BAG OF BONES
Wow! Europe has been pretty good recently, but never in their career have they been this good. Yes folks, it seems that the band that created arguably the worst back to back hits the 80s hair scene had to offer ("The Final Countdown" and "Carrie") have completely reinvented themselves. By completely, I mean that there's not a single note of music here that could be mistaken for anything in the band's past. In fact, I'd bet most people wouldn't even recognize this as the same band.
THE WORLD IS OURS - VOL. 1
"We are Motorhead, and we play Rock N' Roll", Lemmy proclaims while casually walking out to the front of the stage in Santiago, Chile. We've all heard it so many times. What follows next is a no frills, straight forward onslaught of typical Motorhead madness...just like it's always been...throughout the entire length of most of our lives!
It's interesting just how the tables have turned for Great White. On the morning of February 21st, 2003, you have to think that not a single member of this band, past or present, wanted to be associated with the band in any way. A decade later, there's two versions of the band floating around and trying to claim themselves as "the real" Great White. It's a sad state of affairs, really. Jack Russell is out and about doing his thing, and then this band with guitarist Mark Kendall, keyboardist Michael Lardie, drummer Audie Desbrow and XYZ frontman Terry Ilous are out doing another thing. The "Kendall" version of the band is the first to produce new music with ELATION.
Axel Rudi Pell
CIRCLE OF THE OATH
I've got to say this about Axel Rudi Pell. The guy (and/or the band) writes some of the best unmemorable music of anyone out there today. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but it is a fact. Every metalhead I know seemingly likes everything they hear from ARP. Over the last decade, I've not heard a single person badmouth this band at all. Yet, ask 10 metalheads that you know have heard previously released Axel Rudi Pell albums, and it's likely that 9 of them wouldn't be able to name a single song. It's very strange how they have created great music that just never seems to be that memorable.
NEW AUDIO MACHINE
Definitely an interesting release, to say the least. While I consider guitarist Steve Brown a music friend of sorts, I can't say in any way that I was EVER a Trixter fan. Being completely honest, they were kind of like the pilot light of bands that came after all the good ones were out and established in the 80s. After the "name" bands of the 80s - Dokken, Ratt, Poison, Warrant, Motley Crue, etc., you had this wave - Trixter, Kik Tracee, Alias, and to some degree Firehouse. That's not to say that I hated every song that second wave had, but I can pretty honestly say I hated all of their albums.