Wednesday, January 11, 2017

CD REVIEW: TURBO 30 (Remastered 30Th Anniversary Edition) by Judas Priest




TURBO 30 (Remastered 30Th Anniversary Edition) by Judas Priest
(Sony Music)

'Thirty years after it was unleashed, 'Turbo', the tenth release from Heavy Metal icons, Judas Priest, gets remastered and reissued in two formats.  A three CD package with the album fully remastered as well as the two CD live concert recorded in Kansas City during the band’s Fuel For Life World Tour. While some may may not taken to this album, I loved it. The album incorporated glam and hair metal influences, synthesizers, big reverb production. Granted it may have been an attempt to attract a broader music fan base beyond the realm of the die hard Judas Priest fan, but still an all around rock solid recording. From the sing along "Rock You All Around The World", to the adrenaline charge of "Locked in and "Hands Off", to the dark sinister swagger of "Out in the Cold", to the riff intense arena anthem "Reckless". To hear these songs remastered just enhances the listening experience at the same time bringing back great memories. Judas Priest have never been afraid to experiment with their sound, and 'Turbo' was a successful result of that. Disc two and three captures The Priest live in all their metallic glory live in Kansas City on their Fuel For Life world tour. Both discs are loaded with the band's hits. Disc two set list: Out In the Cold, Locked In, Heading Out To The Highway, Metal Gods, Breaking The Law, Love Bites, Some Heads Are Gonna Roll,The Sentinel, Private Property, Desert Plains and  Rock You All Around The World. Disc three set list: The Hellion/Electric Eye, Turbo Lover, Freewheel Burning, Victim Of Changes, The Green Manalishi (With The Two -Pronged Crown) ,Living After Midnight, You've Got Another Thing Coming and Hell Bent For Leather.  Overall, this 30th anniversary edition for 'Turbo' is a superb three disc set and a must for Judas Priest fans. 
 Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CD REVIEW: FIREBIRD by Maverick




FIREBIRD by Maverick
(Independent Release)

'Firebird', the powerhouse debut from Australian rockers, Maverick is rock music as it should be with swagger and attitude. Seriously, when you press play you cannot resist it's incredible draw. The band is comprised of, Craig Jovanovic on vocals/guitar Mark De Vattimo on guitar/vocals, Simon Hallett on bass/vocals and Nick Dudman on drums/vocals. The band's main strength is taking their blues infused classic rock sound and making it vibrant rather than just regurgitating tired old formulas.  This four-piece are an impressive, tight outfit and there is very little flab on this lean, mean album which packs a one hell of a punch. Serving up rattlesnake rockers like, "Free", "Break Me", "Black Voodoo", "Great Northern Highway" and "Silent Scream" while also dishing out a couple of laid back bluesier numbers like, "Obsession" and "Tonight We Die". This is a album  for music fans who know and appreciate phenomenal blue infused classic rock. The bottom line,  'Firebird' by Maverick is a tour de force of musicianship and songwriting influenced by the classic rock greats and adding their own greatness. An absolutely brilliant debut outing. Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

CD REVIEW: VENDETTA by Niterain




VENDETTA by Niterain
(Live Music)

Norwegian rockers, Niterain are back with their sophomore release, 'Vendetta', following up on the heels on their powerful debut, 'Crossfire'. Sebastian Tvedtnæs – vocals, Adrian Persen – guitar, Frank Karlsen – bass and Morten Garberg – drums. While their debut had killer songs for the most part this new album is a whole different beast.  The songs are heavy, and in-your-face, yet also highly melodic, and filled with killer solos. Singer Sebastian Tvedtnæs has a very distinct set of pipes that make him unique and set him apart from all the generic wannabe rock singers. Adrian Persen ccomes up with terrific, catchy riffs and solos. It's hard to choose any standouts, because really the whole album rocks, top to bottom. Right from the beginning the album starts out with a bang with, "Lost And Wasted", then proceeds to rock your socks off with rockets like, "Come Out", "Rock N' Roll", "One More Time", " #1 Bad Boy" and "Electric". This album represents the very essence of the band, with everything hittin’ harder and rockin’ bigger, no half measures, no punches pulled. The bottom line here is, you put this album on and you won't hit pause. 'Vendetta' by Niterain is just pure balls to wall rock. Proving that rock isn't dead and its far from it. Get a beer and crank this mother up full and rock! Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

CD REVIEW: VOX HUMANA by Kyros




VOX HUMANA by Kyros
(KMG)

