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“Out In The Cold” by Frost

Artist: Frost
Title: “Out In The Cold”
Label: Screaming Ferret Wreckords
Release Date: 8/29/2006
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
Rating: 3/5

In the world of Heavy Metal, you will find that Jack Frost is one of those very busy guitar players. I don’t mean this in his playing style but in all the aspects of his career. Over the years we have followed his work in Savatage, Metalium, The Bronx Casket Company and of course his main band of focus Seven Witches. Somehow during all of this work he manages to take part in the numerous tributes to legendary bands like Iron Maiden and Dio and still have time to release solo albums. With “Out In The Cold”, his second solo effort, Frost puts together a veritable cornucopia of vocalists and musicians to give his fans a solid dose of Traditional Metal that I think will be right up their alley. Among the vocal powers present he has Ted Poley (Danger, Danger) and Paul Dianno (Iron Maiden) belting it out and they make songs like “Hell Or High Water” and “Crucifixation” great additions. The playing throughout is rather solid and should definitely appeal to any who enjoy Frost’s playing. Most of the songs fall into the same line and style of what he does with Seven Witches, but given its place as a solo effort he does bring different ideas to the table. The album delivers some metalized covers of classic rock numbers such as Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice”, 38 Special’s “Hold On Loosely”, and April Wine’s “Sign Of The Gipsy Queen”. I loved the April Wine track the most since it had the most drive, and I found that Frost did a good vocal job on the 38 Special track. “Cold As Ice” lost me, as while I like the bluesy rasp of Shortino, it’s just one of those tunes that is fine as it is and needs no real Metal treatment.
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“’89 Live In Japan” by Quiet Riot

Artist: Quiet Riot
Title: “’89 Live In Japan”
Label: Music Video Distributors
Release Date: 11/16/2004
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 1.5/5

Fans of Quiet Riot, and I mean the ones that really followed the band hard core would remember this period the most where charismatic and very often outspoken lead singer Kevin DuBrow was no longer part of the bands roster. When the band had recorded their fourth album, he was replaced by Rough Cutt’s lead man Paul Shortino; the difference in the vocal styles could not have been any farther from each other (DuBrows raspy screaming versus Shortino’s bluesy wail). The album itself was met with very little fan approval and this concert film captures this era in the bands life and shows a little more light on why this was probably the case. Quiet Riot as the band we knew kicked ass in the fashion that they did because every member worked as part of the whole. DuBrow was never an amazing singer but his voice fit the material that they performed and while it’s true that Shortino has a much better voice than his predecessor he simply does not cut it on any of their older material no matter how hard he tried. There is very little of this stuff present on the video and instead a number of tracks from QR4 are presented and this leads me to another interesting notation. With Shortino on the microphone the band had the chance to expand them into new musical territory. His strong blues-based rasp fits very well along with the then popular Whitesnake (a band that their bassist Sarzo had now joined) but instead of this they delivered milquetoast and sappy Hard Rock ballads that really had little passion when compared to the stuff being brought to the table by their immediate competition. From this film you can see that QR had become a shadow of their former self. The lineup would be half originals on guitar and drums (Cavazo and Banali) and half new members (Paul Shortino and Sean McNabb), vocals and bass. The concert as a shoot is good enough but the crowd is hardly heard from and when they show them seem to be sitting in most cases.
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