Effigy by Aittala

Effigy is the June 17, 2014 album and my second review for Raleigh, North Carolina based band Aittala which is a mix of classic heavy metal, progressive metal, thrash and hard rock comprising of Eric Aittala on guitar and lead vocals, Gary ‘Zeus’ Smith on drums and vocals, and Randall Rhodes on bass.  Ed Vereijken did the drum work on the last three tracks on this album.  This ten-song album showcases amazing vocals, heavy guitar riffs and driving drum beats on such tracks as the title track Effigy, Russian Roulette, Sinister As The Serpent, Creators Of The Doom and much more.  I was impressed with this performance as well as the songwriting and recording work. I will be listening and reviewing their other earlier work in the weeks to come.  You can pick up your copy of this great album on CD and digital download from Amazon, CD Baby, Bandcamp, and all other music outlets.  To learn more about this amazing band, their other releases and their tour schedule, go to their official website https://www.aittala.com

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Judas by Fozzy

Judas is the seventh studio album by the American heavy metal band Fozzy, released on October 13, 2017, through Century Media Records.  This band features Chris Jericho, an American-born Canadian professional wrestler, musician, podcaster, author, actor, and entrepreneur on lead vocals, Rich Ward on lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals, Frank “Bud” Fontsere on drums and backing vocals and Randy Drake on bass and backing vocals.  This eleven-track album spawned the singles Drinkin’ With Jesus, the title track Judas, Painless (my favorite track) and Burn Me Out.  Other notable tracks on this album are Three Days In Jail, Running With The Bulls and much more.  I was impressed with this album with a mixture of clean and unclean vocals, heavy guitar riffs, and driving drum beats as well as a great performance and songwriting work.  I first saw them perform at Rockfest in Charleston, South Carolina but was unable to get my album signed so I plan to see them in April at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee and hope this time I will be successful getting this album singed finally.  To find out more about this band, their tour schedule and more go to their official website https://www.fozzyrock.com

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Stage by Great White

Stage is a live album released by the American hard rock band, Great White, in 1995 on the Zoo Entertainment Records label and it is rereleased February 21, 2020, on the Deadline Records label and distributed by Cleopatra Records.  The first six tracks of the CD come from a 1994 House of Blues benefit concert (Stage One) and the other songs from a 1993 Anaheim show (Stage Two), several tracks of which were previously featured as a bonus on the studio album Sail Away. The lineup on this live album is Jack Russell on lead and backing vocals, Mark Kendall on guitar and backing vocals, Michael Lardie on guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals, Teddy Cook on bass and backing vocals and Audie Desbrow on drums.  This fourteen track album features such live recordings as House Of Broken Love, Afterglow, Babe (I’m Gonna Leave You), Rock Me, Once Bitten Twice Shy and much more.  I was moved by the performance on this album as well as it’s recording and songwriting.  You can grab your copy of this album on CD and Vinyl formats from Cleopatra Record, Amazon, and many other outlets plus you can learn more about the band’s current tour schedule and more from their website http://www.officialgreatwhite.com

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Here To This by DownRiver Dan

Here To This is the November 15, 2019 album by Detroit’s premier name in the Blues/Rock genre DownRiver Dan on the DKali Records label.  This amazing band features Dan Kalicki on guitar and vocals, Billy Reyna on drums and harmony vocals, Bill Salisbury on bass, Evan Mercer on organ and Josh Ford playing guitar outro on the opening track For A Fool.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such great tracks as Get Me Gone, Dreamer, Misery & Me and so much more.  I was impressed with the performance on this album as well as Dan’s great songwriting talent and the recording of this album.  I highly recommend this album to your blues library buy getting your own copy from CD Baby and many other outlets as well as from their website where you can learn more about this great band, their music and where they will be playing so you can see them live.  I hope to hear a lot more from this band.

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Bob’s Garage Live by The Randy Bachman Band

Bob’s Garage Live is the 1993 EP by The Randy Bachman Band on the Ranbach Music Records label.  This five-song EP features the hits of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive that were written or co-written by Randy Bachman.  This band features Randy Bachman on guitar and vocals, Colin Weibe on piano and vocals, Richard Cochrane on bass and vocals and Billy Rea Chapman on drums and vocals.  This band performs the tracks No Time, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, No Sugar Tonight, Takin’ Care Of Business and American Woman.  If you are used to hearing the original recordings of these songs, you will notice that the sound on the rereleases is totally different.  Myself, I prefer the original recordings of these songs. Still, I am impressed with the writing, performance, and recording of this EP which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, Discogs, and all other music outlets.

