Friday, August 28, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Act Of Defiance, The Black Dahlia Murder And Blood Divisions

From California comes the debut album from heavy metal band Act Of Defiance entitled "Birth And The Burial." It is the latest project from former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick, who invited along fellow Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Banchand to join him. The lead vocals on the album were provided by former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek, who was chosen out of 30 or so heavy metal vocalist to complete this heavy metal supergroup. The new ten-song release begins with the appropriately titled song "Throwback," as their sound certain gives you a feeling of the early thrash metal days as the band's shear force will blow you away. They mix-up the tempo with the dark tones of "Legion Of Lies," but they never let up with the fast-paced attack of "Thy Lord Belial" and "Dead Stare." Act Of Defiance does lets up on the speed momentarily to feature the amazing musicianship of "Poison Dream," led by Broderick's amazing fretboard work. The album finishes with the title song "Birth And The Burial," which actually sounds the most like Broderick and Drover's former band. To find out more about Act Of Defiance and their latest release "Birth And The Burial," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/actofdefiancemusic.

One of the top death metal bands in the world, The Black Dahlia Murder, return with their latest release on Metal Blade Records entitled "Abysmal." The band's popularity has grown with each new album and this one is sure not to disappoint. Beginning with the thunderous, machine-gun rhythm of "Receipt," the music gets thrown into overdrive right from the start. They blast their way through "Vlad, Son Of The Dragon," while the title-song "Abysmal" delivers the perfect death metal anthem. They get the adrenaline pumping with the quick-pace of "Threat Level No. 3," then bring on the slow-paced "Stygiophobic" in order to showcase their diversity. The album closes with the grand death metal delivery of "That Cannot Die Which Eternally Is Dead." The Black Dahlia Murder will be heading up to Canada in October before hitting some dates in the U.S. To find out more about their new album "Abysmal," please visit tbdmofficial.com.
 
Finally, we get the new two-song EP from the heavy metal supergroup Blood Divisions, lead by vocalist Chris Jericho. The album features members from bands like Nasty Savage, Testament, Obituary, Six Feet Under and others. Both songs on this release are covers, the first being the Nasty Savage track "The Morgue." Nasty Savage guitarist Dave Austin asked Jericho to lay down the vocals for this nine-minute goth-metal epic number. The other song is an almost spot-on rendition of The Scorpions' classic "Top Of The Bill" from their 1976 album "In Trance." Proceeds from the sale of this EP will benefit the Rock & Rescue charity. To find out more about Blood Divisions, check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/Blooddivisions.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CD Review: Randall Bramblett Conjures Up "Devil Music" With New Release

American born singer/songwriter/musician Randall Bramblett will be releasing his new studio album "Devil Music" on September 18th through New West Records. The album features special appearances from guitarists Mark Knopfler and Derek Trucks as well as pianist Chuck Leavell. Bramblett explains that the album was inspired by Howlin' Wolf's biography "Moanin' At Midnight" and how Wolf used to play "Devil Music."
 
The new eleven song release begins with the album's first single "Dead In The Water," which features Mark Knopfler on guitar. The song's dark chugging blues rhythm is highlighted by Knopfler pealing off guitar riffs whenever there is an opening in the song. Bramblett sounds like the veteran blues man in the title-song, "Devil Music," while "Bottom Of The Ocean" has a bigger, gospel-like quality to its delivery. Slide-guitarist extraordinaire Derek Trucks accentuates Bramblett's falsetto vocals in "Angel Child," while former Allman Brothers Band pianist Chuck Leavell adds some southern dixieland jazzy soul to "Reptile Pilot." Randall Bramblett returns to his rock roots with "Strong Love," before finishing with the slow blues of "Ride" and the R&B flavor of "Missing Link."
 
