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New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2014: Chapter 8

Queue dramatic lead in music and grab those tissues to wipe away the tears dear readers because we have reached the final installment of our “New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2014” and what a fun ride it has been. Now without any further adieu please enjoy this last batch of submitted resolutions.

1. Patrick Sheridan (Fit For An Autopsy): my new years music resolution for 2014 is to keep not giving a fuck what people think or what they tell us about what we should do, and keep doing exactly what we want. thanks to all our friends and fans for their support, and thanks to our label for letting us be who the fuck we are!!!! 2014, we crush!!!

2. Ira Black (Attika 7/former Lizzy Borden): 2014 is the year to get my name on the map! The first one is slated to go and I will have a major press release soon, guaranteed to be the biggest music project, to date, in my career, which I’m very excited about! This year is also the year for me to finish or discard any projects that I have waiting in the wings to be finished! The Ira Black solo record will be included in “Projects to be finished”…. My brothers from Attika 7 and I will be delivering a knockout album this year and doing a ton of touring for a good part of the spring/summer touring season. We have an incredible plan in place and look forward to executing it! I will also be writing a lot of music, new material for myself and other projects, per current negotiations for future collaborations TBA soon! I would also like to thank all the awesome people I’m surrounded by and will strive harder to show my gratitude and will be more patient and Loving to those who matter most to me, which is everyone! Peace.
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New Year’s Music Resolutions For 2013: Part 2

Hey there readers and welcome back to the presentation of “New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2013”; I am really glad that you are joining us along for the series because it’s such a blast giving everyone a look inside the thoughts of these musical people. I’ll stop talking now and let you get right into it since there are many more chapters for me to share additional opinions with you. Have at it.

1. Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Rock Of Ages): My 2013 New Year’s Music Resolution is to CONTINUE to work as hard as possible and appreciate every second of the best job on planet Earth!…and meeting Angus Young would be bad ass 🙂

2. Tim Roth (Into Eternity): My New Year’s Metal Resolution for 2013 would be, to continue my daily listening, of the latest Yngwie J. Malmsteen album entitled, “Spellbound”. I think we all could learn a lesson or two about the relentless drive, that Yngwie has towards pushing the envelope of Neo-Classical Metal. I vow also, to continue to teach my 4 year old son, Lucca Jacob Yngwie Roth, the ways of the Jedi Shred Legend that is and only could be, Yngwie J. Malmsteen! In addition, I would like to spend more time on PiercingMetal.com and I’d love to see my musical group, Into Eternity, head back to Europe AND release our long overdue 6th album.

3. Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot): 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of “Metal Health” and I plan to continue to bring the music of QUIET RIOT to the fans and to keep the memory of Kevin DuBrow alive and well through the music that he and I never took for granted and have so much pride in. That is my singular New Year’s Music Resolution for 2013.
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“Setlist: The Very Best Of Quiet Riot – Live” by Quiet Riot

Artist: Quiet Riot
Title: “Setlist: The Very Best Of Quiet Riot – Live”
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 7/13/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Historically speaking Quiet Riot was one of the first bands that I was able to see in concert on my own and don’t laugh because you know that each and every one of you went to a show or two with your parents standing safely in the shadows to observe the shenanigans. While I know that I am dating myself, it was back around the time when they had just released their “Metal Health” album and they were appearing at the long shuttered L’Amour’s in Brooklyn. At the show I was blown away by the bands delivery and skill and overall catchy tunes and that made listening to their “Setlist” live CD an absolute treat since we don’t really have too much of a representation of the band during its early years in the live sense. Some music historians will remember easily how the band once found Randy Rhoads among its number but this release focuses on what was musically established by the classic lineup of Kevin DuBrow, Frankie Banali, Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo. After reviewing a couple of these releases so far, I was happy to find the “Setlist” collections offering up the occasional unreleased tune or two, but the Quiet Riot edition must be lauded for its presenting 50% unreleased tracks from the band in concert. The album also primarily focuses on two years in the bands life (1983 and 1984) and with that comes off as very vintage in their history. The younger generation of fans today might need to look into the album collections of their older siblings or parents to find a copy of “Metal Health” and its recommended action to better absorb a band that helped build a music scene at the time. “Metal Health” is strongly celebrated on this collection and presents us with six of the albums original ten tracks. We get the classic Slade tune “Cum On Feel The Noize” and the title track along with my long time favorite “Run For Cover”. I would have liked to hear “Thunderbird” or “Breathless” but I will not complain with what we did get here since it was so satisfying. The band shows themselves to be a hungry Metal machine and DuBrow screams over blistering Cavazo guitar riffs and thunderous Banali drumming.
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“We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year” (EP) by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year” EP
Label: Armoury Records
Release Date: 11/24/2009
Genre: Holiday Metal
Rating: 2.5/5

