lazy (Live At Hellfest 2017)
08 - Birds Of Prey (Live At Hellfest 2017)
09 - Hell To Pay (Live At Hellfest 2017)
10 - Key Solo (Live At Hellfest 2017)
11 - Perfect Strangers (Live At Hellfest 2017)
12 - Space Truckin' (Live At Hellfest 2017)
13 - Smoke On The Water (Live At Hellfest 2017)
14 - Peter Gunn Hush (Live At Hellfest 2017)
15 - Black Night (Live At Hellfest 2017)

Ian Gillan – lead vocals
Roger Glover – bass
Steve Morse – guitar, vocals
Don Airey – keyboards
Ian Paice – drums


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

IRON MAIDEN - The Book Of Souls [Live Chapter] (2017)

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IRON MAIDEN will release "The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter" on November 17th, a live recording comprising 15 songs captured during ‘The Book Of Souls World Tour’, which covered 39 countries across six continents during 2016 and 2017, and was seen by over two million fans. ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ will be released physically in CD, deluxe CD & vinyl.

Produced by Tony Newton and Iron Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris, the album is based on this year’s set list and is a faithful record of the epic show, including six songs from ‘The Book Of Souls’, the band's most recent studio album, along with many other classics and fan favourites.

'The Book Of Souls World Tour' was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce Dickinson who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer.
He also piloted Ed Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747 so the band could go further and faster to visit some new cities and fans all round the world.

"The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter", is true 'world wide tour album', as almost every track was recorded in different countries.
This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country ever visited by IRON MAIDEN like El Salvador, alongside such regular favourites as Donington (England) or Wacken (Germany).

While it’s admirable that Maiden continue to showcase large swathes of new material in concert rather than simply ‘playing the hits’ like so many of their peers, the two 'Book Of Souls' tracks that kick off "Live Chapter" don’t have quite the same potency as the group’s time-tested classics. In person, that’s not as problematic, as the excitement of seeing the band in the flesh initially outweighs their song selection – but while 'If Eternity Should Fail' might be a serviceable opener in concert, it’s a bit of a drag on Live Chapter, with awkward vocal reverb in the beginning verses and a tempo that’s too deliberately out of the box.

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Similarly, though there’s a certain charm to the dirt-under-the-fingernails highway rock of 'Speed Of Light', it’s ultimately too perfunctory for a band this ambitious.
When the familiar, bouncy groove of 'Wrathchild' kicks in, however, you want to echo the Irish crowd’s cheers.

From there, Live Chapter travels to Montreal, where Bruce introduces 'Children Of The Damned' en français. Interestingly, despite the Book Of Souls tour beginning and ending in North America, Children… marks the continent’s lone inclusion on Live Chapter.
Another Book Of Souls double-shot follows, but this time with better results.
The infectious 'Death Or Glory', in which Bruce hilariously orders Polish fans to “climb like a monkey,” makes a compelling case to remain in the band’s set on their next tour, while the enthusiastic crowd participation on the 13-minute 'The Red And The Black' dispels the misconception that Japanese audiences are reserved.

The second disc kicks off with another Book Of Souls two-fer: 'The Great Unknown', recorded in Newcastle and described by Bruce as “a song about spatial awareness,” and the lumbering title track, the Donington performance of which radiates a doomier vibe than its studio counterpart.
We then journey to Brazil, where a predictably rabid crowd threatens to drown out the band during 'Fear Of The Dark'; then Argentina for 'Iron Maiden', to Germany’s Wacken festival for 'The Number Of The Beast'; and back to Donington for 'Blood Brothers'.

