The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world

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CD REVIEWS 2011...

 

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COMING SOON: YES, BURN HALO, DYNAZTY, AIRRACE, JOHN WETTON, FASTRACK, PINK STEEL, THE WHEEL, VOODOO HIGHWAY

COLDSPELL

OUT FROM THE COLD

Released 2011

coldspell out from the cold

by Mark Diggins

Coldspell's second album has all that you will love about their debut, but adds extra depth and richness to their classic sound. READ MORE

Dead Sara

Dead Sara

Released 2011

By Todd Jolicouer

This one showed up in the mail and wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a band with a name like Dead Sara. The CD cover was kinda retro, and there weren’t any bloody cadavers, so maybe this would be worth a listen. Thirty seconds into the first song and it was obvious this disc was meant to land in my mailbox. Let me explain… READ MORE

Barry Manilow

15 Minutes

Released 2011

By Todd Jolicouer

I know… what is Barry Manilow doing on The Rockpit? You would be surprised. First, I am a huge fan, and have been for years. The first concert tickets I ever bought from a scalper were for Barry Manilow in 1988. Put aside your preconceived notions that Barry Manilow is easy listening and give me a minute to explain why this disc belongs here and why it has earned 4-1/2 stars. READ MORE

Against All Will

A Rhyme & Reason

Released 2011

By Todd Jolicouer

I was truly “Swept Away” as the first song indicates. The sound of this disc is right up there with all of my other current favorites. I would love to hear this one get regular attention. The sound is solid rock without being too heavy. READ MORE

JD OVERDRIVE

SEX, WHISKEY & SOUTHERN BLOOD

Metal Mind

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

I really like this one! Hearing the samples piqued my interest in what I though might be a little undiscovered gem and I'm glad to say that first impressions were right. It's an intense album that does everything right. If you love Southern Metal you might wonder how a Polish band can pull it off so well but track it down and give it a listen... READ MORE

BLACK TIDE

POST MORTEM

Released 2011

black tide post mortem

by Mark Diggins

Black Tide's debut was one of my favourite albums of that year and to later get to see the band support Trivium when they toured downunder proved they could also do it live. For such a young band that's an almost unheard of amount of potential... So the really big question is, can they back it up?

READ ON TO FIND OUT

TRIVIUM

IN WAVES

Roadrunner

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

I like Trivium a lot, though not being a huge metal fan I've never really put my finger on quite why that is. Great live, great in the studio, yet somehow they've never quite captured what they did on those first couple of releases. This may just be the turning point... READ MORE

JORN

LIVE IN BLACK

Frontiers Records

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

About this time of year a big meat-on-the-bones Live release is just what the doctor ordered and this one is a real treat from one of the voices of modern day rock. READ MORE

SJW

MOMENTS OF MAGNITUDE

White Dog Media

Released September 2011

sjw

by Jo Rockpit

SJW's (Simon James White Band's) third album "Moments of Magnitude" is out on 1st September and it's something a little bit different. Mature and complex are words that spring to mind, but not in a bad way... Check out the bonus review of their debut album 'A State of Delerium' to get you in the mood. READ MORE

BAI BANG

LIVIN' MY DREAM

AOR HEAVEN

Released 2011

By Shane Pinnegar

There’s been such a glut of quality Swedish sleaze and glam rock in the past few years that it’s hard to keep up with it all.  Bai Bang is one member of this movement that we will always find time for – over a long career they’ve proven masters of the anthemic chorus, champions of the catchy riff and lords of the melodic party metal tunes. READ MORE

DORO

25 Years Of Rock

NUCLEAR BLAST

Released 2011

By Shane Pinnegar

An absolute wet dream for any fan of Germany’s (and the world’s!) undisputed Queen Of Metal, this box set features the full concert from the special Celebration gig to mark Doro’s 25th anniversary in rock, an abundance of extras, an exclusive photo booklet and a CD of highlights of the concert, all lovingly packaged with hard covers and lavish booklets. READ MORE

