Reviewed by: Roger Scales
Never has an album cover and title truly described a band at its core. Tesla, although first arriving in 1986 at the height of hair bands and commercial rock, were really never a band about presentation. They never had big hair, stage theatrics, spandex or racy videos filled with vixens. They did however tour with many of these bands and like it or not got lumped into that era, fairly or unfairly. My introduction to the band was from the first time I saw ‘Modern Day Cowboy” on MTV and my first Tesla show was seeing them opening for Def Leppard on the Hysteria tour. I thought they had boundless energy, were fun on stage and wrote memorable classic rock songs that were easy to sing along with. Read more
When I first heard about this book I basically expected a pretty vanilla offering from a very well known singer/songwriter/guitarist who just so happens to be a very devout Christian while fronting a heavy metal band called Stryper. I have been a very big Stryper fan going back as far as 1985, seeing them play in a small club in Boston and have never missed a single tour since. That being said, I was hoping that Michael’s book Honestly was going to give some insight to a number of questions I have had during the 30-plus year career of my fandom of Michael in Stryper such as who came up with the yellow and black outfit design? Why did Tim leave during the recording of To Hell With The Devil? Whatever happened to his short lived replacement Matt Hurich? Why in more recent years was their obvious reluctance to play songs off In God We Trust? Why did Michael essentially break up Stryper in 1992? Who got the band back together in 1999? Trust me, I got my answers and a whole lot more. Honestly is a no-frills look into the mind and soul of a man who has made mistakes, had musical and personal regrets but at the same time has been a loving husband and father while maintaining his stature as one of the top rock vocalists of his generation. Read more
It looks like 2014 is getting off to a killer start for Kivel Records with its latest release Unhinged, first from new labelmates Madman’s Lullaby. Right from the first track “What If” I could hear the influence from some of the late 80’s best hard rock acts such as Tesla and, especially vocally, early Lynch Mob. This record has tons of groove and some very clever lyrics. If you’re looking for a feel good kind of album with romantic tunes with everyone in a happy state, turn away! Read more
It’s really hard to imagine that Precious Metal is the 9th studio album from House of Lords but then again after 1992’s Demon’s Down who would have thought that HOL would have to wait another 12 years to get to record album number 4? In fact during those 12 years from 1992-2004 I played those first three albums constantly, always in regular rotation especially on long drives because those records were just that damn good. Read more
Well it’s great to see that even though RATT is hard at work on a new album for 2014 vocalist and sometimes solo artist Stephen Pearcy still feels like hitting the road (in the Northeast no less) in January for a round of dates performing with his RATT Bastards solo band.
Add into the mix local rock legends MASS as an opener (also soon to start work on a new record) and this has the potential to be a night of power rock with an old school flavor. That’s really what this show felt like to me. Stepping back in time for sure and kudos to Club Rain for making it feel like an 80’s rock show with spacious new amenities, great lighting and a world class sound system. Anyone who remembers Narcissus in Kenmore Square or The Channel recalls that Boston did have great clubs at one time. Let’s hope the management at Rain keeps booking national acts and the task of bringing in the crowds will take care of itself. Read more
Let’s talk about the brand new Heretic box set from Metal Blade Records From the Vault…Tortured and Broken. It must be very satisfying to finally have your original EP Torture Knows No Boundary (1986) and first full length album Breaking Point (1988) released remastered with bonus tracks for a new generation of fans that may have dismissed these back in the day or maybe were not even born yet upon their initial release?
Yeah, you know it was one of the first things when we reformed that we thought of doing. The EP and that first album were really hard to find. You had to go to Ebay to try and find them and pay like $50.00 or more for each of them. They were totally out of print and our initial thought was to maybe just put them out ourselves. After the release of A Time of Crisis (2012) Metal Blade contacted us about releasing them both and that started the ball rolling from there. It’s great to finally get these out there in this box set for the newer fans and also for the fans that maybe had it on LP to now be able to have them remastered with bonus tracks. Read more
I have been hoping for something like this for so long now. So many bands are taking classic albums and playing them in their entirety both to provide something different for the diehard fan and an added incentive for casual fans to see the band live for the first time. When it comes to Def Leppard, the choice for some might be Pyromania (1983) or even High ‘n’ Dry ( 1981) but there is no denying that Hysteria (1987) was really their landmark album selling over 20 million copies worldwide. Read more
Anyone who has seen House of Lords over the past few tours have experienced all what James Christian has to offer in terms of keeping the legacy of a legendary hard rock act from the late 80’s/early 90’s alive and actually kicking it up a notch with a modern day sound. Well maybe rock’s best kept secret is the House of Lords rhythm section composed of guitarist Jimi Bell, Bj Zampa on drums and Chris McCarvill on bass. What was once was classified information to the average rock fan is now a visible top notch band known as Maxx Explosion. Their debut album released on Kivel Records Forever is a 13 song collection of power, melodic hard driving rock tunes that “Rival” any band Kivel has currently on its Kamp roster. What surprised me the most about the record was the vocal style and range coming from Chris McCarvill who truly shines in his debut lead vocal duties. Read more
Lucas D’Agata – Vocals
Anthony D’Agata – Drums
Derek Troxell – Guitar
Joseph Kuban – Bass Read more
If you love this band, you will love this book! There are very few rock bands that have managed to survive as many highs and lows as Def Leppard. This fully authorized visual history of the band starting in 1978 runs right through their present day (book was first published in 2011) activities. Photographer Ross Halfin was along for the entire ride. At 3.5 pounds this book is packed with amazing color and black/white images capturing over 450 photos many unseen and previously unpublished. You get text and commentary from not only Halfin but the band members themselves throughout each chapter. Along with a forward by Joe Elliot each band member also has a brief one or two page synopsis on what each of them took away from it after seeing the finished copy of the book. Read more