Damn do I love these boys from Texas. 100% American Rock N Roll that would sound totally comfortable blaring from some dooshbag's Trans Am in the 1970's. If you've ever get a chance see them perform live, The Heroine put on such an energetic, action packed show that you can't help but love them. Throw in the fact that they're playing this sick ass, greasy Punk Rock N Roll that reminds me of bands like the Midnight Evils and Thunderfist, but sometimes just barely sounds like something Mötley Crüe would spew out, and I guess you can see why I love these guys. Think Montrose, AC/DC, or even Black Oak Arkansas to give you an idea of what they sound like. The Heroine just play some fast, loud, obnoxious music that's really guitar heavy and easy on the ears. And that's kind of the problem. Like with their previous release, this record suffers from the sterility and stiffness of the arid studio environment, with these songs containing none of the fire and vibrancy the band infuses them with in a live setting. It kind of takes away from the enjoyability of this release but still, there's some good stuff on here, songs like Night Rocker, Texas Star and The Ballad Of Lenny King and just kick major ass and smokes what most bands would consider their best song ever. This CD from The Heroine is some fantastic stuff. Get it. You won't regret it. Grade A 'chit maang.Available from 1st Amendment Records.
I'm not even sure if 'disappointed' is the right word to describe how I feel about this album. It's just boring, and sounds like a Down record, all heavy riffs and Black Sabbath sludge, wandering aimlessly in a random direction. Sure, there's flashes of brilliance, like on Leeches, River Of Stone, or Your Tomorrow, but those flashes are too far and few in between to make this a listen-to-it-more-than-once release. It doesn't even sound good, despite the fact this was recorded at Dave Grohl's studio. I mean, the guys are all playing good, but the recording could of been mixed a bit better, IMO. I was expecting shades of Animosity era Genius from this release, especially after hearing that the original line up for that beloved album was getting back together for playing gigs and recording some new material. I was a happy panda indeed! YouTube footage of the reunited line up playing clubs and festivals and just fucking killing it had me salivating at the teeth like a fat kid at Johnny Rockets, but after hearing this, I'm just gonna shut my mouth and go eat somewhere else. Corrosion Of Conformity swung big but ultimately struck out with this one. Damn shame too. I was really hoping that this was going to be good.Available from Candlelight Records.
I had to. I really did. I saw the video for Tattoo and ever since then I've been obsessing on if the rest of the album was as bad as that piece of shit song. I'm glad to say that it isn't, but not by much. Probably 50/50, and for some classic sounding Van Halen, I'll take it. The songs I like on here are the ones they went back into the vaults and re-recorded, songs like She's The Woman, Bullethead and Blood And Fire, which was originally called Donut City and appeared as background music in a movie Eddie Van Halen did the soundtrack for in the early 80's called Wild Life. Did you see it? Probably not, and it doesn't matter. I'm just bringing it up to illustrate the point that some of this stuff goes waaaayyy back in the Van Halen catalog, but, some of this stuff on this release is brand new, and that's scary, because it's really fucking good, standing up alongside anything Van Halen has ever released in their illustrious career. Honeybabysweetiedoll, Stay Frosty, all just fantastic, even if Stay Frosty is just an update of Ice Cream Man with a superior hook in it. Look, I'm a long time Van Halen fan, saw them many times back in the daze, and I can say that this is a real deal Van Halen album. I totally didn't give a shit about Van Hagar, so I haven't been keeping up with the band, but man, after putting this CD in and just cranking it up and hearing the pomp and bombast of it all, it's Rock & Roll familiarity brings a warm, fuzzy feeling to my old jaded heart. Eddie's guitar work on here is nothing short of phenomenal. Gawd damn can that man play. And to address the white elephant in the room, yes, Diamond David Lee's voice is shot - kaputski - but it's still cool to hear him shucking and jiving and riffing on what Eddie's shredding away on the guitar with, but still, this would of been an AMAZING release if DLR could still sing like he used to. Booooooooo. When you hear the spots where you'd expect a yelp or a scream, ala the good old days, and instead, you hear this old, cracking, straining voice trying to hit the high notes, it's pretty sad. And oh yeah - Wolfie's bass playing sucks, and so do his back up vocals. Bring back Michael Anthony or it's not a real Van Halen reunion. But for a 3/4's reunion, this album will do just fine. I dig it. :-) Available from Warner Bros. Records.
Man, this is one trippy Nirvana tribute CD. Sounding more like a collection of over-hyped, up and coming trendy bands being pushed by their agents to be a part of this compilation than so-called 'true fans', the bands on here are all given carte blanche to reinterpret and run wild with the songs from Nirvana's seminal 1992 release Nevermind, which was a musical landscape changing album. Some bands do sort-of note for note renditions (Surfer Blood, Titus Andronicus), some of them Country them up for some gawd forsaken reason (Meat Puppets), some make the songs all dubbed out for easy club listening, (Midnight Juggernauts) some do jazzy piano lounge versions (Jessica Lea Mayfield), some turn the songs into haunting hymnals (The Vaselines), and some just do some shit to these songs that you have to hear for yourself to believe (EMA). Not a really good version of any Nirvana song on here, which is to be expected I guess. I mean, Spin magazine hasn't been relevant in years, right? Right!This release is available for FREE from the Spin Magazine website, so grab it and check it out yourself.
