Saturday, May 31, 2014
Dog Days Revolution are a bunch of hard riffing guys from Finland that absolutely stink of Rock 'n' Roll. Their riff charged engine is fueled by a smoking mix of AC/DC style strutting up and down the fretboard and a healthy injection of seventies glitter rock love. These guys also pack a real punch in the rhythm section (not a euphemism) courtesy of former Peer Gunt geezers Teijo Erkinharju and Teijo Kettula. The pulsing basslines and thunderous drums really get the grooves flowing, pumping the rhythm to every part of 'Overloaded' while coursing beneath some wonderfully Sweet-esque backing vocals that bring each and every song to life with vigor and colour.
1. Shes Allright 4:16
2. Overloaded 3:57
3. One Night Special 3:21
4. All Rise 3:52
5. Fox On The Run 4:01
6. So Simple Is Rock'n'roll 3:21
7. Fire Fire 3:05
8. Rich and Famous 3:19
9. All Night 3:39
10. I Dont Drive My Car 3:31
11. Rock Me Honey 3:42
12. Let Me In 4:56
Saturday, May 24, 2014
"We sound like what would happen if Jerry Lee Lewis played guitar". Hailing from Atlanta, GA, the Love Drunks sound is a rootsy take on snotty punk, a roaring tidalwave of old timey blues and rockabilly poured through the filter of Stooges garage-punk. "Full tilt rockabilly punk with enough garage bangto blow you off your barstool." - Ear Candy. "Pure, no messing around rock 'n' bloody roll." - Maximum RnR. "Captures the great dark appeal of the early Cramps and the first Gun Club record." - Pop Culture Press "Cheap, upbeat and full of sexy swagger." - Exclaim Magazine. "Pop this in at that next house party, provided the parents aren't home and it isn't your house." - Altercation Magazine.
02 Lindbergh Baby
04 Riot in a Haymarket Square
05 John Hutcherson Rag
09 Livin' (Dirty Bits)
10 Mortician Blues
Sunday, May 18, 2014
There's no denying that Raven is one of most recognized bands of the NWOBHM aside from Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, and Saxon. They delivered hard, driving and speedy metal great enough to inspire the likes of Metallica in their early days. Their music was more than just what they called "athletic rock", it was the driving force of heavy metal as we know it, and we owe our debts to them just as much as we do Iron Maiden. But when we do owe our debts, we must stay from the albums they recorded under Atlantic Records. They were made during a time when they sold their souls to a major label, and said label wanted to make "rock stars" out of them. Their first album under Atlantic, "Stay Hard", is the beginning of the slippery slope towards the band making absolute fools of themselves.
When Raven signed to Atlantic Records, I'm pretty sure the executives told them this; "You guys have a lot of potential, but you know what, you sound too scary. You need to cut down on the speedy tempos and the violent lyrics. The kids will not buy your music if it has those things in there, they'll just run and hide under their beds and wait for those big, scary monsters that made that stuff to disappear. If you want to be rock stars that make tons and tons of money and that the kids will follow, you've gotta have people buy your stuff, and they're aren't going to buy music that sounds threatening to them." The members of Raven might have been hypnotized by the executives advice that would affect them for a few years. That advice totally shows in "Stay Hard", as the time signatures are completely stripped of their speed. There is not one song on here that has that speed that can be found in classic Raven songs found on "Wiped Out" or "All for One". Instead, we have songs that mainly have mid to slower-paced songs meant to be singles. They've even made a music video for "On and On", and man, did Raven look RIDICULOUS (more on those ridiculous looks later).
While the songs are a bit slower than usual, at least they're not abysmal, like anything on the album that would come after "Stay Hard". This is cos there is still a bit of NWOBHM magic left in Raven, even when they made this album. If you ignore the fact that the tempos are watered down, you can find traces of NWOBHM riffage in much of the songs on the album. You can find them in "When the Going gets Tough" and "Get it Right", and they prove that Raven isn't yet the band that would produce the abomination that is "The Pack is Back". They've still got some of their roots with them when they made this. On the other hand, though, the solos are a little watered down too. For example, the solo in "On and On" doesn't really sound like Mark Gallagher is really playing the guitar at all. It actually just sounds more like some 10-year-old guitar noob found his way into the studio, randomly picked up a guitar, played around with it, and recorded his playtime. The solo doesn't show as much skill as the solos in songs on Raven's previous albums, they just sound completely sloppy and unrefined.
