The Defiants “The Defiants”

Danger Danger came a little late in the hair metal game. By the time their self titled debut came out in 1989, Guns N’ Roses had already changed the way hard rock music was to be played. Then of course not long after that came grunge. Hardly a time for bands like them of Trixter to come in to a dying market. How Firehouse managed to survive three albums in can only be credited to luck and good publicity. Anyway, the shame of the matter is that Danger Danger‘s debut album, while not really consisting of stuff that could change the face of music, does have a selection of some of the finest pop metal songs I can think of. You may be wondering why I’m bringing any of these bands up right at the beginning of a review for an album by none of these artists. The reason would be because The Defiants, who recently released their own self titled debut, are made up of three members who still do or have played for Danger Danger.

 

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2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016

Different people hold different opinions on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I hear and understand all of these opinions, both the optimistic ones (such as how it’s such a prestigious honour) to the pessimistic ones (like how it doesn’t really mean anything and it’s arbitrary etc). I consider myself an optimist on the subject. Hell, I spend so much time paying attention to who has been inducted, which members of bands did and didn’t get inducted and who still hasn’t been inducted that. The only way to justify spending so much time on the subject for mostly just personal knowledge wouldn’t make sense if I were a pessimist. Continue reading

Megadeth “Dystopia”

Megadeth Dystopia Album Review

I’m a little late in the game for this Megadeth review, but hey, I had a busy January. For years, it Megadeth fans have been longing for a return to the band’s glory days, when they were a defining force in the surge of thrash metal. They’ve shown signs of returning briefly on efforts such as 2011’s Thirteen and it’s 2009 predecessor Endgame, but I think their venture in to traditional heavy metal with 2013’s Super Collider simmered any hope that the once supreme thrash gods were still in there somewhere. Well, after a very public line up change, Megadeth return with Dystopia.

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Resurrection Kings “Resurrection Kings”

I took on the task of reviewing Resurrection Kings‘ soon to be released debut album simply because their classic metal sound piqued my interest. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I soon found out that Resurrection Kings consists of two trusted companions of one of heavy metal’s greatest frontmen: Mr. Ronnie James Dio. These members are guitarist Craig Goldy and drummer Vinny Appice (in one of his many projects) and with them on board, my first impression of Resurrection Kings comes as no surprise. With these two names attached to the project, my expectations for this self titled debut album only grew higher.

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Axel Rudi Pell “Game of Sins”

Axel Rudi Pell "Game of Sins" Review

Before reviewing Axel Rudi Pell‘s Into The Storm two years ago, I was never really a fan. sure I knew his name very well, but I never had a true push to give his stuff a listen. Around that time I went back to listen to some of his previous albums – and there sure are a lot of them – to find that not all of them are as good as Into The Storm lead me to believe they could be. Some of them have some good songs on them, but for a guy who hasn’t gone more than two years without releasing an album since his first album with the band Steeler (not to be confused with the band of the same name that featured Yngwie Malmsteen) he sure has struggled to maintain consistency for anyone other than his devoted fan base. Given the full album vibe that Into The Storm gave, my expectations were high for its soon to be released follow up Game of Sins.

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Collective Soul “See What You Started By Continuing”

Collective Soul See What You Started By Continuing Review

Collective Soul have had a surprisingly under the radar journey from a band that’s had a successful recording career now spanning twenty-two years. They started off on top of the world with their smash hit Shine from their debut Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid which can still be heard hourly on rock radio today. Then as their career went on, band leader and producer Ed Roland kept adding more and more technology to their sound, to the point where their 2000 release Blender could be considered a pop rock album. After that, though, Collective Soul slowly but surely started making their way back to their roots, with their 2009 self titled album (or Rabbit as it’s also known) finally bringing them completely back full circle. So where can Collective Soul go now six years later now that they’ve finally released the follow up See What You Started By Continuing?

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Slayer “Repentless”

Slayer_Repentless_Review

Slayer are one of those bands who, some may say, follow the same dynamic with every album. Even lead guitarist Kerry King has pretty much declared that he agrees to that. Such has really only been the case for the last few albums. Up until and including Season In The Abyss Slayer seemed to change things up quite nicely (I’d love to get in to detail on that but it would take up so much room it may as well be its own article) while still making thrash metal the way thrash metal was supposed to be made. Since then they’ve had some moments where they changed things up, like the punk cover album Undisputed Attitude or the so called “nu metal” album Diabolus In Musica, and album I enjoy than most, including members of the band. So needless to say this same dynamic has been followed on their most recent release Repentless, but just how much was it followed?

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