Blue Öyster Cult – 45th Anniversary Live In London

Blue Öyster Cult45th Anniversary Live In London
Frontiers Music srl
Released Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 1:13:54
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Good afternoon, you wall eyed, vain and insane creatures. It is I, Dark Juan, addressing you after a particularly physical 48 hour duty shift wrangling recalcitrant young gentlemen. Said young gentlemen have been firmly reminded of just what constitutes acceptable behaviour, and suffice it to say it was not the extensive levels of property damage that was caused yesterday morning. I told them if it were the House of the False God it would have been ok, but not when it is your own bed. Thankfully, the Mighty Gothmobile (my particularly ratty looking, ancient Audi. Even Hellpriests need to travel. But it is black, and the stereo is KICKASS) emerged unscathed, not that you would be able to tell due to the state of it. Anyway, now I’m seated in the lounge of Dark Juan Terrace, Mrs. Dark Juan across from me, as she is drawing a really quite disturbing changeling creature and the Hounds of Smell are distributed about various items of furniture and I am on my fourth cup of tea of the day, listening to the stylings of the mighty and puissant Blue Öyster Cult.

Unsurprisingly, given the title of the album, this is a 45th anniversary performance of the finest of BOC’s music, recorded in London at the O2 Indigo. In fact, it is a show comprising the entirety of BOC’s FUCKING CLASSIC first album with added extras, rare songs and ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’. No, stop that shaking of your heads. I SAID STOP IT! You would only have been disappointed if the band hadn’t played it, and let’s face it, it is a fucking stone cold classic hard rock song and puts a lot of modern bands to shame with the sheer scale of its vision. Anyway, I’m done arguing with you. You’re wrong.

Starting with a typically understated greeting from the veteran New York noiseniks, they waste no time with niceties and crash straight into opening number ‘Transmaniacon MC’. As well as it having oodles of Hammond organ (but sadly no cowbell), you can’t help but be mightily impressed with the quality of the sound production and mix. It is fucking perfect, baby. Every instrument is clearly audible, the bass drum resonates superbly and does NOT sound like someone belting a taut, wet tea towel with an equally wet and very flaccid dead rat, and no one part of the band overshadows the other. The bass guitar is also top notch, easily cutting through and just grooving its way around the music. Blue Öyster Cult’s sound engineer must be some kind of fucking archmage, his work is that good. Now, as you are well aware, I am not normally a fan of live records, but by Jiminy this is fucking amazing – I’m not sure whether it is the innate (insanely high) quality of the songs, the fact that the band just EFFORTLESSLY groove or what. All I know is that I’m fucking LOVING IT LARGE! Blue Öyster Cult’s Eastern tinged, funky, groovy, psychedelic sound is not for everyone, but if you want to hear a live recording played with passion, precision and sheer joy, you can do no better than this record. I mean it. I am seldom so enthusiastic about this sort of stuff, but this atmospheric, spacey kind of exploratory hard rock is right up my fucking street, seeing as I am an Ipsissimus Of The Temple Of The Groove, and I am being transported on great, purple clouds of acid tinged enthusiasm and the high just keeps on getting bigger, man. ‘Then Came The Last Days Of May’ is particularly noteworthy with its amphetamine fuelled speedy middle eight and solo before it changes gear and slams back into the colossal groove it was following. Also of note for the more metal tinged warriors amongst you, my children, is ‘Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll’ as it has one of the most classic sleazy guitar riffs ever committed to celluloid, before the acid trip hits and then there’s honky tonk piano and some kind of bizarro fucking echoey fuzz phasery bit that then crashes into the kind of soloing that just makes you weep with ketamine fuelled joy and false endings and all kinds of shenanigans before slamming back into the groove for a final four bars… Then there is a surprisingly violent version of ‘Workshop Of The Telescopes’. Oh, this is what music should be like.

Listening to Blue Öyster Cult, you are reminded of the roots of this thing we called metal, and how it welded the sounds of jazz, rock and roll, psychedelia and the blues together. BÖC do it expertly and effortlessly. I’ll be honest here – I was expecting a jaded, tired band completing a jaded, tired performance in a blatant cash grab for the anniversary of the release of their first record. Instead I got an obviously committed band, playing classic music with the kind of passion that is lacking from a lot of modern metal, with a surfeit of skill, musicianship and songwriting talent. There isn’t a SINGLE bum note anywhere and I can detect no overdubs covering mistakes.

