Saturday, June 20, 2009

T.N.T.:[1992] Realized Fantasies [Atlantic]

1989's Intuition consolidated the stylistic gains of its predecessor, but the band soon found itself without a label, Polygram having lost interest in promoting them. Odiin left to remain home with his family, prompting the hire of American drummer Johnny Macaluso for 1992's Realized Fantasies, which was recorded for Atlantic. However, friction between the American and Norwegian portions of the group -- the former wanting more international success, the latter satisfied with popularity at home -- led to TNT's disintegration. Macaluso joined Riot, while Le Tekro and Black formed the more prog rock-oriented Vagabond, and Harnell performed with a mostly cover-tune project called Morning Wood. TNT reunited in 1996, featuring a lineup of Harnell, Le Tekro, Black, drummer Frode Hansen, and keyboardist Dag Stokke. They released the album Firefly in 1997, after which Harnell took a year's sabbatical; he returned in 1998, and TNT issued the new album Transistor the following year.
-- by Steve Huey, Allmusic Guide

1.Downhill Racer
2.Hard to Say Goodbye
3.Mother Warned Me
6.Purple Mountain's Majesty
7.Rock n' Roll Away
8.Easy Street
9.All You Need
10.Indian Summer - AMAZON
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T.N.T.:[1988] Intuition [Mercury]

TNT is, in essence, a pop-metal group. That said, the band mops up the floor with most of their clueless contemporaries; with hyper-refined Euro-metal precision, TNT punctuates their tunes with loads of instrumental details, arrangement twists and turns, and a well-developed sense of melody. On Intuition, TNT delivers tightly wound pop-metal and grandiose power balladry, all of which is filtered through a decidedly European sense of sweeping romance and bombast. It all undoubtedly sounds dated and a bit soulless, but this is a strong effort from the band, nonetheless. Check out "Caught Between the Tigers" for a characteristically killer guitar riff from guitarist Ronnie Le Tekro.
-- by Andy Hinds, Allmusic Guide

1.A Nation Free (Intro)
2.Caught Between The Tigers
3.Tonight I'm Falling
4.End of the Line
6.Forever Shine On
7.Learn to Love
8.Ordinary Lover
9.Take Me Down (Fallen Angel)
10.Wisdom - AMAZON
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THE SWORD:[2006] Age of Winters [Kemado]

Not to be confused with the Canadian heavy metal band from the late '80s, named simply Sword, the Sword is a retro-metal four-piece hailing from -- of all places -- the singer/songwriter oasis of Austin, TX. First conceived in 2003, the Sword really hit their stride about a year later, when founding vocalist and guitarist J.D. Cronise joined forces with guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Trivett Wingo, and made a much raved-over appearance at Austin's famed SXSW festival. National touring stints with everyone from Clutch to indie rock darlings ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead followed, and by mid-2005 the Sword had been picked up by New York-based indie label Kemado Records, with their much-anticipated debut album, Age of Winters, appearing early the next year. Before completing their second album, they contributed two songs (one original and one Led Zeppelin cover) to a split 12" EP with Swedish heavy rockers Witchcraft in November 2007. Gods of the Earth arrived in spring 2008.
-- by Ed Rivadavia, Allmusic Guide

1.Celestial Crown
2.Baraels Blade
4.Winter's Wolves
5.The Horned Goddess
6.Iron Swan
7.Lament of the Aurochs
8.March of the Lor
9.Ebethron - AMAZON
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T.N.T.:[2004] My Religion [Mayhem]

With a level of musicianship higher than the average hair metal band, Norway's TNT offered a prog-tinged take on pop-metal due largely to the stunning vocal range of lead singer Tony Harnell and the guitar technique of Ronni Le Tekro. Originally consisting of vocalist Dag Ingebrigtsen (aka D.D. Dynamite), bassist Steiner Eikum, and drummer Morten "Diesel" Dahl, TNT formed in the Norwegian town of Trondheim in 1982, releasing an eponymous, Norway-only debut later that year with all lyrics in Norwegian. When it failed to sell, Eikum left the band and was replaced by Morty Black; soon afterwards, Ingebrigtsen was replaced by New York native Tony Harnell. Harnell debuted on the band's first international album, 1984's Knights of the New Thunder (on which he was credited as the more Norwegian-sounding Tony Hansen). The band really began to hit its stride on 1987's Tell No Tales, although after that album's release, Dahl departed and was replaced by Kenneth Odiin.
-- by Steve Huey, Allmusic Guide

