Saturday, November 30, 2019

Deep Purple Brings You Back To Rome In 2013 With Their Latest Live Archive Release

Classic rockers Deep Purple are celebrating the past with their latest release "Live In Rome 2013." This new album will take you back to Deep Purple's "Now What?! Tour," which took place after the untimely passing of band member Jon Lord. This two-disc release features the work of Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Steve Morse and Don Airey, and will be available on December 6th, through the earMusic label.

The show kicks off with a short, spacey introduction, before leaping into the intensity of "Fireball" and the keyboard work of Don Airey, doing his best to honor Lord on "Into The Fire." Gillian's vocals soar on "Hard Lovin' Man," while Paice and Morse combine to electrify the audience on "Strange Kind Of Woman" and "Contact Lost." Deep Purple's classic sound and energy continues to shine through on the sonic blast of "The Mule" and the eight-plus minute, solo filled "Lazy." The show closes with a few of the band's signature songs like "Space Truckin," "Smoke On The Water" and "Hush," before finishing with the nine-minute full-on jam of "Black Night." To find out more about Deep Purple "Live In Rome 2013," please visit ear-music.shop

Friday, November 29, 2019

Craft Recordings Reissues A Trio Of Social Distortion Albums On Vinyl

Back in September, Craft Recordings reissued three essential albums from the SoCal punk band, Social Distortion on vinyl. This set includes the band's 1983 debut "Mommy's Little Monster," their 1995 collage of early recordings titled "Mainliner (Wreckage From The Past)" and their 2004 return "Sex, Love And Rock & Roll." This new batch of vinyl releases also celebrates the band's 40th anniversary.

This is the first time these albums have appeared on vinyl since their original releases and it just proves that this is the only way to hear these classic releases. The "Mommy's Little Monster" album proudly displays the band's early hardcore punk sound, as this new vinyl release allows you to really hear and appreciate the full band. The bass in these songs simply hums, while Mike Ness' and Dennis Danell's twin guitar attack keeps up with the thunderous drums and Mike's autobiographical lyrics.

The "Mainliner" album collects some of Social Distortion's early singles and B-sides that were released prior to their full-length debut release. The band's sound was still rough at times, before their pinpoint focus was on their debut album. Social Distortion fans still love the classics like "1945" and their cover of The Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb."

Next, we jump ahead to 2004's "Sex, Love And Rock & Roll," which had a lot of anticipation to live up to, since it was the band's first new release after an 8 year hiatus. It was also the first release that did not feature Ness' right-hand man, Dennis Danell, who passed away in February 2000. The band's energy and passion is still felt on the opening track "Reach For The Sky," which became one of Social Distortion's biggest hits. The subject of mortality and loss are heard throughout this album, as Social D gave their heart and soul to these performances. The music sounds really nice on vinyl, as the band's electricity and intensity just jumps out of your speakers. To find out more about these three new vinyl releases from Social Distortion, please visit craftrecordings.com.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Rediscover Cat Stevens "Back To Earth" Album With New Reissued Vinyl

On November 22nd, BMG with be issuing a newly remastered version of Cat Stevens underrated 1978 album "Back To Earth." This was the last pop album that Cat Stevens would release, until his 2006 album "An Other Cup," as Yusuf Islam. A remastering of the album has been overdue, as this album featured the unforgettable hit singles "Just Another Night" and "Last Love Song." The more gentle, acoustic-based songs really benefit from this upgrade, as Stevens' voice carries that warming touch, while the music becomes just as powerful to support the vocals. As Cat Stevens still had a pulse on popular music in the late-seventies with "Nascimento" and "New York Times," he still keeps his folk-rock prestige with the powerful message of "Never."

The "Back To Earth" album will now be available as a stand-alone vinyl release for the first time since it's original release. This comes ahead or the deluxe 5 CD/2 LP box set arriving in early 2020. To find out more about this new remastered version of "Back To Earth," please visit catstevens.com

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Discover "The Roots Of Great White" With New Dante Fox Release

Back in October, Dead Line Music (a division of Cleopatra Records) delivered the missing link to the rise of eighties hard rock band, Great White with "Dante Fox: The Roots Of Great White 1978-1982." Great White may be best know for their hit singles "Rock Me" and "Once Bitten Twice Shy," but their early days were filled with hook-driven guitar riffs and an often repetitive chorus. This new 17-track release certainly shows the beginning stages of what was to come, but the quality of these demos are not perfect, but still carry a certain nostalgic appeal.