In short, if this isn’t regarded as a classic live album in the future, I’m going to eat Ever Metal supremo Rick Tilley. He’d barbecue so beautifully and I imagine with shallots and an apple jus he would be most agreeable on the palate. (This is news to me and I’m actually quite perturbed by the thought! – Rick)

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Blue Öyster Cult a shining and sparkling 10/10 for a classic live album – pin sharp, fucking perfect and still heavy as fuck, man. Heavy. As. Fuck. Every song is a classic masterpiece. Every fucking song. And let’s face it, if you don’t love ‘Godzilla’ you have no fucking soul and you’re dead to me.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Transmaniacon MC
02. I’m On The Lamb, But I Ain’t No Sheep  (I do SO appreciate wordplay.)
03. Then Came The Last Days Of May
04. Stairway To The Stars
05. Before The Kiss, A Redcap (Psychedelia for the win!)
06. Screams (Could be written for the sounds Mrs. Dark Juan emits when I’m being enthusiastic about something. Like Blue Öyster Cult currently.)
07. She’s As Beautiful As A Foot (I’m slightly concerned by this.)
08. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll
09. Workshop Of The Telescopes
10. Redeemed
11. Buck’s Boogie
12 Godzilla (Stadium BANGER!!!)
13. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
14. Tattoo Vampire (I never noticed that my first teenage band, The Theatre Upstairs, had ripped off the opening drum pattern from this. Please don’t sue me, Blue Öyster Cult. I have nothing worth having besides a number of elderly dogs of uncertain temper. And, judging by the state of their arses, gastric problems.)
15. Hot Rails To Hell

LINE-UP (as if you didn’t fucking know already!)
Eric Bloom – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser – Guitar, Vocals
Richie Castellano – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Danny Miranda – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jules Radino – Drums, Percussion

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EMQ’s with GHOSTS OF SUNSET

EMQ’s with GHOSTS OF SUNSET

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with USA based Hard Rockers Ghosts Of Sunset. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist/songwriter John Merchant for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is John Merchant, I’m the singer, guitarist and co-songwriter for the rock n roll band Ghosts of Sunset. Ghosts of Sunset was formed by myself and Todd Long. Todd and I have been making music together for 30+ years and formed Ghosts of Sunset to create music that celebrates our mutual love for rock n roll music of all kinds, but specifically the 1980’s hard rock scene.

How did you come up with your band name?

A lot of the music we grew up on sprung up from the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles California. The “Ghosts” of Sunset have nothing to with the music being passé’, but is more a homage to everything from the 50’s and 60’s Sunset scene of Dean, Sammy, and Frank, to the Doors, Buffalo Springfield, and the Byrds, up to Ratt, Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns, and more. It was a magical place and it shaped the musicians we were to become.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are based in the United States. The country as a whole has always had vibrant music scenes in various locations. We’ve been lucky that a lot of international influence has found its way to our country and we’ve synthesized those influences and returned them back to the world. The young metal scene here owes a lot to the Big Four of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, but those artists harken back to NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) and forefathers like Sabbath, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Motorhead and others.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our current single is ‘Miles In-Between’ on Golden Robot Records. An official “quarantine” style video has accompanied it and a second single is due in October. Following that, the full EP should see release in November of 2020.

‘Miles In-Between’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Too many to list. Todd and I both bow down to the song. Great songs transcend genre. For us that can mean Elvis, Chuck Berry, the Stones, the Beatles, to early country music, 70’s pop, 80’s hair metal, punk, etc… Our job as musicians is to take all those influences and reform them into something that’s uniquely Ghosts of Sunset but also sounds familiar to fans of this style of music.

What first got you into music?