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You are probably thinking, how many times do you need to hear the same IRON MAIDEN songs recorded live, again? Well, put aside that jaded outlook and open your mind to realize that this is a really great chronicle of a special period of IRON MAIDEN’s career.
At this point, they have seen so much, so naturally the setlist is going to be as diverse as possible, right? Yes! That in mind, "The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter" sounds just like being at an Iron Maiden show without actually being there.
It is incredibly crisp, clear, wonderfully mixed, and most importantly, captures the live experience perfectly!
Highly Recommended


CD 1:
1 - If Eternity Should Fail (Live in Australia)
2 - Speed of Light (Live in South Africa)
3 - Wrathchild (Live in Ireland)
4 - Children of the Damned (Live in Canada)
5 - Death or Glory (Live in Poland)
6 - The Red and the Black (Live in Japan)
7 - The Trooper (Live in El Salvador)
8 - Powerslave (Live in Italy)

CD 2:
1 - The Great Unknown (Live in Newcastle, England)
2 - The Book of Souls (Live at Download Festival, England)
3 - Fear of the Dark (Live in Fortaleza, Brazil)
4 - Iron Maiden (Live in Argentina)
5 - The Number of the Beast (Live in Germany)
6 - Blood Brothers (Live at Download Festival, England)
7 - Wasted Years (Live in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)

Bruce Dickinson – vocals
Dave Murray – guitar
Adrian Smith – guitar
Janick Gers – guitar
Steve Harris – bass, keyboards
Nicko McBrain – drums


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BLACK SABBATH - The End [Live In Birmingham] (2017)

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"The End" is a celebration of BLACK SABBATH's final hometown concert at Birmingham's Genting Arena on February 4, 2017. This unforgettable farewell show from one of the biggest bands in the world will be released by Eagle Music on November 17, 2017.
BLACK SABBATH stormed the stage in their hometown of Birmingham to play the 81st and final triumphant gig of "The End Of The End" tour. This monumental show brought down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.

Black Sabbath’s tumultuous, triumphant 50-year journey finally reached its end earlier this year with a bittersweet hometown show at the old Birmingham NEC. There's a video release, vinyl LP, double CD, etc.
The recording captures the tangible levels of emotion swirling around the band and the audience - anyone who thinks they never need to hear 'War Pigs' again should clock the titanic version here.
All the band's hits are present, including 'Iron Man', 'Paranoid', 'Children Of The Grave', etc.

The band feels in very good form. Bassist Geezer Butler has the nimble fingers of a much younger man. Guitarist Tony Iommi’s barrage of detuned, ominous riffs defy his lymphoma diagnosis. Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos does a fine job as well.
After a year on the road, Ozzy Osbourne’s occasionally erratic voice is remarkably pure and strong.

The frontman may need a teleprompter for his lyrics these days and is mostly rigid at the microphone, but he is in imperious form. At one point, he begins hooting like an owl, prompting the audience to follow suit.
One fears the worst when he introduces 'War Pigs' – the classic anthem about capitalism’s reliance on conflicts – as “something to sing along with”. However, with the darkly clad band rocking furiously and the crowd chanting about generals gathering “like witches at black masses”, the song becomes such an unholy celebration that the building may require exorcism.

BLACK SABBATH - The End [Live In Birmingham] (2017) inside

Although 2013’s album "13" gave them their first No 1 since 1970, the setlist comes almost exclusively from their first four albums, which defined heavy metal.
Back then, they were losers from dead-end jobs in the West Midlands, which the hippy dream didn’t reach. More nihilistic music and lyrics brought success and escape from the members’ own private highways to hell.
It’s one thing to address doom and death when you’re young and feeling immortal, quite another to sing, “When you think about death do you lose your breath or do you keep your cool?” – as Osbourne does in 'After Forever' – when mortality edges closer and friends are dying around you.
Perhaps this is why Sabbath sound reconnected to their songs’ desperate, dark heart.

A strange, uncanny atmosphere descends as "The End [Live In Birmingham]" reaches the end, but 'Children Of The Grave' becomes a giant wake and signature anthem 'Paranoid' triggers joyous headbanging in the aisles.
It’s been a bumpy ride for 49 years, but legends BLACK SABBATH can walk away with their ears ringing and their legacy intact.
"The End [Live In Birmingham]" captures a once-in-a-career performance, an essential snapshot of musical history, and a fitting farewell to true innovators and original heavy metal icons, BLACK SABBATH.


