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Crazysam

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  1. I listened to this one today and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Has more of a modern rock feel to it than what I usually listen to.  Musically it's heavier than her last album but the songs retain plenty of melody.  Nicely produced, with nothing I'd really consider as filler material.  I think this release is a nice step forward for her.


  2. Primal Fear's upcoming new album 'Metal Commando'  was produced by Mat Sinner and is due out July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records.  I'm digging the latest track I Am Alive

     https://media.nuclearblast.de/shoplanding/2020/PrimalFear/metal-commando.html

    PRIMAL FEAR | Metal commando - Nuclear Blast

    01. I Am Alive
    02. Along Came The Devil
    03. Halo
    04. Hear Me Calling
    05. The Lost & The Forgotten
    06. My Name Is Fear
    07. I Will Be Gone
    08. Raise Your Fists
    09. Howl Of The Banshee
    10. Afterlife
    11. Infinity

     

     

     


  3. After enjoying their last album, Heart of the Hurricane, I had fairly high expectations for this release.  But unlike a few other bands this year, Beyond the Black delivered.  This might not appeal to everyone on the forum, but is highly recommended for fans of female fronted modern rock with some symphonic metal influences.  While they still have a foot firmly planted in hard rock/metal this moves the band a little further towards the commercial side of the genre.  The tracks 'Misery' and 'I Won't Surrender' are good examples of that, as I could easily see those songs being performed by a number of female, pop artists.  The album has several stand out tracks, but my initial favorites would be the title track, 'Welcome to My Wasteland', 'Golden Pariahs' and 'Wounded Healer'.  This one has a good chance of ending up in my top 10 this year.


  4. Good to see Tommy is still actively making music.  I always felt he brought a lot of the energy to those early Tesla albums which has been lacking on recent material.  I gave this a spin today and thought it was a decent album.  Some moments naturally remind of Tesla, but with a little rawer feel, almost like a bit of old G n' R sprinkled in here and there.  The vocals seemed a little buried in the mix though.  And unfortunately none of the songs really stuck with me.  Worth checking out for fans of Tesla and especially of Tommy, but initially this one misses the mark for me.


  5. On 6/3/2020 at 9:32 AM, tts42572 said:

    Just thought I'd bump this after starting to see some positive reviews and knowing that the band has started sending out pre-orders early.

    Looking forward to getting this one as I've really dug the first two songs.   Reminds me of 80's era Judas Priest mixed with Skid Row or something.

    sounding good to me as well, I've enjoyed all 3 tracks and plan to order a copy of the EP to support the band's efforts

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  6. 4 hours ago, Leykis101 said:

    Does anyone watch Metal Mayhem on Mtv Classics? i'm curious if anyone notices they play the exact same videos every week, Iron Maiden, Ratt, Dio, and Lita Ford, and they are always the exact same videos, no variation.

    I haven't watched recently, but awhile back I had set it to record regularly and to my dismay I noticed the same thing.  I don't know if it has something to do with permissions or financial reasons, but with the massive library they should have to choose from I expected a lot more variety.  One of those cases where telling people that if you've seen one episode you've seen them all isn't a stretch.


  7. 5 hours ago, lettard said:

    You have to grab Screw It & Cockroach dude,proper party time fun melodic rock...great tunes on both imho

    Agreed :drink:

    Cockroach is my favorite, but both albums are great.  And with Cockroach you don't have to wonder how the tracks would have sounded with the other guy on vocals.  You're able to listen to both Ted's and Paul's interpretations and decide for yourself which is better


  8. 47 minutes ago, KarpetRydOFunk said:

    Freewheelin' is the heaviest album. It's closer to Stoner Rock than Funk Metal.

    That describes it well.  I thought Freewheelin' was a pretty good album and seemed like a logical next step for the band musically.  But Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride remains their best, in my opinion.


  9. 5 hours ago, zacharyamelie said:

    My top 5 debuts of the past 15 years are

    WOA - Artwork 

    Brother Firetribe - False Metal

    The Magnificent 

    One Desire

    Night Flight Orchestra - Internal Affairs

     

    4 hours ago, Glen said:

    4 are correct but I'd swap The Magnificent for The Defiants ;)

    I'd have Vega, Cats in Space and Degreed ahead too. 

    I think that might be worth starting a thread for, if there isn't one already.  And you both picked albums worthy of consideration.  I'd probably slide WOA and NFO down a bit, good albums, just personal preference.  My top 5 debuts during that time frame would be

    Brother Firetribe

    The Magnificent 

    One Desire

    First Signal

    W.E.T.

    But could just as easily have included one of the D2 guys projects as Marcello Vestry, Tokyo Motor Fist and The Defiants all put out great debuts.


  10. 6 hours ago, zacharyamelie said:

    I’m not understanding the semi negative vibe from many. I think it’s a solid follow up to the fantastic debut. I think in time I will regard the debut as the better release but Midnight Empire is pretty darn good. Love the production and wall of sound of both releases. The lead vocals give these guys a unique sound that you know is One Desire...sorta like Brother Firetribe and H.E.A.T

    I think it's only natural to have a few comments that are somewhat critical of a follow up of a great release when it simply isn't as good. Sure the production is well done and musically I think they took a step forward with some of the arrangements.  But for me it comes down to the fact that there are fewer standouts and more tracks I'll likely skip on future spins, when compared to the debut.

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  11. The hooks aren't as instant as the debut.  And I didn't care much for the track order as there were too many mellow songs bunched up in the second half of the album.  But overall I think it's a solid release.  My initial favorites are Shadowman and Rio.  The only tune I'm not caring much for at the moment is the closer Only When I Breathe.  Andrés' tone when he repeats the word "breathe" during the chorus gets a bit annoying for me.

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