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Recap: “That Metal Show” Season 2 Episode 3 [3-21-09] Gary Cherone & Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme

Posted in That Metal Show with tags on March 22, 2009 by gearsofrock

metalshow_logo2This week’s episode of That Metal Show, starring hard rock DJ Eddie Trunk and comedians Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, featured Extreme’s Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt.

The hosts opening discussion concerned whether the age of iTunes is killing the full rock album. Florentine, Trunk, and Jamieson all agree that digital releases are bad—not the most exciting opener.

amazon-extreme-saudadesBettencourt and Cherone of Extreme talked about why they decided to embark on the reunion record Saudades de Rock and tour. “We  are out of money,” said Cherone with Bettencourt nodding in acquiescence. When Bettencourt was touring with The Satellite Party in Europe, he realized that many Extreme fans missed the band.

Florentine and Jamieson went to London (Hammersmith Odeon) to trick Motorhead fans similar to the Van Halen prank of season one. They convinced a fat guy to donate his shirt, play the drums on his stomach, and to rip his underwear. “This is how we do it in Canada,” said the hapless plumper.

This week Trunk answered two out of four questions correctly. Kerri Lee brought out the box of junk where one contestant won Rock Band 2 and another received The Unholy Alliance DVD.

There were several “Picks of the Week” in this episode: Florentine picked Janko Jones, Jamieson chose The Binges, and Trunk recommended Richie Kotzen.

The email of the week asked: Whatever happened to Jason Newstead? Newstead did Echobrain, Voivod, Rock Star Supernova, Ozzfest tour, and he was invited to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of Metallica. Unfortunately, we learned nothing new.

“The Throwdown” debate consisted of the meanest metal album: Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power or Slayer’s Reign in Blood. Cherone, Bettencourt, Florentine, and Jamieson picked Pantera while Trunk chose Slayer because the question was “meaner album.” Florentine noted that Vulgar makes you violent.

Next week episode will feature Rob and Lips of Anvil.

Watch full episodes of That Metal Show on vh1classic.com.

Top 10 Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Albums of 2008

Posted in Top 10 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2008 by gearsofrock

Here are the lists of “Top 10 Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Albums of 2008” by Meds, Pete, and our awesome readers:

amazon-metallica-death-magnetic2Meds [Administrator]

  1. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  2. AC/DC – Black Ice
  3. Maiden Heaven – Kerang! Tribute to Iron Maiden
  4. Tesla – Forever More
  5. Extreme – Saudades de Rock
  6. Motorhead – Motorizer
  7. Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
  8. Judas Priest – Nostradamus
  9. Motley Crue – The Saints of Los Angeles

amazon-toadies-no-deliverancePeter O’Brien [Frequent Contributor]

  1. Toadies – No Deliverance
  2. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  3. Cccome? – Raccoon
  4. Buckethead – Albino Slug
  5. Devotchka – A Mad & Faithful Telling
  6. The Clash – Live at Shea Stadium
  7. Exodus – Let There Be Blood
  8. Iron Maiden – Somewhere Back In Time (Recommended classic: Powerslave)
  9. Megadeth – Anthology: Set The World Afire (Recommended classic: Rust In Peace)
  10. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy (Just because it isn’t a collection)

acdc-black-ice1Gear of Rock Readers [According To Page Views]

  1. AC/DC – Black Ice
  2. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  3. Motley Crue – The Saints of Los Angeles
  4. Exodus – Let There Be Blood
  5. We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year
  6. Toadies – No Deliverance
  7. Extreme – Saudades de Rock
  8. Tesla – Forever More
  9. Staind – The Illusion of Progress
  10. Maiden Heaven – Kerang! Tribute To Iron Maiden

Thank you to all our readers for making the Gears of Rock a great place to read hard rock and heavy metal reviews. 2009 will be even bigger and better with more album reviews, concert reviews, and give aways. Have a very Happy New Year!!!

Update: Mike SOS’s [Frequent Contributor]

  1. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  2. Death Angel – Killing Season
  3. Torche – Meanderthal
  4. Raw Radar War – = =
  5. Nachtmystium – Assassins: Black Meddle Part I
  6. The Haunted – Versus
  7. Venomous Concept – Poisonous Apple
  8. King’s X – XV
  9. Byzantine – Oblivion Beckons
  10. Gojira – The Way Of All Flesh

Track-By-Track: Extreme – Saudades de Rock (2008)

Posted in Extreme, Track-By-Track with tags , , on August 12, 2008 by gearsofrock

“Star” The opening track of Saudades de Rock features pretty vocal harmonies by the band in the refrain and several great guitar riffs. I also had my head banging for most of the tune. However, I can see many people not digging this song because it could be considered kind of wimpy too. 7/10

“Comfortably Dumb” The second track’s title is an obvious play on Pink Floyd’s, “Comfortably Numb.” Extreme features their typical funk metal riffage on this song. The stomp beat and crash cymbals that take the song to the next tune are one of the highlights of the album. 8/10

“Learn To Love” This is just another rock song about learning to open your heart and love again. At this point of the record, the songs are beginning to sound similar to each other. However, the song does pick up towards the end with the interlude into the outro. Now I dig. 8/10

“Take Us Alive” has a great hillbilly guitar intro. Overall, the song is very reminiscent of Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz.” 8/10

“Run” features another fun guitar and drum stomp. This song just makes me smile and bang my head. It’s a fun tune. This song forced me to pick up my guitar to work out the riff and jam along. 9/10

“Last Hour” The main thought in my head at this point is “Extreme has only gotten better with age.” This ballad has a pretty guitar into that gives a shout-out to 1950’s era rock. You can also hear the 50s influence in the background vocals. 8/10

“Flower Man” is a fast rock tune that actually reminds me of the work of pop-punk bands like New Found Glory, but then Nuno Bettencourt rips into a sick guitar solo, killing that thought. 8/10

“King of the Ladies” has a drum intro in the style of “When the Levee Breaks” then begins to have a feel similar to Weezer’s “Greatest Man That Ever Lived” on the Red Album. If you were wondering, I like both of those songs, which means this one is a winner. The very catchy chorus will be stuck in my head for some time. 8/10

“Ghost” is the piano ballad track on this album with nice falsetto vocals. Just might be the best tune on the album. If it was 1992 or before, I think this song would have a shot at the mainstream charts. 9/10

“Slide” is way better than the Goo Goo Dolls song of the same name. This song contains the classic Nuno funk riffs. 8/10

“Interface” is an acoustic track on the record about losing people and being tired of the pain. Nothing new or fresh, but there is no need to reinvent the wheel, is there? 8/10

“Sunrise” is the second to last track that contains a “Black Dog” feel throughout the main riff. 8/10

“Peace (Saudade)” is another piano ballad and the closer of Saudades de Rock. What’s the message of this song? Well, “Pray for peace.” I like peace too, but I am just bored while listening to this track. 6/10

Extreme is Gary Cherone [Vocals], Nuno Bettencourt [Guitar], Pat Badger [Bass], and Kevin Figueiredo [Drums].