Review: Pearl – Little Immaculate White Fox [2010]

Pearl Aday rocks hard, really hard. In fact, she is the hardest rocking woman in the biz today. Obviously, it helps when your step father is the legendary Meatloaf, but there is much more to the former Motley Crue backup singer than another simple example of nepotism. Pearl belts out melodies with a soulful intensity…

Review: Black Robot – Black Robot [2010]

Oh yeah! Bringing on some more sleaze-pleasing hard rocking music in 2010 is Black Robot, a new and mighty project featuring three former members of Buckcherry. This album features all of the main ingredients that classic hard rock fans worship—the dirtbag lyrics, the badass guitar riffs, stomping beats, and infectious heavy grooves that will have…

Review: Jeff Scott Soto – One Night in Madrid [2010]

Heavy metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto conjures up the double live disc One Night in Madrid for Jan. 2010. The ex-Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist and current Trans-Siberian Orchestra singer rips through tracks from Beautiful Mess and also offers a wild finish that features a medley of covers saluting rock and funk royalty. My personal favorite performance…

Year In Review: Top 10 Songs of 2009

1.  “Head Crusher” Megadeth – Endgame: The first single from Megadeth’s recent release contains a devastating intro featuring Dave Mustaine thrashing on the low E string while Chris Broderick shreds the octave riff on the high e. The opening instrumental “Dialectic Chaos” contains some very similar thrash metal magic. “Head Crusher” is a punishing number…

Review: Wyldsky – Wyldsky [2009]

Los Angeles-based hard rock outfit Wyldsky offers this 10-track debut, delivering a feast of vintage tones and catchy hooks that make this disc a stereo staple. Rocking songs such as “Next World” and “Dog Daze” feature powerful drumbeats that at times summon the legendary John Bonham, or on a much lesser note, Stillwater’s “Fever Dog”…

NZA's Review: Kiss – Sonic Boom [2009]

I can’t say that I underestimated Kiss before listening to Sonic Boom maybe just “underexpected” (my new word) them. That’s all gone now. Raise up your horns kiddies and let the ol’ Knights in Satan’s Service take you on a nice and rockin’ ride! Sonic Boom reinvents Kiss and brings a whole new respect of…

Review: Kiss – Sonic Boom [2009]

Kiss offers a heavy rocking release, the first since 1998′s mediocre Psycho Circus, titled Sonic Boom. Without Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in Kiss, it is very difficult to love and enjoy the band like the early days.  But putting that prejudice aside, Sonic Boom undeniably contains powerful rock tracks that only Paul Stanley and…

Review: Lita Ford – Wicked Wonderland [2009]

The 80′s hard rock queen Lita Ford returns with her first new album in 14 years titled Wicked Wonderland. Unfortunately shoddy production techniques like muddy vocal mixes, buried lead guitar licks, and repetitive electronica-modeled drum loops hinder this album from shining in today’s hard rock market. Additionally, the lyrics serve up a stinky batch of…

Review: Ace Frehley – Anomaly [2009]

The original Spaceman lead guitarist of the legendary Kiss lineup serves up a platter of 12 new tracks on his first solo effort since 1989′s Trouble Walkin’.  On Anomaly, Ace Frehley refreshingly sticks to his classic 70′s roots keeping all of the fundamentals of hard rock prominent. Frehley’s guitars come out in a chugging blaze…