Written by GE 138.
The problem with Hype is that sometimes you just really wanna believe it, ya know? You just keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best, hope that it's true, whatever. All the Hype on this new Ace Frehley release was pretty much saying that this Space Invader release was 'the best thing he's done since Side 4 of Kiss Alive II', and you read that online somewhere and you go 'Wow! Could it be?', and then you hope for the best, because again, you wanna believe, because that album, and THOSE songs, meant soooo much to you growing up, and get the new album as soon as it comes out, because Rocket Ride is one of your favorite all time songs ever, and if there's anything even close to sounding like that song on here, then it's a winner, no matter how much you paid for it, and you take it out of it's child proof case and slap it into your CD player in the car and you hit 'Play' and the first song, Space Invader, comes on, and your just kind of... underwhelmed. Yeah, that's pretty much my first impression of this CD when I heard it. Phooey.
Sounds like Frehley's Comet shit, which, if you weren't around in the 80's, was Ace Frehley's solo band / project that was just a Sunset Strip poofy haired mediocre musical mess. Click here to see what I mean. They were on Megaforce Records, which was... odd. Anyways, I tried skipping over songs on here with weak beginnings, searching for that one elusive kick ass song, and my search came up fruitless. Seems like every song on here is just an excuse for Mr. Frehley to solo over a glorified cock rocking mess of a tune, which isn't THAT bad of a thing, but again, based on the hype, I was expecting more. A LOT more. Oh well. At least Ace sounds great on here. His fret work is beyond fantastic, and the feel he has for sounds and movement and feel in his playing is phenominal. It's easy to see why he's been such a huge influence on countless generations of guitar pickers and noodlers all around the world. I'm not even a guitar player and I will say without hesitation that Ace Frehley is one of my favorite guitar players EVER, and yeah, I know he's no fucking Kerry King, but whatever, I like him, but this release could of been a bit better. MUCH better. That song about Vegas, Toys, with it's Take me to Vegas / I wanna have fun / I wanna shoot craps / I wanna play cards / Stay up late / So bizarre lyrics is just the worst... LOL Not that Ace has ever been known for his lyrical prowess, but still... ha ha ha Oh, and that cover of the Steve Miller Band's The Joker on here?? Weak. As. Fuck. Who thought that was a good idea? Seriously? LOL Oh Ace, I love you, but I think you could of done a bit better with this CD. Better luck next time, oh Rock God Guitar Idol of mine.
Available on iTunes, with a few exclusive songs available on it, by clicking here. The album was put out by eOne Music, and you can click here to buy the release from them. It's also available through Amazon, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Zia, and anyplace else that music is sold as the commodity that it is. "Like" Ace Frehley on Facebook by clicking here.
Written by Colin Oscopy.
Okie dokie so here's a mean mamma jamma from one of Florida's finest Hardcore bands (next to Belching Penguin) thee one and only Hated Youth!! This is a release of their unreleased demos, which contains 19 of the baddest fucking tracks I've ever heard in my Life. From the second the needle hits the wax, it just takes off. This LP has everything from super distorted guitars, crankin' out some gnarly shit at such high speeds it's like a smack upside the head, and the drums... Jesus Christ, and I thought Eric from D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten LP, Violent Pacification EP) played fast, David McKee absolutely leaves him in the dust. I don't know how on Earth a band could play so damn fast and stop on a fucking dime. Singer Gary Strickland belts out some of the gnarliest lyrics I've ever heard - funny, idiotic, and mean as shit. PROPS!!!!!!!! If you happen to find this release or the Hardcore Rules release, don't be a dummy - PICK IT UP!!!!!!!!!! Long outta print but luckily Burrito Records released this stuff a few years back (along with Belching Penguin stuff...)
This was originally released as part of a split LP with Roach Motel, another seminal band from Florida that's worth checking out. You can buy that Hated Youth / Roach Motel split LP starting for the low, low price of $3.99 by clicking here.
Written by GE 138.
Nests are one of those bands that I'm always raving about, and yet nobody seems to know who the fuck they are. I saw them a couple of times and was just completely floored as to how 'Punk Rock' the band was, both in sound and attitude, and as I hyped them up, telling people that they had to check them out ASAP, the band sort of... disappeared. They went a bit underground as personal things were dealt with, and not a peep was seen or heard from them for awhile, although I saw the singer Jordan around at gigs every so often. Now the silence has been broken and Nests have reemerged and are back and gigging around as of late, and with that new surge of enthusiasm towards playing again comes a new 5 song release called EP, and it's a fucking scorcher. Clocking in at a little under 2 and a half minutes, every song on here is just pure, unadulterated Punk Rock genius. Loud. Fast. Hard. Abrasive. Guttural. Thrashy. Noisy. Real. I wish I could tell you what songs like Demons (my fave), Hardcore Is Gay And I Could Care Less, and Gasoline Speed are about, but I have no idea what's being said/screamed/growled/whatever, and that's pretty damn cool. The music is a massive wall of noise, with guitars, bass and drums all seeming to fight it out over who's going to be heard the loudest. Recording is really Lo-Fi - it's even worse sounding than their last release - but that's OK, because that's how Punk Rock is supposed to sound. Stuff like this gives me hope for the future. It's heartwarming to know that a band that sounds like a cross between early Corrosion Of Conformity, Jerry's Kids, and Negative Approach exists, let alone exists and is alive and well in my city, and fucking Nests are the ones doing Las Vegas proud. Somebody please put these kids in a proper studio and watch them record a masterpiece that will send shock waves around the world. Seriously. Nests. I fucking LOVE IT! :-)
The Nests EP release is available on the bands Band Camp page, which you can go to by clicking here. The band has a sort-of website, which you can go to by clicking here. I don't think there's a Nests Facebook page yet...