RECORD REVIEW: “A Star Is Born” (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

RECORD REVIEW A Star Is Born (Motion Picture Soundtrack) Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Interscope Records If you can disconnect fully from any perceptions you may have of Bradley Cooper being “just” an actor with chiseled abs, and Lady Gaga being “merely” a Pop-Tart in a meat suit, you might then be open to receiving an incredible musical treasure. Simply put, the just-released...

October 9th, 2018

‘Small Town’ Could Be A “Big” Success For Max Ater

Courtesy: Prudential Records By Philip Sayblack Late next month, up-and-coming singer-songwriter Max Ater will release his sophomore EP Small Town to the masses.  Planned for release via indie record label Prudential Records – which also lists the likes of Puddle of Mud, Flotsam and Jetsam and Dark New Day among its artists – the five song EP is an interesting new effort that, given the right...

September 30th, 2018

Musical, Lyrical Changes Make ‘Deep Cuts’ Another Interesting LP From The Temperance Movement

Courtesy: Snakefarm/Spinefarm Records By Philip Sayblack Early last month, rock outfit The Temperance Movement released its third full-length studio recording to the masses to American Audiences via Snakefarm/Spinefarm Records.  The band’s third album overall, it was originally released overseas  Feb. 16 via Earache/Concord Music Group. The 12-song collection presents a slight change of pace from...

September 3rd, 2018

RECORD REVIEW: Ken Sharp “Beauty in the Backseat”

KEN SHARP – Beauty in the Backseat Jetfighter Records By Christopher Long Truth be told, celebrated singer / songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ken Sharp is an eternal teenager — one who still lives gleefully in 1972, and one who simply refuses to vacate his stylistic, shag-covered residency located at the intersection of Donny Osmond Avenue and David Cassidy Boulevard. And be sure, that’s...

September 1st, 2018

Fozzy Reaches Its Peak With ‘Judas’

Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records By Philip Sayblack Veteran hard rock band Fozzy launched the latest leg of its “Judas Rising” tour on Friday.  The tour, which currently runs through September 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, includes performances in Charlotte and Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 19 and 20 respectively.  The tour’s launch also follows the release of the...

August 26th, 2018

Gibbons’ Sophomore LP Is One “Bad” Blues Rock Record

Courtesy: Concord Records By Philip Sayblack ZZ Top front man Billy F. Gibbons is set to release his sophomore solo album The Big Bad Bluesnext month via Concord Records.  A little more than three years will have passed between the release of his debut solo record Perfectamundo and The Big Bad Blues when the latter is released.  The 11-song collection of originals and covers is a welcome new offering...

August 19th, 2018

Don Broco – “Technology” (SharpTone Records)

Don Broco – Technology (SharpTone Records) By Christopher Long The first word that comes to mind when describing the latest set from Don Broco is, “big.” Big drums, big guitars, big vocals. Clocking in at a whopping 60 minutes, even the colossal 16-cut track listing is big. But the “average Joe” is less than production savvy. For the typical kid on the street, it’s...

August 15th, 2018

Metal Purists Will Welcome Anialator’s Return On ‘Rise To Supremacy’

Courtesy: Extreem Music By Philip Sayblack The Texas music scene is by far one of the richest of any across America.  While some may immediately associate the “Lone Star State” with country music – which apparently still happens to this day – Texas has been home to a number of respected acts from across the musical universe.  Those acts include the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Holly...

August 2nd, 2018

Nonpoint’s New Album “X” Is Among The Band’s Best Work To Date

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records By Philip Sayblack Veteran hard rock band Nonpoint is set to release its tenth full-length studio recording next month, and it goes without saying that considering the three singles that the band has already released, this album is one that audiences across the board will appreciate and enjoy. That should be no surprise either, considering all that the band has had to offer...

July 26th, 2018
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COC’s New LP Proves It Was Worth The Wait Despite Its Production Problems

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records By Philip Sayblack Fans of the veteran hard rock band Corrosion of Conformity had plenty to smile about as this year opened.  That’s because the band released its latest full-length studio recording, No Cross No Crown.  The album, the band’s tenth full-length studio recording, has been received relatively well by fans, and justifiably so, as it takes listeners...

July 24th, 2018
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