FOULPLAY

Waiting For The Day EP

Self Released

Released 2011

By Shane Pinnegar

This new 3 track metal EP crossed my desk last week and I’ve spun it a few times now, and I’m finding it grow on me with every listen. Foulplay play pretty much traditional metal with a pinch of Alice In Chains groove added to create an individual style, and feature some inventive and interesting songwriting and playing and impressive, powerful vocals from leader Asiri Perera. READ MORE

EXCITER

DEATH MACHINE

2011

By Shane Pinnegar

A brutal old school thrash album from one of the original speed metal masters, Exciter take no prisoners on “Death Machine”, showing kids half their age the way to do it properly. READ MORE

HAMMERFALL

INFECTED

2011

By Robert Kitay

This album is a bit of a departure from Hammerfall’s previous releases. From the album cover to the topics of the songs (less fantasy and more horror), Infected was not what I expected. That is not to say that this is a bad album because there is a lot to like in this release, but it certainly isn’t my favorite release from Hammerfall and it isn’t where I would recommend you start if you are new to the band. READ MORE

 

MEGADETH

PEACE SELLS...

Capitol

(Re-)Released 2011

By Shane Pinnegar

Lovingly remastered version of Mr Mustaine’s early classic, released with a bonus disc containing an entire raw 1987 live show from Cleveland, which opens with a snarling ‘Wake Up Dead’ and never lets up before culminating in a ferocious version of ‘Mechanix’.

RISING WIND

Skydive Your Soul EP

Released 2011

The Rockpit By Shane Pinnegar

These young Italian rockers follow up last year’s debut EP and a triumphant Rocklahoma appearance with this classy four track EP. From opener ‘Goodbye’ it’s patently obvious that Rising Wind are a notch above the pack – this song roars out of the speakers like a formula one Ferrari, full of frenetic riffing, glorious vocals and an outstanding rhythm section. READ MORE

HEADCAT

WALK THE WALK... TALK THE TALK

Released 2011

The Rockpit By Shane Pinnegar

For those of you unfamiliar with The Headcat, it’s Lemmy’s “side project” with Slim Jim Phantom, drummer from rockabilly legends Stray Cats, and L.A. rocker Danny B, and their debut album of a few years ago is a great collection of old country rockers with a 50’s ish vintage, showing a lovely new side to the Motorhead legend. READ MORE

PUSHKING

The World As We Love It

RIOT ENTERTAINMENT

Released 2011

The Rockpit By Shane Pinnegar

I’ll admit that I don’t know who Pushking are, or what they’ve done in the past – but I can tell you one thing:  their rolodex reads like a “who’s who” of hard rock and “The World As We love It” is a trainspotter’s delight – Billy F Gibbons, Alice Cooper, Steve Vai, Paul Stanley, Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Dan McCafferty – holy hell, that’s just for starters! READ MORE

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

THe Song Remains Not The Same

RIOT ENTERTAINMENT

2011

The Rockpit By Shane Pinnegar

Zakk Wylde returns with “a collection of unplugged and unreleased tracks from the ORDER OF THE BLACK recording sessions” – and it is exactly what it says on the tin. An acoustic rendition of ‘Overlord’ opens proceedings and it’s perhaps surprising how much MORE Zakk sounds like early Sabbath era Ozzy in this stripped back mode. READ MORE

180 PROOF

THE GUTTER SESSIONS PART 1 EP

SELF RELEASED

2011

The Rockpit By Shane Pinnegar

These scuzzed n’ fuzzed up blues rockers from Melbourne have crawled out of the gutter they call home, wiped off last night’s vomit stains, and headed into the studio to lay down 4 tracks of blistering blues with some heavy nods to punk and metal.  ‘Intoxication’ best showcases 180 PROOF’s masterplan, with a sleazy bit of Bon-era AC/DC here, a Pistols sneer there, and a tasty bit of soloing on the side. A solid debut EP that shows promise for the future.

