Review: IAN GILLIAN – One Eye to Morocco

Far be it from this writer to suggest what a living rock legend should or shouldn’t do with his career. After all, when you’ve fronted Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, not to mention played the lyrical role of Jesus Christ, you really don’t have to answer to anyone. Still, what is this enigma known as One Eye to Morocco? For Ian Gillan’s purposes, the malleable vocalist brings ... [read more]

Review: QUEENSRYCHE – American Soldier

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QUEENSRYCHE American Soldier Suffice it to say, Empire forever altered the course of the mighty Queensryche. While “Silent Lucidity” became an unexpected AOR juggernaut and “Jet City Woman” happened into a favorable positionamongst FM junkies, the title song has more or less become, tempo-wise, a foundation for Queensryche’s later works. Though fan reaction to Queensyrche’s ... [read more]

BILLY SHEEHAN – Holy Cow!

Billy Sheehan, Holy Cow! on Mascot Records by Ray Van Horn, Jr. Now this is one motivated rock record! You have to think after the celestial aeronautics of Billy Sheehan’s 2005 solo album Cosmic Troubadour he worked a little something out of his system. That or he soon after reignited a passion for straightforward rock ‘n roll ala his Mr. Big, David Lee Roth and Talas days ... [read more]

REVIEW: Saxon – Into the Labyrinth

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Of all the old school metal bands to remain on a hot streak in the new millennium, it’s Saxon. For the third consecutive album beginning with 2004’s Lionheart, Biff Byford and Paul Quinn keep the sails whipping through the Union Jack in a stoic effort from one of the acknowledged masters of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Though some have been arguing that having only ... [read more]

REVIEW: tRnzPrNt – “Iced”

A couple years ago I had the unique privilege of chatting with the late Ricky Parent, best known for his powerful drumming with Enuff Z’nuff, but also his work with Vince Neil, Alice Cooper, War and Peace, Paul Gilbert and Tod Howarth from Frehley’s Comet. At the time, Parent was well into his battle against cancer and what I’ll always take from those 15 or so minutes we spent ... [read more]

REVIEW: Don Airey – Light in the Sky

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There was a time in the mid-eighties as Generation X hijacked the scene where keyboards in hard rock and metal were considered taboo. Never mind every one of the great rockers such as Zeppelin, Sabbath, Purple and Rainbow blared their organs and synths with the same razzle-dazzle as their classical and blues-bred lead guitars and superfluous drum solos. When you stop and ... [read more]

REVIEW: We Wish You a Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year

In what is developing into an annual tradition with last year’s Monster Ballads Xmas and A Twisted Christmas the year prior, the heavy metal parade this year lines up somewhere between the North Pole and the hallowed nativity with the marching feet barely out of the pentagram circle for We Wish You a Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year. If there’s any difference between ... [read more]

REVIEW: Sixx: A.M. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack Deluxe Edition

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Of all the various Motley Crue offshoot bands over the years such as Methods of Mayhem, 58 and Brides of Destruction, much less Vince Neil and Tommy Lee’s solo albums and Lee’s Rock Star Supernova, Sixx: A.M. is the most honest. If you’ve read Nikki Sixx’s rendering book The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, you’re taken deep into his tattered ... [read more]

REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Blood Brothers

The name Rose Tattoo may or may not roll off your tongue as quickly as their Aussie brethren AC/DC and certainly the former hasn’t enjoyed the same prolific career as the latter. Still, if you like your rock served greasy and sloppy with a bit of Zeppelin and Faces in addition to the more obvious AC/DC jerks and chokes, then don’t be afraid to admit yourself as a latecomer. ... [read more]