Title: “Live From Mount Fuji”
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 5/31/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
The return to Earth by GWAR is never an event that bodes much good for the Human Race. Their needs are generally base when it comes to us for they either need new Slaves or fodder to dismember during their live performances. Sadly, their return with this CD proves something more insidious, they are giving us a live album. No one is safe now. I know that I am risking my own doom for speaking out of turn on this heralded and awed Intergalactic presence, but I fear I must speak my mind. I was disappointed to find only a live CD and not a visual representation of this show released. GWAR is one of those groups that truly must be seen in person to appreciate in any sense. Otherwise you fail to get the point of what they do and also it makes just listening to them a little difficult to appreciate. There are a lot of jokes going on back and forth between the band members and audience and literally the evening is generally pure chaos when they perform.
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Artist: King’s X
Title: “Live All Over The Place”
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 9/2004
Genre: Progressive Hard Rock
I am happy to report to you that King’s X still sounds the same as they did when I first heard them about 20 years ago. It’s truly amazing how Doug Pinnick’s bluesy and passionate voice has not lost any of its luster after all this time. Jerry Gaskill’s drumming is still rock solid and Ty Tabor’s guitar work is as clean and effective as ever. Since every member of the band provides more vocal harmony the level of this part of the music is just as strong as the instrumentation they do. The live CD entitled “Live All Over The Place” has been culled from shows that took place over the last couple of years. Showing the band at its peak, this is a very straightforward and rocking live album. Fans of the band will definitely view this as a worthwhile purchase for not only is it chock full of their finest material but it is also the groups first live release in the entire span of their career.
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Title: “Stages” – Remastered
Label: TML Entertainment
Release Date: 10/2004 (1985)
Genre: Hard Rock
There is nothing like a good live album when it comes to big arena-level rock. Triumph were specialists in the field of concert performance and this remaster of their 1985 Concert piece entitled “Stages” is a testament to that fact. The CD was originally recorded over the course of several of the bands tours, so the fact that is crosses many years in their career makes it all that much more interesting to listen to. Like all live albums of the time, this particular one did not skimp on including all of the classic numbers. The radio hits as well as the fan favorites are all here to listen to in a fresh and cleaner production.
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