4 Years Ago (2017)
The 2017 list was in.
And it had a lot of songs.
And here are a few selections.
Life Ain’t Easy (For A Boy With Long Hair) – The New Roses
Who would have thought that a German act would sound better than the American acts that influenced them?
So what can I say
Things got that bad
I stood before the mirror
To shave my head
But then I looked into my eyes
And I knew right then
You’ll let your hair grow
And start a band
Freedom – Revolution Saints
It’s the best song on the album.
Musically it sounds like a Deep Purple song from the Coverdale era and there’s nothing wrong with that influence whatsoever.
Coming my way
Gemini – The Night Flight Orchestra
On each album, TNFO have a disco pop metal rock track. “West Ruth Ave” took the spot on the first album, “Living For The Night-time” took the spot on the second album and “Gemini” takes the spot on the third album.
Blind Leading The Blind – Adrenaline Mob
Man the “Mob” has suffered on the road.
AJ Pero didn’t survive the previous tour he was involved in and bassist David Z lost his life when a truck slammed into their van parked on the side of the road.
Goodbye Forever – Volbeat
We are the birth
We are the end
We are the souls
We have a name
We are the rising and fallen ones
We are the spirit forever more
It’s my favourite part of the song. I dig how the military style drumming works with the syncopated guitar lines and the gospel backing vocals.
Black Rain – Eclipse
This song is here because of the lead break. The riff under it reminds me of “Hangar 18” by Megadeth, while the actual lead break itself is reminiscent of the “Mr Crowley” outro lead and the “Tornado of Souls” lead by Marty Friedman.
No Surrender – Art Of Anarchy
Changed Man – Art Of Anarchy
The Madness – Art Of Anarchy
I was really surprised by this release. Actually I was blown away by it.
Carry Me My Bones – Corroded
A Note To Me – Corroded
It’s the acoustic versions from “The Nevo Sessions” and they sound swampy, bluesy and groovy and raw and better.
Carry me my tired bones
Light Me Up – Doom Unit
It’s got this swampy bluesy feel which I really dig. Plus the vocal melodies are addictive. And they are from Finland.
Human (Jim Eno Sessions) – Ran’n’Bone Man
If you haven’t heard “Human” then you should. It’s a hit.
I’m only human
I make mistakes
The Road – Quiet Riot
As soon as I heard the voice, it was familiar. I’d like to tell you that I knew it was Durbin on vocals just from hearing him, but I had to Google it to find out.
American Rock ‘n Roll – Kid Rock
Greatest Show On Earth – Kid Rock
Stand The Pain – Kid Rock
I can’t say I’m a huge Kid Rock fan, but I do check out his stuff from time to time. I also caught him live on the Bon Jovi “Because We Can” tour.
He’s a showman and a very good one at that. These three songs are hard southern rock all the way and man, they are a joy to listen too. It’s like one big party jam committed to tape.
Angel Of Mercy – Black Label Society
I don’t know what it is, but man this song gets the hairs rising on the back of my neck.
For those that don’t know, the song appears on the album “Catacombs Of the Black Vatican” from Black Label Society. It’s not a 2017 release but it’s been in my playlist since it came out in 2014.
The lead break is pure magic. It just explodes out of the speakers and builds and builds to the point where you cannot help but be in awe at the feel, the melodic phrasing and the disciplined technique on display. The song will never be a hit on the Billboard Charts and due to its mellow nature it might never get a live appearance, but god damn it, the song is a classic.
Rags to Riches – Babylon A.D
“Rags To Riches” is one of the singles released in the lead up and it hooked me in with its “Atomic Playboys” style riff.
Wanderlust – Black Country Communion
I dig this “super” group. First, I am a fan of Joe Bonamassa on guitar. Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals is a no brainer. Then when you add the rest of the personal, you can see it’s got some serious cred.
I don’t know what the song is about lyrically. I don’t really care, because the sounds, the groove and the feel hook me in.
