Every Mother’s Nightmare – Grind

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Every Mother’s Nightmare – Grind
Running time: 20:31
HIGHVOLMUSIC and Rock N Growl Promotion
Release Date: 06/10/2017
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
8/10

Despite being a fan of the hair metal/ glam metal era of music (albeit a few years after it actually happened!) Every Mother’s Nightmare only hit my radar when my then brother in law wanted a copy of their album “Deeper Shade of Grey.” I managed to get hold of it and, while doing him a copy of it, did myself one too, and there it sat on my cd shelf, only being played one or two times.

Now, if this album is anything to go by, I missed out on something there! This is the sort of rock that “brings back the feeling that we should probably just drink another beer, kick back and stay a while.”

Formed in the early 1990’s, Every Mother’s Nightmare arrived quickly onto the Memphis rock scene, where they were from, and as word spread about their high-energy live performances, they soon caught the attention of Clive Davis of Arista Records, signing with the label, and they soon became staples on MTV’s Headbangers Ball with their music videos for “Walls Come Down”, “Love Can Make You Blind” and “House of Pain.”

They opened shows for bands such as Cheap Trick and Dream Theater before they started to headline their own shows, drawing in large crowds and selling out venues. Over the years, they have been featured in hundreds of hard rock magazines, both nationally and internationally, and have appeared on many talk shows, such as The Joan Rivers talk show.

After their release of Deeper Shade of Grey in 2002, the band relied purely on their live performances, only releasing an EP called Grind in 2015. But, 2017 saw them make a comeback with their first full length album in 15 years, their sixth album, also called Grind.

The new album consists of eight studio tracks, produced by Justin Rimer at Cross Trax Studios, the five tracks on the original EP plus three brand new studio tracks, plus three new live tracks, recorded from the band’s live performance at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee on 21st August 2016. These live tracks were produced by David Cowell at Cleaved Owl Productions, with mastering done by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters.

The album also features some guest musicians in the form of Jim Dandy (The Jim Dandy), who guest vocals on the track Stand Up, Wayne Swinny (Saliva), guest guitarist on Snake and Zach Myers (Shinedown), guest guitarist on the album opener Loco Crazy, a catchy tune with monster guitar riffs and the song that told me this was going to be a great album!

Singer Rick Ruhl is the only surviving original member but has changed his look from the spandex, leather and makeup of the Glam Metal era, to a long-haired country boy dressed in jeans now. But, although the look may have changed, the sound is still the same.

This album has a bluesy, southern hard rock sound to it, with some stonking riffs and fantastic solos. Rick has surrounded himself with some very talented musicians, and this has produced a great southern flavoured rock album, full of great hard rock songs, pure rock tunes and a power ballad that has its own raw edge.

The band know their strength is in their live performances, reflecting this with the inclusion of the three live tracks at the end of the album and it is these live performances that have kept them going through nearly thirty years with just six albums recorded.

I loved this album. It is a feelgood album with some cracking tracks from some very talented guys. I wish I had listened to Every Mother’s Nightmare earlier and I will definitely be checking out that album that’s sitting on my cd shelf gathering dust.

 

TRACK LISTING

  • Loco Crazy
  • Snake
  • Upper Hand
  • Blown Away
  • Sacred Circle
  • Days Are Through
  • Stand Up
  • Swing Again
  • Closet Down The Hall (Live)
  • Walls Come Down (Live)
  • Push (Live)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • https://www.emnrocks.com/
  • https://en-gb.facebook.com/EMNBand/
  • https://tunein.com/artist/Every-Mothers-Nightmare-m19497/?autoplay=true
  • https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/8231388?autoplay=true
  • https://myspace.com/emnmemphis
  • https://twitter.com/search?q=every%20mothers%20nightmare&src=typd

 

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Outlaws & Moonshine – The Devil In The Moonshine

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Outlaws & Moonshine – The Devil In The Moonshine
Running Time 36.34
Release Date 24/11/2017
Nemesis Records/Vanity Music Group
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8.5/10

This Southern Rock band from Indianapolis were definitely not what I was expecting but I say that in a good way. After putting “The Devil In The Moonshine” on I sat, thinking “Oh, okay, what’s this then?” Then, “oh yes, I like this” and that was within the first few beats of the first song! If there is such a genre as Redneck Rock this is it, if not then we will settle for Country Rock. You will learn the tracks very quickly and be singing them loud and proud while driving along, okay, well…I certainly was!

