Meister Music #2-The Venomous Rat

Hello and welcome to my new segment called Meister Music.  I often get new music cross my desk from record companies or from my own personal musical searches and adventures.  I thought that this would be a good place to review and post my thoughts on some of this music, maybe turning you onto some new bands or reminding you about some old favourites.  Some of the albums may not always be to my specific taste…

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Now Hear This: RIOT – Fire Down Under

     Riot formed in New York City in 1975 when guitarist Mark Reale joined forces with vocalist Guy Speranza, bassist Phil Feit, and drummer Peter Bitteli. The band recorded a demo which led to a deal with the independent label Firesign Records. Phil Feit was eventually replaced Jimmy Iommi and the band added a second guitarist, Louie Kouvaris, before entering the studio to record their debut album, Rock City, which would be released in 1977. The…

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Now Hear This: Carcass – Heartwork

     In October of 1993 something very strange happened: two well-known death metal bands, Entombed and Carcass, released albums that were entirely listenable. Each band went beyond simply injecting discernible melodies into the chaos, they wrote and recorded accessible songs with actual hooks. Entombed decided to take their death metal in a very cool rock and roll direction on Wolverine Blues but Heartwork, the album Carcass released in 1993, is pure, finely-tuned thrash metal….

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The Big Truck Keeps On Rollin'

MEISTER MUSIC #1 – TRUCKER DIABLO Hello and welcome to my new segment called Meister Music.  I often get new music cross my desk from record companies or from my own personal musical searches and adventures.  I thought that this would be a good place to review and post my thoughts on some of this music, maybe turning you onto some new bands or reminding you about some old favourites.  Some of the albums may not…

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Now Hear This: Pantera – Projects In The Jungle

     Even though the average Headbanger’s Ball viewer hadn’t a clue at the time, Cowboys From Hell was Pantera’s fifth album and their second with Phil Anselmo on vocals. When Cowboys From Hell came out very few people outside of the underground metal community had any idea that it wasn’t Pantera’s debut album, and the band did nothing to change that. In my opinion Pantera should have embraced their past and presented themselves as an…

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Now Hear This: Slade In Flame

     Between October of 1971 and October of 1974 Slade released an astonishing twelve consecutive top ten singles in the UK and half of them hit number one. The song that broke that amazing streak, “How Does It Feel,” which only made it to number fifteen in February of 1975, is quite possibly the best song of the bunch. “How Does It Feel” is the opening number of the album Slade released in 1975, Slade…

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For Journey, Evolution is no theory

Just imagine this…..a winding backroad, the early evening sunwarm on your face, the wind blowing in through the open T-tops of your Trans Am, a summertime girl riding shotgun (Cheryl Tiegs, Farah Fawcett), an ice cold Point Special between your legs ( that one’s for you Aaron Camaro.), and your Journey Evolution tape in the tape deck. 8 track or cassette. Your choice. What happened to those summers? Last summer I took my 14 year…

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My favorite album of 1979 is…

         How does a band follow up an album like Rumours? By the time Fleetwood Mac’s five members convened at Village Recorders in Los Angeles to begin recording their next album Rumours had already sold eight million copies and the album never stopped selling. The pressure to record Rumours II, both internally and externally, must have been enormous. Fleetwood Mac spent almost two years and 1.4 million dollars (that’s about five million when adjusted…

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Now Hear This: Wolf – Edge of the World

     The band that would eventually become Wolf formed as Leviathan in 1977 and were active on the UK rock scene for several years before changing their name to Black Axe in 1980 and releasing a spectacular single, “Highway Rider” b/w “Red Lights.” The b-side is, in my opinion, one of the very best songs to come out of the NWOBHM movement:       Wolf’s singer Chris English, guitarists Simon Parkes and Bill Kleir,…

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Anthrax Anthems – Joey "Chameleon" Belladonna

Cover albums are certainly nothing new. Bands have been doing them for years. Often viewed as “unnecessary” by many fans, I always view them as a treat, something a little different and a look into what music my favourite bands are into. I imagine for the artist, it would be a fun project getting to rock out to some of their favourite tunes without the pressure of record labels and writing original material. From Skid…

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