Artist: Power Windows
Venue: Double D’s (Morristown, NJ)
“The Reunion Show”
A little over a year ago, the Rush Tribute band “Power Windows” ceased to exist as a performing entity and disbanded. When this happened the fans of this Prog-Metal Homage felt the sting quite hard for after all we had been supporting them a good 11 years or longer if memory serves me correctly. For me, this was particularly hard as not only did I become a fervent supporter of the group, but I also got involved in bringing the band to my neck of the wood in Brooklyn as well as announce them when the time came to rock. Fond memories, in more cases than not. When news of their Reunion show came to pass I knew that I must attend. The venue would be Double D’s out in Morristown New Jersey, now before I go any further you might be asking why report on a Tribute band in the first place. Well, for the readers of a Progressive Rock/Metal site the answer is quite clear as in addition to having players from Ten Ton Tide, we have Joe Bergamini and Zak Rizvi from 4Front. Joe B. has also been very busy as the new drummer for a reunited “Happy The Man”, the very influential Progressive band who has been playing shows and recording once again.
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Title: “The Greater Of Two Evils”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 2004
Style: Heavy Metal
Anthrax has been an ever-evolving musical beast for many years. In 1993 when John Bush lead singer from Armored Saint replaced Joey Belladonna the music would remain heavy but the vocal styling would cause a ripple of difference. Some people loved it, while some could care less. Those that loved John being an addition, embraced the singer for his enthusiasm and presence on the stage. Those who could not look past the old material would remain such for in truth the vocal styles were from opposite sides of the spectrum. In a live setting, material that Bush created with them was dead on however the classic and vintage tunes were too different. Joey sang in a much higher register than John and was not the screamer that his predecessor was.
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Artist: Robert Plant
Title: “Mighty Rearranger”
Label: Es Paranza
Release Date: 8/25/2005
After a six-year hiatus from recording new material bridged by the airing of favored cover tunes (on “Dreamland “) and the pre and post Led Zeppelin retrospective “Sixty Six to Timbuktu” Robert Plant returns with a dozen originals on the new album titled “Mighty Rearranger”.
Though much has been made in latter days of Zep’s willingness pilfer lyrics and licks from their favorite artists (Everly Brothers to Howlin’ Wolf) Plant’s musical strength, in tandem with his legendary vocals, has always come from his diverse musical tastes and his ability to assimilate them into his own creations. In that light “Mighty Rearranger” immediately lives up to its name on opening track “Another Tribe” which offers world beats, Eddie Cochran style acoustic guitars, an eastern string figure and a lyric lamenting the current state of a world at war – wondering if the meek will actually inherit the Earth.
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Title: “Classic Albums – Nevermind”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 2005
A welcome addition to Eagle Vision’s “Classic Albums” series is this DVD documenting the creation of Nirvana’s 1991 Number 1 charting album “Nevermind”.
In its time “Nevermind” hit a nerve with listeners across generations that immediately and effectively filled a gap in popular music of the day. The beauty of the album is that it offered a unique soundscape that drew in teens as well as older rock fans and provided music with more “real teeth” than all the latex makeup “Thriller” zombies MTV could screen in the early 90’s.
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Title: “You Are Here”
Label: SPV America
Release Date: 5/2004
Genre: Hard Rock
Legendary rockers U.F.O. have returned with a kicking piece of rock and roll for the world to enjoy. Singer Phil Mogg still has one of the more pure voices in rock music and he has held up over the years quite well. Some of the CD reminded me a little more of Bad Company style than that of earlier UFO, yet this is not a bad comparison to hold.
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