Dante Fox were able to blast you away with their energy, as displayed in the swift pace of "Motor Love," while "Money" showcased the singing range of a young Jack Russell. The band had their finger on the pulse of the Sunset Strip with the pop/rock gloss of "Front Row Girl," while "Bead In The Rain" is raw and rocking and ready to blow you away. One of the highlights of this release is the radio appearance of Dante Fox on K-West radio performing the high energy attack of "Need Your Love." Stardom was right around the corner, as their performance of "Calling You" and The Blues" look to help bridge the gap between the band's early hard rock influences and the sound that was exploding in the music industry in the late-seventies and early-eighties with the likes of Van Halen and Judas Priest. This new "Dante Fox: The Roots Of Great White 1978-1982" release is available on CD and limited edition blue vinyl. To find out more, please visit cleorecs.com

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Godfather Of Swamp Pop Is "Taking The World By Storm" With His New Album

What began as a biography about Warren Storm, "The Godfather Of Swamp Pop," by author/producer Yvette Landry has also created a new album from Storm titled "Taking The World By Storm." The book talks about Warren Storm growing up in rural Vermillion Parish, meeting Elvis Presley at Graceland, shaking Hank Williams' hand and sharing the stage with rock idols Robert Plant and Fats Domino. Storm's musical career has lasted over seven decades and talking about his past has inspired him to record a new album, live in the studio, straight to tape with the help of some special guests.

Warren Storm's new album begins with the John Fogerty original "Long As I Can See The Light," as he pays his respect to fellow swamp rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival with this spot on classic rendition. Storm brings back the pride of his fifties sound with "Matahilda," before delivering the swinging R&B groove of "Let The Four Winds Blow." He slows the pace down for the "Tennessee Blues" and "My House Of Memories," then finds the perfect classic touch of "Troubles, Troubles." Warren Storm closes out his new album with "Raining In My Heart," as Warren can still belt out those lyrics with passion and soul, even at 82 years old. To find out more about Warren Storm's new album "Taking The World By Storm," please visit yvettelandry.com

Monday, November 25, 2019

Experience Hendrix & Sony Legacy Deliver New "Songs For Groovy Children" Box Set

On November 22nd, the Experience Hendrix label, in association with Sony Legacy, released a brand new box set titled "Songs For Groovy Children." It features the legendary New Year's Eve and New Year's Day shows from Jimi Hendrix's latest group, the Band Of Gypsys. This new trio found Hendrix teaming up with his old army buddy Billy Cox on bass and Electric Flag member Buddy Miles on drums. This band would change the landscape of modern rock music at the time in just two short days. The album that followed these performances was simply titled "Band Of Gypsys" and combined the worlds of rock and funk, which inspired many rising young bands like Parliment-Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins.

This new set features, for the first time, the band's entire four-show performance at the Fillmore East, newly remixed and remastered to delivery the best that these songs have ever sounded. Also, this set boasts over two dozen tracks that have never been previously released, including rare gems like "Stop" and "Steal Away." Listening to these shows is a stunning experience, as it's hard to image that this band have been together less than three months prior to these breathtaking performances. 

During this run of shows, the Band Of Gypys also perform mostly new compositions like "Power Of Soul," "Izabella" and "Machine Gun." Hendrix only touches upon his early catalog half-a-dozen times with songs like "Fire," Foxey Lady," "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze." Hendrix sounds more excited and energetic playing their new compositions, as the Band Of Gypys blaze a trail through other new songs like "Ezy Rider" and "Earth Blues." Each time they perform the songs "Changes" or "Burning Desire" you get a different performance of the song that outdoes the one before. This new 5 CD/8 vinyl LP is the latest statement in Hendrix's continuing posthumous legacy and it will certainly have fans dissecting these shows for years to come.

Also featured in this set is an amazing 40-page, full color booklet, which includes a new, in-depth essay from bassist Billy Cox and many great, unpublished photos from the performance and backstage. To find out more about the new Jimi Hendrix/Band Of Gypsys box set "Songs For Groovy Children," please visit jimihendrix.com

Sunday, November 24, 2019

New Video Release From Toto Takes Them "40 Tours Around The Sun"

American rock band, Toto are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a new live set of releases titled "40 Tours Around The Sun." It was first released on CD and vinyl back in September and then the video portion was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 15th through Eagle Vision. It captures the band performing a show in front of 18,000 fans at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on March 17, 2018.

The show encompasses the band's entire forty year career in a little under two-and-a-half hours. Toto were also touring behind their latest studio album "Old Is New," which actually came out eight months after this show. The band preview some of their new tracks like "Alone" and "Spanish Sea" during this show, which fit in perfectly next to their classic hits like "Hold The Line" and "Rosanna." Toto make the setting more intimate by explaining and performing songs from their early years like "Miss Sun," "Holy Anna" and "No Love." A couple of surprises in the set are a short run through Michael Jackson's "Human Nature," which was originally written by Toto pianist, Steve Porcaro, and a sampling of one of the band's first singles "Georgy Porgy."

The video puts you right on stage with the band, as it tries to capture every moment by every band member during the show. Singer Joseph Williams sets the pace for the second half of the Toto's performance, along with guitarist Steve Lukather and pianist David Paich on their progressive rock number "Angela." Seeing the fans sing every word to deep cuts like "Lion" and watching the band perform "Dune (Desert Theme)" make this video a worthy partner to the CD and vinyl set.