The solos aren't the biggest thing to complain about on this album, oh no. There is a particular song on here that is a dead ringer for a sellout; "Pray for the Sun". It starts off with a completely soft, psychedelic-sounding intro that only a Pink Floyd fan could love. You would think that the song would accelerate into something that sounds even better, like something driving and at least having a NWOBHM-influenced hook. Nope! Not this time! Here you get something that Raven has never done before or since; a ballad. A soft, meatless candy-coated ballad. The complete polar opposite of what Raven was meant to be. I swear, John Gallagher's voice does not go well with a softer-sounding song like this. He's used to screaming at the top of his lungs when delivering speedy NWOBHM songs that borderline thrash metal, not ballads. It sounds like Max Cavalera of Sepultura trying to record a Rod Stewart song. It just doesn't work. Combining Mark Gallagher's rough, tough voice with sweet-sounding balladry is like combining Metallica's aggressive sound with Lou Reed's voice (and we all know how well that turned out!). Oh, and then there's the instrumental song that closes the album, "The Bottom Line". It features a horn section. All I can say is, "uh-oh, a horn section? that's never a good sign". Surely it isn't cos Raven would have never placed a horn section in their earlier albums. A NWOBHM/speed metal band with a horn section would be like putting synthesizers on an Overkill album.
Raven's sound isn't the only thing that suffered during their stint with Atlantic Records. They also had to play dress-up in order to create an image for themselves. If you look on the back of the album, you'd be in for a nasty surprise. The members of Raven don't even look like a NWOBHM band at all; They look like wannabe glam rockers. John and Mark Gallagher, have eyeliner, their hair is permed up, and worst of all, is the image of Rob "Wacko" Hunter, the drummer. I can't decide on whether to laugh or to cry when I look at him, he looks so terrible. He's decked out in a hockey outfit complete with a mask, and he's got some facepaint on his face. It's like they wanted to make Hunter the loveable star of the band that's so goofy that people would love him. It's really not like the NWOBHM giants they used to be at all. A true NWOBHM band would NEVER go that far.
Man, have I stumbled upon a truly sad case of Def Leppard's disease. Their next album, "The Pack is Back" would be even sadder, cos they've completely abandoned their roots in that album. That being said, "Stay Hard" is one of the weakest efforts put out by Raven. It had some cool riffs, yes, but it could have been better if those pesky executives at Atlantic would have been more tolerant of Raven's signature sound. The "kids" that the executives speak of might never buy albums like "All for One", but we heavy metal fans surely would. Just cos the kids won't buy the music doesn't mean that NOBODY would. Unfortunately, the executives and the kids would cast a huge, dark shadow over Raven that would last for a very long time. Enough time to crank out one more album, one that be one of the worst metal albums this side of the "Cold Lake".
1. Stay Hard
2. When The Going Gets Tough
3. On & On
4. Get It Right
5. Restless Child
6. Power & Glory
7. Pray For The Sun
8. Hard Ride
9. Extract The Action
10. Bottom Line
11. Gimme Just A Little
12. Do Or Die
After Raven put out those 3 pioneer metal masterpieces in a row, it was the right time to release a live record. The Newcastle lunatic trio reached their finest moment that glorious year and went on tour to conquer the States. Metallica, Exodus and Anthrax opened for them in those cathartic legendary shows, with the band at their best, going crazy on each number. It was really exciting, for those who didn’t have the chance to be at those gigs specially, to check out if the group would offer something as perfect and incredible as their supreme studio work. This double long-play features a huge bunch of classics that give you the opportunity to enjoy Raven on stage and makes clear they prefer it to perform on a cold boring studio.