SANDRA DEE

VISIONS OF PAIN

Eonian Records

Released 2011

The Rockpit By Shane Pinnegar

Competant though a little pedestrian US hard rock which teeters on the brink of a grungier and darker sound than the hair metal bands Eonian Records usually unearths, Sandra Dee still have one first firmly in the sleazy sounds of the late eighties and there’s a lot here to like.

ROCK AID ARMENIA

SMOKE ON THE WATER - METROPOLIS SESSIONS

RIOT ENTERTAINMENT

The Rockpit By Shane Pinnegar

21st anniversary reissue of Rock Aid Armenia charity single ‘Smoke On The Water’ sees a stellar lineup (Gillan, Blackmore, Dickinson, May, Gilmour, Iommi, Lifeson, Rodgers & more) lay  into the Deep Purple classic.  The brand new remix by Wermut & Dee sounds fat and juicy, and with a worthy cause, a good version of the classic song and an interesting bonus DVD this EP is well worth a few of your bucks.

PRIMAL SCREAM

SCREAMADELICA 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

SONY

The Rockpit for the album, The Rockpit For The Reissue

By Shane Pinnegar. “Screamadelica” was the sound of rock and dance colliding in a gloriously uplifting, MDMA fuelled kaleidoscope of sound and magic.  Sounds that had never been heard were suddenly possible, and twenty years later the album sounds as fresh and wonderful as it did upon its release.  Comes with a bonus EP with a few remixes and B-sides.

EGYPT CENTRAL

WHITE RABBIT

Released 2011

By Todd Jolicouer

This isn’t their first rodeo, but certainly their first foray into some fame, fortune, and tons of radio airplay. John Falls leads the charge and uses his voice to tell the stories on this disc. He is just as comfortable signing as he is screaming to accent his point. Nope, this isn’t screamo, he simply takes the intensity up a notch at times – this is a good thing. READ MORE

ARDELITAS WAY

HOME SCHOOL VALEDICTORIAN

Released 2011

By Todd Jolicouer

These guys bounced into the summer of 2011 with a very strong effort. This song showcases not only strong song writing and solid musicianship, but the freedom main songwriter and vocalist Rick DeJesus has taken in collaborating with outside writers. The results are phenomenal and this CD is feel good fun from start to finish. READ MORE

EMPHATIC

Damage

By Todd Jolicouer

The buzz was all around this young band after the release of the first single, “Bounce” to rock radio. I heard it on Octane and instantly wanted to see these guys succeed. I missed a tour stop earlier this year when they were out with Saliva. I couldn’t wait for the CD to drop. I am so glad I waited and ran out to get this one. READ MORE

 

CHAOS DIVINE

THE HUMAN CONNECTION

By Lips McConoghue

It’s fair to say that I am not the biggest fan of Prog rock/metal. So much so that I nearly didn’t review this CD, purely as I felt I didn’t have the understanding of the genre to give it credit that it may deserve. What this Chaos Divine disc proved to me is that I do know when something is good no matter what ‘pigeon hole’ you want to put it in and this CD is VERY GOOD. READ MORE

SEVEN THORNS

RETURN TO THE PAST

Nightmare Records

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

Unabashed retro metal that lifts you to that level that metal releases used to make you feel as a kid. There’s nothing big and clever about this release, nothing new, just great music.  Powerful, driving, guitar-led metal that feels like the last thirty years never happened! READ MORE

ABBE MAY

Design Desire

By Shane Pinnegar

Abbe May’s 4th album proper proves a sensual left turn from this prodigious and raunchy Perth guitarist and singer with the throaty growl of a lioness suckled on early Delta blues. READ MORE

THE SPAZZYS

Dumb is Forever

By Shane Pinnegar

The Spazzys have a tendency to be written off as little more than a Ramones-alike bunch of teenage pop punkers, but “Dumb Is Forever” should change those perceptions – although not so radically that you’d not recognise their infectious tunes. READ MORE