God of the Sun – Sons of Apollo
Alive – Sons Of Apollo
Labyrinth – Sons Of Apollo
When I read that Portnoy/Sherinian started a project together I wasn’t interested. However as a fan of Ron Bumblefoot Thal, I was suddenly very interested. And when I read that Portnoy/Sherinian tapped Jeff Scott Soto to do vocals, I was very intrigued.
Any fan of progressive rock/metal will love this album. It has everything that all the great albums have. Even the musical interludes are memorable and hummable, which has become a forgotten art form over the last 15 years as bands play more technical and physically exhausting intricate passages in their songs.
The Sin And The Sentence – Trivium
Other Worlds – Trivium
Beyond Oblivion – Trivium
The Revanchist – Trivium
Endless Night – Trivium
Trivium is still at it and still kicking some butt.
Check out the T1000 Cybernetic drummer in The Sin And The Sentence.
The speed and precision. Human capabilities never cease to amaze me.
Find Your Way Home – King King
Broken – King King
There is a lot of good music out there and artists like “King King” are virtually unknown in the major music markets. They are a band that has this 70s Brit Hard Blues Rock sound and I like it.
This Is War – Audrey Horne
My favourite supergroup of extreme metallers (along with “The Night Flight Orchestra”) was 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 silence or divided
This is war
My 2017 call to arms.
And that my friends brings 2017 to close.
LIVIN ON THE CHAIN GANG
You get a power chord and then a vocal melody.
Did Skid Row try and recreate “Still Of The Night”?
It follows the same structure and in truth Coverdale and Sykes tried to recreate “Jailhouse Rock” with “Still of the Night”.
Turn on the TV, Cause I got nowhere to go
Seems that there’s a little trouble down in Mexico
A 13-year-old boy robs a store so he can eat
And they got him doing time while killers walk the streets
Once Bach sings “streets” he holds the note forever while the single note riff kicks in. Like “Still Of The Night”.
A hungry politician is the wolf that’s at the door
Hell-bent on submission and feeding’ on the poor
We could stare into the sun if we would open up our eyes
But we paint ourselves into a corner coloured in white lies
So true. Politicians want applause, want to be liked and want to please their donors. So while they seek submission from the poor, they then submit themselves to their donor and the corporations who are paying them millions to introduce laws to benefit their business model.
8 Years Ago (2013)
CRYING IN THE RAIN and JOHN SYKES FIRING
Two official studio versions exist. A very bluesy and sorrowful version from the 1982 album, “Saints and Sinners” and a very polished guitar heavy gem from the 1987 self-titled “Whitesnake” album.
And then there is the version that appears on the “Bad Boy Live!” album by John Sykes, released in 2005. It is an exact replica of the 1987 version that brought “Crying In The Rain” to the masses.
John Kalodner in an interview on the Melodic Rock website, said that he always tells David Coverdale that he should work with John Sykes again.
How do you follow-up “Still Of The Night”, “Bad Boys”, “Give Me All Your Love” and “Is This Love”?
You change tact and form a super group with musicians that have some real rock credentials.
Forming a new band or going solo (depending on how people see the Blue Murder project), John Sykes believed the world was his oyster.
Surrounded by the expertise of John Kalodner and a big money offer from Geffen Records, he believed he would have instant success now that he could play by his own rules.
However that was not to be.
The Blue Murder self-titled debut got stiffed from the outset, due to the Geffen label bosses doing everything to please David Coverdale.
And it’s follow up “Nothin But Trouble” got stiffed by the record label playing grunge politics. While “Nothing But Trouble” didn’t have the same impact has its predecessors, it is still a very satisfying album and it’s a John Sykes album I still listen to today.
So it is 1994 and John Sykes is without a record deal.
What does he do next?
He goes solo.
In a gatekeeper controlled market, interest in John Sykes was still high in Japan and Europe.
In 1995, “Out Of My Tree” drops. I didn’t hear this album until Napster hit in 1999. I couldn’t justify paying the $80 for it in Australia, just because it was a Japanese import.
And that’s another wrap for another week.