Thursday, May 25, 2017

Quickbits : Linkin Park, Quantum Split, QSP


Linkin Park - One more light (2017) Goodbye to the old, goodbye to the nu
If someone had played the new record from LP to me back in 2000 right after their smashing debut Hybrid Theory, I would probably have laughed and said that person truly needed help.
However, here we are 17 years later and numetal giants LP releases a pop album that makes One Direction sound like Metallica.
I get the idea that Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and the guys in LP don´t want to stand in the same spot making the same album over and over again. But going into Zara Larsson´s neighborhood of a trendy pop feast is like saying "this is our anti-rock album and we´re never taking the metal word in our mouth again".
As a pop album, "One more light" is in fact quite good but as a LP album, it will scare the fans just as any Grudge film.
(+) I can imagine how heavy and big the song "Invisible" will sound on stage with more guitars.
(-) If LP won´t make their heaviest album yet after OML, then I´m done with this band and will just stay with the old records.


Quantum Split - America (2017) The beauty and the beast at the same time
Listening to this 2 track single from NYC based Quantum Slip feels like hearing an unreleased demo with 4 Non Blondes with songs written by Linda Perry that was meant for Red Hot Chili Peppers 1999 album California, but they never used them.
The songs aren´t that bad really but the production makes garage rock albums sound like a million bucks. My suggestion to the band is that they hire a good producer and record a decent album instead of this wreck.
They´ve got a good singer in Soleil Laurent, I like her voice.
(+) I can only imagine how good the song "America" would sound like with a major facelift.
(-) Soundwise, this ain´t worth shopping around to record labels, not even as a demo.


Quatro Scott Powell - QSP (2017) Glam rock dinosaurs walk again without the glam
Glam rock queen Suzi Quatro, guitar legend Andy Scott (The Sweet) and hard hitting drummer Don Powell (Slade) come together and form the supergroup QSP.
I wasn´t sure what to expect of their debut album, but don´t bother waiting for anything that will take you back to the days of "48 crash", "Fox on  the run" or "Cum on feel the noize".
QSP is just as much glam rock as Donald Trump is a democrat, QSP is more of a rock and roll album with old standards where the major part are 50´s and 60´s covers.
There are a few songs contributed by Quatro and Scott like "Long way from home", "If only", "Pain", "Mend a broken heart", "Broken pieces suite" and "Late nights early flights", the other 7 tracks are covers of original songs by artists like Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, Dr. John and Jimmy Reed.
The song "If only" (written by Dick Wagner and Suzi Quatro) is ok, there are hints of the 70´s in this song almost like if Phil Spector would´ve written a song for the 1976 album "Destroyer" by Kiss.
I still respect these names as godfathers of glam but whenever I want to listen to "Tobacco road", I rather put on David Lee Roth´s cover on "Eat ´em and smile" than this mediocre version.
(+) At least, they have their classic hits to lean back on.
(-) The jazzy "Mend a broken heart" is not what I want to hear from a man that gave us "Set me free".

Friday, May 19, 2017

Album Spotlight : Radiation Romeos - Radiation Romeos

Radiation Romeos is a new band formed by the amazing singer Parramore McCarty, best known for being the frontman of such legendary US metal acts Warrior and famed Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens' solo project, Atomic Playboys (in fact, the inspiration for the name Radiation Romeos came from a line in the song “Atomic Playboys").

Musically, the band moves in a melodic hard rock direction with solid, metallic edges thanks to the production of Michael Voss (Phantom 5, Casanova, Michael Schenker), who also contributed to the songwriting. In the studio, Parramore sang all vocals with Dag Heyne handling guitars, Jogi Spittka on bass, and Gereon Homann laying down the drum work with gusto!  

Parramore McCarty's career in music started when Robbin Crosby of Ratt gave him his start singing in cover bands. His first major label album was “Fighting For the Earth” on Virgin Records in 1985 for the legendary heavy metal band Warrior. Steve Stevens' Atomic Playboys followed in 1989 on Warner Bros. Records. Then hereturned to Warrior and also started gigging in the LA area with Metal Freqs and Monster Traxx.

Radiation Romeos will take no prisoners with their exciting mixture of muscular hard rock anthems and killer melodic songs!

RADIATION ROMEOS

Parramore McCarty - vocals
Dag Heyne - guitars
Jogi Spittka - bass
Gereon Homann - drums

Produced by Michael Voss

Tracklisting: 1.Radiation Romeos; 2.Ocean Drive; 3.Bad Bad Company; 4.Mystic Mountain; 5.Like An Arrow; 6.Promised Land; 7.Castaways; 8.Ghost Town; 9.Til The End Of Time; 10.On The Tight Rope; 11.Monstertraxx.'