Sixx AM

This is gonna hurt

By Todd Jolicouer

After a very strong debut from this all-star project, it was hard to tell what was coming next from Nikki, James, and DJ. If you waited with huge anticipation, much like I did, I don’t think you will be too disappointed. READ MORE

George Thorogood & the Destroyers

2120 South Michigan Ave.

Capitol/EMI

By Shane Pinnegar

George Thorogood and The Destroyers may be the world’s most successful bar room blues band, but they have also been extraordinarily successful at turning people on the music that came before them. READ MORE

One Less Reason

Faces & Four Letter Words

By Todd Jolicouer

This CD came out of nowhere and, surprisingly, is quite good. The lead vocals sound a lot like Josey Scott of Saliva, but that is where the comparisons should end – no wrestling anthems here.. These guys put together a great collection of songs that will please most people – rockers and those that prefer their music slowed down a bit. READ MORE

SEKS

HARDER THAN YOU

Released 2011

(maybe!) by Mark Diggins

This is a strange album with a sound that is both unique and familiar…  Sometimes the best thing about never reading other people’s reviews before I listen is getting something like this served cold! After reading a few reviews to be honest I’m not completely sure I’ve been listening to the same album! MORE

SUGAR LOUISE

Everything's Better With Sugar

By Shane Pinnegar

Last seen fronting feral sleaze bandits SLOMBER, Norwegian Billy McBarbie has turned his vocal talents to pop punk hard rockers SUGAR LOUISE. Permeated with summer sunshine and a sense of fun from start to finish, “Everything’s Better With Sugar” extols the glory and virtues of summer love, READ MORE

Beautiful Beast

Adult Oriented Candy

Rockpit

Rockpit By Shane Pinnegar

Every day is 1989 in Julian Angel’s world, as evidenced by his Beautiful Beast on this slice of ‘Adult Oriented Candy’. In this over-PC, super hi-tech decade, it takes someone very, very clever to construct a slab of party metal as gloriously dumbed down as this! READ MORE

Pistenbroke

True Brewed Rock n' Roll

Rockpit

Rockpit By Shane Pinnegar

Like four bastard sons of the unholy coupling between Lemmy and a troupe of marauding biker wenches, Adelaide’s PISTENBROKE (Geddit??) raise a tattooed middle finger with this searing slab of solid metal. READ MORE

13 Pagan Holiday 13

American Monster

Rockpit

Rockpit By Helen Hosie

1988 gave birth to Glam/Horrorpunk/metal rockers 13PAGANHOLIDAY13, by New Yorkers Mykill Von Pagan and Scott Thornstar both having the same interests of 80s sleaze metal and 70s punk their monster was born. Now based in Ohio, Scott Thornstar, Johnny Crypt, Eddie Von Hearse, and Mykill Von Pagan are here and ready to creep into your crypt. READ MORE

SKARLET RIOT

Self Titled

Rockpit

Rockpit By Helen Hosie

North Lincolnshire based "Skarlett Riot", a female fronted band, have been touring the UK for a few years now. They have shared stages with bands such as New Generation Superstars, Deaf Havanna and Voodoo Sixx just to name a few. Having had airplay on various radio stations in the UK, this band is starting to put themselves on the map. READ MORE

 

THE EROTICS

RARITIES & REACHAROUNDS

Released 2011

by Mark

Nice! A limited edition CD that looks like vinyl & sounds like the music you used to get excited about when vinyl was king. The very notion of releasing this as a limited edition of 100 kind of made me smile, it is a post-modern comment on the state of the music industry or... Let's face it who cares! It ROCKS and makes you want to break things. For those of you not aware of The Erotics do yourselves a favour & check out one of the dirtiest bands around... READ MORE

