has a reputation for producing massive rock operas with guest artists from all over the world that populate the progressive and metal arenas. He has always wanted to do his own solo album while handling all the lead vocals. He also plays nearly every instrument. The time has arrived and so has the two album set Lost In The New Real.
In 1991 brothers Johnny and Joey Gioeli (who were already highly successful in their own bands) joined forces and created Hardline. Neal Schon, who originally was producing the band, enjoyed them so much he joined the band. Hardline did well, charting on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Picking a good band name isn’t always easy. It should reflect the sound, grab one’s attention, and not be too ridiculous (unless everything about you is). Circus Maximus hits the mark, borrowing from the Roman Empire. Romans were metal people.
The year started off right for Rhino Records with the release of the classic and last Doors recording L.A. Woman. This is the 40th Anniversary Deluxe edition which includes a second disc of alternate versions and rarities.
There are certain names that go hand in hand with the word rock star. Bowie, Jagger, Springsteen - names like that are instantly recognizable. With the passing of time we add more to the list and one of those is Slash (Saul Hudson). He made his mark with Guns N’ Roses, a much celebrated solo career, and appearing as a special guest on many albums produced by other rock icons.
Touchstone is a progressive rock band that hails from the UK. Rocking it out since 2001, with a few changes in its members, the current lineup is comprised of Rob Cottingham (lead and backing vocals), Adam Hodgson (guitars), Paul ‘Moo’ Moorghen (bass, backing vocals, keyboard, drum programming and SFX), Kim ‘Elkie’ Seviour (lead vocals) and Henry Rogers (drums). The band is re-releasing three albums this summer to coincide with an autumn tour of Europe with The Reasoning.
You know, as a critic I have to say it is much easier to review music that I don’t enjoy. The entire time I’m listening to the horrid tracks I’m justifying why I don’t like them. I’m saying things in my head like “ugh, why did they do that?” or “that’s really underworked.” Such albums are much easier to review than Dig by the Alternative Hip-Hop duo, 2bers.
Interstate Buffalo conjures images of powerful stampeding animals across the highways of America. If there was one way to explain what this band sounds like…well let’s just say the did well by choosing such a name. Their music is a mirror image of their name, it comes at your hard and fast with plenty of high powered engines and some fuel left in the reserve tank. If you like blues and rock and some funk thrown in for good measure, this band will turn the lights on.
When a band’s sound is explained by fans with such descriptions as “psychedelic fusion” and “What the hell was that? That was cool,” it is hard not to get excited about these guys new album. Fronted by Rex Shepherd and accompanied by John Tschirhart, and Jason Stander, No End of Now is a musical experience like no other.
Heart is one of the longest lasting rock bands in the US. Composed of sisters Ann Wilson (lead singer) and Nancy Wilson (guitar), the band rose through the charts in the 1970’s and continue touring and playing in present day.
Born and raised in southern Louisiana, Fabian Isadar Thibodeaux is an artist of many talents. Listening to piano as a young child, Isadar became transfixed with music. In his teens, he learned woodwinds and after a short break in his work with the piano, was revitalized and back on his life’s mission.
Royal Hunt has been around since 1989, and are based in Denmark. Throughout their career they’ve sold over one million records worldwide. Their greatest success was in the mid–1990’s with vocalist D.C. Cooper. Over the years the lineup has changed dramatically, with keyboardist André Anderson being the only constant member.
Hailing from Chicago, Sid Sound is a diverse rapper who tackles a many different types of beats, flows, and topics in his songs. His newest release, Lightspeed, showcases his diversity while also offering the notion that the rapper is far from reaching his potential.
If you are a Nektar fan you more than likely have most of their albums already including all the remasters. If you are a huge progressive rock fan and have an interest in this band then this set is no brainer.
Trixter begin in 1983 in a New Jersey basement in the city of Paramus. After a year of honing their skills, Brown and Loran added drummer Scott. The band took off like a kid when the end of school bell rings.
Opeth is one of my top 5 most favorite bands. Porcupine Tree is not far behind. Imagine my reaction when I first learned of this project, a collaboration between the brains of the two aforementioned bands.