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  1. Another goody from the Stormspell factory: SIREN, "Up From the Depths: Early Anthology & More" 2-CD compilation of early/hard to find material from the '80s Florida metal band. For fans of Iron Maiden, Randy Rhoads-era Ozzy and especially early SAVATAGE. Features all the tracks from their demos and first studio album, four new songs and a handful of unreleased tracks. (begin shameless plug) Review @ my blog: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Siren-Up-From-the-Ashes-Early-Anthology-and-More-Album-Review (end shameless plug) "Tornado of Blood" on YouTube: Limited to 1200 numbered copies so buy now or cry later.
  2. Fat Freddy

    What's a spinnin' in your CD player?

    Diamond Head - Behold the Beginning Tora Tora - Surprise Attack Stryper - God Damn Evil "Steel Assassin" - Stormspell's 1986 "Mystery Tape" Prong - Ruining Lives Dokken - From Conception: Live 1981 Deep Purple - When We Rock, We Rock and When We Roll, We Roll Raven - ExtermiNation Red Sea - Blood The Throbs - The Language of Thieves & Vagabonds Steve Jones - Fire & Gasoline
  3. New from our pal Stormspell: the self-titled debut EP from STYGIAN OATH. 6 tracks of traditional/power metal from Thessaloniki, Greece. Fans of Riot, Jag Panzer, Lizzy Borden, Helstar, Lizzy Borden, check'em out. Good stuff. (begin shameless plug) review at my blog: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Stygian-Oath-Album-Review (end shameless plug) "Destiny Calls" on YouTube:
  4. Fat Freddy

    What CDs did you buy this week?

    Black Sabbath - TYR/Forbidden (Russian "2-on-1" compilation) ...yeah, I know, those Russian 2-on-1's are bootleg as hell, but I'm fine with that. Don't judge me
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    Stryper - God Damn Evil

    Got my copy of this in yesterday's mail - broke it in during the ride to work this AM. Quickie first spin impression: Me likee. If you dug the last couple of records (I did) then you should like this one as well. Frighteningly enough, I think that mongoloid chorus in "Take It To The Cross" is actually kinda growing on me!!
  6. Fat Freddy

    What CDs did you buy this week?

    Stryper - God Damn Evil
  7. An interesting goody from Stormspell here, with a bizarre back story fit for an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries." Does this tape look familiar to anyone? If so, maybe you can help Stormspell Records find the "Mystery Band." *(begin shameless plug) in-depth article about the "Mystery Tape" on my blog: https://spinditty.com/genres/Can-You-Help-Identify-Stormspell-Records-Mystery-Band (end shameless plug) Condensed Reader's Digest version of the story: Danny (Stormspell head honcho) found this reel of recording tape at a flea market some years back. The guy he bought it from got it as part of a storage unit auction and had no clue who the band was or where they were from. Aside from the band name "Steel Assassin" (or perhaps "SteevAssassin?") on the front cover, there were no song titles, musician credits or any other details on the package - just an address for a "Haymarket Productions" in San Francisco and a 1986 recording date. Stormy would like to find this band so he can negotiate a full legit release of their material (or at least give them their master tape back) but so far he's had no luck. The address on the box turned out to be a generic apartment building in San Francisco and none of his contacts in the underground are familiar with the tunes. All he's been able to figure out is that this is NOT the Massachusetts based "Steel Assassin" band who have been kicking around since the '80s. Storm eventually decided to press a limited number of CDs featuring the "mystery band" and gave them out as freebies to anyone who ordered $50 or more of merch from his web store during a recent sales blow out, in the hopes that someone out there might recognize the band/songs. If you missed out on that deal, he's got a couple of tracks up for listening on the label Bandcamp page: https://stormspell.bandcamp.com/album/demo-1986 So hey, if you live in the San Francisco area and your oil change guy is always talking about his old band opening for Exodus at Ruthie's Inn back in the day, or your office copy repair man says his old band "shoulda' been huge," you may have the key to solving this mystery, and Stormspell wants to hear from you!!!
  8. Fat Freddy

    What CDs did you buy this week?

    Big ole heap of Stormspell Records goodies in the mail today: Stygian Oath -s/t Blazon Stone - Down In The Dark Runelord - Message From The Past Rocka Rollas - Celtic Kings Various - Stormspell 10th Anniversary Tribute "Steel Assassin" - 1986 Mystery Band Spellwitch - The Witching Hour Terrorvore - Unforeseen Consequences Lucifer's Hammer - Time is Death Siren - Up From the Depths: Early Anthology & More (2CD)
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    Retrospect Records is for sale

    Haha! Yea, it's not like their roster was loaded with mega-stars that would make it worth the $100K asking price, especially in this day and age. It's funny, even after all the years of drama surrounding this label that I've witnessed in my time on this forum, I actually only own one Retrospect release -- "Look Out For the Night" by Axtion. ....and y'know what? It isn't even that good
  10. Fat Freddy

    Retrospect Records is for sale

    Dunno, but if you go to RetrospectRecords.com, the front page is still advertising their "Rockfest" concert from 2015 (!), so it would seem that they've been gathering dust for a while.
  11. Fat Freddy