FOOLS OF APRIL

LISTEN EP

Released 2011

by Jo Rockpit

I love half of this EP and it promises a lot but it also makes me wonder what the band is really aiming for? I love the krunchy riffs, the very modern sound and the juxtaposition of those at times poppy, at others angelic vocals almost works... It's frustrating, it's good but not quite there yet, if you want something that rocks but sounds different to the run of the mill check them out.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION

2

Released 2011

by Leon Todd

Black Country Communion, the supergroup consisting of no other than the voice of rock himself, Glenn Hughes, young guitar wunderkind Joe Bonamassa, Keyboard journeyman Derek Sherinian and Jason 'son of John' Bonham ,delivered their debut album in 2010 and just a year later they've thrown their musical might behind a second album. Two albums in two years? Bands haven't done that since the 70's! READ MORE

BARREL HOUSE

SPECIES VAGABOND

Released 2010

by Jo Rockpit

This smells like a damp pub on an otherwise sunny afternoon and sounds like blues and roots along the lines of (but not as good as) The Black Keys. There's slide guitar, Hammond organ and a dab of funk and a measue of Ben Harper. All in all it's not bad at all, if a little light on for the Rockpit. Songs like 'Get on Board' in its laid back glory and 'Let Me In' are well worth a look. We like it!

BLUEVILLE

BUTTERFLY BLUES

Tanzan Music

Released 2011

by Mark

This CD just sounds great and will appeal to a lot of you out there who love the blues but are looking for something based on the old that sounds refreshingly new. As the name would suggest its blues, but blues that simmers and sits back to allow the guitar and the vocals to move the songs forward. This is cool blues, seductive and laid back, it has soul & beauty & some wonderful guitars & vocals. All we can suggest is you try it, I'm sure you'll like what you hear. READ MORE

HOUSTON

MECHANICAL SUNSHINE

Tanzan Music

Released 2011

by Mark

This one came out of nowhere for me and I haven't put it down yet. Hosuton (The Italians NOT the Swedish Melodic Rock act) has taken a genre that was in need of a new lease of life and given it just that. If you like a bit of Korn or Manson then these guys are worth checking out. Metal for sure but with enough hard rock sensibilities and a touch of Goth to keep it interesting. Cool Rob Zombie cover 'Dragula' too... READ MORE

HEAVEN'S BASEMENT

UNBREAKABLE EP

Released June 2011

by Mark

It's hard to believe that some bands aren't on major labels getting the attention they deserve, which says a lot about major labels and nothing about the quality of rock music out there. Putting aside the bands history (that seems to get referenced in every review) this is just a very focussed, in your face rock and roll of the highest quality... READ MORE

Shotgun Symphony

Highway To Tomorrow Live Firefest 2010

Released 2011

by Steve Warsap

Shotgun Symphony first appeared in England at the first Gods  festival in 1993. They they split after their appearance at the same festival in 2001. They were convinced to reform after a phone call from Firefest. Called in as last minute replacements after Saraya pulled out... READ MORE

TESLA

TWISTED WIRES & THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

I'm a big fan of Tesla I must admit, they are just one of those bands that I've never felt let down by over the years and in the live arena they have few equals. Acoustically too they don't do too bad! Effectively inventing the Unplugged phenomenum of the '90s this release offers more raw Tesla and well as some new songs... READ MORE

DEVINE ELECTRIC

EXCUSE THE MESS EP

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

Sydney's Devine Electric may have been around a while and from what I hear have a great live show, but this EP hints at bigger things. With a swagger and a sound like Rose Tattoo meets the Gunners you may think you've heard it all before, but as a wise man once said: great songs are great songs... READ MORE

Strangeways

Where Do We Go From Here Live Firefest 2010

Released 2011

by Steve Warsap

After reuniting with original vocalist Terry Brock after a gap of two decades Strangeways stormed the last day at Firefest 2010.After a tantalising intro of "We`re Back" they burst into opening track "Love Lies Dying" from the classic 'Walk In The Fire' album and it's obvious from the start that his amazing voice is as good as ever. READ MORE

