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Newsted – Heavy Metal Music

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When I last caught up with Jason Newsted this spring he had just issued the Metal EP with his new band Newsted. While Newsted isn’t known for his vocal abilities, he’s a monster bassist, a huge metal fan and foremost a guy whose heart and soul is deeply rooted in metal.

Newsted enlisted Staind guitarist Mike Mushok who had added a new dimension to the Newsted sound. If you weren’t a fan of Jason Newsted’s vocals on the Metal release then it’s unlikely that Heavy Metal Music will change your mind. I’d have to question anyone’s allegiance to the genre if they didn’t absolutely enjoy this album because it’s very much a thrash influenced effort. Heavy Metal Music isn’t a perfect album by any means; the pair of clunkers on this album, “As the Crow Flies” and “Above All,” simply don’t go anywhere and frankly could have been tossed out altogether. But it’s tracks like “Long Time Dead” and “Soldierhead” that make Heavy Metal Music worth owning. Newsted has wrapped up the Gigantour with Megadeth this summer and chances are very good that he’ll continue touring deep into 2014. Pick up Heavy Metal Music, it’s quite good.

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Seether – Poison The Parish

By revisiting their roots, Seether has delivered the most honest and powerful album of their career.

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Poison The Parish

Canine Riot Records

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Seether has proven to be a reliable rock powerhouse throughout their entire career. Since the early 2000’s, the band has had a steady diet of consistent releases and nonstop touring. Seether has always been able to churn out tunes reminiscent of the grunge heroes before them while adding just enough uniqueness to make it their own. Poison The Parish is the band’s seventh full-length studio album and is the first album produced in its entirety by Shaun Morgan, the band’s lead singer and songwriter. The heaviest album in the band’s catalog, Poison The Parish is a return to form for a band that creatively – and successfully – stretched their wings on 2014’s Isolate And Medicate. Seether has always had a harder edge to their music and they really deliver that aspect on this release. Kicking things off with the crushing “Stoke The Fire” right into “Betray And Degrade,” things slow down a bit for “Something Else” and “I Survive.” The Seether formula is executed perfectly on the lead single “Let You Down” while “Against The Wall” is Morgan’s most emotional lyrics on the record. “Let Me Heal” and the moody “Emotionless” are the only minor downfalls in this package, but they still serve the record well. Morgan goes after the “bigots and liars” in the hard hitting “Saviours” and powerfully demands attention with the scream-y “Nothing Left.” “Count Me Out” shamelessly sounds like something straight off of Nirvana’s Nevermind and the album is wrapped up with the inspiring “Sell My Soul.” The deluxe edition boasts three additional tracks: “Feels Like Dying,” “Misunderstood” and “Take A Minute.” Poison The Parish doesn’t stray far from what you’d expect from Seether but they’re not phoning it in, either. By revisiting their roots, Seether has delivered the most honest and powerful album of their career.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Stoke The Fire
Let You Down
Saviours
Sell My Soul

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Junkyard – High Water

“High Water” – full of big guitars, big drums and big attitudes – plucks Junkyard out of the past and firmly places them into 2017 and beyond.

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High Water

Acetate Records

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Junkyard, who hit MTV and radio hard with their self-titled 1989 Geffen Records debut and singles “Hollywood” and “Simple Man,” were prematurely lumped in with the hairband craze happening at the time. With punk and country influences, there was much more to this band than most MTV watchers realized. A follow-up release, Sixes, Sevens and Nines was released in 1991. With a few odds and ends released over the years, High Water is the first official Junkyard release in 26 years. “I had no grand illusions of a magnum opus, or that we’d try and recreate what we were 25 years ago,” vocalist David Roach states. “This album is not a departure; it’s a rock n’ roll record from Junkyard with songs about life, love, regret, addiction and memories.” High Water delivers exactly what you’d expect from Junkyard with tracks like “Faded” and “Cut From The Same Cloth” but also throws in a few surprises and carries a harder punk rock vibe than previous releases. “Styrofoam Cup” is a slower, country-tinged tune while “Don’t Give A Damn” sounds like a drunken, snotty rockabilly anthem. The band jumps into straight ahead punk rock with the fast ramblings of “Wallet.” For closed-minded fans of the band’s first two albums, songs like “W.F.L.W.F.” and “Kindness To The Dead” will be exactly what you’re looking for. High Water – full of big guitars, big drums and big attitudes – plucks Junkyard out of the past and firmly places them into 2017 and beyond.