CD 1:
01 - Black Sabbath (Live)
02 - Fairies Wear Boots (Live)
03 - Under The Sun - Every Day Comes And Goes (Live)
04 - After Forever (Live)
05 - Into The Void (Live)
06 - Snowblind (Live)
07 - Band Introductions (Live)
08 - War Pigs (Live)
09 - Behind The Wall Of Sleep (Live)
10 - Bassically - N.I.B. (Live)

CD 2:
01 - Hand Of Doom (Live)
02 - Supernaut - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Megalomania (Live)
03 - Rat Salad - Drum Solo (Live)
04 - Iron Man (Live)
05 - Dirty Women (Live)
06 - Children Of The Grave (Live)
07 - Paranoid (Live)

Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
Tony Iommi - guitar
Geezer Butler - bass
Tommy Clufetos - drums


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AOR - Rare Tracks & Demos (2017)

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The AOR all star project commanded by Frederic Slama is back with a new CD titled "Rare Tracks & Demos" to be released by Perris Records next November 17th.
As the album title states, these are songs never released plus pre-production demos of tracks already known but featuring different vocalists, mix, etc.
Curiously, most the pre-production demo versions are better than the ones that finally surfaced on the different AOR official releases.

Among the vocalists featured here we find Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine (Chasing Violets), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream) or Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), while many demos are sung by the quite talented Michael Kisur which seems was used to record the basic tracks that later were replaced by the star guest singers.
As said, many of the demo takes of the songs that already appeared on the AOR albums are better than the final versions, because there's a lively feel and punch somehow lost in the final production / mix.

Songs like 'How Will She Find Her Way Back?' or 'Secrets In Her Heart' (the known versions sung by David Chamberlin) and 'Tears In The Rain' (the known version sung by Rick Riso) are more integral here, raw if you want.
It's also very cool to listen to 'The Crystal Heart' (appeared in the album L.A. Connection sung by Bob Harris) in this demo version using the female vocals of Sarah Fontaine from Chasing Violets.

Among the best 'rare tracks' never released there's the strong 'The Last White Wolf', and the very Toto-ish 'Dinosaur Moves'.
A highlight for me is the awesome 'Carry On' featuring Mikael Erlandsson on lead vocals. This melodic rocker is one of the best songs ever penned by Frederic Slama and I wonder why never was included into any previous AOR album.

Among the top class musicians performing on these tracks you have Tommy Denander (Guitars, Keyboards), the exquisite Michael Thompson (Guitars), session master Michael Landau (Guitars), the great Tom Keane (Keyboards), Abraham Laboriel (Bass), John Robinson (Drums), and more.
So expect the usual quality in the instrumental section.

To sum up, "Rare Tracks & Demos" is one of the best AOR releases, simply because it offers something different: a rawer sound.
Yeah, calling an AOR track 'raw' is a figurative sense, because all here is about melody and classy harmonies. What I mean is that "Rare Tracks & Demos" are less polished, less 'over-produced' if you want, and most the songs 'breathe' with a more pulsating nerve.
Highly Recommended

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01 - Listen To Your Heart
02 - Mary Ann
03 - Lost In The Wrong Direction
04 - Heartless
05 - The Last White Wolf
06 - Dinosaur Moves
07 - How Will She Find Her Way Back ?
08 - Tears In The Rain
09 - Secrets In Her Heart
10 - Desperate Dreams
11 - Carry On
12 - Closer To Zero
13 - Circle Of Danger
14 - The Crystal Heart
15 - Once Off Guard
16 - Dark Whirlpool