The show finishes with run through a couple of hits from the early eighties, "Stranger In Town" and "Make Believe," before delivering the revived mega-hit "Africa." The song wraps up with an extended percussion solo by Lenny Castro and a playful back and forth with the audience. The final encore consisted of the "autobiographical" song "The Road Goes On," as Toto seem genuinely grateful for being able to celebrate 40 years together with their fans. To find out more about the new video release of "40 Tours Around The Sun," please visit totoofficial.com

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Enjoy Thanksgiving With New Riders Of The Purple Sage & Don't Be A "Stranger" To Triggers & Slips

Classic American country rock band, New Riders Of The Purple Sage are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a band this year with the rare, Record Store Day release of "Thanksgiving In New York City." The show was performed on Thanksgiving in 1972 at the Academy of Music, which became the band's home for the next few years during Thanksgiving weekends. The band, which blossomed from the psychedelic music scene in San Francisco, also featured members of the Grateful Dead during its early days.

This new 2 CD set displays the band's stellar musicianship during the nearly eight minute jam of "Portland Woman" and the gentle flow of "All I Ever Wanted," while also mixing in bluegrass covers of "Hello Mary Lou" and "She's No Angel." The NRPS also know how to rock as displayed during "Groupie" and they showcase their love for country music with "Whiskey."

The second disc continues with the mix of classic covers like "Long Black Veil" and "Honky Tonk Women" along with the laid back, west coast vibe of "Rainbow." New Riders Of The Purple Sage build the tempo back up with a rocking seven-minute version of "I Don't Need No Doctor," before closing out the evening with an epic, ever-popular rendition of "Willie And The Hand Jive." This set also includes a new easy from radio director, producer and host, Rob Bleetstein. To find out more about this stellar new live release, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

From Salt Lake City, Utah comes the new full-length album from the alt-country band, Triggers & Slips. Their new release titled "The Stranger" features eight tracks, beginning with the title-song that carries a classic country twang that feel like a much-welcomed flashback to simpler times in music. The story of "Natchez Trace" continues to build with intensity, as the band pick the energy up, while "Blue Smoke" chugs along to the song's bluesy train-like rhythm. Triggers & Slips wrap up their new album with the honky-tonk feel of "Old Friends," the Americana touch of "Dig A Hole" along with an amazing cover of the Alice In Chains classic "Rooster." To find out more about Triggers & Slips and their latest release "The Stranger," please visit triggersandslips.com.   

Friday, November 22, 2019

Tool Supports "Fear Inoculum" With Sold-Out Show At Mohegan Sun

Hard rock giants Tool have returned to the east coast after a lengthy hiatus to tour behind their brand new #1 selling album "Fear Inoculum." While the album may have taken 13 years to complete, the band sounded as fresh and rejuvenated as ever during their stop at the Mohegan Sun arena on Thursday night.

The sold-out venue was definitely ready, as a huge roar of applause echoed throughout the arena as opening, screeching notes of "Fear Inoculum" rang from the speakers. The sound that these four band members create is simply stunning, as drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor laid down the groundwork with their thunderous rhythm section. Guitarist, Adam Jones performs so effortlessly, producing electrifying guitar solos that just make your jaw drop. Singer, Maynard James shied away from the spotlight, taking up residency on either side of the drum kit, allowing his lyrics and the music to become the main focus of the show.

The first few songs were performed behind a nylon-type, see-through curtain which allowed images to be projected onto, as the stage and screens were as part of the show as the music. Once the curtain opened during the song "Parabola," the audience went nuts, as if the barrier between the band and the fans was taken down. Another new song that Tool performed was "Pneuma," as laser shot across the arena, while the chest pounding rhythm of "Jambi" certainly helped rev up your heartbeat. 

While Maynard James didn't talk much with the audience, he did point out that the next song the band would perform, "Intolerance" was older that some of the younger fans that were in attendance. Tool closed out their set with the extended jam of "Forty Six & 2," as guitarist Adam Jones incorporated a surround sound effect and bassist Justin Chancellor worked his fingers up-and-down the neck of his bass during their solos.

After a short intermission, drummer Dana Carey took his place in front of the giant gong to delivery his concert staple drum solo "Chocolate Chip Trip." Not only was his drumming an amazing sight to behold, but he incorporated electronics into his performance to give his solo a multi-layered sound. The band closed the show with the chugging rhythm of another new track, "Invincible" and then delivering an extended pounding version of "Stinkfist," in which the cell phone ban of the evening was lifted as fans were allowed to snap photos for prosperity.

Trying to describe a Tool concert is not an easy thing, but words like "stunning," "amazing," "awesome" and "outstanding" kept being said when discussions of the show followed. So whether is was your first Tool show (like myself) or your tenth, this is one of the premier live bands in the world and their shows need to be on your bucket list of concerts that need to be seen.

