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Album of the Month - October
  • z²
    by Devin Townsend Project
Video of the Month - October
  • Ozzy Osbourne: Memoirs Of A Madman
    Ozzy Osbourne: Memoirs Of A Madman
    starring Ozzy Osbourne
Good Reading
  • Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination
    Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination
    by Zakk Wylde, Eric Hendrikx
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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
Thursday
Nov222012

Happy Thanksgiving from The Right To Rock!

No matter where you are or what your situation is (and it can be pretty rough in this world), we're still pretty sure that everyone's got something going for them to be thankful about. So, whatever that is for you, The Lads here at The Right To Rock just want to say, we are genuinely glad for it.

So, as we celebrate those things today here in America, Genghis & Ragman - and all the crazy people here at TRTR - raise our glasses, and wish our fans a sincere, hearty

HORNS UP!

- Genghis is strongly considering another slice of that pumpkin cheesecake...

Wednesday
Nov142012

Stryper - Live In Indonesia at the Java Rockin Land 

It is really cool for me to bands like Stryper, still carrying the flag after 30 years.  The band was a solid force on Mtv and the scene until about the mid 90's, when they decided to hang up the yellow and black for awhile.  The band reunited in 2003 and has been touring and releasing new material ever since. Their latest release is the DVD Live In Indonesia at the Java Rockin’ Land, which was filmed in 2010, but seeing it's first release after being in the can for 2 years thanks to MVD Visual.

The set list, on this DVD, consists of 12 songs that span the band’s career,  primarily focusing mainly on their earlier material, as you would expect.  I did like that they included material off of Murder By Pride and Reborn, because it proves that they're still writing relevant material.  The DVD is shot with a film look to it.  Multi camera which looks amazing.  The band were on that night as well, as they are most nights.  You really don't realize how good these guys are, until you witness them live, and this DVD is a great example.

Bottom Line: Stryper still looking and sounding awesome.  The band bring it live and prove here on film.

-Ragman is craving honey for some reason.

 

Wednesday
Nov142012

In Alcatraz 1962 - The Drive

Them boys from up yonder in Virginny sure can rock that heavy metal, boss. Yessir. *spit*Formed out of Northern Virginia a few years ago, and featuring a sound honed by relentless touring, In Alcatraz 1962 is a band that should do well on any modern metal tour (Vans Warped, Jaegermeister, et al).  Their aggression is matched deftly with the tightness you'd expect from a group of serious-minded headbangers in songs that are aspirational as well as resigned - which I like, quite frankly. I'm a little tired of the whole nihilistic spirit that pervades most metal. Yeah, it's metal so we don't want to sound like a bunch of pussies, but if life's so damned tedious and depressing in its supposed meaninglessness, why even bother trying to make a living as an artist at all rather than just eating a gun? I mean, come on. Show a little backbone, will ya?

Luckily, the boys in In Alcatraz 1962, having eschewed that familiar rhetoric, can draw on their many influences to make some rocking energetic tunes on this debut about committment and The Drive to succeed. (America, fuck yeah!)

I dig the production on this album, courtesy of Don DeBiase at Studio D Productions (Modern Day Escape, Along Came A Spider, Vanilla Ice). This is a common complaint I have against inaugural releases from most metal bands trying to capture their road-honed sound with a new producer and what is likely their first time in a real studio. I think the band's years of live experience has clearly had a positive effect on their sound and I would love to catch them here in Houston some time. You might wanna do the same in your town.

Tracks That Make You Want to Plan Your Next Live Show: The Fatal Flaw, Over These Years, Winter Sun

The Bottom Line: Good old-fashioned American metal from a band that's earned their sound and a chance at a profitable career through hard work and committment. How's that for an American success story?

- Genghis is *this* close to moshing around the office...

Tuesday
Nov132012

Zombie Babies

Zombie Babies is about 2 hillbilly rednecks, that run an illegal abortion clinic in a Hotel/Casino.  Their practice is extremely low budget, as their surgery tools consists of only a coathanger.  On paper this could be entertaining, but in reality, not so much.  The story starts off with four couples going in for abortions at the same time, but with only 3 going all the way through with it.  Since it is a hotel, the guests stick around and eventually get picked off by mutant babies.  Zombie Babies is full of bad acting, 2nd rate jokes and really poor special effects.  I like a good B flick, just like the next guy, but this one got hard to watch.

Bottom LineGore, goobs and boredom sum this one up.  A horror flick with a decent idea, but not excecuted well at all.  If you're going to watch this one, make sure you have lots of booze.

-Ragman had to nudge himself a few times during this one.

Tuesday
Nov132012

Dokken - Broken Bones

The new incarnation of Dokken has been together now, for about 4 years or so, and they seem to be gelling.  Broken Bones is the 2nd with this line up in tact.  We were teased with the potential of a Dokken reunion, before the release, but as always, we were let down at the last minute.  Seems like once the rumors died, this record was released. Broken Bones picks up where Lightning Strikes Again left off, but fortunately, with stronger material.  Lighting Strikes Again was okay, but not as in your face as the new disc is.  Don't get me wrong this one, ain't that in your face, like back in the day, but it just sticks with you more. 

The songs on the new disc have more substance and stay with you.  It's obvious that Don can't hit many of the notes anymore, but he does a nice job not pushing his range.  Anything that Don lacks vocally is picked up by guitarist Jon Levin.  Levin is a bad ass, and even though he is very Lynchy, I think he has carved in his style a little more on this release.  The CD is mainly full of midtempo rockers, with a ballad and a couple fast ones, thrown in for good measure.  The vibe of the record is subdued and comes off like a 2nd rate Under Lock And Key, which is not a bad thing.  There is some strong material on this release, which gets better with every spin.

Bottom Line:  Don and the boys showing they can still do it after 30 years.  The new line up proves that they can put out solid music, without tarnishing the Dokken legacy.

Standout Tracks: Best of Me, Blind, Burning Tears and Empire

-Ragman thinks that the next release may be even better, with the chemistry these guys are forming.