1.Invisible Noise
2.Shee Needs Me
3.Lonely Nights
4.My Religion
5.Give Me A Sign
7.You'll Be There
9.Live Today
10.Everybody's Got A Secret
11.Everything U R
12.Song 4 Dianne
13.The Last Word - AMAZON
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SWARM: [2003] Beyond the End [Mausoleum]

The eponymous 1999 EP by heavy metal group the Swarm reunited three former members of Bay Area thrash sensations Death Angel -- these being singer Mark Osegueda, guitarist Rob Cavestany, and drummer Andy Galeon -- alongside bassist Michael Isaiah. An album was duly recorded and a tour with Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell took place two years later. But then unexpected circumstances (specifically, a benefit concert for cancer-stricken friend Chuck Billy of Testament) would set into motion a Death Angel reunion made flesh three years later, which led to the Swarm being shelved indefinitely. Luckily, the band's Beyond the End LP was eventually given a European release by Mausoleum Records in 2003.
-- by Ed Rivadavia, Allmusic Guide

1.Heaven's Cage
3.Never Forget
5.Dark Western
6.Sengir Vampire
8.Beyond the End
10.My Eyes Have Seen You - AMAZON
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OMEN: [1989] The Best of Omen - Teeth of the Hydra

Throughout the '80s, glam metal, pop-metal and hair bands were huge on the L.A./Hollywood rock scene -- the Sunset Strip was inundated with bands that hoped to be the next Quiet Riot, Poison, or L.A. Guns. But when other L.A. bands were heavily into the glam scene, Omen was a power metal band first and foremost.When Kimball left Omen in 1987, Powell hired Coburn Pharr to be the band's new lead singer. Pharr appeared on 1988's Escape to Nowhere, and not long after that, Powell decided to discontinue Omen. But in 1996, Powell opted to revive Omen and assembled a new lineup that included Andy Haas on bass, Ricky Murray on drums, and Greg Powell on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Kenny Powell wanted to rehire Kimball as Omen's lead vocalist, but when he was unable to get ahold of him, he recruited his son Greg Powell. After singing on Omen's 1997 comeback album Recovering the Gates, Greg Powell decided to leave his father's band -- he was interested in pursuing a more contemporary alternative metal direction -- and put together his own band Stomping Ground. Greg Powell was replaced by Kevin Goocher, a veteran of Dallas' rock scene -- and in 2003, Omen's lineup of Kenny Powell, Kevin Goocher, Ricky Murray, and Andy Haas recorded Eternal Black Dawn for the Phoenix, AZ-based Crash Music. 2003 marked Omen's 20th anniversary.
by Alex Henderson, Allmusic Guide

1.Holy Martyr
3.Dragons Breath
4.Teeth of the Hydra
5.Battle Cry
6.The Curse
8.Bounty Hunter
9.Thorn in Your Flesh
10.Die By the Blade
11.Hell's Gates - AMAZON
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OMEN: [1988] Escape To Nowhere [Metal Blade]

Although not a huge name in the metal world, Omen has enjoyed a small cult following among headbangers since the early '80s. Omen is best-known for melodic yet aggressive power metal/fantasy metal along the lines of King Diamond, Queensrÿche, Savatage, Manowar, and Helloween; Omen is forceful and hard-driving, but they're always been musical and melodic. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1983 by lead guitarist Kenny Powell, who had been a member of an L.A.-based band called Savage Grace. Powell's early influences included Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, UFO, Ronnie James Dio, Black Sabbath, and Rainbow (among others), and Omen's Metal Blade and Enigma recordings of the '80s reflected the guitarist's appreciation of those headbangers. Omen has had its share of lineup changes over the years; in addition to Powell, the band's early members included lead singer J.D. Kimball, bassist Jody Henry, and drummer Steve Wittig. In 1984, Omen signed with the L.A.-based Metal Blade and recorded their debut album, Battle Cry, which was followed by Warning of Danger in 1985, The Curse in 1986, Nightmares in 1987, and Escape to Nowhere in 1988.
by Alex Henderson, Allmusic Guide

