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Album of the Month - November
  • Disconnect
    Disconnect
    by Threat Signal
Video of the Month - November
  • Dimevision Vol. 2 - Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over
    Dimevision Vol. 2 - Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over
    by Dimebag Darrell
#DefineMetal
  • Metal: The Definitive Guide
    Metal: The Definitive Guide
    by Garry Sharpe-Young
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CD of the Month
  • Mudvayne
    Mudvayne
    by Mudvayne
Inspiration
  • Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition
    Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition
    by Michael Moynihan, Didrik Soderlind
  • Retribution
    Retribution
    by Shadows Fall
  • Brutal Legend
    Brutal Legend
    Electronic Arts
Friday
Aug062010

Triumph - Greatest Hits Remixed

Is a Triumph reunion tour coming? We sure as hell hope so.When you think of great Canadian rock bands, who do you think of?  I know the new schoolers will probably mention either Nickelback or Theory of a Deadman, and the old school guys will shout out uncontrollably - Rush!  If you think back to the 70's and early 80's, there were just a handful of bands to break out of Canada, and make a major impact on the music scene, and the one's to have the most sucess were power trios; Rush of course, with the other being the mighty Triumph.  Triumph ruled the airwaves in the late 70's through a better part of the 80's, before finally calling it quits in the early 90's.  Triumph delivered a hard rock punch and sound that was unmatched.  The band had a period in the 80's, where they were on top of the world, by releasing such geat albums as Allied Forces, Never Surrender and Thunder Seven.  Unfortunately in the late 80's, the wheels started to fall off the wagon, and one major piece of the puzzle left (The departure of Rik Emmett), and then the band never really recovered from there. 

Well time heals all wounds, right?  Well in some cases at least.  After the band's induction in the Canadian Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the guys put their differences aside and apeared on stage together for the first time in over 20 years.  2010 brings hope to Triumph fans for a full blown re-union, that this reviewer can not wait for, but to keep us at bay, the band has just released a really cool greatest hits package.  This isn't your standard package because it is all of the hits plus it includes a DVD of all of the tunes.  The DVD contains the classic videos from Mtv as well as some fairly rare live footage.  Really a cool package.  *Sam Dunn if you are reading this review, their is another Canadian band that could use the star treatement, if you know what I'm saying..  Again this is a nice package including 14 tracks on the audio CD as well as on the DVD.  Cool stuff.

 

Bottom Line: The perfect release to pre-empt a reunion tour.  Hopefully this is what will get the boys back on stage together again rocking our world.  This is a great package and the remixed versions come out fuller and punchier.

- Ragman will grow a mullet, if Triumph tours again.

Thursday
Aug052010

Rage - Strings to a Web

This album is a MUST BUY!Every time Rage come out with a new CD, I have to say I get pretty geeked.  I was a late bloomer with Rage, not discovering them until 1999 with the release of Ghosts.  From the first listen I was hooked, and it made me crave more.  Luckily for me, for the next 5 years the band put out some of their strongest material to date.  To be honest, I haven't dug too deeply into the band's back catalog, but I will one day.  To me, the band hit a little bit of a snag from 2006-2008 with the releases of Speak to the Dead and Carved in Stone.  Don't get me wrong, there was some solid stuff on those records, but I think they got away from the signature riffage and core sound that fans have come to know and love.  I strongly believe that Soundchaser was the last solid CD that the band has put out, but with that said, the band has just released their 18th studio album called Strings to a Web.  Let's see if they got back on track.

Strings rips right into action with the barn-burner, Edge of Darkness.  This track starts off with a killer Eddie Van Halen (a la Mean Streak) style tapping riff by guitarist extraordinaire, Victor Smolski.  It is amazing.  The dude is a certified guitar monster.   The song then rips into a killer uptempo track with all of the trademark Rage elements intact.  The next track, Hunter and Prey, is old school Rage, reminding me of the classic track Down off of the Unity record.  It's punchy and full of great riffs and a solid chorus.  The assault doesn't stop there, because the next 2 tracks will continue to pummel the senses until you get to the killer 5th song, Empty Hollow.  This is Rage at their best, delivering monster riffs combined with killer melody.  The songs are memorable and will stick with you.  By far the best album the band has done in years, and my first pick of the month on the new site!

Bottom Line: Rage at their best.  This album delivers some of the best riffs I've heard in awhile.  The band's gone back to doing what they do best: rocking your balls off.  There are a few surprises, but they do not take away from the flow of the CD. Note: As a bonus, this package comes with a great live DVD of the band.  This is a must buy!

Standout Tracks: Hunter and Prey, Beggar's Last Dime, Empty Hollow Saga and Savior of the Dead

- Ragman wishes he and wifey were back in Germany rocking to Rage...