For me it was the Beatles, but I honestly don’t remember a time when I wanted to do anything else. I often liken it to being called to the ministry. It was as if my DNA had this imprint and my entire like would be spent trying to absorb as much as possible while creating my own music.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Within the rock genre, I think Butch Walker would be amazing to make a record with. We share management with Donnie Vie (Enuff Znuff) who is a world-class songwriter, so maybe someday we could collaborate with him. We’ve been lucky because we’ve had various musicians contribute to our EP (Tracii Guns from LA Guns, Adam Hamilton, Brian Forsythe from KIX, Stacey Blades (LA Guns, Roxx Gang), PJ Farley (Trixter), Johnny Monaco (Enuff Znuff/LA Guns). We love and respect these musicians work so it’s been an honour to have them participate in music that they inadvertently influenced. It belongs to them as much as it does us. We are really paying homage to work they’ve done in various forms.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

We’ve definitely talked about the M3 festival in the US (which features many top artists from the 1980s “hair metal” explosion) but there’s worldwide festivals like Download, Wacken, and others that would be a great fit for us. We want to go wherever people share the same love for this style of music that we have.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Lots of cool stuff over the years. Hats, bracelets, shirts, records, etc. nothing ever too weird. Usually it’s just people who share our passion for music and want to share something special with us.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Love what you love unabashedly. Never be tied to a specific style or genre. It’s ok to love King Diamond AND Taylor Swift. What makes some of your favourite artists so great is they have the ability to be open to a wide range of musical styles. So, you may be listening to the heaviest metal of all time, but that thing that hooks you could be the result of the writer having an affinity for Ella Fitzgerald or Cab Calloway or Buck Owens.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

All the greats of course. Janis, Jimi, Jim. For me, I’d love to see what John Lennon would’ve grown into or Gram Parsons would’ve done. I’d love to bring Jani Lane (from Warrant) back, get him some help, and have him write songs for other artists. He wrote amazing songs but Cherry Pie laid so heavy on his heart it ultimately killed him. He died because he wrote a hit song. That seems absurd until you realize he could never be allowed to celebrate his other work.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The music, the people, the sharing with like-minded people. The post show conversations when a stranger turns you onto a good record, or killer book, or something that’s changed their life. Hate? I guess I hate how small-minded and single of vision some artists can be. Hating something doesn’t make your love of something else any more valid.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I’d like to see true artists celebrated no matter what genre they work in. It would also be nice if the industry found a way to allow artists to make a comfortable living within the newly digital world of music. I’d like to see artists developed and nurtured. Now days, we let 3-4 famous people vote on what’s going to succeed or not. Often, they’re looking at dance moves, haircuts, and marketability rather than songs, statements, and purpose.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Exile on Mainstreet” by the Rolling Stones.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Pristine vinyl on the right system is like wrapping up in a warm blanket, cassettes were amazing because they were so mobile that we ultimately ended up being able to carry our music with us in a Sony Walkman. CD’s promised fidelity we hadn’t had before but with that came a cold-ness that came from accentuating frequencies we weren’t used to hearing. Downloads have made it possible to explore a wider range of music in a nearly instantaneous fashion. If you can think about it, you can almost find it. That means you can explore a style you might not want to commit $15 to, but might find something that you commit the rest of your listening life to.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Gigs are like pizza or sex. When they’re good, they’re really, really good, when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Listening to music, enjoying music, maybe writing about music or developing artists. It’s the only thing that’s ever truly mattered outside of family and friends.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party

Jesus Christ, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Gram Parsons, and Waylon Jennings. I have specific questions for each of them.

What’s next for the band?

Continue promoting the singles in preparation for the full EP release. We’re writing new material now and getting things in place for live shows when the industry resumes post-Covid 19. We’re hoping to have a long, fruitful relationship with Golden Robot Records, and our management at Samurai Artist Management has a game plan in place to assure we keep making music that is high passion and high quality.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.facebook.com/ghostsofsunset
www.twitter.com/ghostsofsunset
www.instagram.com/ghostsofsunset
www.goldenrobotrecords.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Being a Yank, I had to Google them. In the US I think we call them cookies but I’m sure in the international world that would be sadly frowned on. In the states, a biscuit means something totally different, so I’m going to say a cake, since that’s the American equivalent they seem closest to.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Just how much we appreciate your time. Being life-long lovers of music, we are so excited to share these songs with the world. We’re just huge fans who have written songs for other fans to enjoy. Even if I had no part of these songs, I’d want people to hear them because I enjoy them. It’s no different than me rolling up to your flat with an arm full of records. It’s about sharing.