This album, which was released in November 2017, is just so refreshing. Outlaws & Moonshine first released music in 2015 with their debut EP called “1919” which put them on the map and they went on to play shows across the Midwest gaining fans and followers as they went. In 2016 they did a short tour with Jackyl and Wayland, before going back into Red V Studios in New York in mid-October with producer Vic Rivera who the band say “is hands down the sixth member of Outlaws & Moonshine”! Front man Beau Van remarked “There were many long hours in the studio of “let’s do that again” from Vic. This producer has a lot of faith in the band and sees the vision of where they are coming from music wise. This new release contains the five tracks from the EP and five brand new tracks!

“Devil In The Moonshine” is a total toe tapping, air guitar playing, drum playing, foot stomping, singing aloud album .My favourite track is ‘(Here Comes) Bobby’ a completely laid back track with the guitars by Beau & Mike Back and awesome Slide Guitar by Travis so good to listen to. This track is about brotherhood and loyalty, – “Tell the Devil it’s me, Bobby” (the lyrics at the end of the track) just send a chill down my spine. Great drumming by Eric Piper on the track ‘My Boom’ is infectious and I bet people will be playing steering wheel drums to this while driving along, it’s so addictive.

Think Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Black Stone Cherry with a twist of redneck and you’ll be in the right area, these guys are true to their music and are definitely not trying to fit in anywhere but to their roots. ‘Redneck Me’, which could have been a 1980’s hit track, proves this completely! It takes the tempo down a little but certainly doesn’t take anything away from the thought provoking lyrics. The Whole album is full of personal stories, which I think a lot of us can identify with. Life isn’t easy but we get up and get on with it. Track 10 ‘Different Kind Of Man’ has some brilliant guitar riffs in it and you lose yourself just listening to this final cut on the album!

Title track ‘Devil In The Moonshine’ has just as much kick as a mason jar of moonshine itself, its solid and country proud and the lyrics don’t let you forget that at all. As vocalist Van Beau states “This is about the whole concept of ‘the devil made me do it,’ I’ve been bitten by this more than once so I’m describing my ten foot tall and bullet proof drunk persona”. I think many of us have been there using that excuse! Up-tempo ‘Cootie Brown’ will have you using anything to hand for drum sticks, ‘Don’t Be Scared’, a story about that one friend who is your partner in crime and allows ‘you to be you’ no matter what you are both up to, definitely got an ‘Amen’ from me! You can also get a ‘Hell Yeah’ from me for the track ‘Ride Or Die’ which is about the roller coaster ride of emotions that surface when taking the steps that are best for you!

You’ll either get this album or you won’t, but don’t write it off without listening to it all the way through first as it certainly delivers. You almost get two sides to this album. There is the Country swagger, moonshine hard drinking, he-man vibe and then suddenly you get thrown into the friendship, loyalty, soulmate and kindness side!

All in all Outlaws & Moonshine threw me at first but I can gladly say it was a country ride I am glad I’ve taken and I look forward to future music from them.

TRACKLIST

  • 01. Devil In The Moonshine
  • 02. (Here Comes) Bobby
  • 03. Don’t Be Scared
  • 04. Ride Or Die
  • 05. My Boom
  • 06. Cootie Brown
  • 07. Whiskey
  • 08. Hay Y’All
  • 09. Redneck Me
  • 10. Different Kind Of Man

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • https://www.facebook.com/outlawsandmoonshine/
  • https://www.instagram.com/outlaws_moonshine/
  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh03Pa9h9jFx8JfY-MsgdGA

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Disclaimer: This review is solely the property of Tsarina Wilson and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this review, unless you have the strict permission of both parties. Failure to do adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities