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Iron Maiden/ Book Of Souls(2015)

Yes folks today I’m cheating with a repost of this review from April 2016! The reason? Well  I’m off to see Maiden Live in Minneapolis tonight(June 16th) and that’s thanks to my brother Todd who got us tickets on a presale as the show sold out in 2 days back in January! So thanx to Todd I’m outta here but fret not…Full Live Review….ASAP!

It wasn’t for the fact that Maiden after 35 years of albums would release a double studio album too psyche me out! Nope! It also wasn’t for the fact that Maiden as per protocol would have some tunes that clock in at 13 minutes and one at over 17 minutes! Nope…

It was the fact that in the credits as it listed the bands  names  their’s lead singer Bruce Dickinson credited with both vocals and piano!

Scccccreeeeeeech…..HALT! Yep my fine readers at Stick It In My Ear that is the difference between Maiden 2015 and Maiden 1985!

If you’re looking for Maiden speed metal  in Aces High from yesteryear just keep on trucking. They can still hold down the Metal Fort thank you very much but their sound has advanced proggy,epic in spots,a different kind of recording beast in 2015!

Just like how Rush stepped up and delivered a classic in Clockworks Angels back in 2012. Iron Maiden step up and deliver what I would say is there best album since Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son(1988)

Rush and Maiden have nothing left to prove but how they managed to step up and release such majestic epic recordings pushing  the age of 60 years young  is mind-boggling but yet for us Lovers of Hard Rock its a win win…..

Bruce Dickinson(vocals) Dave Murray,Janick Gers,Adrian Smith (all guitars) Steve Harris(bass) and Nicko McBrain (drums) are still alive and kicking into The Final Frontier(Ha!) ….No slouching around at Maiden HQ when Commander Harris is at the controls!

IF ETERNITY SHOULD FAIL- Ahhh so the proceedings begin with Bruce and some Voodoo Hoodoo Mayan like vibes. Yep all is fine with the Air Raid Siren and at age 57 his vocal pipes are as strong as ever  and why wouldn’t they be? Before too long the rest of Maiden shoots out of the gate and I like the production courtesy of Kevin Shirley who keeps things dry in other words he doesn’t overproduce  Maiden he keeps things sonically balanced. First thing is that I notice is Harris bass is mixed  down and not that twangy vibe like some sonic beef was added to the grill. Great chorus and Bruce’s vocals just sail over and Frigg his voice is outstanding. Dig how the song shifts into a Steve/Nicko mashup before the solos are launched by the Three Amigos on guitar. What a powerhouse opener as Maiden always deliver on the first song on each of their albums! Stand up and take notice Fokkers! Must also mention that I dig Bruces old creeper voice at the end of this song where he talks…”Good Day My Name Is Necropolis…….” Love it! Also a round of Hip Hooray for a close to 9 minute opener!

SPEED OF LIGHT- When I preordered this album from iTunes they dropped this tune Into my iPod! Read how at the age of 48 I still go Bonkers over these guys! …https://superdekes.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/iron-maidenspeed-of-light/

FYI- I posted a live clip of this tune from Mexico a few weeks back! Check out the crowd at the beginning as you see now nutty the crowd is with beer flinging through the air people just flat-out Rockin! Well done people of Mexico! Plus you see how a frontman aged 57 named Bruce has not lost a step like the frontman  he was at the age 27!

THE GREAT UNKNOWN- It starts off chill with some nice electric picking along with Bruce’s voice and then builds up into a heavy kick of Maiden Prog as Nicko sets the tempo with his driving Sonor drums and the chorus here is the money shot. Bruce soars vocally (Shocker! Not!!) and lifts the song as only he can do. Nice guitar work and as the song wraps up its back to where it began with some nice electric picking and Bruce’s voice!

THE RED AND THE BLACK- How about a 13 minute plus Maiden Attack as Bruce and Steve lead the charge from the get go and now about that guitar that cruises along with Bruce’s vocals during the verses. The Red And The Black has a bunch of music and it gets heavy proggy at the end and when you think it ends it keeps going and why not? Stop? Naaaa when the riffs are rolling keep em rolling! Nice interplay between all three guitars and I’m sure this song will go down a storm  when played live! As per protocol the song ends as it started!

WHEN THE RIVER RUNS DEEP-Kinda could have been on the Somewhere In Time album from 1986 me thinks! The song super charges ahead and theirs Nicko riding that Paiste Cymbal like no ones business. When the song crashes into the verse Maiden slip gears and crank it up with a slower doomed pace with some slick backing vocals perhaps Bruce doubling up but regardless When The River Runs Deep is a great track! Freight Train Maiden Full Steam Ahead!

THE BOOK OF SOULS- 10 minutes of the title track and if you want tempo change look no further! This track sweeps through all kinds of musical landscapes meshed with the Maiden Synth firmly entrenched in the background but not overstepping the boundaries of the guitars of Dave,Adrian and Janick. One of the things I love about  Maiden is right around the 5 minute mark the song does indeed shift gears and that’s thanks to Nicko as he does his smooth as silk drum n tom rolls and Maiden go into the zone and blast off with solos and its back to the Prog but Maiden Heavy Prog!

