Killsmith Halloween by Neal Smith

This year marks the 10th anniversary of legendary Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith’s first Killsmith solo album.  To celebrate this event, Neal has created a new twelve-song compilation CD called Neal Smith- Killsmith Halloween which features 11 tunes culled from the three albums, 2008’s KillSmith/Sexual Savior, 2011’s KillSmith Two and 2016’s KillSmith & The GreenFire Empire  as well as one brand-new track called Strychnine as well older tracks Evil Voodoo Moon, Thrill Thrill Thrill Shoot To Kill, Die For The Night, Dynasty Of Darkness and much more.  This compilation was well recorded, performed, written and produced.  This album will be available for purchase on November 2, 2018, from Bandcamp, Itunes, Amazon and all outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin Self Titled Album

Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin is the upcoming album by Oakland California punk band by Mighty Quinn (aka Quinn Walker) and his band The Oakland Ronin.  This twelve track album features such tracks as Kilt Kimono, Rebel, Town, L’oakland and much more.  With great guitar riffs and driving drum beats, they bring the days of punk back to the world.  This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed and it will be available for purchase on November 2, 2018, from Itunes, Bandcamp and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Roads Less Traveled by Martin Barre

For my 952nd review, I am proud to present the upcoming album Roads Less Traveled by Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre who presents his phenomenal solo album featuring 11 original tracks that reflect his incredible 50-year career to be released October 26, 2018, on the Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra Records label.  Barre’s solo on Jethro Tull’s 1971 hit “Aqualung” has been repeatedly voted as one of the top guitar solos of all time and this album continues to demonstrate his amazing guitar talent on such tracks as Out Of Time, the title track Roads Less Traveled, (This Is My) Driving Song, And The Band Plays On and much more.  I was amazed by how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced and is a great addition to your music library that will be available from Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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The Mindfire Tapes by Jeff Gutman

Every once in a while I take one artist and share their growth from a new artist to what they are today.  In this case, I wish to present San Francisco singer/songwriter Jeff Gutman and over the next few weeks, I will be reviewing all six of his albums starting with this first album The Mindfire Tapes which was released in 1999.  This debut album of twenty-one songs features a collection of song fragments, sound experiments and ambient instrumentals on such tracks as Oh Well, Pickle Sauce, Crossroad Sun, Speedin’ A Line, Eye Of The Hurricane and so much more.  I was impressed with his great vocals and acoustic guitar style as well as his songwriting abilities and his use of electronic sounds.  This release was well recorded, produced and performed and can be purchased from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Pure Fire: The Ultimate Kiss Tribute by Various Artists

For my 950th review, I am proud to present Pure Fire: The Ultimate Kiss Tribute Deluxe CD/DVD edition to be released October 19, 2018, on the Deadline Music Records Label and distributed by Cleopatra Records. An enormous gathering of rock stars and heroes pay homage to one of the most popular bands in music history, Kiss! Features former Kiss member Bruce Kulick plus some of the bands biggest acolytes and fans including Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), Steve Lukather (Toto), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Buzz Osbourne (The Melvins), Dug Pinnick (King’s X), C.C. DeVille (Poison) and so many more!  Disc one features eleven great tracks such as Detroit Rock City, Love Gun, God Of Thunder, Calling Dr. Love, Shout It Out Loud and so much more.  It is chilling hearing Lemmy on some of these tracks since he has left us.  Disc Two is interviews with the artists on this album.  This album was well recorded, performed, produced and compiled.  Usually, I am not much on tribute albums, but this one is an exception.  You can purchase this album from Amazon, Walmart and all outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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How Much More by Ivory Tower Project

For my 949th review, I present the July 12, 2016 album How Much More by the New York City-based band Ivory Tower Project on the Rockamuglula Music Records label.  The Ivory Tower Project consists of Mark Regula on vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitars, percussion, bass, drums and Tony Novarro on Guitars, back vocals, bass, percussion, drums plus various studio musicians.  Listening to this album I can hear how well this album was performed with such tracks as the title track How Much More, The Ides Of March, Way Too Late, Always, Woman Of The Times (I love the heavy bass lines) and so much more. This album was well written, recorded and produced and I recommend this album to one’s rock library.  You can purchase this album from Amazon, CD Babys and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Tiger’s Tail by Skolhammer

Tiger’s Tail is the 2018 release by Renton Washington metal band Skolhammer which features lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, drum arranger and producer Luke Taylor, and bassist, songwriter, and vocalist Hannah Clough. Skölhammer creates their unique and heavy sound of catchy riffs and anthemic choruses with all fans of hard rock and heavy metal in mind with such tracks as Cosmos, the title track Tiger’s Tail, Taurus and much more.  I was impressed with the unclean vocals, high-speed drumming, and heavy guitar riffs as well as how this album was written, recorded, produced and performed.  I am looking forward to hearing more from this band and highly recommend this album to your metal library and you can purchase this album on CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Traces by Steve Perry

Traces is the third studio album by American singer, songwriter and Journey lead vocalist Steve Perry. It was released on October 5, 2018, through Fantasy Records.  This is Steve’s first release since 1994 and his voice is still as awesome as ever.  So far this album has spawned such great tracks as No Erasin’, No More Cryin’ and We’re Still Here.  Other notable tracks on this album are I Need You (A Beatles Cover), We Fly, Easy To Love and much more.  Steve shows his songwriting talent by co-writing all the tracks on this album and displays a great performance with a great recording.  I highly recommend this album to your record library.

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Greatest Hits Volume 1 by Korn

Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 is a greatest hits compilation released  October 5, 2004, by American rock band Korn on the Epic/Immortal Records label. The album features select tracks from their first six studio albums presented in reverse chronological order by band members Jonathan Davis on vocals, James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch on guitars, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu on bass and David Silveria on drums.  There are two previously unreleased songs on the compilation: a cover of Cameo’s Word Up!, and a compilation of all three parts of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall and Goodbye Cruel World as well as notable tracks Freak On A Leash, Blind, Got The Life, Clown, Make Me Bad and so much more.  This collection was well compiled, recorded, produced, performed and written.  If you were to add one Korn album to your collection, I highly recommend this one.

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Purple by Stone Temple Pilots

Purple is the second studio album by the American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released on June 7, 1994, by Atlantic Records.  This great band consists of Scott Weiland on lead vocals, Dean DeLeo on guitar, Robert DeLeo on bass and backing vocals and Eric Kretz on drums.  Purple spawned such great tracks as Vasoline, Interstate Love Song and Big Empty (which appeared on the soundtrack for the motion picture The Crow).  Other noteworthy tracks on this album are Pretty Penny, Unglued and much more.  This album showcases Scott Weiland’s lyrics (which he wrote all of them) as well as Robert and Dean DeLeo’s great music.  This album was very well performed, recorded and produced.  This is definitely an album you will want to add to your rock record library.

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