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ELM STREET

BARBED WIRE METAL

Released 2011

by Paul Hadlington

The debut album from Melbourne metaler’s Elm Street is old school metal, a genre now very much in favour again with rock fans. Highly influenced by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and even early Metallica. Elm Street have put together a fine collection of songs that have caught the eye of the metal scene. READ MORE

FARCRY

OPTIMISM

Released 2011

by Michael D'Avignon

If you like bands like Firehouse, Harem Scarem, or even early Bon Jovi, then Farcry is a band to check out. "Optimism" is the perfect feel good soundtrack for the summer. so pick it up. READ MORE

RUBICON CROSS

LIMITED EDITION EP

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

It may only be an EP but if these tracks are anything to go by Rubicon Cross (CJ Snare of Firehouse's new project) will be a force to be reccokend with. Modern melodic rock with a harder edge than you might expect, it's hard to put this one down. EP of the year. READ MORE

DIRTY AMERICANS

BLACK FEATHER

Released 2011

by Jo Rockpit

For those that have heard Michigan's Dirty Americans before they probably need no indroduction, for those that haven't then this is as good a place as any to start to get to know them. READ MORE

SISTER

HATED

Released 2011

by Jo Rockpit

The sleaze of early Crue with an injection of pissed-off punk and snarling razor blade, gargle with glass vocals. If that sounds like your sort of thing then Sister may be one for you: a band that don’t know the definition of subtle and place raise-your-fist and yell stomping anthems above everything else. READ MORE

FIREHOUSE

FULL CIRCLE

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

Few bands pull off re-recording their Greatest Hits and topping the originals. but Firehouse is one of the few that has managed it to celebrate their 20 year anniversary. Full Circle is available through FireHouse’s official website firehousemusic.com, CDBaby, and iTunes. Pick up your copy today! READ MORE

PETER MURPHY

NINTH

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

I go way back with Peter Murphy - all the way back to Bauhaus. Too be perfectly honest as a solo artist I've enjoyed the ride and Murphy's albums have been consistent over the years. Sure there's early eighties gothic cool, a bit of Bowie thrown in and a smoky cocktail hour film noire chic. I like that, you might not. It's retro, it may even sound a little pretentious, and whilst it may not be as essential a part of the catalogue as some you'd be hard pushed to argue it wasn't still cool.

Jeff Jones

SPACED

Released 201

by Mark Diggins

You may not know the name Jeff Jones, but really you should. 'Spaced' is an album that captures your attention with its down and dirty sound which feels that it could have been laid down in late eighties Hollywood. READ MORE

QUEENSRYCHE

DEDICATED TO CHAOS

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

If you put this on and can put ‘Mindcrime’ or ‘Empire’ out of your mind for a minute you may well be in for a real treat. For me the interesting thing is that this doesn’t sound like our preconceived idea of Queensryche. There’s a breadth of experimentation here that has been lacking in recent years and of course I’m not talking conceptually, I’m talking musically. READ MORE

SAXON

CALL TO ARMS

Released 2011

by Jo Rockpit

So Saxon! We all ike Saxon right? NWOBHM Troopers put out their 19th album and it's really just a little underwhelming. OK so we didn't expect anything new, but to be honest listening to this the path is now so well worn you get the feeling they did this one in their sleep. To be honest it's not a bad album, but it's not a great album either and I can't see you reaching for it too often once the novelty has worn off. Must try harder next time Biff!

SICK PUPPIES

TRI-POLAR

Released 2011

by Jo Rockpit

Sick Puppies, well good luck to them I say. After gaining a massive amount of media attention for the 'free hugs' You-Tube video they got the kind of boost all bands dream of. What you get here is a "generic Nu-Metal lite, paint by numbers, heard it all before" album almost completey devoid of anything approaching originality. I really dislike this, but I'm told they are great live... Cookie Cutter nonsense but closer 'White Baloons' may lead the way out!