    Stryper - God Damn Evil

    Walmart barely stocks any CDs in their stores nowadays anyway, so this is kind of a non-issue. If you're not a top 40 pop or country act, you're not getting rack space there, no matter what your album title is. Apparently you can still order it online from Wal-Mart's web site tho, so much for corporate morality I guess.
  12. Hey Gang: dunno if any of you are familiar with the blogging site "HubPages," but I've recently started a profile on it. I've posted a couple of my CD reviews and over time I'm planning to add much more music, movie and comic-related geeky nonsense. If you wanna check it out, my profile can be found here: http://hubpages.com/profile/FatFreddysCat (Before anybody asks, "FatFreddysCat" is an old alias I used online many moons ago. I eventually lopped off the "Cat" and went with plain ol' "Fat Freddy," but I felt it was time to bring it back. In addition to my stuff there are literally tons of other weird blogs/articles on this site about just about any topic you can possibly think of, so it makes for some interesting (and occasionally hilarious) reading. Supposedly there's some kinda nonsense involving Google AdSense tied into this site where you can supposedly make a few bucks off of your writings (similar to Examiner.com, I guess), but I haven't explored that side of it yet, I just thought it looked like a neat place to post some of my deranged ramblings. Hope you dig it.
  13. Fat Freddy

    My Stuff on HubPages.com

    New entry: I dusted off W.A.S.P.'s Helldorado this past week for the first time in a good long while, and I said to myself "Self, this album would be a damn good candidate for a new blog," so it was done. https://spinditty.com/genres/Retro-Rock-Review-WASP-Helldorado-1999
  14. Out now from our buddy Stormspell: Lucifer's Hammer, TIME IS DEATH Classy, melodic retro metal from Chile, for fans of early Maiden, Angel Witch, and the NWOBHM in general. Review @ my blog: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Lucifers-Hammer-Time-is-Death-Album-Review-2018 "Prisoners of the Night" on YouTube:
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    My Stuff on HubPages.com

    Out now from our buddy Stormspell: Lucifer's Hammer, TIME IS DEATH Classy, melodic retro metal from Chile, for fans of early Maiden, Angel Witch, and the NWOBHM in general. Review https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Lucifers-Hammer-Time-is-Death-Album-Review-2018
  16. Fat Freddy

    Klassik '78 - side 1 & side 2

    Damn, that's almost spooky. They got that vintage Kiss sound down!!
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    RATT fires DeMartini

    In the next installment of "As the Ratt Turns," Metal Sludge is reporting that Carlos Cavazo is now out of Ratt as well. For those of you who are keeping score, this leaves only one of the guys who played on Infestation (Pearcy) and Juan Croucier. It's starting to sound like Pearcy and/or Juan is trying to do the same thing Blotzer was doing - cutting out the "old" band members so he/they can take the RATT name on the road backed by no-names who work cheap. If that's the case, then the next court battle might be Blotzer suing them for stealing his business model. "That was my idea! I did it first!"
  18. Fat Freddy

    What CDs did you buy this week?

    A truly obscure find at Goodwill today... Various Artists: Rock Business and Long Island Records Presents: AOR I/95 ...a promotional sampler from Long Island Records, the short lived '90s AOR/hard rock record label from Germany. I own one release from this label (Parish's Envision, which feat. ex-Crimson Glory guitarist Ben Jackson), otherwise I probably wouldn't have even recognized the name. Anyway, it's sixteen tracks in a slim case and the artists on it include some vaguely familiar band names (Demon Drive, Bloodstone, If Only, Phil Naro, Loudshine) and a whole lotta "who?" I have heard OF some of these bands, but I'm fairly sure I've never actually heard any of 'em. I skipped thru the first half of the CD in the car as I continued on to work, and heard some straight up '80s style hair metal, some wimp-tastic Richard Marx-style AOR and even some weird synth stuff that was borderline new wave (?). An odd mix, but I can never resist promotional crap like this when I find it out in the wild.
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    RATT fires DeMartini

    Great idea, Ratt. Fire the one guy left in the damn band with talent. Pffft.
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    Paul Di'Anno & Dennis Stratton - The Original Iron Men

    I remember seeing (and laughing at) that terrible album cover when I saw it in a store, but never heard 'em before.
  21. Fat Freddy

    What CDs did you buy this week?

    First Goodwill Store CD scores in a couple of weeks... The Doors - The Best of the Doors (2CD in old school "fat boy" double size jewelbox) Great White - ...Twice Shy Asia - s/t Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door Lou Gramm - Ready or Not
  22. Fat Freddy

    What CDs did you buy this week?

    Hansen & Friends - XXX: Three Decades in Metal
  23. Fat Freddy

    My Stuff on HubPages.com

    Another new one! My latest "Forgotten Hard Rock Albums" installment takes on one of my favorite slabs of early '80s tr00 kvlt mettle cheez: the one and only BLACK DEATH! "Lock your doors 'n' kick yer parents out, 'n' turn yer music up LOOOOOOUUUUD!" https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Forgotten-Hard-Rock-Albums-Black-Death-1984
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    Skyward - Seeking the Heavens EP

    A new UK based melodic power metal band called "Skyward" was nice enough to send me their debut EP to check out....review is below. TL, DR version: if ya like Blind Guardian, Stratovarius, Rhapsody (Of Fire), Labyrinth, etc. this band should be your kinda jam: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Skyward-Seeking-the-Heavens-EP-review
  25. Fat Freddy

    My Stuff on HubPages.com

    New stuff: A new UK based melodic power metal band called "Skyward" was nice enough to send me their debut EP to check out....if ya like Blind Guardian, Stratovarius, Rhapsody (Of Fire), Labyrinth, etc. this should be your kinda jam: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Skyward-Seeking-the-Heavens-EP-review
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