Setlist: Fear Inoculum, Aenima, Parabol/Parabola, Pneuma, Schism, Jambi, Vicarous, Intolerance, Descending, Forty-Six & 2, Chocolate Chip Trip, Invincible, Stinkfist

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Leonard Cohen Thanks Us For "The Dance" With His Final Studio Album

On November 22nd, Sony Legacy will release the final recordings from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Leonard Cohen. The album titled "Thanks For The Dance" features the last poetic vocals of Cohen, enhanced with the music if some very specials guests, led by his son Adam Cohen. These songs were recorded during the sessions for his album "You Want It Darker," which was released one month prior to his passing in 2016.

The new nine-song release begins with the deep, warm, experienced voice of Cohen, as he recites the rhyming lyrics of "Happens To The Heart." Most of the songs include very little in the way of music, which allows Cohen's voice to dominate the lesson provided in each piece recited. Spanish musician Javier Mas supports Leonard with his amazing performance of the laud (Spanish guitar) on the songs "Moving On" and "The Night In Santiago." Fellow artist Beck gives Cohen the perfect backdrop for his waltz of "Thanks For The Dance," while "The Goal" has to most striking lyrics of any song on this album, as Cohen knew that the end was certainly near. The album closes with the political poetry of "Puppets," which features The Shaar Hashomayim choir and the stark, simple recital of "Listen To The Hummingbird." To find out more about "Thanks For The Dance, the final statement from Leonard Cohen, please visit leonardcohen.com

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Sarah Brightman Sings A "HYMN" From Her Songbook For Her Latest Live Release

World-renowned soprano Sarah Brightman recently released a new video titled "Hymn: Sarah Brightman In Concert" through Eagle Vision. It features the singer in her most elaborate performance to date, as she worked along side Anthony Van Laast (Beauty And The Beast) and Frank Peterson to create a hybrid of a musical film. This two-act performance takes place in the enchanted Bavarian Alps and stars Brightman, accompanied by her band, the Bavarian Philharmonic orchestra, a 50-voice choir and the Ludwig Ensemble of dancers. The film was released on November 15th in DVD and Blu-ray format with an accompanying soundtrack CD, which includes highlights of the entire two-act performance.

The first act showcases Sarah Brightman performing live on stage, without an audience, as each song is portrayed as an individual performance along with full set and costume changes. She mixes in some modern songs like "Stranger In Paradise" and "Who Wants To Live Forever" with some of her more contemporary songs like "Carpe Diem" and "Gia Nel Seno." The sultry "Follow Me" and the stellar "Miracle" showcase Brightman's range as an artist and a performer.

The second act finds Brightman in front of a live audience, as her voice simply sounds amazing, performing the songs "Sogni" and "There For Me" with special guest singer Vincent Nicio. The epic numbers "Better Is One Day" and the "Fly To Paradise" shows off Brightman's stellar band, as they collaborate with the orchestra and choir on some of the highlights of this live performance. Sarah Brightman closes out her show with an amazing rendition of "Phantom Of The Opera" (which she stared in on Broadway) with Mario Frangoulis and grand finish of "Sea And Sand," as once again Sarah lets her voice be the star of show.

Special bonus features on both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a behind the scenes look into the production of "Hymn In Concert." Also included is a track by track review of the album, along with the "Hymn The Album Production" and photo slide show. To find out more about this new release from Sarah Brightman, please visit sarahbrightman.com.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Get Ready To Rock With New Releases From Ruffyunz, Frank Wyatt and Chris Haskett

Bassist Randy Pratt (Cactus, The Lizards) has joined forces with singer Ed Terry and engineer JZ Barell to create the band, Ruffyunz. Their new self-titled album features a collection of guests on guitar and drums, including Pat Travers (Pat Travers Band) and T.C. Tolliver (The Plasmatics). The new nine track release kicks off with the song "Tonight," highlighted by Terry's amazing vocals along side some electrifying guitar riffs. Pratt's bass work digs deep on the funk/rock groove of "Freedom," while the energetic blast of "Pressure" is full-on hard rock gold. The excitement for the Ruffyunz continues to grow with the full-band jam of "Frantic," before closing out their new release with the dark, heavy pounding rhythm of "Demons," which allows Ed Terry's vocals to soar. To find out more about Ruffyunz and their new self-titled release, please visit the Hyperspace Records Facebook page at facebook.com/Hyperspace-Records

American keyboardist/composer Frank Wyatt (Happy The Man) recently released his latest solo album titled "Zeitgeist." Wyatt's original idea was to create an album for a Happy The Man reunion, but other musicians became involved, who Frank Wyatt has performed with over the years. So, it became a Frank Wyatt & Friends release instead. The album still includes members of Happy The Man in a sort of reunion, as Wyatt & Friends begin with the nearly eight-minute progressive rock of the title-song "Zeitgeist." The song certainly fits in the next chapter of the Happy The Man story with its wonderful soaring melody and amazing musicianship. The album continues with the more expressive sounds of the instrumental piece "Leaving" and the jazz-fusion feel of "Twelve Jumps." The second half of the album is a four-part progressive rock suite titled "Perelandra Mvt.," as the opening chapter "To Venus" is a beautiful use of strings and keys that paint the perfect picture of floating over mountains and meadows. The album closes with the grand presentation of "The Golden Feast" and "Blessed Be He," which allows Wyatt to showcase his skills on the piano. To find out more about this new release from Frank Wyatt & Friends, please visit frankwyattmusic.com