DEATH OR GLORY-A nice little ditty that kicks ass! It launches right out of the Maiden Gate with all hands on deck! Nicko is smashing the cymbals while the guitars play off each other and man oh man there’s the Air Raid Siren stretching his tonsils and laying down a great vocal. Believe it or not it’s a Maiden tune under 6 minutes! Video is posted so play it please!

SHADOWS OF THE VALLEY- The beginning riff is straight outta Wasted Years kinda and this tune would have fit nice and snug on side 1 of Somewhere In Time! Tons of Maiden synth fill the backspace along with Maiden ensemble! Great tune and better solos. Nice pace as well!

TEARS OF A CLOWN- A song inspired by Robin Williams (RIP)and its a fabulous piece of musicianship,lyrics and voice! It’s all here. Love the  Crispy Crunch sound of the guitars and the amped up Maiden Synth during the chorus. One great track but I have been saying that all along this review haven’t I!?

MAN OF SORROW-A mid tempo track that is paced once again by Nicko and the features a ton of Maiden triple guitar combo attacks and also features some real slick bass playing by one Mr Harris! Nice Cymbal riding at the end of this tune!

EMPIRE OF THE CLOUDS-And Here It Is …Piano! Ha! But well done and played by Bruce(what can the guy not do!) Cellos sweep across the backing of Bruce’s Piano playing and it’s a great hook! Nicko does his marching snare to Bruce’s vocals! Amazing that Bruce composed this tune about a Military Airship ( to understand the scope of this the Titanic could have fit in this Airship!)pre Hindenburg and can keep the song and more importantly us the listener interested as the song clocks in at 18 minutes! Yep 18 minutes! It’s a journey it’s not Metal but Maiden keep it moving as for the first time ever in Maiden History the piano drives the tune!  Epic comes to mind! I know people were going on about Bruce only writing a couple of tracks for Book Of Souls. This qualifies as about 3 plus tunes! Give the guy a break! Ha! Fantastic song! It ends how it started with Bruce at the piano!

Holy Heck Maiden show up yet again and knock me on my ass! A double bubble epic album release. If you’re a reader at Mikeys site you know this was my Numero Uno #1 of album releases in 2015! No one came close!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alter Bridge/ The Last Hero(2016)

 

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New Release…

Alter Bridges  newest studio release The  Last Hero  crushes with Massive Riff’s along with  a Huge Dose of Melody with a Side Order of  Catchy Hooks tossed in!

Alter Bridge is….
Myles Kennedy – lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar
Mark Tremonti – lead guitar, backing vocals
Brian Marshall – bass guitar
Scott Phillips – drums, percussion

Myles Kennedy I would say is the Best Rock Vocalist out there! This dude can sing underneath a massive eruption of volcanic riffs originating  from Mark Tremonti’s Guitar and Myles  does not sound ever like he’s gonna toss a lung in doing so! Speaking of guitar,Myles can handle himself on the guitar as well. When he’s singing in Slash’s solo deal Myles is just the singer but in AB he doubles up on guitar and this cat can play as he burns up a ton of catchy riffs most notably at the beginning of the opening track Show Me A Leader.

Tremonti is a beast on the 6 string! He has elements of all the Greats in his playing most notably bits and bites of Ed Van Halen with a smattering of Zakk Wylde thrown into the mix. Mark has a wicked deep backing vocal like tone that’s right in sync with Myles vocals.

How many bands can have two fantastic guitar players with one of them doubling as the Lead Vocalist? AB that’s who!

Don’t forget the Rhythm dudes supporting these two guys as well! Drummer Scott Phillips plays Heavy all over the map drums and they sound huge on this album and he floats the AB Ship with Brian Marshall who provides the bottom end and Beef’s up the sound with his Bass Playing.

The Song’s…

1. “Show Me a Leader” 5:05
2. “The Writing On the Wall” 4:28
3. “The Other Side” 5:55
4. “My Champion” 4:41
5. “Poison In Your Veins” 4:19
6. “Cradle To the Grave” 5:41
7. “Losing Patience” 4:10
8. “This Side of Fate” 6:48
9. “You Will Be Remembered” 4:42
10. “Crows On a Wire” 4:27
11. “Twilight” 4:15
12. “Island of Fools” 5:01
13. “The Last Hero”  

Case you’re wondering it’s 65 Plus minutes of Bombastic Rock the Kind of stuff I love…

Shall I decipher a few tracks for ya’s?!

Opener Show Me A Leader sets the pace and you have to hand it to these guys who start off in chill mode but ramp up pretty damn quick  and Show Me A Leader just crunches and sets the pace for the rest of the album! In other words you want Bombastic Power Riffs? Check! How about a dose of in your face drums? Check Check! How about a Singer who can sing over a complete Wall Of Sound? Triple Check! Full props must be made out to producer Elvis Baskette who has been working AB for a while now and captures their sound brilliantly! While you’re at click the video posted below and you will know what I mean!

Writing On The Wall begins with a relentless sound of Sonic Fury with all instruments mashed up with a Bell and once again were off and the thing is the Verses on this album are no doubt Heavy but at times AB toss in a real catchy riff or tempo change and then when the Chorus hits here comes the Melody! Yes these tunes are that good! Writing On The Wall is one of them as Myles vocals soar during the chorus. Dude is Vocal Gold!

The Other Side is another great track and I’m gonna let my Good Pal’s Myles and Mark explain it in under 2 Minutes! …Click the Video Below!