Frédéric Slama: All Instruments
Michael Kisur: Lead & Backing Vocals
Sarah Fontaine: Lead & Backing Vocals
Mélissa Fontaine: Lead & Backing Vocals
Mikael Erlandsson: Lead & Backing Vocals
Kelly Keaggy: Lead & Backing Vocals
Tommy Denander: Guitars, Keyboards
Michael Thompson: Guitars
Michael Landau: Guitars
Tom Keane: Keyboards
Abraham Laboriel: Bass
John Robinson: Drums


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VICE - Veni Vidi Vice (2017)

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After almost 30 years, German melodic hard rockers VICE are back for more… their new album “Veni Vidi Vice” was produced, recorded and mixed by founder guitarist Chris Limburg in Munich, and will be released on November, 17th.
VICE was founded in Munich in the late '80s and got signed by major label BMG Ariola back in 1988, releasing two albums that brought the band charts positions and several tours all over Europe. (check their first album, remastered, HERE)
With more than 100,000 sold copies, VICE had a huge presence on TV and radio in central Europe with their easy, feel-good melodic tunes.

Musically, VICE still retains the late '80s flavor with a modern, punchy production, and song-wise, the songs are simple, instant party tunes with catchy choruses.
Just take a look at the first track title: 'Hot Summer Night Party’... you got it right? Pumping bass lines, a sharp riff and the singer shouting a high pitched ‘All riiight!’... from the opening track you'll know what VICE is all about.
And they are very good, effective at it.

Next, ‘Dirty Mind’ introduces the listener to a heavier side of the band with a crunching overdriven guitar taking the lead with staccato stabs and pinched harmonics. The drums complement the heavy mix with aggressive snare punches and the vocals have more of a growl to them than the album opener. There’s a call and response vibe to the lyrics that combined with a wash of reverb over the whole mix creates an anthemic feel towards the end of the track.

The album progresses along at a fair pace containing all the elements that would be expected of a late 80s hard rock band.
Layered acoustic guitars and cowbell are the order of the day for ‘Where Do I Belong’, well placed use of panning and phasing keeps the sonic interest in a track that could have the potential to lose the listeners attention.
‘Turn It Up’ has a clear Sunset Strip inspiration with its sleazy guitar riff, bass groove and synth stabs, then the excellent groove laden 'Open Eyes' has a slightly Bonfire feel in its cadence and vocal phrasing.

‘Only Love Can Heal the World’ offers exactly what you’d predict with this sort of title, massive stadium sounding mix with the lighter in the air lyrics telling of all nations coming together with peace and harmony winning the day. Cheesy but musically a very nice midtempo ballad.

VICE - Veni Vidi Vice (2017) inside

A hyped up, distorted version of the Steve Miller Band cover ‘Joker’ provides an unexpected addition to the album. It offers a great twist to the sound that has been showcased thus far, cementing that this is a talented group of musicians who are willing to take a chance.
I think last track wasn't necessary: a Jungle Mix ¿? of ‘Where Do I Belong’. Clearly the band is having a laugh and joke, complete with stripped down guitars, bongo drum percussion and wildlife noises. Yet the listener is left wondering about its inclusion on the track listing.

Overall, VICE have delivered an effective comeback album with "Veni Vidi Vice". There’s definite talent within the band and much of the track list is good party rock music.
Perhaps there's a sensation that these musicians are capable of more, but this is VICE's spirit: instant, catchy melodic hard rockers to have a good time. And works pretty well.
Easily Recommended


01. Hot Summer Night Party
02. Dirty Mind
03. Where Do I Belong (Album Mix)
04. You Bother
05. Only Love Can Heal The World
06. Open Eyes
07. The Joker
08. Turn It Up
09. Not What It Seems
10. My Way
11. Where Do I Belong (Jungle Mix)

Mario "Mitch" Michel - vocals
Chris "Yps" Limburg - guitars
Martin "El Bajo" Dreher - bass
Pete "Pepsi" Lautenschlager - drums


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