After a 5-year hiatus, the Backyard Babies are back with a new album that will be freshly released on the 28th of August 2015. It goes by the name “Four by Four” and gives an edge to their signature sound, with bits and pieces that clearly show that those five years have been used to hone their craft.
Hard rock band Buckcherry is back with their seventh studio album “Rock ‘n’ Roll” that is due to be released on the 21th August 2015, 2 years after “Confessions”. Featuring their newest single “Bring It On Back”, their latest record offers ten tracks that range from groovy, foot-tapping and hip-shaking tracks to beautiful, slow, countryish ballads and faster-paced as well as heavier tracks.
George Lynch has been one of the busiest guys in rock of late, so it seems. Aside from producing a cool 4-track instrumental EP, collaborations with Stryper vocalist Michael Sweet and his old Dokken band mates who’s names aren’t Don Dokken. And arguably, my favorite album of the past year, the power trio KXM (Still cannot get that riff from “Rescue Me” out of my head!), we’re rewarded with a new Lynch Mob album to end the summer!
Another line-up change in and Praying Mantis are back with their 10th studio album ‘Legacy’. Featuring 11 tracks of melodic hard rock the beast is certainly unleashed. Featuring new vocalist Jaycee Cuijpers and drummer Hans In’t Zandtnew dimensions have been added to this album giving it a whole new flavour in comparison to previous projects and rightly so, this is definitely a well-practiced and matured band that know their instruments.
The name Kelly Keeling is pretty known in the Hard Rock/AOR world, yet sadly not as widespread as it should. Since his days fronting Baton Rouge in 1990 he has become synonymous with some of the best singers on the scene, like James Christian, Jeff Scott Soto, Jimi Jamison and countless others. No matter what band or recording his name is attached too you can bet that it is going to be a strong album, at least vocally. I have been a fan for a long time now, and can’t think of an album off the top of my head that he sang on that I wasn’t a pretty big fan of; from Baton Rouge to John Norum to King Kobra- his soulful voice has always entertained me.
EP’s are one of those things that even when I love them, I hate them. I hate them because there is typically very few songs on them, which if the band isn’t good then I guess it’s a good thing, but if it’s a band I love, it just pisses me off and leaves me wanting more. When it happens to be an aggressive band that I love, it pisses me off even more because the brutality makes me want to break stuff AND there aren’t enough songs on it. This is what I encountered with the new Skinkage EP Tyrants.
I love Cattle Decapitation. From the moment I heard the name I knew I had to check them out. I was not disappointed when I did. Lucky enough I was already getting more and more into extreme metal at the time, and they are one of the best extreme metal bands out there. Combining Death and Grindcore to make their own distinct sound, they have been carving out their piece of the metal world for 19 years now.
When a band records a first album that is so amazing, you wonder if that band will be able to follow it up and come even close to its greatness. Look at a band like GNR: Appetite For Destruction remains one of the greatest hard rock albums ever recorded, yet they never were able to achieve that same level of awesome.
My writing has given me so much satisfaction in my life. Not necessarily the writing itself, but certainly most of the events leading up to it, and some aspects that have remained with me forever. I have seen some amazing bands, heard some incredible music, and made some wonderful friends in my 43 years of life; made memories I will never forget, and forged relationships that have meant more to me through my love of music than most people will realize