My Champion slows down somewhat and pushes a good message across about Good People doing Good Things. Thats the thing on this album is AB can incorporate even Acoustic Guitars without futzing out and going down Commercial Avenue and making it obvious. Sure this song may capture that somewhat and it would sound good on Rock Radio but who cares a Great Track is a Great Track!

Show Me A Leader just gets stronger and the material does not dip as the album heads to the finish line.

Crows On A Wire is one of those end of the album Gems that you always hear me go on about and that basically tells you the listener that there is No Filler Whatsoever! Crows On A Wire features a ton of epic power chords/smashing drums/thumping bass and a clever well written chorus delivered vocally by Myles! Some of the tracks even feature a synth buried somewhat under the mix of the guitars/bass/drums which only enhances the overall AB Experience!

Actually the last three songs on the album Twilight/Island OF Fools and the title track The Last Hero are all solid Gem Like tracks! Speaking of The Last Hero being the title track. I always love it when bands make this move by sticking the title track smack dab at the end of the album! Slick Solid Move!

AB has totally stepped up and blew my away with  this record! I have mentioned in a few other posts that I can only handle about 5 New bands that are currently out there playing hard rock. AB is at the top of the heap and its crazy to think that this is there 5th studio album. 5 albums in and they are getting stronger with more wicked material! The musical chops these guys posses is crazy good and what can you say about Myles Kennedy that already hasn’t been said? Love this Dude’s voice …..

One of the best New Releases I have heard this year!

Gojira/Magma(2016)

New Release….

You want Metal kicked up a notch! Time for some new Gojira Kids!

Special Thanks to my Good Pal Metal Todd who got me a copy of this album and come to think of it he’s going to see Gojira in Vancouver this upcoming October! Take cover Metal Todd….

Here’s the Gojira Boy’s that created this piece of Metal…

Joe Duplantier − lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Mario Duplantier − drums, percussion
Christian Andreu − lead guitar
Jean-Michel Labadie − bass

“The Shooting Star” 5:42
2. “Silvera” 3:33
3. “The Cell” 3:18
4. “Stranded” 4:29
5. “Yellow Stone” 1:19
6. “Magma” 6:42
7. “Pray” 5:14
8. “Only Pain” 4:00
9. “Low Lands” 6:04
10. “Liberation”

Upon first listen I noticed right away that the singing is clean in some spots in other words this old noggin of mine can understand what Joe’s going on about vocally. The Shooting Star is a great opener almost a sweeping Pink Floyd like vocal track that doesn’t pound your senses into the asphalt(don’t worry that comes later) Music is heavy in a slow meandering kind of way and  at the start you notice the production is going to be rock solid!

The thing is with these guys is their Musical Muscle is strong the dudes can play and like I wrote when I reviewed L’ Enfant Sauvage Mario absolutely destroys his drums and it boggles that’s what  left of my mind that Mario can play this quick!

The vocals on Magma are like I said a little more “singing like” and when Joe puts his throat to it he has a whole different vibe to what’s out there with other act’s that’s for sure…

Silvera  and The  Cell  are the tunes that I would expect from these guy’s! Heavy playing and just check out the drumming at the beginning of The Cell! The drums played by Mario are absolutely nuts and such speed and precision but give the other dudes credit as they don’t let Mario get too crazy. The Cell is a great track.

Thats the thing with Gojira! I don’t want to Pigeon Hole them as a Metallica soundalike (musically) that is but it just gives you the reader an idea of what I’m trying to get across. Gojira though shift gears a bunch of times with different musical tempo’s,musical landscapes that sweep across at a speed that stays intact and is dare I say Catchy? Don’t beat my Ass with that last comment! Only Pain proves this point as the drums propel the track while the guitars do some quick pick action and Joe is Raging just like the good old daze but it’s a controlled Rage!

It’s just not all Bone Crushing Skull Metal though…Lowlands has a different kind of crushing one that is almost like Alice In Chains jacked up on Speed especially the vocals maybe overall the sound of the singing is more Alice In Chains than Pink Floyd when it comes to the vocal delivery.

Album closer Liberation is a whole different  ball of wax in the Gojira arsenal as it just features classical guitar and a bit of percussion a vocal less track kind of sombre moment that ends the album.

 

 

ZZ Top/ Live-Greatest Hits(2016)

New Release…..

ZZ Top has just released their newest album which as you know by the title is Live and the Two Long Beards(Billy Gibbons/Dusty Hill) and  Stache (Frank Beard)  are telling all that will listen(Moi) that this is the followup up live album to 1975’s Fandango album which was half studio and half live! Course ZZ in recent years has released a few Live DVDs and such but hey it’s their deal so they can say what they wanna say!