Guitarist Chris Haskett (David Bowie, Henry Rollins) recently released his new instrumental EP titled "Insufficient Necessities." The new four-song album begins with the raw, rocking guitar wizardry of "Dodge 'Em," which is a great introduction to showcase Haskett's skills on guitar. Chris paves his own path to the "Ivy City," with a bit of funk in his playing, which also flows into the album closer "Going Back," as Chris incorporates a more progressive rock sound into this final musical piece. To find out more about Chris Haskett and his latest release "Insufficient Necessities," please visit chrishaskett.com

Monday, November 18, 2019

Check Out These New Indie-Rock Releases From Sonar, Yuval Ron and JATK

Swedish progressive rock band, Sonar teamed-up once again with American guitarist David Torn for their latest release "Tranceportation (Volume 1)." It will be released on November 28th through RareNoise Records and builds upon the relationship that these artists began last year with the release of their album "Vortex." This new album features only four tracks, beginning with the epic fourteen-and-a-half minute "Labyrinth," which allows you to find your way through the music, as the second half of the song continues to slowly build with intensity. The expansive, ambient flow of "Partitions" is the shortest song on the album at just under six-minutes, before Sonar and David Torn finish with the jazz-like drumming and shrieking guitar riffs of "Tunnel Drive." To find out more about Sonar with David Torn on their latest release "Tranceportation (Volume 1)," please visit sonar-band.bandcamp.com


Next up is the latest release from German guitarist/composer Yuval Ron. His new album titled "Somewhere In This Universe, Somebody Hits A Drum" features only six tracks that take you on a sonic, progressive rock journey and features the work of Marco Minnemann. Ron kicks things off with the quick tempo changes of the title-track, as proudly displays his epic guitar skills on this Frank Zappa-esque style number. The album continues with the atmospheric flow of "Gravitational Lensing" and the nearly ten-minute energetic intense delivery of "Wifi In Emerald City," before closing with the jazz-like, space rock of "I Believe In Astronauts." To find out more about Yuval Ron and his latest release "Somewhere In This Universe, Somebody Hits A Drum," please visit yuvalron.com


We close out with Boston-based rock artist JATK, who recently released his new self-titled debut album. The new four-song EP is filled with hook-filled rock, beginning with the addictive, sing-along chorus of "How I Feel Inside," which carries a classic, seventies-rock vibe. The energy continues to flow through the big guitar riffs of "Angry Anchor," before finishing with the more aggressive, hard rock attack of "Nuebella Satan." To find out more about JATK and his new self-titled album, please visit jatk.bandcamp.com

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The "Passable In Pink" Soundtrack Is An 80's Mixtape That Never Existed

On November 15th, Omnivore Recordings released the brand new original motion picture soundtrack to "Passable In Pink." The Audible Original has been described at a "laughably inept 1984 teensploitation movie that makes John Hughes look like Orson Welles." While the movie never actually existed, the soundtrack certainly does and instantly transports you back to the mid-1980's when music was all about style.

This new release features thirteen tracks of obscure songs from the eighties that have never existed before, until now. The soundtrack features members of the Smithereens, Guided By Voices, Luna, Nada Surf, Psychedelic Furs and Dexy's Midnight Runners performing songs in the vein of eighties pop. Beginning with "Here Comes That Heartbreak" by The Spurts, you'd think that you've discovered a lost mix tape of songs that you would have sworn you loved many years ago. The Zero Hour have perfectly captured sound of new wave/punk with "Pop Collar Nites," while "Tangerine Skies" is three minutes of straight-up electronic beats supplies by Atlantis Mantis. Zebra Trucks give us a monotone delivery of "Binary Code," before the energy returns to close out the album with the punk-fury of "God Damn School" and the Northwood High School Pep Rally Band performing "I Need A Least Five Boys." To find out more about the newly released soundtrack to the audio-film "Passable In Pink," please visit omnivorerecordings.com/shop/passable-in-pink.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Anthrax Wrap Up "For All Kings" Tour With Final Stop At Mohegan Sun

Heavy metal legends Anthrax closed out their "For All Kings" tour Friday night with a free show at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun. This tour, which began in January 2016, took them all over the world (more than once) and closed out the latest chapter in the band's resurgence. Even though this was a free show at a small, club like venue, Anthrax still treated it as if they were performing at one of the largest European festivals.

Their 12-song, 75-minute set was filled to the brim with heavy metal music, beginning with the opening energetic blast of "Caught In A Mosh," from one of their most popular albums "Among The Living." Anthrax found this setting the perfect opportunity to perform a few deep cuts that die-hard fans enjoyed, like "Metal Thrashing Mad," "A Skeleton In The Closet" and "In My World." The audience also shouted out the chorus to well-known gems like "Madhouse" and "I Am The Law," much to the band's delight.

