Wow. Talk about a powerhouse lineup of accomplished musicians. Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Tony Macalpine and Derek Sherinian. Outstanding levels of talent in each of them and a truly juggernaut level of musical assault when they combine forces. It’s beyond exciting that the band will be playing their only US Appearance for 2012 at the legendary B.B. King Blues Club but even more awesome to be able to treat some of the PiercingMetal readers to the show thanks to the powers that be for the venue. Here’s the official description from their website Continue reading Want To See Portnoy, Sheehan, Macalpine & Sherinian in Concert in NYC On 11/18/2012?→
Artist: Various Artists Title: “We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year” Deluxe Edition Label: Armoury Records Release Date: 9/14/2010 Genre: Holiday Metal Rating: 4/5
A couple of years ago the folks over at Eagle Records gave the Metal fans a holiday album that was really something up their alley. Though not as much a story-telling enterprise as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra or as tongue in cheek a delivery as a Twisted Christmas, this really had some interesting and fun stuff to enjoy. Having reviewed the original CD and then its EP follow-up, I decided to combine and slightly rework those thoughts based on Eagle Records re-releasing these albums in time for the 2010 holiday season as one package.
“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. Of course there are some who might enjoy the chance to finally hit the circle pit to this one, so here you go folks. Former Judas Priest/Iced Earth front man extraordinaire Tim Owens hits it out of the park with “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and he sounds like he is having a blast and the same can be said for King’s X vocalist Dug Pinnick during “Little Drummer Boy”. It wouldn’t be fair for me to ruin every single surprise on the album so I shall leave the remaining tracks to your own surprise as you unwrap this present with glee after you taking it from the spiked leather stockings that are hanging on your mantle. It does end with a rousing rendition of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and I love this tune and felt the guitarist/singer did a fantastic job of it. He is joined by Toto’s own Steve Lukather who can deliver the goods in any situation it seems. Continue reading “We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year” (Deluxe Edition) by Various Artists→
Artist: David Lee Roth Title: “Rhino Hi-Five” Label: Rhino Entertainment Release Date: 3/15/2005 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 4/5
Having been a classic Van Halen fan for many years before he went solo, my interest obviously followed the great David Lee Roth into whatever adventure he saw fit to entertain us with. Now, it was never my intent to offer up thoughts on such a limited compilation but with so many people beginning to purchase music digitally now, it felt like something good. My rationale was based on the hope that it would encourage folks who missed out on some bands giving them a chance care of this kind of brief release. With only five tracks to speak about these would be right on point and give you some must have ideas. Starting off this limited listening experience are the two strongest tracks from Dave’s EP “Crazy From The Heat” which I loved to death despite their being covers. The two videos for these songs alone helped make them staples on both MTV and Rock Radio of the day. Continue reading “Rhino Hi-Five” by David Lee Roth→