Radiation Romeos is released on June 2nd on Frontiers Music.



Album Spotlight : The Ferrymen - The Ferrymen

Guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall) and vocalist Ronnie Romero (Lords Of Black, Rainbow) have joined forces, together with drummer Mike Terrana (Rage, Axel Rudi Pell, and more), in a brand new project dubbed The Ferrymen.

The songs were written by Karlsson in Sweden during the summer of 2016. Once Romero was sent the music via their main bands' shared label home Frontiers, he immediately wanted to be part of the project. Terrana was the last piece of the puzzle and he recorded his drums in Italy, where he currently resides. The resulting album is a shot of adrenaline for all lovers of melodic metal! Musically, you can expect maximum melodic metal fusing the songwriting and epic structures of the great ALLEN/LANDE records (for which Magnus Karlsson was the main architect of the first three widely praised releases) with the Ronnie James Dio-esque vocal approach of Romero. (Let's not forget that Romero was hand-picked by Deep Purple and Rainbow's legendary guitarist Richie Blackmore to be the lead vocalist for Rainbow's recent reunion shows, so the Dio comparison is more than accurate!)

With stunning artwork courtesy of Stan W. Decker and an outstanding mix courtesy of Simone Mularoni (of Italian prog metal masters DGM), THE FERRYMEN is an album which will take the metal world by storm in 2017!

THE FERRYMEN

Ronnie Romero – Vocals
Mike Terrana – Drums
Magnus Karlsson - Guitars, Bass & Keyboards

Tracklisting: 1.End Of The Road; 2.Ferryman; 3.Fool You All; 4.Still Standing Up; 5.Cry Wolf; 6.One Heart; 7.The Darkest Hour; 8.How The Story Ends; 9.Enter Your Dream; 10.Eyes On The Sky; 11.Eternal Night; 12.Welcome To My Show.

The Ferrymen is released on June 2nd on Frontiers Music.



Album Spotlight : Jorn - Life on death road

Easily one of the greatest rock singers of the 21st century, Norway's very own giant Viking warrior Jorn Lande’s vocals are resoundingly strong once again on his ninth original studio album, “Life on Death Road”! This absolutely brilliant new album sees Lande attacking the microphone with rejuvenated vigor, accompanied by a new band and a bigger and stronger sound.

“Life On Death Road” was not an easy album to make as it took several months of hard work for the songwriting vision to come together. Jorn needed to take the music to a new level to push the concept of the band further than it has ever gone before. The result is a record that is deep, strong, full of groove and powerful with anthemic songs aplenty! Songs like "Man Of The 80's", "Love Is The Remedy", "Life On Death Road", and "Hangman's Robe" capture the essence of Jorn as a singer, songwriter and lyricist.

The album also marks the debut of a new lineup of very experienced and gifted musicians around the Norwegian singer. On bass is Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner, Kiske/Somerville) who needs virtually no introduction to European heavy metal fanatics. On keyboards and production is Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Revolution Saints), who already joined JORN for the recording of his last covers album, “Heavy Rock Radio” and was the glue that helped Jorn to create the feel and the direction for the new album. Francesco Iovino (Primal Fear) is on drums and Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle) handles guitar. Truly a recipe for a roaring success!

Jorn had no desire to do "just another" JORN record. The aim was to do the best record possible and it took almost two years of writing, arranging, and producing before wrapping this all up. The performances are thunderous across the board and you can hear the urgency of these songs in Jorn's singing!

Jorn's catalogue is getting too long to include in brief overviews and his innovative and creative skills as a vocalist and music visionary have led to him selling millions of albums worldwide while being a frequent entrant on sales charts around the world including Billboard. Worth a mention here though are his years fronting German based Masterplan, whom he recorded three albums with. Claimed to be the biggest selling Norwegian musical export since the pop band A-Ha, Jorn continues his rock crusade and there are no signs of him slowing down and “Life on Death Road” is a magnificent testament to his abilities!

JORN

Jorn Lande – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt - Guitars
Mat Sinner – Bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards
Francesco Iovino – Drums

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio

Tracklisting : 1.Life on death road 2.Hammered to the cross 3.Love is the remedy 4.Dreamwalker 5.Fire to the sun 6.Insoluble maze 7.I walked away 8.The slippery slope 9.Devil you can drive 10.The optimist 11.Man of the 80´s 12.Blackbirds

Life on death road is released on June 2nd on Frontiers Music.