Anthrax paid homage to a couple of their heroes (Ronnie James Dio and "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott) performing "In The End" off their "Worship Music" album, as the iconic "devil horns" were raised on each and every hand. The standing room audience stayed in control for most of the evening (due to the overabundance of security), but did let loose on the closing songs "Antisocial" and "Indians." A small mosh pit even broke out during the "war dance" section of "Indians," as Anthrax finished off the evening with a small tribute to Pantera, by performing the outro of their song "Cowboys From Hell."

Even though this show was not originally scheduled as part of their tour and wraps up a long, extensive time on the road, Anthrax appear ready for whatever the next chapter in their career may be. As one of the "Big 4" of thrash metal, Anthrax are truly legends and have always surpassed exceptions with their live shows.

Setlist: Caught In A Mosh, Metal Thrashing Mad, Be All End All, Madhouse, I Am The Law, Breathing Lightning, A Skeleton In The Closet, In My World, In The End, Medusa, Antisocial, Indians

Friday, November 15, 2019

Charm City Devils Return With "1904" EP & Cro-Mags Bring 3 New Songs "From The Grave"

Arriving November 22nd is the fourth studio effort from the hard rock band, Charm City Devils. Their new album titled "1904" features only five tracks, beginning with the band's latest single "Skipping Stone." The song's acoustic melody just lets loose for the intense chorus and hard-hitting rhythm. The album's energy continues to flow through the more aggressive feel "Dollar Sign$" and "Broken Hearts Broken Bones," before closing with the strictly acoustic version of "Skipping Stone," which still carries the song's original intensity. To find out more about Charm City Devils and their latest release "1904," please visit charmcitydevils.com


Arriving the first week of December is the new 3-song EP titled "From The Grave" from the east coast, hardcore punk band, Cro-Mags. Their new release kicks off with the fast rhythm and hard-hitting attack of the title-song, "From The Grave," which reminds you of the passion the band pours into their music and performance. The song also features the work of ex-Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. They quicken the pace even more on the punk-like fury of "PTSD," before finishing with the nearly six-minute instrumental "Between Wars," which showcases another side to the band's hardcore sound. To find out more about Cro-Mags and their latest release "From The Grave," please visit cro-mags.com

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Check Out New Releases From Most People, Sam Weber, Borza, Kill Chicago, Jade The Moon and Lia

From Toronto, Canada comes the latest release titled "Call Me Up" from the '80s influenced pop band, Most People. It is the band's first full-length release that is "a culmination of our nine years working together," according to the band members. Their new nine-song set begins with the mellow, slow jam of "Leave It All Behind" and the electronic, new wave beats of "Lose My Mind." They pull you in to their time machine with the addictive dance rhythm of "Breathe" and the soulful, R&B groove of "Knife (Call Me Up)," before closing their new album with the hi-fi pop vibe of "Know Nothing." To find out more about Most People and their latest release "Call Me Up," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/mostpeopleband

Canadian singer/songwriter Sam Weber recently released his new full-length album titled "Everything Comes True." The album was produced by Tyler Chester, who has worked along side artists like Joan Baez and Jackson Browne. Weber's new ten track release begins with the steady folk/rock groove of the title song "Everything Comes True," before picking the tempo up with the more nostalgic, pop oriented feel of "It's All Happening." Sam shows off a more country-oriented sound with the southern swagger of "Queen On The Money," then slows down for the gentle ballad "Avenir." Sam Weber finishes off his new album with the emotional, soulful tones of "Promise Of The Road" and the solid, steady pace of "No." To find out more about Sam Weber and his latest release "Everything Comes True," please visit samwebermusic.ca


Well-traveled artist Borza recently released his new album "Cocoon" back on October 25th. The new ten song release is a collection of intense moments from Borza's life over the past couple of years that demanded being put to words and music. The album begins with the blues feel of "That Third Day" and the steady pace of "She Loves Herself More Than Me," as Borza's raw sound gives a genuine feel to his music. His sound is more accessible on the playful rhythm of "True To You," while "Be Amazing" seems to just simmer on the brink of pop/rock gold. Borza closes his new album with the emotional acoustics of "If I Can Only Be With You" and the upbeat, positivity of "Live And Love." To find out more about Borza and his latest release "Cocoon," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/borzamusic


The New Brunswick quartet, Kill Chicago recently released their latest full-length release title "The Fix." It features ten tracks, beginning with the modern, alternative rock of "Another Way To Be" and the steady flow of "Moonlight," as their sound feels ready-made for the radio. Kill Chicago showcase their edgier, more raw side on the sonic blast of "Made Up," while "Show Me (Hand To Mouth)" combines elements of pop with an alternative buzz that make this song the highlighted track on the album. They keep their addictive rock vibe flowing through "You Don't Like It," before finishing with the quiet, dark western tone of "Pull Over." To find out more about Kill Chicago and their latest release "The Fix," please visit killchicago.com


