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Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 4

So as we hit the three days left in 2011 mark let me ask you something. Did anyone else think that the year flew by us at a record pace? I know it did for me and perhaps this instant society we are living in with the Internet being such a core of our daily happenings and Facebook/Twitter addictions being par for the course are the reasons. Whatever the case may be here we are once more in our presentation of the “New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012” from some of the finest musical people that I have had the opportunity to interact with. Please enjoy our fantastic fourth chapter.

Johnny Kelly (drummer for Type O Negative, Seventh Void, A Pale Horse Named Death): Not sure if I have a resolution or not. My first one isn’t music related and that’s to stop smoking! My musical one though is to keep working hard to be able to do something that I still love doing. I want to see great things happen for APHND and I want the new Seventh Void record to come out in 2012!

Steve Blaze (lead guitarist for Lillian Axe): …to become a better, more patient human being. This will enable me to become more well rounded and pure iin all aspects of what I feel are the important elements of a truly great musician. Talent is one aspect but the soul and spirit are what drive it to its limits.

Margarita Monet (lead vocals for Edge Of Paradise): My New Year’s Metal Resolution is, besides writing the best song ever made, to further solidify and spread the heavy sound of my band. It’s not very common these days that bands have their own sound distinguishing them from thousands of other bands, like Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden have, when you hear their songs, you instantly know that it’s Sabbath! So this is the New Year’s resolution, to strive to create epic music with a sound that’s unique to ourselves and of course to tour the world and make everyone hear it 🙂
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“People Like People Like People Like Us” by Backyard Babies

Artist: Backyard Babies
Title: “People Like People Like People Like Us”
Label: Abacus Records
Release Date: 5/2/2006
Genre: Hard Rock Punk
Rating: 3.5/5

If you’re a fan of the slam bam Rock & Roll style of bands like Social Distortion and the Punk and edgy attitude that made up the Ramones then The Backyard Babies are one of those bands who you really should be looking into. They were formed in Sweden back in 1987 but you North American Punk fans might have only heard about them in whispers or in music downloaded by unconventional means since they are not able to come around these parts all that often. Most of their music had been unavailable until the issue of a greatest hits type of package called “Tinnitus” and a live effort called “Live, Live In Paris” which were both available on Liquor & Poker Music. Their first go at new original music and a long overdue domestic release comes to us in “People Like People Like People Like Us” and while it’s a welcome change from bands who call themselves Punk (Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Fallout Boy), its not exactly what I expected from them. I have to admit that I feel spoiled by the best of compilation since it was my own first go at the band and presented to me all of the tracks of note so when I put this one on I was expecting a little more of an assault. It’s not bad by any margin but the impact of tunes like “Making Enemies Is Good” or “Look At You” are not even come close to by the releases most notable efforts of “Blitzkrieg Loveshock” and “The Mess Age (How Could I Be So Wrong)”.
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“Live Live In Paris” by Backyard Babies

Artist: Backyard Babies
Title: “Live Live In Paris”
Label: Liquor And Poker Music
Release Date: 2/21/2006
Genre: Rock Punk
Rating: 8/10

Stockholm Sweden’s Backyard Babies have been hard at work after their support of Social Distortion. The group was performing to capacity crowds and delivering some of the most rock solid punk-edged music that was seen here in awhile and resultant of this tour bring you “Live Live In Paris”. The album finds the Backyard Babies energetic and electric as they perform 15 of their best numbers before a sold-out audience. It is very easy to get into their music even at a first listen and with limited knowledge of the band. Like many in the US, I was new to them and had only delved deeper at the suggestion of another writer who gave them a high recommendation. As a fan of The Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash, it was great to see a band taking example from these Founders and giving you a boot stomping, beer raising good time with their songs. The four member band of Nicke (vocals), Dregen (guitars), Johan (Bass) and Peder (drums) don’t overdo anything except the attitude and drive the point straight home with this CD that ends up being a perfect introduction to their sound. The CD is made up of 10 songs from last years “Tinnitus” (the only album available domestically which is made up of tracks from their other releases). Once you absorb “Tinnitus” at full volume you will totally enjoy the vibe of the live release. It is indeed a nice companion piece to this album. My personal favorites in the bands song roster fall to “Look At You”, “The Clash”, “Brand New Hate” and “Minus Celsius”. Each of these tracks is a memorable rocker.
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Backyard Babies: Live Photos @ North Six (2/5/2005)

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The Backyard Babies were rocking in the USA Brooklyn style and the performance was documented in a posting that you can read HERE. These photos by Skeleton Pete Parrella will allow you to be a part of the excitement from your computer desk.

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Backyard Babies in Concert by Pete Parrella (2005)
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Backyard Babies in Concert by Pete Parrella (2005)

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Backyard Babies @ North Six (2/5/2005)

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Artist: Backyard Babies
Venue: The North Six (Brooklyn NY)
Opener: unsigned acts
Label: Liquor and Poker Music
Date: 2-24-2005

Sweden’s Grammy Award winning rock group the “Backyard Babies” took an off night from their tour supporting Social Distortion to make a pit stop at the North Six club located in Williamsburg Brooklyn recently. I have to admit that adventuring out to the show in the middle of a treacherous snowstorm to see them and to absorb the surroundings of a new club made the night kick off to an interesting start. The evening was set to be full of high-energy Rock and Roll in the style of Clash and Sex Pistols with kick ass numbers and exciting stage personality from each of the performing bands. As a matter of fact, each group kicked up the level of performance a notch. I was fortunate to meet the support team for the group on the tour bus and I teased them that they brought the snow from Sweden. New York was getting more of it than back home we were told.
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