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When VELVET REVOLVER hit the scene in the early 2000's, many pegged them as a simple mashup between STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and GUNS N ROSES - and they were right. With Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum checking in from the 'Guns camp, the band was fleshed out by guitarist Dave Kushner (Infectious Grooves, Wasted Youth) and fronted by STP frontman Scott Weiland.
On their latest album, ALL AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, Oklahoma rockers HINDER have delivered the latest entry into the resurgence of booze-drenched, tunes about sex, drugs, and rock n roll. With their recent "viral" clip for "Put That Record On," it was made quite clear that the band would be paying homage to their rock heroes, but in question was how good a job they could possibly do?
One of the most sugary rock releases to cross my desk this year, the AMERICAN DREAM EP from Michigan's ROCKY LOVES EMILY (out this week via Tooth & Nail digitally with HOT TOPIC handling physical discs exclusively) is a throwback to the pop-punk of the early Warped Tour-era.
This past June, THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA headlined the opening of the 2010 Montreal Jazz Festival. Having played the fest before, their energetic stage show had become legendary, and the buzz surrounding their return to the fest was made crystal clear by the turnout. Over 150,000 music fans took to the streets of Montreal, packing several blocks surrounding the stage, all hoping to catch a glimpse of Brian and his rockin' big band.
Ahhh POISON... Whenever I hear the band I'm taken back to a place long ago that can be relived just about every summer in small towns across America. I'm at a carnival; the "Flying Bob's" is spinning around blasting the sounds of "Unskinny Bop" while the smell of diesel fuel and funnel cakes permeates the air. Down the midway there's a young lass hawking for suckers to throw down a couple of bucks to toss a few darts at balloons with hopes of winning a cheap mirror embossed with the familiar green POISON logo. Meanwhile, down in the beer tent a cover band nears the end of their over-dramatic performance of "Every Rose Has It's Thorn," while the frontman scratches his nuts while scoping out the crowd searching for the emotionally-damaged drunk he'll be in the sack with later that night... "Nothin' But A Good Time" I tell ya...
There's something familiar about DARKLY, DARKLY, VENUS AVERSA, the latest album from CRADLE OF FILTH... It sounds a lot like old COF with mixed results.
I wasn't a huge fan of their last couple of albums, as they seemed to find themselves in a period of creative stagnation, where, despite some excellent packaging choices, the music seemed to blur together. On their new album however, there's a lot of what made the band stand out in the first place, but it's not without it's faults.
For the past decade, FEARLESS RECORDS has been pumping out new installments of their PUNK GOES... series with consistency. I've long held a special place in my heart for the series which I documented back in April with a special feature entitled PUNK GOES... again: 10 Years of FEARLESS RECORDS' PUNK GOES... Series. In that I offered up my thoughts on the 8 albums previously released, followed later that month by my review of album #9, PUNK GOES CLASSIC ROCK. Now to close out 2010, Fearless has issues PUNK GOES POP Volume 3, the second sequel to their 2002 "POP" release. How does it stand among others in the series? Let's take a look with some brief thoughts on each track...
CREED is, was, and likely always will be a terrible band. That said, I've largely ignored the first two albums from ALTER BRIDGE, the off-shoot project that involves several members of Creed, along with frontman MYLES KENNEDY. 'Thing with Alter Bridge is that they seem to only surface in-between Creed fallouts or disasters, such as last year's reunion tour that no one really cared about. Even more curious is that by having a great frontman like Kennedy (recently seen fronting SLASH's touring band), the Creed guys can actually play music that's better than anything they've recorded with Scott Stapp at the front. With the release of AB III (out this Tuesday), the band finds themselves on their third label (their own, distributed by Capitol/EMI in the U.S., Roadrunner elsewhere), and begs the question: "Can Alter Bridge ever get out of Creed's increasingly hokey shadow?"
I have a fear that with the continued decline of the music industry, new generations of listeners will miss out on hearing some truly great songs performed by some of music's finest voices, and that's a damn shame. You'd be hard-pressed to find a young audience that identifies with the music of NEIL DIAMOND, and while his legacy includes nearly four decades of output as a performer and songwriter, it's likely that DREAMS (out today on Columbia) will become one of his least-selling albums.