Category Archives: hard rock

Review: The Cult – Born Into This

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Label: Roadrunner Records Released: October 2, 2007 In the late 80s, the Cult released a string of amazing records: Love, a psychdelic goth-rocker; Electric, their simple hard rock riff factory; and Sonic Temple, the album that exploded into the middle ground between its two predecessors. As successful as they were, several misguided, unfocused efforts in the 90s derailed their progress…. Read more »

Review: Skitzo Calypso – Between the Lines and Beyond the Static

Label: Bi-Polar Records Released: 2007 Between the Lines and Beyond the Static is a solid rock album. It has riffy guitars, crunching rhythms and vocals with nice range and movement. The production is crisp and clean and brings out the best in the band’s abilities. This largely straightforward hard rock album is heavy, but not too heavy and polished, but… Read more »

Review: The Soda Pop Kids – Teen Bop Dream

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Label: Full Breach Kicks Released: September 4, 2007 In their prime, Sweet was only about a half step from being the Bay City Rollers, but that half step made all the difference in the world and Sweet remains one of the best of the early glam bands. However, their close proximity to badness is a potential pitfall they pass on… Read more »

Led Zeppelin (kinda) new releases announced…

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Once Zeppelin announced their one-off reunion gig set for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund benefit concert on November 26, 2007, you knew the re-issues and repackagings wouldn’t be far behind. Rhino Records has announced a pair scheduled to come out just before the long awaited reunion. Mothership is a 24 track double CD drawing songs from each of Zeppelin’s studio… Read more »

Review: Underground Rebels – Insult to Injury

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Label: self-released Released: 2007 The Underground Rebels have a decent hard rock pedigree featuring former Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat and former Cult drummer Lez Warner, but the band is really the creative (or not so creative) child of singer/guitarist Kurt Frohlich. Those expecting the swagger of Faster Pussycat or gritty hard rock of Electric-era Cult, beware, because this album… Read more »

Review: Hanoi Rocks – Street Poetry

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Label: WolfGang Records Released: September 3, 2007 There really are far too many bands still lingering around from the hair band heyday of the late 80s. It seems like every time I turn around, there’s another one releasing an album that tries to recapture the days when they were more popular than they ever deserved to be or touring to… Read more »

Review: Bryan Ferry – Dylanesque

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Label: Virgin Released: June 26, 2007 One would think that an accomplished artist who dedicates an entire album to covering another single artist must be both enamored and well-versed in his or her subject. An all-Dylan Bryan Ferry release might sound a bit odd considering that Dylan speaks to our hearts in warm, organic imperfections while Ferry speaks in cold,… Read more »

Myspace: Salute 27

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Salute 27 takes their name from the many rock n roll deaths at the age of 27 (Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Robert Johnson). After listening, it’s kind of appropriate that their name is a tribute to the past, because their music definitely is. “Going to the Lake” is pure 70s hard rock from their 2006… Read more »