Tuesday
Aug032010

Paul McCartney Really Is Dead - The Last Testament of George Harrison

Interesting concepts end up seeming phonyThere are many unsolved mysteries that have perplexed mankind for years - and will continue to, until the day we die.  Who killed JFK?  Are Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin on an island partying together?  Is Paul McCartney really dead?  Who knows? But it's always fun to speculate, right?  Highway 61 Entertainment has just released a DVD containing "evidence" that may shed light on one of the great mysteries in rock and roll: Is Paul McCartney dead, or alive?  Again, who knows (work with me here)?   But it sounds like it might be an interesting watch, so let's check it out.

In 2005, a mysterious package appeared in the mail at the offices of Highway 61 Entertainment (right, "who?") containing 2 tapes that were supposedly recorded by former Beatle, George Harrison.  These tapes fuel the documentary, by trying to uncover one of the biggest mysteries in rock n rock history.  To be fair, the documentary does state that they have not been able to authenticate the voice on the tapes, but do say that the voice is eerily similar to George.   This is was a very entertaining watch - though on a down note, the dialog seems scripted at times.  If these were indeed tapes originating from Harrison, I don't believe the dialog would be so thought-out and calculated.

There's some cool footage, and the film is put together well.  The clues presented may get you scratching your head at times, but for the most part you go with it because there are some interesting clues that the lads supposedly left.  An entertaining watch for Beatle and non-Beatle fans. 

Bottom Line: A cool documentary that asks some interesting questions.  Unfortunately, the DVD seems scripted and ends up coming off a little phony.  Still entertaining, if sometimes a little far-fetched.

- Ragman is looking for a bowl to cut his hair

Saturday
Jul312010

Podcast #104: Timeless

Yup, we finally got him...Many of our idols may be becoming "senior citizens", but they still definitely rock - though for how long?  Bands like The Scorpions and AC/DC are well into their 60s, and they are still putting out relevant music, but how long before the creative juices start to dry up?  Join Genghis and Ragman as they talk about the elder statesmen of rock, and if/when they should retire.  Next, the boys grab one of their favorite vocalists of all time, Donnie Vie from Enuff Z'Nuff, for a chat.  Donnie discusses Enuff Z'Nuff's latest CD Dissonance as well as their upcoming festival appearances, and what to expect for his upcoming solo CD.

DVD of the Show: AC/DC - Family Jewels

Beer of the Show: Unibroue - Quelque Chose - Beer Rating: 2

Featured Tracks Lustra - Scotty Doesn't Know, AC/DC - Night Prowler, Scorpions - Raised on Rock, Edguy - The Pride of Creation, Thin Lizzy - Hollywood (Down on Your Luck), Blue Murder - Ptolemy, Rush - Virtuality, Enuff Z Nuff - Good Times (Are Hard to Find), Lazy Dazy, Playground, We're All Alright.

Classic of the ShowNarnia - People of the Bloodred Cross

Ragman pick of the ShowCrazy Lixx - Children of the Cross

Genghis pick of the ShowLacuna Coil - Spellbound

- Ragman needs a beer; it's friggin' hot outside!

Podcast #104: Timeless

Thursday
Jul292010

When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors (Blu-Ray)

If you like The Doors, you'll love thisWho was the first legendary rock group to make it in America?  Britain had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, but what did the U.S. have?  Well in the late 60’s, a group emerged from Los Angeles, CA, that took the world by storm, and they were called The Doors.

The Doors were the prototype for the wild rock band.  They picked up where The Beatles left off and took it up a notch.  Jim Morrison  paved the way for many of the great showman we have today.  His “I don’t give a fuck" attitude and rebellious behavior catapulted the band into stardom quicker than they ever could of imagined.  Unfortunately, that same attitude - along with  excessive alcohol and drug abuse - led him to an early grave.

When You’re Strange is an excellent documentary which chronicles the band from their early days, to their untimely demise.  The band only lasted a mere 54 months before Morrison passed away in Paris in 1971.  The documentary is full of excellently preserved archival footage, from the early days up to the time that Morrison went on sabbatical in Paris.  The film, narrated by actor Johnny Depp, starts off with a rare movie featuring Morrison intermixed with the archived footage.  It's a great look behind the scenes of how some of the classic albums were made and recorded.  I was also impressed with how director Tom DiCillo brought out the displeasure of Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore, during Morrison’s more self destructive times.  All in all a very entertaining watch. 

Bottom Line:  All you wanted to know about The Doors and more.  An excellent documentary chronicling an iconic band.

- Ragman wonders what Oli Stone thinks of this one...