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Review: Coheed And Cambria – Year of the Black Rainbow [2010]

Posted in Coheed And Cambria with tags on April 12, 2010 by gearsofrock

Coheed and Cambria, the greatest alt-progressive hard rock act of all-time, return with another intricate powerhouse on Year of the Black Rainbow.  Claudio Sanchez and company deliver an eternal kingdom of melody, serving up a glorious and insightful introduction to the band’s Sci-Fi series, which has come to be known as The Amory Wars.

Black Rainbow prominently features impressive rhythmic patterns, striking lead guitars, and tantalizing lyrical melodies.  Together the ingredients form a vicious concoction of heavy ear candy, without the bleeding.

Coheed is one of the few bands capable of saving mainstream hard rock from the one-dimensional Nickelbacks and Linkin Parks that have dominated mainstream charts for the last ten years.  Unfortunately, the band’s geeky image as well as the wrongful and unfair Emo labeling will continue to hinder such a takeover.

Year of the Black Rainbow is an A+ musical effort that goes unmatched by 99% of the rock albums released these days.  Album highlights include the single “Here We Are Juggernaut,” “In The Flame of Error,” “World of Lines,” “This Shattered Symphony,” and “The Broken.”

Coheed and Cambria are Claudio Sanchez (Vocals/Guitars), Travis Stever (Guitars), Michael Todd (Bass), & Chris Pennie (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “One”
  2. “The Broken”
  3. “Guns of Summer”
  4. “Here We Are Juggernaut”
  5. “Far”
  6. “This Shattered Symphony”
  7. “World of Lines”
  8. “Made Out of Nothing (All That I Am)”
  9. “Pearl of the Stars”
  10. “In the Flame of Error”
  11. “When Skeletons Live”
  12. “The Black Rainbow”

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Track Review: Asia “Finger on the Trigger” Omega [2010]

Posted in Asia with tags on March 13, 2010 by gearsofrock

80’s progressive supergroup Asia administers “Finger on the Trigger,” a spanking new ambrosial treat from their upcoming album Omega.

The single and future album opener features commanding lead vocals from bassist John Wetton and the smoldering guitars of Steve Howe. “Finger on the Trigger” has a drive that contains a contentious edge from the opening note due to the heavy beat employed by drummer Carl Palmer.

Since this track is a rocker, Geoff Downes’ keyboards take a back seat for much of the song which is a responsible and, of course, a veteran move.  Omega will be the follow-up to the reunited band’s 2008 effort Phoenix which placed the band back on the Billboard 200 for the first time since 1985.

Asia is John Wetton (Bass/Lead Vocals), Geoff Downes (Keyboards/Backing Vocals), Steve Howe (Guitar/Backing Vocals), & Carl Palmer (Drums).

Review: Queensryche – American Soldier [2009]

Posted in Queensryche with tags on March 30, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-queensrycheQueensrÿche is back with the conceptual release American Soldier,which fuses some awkward modern rock elements (“Middle of Hell”) with their progressive hard rock edge (“If I Were King”).  Many of the tracks begin with or contain interludes of army veterans telling their war stories. The highlights of the record consist of the dramatic ballad “Home Again,” featuring the vocal talent of Geoff Tate (that would make him suitable for a Broadway lead), and the heavy groove prominent on the power hungry “Man Down.” Queensrÿche did not create the greatest concept album of all-time but one worth giving a shot, despite its gawky moments.

25-starsQueensrÿche is Geoff Tate (Vocals), Michael Wilton (Guitars), Eddie Jackson (Bass), & Scott Rockenfield (Drums).

More American Soldier Reviews:

  1. Chad Bower of About.com 3.5 out of 5
  2. Justin Donnelly of Blistering.com 7 out of 10
  3. ProgArchives.com 3 out of 5
  4. HardRockHideout.com 7.5 out of 10
  5. MetalStorm.ee 8 out of 10
  6. All Metal Resource rated it “eh”

Review: Rush – Retrospective 3 [CD/DVD 2009]

Posted in Rush with tags on March 2, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-rush-retro-3Rush continues to completely blow my rock and roll mind by infusing the infectious heavy guitars of Alex Lifeson, the exotic vocals of Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart’s aggressive percussion. On Retrospective 3, the band compiles their best material from 1989 to 2008 which includes a devastating  remix of “One Little Victory” from 2002’s Vapor Trails. Other progressive giants from the era’s six albums on the collection are “Driven,” “The Pass,” “Roll The Bones,” “Nobody’s Hero,” “Leave That Thing Alone,” and “Far Cry.” There is also a DVD of music videos and live performances in the package featuring a live cover of The Who’s classic anthem “The Seeker,” which Rush originally covered on 2004’s Feedback. A