41 years between actual Live Album releases! I would say it’s time! In case you’re wondering Tbone bought this on cassette  about 30 years ago so Tbone has been Fandango’n for 3 decades now! Whatever the Hell that means. Sounded cool……

ZZ Top ‘Greatest Hits Live’ Track Listing
1. “Got Me Under Pressure”
2. “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers”
3. “Cheap Sunglasses”
4. “Waitin’ for the Bus”
5. “Jesus Just Left Chicago”
6. “Legs”
7. “Sharp Dressed Man”
8. “Rough Boy” (with Jeff Beck)
9. “Pincushion”
10. “La Grange”
11. “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”
12. “Tube Snake Boogie”
13. “Gimme All Your Lovin’”
14. “Tush”
15. “Sixteen Tons” (with Jeff Beck)

Well, for starters that’s a cool 15 pack of tracks and even as you can see Jeff Beck slings some ax with Billy Gibbons on two tracks!(Rough Boy and a cover of Sixteen Tons)

If you recall from a few weeks back when I reviewed Twisted Sisters Metal Meltdown release I made a point saying I really dug the fact that I enjoyed the rawness associated with the production. Almost a Bootleg like feel to it.

ZZ to my ears anyways has gone the same route. Each of these tracks are recorded in a bunch of different cities(13 different cities with London England being the city with two tracks as those are the shows that Beck appears at) The great city of Vancouver B.C is represented on here as well!(I’m Bad,I’m Nationwide)

ZZ strips back the sound. They don’t gloss up the production and once you wrap your head around the sonics of Frank Beards drums on the opening track Got Me Under Pressure were off to the ZZ Saloon downing  a bunch of  tequila shots with quick dabs of brilliance emulating from Gibbons guitar! What a freakin tone the Man possesses! Must also mention Gibbon’s lead vocals are First Chill Class all the way! Speaking of vocals! How about a round of Hot Sauce and Thumbs up to Dusty Hill  for always delivering the song Tush with a good Ass Texan Kicking…..!

You want a Guitar Extravaganza  Record in how to play real cool licks without sounding like  a Hot Dog. Check out this album for that!

Each song sounds different  I guess as it depended on the sound from where the tracks were recorded from. Audience fades out after every song just as well as some crowds are louder than others.

These guys could have made this a 30 song album easy but putting tunes like Pincushion(great track)Tube Snake Boogie and Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers I was sold and preordered it from iTunes.

I love this album man it’s great to hear the boys(Gibbons and Hill) trade-off vocal lines on certain tracks like Got Me Under Pressure. I mean I always crack up on how cool Gibbons sounds  singing the line “she likes Cocaineee” and adds to it his little magic powdery like riff on the guitar….It’s little things like that bring so much to a track…

They even have someone playing Harmonica(no digital booklet with iTunes purchase so I don’t know who’s playing harp) on a couple of tracks as well and this enhances that Sleazy ZZ feel on numbers like Waitin’ For The Bus & Jesus Just Left Chicago.

Kinda wish some stuff from Recycler/ Rhythmeen would have been added as well tracks from the  fantastic La Futura . But what can ya do? Maybe down the road Fella’s? While were at it how about cueing up and adding Woke Up With Wood to the next ZZ Live Meal Deal?

This is a Low Down Dirty Drippin Blues Fused Texas Taco Rock Album. My  first thought “Yup! Another Live Album!” But the fact these guys went and didn’t tweak the crap out of it in the studio makes it a worthwhile purchase.

 

 

 

Tesla/Mechanical Resonance Live(2016)

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New Release….

Smart move by Tesla to release a Live Album saluting their debut from 1986!(all the songs from the 1986 studio album are given the live treatment 30 years later)  I first heard of these guys back at the time of the original studio album when I used to watch on a local Tv station a show from Detroit hosted by Doug Powell. The name of the show I can’t recall but was on late Fridays. (Thunder Back than got U.S stations from Detroit and Duluth! )

One episode they played Tesla’s leadoff single Modern Day Cowboy and I was hooked instantly as the vocals by Jeff Keith were real good and also the dual lead guitars of Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch we’re very solid as well. Plus the fact that smack dab in Hairmetal Hairspray Land(1986) bands were becoming the norm but  here’s Tesla in T-shirts and jeans plying their own brand of Tesla Rock!

The first time I caught Tesla Live was 1990 on Motley Crue’s Dr Feelgood Tour when it touched down in Winnipeg(review is on this site) Tesla were awesome that night! They opened with Cover Queen which blew mine and Tbone’s minds like…..Whut? But it worked.

I was fortunate to have seen them headline in 1992 on the Psychotic Supper Tour in Duluth(review of this show is on this site as well) and again in 2006 when Tesla showed up in Tbay and jammed out a 700 seater and did a whole acoustic set(one day I will get around to reviewing that show)and Man they were so good!

Shortly after Tommy Skoech split Tesla and was replaced by Dave Rude as he joined original dudes Keith/Hannon/ Troy Lucketta and Brian Wheat.

Tesla  also had a real good run of 4 albums( 1986-1994 which included Mechanical Resonance/Great Radio Controversy/Psychotic Supper and Bust A Nut) and to this day they still put out occasional albums as they tour none stop.

So here we are 2016 and Here’s the Live Album …

“Mechanical Resonance Live!” track listing:

01. Rock Me to the Top (live)
02. Ez Come Ez Go (live)
03. Gettin’ Better (live)
04. Comin’ Atcha Live (live)
05. Changes (live)
06. Before My Eyes (live)
07. 2 Late 4 Love (live)
08. We’re No Good Together (live)
09. Love Me (live)
10. Cover Queen (live)
11. Lil’ Suzie (live)
12. Modern Day Cowboy (live)
13. Save That Goodness (bonus studio track) (written/produced by Phil Collen)

Boom! So the running order of the Live album is different from the studio one of course and even though the crowd is included in between tracks you can hear a quick change of crowd noise as I think these songs may be have been pulled from other shows and tossed together.