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Red Reign by Red Reign

Red Reign is the self-titled EP by the heavy rock band Red Reign that I had the opportunity to see open for Y&T in Ashville, North Carolina.  Red Reign is from Richmond, Virginia and features the line up of Carlton “Bubba” McMichael on lead vocals and guitar, Steve Shred on Lead guitar and backup vocals, Larry Moore on bass and back up vocals and Sammy Lee on drums.  I loved their energetic performance on this five-track EP which consists of songs Not That Way, Toxic, Chains, the title track Red Reign, and What Is Love For.  This EP features amazing vocals, heavy guitar riffs, thumping bass lines and driving drum beats.  This EP showcases in addition to an amazing performance, some great songwriting talents as well as a superb recording.  I am looking forward to hearing their debut album Chasing Shadows so see the growth of them as performers and songwriters as well as their future albums.  If you ever get a chance to see this band live, I highly recommend you doing so as they are on tour opening for Winger and Tesla.  This EP is available on CD and digital downloads from Amazon, Discogs, and many other music outlets.  To find out more about this band as well as their tour schedule and more go to their official website https://redreignband.com

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Out To Sea 3: The Storm by Fernando Perdomo

Out To Sea 3: The Storm is the third of a series of CDs of this title by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist, and bassist of the Dave Kerzner Band which is scheduled for release on March 6, 2020, via the Forward Motion Records label.  This instrumental progressive rock album is my 11th review of material that this great artist has been involved in as a solo artist for with other artists. This eleven-track album shows Fernando’s growth as a songwriter and as an artist.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such tracks as the title track Out To Sea 3 Theme, Wonder, The Storm, The Crab, Dawn and much more.  I enjoyed the performance on this album as well as the songwriting and recording of this album.  I always looked forward to hearing something new from this great artist. You can pick up your copy of this album on March 6th in CD and digital download format from Amazon, Bandcamp, Cherry Red Records all other music outlets. To hear more music by this amazing artist, go to his Bandcamp page https://fernandoperdomo.bandcamp.com

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Slice O Life: Live Solo by Bruce Cockburn

Slice Of Life: Live Solo is the March 31, 2009 double CD by Bruce Cockburn, a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist released on the Rounder/UMGD Records label. Recorded in 2008 over a series of dates, this is Bruce’s Cockburn’s first live solo recording. It’s a double CD that showcases a cross-section of Cockburn’s finest songs and some of his most dazzling guitar work with such tracks as Last Night Of The World, Soul Of A Man, Tramps In The StreetIf I Had A Rocket LauncherTie Me At The CrossroadsWondering Where the Lions AreLovers in a Dangerous Time, and so much more.  This album shows his great work as a songwriter as well as a great performance and how well this release was recorded and produced.  I am definitely looking forward to listening to more by this great artist. This release is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs and other outlets where music is sold.  You can find out Bruce’s tour schedule and other info on this artist by going to his website http://brucecockburn.com

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Lightning In Our Veins by Chip & The Charge Ups

For my 1605th review, I am proud to present the album Lightning In Our Veins, the new album by Chip & The Charge Ups scheduled for release on April 4, 2020.  Chip & The Charge Ups is the new hard rock/power pop/pop-punk band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania featuring Chip Dominick on vocals and guitar, his daughter Maleena Dominick on vocals and bass, Jeff DiPerna on drums, and DJ Carothers on guitar.  This nine-track album, which is their third contains such great tracks as Feel Electricity, Toxic Human, This Bomb Ain’t Gonna Light Itself, Unbreakable and much more.  Also on this album is a punk version of the Blondie classic The Tide Is High.  I was impressed with the performance on this album as well as the songwriting and recording.  I am looking forward to hearing about their earlier work as well. You will be able to get your own copy of this great album on April 4th from Apple music and many other outlets as well as from their official website https://www.thechargeups.com, where you can learn more about this band, their music and where you can see them perform live.

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The Wolf And The Skull by The Folsom Project

The Wolf And The Skull is the debut cinematic concept album from the mind of composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Romsam Malpica under his moniker THE FOLSOM PROJECT released February 21, 2020, on the Wolf’s Skull Records label.  This fifteen track album which is a mix of Orchestral Rock, Trap, and Trip-hop, The Folsom Project draws inspiration from Romsam’s experience with film scoring and dark sound design features such tracks as Dr. Schmidth, Iceland, The Storm Is Coming, Just A Boy, The Wolf, The Skull and much more.  Romsam showcases his great songwriting talents as well as an amazing performance and excellent recording on this album.  This release is available online February 21 everywhere music is streamed and sold, followed by an official CD release on March 13, 2020

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