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EMQ’s with VOLTAGEHAWK

EMQ’s with VOLTAGEHAWK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville based Hard Rock band Voltagehawk. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Jarrad James: My name is Jarrad James, I play drums and am the band dad in Voltagehawk. This project actually started as a jam session. I was new to the Nashville rock scene and didn’t have a project, but I had tons of friends that seemed pretty disenchanted with all of the bands they were in. So, it started almost as a therapy session, a place where you could come and get away with stuff, play things out of your genre, break all the rules with no judgements, and no bullshit band infighting. It led to gathering pretty stellar dudes on the same page, and we started just doing what came natural, jamming genres together and writing bangers.

Chase Arocha: I’m Chase, I play lead guitar! Jarrad started it with some people, that lead to jamming with Dan. Then Tyler was asked to start playing with them. I filled in on bass for Tyler at one of their gigs and he told them I played guitar, so they asked me to join!

How did you come up with your band name?

Jarrad: I actually came up with this before starting the band, which was meant to just be a place for all my buddies in other bands to come jam and work on different genred fun things, then ended up being the main project. It started as an homage to some of my favourites that had the “something cool, something animal” name motif: Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Wolfmother. I also wanted our records in the same bin with Van Halen. I also wanted to pay homage to the main musical influence, which is the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 soundtrack, which plays AC/DC in the opening credits…so, High Voltage Rock and Roll. Tony Hawk. Voltagehawk. Those games, and the music in them, changed a lot of dudes’ lives and musical journeys.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Jarrad: USA. Much like everything else, we import everything and export not a whole lot, haha. We are trying to change that. At least we can be like a coveted American Muscle Car.

Chase: U.S.A. And at one point it was the biggest and best thing in Metal/Rock. Things have slowed down in recent years, but there are still incredible bands putting out music. It’s just more of a search than it used to be.

Dan Fenton: (Vocals/Guitar) ‘Merica, Both scenes need a big ole kick in the ass. I am tired of hearing the same old shit. That said the underground is looking promising. Bands like Howling Giant, Idles…

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Jarrad: Our latest release is our lyric video for our debut single “Modern Gasoline”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jarrad: Hans Zimmer and Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtracks, Motorhead, Coheed and Cambria, Fugazi, Mastodon…and not always sonically.

Chase: Mike Patton, Ray Lynch, John 5, Zakk Wylde, Charles Mingus, just to name a few!

Dan: Movies. I think cinema and childhood trauma have fuelled me to write more than anything else. I love film scores and classical music. Hans Zimmer and Vangelis have been hugely influential on me the last few years.

What first got you into music?

Jarrad: It was either the drum fill for In In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins, or the intro to Money For Nothin’ by Dire Straits. Hard tie.

Chase: I had just moved to a super small town in central Florida at 13 and went to the YMCA. These girls were playing in a riot girl punk band on the gym floor screaming their heads off also around my age. I realized I wanted to do that.

Dan: A need to find myself at a very young age, amid a myriad of struggles. Music gave me purpose, drive and an overall desire to feel.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Jarrad: Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die on vocals/lyrics would be the pinnacle. He has the most versatile voice in loud rock/metal and his lyrics are beyond anything being done in modern music.

Chase: Reggie Watts and Tyler the Creator

Dan: IDLES, and Killer Mike from Run The Jewels. I love those artists and I love that they speak their minds and talk about real shit that matters.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Jarrad: I’m gonna go with the backyard favourite, Bonnaroo. It’s the wildest party, man. And always has great, even if few, metal and loud rock acts. It’s on our bucket list for sure.

Chase: Wacken seems like the coolest thing in rock and metal music right now. Great bands and tons of people!

Dan: I would love to play a festival in Japan. The Japanese seem like they really love rock music. I would gladly play in Europe and the UK again. I love the people of Europe.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Jarrad: We get a lot of weird bird themed gifts. Which we love.

Chase: Someone came up with an insanely realistic sketch drawing of me playing that they had drawn while watching the show.

Dan: A wedding proposal. I didn’t accept.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Jarrad: Memento Mori.

Chase: Love yourself.

Dan: Love yourself.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Jarrad: Lemmy.

Chase: Shawn Lane, one of the greatest players of all time taken too soon and plagued with health problems when he was alive, but he was absolutely incredible.

