Archive for October, 2008

Review: Bruce Springsteen “A Night With The Jersey Devil” [2008]

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , on October 31, 2008 by gearsofrock

Fans of Bruce Springsteen should check out the unreleased track, “A Night With The Jersey Devil,” at brucespringsteen.net. You can download it for free and stream the video until Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008.

“A Night With The Jersey Devil” is fully equipped with a dirty southern blues tone and spooky musical repetition worthy of an evil cult gathering. Springsteen sounds like he is screaming into a microphone 666 feet away creating a creepshow feel, making this a perfect Halloween tune. However, fans will probably use this purely for their Halloween playlists due to the old time muffled production, which was probably The Boss’s intent. 7/10

Download for free until Nov.2

Hear are the lyrics from the press release:

Hear me now!

I was born 13th child, ‘neath the 13th moon

Spit out all hungry and born anew

Daddy drag me to the river tie me in rocks

Throw me in where it’s deep and wide

I go down, I don’t die

Hole in the river bottom, I crawl through

Come back kill six brothers and sisters, kill papa too

Sway down Mama, sway down low

They gonna know me wherever I go

Into my bed with her kerosene my mama creep

Set my flesh to burning, whilst I sleep

I burn, burn, burn, till my soul burn black

Black rains fall, I come back, I come back

Get down Mama, get down low

They gonna know me wherever I go

16 witches, cast 16 spells

Make me a guitar outta skin and human skull

Sing you a song like the wind in the sandy loam

Bring you baby out your happy home

Ram’s head, forked tail, clove hoof, love’s my trail

I sup on your body, sip on your blood like wine

Out world theirs, this world mine

So kiss me baby till it hurts

God lost in heaven, we lost on earth

Sway down Mama, sway down low

They gonna know me wherever I go

Wherever I go, wherever I go

Well I got a brand new lover

I love her yes I do,

She’s my one and only and her name is Baby Blue…

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Happy Halloween!

Posted in Type o Negative with tags , on October 31, 2008 by gearsofrock

Here is a great Halloween tune to enjoy…

…”Will she trick or treat? I bet she will.”

Upcoming Rock Releases: Sammy Hagar, Guns N Roses, Weiland, Killers…

Posted in Albums, Dokken, The Killers with tags , , , on October 30, 2008 by gearsofrock

With the exception of Chinese Democracy, it turns out that November is a pretty slow month in terms of new rock albums. Below is a list of the upcoming records that may be of interest to the rock fanatic.

Nov.4

George Lynch – Let The Truth Be Known Ex-Dokken guitarist put together this record with the Brides of Destruction singer, London LeGrand. Pre-release verdict: It is nice that Lynch is still making rock records, but we shouldn’t expect much here. [BUY]

Hinder – Take It To The Limit Mainstream rock radio plays these guys all the time and I have never been that impressed; sounds like generic modern rock to me. Pre-release verdict: Just not into it. [BUY]

Nov. 18

Sammy Hagar – Cosmic Universal Fashion Sammy is a rock legend and can still put on a great show, even though it is normally to half empty arenas in the summertime. Pre-release verdict: Pumped. [BUY]

Nickelback – Dark Horse These guys are in the same league as Hinder; over produced modern rock muck. Pre-release verdict: Again, not into it. [BUY]

Nov. 23:

Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy Let’s see if this album was worth the wait. My gut says “NO” but I would love to be proved wrong on this one. Pre-release verdict: Curious, anxious, and excited. [BUY]

Nov. 25, 2008

Scott Weiland – Happy in Galoshes After leaving Velvet Revolver and a summer reunification tour with Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland decides it’s time for his first solo release since 12 Bar Blues. The two summer shows I witnessed were not very good at all, and worried me that he may be messing with the smack again. I hope he has it, or can pull it together. Pre-release verdict: Don’t think it will be any good, but still curious of what this will be. [Buy]

The Killers – Day & Age Las Vegas post punk revival rockers have this studio album to distribute before year’s end. The first single, “Human,” is a decent tune but nothing like the glorious “Mr. Brightside.” Pre-release verdict: Looking forward to it. [BUY]

5 Songs For Your Halloween Playlist

Posted in Black Sabbath, Type o Negative with tags , , on October 29, 2008 by gearsofrock

What ingredients make up a great Halloween song? Does one focus on creepy sounds and keys, ghoulish vocals, evil guitars, or disturbing lyrics? Here is a list of the five best rock songs for Halloween that incorporate at least several of the qualities listed above…

Top 5 Halloween Tunes

1. “Children of the Grave” by Black Sabbath [Master of Reality 1971]—This track contains the ghoulish vocals, heavy and evil guitars, haunting but thunderous drums, and troubling lyrics, making it the #1 Halloween song. Sure, we could easily have placed the song “Black Sabbath” here, but the thoughts of “children” + “graves” equates to ultra disturbing evil. White Zombie’s cover is pretty sick too.