Once the Bach “Toccata And Fugue In D-Minor” intro is over and the band attack with that short “Live At The Inferno” prelude, you’d better get ready to headbang because action has just started and it won’t stop during the 20 cuts of this record. The material from the new album they were introducing to the fans in that famous 1983 Kill ‘Em All For One tour sounds immense, powerful and merciless. “Take Control”, “Mind Over Metal” and “All For One” are performed with stunning passion, guts and energy. The studio versions are incredible, but these live ones are even wilder and bestial. Mark Gallagher’s tremendous killer riffs are brutal on the second LP tracks “Fire Power”, “Star War” and “Faster Than The Speed Of Light” as well, that last one in particular is faster, harder, louder than any other number on the pack, totally thrashy, with Wacko beating his double bass-drums with rage and fury. “Hell Patrol” (John Gallagher emulates Ian Gillan’s unforgettable screams on that one), “Rock Until You Drop” and “Crazy World” are absolutely intense and relentless, featuring that outrageous combination of weighty heavy riffs and hooks, frantic loose speedy tempos that achieve a higher level of virtuosism and vigor than on the studio originals. The magnificent skills, musicianship and creativity of these crazy mad guys is admirable on the progressive instrumental passages of the hyperactive “Crash Bang Wallop”, “I Don’t Need Your Money” or “Let It Rip”, which are a brilliant exhibition of raw speed metal with rough riff sequences that vary during the compositions with coherent complicated alterations, along with unpredictable rhythm changes, superb bridges and elaborated breaks, and insane shredding pickin’ parts. Both Mark and John shred like crazy during the whole album, making an exposure of controlled complex technique with their insatiable fast fingers, far from the incompetence of those who just wanted to play fast to impress all the chicks. “Forbidden Planet” (tribute to Fred M. Wilcox’s sci-fi classic movie) and “I.G.A.R.B.O.” are the proof of the Gallagher brothers talent, consistent tapping technique with no weak spot, they whip Eddie Van Halen at his own game.
The most superb moments of the set are the 2 in 1 track “Tyrant Of The Airways/Run Silent, Run Deep” and “Live At The Inferno”, which make clear why they were introduced as England’s fastest metal in the concert posters and tickets of that tour. Did anybody make it like that by the early 80’s? Definitely not that aggressive, violent and dynamic as this hyperactive threesome. When you listen to songs like “Break The Chain” and “Wiped Out”, is easy for you to imagine Mark and John headbanging to their music and running from side to side of the stage, making the crowd go crazy with their insane facial expressions, charisma and presence. The atmosphere and climax on each number is so intense, with the audience clapping, screaming and singing along all the lyrics, moshing in those early 80’s primitive pits that impressed Raven themselves, who never saw anything similar in their home continent. Once again I must highlight the extremely high tone John Gallagher performs on his terrifying screaming lines, he doesn’t miss a single note and reaches each during the whole long-play. He never gets exhausted or unable to sing like a tenor, even after 82 minutes of raw shouting. That is the vocal style that influenced people like Schmier, Mille, Tom Araya or Stace Sheepdog Mclaren. Mark Gallagher’s guitar work is solid and harsh, each tough riff, hook, solo, pull-off and harmony is executed perfectly, I think it’s time to give that guitar god the credits and recognition he deserves for such a superior job during more than 30 years by now. These 19 tracks demonstrate what he is able to do and create. And what can I say about Rob Hunter? He’s one of the true pioneers of double bass-drum blast beats and rhythms, like you can check here. His impressive performance is plenty of virtuosism and technical details; I can imagine him wearing his distinctive American football helmet, hitting the cymbals with it, simply spectacular. Other people did something similar, Thunderstick for example wore a mask on stage, but only Wacko had that unique power and professional skills, still I wonder why is he so underrated.
The 70’s had passed and the rock/metal scene changed into something completely different, including the live concerts. Black Sabbath already back then, Judas Priest, Motörhead and each NWOBHM group would play their songs on stage with the same structure they used in the studio, away from the complex impossible alternative arrangements and lenghty improvisated jams of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Rainbow or King Crimson and many other classic bands. Raven weren’t an exception and most of the songs here, apart from some numbers, don’t offer something different to what we heard before on the studio album...if we refer to composition structures and patterns. But the power, strenght and unbeatable sound live is definitely bigger and greater, that’s what makes this stuff reach a higher level than the original versions. What you will find here is perfection, catharsis and ecstasy, the culmination of genuine speed metal at is best. As John himself sang on the title-track: “Do you want it loud?”.
Raven are remembered by quite a few people as "That band who toured with Metallica". It's a shame really because this band surely can pack a punch, and this live album catches them on one of the better nights.
What we have here is a live album containing material from their previous 3 studio efforts. It's a nice little collection and is basically all a casual fan of the band would need to get a feel for their early NWOBHM sound. This basically contains every early 80s heavy metal cliche, spandex clad front men, swinging drum beats, high pitches yells and screams, big riffs, even bigger guitar solos and generally great, upbeat music. This is a live album in one of it's purest forms, as the album in lay proclaims "There are absolutely no overdubs on this album!" which is really the way it's meant to be. Pure early 80s heavy metal with all the trimmings, great stuff. This album really shows that Iron Maiden definitely weren't the definitive NWOBHM band, more often than not that album sounds alot better than alot of what Maiden have done.
The only real bad point of this album is the final track, "Live At The Inferno". The song itself is great, it's just the crazy "metal ending" that lasts about 5 minutes at the end of the song which sucks, there's only so much out of key fret wanking, trem picked guitar chords and random cymbal bashing anyone can take, if I wanted that I could go and buy the new Nile album. But overall I guess that's just another heavy metal cliche, and this album is just brilliant to listen to.
1. Intro/Live at the Inferno
2. Take control
3. Mind over Metal
4. Crash Bang Wallop
5. Rock Until You Drop
6. Faster Than The Speed of Light
7. All For One
8. Forbidden Planet
9. Star Wars
10. Tyrant of the Airways/Run Silent, Run Deep
11. Crazy World
12. Let it Rip
14. Wiped Out
15. Fire Power
16. I Don't Need Your Money
17. Break The Chain
18. Hell Patrol
19. Live At The Inferno
Such a NWOBHM classic by one of the best English metal bands. John and Mark Gallagher featuring the incredible Rob Wacko Hunter sign a masterpiece. Raven has always had an underground sound, all those screams and lyrics and the agressive and raw style define theirselves. "All For One" is probably the album with which they reached the definitive success. From the first song to the last, the record is an awesome display of true anger, power and virtuosity. It's an unquestionable masterpiece of metal, which contributed to the consolidation of the NWOBHM.
"Take Control", the classic "Mind Over Metal" or the amazing "Run Silent, Run Deep" are the proof that Raven were on their best moment in their career. The vocals are great, the solos just rock and every track on the album is awesome. Raven is one of the most agressive, powerful bands you can listen to, and "All For One" will always remain as an all-time metal classic.
The sound form the two first albums evolutioned to a more intense metal, and I don't think anyone could discuss the relevance of this album. It also contributed to the consolidation of speed and thrash metal, along with the albums of bands like Exciter or Accept.
Metallica went on tour in 1983 with Raven, and it's specially awesome the Ep that they released with Udo Dirkschneider. The remastered version includes the "Born To Be Wild 7'' " single, which remains as an excellent performance of the classic by Steppenwolf.
"All For One" deserves to be in every metal fan collection.
"Recorded in London in 1983, and produced by Udo Dirkschneider of Accept, this was a major record for Raven. They had previously with their first two albums, and touring, solidified a strong fan base (doing tours with bands like Girlschool, and gigs with bands like (then) "young metal attack Metallica") which formatively uped the stakes so to say, or better put, it gave the band the ego boost they needed to move into the sound they were slowly growing into, and a hope of really cashing in one day as far as sales are concerned.
I'd argue that this is a turning point for Raven. The first two albums were total NWOBHM, with out a doubt, but this album really shows what the band was going to be turning into on future albums like Stay Hard, and Life's A Bitch, a more progressed sound with a more mainstreamed feel, but it still does have those NWOBHM leanings in its sound at points. Good or bad, this is a turning point, and this album gave Raven the opportunity for a major record label release (well their legendary live shows had a bit to do with that also).
Musically the bands really tight, and totally doing what only they did. Non-stop catchy rythms coated in high end vocal wails, shreding leads, and solos, and an attitude thats undeneibly metal. There are alot of total old school heavy metal riffs on here, but in alot of ways at the base of their music, Raven has always been a progressive hard rock band on speed, and playing at 11. Also, there is no lack for talent on this record. All the musicians are fully competent, overly energetic, and highly creative. These guys put alot into these songs, and its apparent. You wont find an album quite like this.
The production values are limitless, this is classic heavy metal with a sound unique to its time. Everything, from the vocals, to the drums, to the guitars has been masterly produced to hold a sound that is extinct. I highly recomend this album to anyone interested in classic 80's metal."
1. Take Control
2. Mind Over Metal
3. Sledgehammer Rock
4. All For One
5. Run Silent Run Deep
6. Hung, Drawn & Quartered
7. Break The Chain
8. Take It Away
9. Seek And Destroy
10. Athletic Rock
11. Born To Be Wild
12. The Ballad Of Marshall Stack
If you're a metalhead who has never experienced the bombastic, Judas Priest-influenced pleasures of Raven, it's best to cut to the chase and go directly to the British headbangers' most essential and enduring output. That means skipping Raven's inferior Atlantic work and starting out with its early recordings. 1981's Rock Til You Drop is Raven's best album, but 1982's Wiped Out (which Roadrunner/RC Revisited reissued on CD in the early '90s) runs a close second. When guitarist Mark Gallagher, drummer Rob Hunter, and the Rob Halford-influenced lead singer John Gallagher rip into such blistering, ferocious classics as "Star War," "Fire Power," "Battle Zone," and "Live at the Inferno," you're hearing a band that was very much in its prime and had yet to lose any of its freshness, imagination, or vitality. Collectors and completists will want Raven's Atlantic recordings despite their problems, but for beginners, Rock Til You Drop and Wiped Out are definitely the gems to start out with.
FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT
BRING THE HAMMER DOWN
READ ALL ABOUT IT
TO THE LIMIT
TO THE TOP
LIVE AT THE INFERNO
HOLD BACK THE FIRE
CRASH BANG WALLOP (BONUS TRACK)
RUN THEM DOWN (BONUS TRACK)
HARD ROCK (BONUS TRACK)
Remastered from the original tapes and includes rare bonus tracks.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
01 - THE GODDAMN GALLOWS - Cold And Deep
02 - BOB WAYNE - Evangeline
03 - JONNY TWO BAGS - Avenues
04 - LYDIA LOVELESS - Head
05 - OLD 97's - Intervention
06 - NIKKI LANE - Seein' Double
07 - GRAVEYARD TRAIN - The Chrysalid
08 - ENGLISH DOGS - Death To The Dogs
09 - ToughMFs - Sweet Anneli
10 - BIGELF - Vertigod
11 - SUPERSUCKERS - Something About You
12 - NASHVILLE PUSSY - Beginning Of The End
13 - THE CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT - The World Burns
14 - APEX AND THE NEANDERTHAL DEATH SQUAD - Book Of The Dead
15 - CALIBAN - Wolves And Rats
16 - CHROME DIVISION - The Absinthe Voyage
17 - DOWN - We Knew Him Well
18 - MISERY INDEX - Gallows Humor
19 - PRONG - Come To Realize
20 - THROWDOWN - Suffer, Conquer
Rock until You Drop is the first full-length album by the British heavy metal band Raven, released in 1981. The album was the first of many heavy metal studio albums issued by British independent label Neat Records. It reached position No. 63 in the UK Albums Chart.
The song "Lambs to the Slaughter" was covered by German thrash band Kreator on their Out of the Dark ... Into the Light EP, added to the re-mastered Terrible Certainty CD in 2000.
1 Hard Ride" – 3:10
2 Hell Patrol" – 4:43
3 Don't Need Your Money" – 3:22
4 Over the Top" – 3:51
5 39-40" – 0:51
6 For the Future" – 4:04
7 Rock until You Drop" – 4:02
8 Nobody's Hero" – 3:50
9 Hellraiser / Action" (Chinn, Chapman, Scott, Connolly, Priest, Tucker) – 4:21 (Sweet cover)
10 Lambs to the Slaughter" – 3:51
11 Tyrant of the Airways" – 7:16
12 Wiped Out" - 4:30
13 Crazy World" - 3:57
14 Inquisitor" - 3:53
Friday, May 2, 2014
Transylvania 90210 Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead is the first studio album by American horror punk musician Wednesday 13. The album contains fourteen standard tracks, as well as a bonus track exclusive to Japan, titled "Thank You Satan". The album spawned two singles, "I Walked with a Zombie", inspired by the film of the same name, and "Bad Things", which was released only as a promo in the UK to promote the band's upcoming tour.
"Transylvania 90210" draws mostly from horror punk, with strong influence from heavy metal music. It shows how Wednesday 13 has progressed stylistically from his last album, "Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls" (with Murderdolls), incorporating less of an alternative metal approach in favour of a more 'straight' metal style.
1 "Post Mortem Boredom" – 0:57
2 "Look What the Bats Dragged in" – 2:32
3 "I Walked with a Zombie" – 3:43
4 "Bad Things" – 3:37
5 "House by the Cemetery" – 3:20
6 "God is a Lie" – 3:37
7 "Haunt Me" – 4:35
8 "Transylvania 90210" – 3:54
9 "I Want You...Dead" – 4:08
10 "Buried by Christmas" – 3:08
11 "Elect Death for President" – 4:23
12 "Rot for Me" – 4:03
13 "The Ghost of Vincent Price" – 5:08
14 "A Bullet Named Christ" – 4:00
Ripped from CD @ 320kbs, You want better? Go fucking buy it!!!!