Def Leppard’s rock sensibilities shot them right to the top of the charts in the ’80s. On their third album, Pyromania, the band reconciled new wave melodicism with heavy metal and catchy hooks without compromising any of its edge. The album has sold over 10 million copies, due in part to heavy rotation on MTV. But even without their ubiquitous television presence, anthems like “Rock of Ages” and “Foolin’” still had the stuff that drove the kids crazy. Bursts of screaming guitars a (more…)
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If Nirvana’s Nevermind heralded alternative’s ascendancy into the mainstream, Creed’s mega-successful 1997 debut showed just how quickly–and craftily–alt.rock’s musical hallmarks could be utterly co-opted by it. Fueled by vocalist Scott Stapp’s Weiland-inspired growl, Creed rode the Seattle pop-suffused string of hits included here to become one of the 90’s most successful rock acts–if one whose level of critical revile nearly matched its multi-million sales. This CD/DVD combo f (more…)
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AC/DC’s second U.S. release took the raw energy from their debut, High Voltage, up a notch, producing another huge collection of driving, intense songs for serious headbanging, but adding a bit more professionalism into the equation. The songwriting and production are tighter and more focused, and standouts such as “Whole Lotta Rosie,” “Problem Child,” “Let There Be Rock,” and “Bad Boy Boogie” almost have to fight with “filler” like “Go Down” and “Hell Ain’t a B (more…)
Slippery When Wet transformed Bon Jovi from minor-league poodle rockers to global superstars on the back of hit singles “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Never Say Goodbye,” and, of course, “Living on a Prayer.” From the scantily clad car-wash girls on the inner sleeve to the “You lost more than that in my back seat / Yeah!” lyrics, the album is blissfully untouched by irony and subtlety, which actually adds to its charm. With guitarist Richie Sambora and songwriter Desmond Child, Jon Bon (more…)
With this 2009 release comes quite a few tracks that will undoubtedly soon become Hurt classics, including such standouts as ‘Pills’, ‘Dreams Away’ and ‘Fighting Tao’. But it is the lead-off single from Goodbye to the Machine that is already turning heads at radio stations coast to coast – the all-encompassing epic ‘Wars’. Another track that will surely garner attention with Rock fans is ‘World Ain’t Right’, which features Shaun Morgan of Seether.
Multi platinum Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar releases his first album since 2000. ‘Cosmic Universal Fashion’ marks the first official release for Loud and Proud Records.
Karmakanic is a side project of The Flower Kings bass player Jonas Reingold. This unique progressive rock band has already gained critical acclaim with the releases of Entering The Spectra (2002) and Wheel Of Life (2004). Now Karmakanic is back with their new studio album entitled Who s The Boss In The Factory which is their third and most diverse studio album to date. The album was recorded at Reingold s Reingold Recording Studios as it is a compositionally and technically accompl (more…)
As a music consumer you ve got to be extremely cautious with a term such as cult band . It is often used to describe acts who are commercially unsuccessful or by groups trying to disguise their musical inabilities. With all due respect, this is certainly not the case with King s X. Doug Pinnick (vocals, bass), Jerry Gaskill (drums) and Ty Tabor (guitars) are consummate professionals who enjoy a brilliant reputation amongst fans, media and their peers. King s X s status as a cult ba (more…)