I’m cool with this as it’s live and I have said it before that at times Jeff Keith can wail like a male Janis Joplin. Always dug the man’s voice and why not as here we are 30 years later with his voice still intact. The boys behind him can play. The one thing I did notice is Tesla misses the Loose Cannon style  Riff Rock Guitaring of Tommy Skeoch. Make no mistake new boy Dave Rude can play and he plays’s Tommy’s parts but it’s a little more refined whereas Tommy was the renegade on the 6 string. Not a fault to anyone just a different style to my ear’s….

Real cool to hear some of these tracks live(some were on Replugged Live From 2000 but others like Love Me  and especially Cover Queen are real good especially during the groovy verses ramping up into the chorus.

Must also mention opener Rock Me To The Top is areal good ass kicker of an opener as Hannon and Rude drive the song with the guitars and I always have and still to this day dig this track!

Save That Goodness is a new studio track produced and co written with Phil Collen (Def Leppard)  and its the last track and for Tesla 2016 it’s a good song and its neat to see the boy’s moving forward with a real cool opening like riff that carries the tune. It would be interesting to hear a whole album produced by Collen mixed with Tesla.

Hey maybe they could call it Modern Day Hysteria!

This is a worthy purchase…..

 

 

 

 

The Rolling Stones/Totally Stripped(2016)

You gotta love The Stones  even though they too have a ton of compilations,greatest hits sets,live albums they can always make it interesting.

Case in point. Totally Stripped is The Stones rocking it still and even though it’s the Stones stripping back on a lot of bells and whistles and rocking out these 14 tracks.  These tracks are not snooze ville renditions! No Way Jose! It’s the Stones playing with a ferocity a hard swift boot in the ass that makes this album real enjoyable!

Mick Jagger/Keef/Ronnie Wood/Charlie Watts/Daryl Jones/Chuck Leavell/Bobby Keys/Bernard Fowler and Lisa Fisher Lay down the Stones Juggernaut Sonically!

Check out these 14 Bad Boys….

“Not Fade Away” – Amsterdam
“Honky Tonk Women” – Paris
“Dead Flowers” – Amsterdam
“Faraway Eyes” – London
“Shine A Light” – Amsterdam
“I Go Wild” – Paris
“Miss You” – London
“Like A Rolling Stone” – Amsterdam
“Brown Sugar” – Paris
“Midnight Rambler” – London
“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” – Paris
“Gimme Shelter” – Amsterdam
“Rip This Joint” – Amsterdam
“Street Fighting Man” – Amsterdam

First of all these recordings are from 1995 so their  2 plus decades old! No biggie as the Stones were firing on all 4 cylinders during the Voodoo Lounge Tour..

1995 The Stones released Stripped which features some of these tunes but these songs on Totally Stripped are recorded on  different nights (except for Street Fighting Man)  than what was heard on Stripped!

Cool idea and to be honest once I read that I was onboard!

Neat that I Go Wild from the Voodoo Lounge album is featured here in a rocked up jam out version and I will tell you that Mick N Keef are strong here while Ronnie bends and flicks some neat riffs..

Faraway Eyes is featured and is rarely played so thats a bonus as it’s a great track. A slower paced Stones track…..

The real deal for me on this album is Midnight Rambler. Always have and always will love this track. This is the song for me that makes The Stones great! Ron and Keef lock horns on the guitars while Charlie drives the tune from behind his drum kit! Everyone talks about Jagger and his deal as one of the best frontman in rock but no one talks about his harmonica playing. Mick gives er on the Gob Iron. Midnight Rambler is one of those songs you don’t want to end and what is most impressive is how the Stones slow the tune right down and then on cue ramp it up without falling all over themselves as they crank it back up! Total Gem!

Gimmie Shelter….is another song built around that guitar riff and the backing vocal of Fisher who Grand Slams it out of the park with her singing! I always think of the movie Casino and Coke  when I hear this song! Ha! Another all time great..what can be said about it?

A real nice addition here is the inclusion of Rip This Joint. The boys start it and Mick kinda drifts and then Bam it stops within the first few bars! The band rock it back up and are off! It’s good to see them leave mistakes on here as it shows they can still be a bar band at heart and be sloppy yet they can mop up their mistake and continue without missing a beat! This is what makes em great!

Glad this album came out as don’t be fooled by the title as you may think its a whole unplugged deal…

Nope its the Stones…an all out Barroom Boogie Assault!

Rival Sons/Hollow Bones(2016)

 

June 6th 2016 and  Rival Sons drop yet another Fantastic Slab O Rock! As  you readers of Stick It In Your Ear  already know how much I dig these Fella’s as it takes this Ol Buzzard a lot to stand up and take notice to new Sonics Of Rock!

Well stand up and notice I did and this album to put it bluntly is Brilliant! Producer Dave Cobb has magically weaved the Sonic Wand from the 70s and has given Rival Sons the  production to keep it sounding retro like, yet with an eye on the current and future!

Smart play I say and why not. This is indeed an album made by a band that like a few others out there that are not going to make the same album twice or three times in a row!

The Dudes that created this Epic Piece of Rock are..