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Faded
Cut From The Same Cloth
W.F.L.W.F.
Kindness To The Dead

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Jackyl – ROWYCO

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You know what you’re getting with Jackyl. Period. Live or in the studio, these guys always deliver 110%. Their latest album, ROWYCO, is perhaps the thickest, greasiest slab of music they’ve ever served. As soon as you push play and hear the opening notes of “Disasterpiece” you know this is gonna rock – maybe heavier than any Jackyl record has ever rocked. Sonically, ROWYCO is a little different but all the things you’d expect are still there – fun, hard n’ heavy, shit-kickin’, raunchy, beer-drinkin’, rock n’ roll. There’s even a countrified booze ballad called “Just Because I’m Drunk” for all you sober-challenged types. Jackyl’s version of Hot Chocolate’s “Every 1’s A Winner” stays faithful to the original and finds the band in a slow relaxed groove that really works. You can almost mentally picture frontman Jesse James Dupree doing the “White Boy Boogie” when you hear album closer “Blast Off.” ROWYCO is a fun listen from start to finish and a highlight in Jackyl’s 20+ year career. Rock Out With Your Cock Out!

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3 Pill Morning – Never Look Back

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Never Look Back

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“You spend enough time on the road dealing with personal issues, financial issues and pretty much any other issues that come along with this career choice and there’s plenty of material to write about,” comments 3 Pill Morning vocalist Jeff Stebbins. “Never Look Back is an album that’s really from the heart.” 3PM’s sophomore album was not just a personal experience for the band, but fans were personally involved in it’s creation – the album was successfully crowdfunded via Pledge Music. As the follow-up to 2012’s Black Tie Love Affair, Never Look Back solidifies the band’s sound – hard driving grooves, sing-along choruses and precision use of modern rock effects. Evolving from one album to the next is a crucial part for any band. It’s so important to hold on to things that maintain character while allowing room to grow. 3 Pill Morning has managed to successfully expand on what makes them unique enough to pull away from that boring collection of rock bands that all sound the same.

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The Dead Daisies – Revolución

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Revolución is the follow-up to The Dead Daisies’ 2013 self-titled debut. The first album started as a studio project headed up by vocalist Jon Stevens and guitarist David Lowy. As the lineup evolved, the band now features former Motley Crue singer John Corabi, Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed from Guns N’ Roses fame on guitar and keyboards, guitarist David Lowy, bass player Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne).

Back in February 2015, the Daisies got the chance to play some rock n roll in Cuba and it proved a revelation. The revelation became a revolution as the boys started conceiving their next album. The passion they’d experienced in Cuba was confirmation the world needs to be reminded that classic rock is alive and kicking. With the new album, and new singer John Corabi, The Dead Daisies were going to deliver just that – an album of classic rock Revolución!

The Dead Daisies have made their mark with Revolución as it showcases their classic rock n’ roll sound with plenty of sweat and swagger. The strongest part of the band is the addition of John Corabi on vocals. Corabi’s raspy growl is the perfect fit for the songs on Revolución as it helps solidify the unique sound of the Daisies.

The strength of the Daisies musicianship is highlighted in the first single “Midnight Moses.” The bluesy guitars, air-tight rhythm section, and rocking piano build the perfect foundation for Corabi’s grittiness. The second single, “Mexico,” is a true rock anthem that tells the story of running wild and having a good time south of the border.

“When we were in the writing process, the idea came up to write a song about Mexico and all the experiences of it. Having spent the first 15 years of my life there, I was obviously exited,” says bassist Marco Mendoza. “The result was a rocking in your face anthem with a very strong melody and hook! ‘Mexico.’ We had a chance to play it live a few times and you could see the positive reaction on the fans faces. This is a winner in my opinion!”

From the funk-rock grooves in “Get Up, Get Ready” to the dueling guitars in “With You And I,” there is something for everyone on Revolución.

Revolución Track Listing:
1. Mexico
2. Evil
3. Looking for the One
4. Empty Heart
5. Make the Best of It
6. Something I Said
7. Get Up, Get Ready
8. With You and I
9. Sleep
10. My Time
11. Midnight Moses
12. Devil Out of Time
13. Critical

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