KILL APPEAL

VISITATION EP

Released 2011

by Jo Rockpit

There’s a lot to like in these four short tracks and it all points in the right direction. Kill Appeal is not a generic band, they have their influences sure, but they don’t overpower them, they have their own sound and with every member of the band under the age of 20 things could happen for these guys. READ MORE

 

DRIVE BY TRUCKERS

LIVE AT THE 3rd MAN

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

Along with Gov't Mule, Drive By Truckers is one of the bands on my "must see live list". This CD is proof for those that need it what a real 'experience' seeing a band live can still be. If you love real american Rock and Roll and just appreciate a fine tune without being all high and mighty about the genre this is music of real substance and soul. Well worth your attention.

THESE HEARTS

Forever Ended Yesterday

Victory

Released 2011

By Todd Jolicouer

The latest rage in youth rock music (other than all the A.I. spin offs) seems to be metalcore.  I have seen, heard, and met several bands in this genre, but few seem to have staying power required these days to outlive the ADHD of today’s young rock fans. Read The Full Review

ALYSON AVENUE

CHANGES

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

I was a fan of Alyson Avenue before vocalist Anette Olzen was poached by Nightwish a few years back. AA was a band with a long history but had only released their first CD back in 2000, and both that release ‘Presence of Mind’ and 2004’s ‘Omega’ were solid melodic Rock outings. READ MORE

BANGALORE CHOIR

ALL OR NOTHING (LIVE AT FIREFEST)

Released 2011

by Steve Warsap

This is one of the first batch to be released from Firefest 2010.This was recorded at their first ever appearance in the UK. Now only vocalist David Reece & guitarist Curt Mitchell remain from their debut release way back in 92. READ MORE

PLANET 9

PLANET 9

JAMSYNC RECORDS

Released July 2011

by Mark Diggins

Planet 9 has been around since 1999 in one form or another, but 2011 sees the release of the debut CD. Coming across just as their press describes them as “southern rock meets The Four Horseman with Kid Rock attitude twisted up with a little flavor of The Almighty” it’s a great sounding album. READ MORE...

THE ANSWER

412 Days of Rock 'N' Roll

DVD/CD

2011

By Shane Pinnnegar

After two albums and a wealth of experience touring in support of some of their own influences, including a long stint with Accadacca, The Answer have graced us with “412 Days of Rock n’ Roll” – a DVD/CD double whammy guaranteed to knock your socks off. Read the full review here

GAMMARAY

Skeletons & Majesties EP

Riot Entertainment

2011

By Shane Pinnegar

With a couple of early tunes re-recorded in full metal form ('Hold Your Ground' and 'Brothers' - especially fine here), plus a couple of their favourites done acoustically ('Send Me A Sign' and 'Rebellion iin Dreamland'), this EP serves as a fun reminder of just how good GammaRay can be when on form. Bring on the next album, if it's this good I see a 4 or 5 star review coming their way!

SYMFONIA

In Paradisum

Riot Entertainment

2011

By Shane Pinnegar

Soaring vocals, frantic riffing, searing hot solos and an epic scope mark this gloriously rich album as a winner from opening track 'Fields of Avalon'. There's a sense that this is what Queensryche may have sounded like had they tkaen their debut EP down a more Euro/power metal route. Read The Full Review

DEAD STAR RENEGADE

Blackwing

Interceptor Records

2011

by Shane Pinnegar

Described by producer Ricki Rae as full of “frankenstein songs”, Dead Star Renegade’s debut album is a world class trawl through hard rock history with some deft and wonderful touches.Opener ‘Born To Lose’ leads the way as the album tips it’s cap to grunge while remaining upbeat and rocking hard. Read The Full Review

URIAH HEEP

Official Bootleg Vol 3 - Live in Kawasaki, Japan 2010

Riot Entertainment

2011

By Shane Pinnegar

A no frills official bootleg of a Japanese show from last year, this double set is notable for featuring ex-Whitesnake man Micky Moody on slide guitar on the band's run through the entire "Demons & Wizards" album. Features a good selection through The Heep's catalogue and fans will find this immensely enjoyable.

