Monthly Archives: June 2012

Kiss’ “Hell or Hallelujah” Fueled with High Octane 80’s Power

KISS is releasing “Hell or Hallelujah,” the first single from Monster on July 3. From what I have heard of the track so far in previews, this one is a high energy classic befitting of 1980’s Kiss. With demonically driven guitar riffs and a gang style vocal refrain, “Hell or Hallelujah” will be just what Revenge fans have been waiting for.

You can talk all the trash you want about Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer in Ace and Peter makeup, but the fact of the matter is that they are awesome musicians. In all honesty, I think Thayer has it more together than the original Spaceman at this time.

Monster comes out in October and I can’t wait for release day. I am going in with reasonable expectations as should any reasonable fan. Most likely looking at a 3-star album. Anything more than that is welcomed bonus mileage, anything less, a huge embarrassing failure.

Top 10 Albums of 2012 – Mid Year Edition

We are half way through another killer year for hard rock and heavy metal music. Here are my top ten albums for 2012 so far. These are 10 discs that I keep spinning over and over again. The albums below are ranked, more or less, according to the time I have spent listening to them.

1.  Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth   —   A massive comeback album that I thought would have never happened in a million years. Completely blindsided by this one.

2.  Accept – Stalingrad   —   Fantastic followup to Blood of Nations. These guys are experiencing one hell of a renaissance.

3.  Overkill – The Electric Age   —   Best thrash record of the year. They never change, and never cease to amaze.

4.  Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage   —   Heaviest of the heavy, a sick and brutal album.

5.  Slash – Apocalyptic Love   —   Most people are totally sick of Slash and I can’t blame them. But Slash with Myles Kennedy in front is a completely different ball game. This is a great hard rock record.

6.  Halestorm – The Strange Case of…   —   You can call it candy rock, pop metal, or whatever stupid ass name you can think of, but Lzzy Hale is a tremendous vocal talent. Solid band too. I could not get these songs out of my head for weeks.

7.  Fear Factory – The Industrialist   —   The best at what they do for sure. If they still had Gene Hoglan’s authentic drumming, this could have been higher up on the list. I still enjoy the tracks though.

8.  Corrosion of Conformity – Corrosion of Conformity   —   Look at the COC guys go man. Hard working band that does not get enough respect is blowing it up as far as I am concerned. And, they are doing it without Pepper Keenan.

9.  Orange Goblin – A Eulogy for the Damned   —   Catchy, groovy, and heavy as hell. Had a blast hearing this album for the first time. Solid set of tunes overall.

10.  Kill Devil Hill – Kill Devil Hill   —   Rex Brown with Vinny Appice is an unexpected recipe for a beastly album. I think Rex found a cooler band to join than Vinnie Paul.

Please, spew your bloody vomit below.

Metallica – Orion Music + More Festival “Ride The Lightning” Performance

In case you didn’t know, Metallica is performing Ride The Lightning in full at Bader Field in Atlantic City right this second and you can stream the set live from your lame ass computer.

There are tons of people that showed up to the Orion Music + More Festival in dirty southern New Jersey. The sea of thousands of people in attendance almost resemble a European style heavy metal festival, so you have to hand it to Metallica for putting together something this big.

Metallica has been blazing through classics such as “Four Horseman,” “Master of Puppets,” and “Hit The Lights” in addition to the Lightning stuff.

The band members look like they are having an awesome time. It is reminiscent of their Woodstock ’99 performance in that respect.

During the performance YouTube users (over 13,000 watching) have been commenting live on the set. Some users are having fun guessing the next song and cheering on Kirk Hammett’s guitar solos. Others are having fun by pointing out the flaws such as James Hetfield’s voice cracking and the incorrectly perceived poor quality of the stream itself.

One commenter was completely out of line. “USA Sucks,” commented @PolifufackaZa during “To Hell and Back.” This user is from Russia. Keep on fighting that Cold War buddy, it’s only been over for 21 years now.

Review: Volbeat, Hellyeah, and Iced Earth – The Paramount, Huntington, NY

Last night the mighty Volbeat graced Long Islanders with their presence at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Supporting the Danish metal giants were Hellyeah and Iced Earth. Here are some scattered thoughts along with grainy iPhone photos:

Volbeat was fantastic. They currently have the most interesting and unique sound in hard rock and heavy metal. The set was diverse, the energy was sky high, they blew the roof off. The band was highly appreciative of the crowd’s respect, massive sing-alongs, and headbanging. Frontman Michael Poulsen has an awesome voice, impossible to replicate with a straight a face. Bassist Anders Kjølholm is a blast on the stage. He plays hard, acts out the lyrics, and takes care of the fans in the front. It was also a treat to see Mercyful Fate guitarist Hank Shermann step in on rhythm guitar for the band on tour.

Hellyeah surprised me. Since the band’s inception, I have struggled to like their product. How can one not like a band with Vinnie Paul on the drums? Seriously, you start to think that there is something wrong with you for not digging them. Here is my final verdict on Hellyeah: the albums are borderline unlistenable, however as a live band, they rip shit up. This was the first time I got Hellyeah.

Iced Earth was a special treat, an added bonus. I thoroughly enjoyed their set after expecting nothing special. In fact, I forgot that they were on the damn bill! I walked in and…BOOM…Iced Earth is destroying the joint. I really like Stu Block on vocals. This band is far from dead, which is quite a feat considering all of their frontman changes over the years.

-The fans were great overall. There were a few douchebags in the pit, but they were tossed out by security after Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen stopped mid-song to address the assholes.

-I really enjoyed the floor last night. If you wanted to get dirty in the pit, you had the option to throwdown. If you wanted to hang in the front up against the stage (with breathing room to spare), you had a great view. It was the ideal environment for a rock show.

-The sound at The Paramount Theater still needs work. It is either too muffled or too loud (I wish the ringing in my ear would stop already). Similar sound experience to the Anthrax and Testament show there in November.

-My final complaint about the venue itself is the parking. Do not tell me to park at the Huntington Train Station and that a trolley will take me to the venue. The train station (about a mile from the venue) is not a comfortable/safe place for anyone to leave their car. Honestly, I’m not brave enough to park there so I circle around the venue for 45 minutes until a spot opens up near The Paramount.

Top 7 Axl Rose Falling on Stage Videos of All Time

One thing that Axl Rose has proven through the years is that he can take a stage fall like a real champ. The Guns N’ Roses frontman has more slips, trips, and falls on his resume than any of the all-time greats. Not only does he never fail to offer high quality wipeouts, but he offers many tricky variations of his falls as well. His style is brilliant and technique is just top-notch. The one song that seems to trip Rose up the most is “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” Here are some of those special moments caught on video in reverse chronological order:

France (Hellfest) – 2012

Liverpool – 2012

Mexico – 2011

Paris – 2010

Colombia – 2010

Romania – 2010

Los Angeles – 1989