Jay Buchanan — vocals
Scott Holiday — guitar, string arrangement
Dave Beste — bass guitar
Michael Miley — drums

The songs from the album are below….

Writer(s) Length
1. “Hollow Bones Pt. 1” Scott Holiday, Jay Buchanan, Michael Miley, Dave Cobb 2:52
2. “Tied Up” David Beste, Buchanan, Holiday 3:27
3. “Thundering Voices” Holiday, Buchanan, Cobb, Miley 2:53
4. “Baby Boy” Buchanan, Holiday 3:37
5. “Pretty Face” Buchanan, Holiday 3:23
6. “Fade Out” Holiday, Buchanan 4:50
7. “Black Coffee” Ike Turner, Tina Turner 5:34
8. “Hollow Bones Pt. 2” Buchanan, Holiday, Miley, Beste 6:50
9. “All That I Want” Buchanan 3:39
Total length:
37:06

Don’t you just love it!  Just under 38 Minutes  long enough  for everyone not  to lose their attention span especially mine!

The songs are brilliantly crafted. Hollow Bones PT 1 squashes your brains within  the opening 10 seconds of the song  as Miley/Beste and Holiday crush it and Cobb adds the winning touches sonically while Jay throws it down vocally. Seriously he is the real deal vocally while Holiday on guitar is a genius with his Riffs O Rock. Scott is not a showboater on the 6 string as he knows his place in the Sons and this is what makes them unique. As a whole there all equals as no one is trying to show the other guy up!

Tied Up features Miley playing a Zep Bonzo like groove and take about a real cool fade out at the end of the track as the boys go off into Jam Land. I do not as a listener want it to end!

Many of these tracks are like that built up from jams and Black Coffee being the cover tune on the album but by the way the Sons do it you think they wrote it!

Other Gems like Baby Boy are straight ahead Rival Rock Tracks with Miley keeping the beat moving while Holiday zips in and zips out with his Riffing Bolts Of brilliance!

Fade Out is perhaps my fav track at the moment! It continuously builds up and Jay lays down one of the many great vocal tracks throughout this album, The shift of the gears of the band at the end is just so brilliant! Holiday is soooo good on this track……

All That I Want features Holiday on acoustic and the smooth vocal delivery of one Mr Buchanan! The Sons just strip it down to the bare essentials here folks!

Jay/Scott/Dave and Michael go beyond the call of duty in their writing and arranging on this album while Dave Cobb delivers the final touches at the recording and mixing console!

Hollow Bones continues the path of the Rival Sons of moving forward yet staying true to their roots!

I cannot stop listening to this album……

The Temperance Movement/White Bear(2016)

Well a few weeks ago when I reviewed Monster Trucks super duper awesome Sittin Heavy album I mentioned that I could count on one hand how many new bands that I like. Well now we can add The Temperance Movement to that list.

When I first heard that Monster Truck were coming to Tbay fellow blogger ‘Bop’ fully endorsed these guys he said not to miss Temperance so when showtime rolled around back on March 5 of this year I was wondering what kind of band myself and my best friend Tbone would see.

The first thing I did when I headed into the University Pub (where the show was being held at )was head to the merchandise table to grab a Monster Truck T Shirt! While browsing I noticed their was Temperance Movement Cds for sale. Their self titled debut and White Bear. First thing I did was grab two copies of White Bear(one was for Tbone) as they were $10 each! Score! Impressive was the fact that I bought before I listened.  The Temperance Fella’s did not disappoint Live so it was money well spent! Me and Tbone were blown away by the performance these guys put on. They rocked n rolled in an old school kinda garagey Rock way!

Now it’s time to listen to the audio side of things here……

Phil Campbell(vocals) Paul Sayer(guitar) Nick Fyffe(bass) Damon Johnson(drums) and Luke Potashnick (guitar)

If we’re keeping score here. Luke Potashnick quit shortly after the recording and was replaced by Matt Whyte.

Three Bulliets so this being the opening track on the album it was also the opening song at there show here in Tbay! When the boys hit the opening few bars of Three Bulliets I turned around and said to Tbone “Holy Shit its Good Times Bad Times by Zep!” When I played the Cd the next day Nope it’s not the Zep Classic as the start is in a different key. Fooled! Once the first few bars are launched the boys go into Garage like rock 101! It’s a different sound, not overproduced and Phil Campbell sounding like a mix of Chris Robinson(Black Crowes) and Rod Stewart(70s Stewart not 80s commercial tinged Stewart). This tune is a great leadoff track with Damon on the drums propelling the ship. The prechorus is real good,total ear candy and it ramps right up!

From there we’re Into Track 2 which is  Get Yourself  Free This song is a blend of some real off time like chord changes added with some real cool slide guitar by Luke and Paul and as Phil hollers “Got To Get Yourself Free!” By golly some one just slammed a real cool power chord in there as well! Think later day Black Crowes! I don’t want to always compare  these guys to them but it’s just to give you the reader a bit of what I’m going on about!

A Pleasant Piece I Feel is a moody like piece that builds into a full-out rock attack complete with Phil singing a real good vocal with big epic like sounding chorus with Damon like all good rock drummers do and that’s driving the song forward.

