Monthly Archives: August 2012

Europe-Bag Of Bones

What the Hell is going on?

First Trixter releases a good album and now this. If you would have told me that Europe, yes that Europe, would put out an album in 2012 that would make me forget about the “Final Countdown” I would eat my hat.

Well someone grab the Tony Chachere’s because Bag Of Bones is a great album.

When you think of Europe what immediate comes to mind is pop rock dominated by keyboards. Thankfully that has all changed and now Europe is a band more akin to UFO. Gone are the big keyboards on “Countdown” and “Carrie”. What is here is blues based guitar from John Norum that mesh so well with Joey Tempest’s voice that if this had another name you would not know who it was. Bag Of Bones starts off with “Riches To Rags” with its’ big riff and subtle organs. It is followed by the aptly named “Not Supposed To Sing The Blues” a slow, down and dirty number that has a dash of Zeppelin in it. There is some more Zep influence mixed with some D.A.D on “A Drink and A Smile”. The band does a smart thing and closes out the album with “Mercy You Mercy Me” a high energy fist pumper that leaves you wanting more.

Actually the album does not end there. It wraps up with “Bring It All Home” a very pedestrian ballad that reminded me of the movie Still Crazy and not in a good way.

Bag Of Bones is so good that I hereby forgive Eurpoe for making everyone listen to “Final Countdown” on every year end countdown special. That’s how good this album is. However, I will not forgive Joey Tempest for being 50 and looking this good.

Fuck you Joey!!! Your blowing it for the rest of us.

Final rating, I’d be happy paying…

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale

$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop

$0-Not worth the drive space

 

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Fozzy-Sin and Bones

To paraphrase the influential Schoolhouse Rocks!, congratulations Fozzy now your a band. Up until the release of their new CD Sin and Bones, the band has had a novelty glow about them. I guess when your best known member is a pro wrestler that can happen.

However, Chis Jericho’s notoriety should no longer act as a hindrance as he and the band have made a very good hard rock/metal album. I mentioned both genres because Sin and Bones does have some variety. To use an example that satellite radio users will understand, Sin and Bones goes from Octane to Hair Nation to Liquid Metal.

It is a very modern metal sounding with “Spider In My Mouth”, “Sin and Bones” and “Sandpaper”. The later features some guest vocals from M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold. While “Sandpaper” may be the first single I like “Spider In My Mouth” a lot more. It has a more fun element to it that evokes some of the glam hard rock the band obviously likes. “She’s My Addiction” seems like and ode to the glory days of the Sunset Strip in music and lyrics. Topped off with a big gang vocal chorus.

Sin and Bones is rounded out with some surprisingly heavy offerings. “Blood Happens” is a big time metal track with the fitting “cookie monster” vocals that while shocking in that they were used but they sounded great and fit in well. The album finishes off with “Storm The Beaches” a ten-minute homage to Iron Maiden and all of their story telling epics.

This enjoyment of this album was quite surprising. Even though I am card carrying Jericho-holic, his music career has been “eh” for me. Sadly it was because of his voice, I never thought it was good enough. Cannot say that anymore as he has found his own voice. Pun somewhat intended. It is undeniably similar to Sebastian Bach at times but Jericho makes it his own with some raspy-ness and some deep registers. I think between his extended vacations from WWE and Rich Ward’s other band Stuck Mojo in hibernation, the two were able to give Fozzy some proper attention.

It is safe to say that Sin and Bones is a statement album in that it lets the music world know that while Fozzy may have started out as a fun side project it is now a legitimate metal band.

Final rating, I’d be happy paying…

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale

$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop

$0-Not worth the drive space

 

 

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Lita Ford-Living Like A Runaway


Lita Ford has had a bad couple of years. There was her big comeback album, Wicked Wonderland, which was such a ginormous piece of shit that if you plant it, your plants will grow faster. Then the Runaways movie that totally ignored her contributions to the band for a faux lesbian storyline. To add insult to injury, Joan Jett’s manager offered Lita $500 for the rights to her life story for said movie. Lastly, she divorced her husband Jim Gillette after 17 years of marriage. So after all that turmoil she did what she does best, pick up a guitar and start writing some music.
Living Like A Runaway is a very fitting name that reflects all the ups and downs Lita has lived through. Casual fans will always associate Lita with the pop metal of “Kiss Me Deadly” or the power ballad duet with Ozzy “Close My Eyes Forever”. It is a shame because if you heard her debut Out For Blood, she shows her hard side while also displaying her incredible guitar chops.
The album start off with “Branded” one of the many hard rock tunes that seem to act as a catharsis for her. “Hate “ and “Relentless” are two others that move the needle and echo back to her debut. Some songs can come across rather auto biographical. “Mother” is an open letter to her sons that assaulted her at the behest of their father.
Lita harkens back to her Ozzy track on “Love 2 Hate U”. While it is a duet, this song is incredibly catchy and if there was any justice in the radio industry you should hear it every other hour. Her vocal partner is guitarist Gary Hoey, who also did a phenomenal job as a producer and co-songwriter.
The album is a good step to redemption for Lita. Living Like A Runaway shows what Lita is capable of and shows promise of even better stuff to come.

Final rating. I would be happy paying….

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale or as a used CD

$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop

$0-Not worth the drive space

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