Canadian alt-pop band, Jade The Moon recently released their new six-song EP titled "11:11." Their music is very addictive, as they inflict their sound on you right from the opening track "Awkward" and the more up-tempo, electronic rhythm of "Polaroids And Airplanes." The album's lead single "Fall For This" is a sultry, swirling ballad that features the wonderful, haunting vocals of singer Dani Le Rose. Jade The Moon finish up their new album with the R&B/pop flow of "If I Had Lots Of Money" and the dance beats of "Don't Wait Up." To find out more about Jade The Moon and their latest release "11:11," please visit jadethemoon.com


Up-and-coming pop artist Lia recently released a brand new six-song EP titled "Vasilia." The electronic beats and subtle touches of music are the perfect backdrop for her strong, stellar vocals, as in the songs "Out Of Control" and "To The Woods." She demands the focus be on her words and voice on the slow pace of "Milk & Light," while "Feed Me" has pop aspirations, before Lia closes out her new album with soulful, R&B tones of "Come & Seek." To find out more about Lia and her latest release "Vasilia," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/liakurimusic

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Singer Cornell "CC" Carter Is "Absolutely" Soulful & Multi-Instrumentalist Dr. Chrispy Gets "Remixed"

Internationally acclaimed soul artist Cornell "CC" Carter returns with his brand new studio album titled "Absolutely." Carter received positive recognition for his 2018 album "One Love," which topped the U.K. Soul Album charts. His new ten song album begins with the upbeat, R&B groove of "Say Yes," as the beats are strictly undeniable. Cornell gets the emotions flowing through "I See Love," before the slow-moving, seven-minute, sexed-up ballad "Earn It" will help set the mood. He brings on a classic, seventies-type vibe with "Come Live With Me Angel," while the beats of "Love Thang" is a modern soul masterpiece. Cornell "CC" Carter closes out his new album with funkiness of "Ghosted" and uplifting sounds of "We're A Winner." To find out more about Cornell "CC" Carter and his latest release "Absolutely," please visit cc2000music.com


Renowned Australian music producer, space scientist and aerospace engineer Dr. Chris Boshuizen will be releasing his new album on November 22nd, as Dr. Chrispy. The new release titled "VHS Remixed," which has independent producers from all over the world take the songs from his full-length debut album "VHS" and re-imagined them as dance pieces. Artist T-Rom keeps the beats flowing with the repetitive nature of "Follow The Wild Geese" and "Be There Soon," while The Stunt Man's 13 Bit remix of "Be There Soon" has steady, R&B vibe that just floats on by. The ambient instrumental flow of "Sleeping In Tokyo" is supplied by Kevin Ochoa, before he adds more intensity to the pulsating beats of "60 Miles Up." The album closes with Dr. Chrispy's own modern, sonic instrumental delivery of "Follow The Wild Geese." To find out more about the new "VHS Remixed" release from Dr. Chrispy, please visit drchrispy.bandcamp.com

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Omnivore Recordings Collects Songs For A "Nighthawk Reggae Joint" Release

On November 15th, Omnivore Recordings will release the first-ever compilation of the reggae label, Nighthawk Records. This new twenty-track release titled "Send I A Lion: A Nighthawk Reggae Joint" is a great "best of" presentation of the Nighthawk Records label, which was started in 1974 by Leroy Jodie Pierson. Omnivore Recordings have previously released former albums by artists like Culture, Ethiopian, Gladiators and Winston Jarrett, but this new release also introduces you to artists like Wailing Souls, Junior Byles and Morwells.

The laid-back vibe of Justin Hinds & The Dominoes' "Weeping Eyes" and the soulful melody of "4000 Years" by The Mighty Diamonds are a perfect pair of songs to represent the Nighthhawk Records label. Ethiopian & His All Stars bring in a pop aspect with the addition of horns on "Trains To Skaville," while their song "Straight On Rastafari" is as addictive as anything else that was coming out of the studios in Jamaica. The new compilation closes with a raw recording of The Mighty Diamonds's audition of their song "4000 Years." To find out more about "Send I A Lion: A Nighthawk Reggae Joint," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Eagle Rock Entertainment Builds Up The Rolling Stones "Bridges To Buenos Aires"

Eagle Vision has unleashed another amazing concert video from the iconic rock band, The Rolling Stones. Less than six months ago, Eagle Vision release The Rolling Stones "Bridges To Bremen" concert video and have just outdid themselves with this newly restored and remixed show from Buenos Aires. The new release titled "Bridges To Buenos Aires" is from the same tour, as this show took place on April 5th, 1998, the last date of their five-night-sold-out residency at River Plate Stadium. The show was recently released on November 8th on Blu-ray and DVD along with 2CDs or 3LPs.

