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    Dare - Out of the Silence II

    It's definitely a more polished and lush presentation; it just lacks balls in certain places compared to the original recording, IMO. Not necessarily better or worse (depending on your preferences), just different.
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    If I could have an entire album of "On the Wings of an Angel" and that style, that would be stuperb. I still think that song is vintage Fair Warning...
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    Dare - Out of the Silence II

    Am listening to this now... it sounds excellent, but as with much of Dare's recent efforts, it's lost some of the "punch" of the original material, perhaps opting for a bit richer texture in places. There are places I like the new renditions, but also places where I much prefer the originals. Probably best viewed as a "different take" rather than a replacement.
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    Dare - Out of the Silence II

    DARE are probably best known for their singer/songwriter Darren Wharton (who first rose to fame in the early eighties playing keyboards with legendary Irish rock band Thin Lizzy). Today DARE are one of the most respected and innovative melodic rock bands on the AOR scene, and have gained cult status among AOR fans throughout Europe, the UK and the world. The band's debut 1988 A&M album "Out Of The Silence" recorded at Joni Mitchell's Bel Air Studio in Los Angeles, and produced by Nickelback producer Mike Shipley is still widely regarded today as one of the all time great AOR albums. Darren joined Philip Lynott's Thin Lizzy at the tender age of eighteen and enjoyed 5 great years with the band touring extensively, alongside renowned guitarist Scott Gorham, drummer Brian Downey, guitarists Snowy White (Pink Floyd), Gary Moore and John Sykes (Whitesnake). Working closely with Philip Lynott, Darren also recorded classic Thin Lizzy albums, such as "Chinatown", "Renegade", and "Thunder and Lightning" on which Wharton co-wrote 3 songs, including the hit single "The Sun Goes Down". Sadly, the latter was to be Thin Lizzy's last studio album, and in 1986 Darren Wharton returned to his home town of Manchester where, as an outlet for his creative flare for song writing, working with young Oldham guitarist Vinny Burns, formed his own band, DARE. Following the debut "Out Of The Silence", Dare's second offering was the explosive "Blood From Stone" produced by Keith Olsen (Whitesnake, Scorpions).Sadly this was the last album recorded for A&M Records after the company was sold to Polygram in 1993. In 1994, Thin Lizzy reformed and Wharton found himself back with his old friends Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, John Sykes and Marco Mendosa, playing to packed out audiences across the world. But in 2000 Wharton decided to leave the Lizzy fold, and turn his focus back to DARE. Now living in rugged mountains of North Wales, and working in his own studio, Wharton was soon back writing again. First album off the press was the majestic "Calm Before the Storm". Then followed releases Belief and Beneath The Shining Water, each of which gained BBC2 national radio coverage. Arc Of The Dawn was to follow and featured Dare’s classic cover of Thin Lizzy's Emerald, and was again playlisted on Planet Rock radio; Each album adding new dimensions to the unique sound that was now synonymous with DARE. By this time, Darren's long time friend and original DARE guitarist Vinny Burns, was now firmly back in the band; With Kev Whitehead on Drums, Blood from Stone's Nigel Clutterbuck on bass, and Marc Roberts on live Keys Dare's lineup had never been stronger; and in 2016 DARE released their highly anticipated 7th studio album Sacred Ground. Sacred Ground delighted Dare fans everywhere, and after receiving spectacular reviews for European and UK press, quickly topped the Amazon Rock Charts in four countries, reaching number #1 in the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy. After national chart success in Sweden, DARE also reached new heights in America, hitting number #12 in the U.S. Amazon Rock charts, and number #2 in the Japanese International Imports charts. Following acclaimed live performances in the UK, Rockingham, London Roundhouse, Germany's Rock Of Ages, Sweden Rock Festival, Spain, Athens, Norway, the band's reputation grew from strength to strength, reinstating Dare's cult status in Europe and the UK and the world. With the first single "On My Own" being playlisted on Planet Rock Radio for over 3 months, the band once more found themselves back on top of the AOR Rock scene. Now 2018 promises to be another great chapter in the book of DARE, as the band celebrate their 30yr Anniversary with a Special Edition re-release of their debut classic album "Out Of The Silence". Out Of The Silence II has been completely re-recorded and in Wharton's own words "has taken on a new life". Rockier and harder sounding than and the original version, this fresh new recording will set the stage for the bands European tour starting off at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on the 18th May. With a brand new studio album set for 2019, it's clear that DARE are back to stay, and ready to Rock!
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    VEGA - Only Human

    I've given this a couple of listens, and my reaction is the same as it was to the last Vega album: this is a band that based upon my musical preferences, I *SHOULD* love... but I just don't. This band does nothing for me at all. The songs just don't resonate for some reason. There's no staying power with any of their releases... They bore me. *shrug*
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    Big City - Big City Life

    Velly velly intelesting! Looking forward to hearing more.
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    May 12 - New Audio Samples Added

    Click on any album cover below to go to the main site to listen.
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    Gioeli - Castronovo - Set The World On Fire

    If only they were half as funny as they think they are. Schtick is a bit strong and the love fest... they should get a room. Music sounds good tho.
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    Gioeli - Castronovo - Set The World On Fire

    Ok, gotta admit, that first single was better than I was expecting... shows much promise.
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    Kissin' Dynamite - Ecstasy

    Oh FUCK yeah! Can't wait. I know that some here can't stand them, but these guys can do no wrong in my eyes (and ears). Chord structure is very similar to Running Free.
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    Guns N Roses - Appetite for destruction super deluxe reissue?

    I hate shit like this where they combine CDs and vinyl rather than making separate versions for each format. It only jacks up the price. No way I'd spend even $179, as I'd never use the vinyl. For HARDKOR fans only.
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    Tremonti - A Dying Machine

    Quite tasty.
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    Issa - Run With The Pack

    I actually don't mind this new album. Won't win any awards, but it's an enjoyable listen. Her vox don't annoy me too terribly, unlike some others' reactions. It's a bit nasal at times, but I prefer that to heavily accented vocals, all things being equal. The album isn't as horrible as some here make it out to be.
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    Gioeli - Castronovo - Set The World On Fire

    Yeah, the original Hardline album is literally one of the best releases of the last 30 years. Essential. I doubt it will be anything near that, given the softer Hardline tone that subsequent releases have taken, but one can dream...
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    Dokken new live reunion CD/DVD

    I'm listening to this album now, and I just have to ask, based upon live Dokken I've heard before... is this all truly live or is it following the recent trend of "livish" with vocals dubbed in the studio after the fact? The vocals just sound too clean and refined to me. Everything is perfectly on pitch. Either that or somehow they've stepped up their act vocally about 300%. Also, the crowd noise doesn't sound right. Listen to it throughout track 10, the Alone Again intro. It doesn't sound natural with respect to natural ebbs and flows one would expect. It seems canned. Call me cynical, but...