London based prog rock band, Kyros return with their latest release the double disc set, 'Vox Humana'. The band is powered by Adam Warne on vocals, keyboards, zynthesizer ,Samuel Higgins on guitars and backing vocals ,Joey Frevola on guitars , Peter Episcopo on bass guitar and backing vocals and Robin Johnson on drums and Percussion. 'Vox Humana', is a fantastic album that is solid all around. The quality of musicianship is outstanding. First impressions are very cinematic. I could picture it as the soundtrack to an epic, fantasy adventure movie. When listened to in this regard, the songs flow together quite nicely.  Well crafted songs and superb musicianship makes this an extremely entertaining listen. Disc one highlights include,"Technology Killed the Kids II", "Cloudburst", "The Lamb, the Badger & the Bee". Disc two highlights, "Mind Electric", "Speak to Me", "Boiling Point" and "Ego". You can tell how much time and effort has gone into crafting these songs. Just give it time. If it doesn't all grab you right away, just listen again, and again. If you have not heard Kyros before, 'Vox Humana' is a brilliant introduction. Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Friday, December 16, 2016

CD REVIEW: THE WARRIORS BEFORE ME by Brett Ellis




THE WARRIORS BEFORE ME 
by Brett Ellis
(Grooveyard Records)

San Diego based axeslinger, Brett Ellis is back with his latest release, ' The Warriors Before Me', a homage to the guitar legends of rock.  Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, Frank Marino, Uli Roth, Ritchie Blackmore, Pat Travers, Tony Iommi, Eddie Van Halen, Gary Moore, Michael Schenker, Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Lonesome Dave Peverett & Rod Price (Foghat), Angus Young (AC/DC) and Jimmy Page. Every song on this album has the Brett Ellis touch and there's not one track that falls short. Brett and his band the talented rhythm section of Rick Nash on bass and Calvin Lakin on drums do an an insanely incredible job.  Whether it be serving up smoking takes on classics like, Jimi Hendrix "Ezy Ryder", Robin Trower, "Twice Removed From Yesterday", Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush "Tryin’ Anyway", Pat Travers "Go All Night", Foghat "Road Fever" or any of the other guitar gods he covers here, each and every song simply smokes! Brett Ellis is simply brilliant. His technique, vibe and unique approach to the guitar sets him as one of the greatest players in the modern era. The bottom line here is,  if you are a fan of guitar albums that are loaded with six string intensity, 'The Warriors Before Me' by Brett Ellis, is a must have for your collection.Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CD REVIEW: WELCOME TO MOJO LAND by Super Vintage




WELCOME TO MOJO LAND by Super Vintage
(Grooveyard Records)

The blues infused classic rock band Super Vintage from Kavala City are back with their latest release, 'Welcome To Mojo Land'. Band members include Stavros Papadopoulos (vocals & guitar), Panagiotis Zabourlis (guitar), Jim Moralis (bass) and Lazaros Simitsis (drums). On a purely musical level,'Welcome To Mojo Land' is a strong recording. It is blues influenced classic rock and a band at its best. The chemistry  going on between the musicians, the musicianship itself, the guitar playing, the mix, the songs all equate to premium blend rock n' roll. This album has it all:Ear to ear grinning rock stomping boogies, beautiful ballads, creeping sinister sounding riffs, introspection, solid vocals & scorching guitar work. Highlights include"Southern  Moon Rising", "Son Of Pain", "Still Alive", "Rock 'N' Roll Revolution" and "River Of Love". Everything just seems to come together here to create that sound that has gained them so many fans already and with this album possibly even more. All in all, 'Welcome To Mojo Land' is a solid rock album that takes you back to a time when musicians knew how to play and followed their muse instead of the dictates of desperate record companies. 'Welcome To Mojo Land' by Super Vintage honors the classic rock tradition with reverence, respect and the realisation that this music’s still happening, right now. Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

Monday, December 12, 2016

CD REVIEW: II by Wonderworld




II by Wonderworld
(Lions Pride Music)

The power rock trio known as Wonderworld are back with their sophomore effort, 'II'. The trio is comprised of Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth), Ken Ingwersen (Street Legal) and Tom Fossheim (Live Fire). As evident on the trio's debut album there is clearly a musical chemistry between the them, but on this second effort they have built from the debut's foundation and, refined their sound. The trio serve up a hard rock album in the best tradition. It moves on the strengths of great vocals and vocal arrangements, compelling guitar solos, good melodies, and catchy lyrical hooks. From the full-throttle rock of opener, "Forever Is Lie" to the hook laden movers, "Remember My Words,"Elements", "Evil In Disguise" and "Return To Life", this album doesn’t let up on the intensity, pausing for breath only on "It's Not Over Yet" and "Echo Of My Thoughts".  Elsewhere musical contrasts come in the shape of "Memories", the gritty, "In The End" and laid back, "Down The Line". Overall, there was not a moment that went by where I wasn't loving the music. The album is very well paced, not one of the songs drags. big guitars, solid choruses and soild production. This is an absolute gem of an album. One of the premium slices of hard rock you’ll hear this year. Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society