Now that Bop has taken over the Top 10 lists, I figured it was time to post a little review of some tunes I have been listening to. Today I am going to focus on some good ole’ Rock-N-Roll I have currently in my rotation, plus a review of a band that I slammed recently here on The Supernaughts. Might have had a change of heart. Let the Tune-Sanity commence:
BUCKCHERRY – Rock-N-Roll – 2015
This is the seventh studio album from the boys of Anaheim, California and they still have that old-school rock-n-roll feel. If you like your music nasty with an 80s flare to it, and of course, throw in that LA vibe, the Cherry might be for you. To this point, they haven’t put out a bad album, but to date their debut, Buckcherry (1999) is still their best. Josh Todd and the boys have done it again, and if you’re a fan, you expected nothing less.
IRON MAIDEN – The Book of Souls – 2015
This is the 16th studio album from Maiden, who have been around for nearly 40 years! That makes me feel really old just typing that! I remember drawing Eddie on my folders at school while waiting for the bell to ring so I could scamper home to practice my bass. Iron Maiden, along with Judas Priest, where the top tier Heavy Metal groups for me growing up, and always could be found on a playlist or two of mine. Sadly, I have not listened to any new Maiden since Dickinson left in 1993, so I was extremely excited to give this one a spin. If you were ever a Maiden fan, this is a album created for the long time devotees. See Mathias’ earlier review for further details. He did an awesome job reviewing it. Definitely their best album since Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988). Irons Up!
FAITH NO MORE – Sol Invictus – 2015
“I love me some Faith No More, just wished their last album hadn’t sucked so bad” – that is what I posted on Dan’s article a month ago. Since then, I have made myself listen to the album a few more times to see what I missed, if anything, and like usual, Patton and the boys have a strange way of growing on you. By far not their best album, and for me, it would still be at the bottom of their catalogue, but dammit, I like it! I will admit when I am wrong, and in this case, I was wrong. Patton has always been one of my favorite singers, so versatile! He can go from singing “Easy”, to “I Started a Joke”, to “Epic”, to “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies”. His singing techniques include crooning, falsetto, opera, death growls, rapping, beatbox, scatting, etc, you name it, he does it. To put it simply, he is awesome!
SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival – 2015
Let’s get this out of the way first, I really want to love Shinedown, with their southern rock “Simple Man” and “45”, to their metal ballads such as “I’ll Follow You” and “Second Chance”, to their hard rockin’ “Sound of Madness”, so I root for these guys to kick ass. To this point, I have only heard a little over half their new album (which comes out this Friday), and all I can say is saccharine. Another one that comes to mind is over-produced. I think their fall started with the tame Amaryliss album from 2012, except what I have heard so far, is slightly better than it, but only slightly. I hope the five songs I have not heard so far kick some major ass, because if they don’t, this will be another dud for the boys from Jacksonville, Florida. Very disappointing……..so far………
JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer of Souls – 2014
Following the path of my Iron Maiden review, I decided to end this review session with the latest from the Priest, and one I wished I had not purchased. The best song on the entire album is the 1st – “Dragonaut” – and everything after that feels uninspired. Out of 18 songs, only one feels Priest worthy. The main issues I have with the album is that it seems that Halford just mailed it in, and doesn’t seem to have the fire or grit he used to. Whatever the case, I find myself flipping thru my old Priest collection, trying to forget that this album even exists. Oh well, thanks for the memories guys.
Next time, on Name That Tune, I will review albums from a different genre, since I am the purveyor of all things musical (scandalmonger). Let me know if you agree or disagree, and give us all a heads up on what’s new on your playlist. Till next time, Bon Appetite and turn up the jams!