The Release Day Friday Spotify playlist offered a lot of goodies this time around.
It kicks off with Dee Snider and his new song, “Prove Me Wrong”.
In my book, Dee Snider is a huge part of my youth growing up. I followed him in Twisted Sister, waited for Desperado to release their album, then that album got canned and the band was dropped from Elektra. He then hooked up with Al Pitrelli for the Widowmaker albums, and I waited for those albums, thinking they would never come out. Finally the two albums dropped, the hard rock influenced “Blood And Bullets” and the grungier sounding, “Stand By For Pain”.
And this song is basically about how he has proven people wrong his whole life. He just kept going and going and trying to make it. He made it in music, he made it in radio, he made movies, he was key in getting Headbangers Ball up and going, and he spoke out against censorship while everyone else kept quiet.
I came, I saw, I rocked
I left it all upon the stage
For almost fifty years
Now it’s time to turn the page
It’s a long time to be in the business and in the 80’s he was only on top for a few short years. And the record labels like Neglektra did their best to kill his career afterwards.
I’ve been abused and used
Been over, under, sideways, down
But still my head’s unbowed
Was there ever any doubt?
If you want a definition of grit and perseverance, look no further than Dee Snider. There is a cool lyrical reference to his Desperado album on Elektra called “Bloodied But Unbowed”, where they spent a long time writing, then recording, then a week before the release, the album is pulled and Dee is dropped, but Elektra is holding on to the master tapes because they don’t want Dee to take em to another label and have a hit album. So Dee has the option to just walk away from his songs or buy some of his masters back.
How they tried, but couldn’t prove me wrong
You want to knock off the monster chip on Dee’s shoulder, go right ahead and prove him wrong.
The best revenge is none
Just be happy and live well
Knowing for your enemies
There is a special place in hell
No one could hold me back
Those who tried, I laid to waste
Truth in these words. The best revenge is to be happy and live well. That’s it.
They had every chance to prove me wrong
And they’ve all failed.
“Atlas Falls” from Shinedown was a surprise drop and it’s a nod to their sound up to 2012 which I like. It doesn’t have the “Imagine Dragons” pop sounds from the last two albums.
So I did some reading and found that “Atlas Fall” is an unreleased track from their 2012 album “Amaryllis”. And it just hit Spotify today, but has been out since 23 March 2020 as a digital download to raise funds for Direct Relief (who provides medical supplies to people in need).
Don’t give up now, there’s already so much at stake
If Atlas falls, I’ll rise up and carry us all the way
We need to support each other more these days than ever. If the world we know, crashes down around us, we need to find a way to survive.
“Skyfall” from Vandenberg really got my attention. I repeat, really got my attention.
Adrian has gone back to his roots. This song is epic 70’s style as the riffs ooze grandeur. A five plus minute song. If you like how Europe went back to their roots in “War Of Kings” then you will enjoy this album. If you like Rainbow, then you will like this song. Plus if you like Adrian Vandenberg’s style, which I do, it’s a no-brainer.
When the sky falls down
Fields are burning all around
I’ll be right beside you
Haken dropped another song “Invasion” and their form of groove/riff driven progressive rock gets me interested and so does the atmospheric groove instrumental music of Long Distance Calling and their song “Voices”.
Reach dropped “The Law”. Metallica dropped an acoustic “Blackened 2020”, which James plays with a nod to the style of Ennio Morricone. There is FM and a song called “Change For The Better”.
The melodic rock “Gathering Of Kings” project keeps ticking all the boxes for catchy choruses with “Highway To Paradise”. Scorpions released “Sign Of Hope” which didn’t really give me hope, but they have a lot of goodwill in my book, so it’s okay. “Ghosts” from Paradise Lost also appeared on the playlist, telling me (subliminally) to check out their new album.
Trapt also released “Tell Me How You Really Feel” which is more in the vein of pop than the alt-rock they have been known for, however I’m still interested to see what the full album
Spotify still can’t tell the difference between Helix the rock band and Helix (the dance act).
Spotify still can’t tell the difference between RSO (Richie Sambora Orianthi) and RSO (some dance act).
Spotify still can’t tell the difference between Jasta (American metal singer) and an Eastern European act called Jasta.