Dan: Anthony Bourdain.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Chase: When I was a kid, I was a loner who was bullied a lot. I always wished to be in a different world away from reality just to not feel so outcast. Music became that, it is a therapy, also a conversation creator, whether it’s jamming with others or just now having a skill to feel like you can share with the world. You can now have something to empower yourself with and realize that you were never an outcast at all.

Dan: Everything. Lost sleep, lousy pay. Just kidding. I love creating overall. Being in a family.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Jarrad: I wish we could get people more on board with streaming. A lot of people seem to forget that all of the great label catalog streaming revenue provides great opportunities for upcoming bands. Lots of musicians are biting the hand that feeds and it drives me crazy.

Chase: Taking more chances on what we show to the mainstream. I believe that more people would be into the avant-garde artist or more genres of music in general if we literally just showed it to them more. Put more advertising behind Hiatus Kaiyote and you will get more like them.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jarrad: “I Get Wet” by Andrew WK. Party hard, man.

Chase: “California” by Mr. Bungle

Dan: “Nighthawks at the Diner” by Tom Waits. It’s fun and I can see every song and where he is in my mind’s eye. He’s an amazing writer

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Jarrad: All good in different settings. I try to play vinyl in my truck, but I just can’t get it to work. CD’s make GREAT coasters.

Chase: Who cares as long as people listen to music.

Dan: Doesn’t matter. If a song is good, it’s good on all platforms. I prefer vinyl myself but that’s, just personal preference.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Jarrad: Opening for Beasto Blanco featuring Chuck Garric of Alice Cooper’s band, and Alice’s daughter Calico. He is an absolute bad ass and she is an incredible stage performer!

Chase: Probably the Exit/In. It’s just a place with such history and it feels great to be a part of that.

Dan: I would say my favourite gig was at The Basement in Nashville with our friends Goodbye June. It was a special night.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Jarrad: I’d go back to driving Zamboni.

Chase: I’d be a psychiatrist.

Dan: Gypsy Space Pirate.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jarrad: Keith Buckley, Jimmy Iovine, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Joe Rogan, and Joe Exotic aka The Tiger King.

Chase: Rob Zombie, Patrice O’Neil, Frank Zappa, Wayne Static, Sarah Silverman.

Dan: Tom Waits, Allen Ginsberg, Ella Fitzgerald, Anthony Bourdain, Carl Sagan.

What’s next for the band?

Jarrad: We are all very, very ready to release our first full length album. We are headed to mastering with a new 13 song epic titled “Electric Thunder” We are very much looking forward to playing these songs for people live on tour in the Spring.

We already have another EP on deck, a group of songs that just work together, potentially called Hard Work. That one may feel best as a live recording, more raw power. And we have two singles that are going to be released together, probably as a 45. We are excited to track those because we are going to let those live in a more synthy new wave world. We are also about 7 songs into writing Record 3…which has some bangers already, but we are still getting to know her…we’ll keep you posted. Come see us live. We have no patience and will probably slip those songs into the set too.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Jarrad: Follow us on Instagram, we are on there the most. We released our first album globally thru The Orchard, so it’s everywhere!
www.instagram.com/voltagehawk/
www.facebook.com/voltagehawk/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3VdXgLcML6VUqMJ8dmD1or
www.youtube.com/channel/UCsM9UFWIG9mrBXAKYg33sbQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jarrad: Wikipedia says it’s a cake-like biscuit.

Chase: A tiny, tiny cake!!!

Dan: A biscy!

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Electric Revolution – Burn It Down

Electric Revolution - Burn It Down Cover

Electric Revolution – Burn It Down
Self-Released
Running Time: 35:00
Release Date: 01/01/2019
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

Recently I was approached by American based Hard Rock band Electric Revolution about the possibility of reviewing their brand new album “Burn It Down” I went on their Bandcamp page made an account and bought the album and I have listened to it ever since and I couldn’t be happier for the opportunity. When I listen to these guys it’s like when you wake up and have that first coffee in the morning and it gives you the feeling that the day can only get better.

In previous weeks I have listened to and reviewed some awesome bands who are heavier than these guys yet with Electric Revolution I don’t have to worry about injuries to my neck from headbanging. Instead I sit back in my computer chair, press play, close my eyes and let the music take me away. For the last three weeks my physical health hasn’t been the best and I have been bed bound for most of it but through all the sneezing, watering eyes and pain throughout my body, this album has taken my mind away from all of that and put me in a state of relaxation where none of that matters and I can just rest and try and recover which has been a huge help! Until I was approached about reviewing the album I hadn’t heard of the band but now I definitely won’t forget them.

