This Is War – Audrey Horne
My favourite supergroup of extreme metallers (along with “The Night Flight Orchestra”) is back with a new album that brings back memories of the Seventies and Eighties. Once the harmony guitars that sound like “Fear Of The Dark” from Maiden kick in, I’m ready to throw my computer screen at the window.
We will never be silenced or divided
This is war
My 2017 call to arms.
Beyond The Pale – Machine Head
The verse groove is heavy and it works.
And that lead break, where two lead breaks are happening is brilliant, it works and it doesn’t sound muddled. They actually complement each other.
Beyond the pale I found salvation, emancipation
Beyond the pale I found my heroes for freaks and zeroes
Walk On Water (Acoustic) – Thirty Seconds to Mars
I hated the original version. It sounded over produced and there was nothing to differentiate it from all the pop garbage that sounds the same. But this version works. It’s almost gospel churchy like.
Do you believe that you could walk on water?
At the end of it I believed I could walk on water.
Miracle – Story of the Year
This band is a favourite of mine. They can be rock, metal and pop all on one album. Their label stuffed em up, by labelling them that whole emo rock/hard-core tag.
I need this more than you know
I need a miracle
Tell me I’m not alone
Please don’t let me go
You are in the situation where change is needed. Your old self needs to be washed off and a new being needs to rise. But you need to make hard choices.
Are you ready for what will come after?
Are you read to let go of what you know?
American Soul – U2
I actually like this song. I would have loved if the keyboard riff was played by the distorted guitar, because it would have given the song the rock and roll edge that’s mentioned in the lyrics.
You are rock and roll
You and I are rock and roll
You are rock and roll
I came here looking for American soul
Cherry Blossoms – Joe Satriani
The Alien that likes to surf just keeps on creating new music.
What a brilliant concept that is?
This one is more like a ballad and I like the way Satriani composes his leads. You can put words to them.
Alone (ReRecorded) – Toto
I am a fan of “Hold the Line”.
Meadow – Stone Temple Pilots
Who’s singing these days?
Imaginary – Evanescence
I prefer the original. Amy Lee is a great vocalist and has a unique voice. She should release new music instead of re-hashing past glories. Let other artists cover and re-imagine your songs.
All or Nothing (Acoustic) – Art of Dying
2011’s “Vices and Virtues” hooked me in. Then they lost me with “Rise Up” and “Nevermore”. The songs were there, but the production ruined it. In saying that, I dig this acoustic version. Maybe the next album will win me back.
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming – Edit – Deep Purple
It looks like Deep Purple have a compilation album called “A Fire In The Sky – Selected Career Spanning Songs” out, hence the reason why this one appeared on my Release Day Friday playlist. This one is from “Purpendicular” released in 1996. Steve Morse kills it on this song, especially in the verses.
Surrender Your Heart – The Radio Sun
Melodic rock from Melbourne, Australia. I still think they have a hard bluesy rock album in them, like Whitesnake’s 87 self-titled album.
Feel the Heat – Pretty Boy Floyd
I didn’t really get into the band back in the late 80’s and this song does nothing to make me commit.
Wake Me Up – Operation: Mindcrime
A mess. It’s the only way I can describe this.
Upper Falls – The Used
I don’t mind this one.
Since You’ve Been Gone (Live 84) – Alcatrazz
I don’t think its Malmsteen playing so it must be Steve Vai. Anyway, it’s a pedestrian version with fake crowd noise and what not.
Gift (Live) – Hellyeah
We are all outcasts here because we fail to conform to normal society.
It’s how the song is introduced. Musically, “Gift” feels like “Children Of The Grave” to me.
Down In A Hole – In Flames
When you hear Alice’s version there is a pain and angst with each lyric when Layne and Jerry sing it. It’s like something ominous and threatening is about to happen. I don’t get that feeling with this version.
Brave – Skillet
I like this band when they rock. When they sing these kinds of pop songs, while there is an audience for these types of songs, it’s not for me.
The Boy Who Fooled The World – G String – Gun
This is so far removed from the version of Gun that I am a fan of.
It’s No Good – The Poodles
The song is pretty good, but seriously, who calls a hard rock band “The Poodles”.
Everlasting – Houston
Wow, this sounds like it came from 1985.
Riding On Fire (2017 Version) – Iron Saviour
You need to be in the mood for power metal. But at the moment, I’ve got my swords and shields and horses and castle all packed away.