No. 22

April 01, 2015

Prong - Songs from the Black Hole (SPV) ....

It is clear that longtime rockers Prong are far from done cranking out new material that shows promise and progression. Their new album Songs from the Black Hole should be well received by fans as Tommy Victor and the boys deliver ten cover songs containing the formula that has made the band great. There is plenty of energy and aggression for fans to identify with songs like "Doomsday", "Vision Thing", "Goofy's Concern", "Kids of the Black Hole", "The Bars", "Seeing Red", "Don't Want to Know if You're Lonely", "Give Me The Cure", "Banned in D.C.", and "Cortez the Killer" covering great bands such as Discharge, Sisters of Mercy, Butthole Surfers, Adolescents, Black Flag, Killing Joke, Husker Du, Fugazi, Bad Brains, and Neil Young. The crossover element that Prong exhibit on this album have major thrash metal and punk influences that make this album fresh and interesting.

Listen to a teaser of Prong

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts - Blaster (Softdrive) ....

Scott Weiland, the former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has released his latest album with new band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. Weiland doesn't seem to be able to catch a break as one day before the release guitarist Jeremy Brown died at the age of 34 leaving the band in shock. The new album Blaster doesn't really deliver anything more than Weilands usual dabblings from his solo career, taking an unusual turn of an unexpected glam element. Musically the album and band are good, solid, and nothing to critique, but there is a definite lack of direction in the lyrics and Weilands delivery of them, a lack of storytelling and the means to hook the listener. Songs include"Modzilla", "Way She Moves", "Hotel Rio", "Amethyst", "White Lightning", "Blue Eyes", "Bleed Out", "Youth Quake", "Beach Pop", "Parachute", "20th Century Boy", and "Circles". THe album also includes a cover of David Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” that appears as a bonus track.

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Michael Angelo Batio - Shred Force One (Rat Pak) ....

Michael Angelo Batio is considered to be a pioneer of "Shred" rock and is preparing to release a retrospect, appropriately titled Shred Force One, highlighting his best work to date. The album not only contains his best performances but brings together a huge list of nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres such as Todd La Torre (Queensryche), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Metal Church), Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake), Michael Wilton (Queensryche), Chris Poland (Megadeth), and many others. The album also includes Michael's tributes to Eric Clapton and a new version of Michael Angelo Batio's unique tribute ("Diamond") to the late great Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott of Pantera. Michael Angelo Batio showcased his guitar techniques and innovations for the first time with his early instructional programs, as well as in his live performances, which are now considered "standard techniques" amongst guitarists worldwide. He has performed over 1,700 shows in 58 different countries since 1993 and continues his relentless touring and clinic schedule in 2015.

Listen to Michael Angelo Batio

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