1.It's Not Easy
2.Radar Love
3.Escape To Nowhere
4.Cry for the Morning
5.Thorn In Your Flesh
8.King of the Hill
9.No Way Out - AMAZON
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

OLD MAN'S CHILD: [1998] Ill-Natured Spiritual Invasion [Century Media]

Born in Oslo, Norway under the supervision of guitarist/singer Thomas "Grusom" Rune and fellow ax-man Jardar, the two wanted to create a project that was filled with the bleak lyrical content of modern day black metal and an influence of early death metal. The results were Old Man's Child, who made their debut in late 1993. After eventually inking a deal with the Norway based Hot Records in 1994, their first full-length Born of the Flickering came about later on that year. After a bit of a change in their rhythm section, the re-release of their first demo In The Shades of Life came out in 1996 on a Mini-CD format, digital re-mix and a different packaging was also included.
-- by Mike DaRonco, Allmusic Guide

1.Towards Eternity
2.The Dream Ghost
3.Demoniacal Possession
4.Fall Of Man
5.Captives Of Humanity
6.God Of Impiety
7.My Evil Revelations
8.Thy Servant - AMAZON
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BATHORY: [1995] Octagon [Black Mark Production]

In a musical realm where scale of influence has little to do with commercial success, few originators of the extreme metal arts evoke as deep a sense of mystery, or incite such hushed, reverential tones of admiration, as Sweden's Bathory. Essentially a one-man operation helmed by the mysterious Quorthon, Bathory's development from the rawest form of embryonic black metal, to thrash, death, and back to its self-devised Viking-themed black metal, has mirrored and regularly defined the genre's very evolution. Indeed, along with Switzerland's Celtic Frost, Germany's Kreator, and Denmark's Mercyful Fate, they easily qualify as one the most important European extreme metal acts of the '80s and '90s. The Swedish-born multi-instrumentalist Quorthon (also known as Black Spade and/or Ace Shoot, although his real name, Thomas Forsberg, is still the subject of debate) formed Bathory in 1983 with sidemen Hanoi (bass) and Vans (drums).
-- by Eduardo Rivadavia, Allmusic Guide

1.Immaculate Pinetreeroad #930
2.Born to Die
7.33 Something
8.War Supply
10.Judgement Of Prosperity
11.Deuce - AMAZON
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OLD MAN'S CHILD: [2003] In Defiance Of Existence [Century Media]

Despite traveling even farther away from black metal's roots, Old Man's Child is still one of the consummate death metal acts, mainly because In Defiance of Existence remains as uncompromisingly vicious as it is confidently experimental. Ambient keyboard swells rule the landscape, changing tempos and volume as often as necessary, but not too often to usurp the catchiness of the fast riffing and drum fills, making this disc the best of all worlds without sacrificing anything out of supposed contradictions. In a genre that is either black or white, Old Man's Child has released a disc that resides in gray areas previously unexplored and even feared unattainable, making the transformation from pedigreed players living on reputation alone to a force to be reckoned with.
-- by Brian O'Neill, Allmusic Guide

1.Felonies Of the Christian Art
2.Agony of Fallen Grace
3.Black Seeds On Virgin Soil
4.In Defiance Of Existence
5.Sacrifice Of Vengeance
6.The Soul Receiver
7.In Quest Of Enigmatic Dreams
8.The Underworld Domains
9.Life Deprived - AMAZON
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BATHORY: [1996] Blood On Ice [Black Mark Production]