2. “Black #1 (Little Miss Scare-All)” by Type-o-Negative [Bloody Kisses 1993]—Very rarely can a band get away with making a dark 11-minute masterpiece about Halloween and hair dye. Fully equipped with the ultra creepy keyboards and Gothic vocals, this tune is forever a favorite treat.

3. “Welcome to my Nightmare” by Alice Cooper [Welcome to my Nightmare 1975]—Obviously, any Alice song will hold up just fine on this list. Actually, you can insert this entire record on your playlist.

4. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by The Eurythmics as performed by Marilyn Manson [Smells Like Children 1996]—In the 90s, Manson made the scariest music videos, often leaving the viewer with plenty of nightmarish material for bedtime. He even managed to turn this somewhat happy track into a horror show.

4. “Living Dead Girl” by Rob Zombie [Hellbilly Deluxe 1998]—Not only is this tune ghoulish, it makes you want to dance. Rob Zombie still carries the torch as rock’s supreme horror performer.

5. “Die, Die My Darling” by The Misfits [Die, Die My Darling 1984]—There was a toss up between this tune and “Last Caress.” Glenn Danzig and The Misfits still rule.

What songs make your top 5?

Review: Deadbird – Twilight Ritual [2008]

Posted in Deadbird, SOS Metal Update with tags , , on October 29, 2008 by gearsofrock

Creepy and doomy, the sophomore six-track sojourn from Arkansas sludge metal quartet Deadbird is a viscous Southern-fried delight whose massive rhythmic rumblings give the band the sheer heft to properly obliterate all in their wake. From the menacing slow-churned intro on “Into the Clearing,” this oppressive unit takes you through a grueling 47:23 journey steeped in sonic excess and draped with eerie vocal harmonies and dazzling acoustic interludes (“The Riverbed”), descending down through the deepest recesses to unearth the sleeping Southern rock giant (“Feral Flame”) to unleash thick waves of metallic lava for tortured souls to bask in. If you dig Mastodon and love Crowbar, prepare to meet your new favorite band. www.atalossrecordings.comMike SOS

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Review: Head On Collision – Ritual Sacrifice [2008]

Posted in Head On Collision, SOS Metal Update with tags , , on October 28, 2008 by gearsofrock

Personifying a true thrash metal throwback, Missouri outfit Head On Collision channel the early periods of heavyweights such as Kreator, Nuclear Assault, Exodus, and first few Slayer records for influence on the 11-track Ritual Sacrifice. These dudes are pretty well-versed in doling out hyper-speed riffs and blistering solos (“The Flames of Aggression”) and while there’s nary a sign of originality apparent (is that riff from the title cut lifted from Slayer or what?), the band’s stone-faced delivery, spot-on precision (especially on the drums) and brash bravado propel tracks like the chuggingly good “Electrocutioner” and “Retaliate” away from the pack and into territories reserved for newer retro acts such as Municipal Waste. If you’re a thrash enthusiast, picking this disc up is essential. www.beercity.com -Mike SOS

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Review: Grave – Dominion VIII [2008]

Posted in Grave, SOS Metal Update with tags , , on October 27, 2008 by gearsofrock

Veteran Swedish band Grave returns with another installment of sinewy death metal that blends high-speed velocity and doom-laden crunch on the nine-track Dominion VIII. This devastating affair demonstrates the band’s ability to go from slow crawl to rapid-fire pace in the blink of an eye (“Annihilated Christ”) in addition to displaying Grave’s unwavering attachment to the darker side of the spectrum on cuts like “Stained By Hate.” 20 years in and still as extreme as their early days, this truculent crew returns in fine fighting form, ready to go into metal combat with the vitriolic virtue and fortified firepower that has rendered them one of the Swedish elite death metal’s forces. www.regainrecords.comMike SOS

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