Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bon Jovi Celebrate 25 Years Of A Legend

Slippery When Wet

25 years ago today, Bon Jovi released the unforgettable album, Slippery When Wet It was the band's best-selling album to date, with over 12 million copies sold in the United States and over 28 million copies worldwide and received diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. It was named the top selling album of 1987 by Billboard, and is currently the 21st best-selling studio album of all time, and features one of the greatest rock anthems of all time, sitting at track#3.


1. Let It Rock  
2. You Give Love a Bad Name
3. Livin' on a Prayer  
4. Social Disease
5. Wanted Dead or Alive  
6. Raise Your Hands  
7. Without Love
8. I'd Die for You
9. Never Say Goodbye
10. Wild in the Streets

In celebration, Jon and Richie sat down for an interview with the radio host Redbeard. Click here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review: In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading


01. Sounds of a Playground Fading
02. Deliver Us
03. All for Me
04. The Puzzle
05. Fear is the Weakness
06. Where the Dead Ships Dwell
07. The Attic
08. Darker Times
09. Ropes
10. Enter Tragedy
11. Jester's Door
12. A New Dawn
13. Liberation

I've always anticipated the arrival of a new In Flames record, since The Jester Race (1995). and they haven't disappointed yet.  "Sounds Of A Playground Fading", the tenth offering from the Swedish metallers, and this time without guitarist and founding member Jesper Strömblad, doesn't signal a different path taken, and if you are familiar with their discography, in this case is not a bad thing!  It's a "balls-to-the-wall from the get go" album, with a few new nuances thrown in.

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"Sounds Of A Playground Fading" lulls you into a false sense of security for about a minute from the start, then proceeds to pleasantly gang-rape your aural senses, with the title track. The use of synths and reintroduction of guitar solos and harmonies lend meticulously to the groove of the album, and I guarantee your head won't stop bangin' till the end.  My favourite track, "Darker Times" hits you from the start, is full of down-tuned riffs and has some nice melodic riffage.

Not as dark as "Reroute To Remain" or as ground breakingly brilliant as "Whoracle", it nevertheless cements In Flames as a band who has stayed true to form, producing metal as it should be...Bloody marvelous 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

20 Years Of The "Black Album"

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of one of the greatest musical offerings ever...Metallica’s landmark self-titled fifth album.

The “Black Album”—as it’s popularly known—would change heavy music as we know it, as it broke metal into the mainstream in a bigger way than any previous LP. It has since sold 30 million–plus copies worldwide and has been certified an astonishing 15 times platinum in the U.S. alone. It also contains some of Metallica’s biggest songs, including five singles that charted on Billboard‘s Hot 100, notably “Enter Sandman,” which reached No. 5

Happy Birthday to the great one...

Friday, August 12, 2011

R.I.P. Jani Lane - Thanks For The Tuneage

Jani Lane (1964-2011)
Jani Lane, 47, former Warrant lead singer (1986-1993, 1994-2004, 2008), was found dead Thursday evening, August 11, 2011. The Los Angeles Police Department reported. Lane was officially pronounced dead by Fire Department personnel who responded to a call shortly before 5:30 p.m. in a Comfort Inn hotel in the 20100 block of Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California.  No official cause of death has been released.

With his long blond hair and tight leather outfits, Lane embodied the excess of 1980s "hair metal" rock bands. After he joined Warrant in 1984, the band rose on the Sunset Strip circuit alongside kindred spirit Guns N' Roses and eventually signed with Columbia Records.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

“Iron Maiden Will Make At Least one More Album”

...says Bruce Dickinson, shedding some light on the future of the UK’s favourite metal band.

The next album will be the follow-up to last year’s ‘The Final Frontier’. No further details have been revealed yet, but Dickinson says: “Things have been going a bit more prog-rock on our recent albums and the fans seem to love that.”

In the interview with the Daily Star Dickinson spoke about the band’s very British politeness during the writing process. “Being English, we still have some reserve when we’re communicating ideas to each other”. He also said that back in the early days, the band would “have a stand-up, knock-down fight about anything. But we know each other better now and people do mellow. We know the boundaries of what we can do musically.”