Bathory's famed lost album, Blood on Ice, was originally recorded in the late '80s, smack-dab in the middle of the Swedish group's revolutionary transition from its barbaric black metal beginnings to the ambitiously orchestrated Viking metal of its golden era. At the time, the work was deemed far too big a departure by band mastermind Quorthon, who, among other things, shockingly substituted his raspy croak for actual singing throughout -- but, as with any abandoned project, retrospective evidence also suggests that Quorthon was also less than secure about whether his songwriting and musicianship were yet developed enough to fulfill his vision. Shrouded in mystery for the ensuing half-decade, Blood on Ice was finally resurrected and completed (replete with story-advancing sound effects) to Bathory's satisfaction in 1996, at which time it was released to widely deserved critical and fan acclaim, despite a few but distinct shortcomings that placed its overall achievement slightly below that of acknowledged triumphs like Blood Fire Death and Hammerheart. Sliding into gear rather slowly with tentative offerings like the title track, "One Eyed Old Man," and "The Sword" (which sounds way too similar to Manowar's "Blood of My Enemies"), the album eventually reaches cruising speed with outstanding moments like "The Stallion," "The Woodwoman," and the colossal "Gods of Thunder of Wind and of Rain," whereupon Quorthon's vocals (sometimes given to off-pitch variations) sound better than ever before. The gentle acoustic bridge "The Ravens" sets up the epic, nine-minute masterstroke of "The Revenge of the Blood on Ice," which may single-handedly convince even the most cynical of listeners that this long-forgotten work deservingly belongs within Bathory's hallowed canon. Also worth mentioning, the album's lengthy (meaning biblically sized) explanatory liner notes read like a veritable Rosetta Stone for longtime Bathory supporters, shedding unprecedented historical light and perspective upon the group's mysterious history.
-- by Eduardo Rivadavia, Allmusic Guide

2.Blood On Ice
3.Man Or Iron
4.One Eyed Old Man
5.The Sword
6.The Stallion
7.The Woodwoman
8.The Lake
9.Gods Of Thunder, Of Wind and Of Rain
10.The Ravens
11.The Revenge Of the Blood On Ice - AMAZON
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AXEL RUDI PELL: [1991] Nasty Reputation [SPV]

1.I Will Survive
2.Nasty Reputation
3.Fighting the Law
4.Wanted Man
5.When a Blind Man Cries
6.Land of the Giants
8.Unchain the Thunder
9.Open Doors (Instrumental)
-Pt. I: Experience
-Pt. II: The Journey
-Pt. III: Sugar Big Daddy - AMAZON
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AXEL RUDI PELL: [1992] Eternal Prisoner [SPV]

1.Streets of Fire
2.Long Time
3.Eternal Prisoner
4.Your Life (Not Close Enough to Paradise)
5.Wheels Rolling On
6.Sweet Lil' Suzie
7.Dreams of Passion
8.Shoot Her to the Moon
9.Ride the Bullet - AMAZON
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AXEL RUDI PELL: [1989] Wild Obsession [SPV]
German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell is one of heavy metal's masterminds, thanks to his spiraling playing techniques and pinch-hitting riffs which crafted Pell as a mainstay in the hard rock genre for the majority of the hair metal '80s. His first band, Steeler, kicked off a mild career in Europe during the early part of the decade, issuing three albums (Steeler [1984], Rulin' the Earth [1985], Strike Back [1986]) prior to 1987's Undercover Animal, which signaled the beginning of Pell's long-sought solo career. This professional jaunt allowed Pell to fully expose his riveting playing power and collaborations between he and other musicians. His 1989 debut Wild Obsession showcased ex-Steeler's bassist Volker Krawczak and vocal charm from Charlie Huhn, but 1991's sophomore effort proved Pell's determination. Nasty Reputation was heavier, throttling with Rob Rock on vocals and a definitive stance for Pell to also breach upon neo-classical influences. Later albums such as Black Moon Pyramid (1996) and Oceans of Time (1998) were exquisitely mastered, churning similar sounds of Rainbow and Deep Purple. Axel Rudi Pell proved his single star status, almost celebratory, like guitar wizard Yngwie Malmsteen, throughout the '90s as well, issuing a slew of releases while remaining a chief force among the German charts.
-- by MacKenzie Wilson, Allmusic Guide