One of my favs from this album is Modern Massacre and this song just ripped live and it does as well in the studio as Damon playing that kick pedal and Phil singing like his throat is gonna blow! The chorus ramps up and the song drives towards the end with some real slick guitar leads and Phil and the boys take it out on whatever and smash …done! Crank The Video…

Battle Lines are drawn and this was another song that was played here in Tbay and  you want to talk about a cool groove. The verses are the band keeping themselves in check until the chorus where they tear it up and who knew Phil was a “Gangster” I dunno about you s but i didn’t. Nice play out at the end with some neat little bass runs done by Nick.

White Bear is a real chill track with some neat guitar picking and at the chorus Damon and Nick lock horns and man wait till you get to the solo tons of fuzzed out feedback guitar like rock and back into some real nice slide work and a fantastic vocal by Phil and back to some real chill like drumming that takes the tune out!

When these boys were cruising Canada they ended up playing Oh Lorraine on our cross-country news program Canada Am at 9am! Good to see some rock waking up people! Oh Lorraine features some real cool guitaring  and some nifty bass work as well. Poor yourself a coffee  and listen to Oh Lorraine and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Maginfy has a ton of real cool rock trappings in it! Nice driving shuffle by the drums and some real tasty guitar picking by Paul and Luke. Catchy chorus with a Stones like vibe wobbling about!

What a title here The Sun And The Moon Roll Around Too Soon. You know my deal when I get blown away by the end of the album tracks. This is one of them. Nice interplay between guitar and lead vocal and it has that deep delta like swamp rock and then BAM into the chorus back to the chill like beginning and BAM Part Deux of super cool build up into the pre chorus into the chorus with some trippy lead guitar work and Phil lays down the money shot vocal! I Say F’in A! Crank the Video Posted…do it! Please in a nice Canadian Way!

I Hope I’m Not Losing My Mind ends the album on a somber like song. Slow like melancholy with some nice music behind Phils pain as  it sounds like a bit of a choir behind him trying to keep him from losing his mind.

What a great rock album! The Temperance guys tell you all that its ok that they can find other ways to rock and make it work! Great band catch em and buy their music!

Black Sabbath/The End -Tour Edition (2016)

When Sabbath announced  The End Tour it’s going to be The End for Sabbath. One of the coolest ideas that became a reality was the fact that Sabbath was gonna release a 8 song EP to coincide with the tour and it was going to be sold only  at the shows in physical copy! That means no ITunes for me! Not available in the stores or anywhere only at the shows! That’s it!

The End Tour began in Omaha Nebraska and the posts on FaceCrack by people attending the show wasn’t about the show itself but the fact that there was no CD copies of The End for sale! Who cares that Ozzy and company just blazed your sleepy city with 100 minutes of pulsating Doom but more like “Where’s The Discs?” Hahahaha….

Now you could say I’m being brutal here but hey folks I flew out to Vancouver from Thunder Bay(3,025 Km or 1,880 Miles)  to see this show and it got postponed (Ozzy pulled the chute due to Sinusitis or whatever)  so not only did I not get the CD I got zip! Hahaha..still had a great time in VanCity you all know that but yeah I would have traded the CDs in for a Sabbath show that night! Be careful what you wish for!

After the Omaha show Chicago was the second date on The End Tour and there were CD’s for sale going for $30 U.S a pop at the show. One guy being the entrepreneur bought some copies took pics of them at the show and dumped them on eBay and they sold quick. Something like over $200 U.S a copy! Holy Crap!

Aaron at the KMA has very graciously shared this EP with me and for one thing there calling it a EP that clocks in at almost 50 minutes for 8 songs! Man,that’s like two full length  old school Roth  Halen albums combined!

So the album  titled simply THE END-Tour Edition is split into 4 Studio Songs(songs written around the mighty 13 album sessions) and 4 Live Songs(1 recorded in Australia,1 recorded in New Zealand and 2 Songs from fellow blogger ‘Bop’s’ backyard of Hamilton Ontario from 2013)

Cast Of Characters-Ozzy Osbourne,Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler

Must mention that the 4 studio tracks the drummer that appears on them is Brad Wilk!

Tommy Clufetos does the drumming on the 4 Live tracks!

The first studio track SEASON OF THE DEAD begins with that slow Sab crawl off timing a Tinge Of Doom added to start the proceedings. Ozzy starts and its Ozzy folks no one sounds like this guy. Say what you want about his singing but when you hear him you know its him! His voice is tailor-made for this vibe and Season Of The Dead is a 8 minute stomp! Super Duper cool drumming by Wilk as well as Geezers bass tone is dope sick good! Tony as always thunders his riffs through his Laney cabinets and Rick Rubin (producer) makes it sound ohhhh soooo good!

Followed by CRY ALL NIGHT which stomps out of the gate and picks up steam as Iommi punches the gas on a wah pedal and Cry All Night is a straight ahead Sab punch to the throat rocker! Real glad that Ozzy and company have made this music available! Well kinda…

TAKE ME HOME starts off with a loud thud times 4 as bass/drums and guitars are locked tightly together. Ozzy sings a great tune and Geezer’s Bass is jacked as the bottom end rumblings of the mans Bass is friggin huge! Take Me Home is a well written song and kudos to these guys especially as Iommi tosses down a classical guitar like solo with Geezer and Brad Wilk keep the proceedings moving along nice thank you very much!

