Tagged: heavy metal

RATT Singer Delivers A ‘Thrill’ With New Album

View To A Thrill, the latest solo disc from RATT rocker Stephen Pearcy, is a virtual tour de force of 80s-style hard rock hooks. From the frenetic opener “U Only Live Twice” to the infectious “Sky Falling,” an Out Of The Cellar-era-sounding powerhouse (think “In Your Direction” with a splash of “Wanted Man“), all the way to the funky groove-laden closer “Violator,” the album succeeds in its quest to take the listener back to the...

Kix’s ‘Blow My Fuse’ Turns 30

One of the more underrated hard rock records (and groups, as well) of the 80s, Kix’s platinum-selling Blow My Fuse is the latest album to get the deluxe treatment aimed at diehard fans longing for something extra from their favorite artists’ catalogues. The seminal work, originally unleashed on audiences back in 1988, was the Maryland-bred band’s most successful offering and it only takes one listen to figure out why. From the opening drum beats of...

Quiet Riot ‘Feel The Noize’ in New York

They were the first heavy metal band to top the Billboard album charts, with Metal Health, in 1983. They had a string of successful music videos in the MTV-saturated 80s. They toured with some of the most elite acts in rock, such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Whitesnake. Today, in 2018, Quiet Riot is still making records, they’re still out on the road, and they’re still raising hell. But nowadays, there’s a major difference....

Any Way They Want It: Journey and Def Leppard Rock The Garden

In the crowded summer concert season, artists will often roll out a variety of gimmicks with the hope of enticing music fans to part with their hard-earned money. These may include celebratory performances of classic albums from the act’s catalogue, “farewell tours” that are more often than not followed years later with the requisite  “comeback tours,” and of course, the package lineups that pair up two or more marginal bands with the “more bang for...

Lizzy Borden Set To Slay With ‘Midnight’

Before Marilyn Manson unleashed his distinct brand of ‘shock and roll,’ Lizzy Borden was crafting his own visual version of music to effectively assault the senses. Named after the infamous 19th century New England woman accused of viciously murdering her father and stepmother with an axe, Borden is much more than just a gimmick. Often incorrectly grouped in with pop metal acts of the Los Angeles hard rock scene such as Poison and Warrant, the...

Sons Of Apollo ‘Come Home’ To New York

It’s easy to label progressive rock as pretentious, bombastic, and self-indulgent. The polarizing genre, popularized by prog pioneers such as Rush, Yes, and Kansas, has long been criticized for its propensity for lengthy solos, grandiose stage shows, and nonsensical lyrics. But with any musical style, there are a plethora of both good and bad examples. Sons of Apollo, unquestionably, fall into the former category. For all the complaints about the maligned art form, at its...

Kix ‘Blows’ Its ‘Fuse’ At The Space

As difficult as it is to believe, Blow My Fuse, the seminal album recorded by 80s hard rockers Kix, turned 30 this year. And what better way to mark the occasion than to play the album in its entirety, from top to bottom, as part of the Maryland band’s current string of live performances? From the down and dirty licks of top track “Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT” to the epic, MTV-saturated power ballad “Don’t...

Daisies Are Set To ‘Burn It Down’

They are a part of the genre known collectively as “new classic rock,” according to rhythm guitarist, businessman, and band founder David Lowy. And if The Dead Daisies’ new disc Burn It Down, out April 6, is any indication, the self-appointed label couldn’t be more veracious. From the blazing, opening chords of “Resurrected,” masterfully played by guitar virtuoso and Whitesnake alumni Doug Aldrich, to the record’s rousing title track, a deliciously funky ode to self-destruction,...

Ready For ‘Mayhem’

Mayhem seems to follow her everywhere, hence the name. And if Madame Mayhem has her way, more and more rock fans will discover the eclectic artist in the days, months, and years to come. Fresh off the release of her third album, Ready For Me, the New York native is preparing to head out on a massive trek across the country this spring, opening for metal legends Sevendust, while also sprinkling in a number of...

Former Crue Singer Releases First ‘Live’ Album

Ask any average metal fan what their favorite Motley Crue song is and you’ll likely receive a wide range of answers, ranging from early, pre-Elektra Records picks like “Live Wire” or “Too Fast For Love,” breakthrough-era selections such as “Shout At The Devil” or “Looks That Kill,” and consequent, post-rehab tunes like “Kickstart My Heart” or “Dr. Feelgood.” Often overlooked are songs created during a brief, Vince Neil-less, period in the band’s history, dating back...

Skid Row Still ‘Paramount’ To Rock Scene

While most people might think of either Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen when the subject of New Jersey rockers comes up, it’s difficult to ignore another powerhouse from the Garden State – Skid Row. Formed in 1986 by bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave “The Snake” Sabo, the pair recruited second guitarist Scotti Hill and drummer Rob Affuso before eventually settling on the notoriously extroverted Sebastian Bach to provide lead vocals. Three years later, the...

‘Life’ is Good For Tom Keifer

  Tom Keifer usually makes it a priority to play the BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City whenever he embarks on a solo tour, a stop that frequently results in being a highlight of the trek. October 11 proved to be no different as the Cinderella frontman performed a blistering, 75-minute set in front of a jam-packed crowd, a feat quite impressive considering the hump day it landed on. “We play...