Album Reviews

Whitesnake – The Purple Album

March 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

By MARK ROCKPIT/THE ROCKPIT So here it finally is: the album that many have wondered about over the years. David Coverdale finally revisits his formative years with an album full of reinterpretations of music from Deep Purple Mark III and IV. The question of course had always been the format any such album would be in – and whether there would ever be the coming together of the original musicians who made this music or not? Coverdale’s stay in Deep Purple was a brief one lasting less than two and a half years from August 1973 and March 1976 and encompassing the albums ‘Burn’; ‘Stormbringer’ and ‘Come Taste the Band’. For some [read on]

Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

By GREAT SOUTHERN BRAINFART IN 2013, Black Star Riders had hands down one of my favorite albums with All Hell Breaks Loose. With All Hell Breaks Loose, Black Star Riders really solidified themselves as a band in their own right as opposed to just a mere offshoot of Thin Lizzy. The album was a strong testament to the face that these guys were capable of being way more than just another Thin Lizzy. Like with any great debut album, once it sunk in and was out for a while, my next question was, “Will they be able to put something out just as good if not better as a follow up?” read [read on]

U.D.O – Decadent

January 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

By MARK GROMEN/BRAVEWORDS HARD to believe, but this is the 15th studio platter under the U.D.O. moniker (and eighth since ’02!), the former Accept singer offering a dozen new tracks (the digi will add “Let Me Out” and “Shadow Eyes” to the running order) similar to Steelhammer. Prior to that 2013 disc (and the reunification of his former Accept song-writing partners, Peter Baltes & Wolf Hoffmann), Udo Dirkschneider was the undisputed keeper of the Accept mantle/style and for a long time didn’t feel the need/urgency to compete with the speedy legacy of classics like “Fast As A Shark” or “Restless And Wild”. [read on]

Album review: CHARM CITY DEVILS – Battles

January 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

CHARM CITY DEVILS – Battles By FELICIA ROSE/CRYPTIC ROCK Five guys from Baltimore—vocalist John Allen, guitarist Victor Karrera, guitarist Nick Kay, bassist Anthony Arambula, and drummer Jason Heiser, better known collectively as Charm City Devils—originated in 2007. They were one of the first bands signed onto Nikki Sixx’s former record label, Eleven Seven Music, in 2009, which released the band’s first album, Let’s Rock-N-Roll, which was the first single from that album. After its release, those five guys went on the road, jump-starting their career opening for the likes of Drowning Pool, Godsmack, and the one and only [read on]

Album review: AC/DC – Rock Or Bust

January 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

AC/DC – Rock Or Bust By STEVE MASCORD/HOT METAL WHEN it comes to expectations regarding this, the Australian hard rock behemoths’ 16th studio album, pessimism has out-weighed optimism. Founder Malcolm Young has retired due to ill health, drummer Phil Rudd appears to be out of the band again following a brush with the law and producer Brendan O’Brien has had to deny speculation Rock Or Bust was spat out in just two weeks. Lead-off singles “Play Ball” and “Rock Or Bust” have divided aficionados: are they tired and clichéd, or refreshingly uncomplicated examples of what rock used to be? Those who are [read on]

Album review: SWEET & LYNCH – Only To Rise

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

SWEET & LYNCH – Only To Rise By BRIAN BOYLE/MYGLOBALMIND TWO of the kingpins of the 80’s rock genre, Michael Sweet and George Lynch, enjoyed varied degrees of success with Stryper and Dokken respectively. With Sweet’s main day job with christian rockers Stryper, and Lynch’s ventures with Lynch Mob both being put on the back burner, these two exquisite talents have joined forces to record Only To Rise. Also joining the party are drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner) and bassist James Lomenzo (White Lion, Megadeth). read [read on]