Following the release of the album, Randall Bramblett with be heading out on the road for a couple months. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new album "Devil Music," please visit his website at randallbramblett.com.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Vinyl Review: Nirvana's Greatest Hits Gets New Release On Vinyl And On Blu-ray Audio

Seattle grunge band Nirvana have sold millions of records and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. All these amazing feats were completed following the death of frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994. With a new documentary based on the private life of Cobain, "Montage Of Heck," and a new soundtrack stirring up controversy about featuring unreleased Cobain recordings, Nirvana is once again a major subject in today's music news. To add to this new rise in popularity, Universal Music Enterprise (UMe) with be re-releasing the band's 2002, platinum-selling, self-titled "greatest hits" album on vinyl for the first time on August 28th.
 
The new release will be available as a 200-gram, heavyweight, 45rpm double LP vinyl set, a 150-gram, standard, 33rpm single vinyl edition and as a Blu-ray Pure Audio, high resolution release. The original fourteen song album covers the band's entire career, with "About A Girl" from their debut album "Bleach," right up until their cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World" from their appearance on MTV unplugged. The buzz surrounding this album was the inclusion of the previously unreleased song "You Know You're Right," which was recorded at one of Cobain's final sessions with the band.
 
This latest release has Nirvana's most well-known songs sounding as good as ever and is definitely worth checking out as you will notice pieces within the songs that have been buried in early releases of this music. To find out more about this release, please visit nirvana.com.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CD Review: Auburn Continues To Grow With "Mixed Feelings" Album

From the U.K. comes the latest release from the acoustic, Americana, roots band Auburn entitled "Mixed Feelings." They are looking to build upon the success of their last album "Nashville" (Review: jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com) which debuted at #1 on the U.K. Americana music chart.

Their new twelve song release begins with the slow jaunt of the title-song, "Mixed Feelings" as lead singer Liz Lenten works her jazzy vocals into the song. The country-blues of "New Years Day" and the gentle touch of "Friends" is an awakening to the amazing songwriting within the band. They look to pick up the pace with "Hell Hath No Fury" as Liz' sweet vocals does not match the intensity of the song's quick, country tempo. It all comes together for the sweet country twang of "Out There" and "Wood For The Trees," before closing with the folk gem "Feel The Sun." Auburn are following the release of the their new album with some live shows beginning September 11th. To find out more about their latest release "Mixed Feelings, please visit their website at auburn.org.uk.

Friday, August 14, 2015

CD Review: Universal Music Celebrates The Debut Album From Wolfmother With Deluxe Re-Issue

Australian hard rock trio Wolfmother blasted onto the music scene in 2005 with their self-titled debut release. It won numerous awards including a Grammy in 2006 for "Best Hard Rock Performance." It reached #3 on the album charts in their home country (#22 in the U.S.) and has been certified gold by the RIAA. The original 13-song, North American release begins with the starling screams of lead singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale in the opener "Dimension." The album garnished six singles worldwide, including the massive rock radio hit "Woman" and the high-powered popularity of "Joker & The Thief." They incorporated many different rock genres into their sound including punk ("Apple Tree"), grunge ("Pyramid") and doom metal ("Colossal").
 
For the 10th anniversary of this outstanding release, Interscope/Universal Music Enterprises is releasing a two-CD, two-LP vinyl vinyl of the album. It will include B-sides, unreleased demos, remixes and live tracks, some having never been released before in the U.S. The double-vinyl will feature the complete album along with four bonus songs pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.
 
The bonus tracks included with the original album on the first disc and with the vinyl are the B-sides which includes remixes of the singles "Woman," "Joker & The Thief" and "Love Train." The real nice additions is the studio track "The Earth's Rotation Around The Sun" and an acoustic version of "Vegabond." Now the second CD features almost entirely unreleased demos and live versions of many of the songs from the original album. The stand-out tracks are the eight-minute construction of "White Unicorn," the early raw jam of "Pyramid" and the quick, intense live delivery of "Tales From The Forest Of Gnomes." Look for this new deluxe edition of Wolfmother's debut album on September 25th. To find out more about it, please visit universalmusicenterprises.com/wolfmother.