This is a review of the four-song EP that is being released as a digital download only companion piece to the original release of “We Wish You A Metal X-Mas & A Headbanging New Year. Since we reviewed that recording last year, we are representing it to get you up to speed and then we shall examine the new four song EP tracks. We enjoyed that original album and gave it a ranking of 4/5. Read on.

“I’ve been a fan of the holiday juggernaut that is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for several years now, but there was no way that my experience with that would have prepared me for how Twisted Sister would deliver their “Twisted Christmas” release. I bring them up as it originally hit me as one of the most absurd items in reviews to do pile but after several listens I found myself intrigued at just how well the conventional Metal vibe worked when crafted together with Holiday classics that they chose. It was an album that left you hungry for more and that made the arrival of the “We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year” release something I was eager to dig into. The players on this one are as vast as the Metal genre itself and as result finds legends like Alice Cooper and Ronnie James Dio performing along with the likes of diverse quality players like Steve Lukather and Ray Luzier and many, many more. The vibe of this release is rather heavy which was good and I admit it that it almost felt like a Motorhead track when Lemmy gave it a go at “Run Rudolph Run”. Shock master Alice Cooper and John 5 delivered the creepiest “Santa Claws Is Coming To Town” I’ve ever heard and believe me at the end of this one, the fact that he knows when you are sleeping and knows when you are awake will scare the Charles Dickens out of you. Winners come shining through during a few numbers like “Silver Bells” which has a powerful modern Metal drive to it and Geoff Tate singing and I felt the same way about the albums opening title track that gave us the magical voice of Jeff Scott Soto, a singer I have always been able to enjoy. Dio is at his ominous best with Mr. Iommi and company for “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and the best way to describe this one is as imagine the band Heaven And Hell doing the track. Weird huh, but it does work on some levels. I had to say that I was put off by the Death Metal growls of Chuck Billy and Thrash treatment given to “Silent Night”, as this is a track that I like to much to see given such a reworking.
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“24/7/365: The Tribute To Led Zeppelin” by Frankie Banali & Friends

Artist: Frankie Banali & Friends
Title: “24/7/365: The Tribute To Led Zeppelin”
Label: MVD Audio
Release Date: 9/18/2007
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

When one considers the legendary status that Led Zeppelin holds in the annals of Rock Music history they are reminded of how the group not only effectively created a genre but how they also set the guidelines to follow for decades to come. With that being said – anyone who undertakes a tribute album of their music knows full well that it needs to be done not only with the proper levels of respect, but also needs to be something that the listener can get through in one sitting without lambasting the artist who did it. Drummer Frankie Banali, most noted for his work in both Quiet Riot and W.A.S.P. has taken this project and the reservations people might have had about it very serious and the end result is a very interesting album to listen to. It was a heartfelt mission of the drummer who had long been inspired by the band and Mr. John Henry Bonham to do this properly and for the project he would assemble different singers and guitarists from across the Hard Rock scene. If you had ever heard Banali perform over the years then you would instantly recognize many feels and grooves that come from the influence of Bonzo. So how does this come off as a finished product well it very simply is one of the better tribute releases on the market based on how pure and dead on the overall musical output sounds. Having grown up musically in the big eighties I really enjoyed hearing many of the era’s luminaries trying their luck at singing the Zeppelin classics. Glenn Hughes is probably the most legendary voice on the album and one of Banali’s favorite singers of all time but I admit that I enjoyed Don Dokken and Robin McCauley’s takes on “Kashmir” and “Out On The Tiles” most of all.
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