Man is this record BRITE - and LOUD!!! Too much Mid range and waaaaayy too much everything else - it distorts the music as well as the vocals. Makes it a very hard listen, to say the least, but I guess that's PFR for ya! If you can get past all that you got a pretty decent collection of songs from 3 kids who I think are still in high school, and for that fact alone they deserve to be commended - for having their shit together enough to play gigs and release a CD, something which some bands of much more experience can't do even if they wanted to. G.P.B. play some really catchy, fun sounding Punk Rock tunes that will definitely get your head bobbing and your toes tapping. They sound like 90's Punk Rock personified - think Rancid or the Casualties, and you'll get an idea of what G.P.B. sounds like. I'm not saying it as a bad thing, per se, just saying it for the fact it is. ;-) The bass player on here is a MONSTER!! The stuff he's playing is pretty impressive. I don't think Matt Freeman was this good at this kids age. Fucking shredder that's worth the price of the CD alone. If you're looking for some youthful, energetic Punk Rock than check out G.P.B. They're better than drinking a 40 oz. in the parking lot before a gig! :-) The CD is available from the band, and you can go to the G.P.B. Facebook page facebook.com/gpbmusic to ask them for a copy of it, or go see them at a gig and pick one up yourself.
Ha ha ha ha Why do people send me this shit? Seriously? Oh man, this is too funny. Well, if you really wanna know what I think about stuff like this, I can sum it up in 2 words - absolute fucking shite. Fucking ball-less, Auto tuned prefabricated pseudo-Metal bullshit that's softer than baby's diarrhea and just about as interesting. Lots of tuff guy screamed out vocals perfectly contrasted with the pretty, melodic singing, which goes just perfect with the triggered drums and undefined bass sound. Oh, and don't forget the keyboard flourishes, especially during the vocal interludes - soooo atmospheric! If I was an 11 years old boy with hairless nuts the size of raisins I might think this was interesting, but since I'm not, this shit can fuck right off. Next stop - Poseurville - getting off - Famous Last Words. Available from InVogue Records.
Hmmmmmm... I dunno. This isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, if that says anything... LOL On paper, this sounds like an absolute nightmare of a pairing, pinning these 2 once angry young entities onto each other and putting them in a studio and seeing what happens but honestly, I expected a lot worse. I really did. If you can get past Lou Reed's absolutely horrible caterwauling and lyrical nonsensical whining, which makes William Shatner sound like Pavarotti, and James Hetfield's needless vocal repetitions, there's some killer music being played by Metallica in the background, Damage Inc. sounding stuff, stuff that sounds a lot better than the shit that was released on Death Magnetic, that's for sure! If you dare give this release a listen and hear it for your self. Just avoid all the 11 minute plus songs and you'll be alright. Look, I think this release was doomed to fail, and was only produced to keep both bands relevant and in the public eye for way more than their allotted 15 minutes but hey, it is what it is and what it is is a shitty album from Lou Reed and Metallica. What else did you expect? LOL Available from Warner Bros. Records.
Nice! Some kick ass Old School Punk Rock, put out by a bunch of crazy kids from New Yaaawk, perfectly suited for mid-afternoon skate ramp seshs with loads of beer, booze, broads and bong hits. Cerebral Ballzy sound like a cross between Christ On Parade and H.F.L., if you can believe that. Pretty good stuff. Really tight, fast and furious songs with song titles like Don't Tell Me What To Do, Puke Song and Underage Drink Forever. Classy, these guys are. I guess the most interesting thing about this release is that it came out on Adult Swim's record label, Williams Street Records, that I didn't know existed until this release. All that tells me is that someone in the band either works for, is friends with, or is currently blowing someone at AS. Kudos to them. :-) This is a great release from Cerebral Ballzy. It gives me hope that someone out there gets it. Check out the debut release from Cerebral Ballzy if you're in a Punk Rocking kind of mood. It's really good.
ha ha ha I'm sure this is NOT the official title to this upcoming release from Philly's own Moon Women, but that's how Pitt sent me the MP3's, so that's how I'm labeling it. :-) I'm not even sure he wants me to review this, but I don't care, because this stuff is soooooo fucking good it would be a shame not to let everyone know about it. There's a soothing familiarity about this Moon Women release, in the fact that it sounds like an amalgamation of every post-Punk band that teetered on the line between avant garde, rhythmic art noise and heavy metal pomposity laced with delusions of grandeur. This is really, really really fucking good. Bright, jangly guitars with heavily effected vocal delivery with a danceable back beat. Think early U2, or Lords Of The New Church even. Catchy as fuck, discordant jingle-jangly guitar driven pieces of noisy sugary bliss that's really amazing stuff. The song Seventeen is just brilliant, and the thought of poor little Pitt being the moody little teenage subject of that song just makes me grin to no end. :-) This is going to be a fantastic piece of vinyl when it finally comes out next month. Seek and Consume at any and all costs. For more info on Moon Women go to moonwomen.bandcamp.com.
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