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CD Review: Tango Down / Charming Devil

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Charming Devil

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Two years ago when Tango Down released Identity Crisis, I called it my favorite album of 2012 in my review. It was full of everything that puts a smile on my face and it exceeded the standards of what I call the “Three H” method when judging a record: harmonies, hooks, holding power.   That record still gets heavy rotation on this “80’s Guy’s” Listening Machine. ,24 months later, Tango Down is back with Charming Devil and I read a quote from Scott “Rif” Miller that TD has once again “raised the bar” and an expectation level from TD fans waiting to hear if the band can surpass 2012’s monster release. Did they indeed put on the jet packs and head even higher than they ever have before? “Charming Devil” has done just that with a 10 song selection of well written, well produced melodic gems full of harmonic flavor, a dash of metal and a smattering of memorable guitar riffs that just may put Mr. Miller on my personal pedestal of current guitar gods. Read more

Concert Review: Amon Amarth, Skeletonwitch & Sabaton at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT

October 20, 2014 by  
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October 15, 2014

Webster Theater – Hartford, CT

Reviewed by: B. Cross

Thunderous heavy metal reigns supreme when Amon Amarth comes calling. Despite the unseasonably warm and humid weather, there was a massive turnout when the venerated band and friends hit the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT.

Wasting no time, openers Skeletonwitch unleashed the serpents with a multi-pronged extreme metal blend. With crowdpleasers like “Beyond the Permafrost” and “Stand, Fight, and Die” taking their place alongside newer material like “Burned from Bone,” the intensity didn’t let up for a second. Dual guitar assaults backed by a pummeling bassline and tight drum work, not to mention Chance Garnette’s high-energy vocals, set the tone for the entire evening. Read more

Concert Review & Photos: Theory of a Deadman at House of Blues in Boston, Mass.

October 14, 2014 by  
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October 7, 2014
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Words &
Photos by:  Jeff Palmucci

I had a “bad girlfriend” once. It’s not as fun as Tyler Connolly makes it sound in their 2008 hit of the same name. They played it to close off their show last Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston. It reminded me why I like of lot of their stuff. They just don’t seem to give a crap if some people get offended at their lyrics, and that lets them explore less politically correct themes. Read more

Book Review: Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith

October 2, 2014 by  
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Simon & Schuster
Joe Perry with David Ritz

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Back in 1997 Stephen Davis wrote Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith and I remember reading it and being mildly shocked, somewhat amused, largely enlightened, very informed and never bored. This was a big deal at the time because many rumors had persisted for years about who said what to whom and at what point did the relationship between Joe Perry and the rest of the band deteriorate to where Joe left the band in 1979 half way through recording Nut In The Ruts. Was it just a rift between Joe and Steven? Why did he through a glass of milk at Tom Hamilton’s wife in Cleveland Ohio? We got the answers and then some. Read more

CD Review: Hurtsmile / Retrogrenade

September 20, 2014 by  
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Retrogrenade

Reviewed by: Roger Scales
It’s been three years since the release of the 2011 debut album from Hurtsmile that introduced to the rock world the first ever Cherone brothers (Gary –Vocals and Mark-Lead Guitar) musical compilation of straight up rock ‘n’ roll diverse in its musical content and ambitious in its lyrical approach. Add in a world class rhythm section with Joe Pessia (Tantric, DramaGods) on bass guitar and Dana Spellman on drums and Hurtsmile is all set to pick up where they left off. Read more

DVD Review: ZZ Top Live At Montreux 2013

September 15, 2014 by  
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Eagle Rock Entertainment

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

One of my earliest memories of MTV was seeing a constant rotation of “Gimme All Your Lovin” and ‘Legs” with the beards, the 1933 Ford Coupe, the sunglasses and those “top” video vixens. They were not only funny stories but catchy tunes as well. They certainly would have to be at that time for me to buy the Eliminator cassette the first summer I started to earn my own money. I thought they were a brand new band at the time, not knowing that their first album had been released in 1971. I have seen them live a few times over the years mainly when paired with someone whom I may have actually liked even more but figured I’d stick around and check out a few tunes. Read more

Book Review: ‘The Big Book of Hair Metal’ by Martin Popoff

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Author: Martin Popoff

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Yes, this review will be 100% biased because its subject matter is near and dear to my “80’s Guy” heart but no it was not written for me, dedicated to me nor did I have any involvement in the creation of it whatsoever. However that’s not to say that I couldn’t have been added as a creative consultant or at the very least quoted in it somewhere! The Big Book of Hair Metal The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade is candid, funny, informative and is really one of the first truly year by year breakdown of the 80’s hair band genre in written form. The detail is what’s most encouraging about Martin Popoff’s take on this era in music of which he boosts in the book’s introduction that hair metal makes him “happy’. Why shouldn’t it? If you had a pulse from 1980-1991 (prior to Nirvana changing the culture within the industry) than you more than likely had just as many happy moments along the way listening to bands like Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi and Dokken, as Martin did. Read more

Interview: Author Greg Prato on ‘Overlooked/Unappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention’

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Interviewed by: Roger Scales

Your book Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention hits near and dear to my heart because it’s sole focus is to bring attention to albums maybe “lost” in the shuffle of music listener’s conscious whether it was just bad timing for its original release or poor sales there is something for everyone here to identify with. What made you want to write and research this book?

 It all started when I began making a list of albums that I found myself going long periods of time not listening to – not because of the quality of their work, but because since I no longer own any CD’s, tapes, or records (I transferred all my music over digitally). And when you have countless albums on a digital doohickey, it’s easy to overlook albums that demand your attention. Once the list began to grow and grow, a thought popped into my head – why not put together a book of this albums? Read more

EP Review: Troy Marks / Illumino

August 14, 2014 by  
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Illumino

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Every once in a while you stumble upon an album, band or solo artist simply by being in the right place at the right time. Shortly after interviewing Steve Blaze from Lillian Axe I got a request to listen to an EP (on Steve’s recommendation) coming from solo artist Troy Marks called Illumino. Read more

Concert Review: Sammy Hagar and Friends Invade Hampton Beach

August 5, 2014 by  
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Featuring: Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson
July 30, 2014
Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Photos & Words by:  Jeff Palmucci

 

Sammy Hagar played last week at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in a show billed as “A Journey Through the History of Rock.” With the musicians joining him on stage, he we able to make good on that promise. Jason Bonham was on drums, son of Led Zeppelin’s legendary drummer John Bonham. Micheal Anthony on bass, Sammy’s bandmate from both Van Halen and Chickenfoot. Vic Johnson, guitarist for Sammy’s backup band The Waboritas was on lead guitar. Read more

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