The audience in Buenos Aires is huge and energetic, and they love their Rolling Stones, as the show kicks off with the classics "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Let's Spend The Night Together." The video quality is excellent, although it is not in widescreen, it still displays great details. Many of the camera angle are super close, as you can follow Keith Richards' finger work on his guitar, or Mick Jagger's mesmerizing dance moves. After the blues of "Sister Morphine," the stadium explodes when Bob Dylan walks onstage to perform a rendition of "Like A Rolling Stone," which keeps the band on their toes, as Dylan never performs a song the same way twice.

Keith Richards gets his moment in the sun with a couple of his solo songs, before the band head over (the bridge) to their second stage for some loose renditions of "Little Queenie," "When The Whip Comes Down" and "You Got Me Rocking." The Rolling Stones close out their set of record setting shows with a string of concert staples like "Sympathy For The Devil" and "Honky Tonk Women." The Argentinean audience began singing "Start Me Up," right from the opening guitar riffs, even before Mick could get a word in, as their energy continued to flow throughout the entire two-hour performance. As the confetti flew through the air during a rocking version of "Brown Sugar," I couldn't tell who wanted to keep going longer, the audience or The Rolling Stones. I'm so very glad that Eagle Vision continues to roll out these shows, as more bands should take note and release classic concerts on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and vinyl. There is also a special limited edition colored vinyl version of this show available. To find out more about The Rolling Stones "Bridges To Buenos Aires" release, please visit eagle-rock.com.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Foreigner "Then And Now" Come Together To Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of "Double Vision"

In 1978 Foreigner released the album "Double Vision," which reached #3 on the album charts and has been certified 7x Platinum. To celebrate that album's achievements, both the modern day Foreigner and the original band members have teamed up for the ultimate live show that covers some of the band's biggest hits like "Cold As Ice," "Head Games" and "Feels Like The First Time." Members past and present come together to celebrate the music of Foreigner on a new live release "Double Vision: Then And Now, Live, Reloaded." It will be released on November 15th through the EarMusic label on Blu-ray, CD and on vinyl.

The album features many Foreigner classics like "Urgent," "Double Vision" and "Dirty White Boy," as well as the modern acoustic favorite "The Flame Still Burns." Both lead singers Lou Gramm and Kelly Hansen trade lead duties on songs with a backing band of original members and current members that features the best of both worlds. The highlight of the album may be the eleven-plus minute jam of "Juke Box Hero," led by the amazing guitar work of Mick Jones. The shows closes with a sing-along of their #1 single "I Want To Know What Love Is" and and blazing version of "Hot Blooded" that showcases both versions of the band on stage together, performing this hard rocking Foreigner classic. To find out more about the new "Double Vision: Then And Now, Live, Reloaded" release, please visit foreigneronline.com.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Discover The "Unburied Treasure" Of The Gentle Giant Catalog With Their New Box Set

On December 6th, the classic U.K. progressive rock band, Gentle Giant will unleash a 30-disc box set that showcases the band's live side with 15 brand new concert albums, as well as their 12 studio albums. Most of the these shows have never been previously released and further develops the band's cult status here in the U.S. The set also includes a 136-page coffee table book, plus a 96-page book on the band's touring history, along with replica posters, a signed photo and other giveaway and promotional items. This set is only limited to 2000 copies and is fully embraced by the band members who have come together to view the box set for the first time in this video on youtube.com.

The live shows in this new set sound outstanding for the time period. Some of the highlights include the band's wonderful harmonizing on "Alucard," before breaking into an intense jam during a show in New Orleans in 1972. Gentle Giant showcase their masterfully musical skills on the extended jams of "Excerpts From Octopus" and "Just The Same/Proclamation," which both blow past the ten minute mark. One of the later shows in this set is from The Roxy in 1980 and may not be the best recording of the set, but displays the band's growth as artists and performers during their ten year run. To find out more about Gentle Giant's "Unburied Treasure" box set, please visit burningshed.com

Friday, November 8, 2019

Hellyeah Welcomes You Home On Vinnie Paul's Final Statement

On June 22nd, 2018 Hellyeah founding member Vinnie Paul died from heart disease, but before his passing, Paul laid down the drum work for what would end up being his final album with the band. Back on September 27th, 2019 Hellyeah released their latest studio effort titled "Welcome Home," which features the final recordings of Vinnie Paul with the band.

The new twelve-track release features some of the band's most aggressive, hard-hitting music of their thirteen year career. While the album clocks in at just over 36-minutes, the songs are intense and in-your-face, with no time for fillers, just pure energy, as displayed in the tracks "333" and "Oh My God." The title-track "Welcome Home" showcases the band invitation to a more mainstream metal sound, while "A Wick's End" and "Bury You" continue to display Vinnie Paul's classic pounding rhythm. The album finishes with the screams of "Boy" and the emotion fueled "Sky and Water."

As one chapter of the band closes, another new one begins with the addition of drummer Ray Mayorga (Stone Sour) taking over drum duties, as the band continue to tour and record. For a list of live dates and to find out more about their new album "Welcome Home," please visit hellyeahband.com