Rounding off the studio tracks is ISOLATED MAN. Brad Wilk man! What can you say about this guys drumming? This track especially when Tony goes into his solo and Geezer and Wilk are left to their own devices and its such a great groove they lay under Iommi! Geezers bass just rumbles underneath Wilks rolls and cymbal smashing. Ozzy with his double tracked voice one sounding sinister.one sounding like Ozzy(ha) is great for this track! great fuggin song! That rhythm jam out between Iommi/Butler/Wilk is Sonic Gold!

Kinda weird that these might be the last 4 Sabbath Studio Tracks Ever! I would say yeah they probably are due to the fact with 13 going Number 1 in many countries how could they top that after 45 years? Exactly you can’t…

If this is indeed The End what a ripping good way to end your studio career! Bravo Sabbath!

Now onto the Live Goodies….

GOD IS DEAD recorded live in Sydney Australia in 2013 just starts and chills out the crowd sleepy satanic like power that puts the listener into the Sab abyss and you are not getting out! God Is Dead is a rocker and for the first 5 minutes its just that Sab Sludge which we all love until Ozz hollers Jump and BOOM the Sabbs kick into overdrive with Tommy smashing  cymbals,Geezer running his fingers all over the bass and Tony flinging lightening bolts of riffs and boom Ozzy’ s back to telling us all that God Is Dead!

How about an old school 70s throwback to UNDER THE SUN From Auckland New Zealand. Under The Sun is a great song and its out of the classic  Sab catalogue! By that I  mean it starts off one way-Chill and ramps up and I gotta say what a great Fackin drummer Clufetos is! He takes this song and drives it forward man. Who cares if he’s playing Bill Wards parts. Tommy though is like the engine room of Sabbath and you think Geezer and Tony would stand for a sub par drummer? Mmmmm not happening! Added bonus is the real cool guitar feed backing live..I love that shit. Under The Sun is one of those great songs has many tempo changes and some awesome playing and even Ozz lays down a real good  vocal live. Seriously! Kinda make you want to stomp around kinda like doing a Doom Like Jig!

I gotta say this version of END OF BEGINNING from Hamilton Ontario is a complete monster of a performance! It’s Sabbath heavy with a sonic assault to the head. So it starts with a creepy vibe but as the song chugs along it picks up and shifts into that Doom Gear and man when Ozzy hollers ‘Jump’ and the boys behind  him launch into that Sabbath rocket this song just goes into another stratosphere. Iommi plays a blistering solo here and I love how he shifts to a melodic tone as Oz sings the ‘its alright,its ok’ line. What a friggin great tune! Posted the actual you tube video of this song recorded that night in Hamilton that is on the cd and I tell you what they did not doctor this bad boy up in the studio.Kudos to the person that filmed this as he focuses on Ozzy when he’s singing,Bulter riffing like a lunatic on his bass,Iommi during his solos and Tommy mashing about on his drums! Well done!

 So the last track live is once again from Hamilton and there’s Ozzy thanking  the crowd for “putting 13 at #1 in Canada!” Ozzy starts chirping “Cuckoo” a few times to the  crowd before the Sabs launch into Age Of Reason. With all Sabbath songs a certain per cent has to have a bunch of doom,plodding riffs. Tommy starts the song off and Geezer and Tony on cue sludge it forward even at the centre of the song it has the big epic keys like synth pushing and adding atmosphere to the party. Love how the song ramps up and chills the Frigg  back down! These guys are Masters Of Reality. Ozzy telling the crowd he loves them and Iommi just solos into his own Blizzard Of Sabbathness! Pure Genius!

This album is a worthwhile score if you come across it at one of there shows!

 

 

Rival Sons/Hollow Bones.Pt 1(2016)

Yeah Man! Hollow Bones Pt 1 is the lead off single and  lead album track from the forthcoming album titled ….drumroll please….HOLLOW BONES due to be released June 10 2016! I’m stoked and ready for it as it was a no brainer when this album went on preorder on iTunes it was a quick click! Hollow Bones Pt 1 was sent to my iPod stat as a result and it was a quick listen as I don’t to often listen to the preorder songs that are released at the time as I prefer to hear the album as a whole upon first listen. Sometimes there are exceptions and The Sons are the exception!

Scott Holiday(guitar) Jay Buchanan(vocals) Dave Beste(bass) and Micheal Miley (drums) lay down some serious Rock! Lemme explain!

Hollow Bones Pt 1 just blitzes out of the gates with drums and cymbals smashing along with some serious bass action! Think a thrashy version of The Who’s  Keith Moon(RIP) and John Entwistle(RIP) just rippin it up!. Along for the ride though is Master Of The Distorted Rock Guitar Mr Scott Holiday who friggin doesn’t strum the guitar he fucking assaults the guitar like a Sonic SledgeHammer and smashing brian cells along the way! Lead Vocalist Jay B delivers through all this crazy riff rock his smooth power rock voice and rolls it up and shoots it up all under 3  minutes!

Cool thing is track 9 is Hollow Bones Pt 2 …..my prediction is they go chill with Part 2… What do you as my friends think?

Wowzers! These guys are Beasts!

Just so all of you don’t think I’m talking out of my arse I posted the video sooooo Crank It! Better Yet….Order It!

Hurry up June 10th!