Electric Revolution and “Burn It Down” remind me of AC/DC but I will say this! In my personal opinion, and as someone who likes AC/DC, this album is on the same level as them and even though it may sound bad I would pick this album to listen to over AC/DC.

As I’ve said in previous reviews I love discovering new bands that will replace the old guard! Only formed in 2014 Electric Revolution, just from this album, sound like they have been together much longer but just because they haven’t been doesn’t mean they aren’t definitely a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see what they bring out next!

With Billie Pulera on Drums/Vocals, Chad Imler on Bass, Brock Betz on Lead Guitar and Dave Lawson on Vocals it makes for an amazing combination, band and music are so well balanced and such a joy to listen to! After listening to “Burn It Down” as much as I have I do have a favourite song and that is ‘God And The Devil. All the songs are good to listen to but this song is proper old school hard rock song similar to that of the 70’s and 80’s and it gives me chills to listen to.

Now it comes to rating the album and the toughest part of the whole review. “Burn It Down” is such a top album to listen to whether you’re having the best day, or like me, have been really down from being ill and for that reason I rate album 9/10, but the track ‘God And The Devil’ gets a 10/10! It is by far one of the best songs I have listened to as a reviewer.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Billie Pulera, who is also the bands General Manager, for getting in touch about reviewing this awesome album!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Prelude: Rise Of The Revolution (Part 1)
02. Tempted
03. God And The Devil
04. Burn It Down
05. Surrender
06. Cookie Jar
07. Runnin’ Away
08 No Time For Love (CODA)

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/electricrevolution/

https://electricrevolution2.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/revolutionelectric/

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A Gathering Of None – One Last Grasp At Hope

One Last Grasp At Hope Cover

A Gathering Of None – One Last Grasp At Hope
Independently Released
Release Date: 06/04/2018
Running time: 44:00
Review by Vikkie Richmond
7/10

American hard rockers A Gathering Of None are no strangers to the music scene; having been around since 2012, in this transigent day and age, that could class them as veterans. “One Last Grasp At Hope” is their third release and their second full length effort.

I don’t like to pigeonhole bands, because the music a group of people create is unique and should not be put into a box labelled as one thing or another, however my first listen to this album (and my first listen to them as a band, full stop) had them partly in the ‘alt rock’ category and partly in the hard rock camp. It doesn’t really matter, the important point is whether the album is any good.

I confess I wasn’t set on fire by the first track, the speedy ‘What For’; featuring some nice guitar licks and some nifty percussive highlights, with a time signature change or two, but it did have me tapping my toes and nodding my head, so it can’t be all bad. Next up, ‘No Stone Unturned’ started off with a lick that was worthy of Thin Lizzy and continued with some nice vocal harmonies, despite a ‘vintage’ whiff about it. Tracy Byrd’s vocals don’t do a lot for me, but he does have a fair set of pipes on him.

Out of a total of eleven tracks, I didn’t dislike any of the songs, they were all listenable, with those worthy of further mention being the soaring ‘Break My Stride’ and the slightly dirty ‘Dissolution’.

Special mention goes to ‘You Stagnate’, which was worthy of Alice In Chains, or any other band that arose out of the dark ashes of the hair metal age at the start of the 90’s. In fact, I felt like I was listening to different albums at times, such were the style differences between some of the songs.

I liked this album; I feel that A Gathering Of None are competent musicians and having listened to some of their back catalogue, they are honing their craft as they go, album by album. It’s not an album I would listen to on repeat, but that’s just my choice. Take a listen yourself and make your own mind up; I suspect you’ll like it.

TRACK LISTING:
01 What For
02 No Stone Left Unturned
03 Break My Stride
04 Fabulous Mishap
05 You Stagnate
06 Reaching Out
07 Dissolution
08 Something You Should Know
09 Predatory Male
10 I Hope I’m Wrong
11 Move Along

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/AGatheringOfNone/

https://www.instagram.com/agatheringofnone/
https://agatheringofnone.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeIEuZl2EvKKRkMakpH0yJw

 

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