1.Wild Cat
2.Call of the Wild Dogs
3.Slave Of Love
4.Cold as Ice
5.Broken Heart
6.Call Her Princess
7.Snake Eyes
8.Hear You Calling Me
9.Return of the Calyph
10.(Don't Trust the) Promised Dreams - AMAZON
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

VOIVOD: [1997] Phobos @320kbps

Voivod (singer Denis "Snake" Belanger, guitarist Denis "Piggy" d'Amour, drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault) was one of the first thrash bands out of Canada to gain popularity outside of their home country. From their beginning in the early '80s, their main goal was to be different from anyone else, and thus they incorporated odd musical tempos and futuristic story lines into their songs, often dealing with technology taking over the world. Voivod opened the way for other Canadian thrash bands and for metal bands with their unique styles of performing and writing.

1.Catalepsy I
6.Temps Mort
7.The Tower
11.Catalepsy II
13.21st Century Schizoid Man [King Crimson]

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JOE SATRIANI: [2001] Live in San Francisco

Booked into San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium and slated to film three songs for the venue's Live! at the Fillmore TV show, Joe Satriani decided to take the opportunity to record and film his show for a double CD and DVD. The audio version, clocking in at close to two-and-a-half hours, serves to create a thorough introduction to an artist who, up to this point, had not released a real compilation. The album presents concert recordings of material first heard on Satriani's previous studio releases: one from Not of This Earth (1986), four from Surfing With the Alien (1987), one from Dreaming #11 (1988), four from Flying in a Blue Dream (1989), two from The Extremist (1992), two from Time Machine (1993), one from Joe Satriani (1995), six from Crystal Planet (1998), and three from Engines of Creation (2000). The guitarist varies the pace, combining up-tempo hard rock tracks with more melodic medium-tempo numbers and even some lovely ballads. His vibrato-heavy, sustain-drenched playing remains consistent and identifiable no matter what the context, but despite his reputation as a high-speed riff technician his work can be surprisingly lyrical at times. His band -- bass, drums, and a keyboard player who sometimes picks up a rhythm guitar -- provides letter-perfect support, and Satriani draws considerable energy from an enraptured audience, making this an ideal sampler of the guitarist's work. Anyone who thinks of hard rock guitar playing as only one part of a complete musical palette, or who looks for more of a dynamic range in an instrumentalist, is likely to suffer from flagging attention before the two discs are over. But lovers of rock guitar in the Jimi Hendrix tradition will love this one as much as the fans in attendance did.
-- by William Ruhlmann,

Disc -- 1
2.Devil's Slide
3.The Crush of Love
4.Satch Boogie
5.Borg Sex
6.Flying in a Blue Dream
7.Ice 9
8.Cool #9
10.Until We Say Goodbye
12.The Extremist
13.Summer Song

Disc -- 2
1.House Full of Bullets
2.One Big Rush
3.Raspberry Jam Delta-V
4.Crystal Planet
5.Love Thing
6.Bass Solo
7.The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing
8.Always With Me, Always with You
9.Bid Bad Moon
11.Surfing with the Alien

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

DEEP PURPLE: [2003] Masters from the Vault (XviD-DVD Rip)

**Rare Deep Purple performing for the TV cameras in Europe during the early seventies. Included here are the songs that propelled the band to greatness. Also featured are the earliest known recordings of the classic Mark II line up of Blackmore, Lord, Paice, Gillan and Glover. This is Deep Purple putting new material through it's paces that would ultimately surface on the legendary first album, 'Deep Purple in Rock', including the earliest versions of the all time classics 'Speed King' and 'Child in Time'. A unique feature of the material is the time and space allocated to Ritchie Blackmore to stretch out and demonstrate the amazing virtuoso technique.

..Speed King
..No, No, No
..Child in Time
..Highway Star
..Wring That Neck
..Mandrake Root
..Demon's Eye
..When A Blind Man Cries
..Smoke on the Water

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