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Review: Heavy Metal Box – Disc 2 [2007]

Posted in Heavy Metal Box with tags , , on January 6, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-heavy-metal1If you ever wanted a true audio history of Heavy Metal music then you might want to consider the Heavy Metal Box released by Rhino Records. The set contains 4 CDs in a neat box shaped as a Marshall head with knobs that go to “11.”

Yesterday, we discussed the classic songs on disc one that included the heavy psychedelic rock of the late 60’s and the Hard Rock through the late 70’s.

The second disc of the box set features 18 tracks that schools the listener in the Heavy Metal developments of the early 80’s, beginning with Motörhead, the N.W.O.B.H.M., and finishing with the Thrash Metal of a practically adolescent Metallica. Here is the complete track listing:

  1. Ace Of Spades – Motörhead (Lemmy Kilmister established himself as a Metal god on this definitive track)
  2. Am I Evil? – Diamond Head (One of my favorite N.W.O.B.H.M. tunes. Metallica later covered this song, “The Prince,” and “Helpless” as huge Diamond Head fans)
  3. Nice Boys – Rose Tattoo (This is the original and better version of the tune Guns N’ Roses honored on Lies)
  4. Attack Of the Mad Axeman – Michael Schenker Group (Former Scorpions and UFO axeman created this diddy with MSG in 1981)
  5. Denim And Leather – Saxon (If you watch the video for this tune then you can see just where Spinal Tap got their chops and facial expressions from)
  6. Blitzkrieg – Blitzkrieg (Metallica covered this tune too as Blitzkrieg was one of the early Thrash pioneers)
  7. Gangland – Tygers Of Pan Tang (An under appreciated metal band)
  8. Witching Hour – Venom (You can’t have a true compilation to the genre without this evil Metal band)
  9. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming – Judas Priest (Classic!)
  10. The Number Of the Beast – Iron Maiden (Classic!)
  11. Star War – Raven (Not the greatest, not the worst either)
  12. Say What You Will – Fastway (Infectious guitar riffs from ex-Motörhead and UFO members)
  13. Black Funeral – Mercyful Fate (Gotta the love high pitched King Diamond of Denmark. These guys were the heart of early Black Metal)
  14. Animal (F**k Like a Beast) – W.A.S.P. (The rise of the L.A. scene would not be complete without Blackie Lawless)
  15. Mean Streak – Y&T (The San Francisco Bay area produced some great acts as well)
  16. Holy Diver – Dio (This tune should be on here, but “Neon Nights” needs to be replaced on disc 1)
  17. Queen Of the Reich – Queensrÿche (One of my favorite songs by this band)
  18. Whiplash – Metallica (Solid Thrash tune by perhaps the most successful band in this box set)

Disc 2 is by no means a perfect compilation of the NWOBHM era, the rise of Thrash, and the early stuff coming from the Sunset Strip. Slayer and Mötley Crüe must be represented here to provide a definitive collection of this age. Other than that, this disc is still full of great songs that deserve to be honored. 8/10

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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

Review: Iced Earth – The Crucible of Man [2008]

Posted in Iced Earth, SOS Metal Update with tags , , , on December 4, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-iced-earthIced Earth returns with THE CRUCIBLE OF MAN, the long-awaited follow-up to their 1998 landmark concept album SOMETHING WICKED. Replacing the departing Ripper Owens with former frontman Matt Barlow, this troupe sounds reinvigorated when maintaining their patented power metal maneuvers on cuts like “I Walk Alone” and the rousing “Divide and Devour,” yet this disc ultimately lends itself to a darker side of the spectrum, leaving behind the nuances which made this band such an underground sensation. Lead guitarist and band leader Jon Schaffer alternates between writing crunchy guitar tunes and gripping ballads that ooze metal, though some may complain that there are many songs on this 15-track disc which not so discreetly draw from prior Iced Earth works. The band’s sinister precision and ever-present soaring melodic flair appear in the mix but don’t stick around for long, yielding for a more atmospheric feel on cuts like “Come What May” and “Crown of the Fallen.” But with Barlow’s raging baritone back in the fold, fitting like a glove, there’s more classic Iced Earth moments to be had as opposed to the last few offerings, making this disc something longtime fans should check out even if usual aspects are deficient. www.spvmarketing.comMike SOS

Review: Lauren Harris – Calm Before The Storm [2008]

Posted in Lauren Harris, SOS Metal Update with tags , , on November 20, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-lauren-harrisLauren Harris may be the daughter of Iron Maiden bassist Steve, but you’d never be able to tell by her musical debut. The 12-track offering titled CALM BEFORE THE STORM fits more along the likes of Avril Lavigne and Pat Benetar rather than her father’s NWOBHM roots, giving songs like “From the Bottom to the Top,” “See Through,” and “Get Over It” a pop-rock mainstream radio aura spit-shined to excess. Despite the album boasting solid musicianship on cuts like “Come On Over” and some tasty guitars throughout, the overall affair lacks that intangible spark and emotion, relegating this disc to the ranks of an above average bar band struggling to find its voice. www.demolitionrecords.comMike SOS

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Let’s Make This One Great Election Day

Posted in Iron Maiden with tags , on November 4, 2008 by gearsofrock

Enjoy some Iron Maiden…

…then get out and vote!

100 Greatest Metal Songs By Some Guy on Nutsie

Posted in Iron Maiden with tags , on October 14, 2008 by gearsofrock

Check out this pretty solid list of the Top 100 Metal Songs by some random dude on nutsie.com.

1
“Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live In D…”
Iron Maiden
2
“War Pigs”
Black Sabbath
3
“Beyond the Realms of Death”
Judas Priest
4
“Iron Man”
Black Sabbath
5
“Master Of Puppets”
Metallica
6
“Victim Of Changes”
Judas Priest
7
“The Trooper”
Iron Maiden
8
“Ace of spades”
Motorhead
9
“The Number Of The Beast”
Iron Maiden
10
“N.I.B.”
Black Sabbath