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“Stairway To Nick John” (Single) by Mastodon

Artist: Mastodon
Title: “Stairway To Nick John” (Single)
Label: Warner Music Group
Release Date: 5/17/2019
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 5/5

Back in September 2018, Mastodon longtime manager Nick John lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and during his funeral the band paid a tribute to their friend by covering the Led Zeppelin classic “Stairway To Heaven”. The track was sung by the band’s drummer Brann Dailor and the recording of this happening made its way around the Internet before being professionally recorded and released for this years Record Store Day. Now having listened to their stunning version of the track which is called “Stairway To Nick John” in his honor, I just wanted to throw together some thoughts about their take on such a classic number during such a terrible time.
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“Auld Lang Syne” (Single) by Diamante

Artist: Diamante
Title: “Auld Lang Syne” (Single)
Label: Better Noise Records
Release Date: 12/7/2018
Genre: Hard Rock/Holiday
Rating: 4.5/5

A few months ago, I gave my first thoughts about Hard Rock singer Diamante when I did a summary on her single “Haunted”. It was in anticipation of checking her out live during her appearance on a tour but sometimes the best laid plans do not work out. Though I’d also been meaning to reviewing her full debut on Better Noise Records, time unfortunately escaped me which brings us to now, the last day of December on the last day of 2018 in music to formulate some notions on her cover of the traditional classic “Auld Lang Syne”. Though she released this single a couple of weeks ago, I decided that there was no better way to end a fantastic year of music and media than by discussing it today so let’s chat about it shall we.
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“No Presents For Christmas” (Single) by King Diamond

Artist: King Diamond
Title: “No Presents For Christmas” (Single)
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 12/25/1985
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

It was about a week ago that I shared my thoughts on the debut single from the upcoming live album by the legendary King Diamond which you can see HERE. Now, in the spirit of Christmas, I’m going to briefly discuss another single by Mr. Bendix and its one that not only came out more than thirty years ago but was also the very first single to introduce his new band to the people. I’m speaking of nothing other than that Heavy Metal holiday ditty “No Presents For Christmas”. If you’re a card-carrying Metalhead with some tenure behind themselves, I’m sure that you’ve heard this track and if not, its surely a bit of an odd treat. Let’s discuss a little bit deeper.
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“Sleepless Nights” (Live At The Fillmore) (Single) by King Diamond

Artist: King Diamond
Title: “Sleepless Nights” (Live At The Fillmore) (Single)
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 12/6/2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
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The mighty King Diamond sure has been keeping busy once he was given the clean bill of health by the doctors and fans worldwide were able to celebrate his return to the live stage in droves after what I think amounted to a nine-year absence from doing so. When he brought the BIG stage to our regional shows, the fans clamored for a live concert release and in early 2019 we are going to get one as The King calls us to indulge in the album and video “Songs For The Dead: Live At The Fillmore In Philadelphia”. Just the other day we got our first taste of the upcoming release with “Sleepless Nights” which originally hailed from the “Conspiracy” album. Here are some quick thoughts about the tune in this presentation.
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“Santa Baby” (Single) by Me First and The Gimme Gimmes

Artist: Me First and The Gimme Gimmes
Title: “Santa Baby” (Single)
Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Release Date: 11/30/2018
Genre: Punk/Holiday
Rating: 4/5

Truth be told, the band Me First and The Gimme Gimmes is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me since everything that I listen to from them just puts me in a fun and rocking mood. For those in the unaware, MFATGG are technically a cover band but one that makes lightning fast renditions of the classics they do and even toss in teasers from other songs to see if you’re paying attention. I’d compare them to being a Punk Rock version of The Nerds if you needed more information about what they are. You’re going to want to look up albums like “Have A Ball” and “Are A Drag” when time permits but with my being on a Holiday Hootnanny kick with Christmastime heading our way, I was stoked to learn that they had offered up their own version of the classic “Santa Baby” which was originally sung by Eartha Kitt. She played Catwoman at one point on the classic “Batman” television series if you didn’t know.
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