Black Veil Brides

Set The World On Fire

Lava/Republic Records, 2011

By Todd Jolicouer

DAMN!!! I have quickly become a huge fan of these guys since an introduction to their debut, We Stitch These Wounds, back last November. I really liked that album – although I had never previously been a big fan of screamo-metalcore type rock. Something about these guys was different. Maybe it was the attitude. Maybe it was the underlying music. READ THE FULL REVIEW

RAGDOLL

EXTENDED PLAY

Self released, 2011

By Shane Pinnegar

More a collection of two unreleased EP’s tacked together than an album proper, Perth, Western Australia’s melodic hard rockers Ragdoll’s debut release is a classy piece of work. Oh hang on – did I say “debut release”? Well it is – kind of, but also not! READ THE FULL REVIEW

 

THE WISHERS

Hold Your Course EP

Self Released, 2011

By Shane Pinnegar

From his formative days with THE BOYS, through THE JACKALS and a myriad of other projects, the redoubtable Paul McCarthy has always been a shining light for putting the song first, and with his latest band THE WISHERS he has honed that to a fine art. READ THE FULL REVIEW

Warrant

Rockaholic

Frontiers, 2011

By Todd Jolicouer

Wish I could say this was a return to form for Warrant, but I can’t. For it to be a return to form, it would have to equal a previous effort. Sorry to say, but the Down Boys have far exceeded anything done previously. READ THE FULL REVIEW or read Joey Alen's track by track in Mark's recent interview: HERE

Night Ranger

Somewhere in California

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

Not really a fan of Night Ranger I wasn't really expecting too much from the new album 'Somewhere in California' but the good news for both me and fans alike is that you are in for a pleasant surprise.

READ FULL REVIEW

Nazareth

Big Dogs

Released 2011

By Mark Diggins

Nazareth is a band that has a long history and over the years have influenced a number of very influential bands. For that reason alone it's worth keeping up to date with what they are up to. This sounds like Nazareth, has the riffs and above all the vocals but is ultimately it's pretty disappointing with only the slower 'When Jesus comes to save the World Again's authentic Tex-Mex blues really standing out. Not a patch on the back catalogue.

Thin Lizzy

Live in London 2011

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

Dodging the whole 'should they be playing as Thin Lizzy' debate is the safest option here. What you get is a double slice of what today passes for that classic band. To be honest Ricky Warwick does a great job and does indeed sound somewhat like Phil, but at the end of the day it is what it is and Live and Dangerous is unlikely to ever be surpassed if you want a real slice of Lizzy. Brave I guess!

URA - KIA

URA - KIA

Jamsync Music

Released 2011

by Mark Diggins

Guitar fueled no nonsense boogie-laced rock & roll is back with Ura - Kia's new release sounding like a band pumping iron as they shred on opener 'Sea of Lies' but that's nowhere near the whole story! There's tinges of bands like Blackfoot and Godsmack in the deep dark heavy sea of blues. To be honest this is one of my favourite albums of the year. 'Queen of Sorrow' puts me in mind of early Aerosmith while the ballad 'Long Time Gone' shows a deft lighter touch. Worth the price of admission.

Tigertailz

Bezerk Live... Burnin' Fuel

Released 2011

by Jo Rockpit

Tailz was always more metal than the press gave them credit for and a poor man's Welsh version of Poison they never were. Here we see their greatest album produced live and in 2011 and it sounds great. So sleazy that any respectible person would cross the street if it came towards them on a dark night, it's exactly what we hoped for!

TNA

TNA

Eonian Records

2011

By Shane Pinnegar

Hallelujah – The Eonian Records team have done it again! In 2010, these heavy rock archaeologists unearthed Sgt Roxx and Shake City – amongst others! – both up there with the best discs of the year. This album by TNA rockers is their first 2011 classic. READ THE FULL REVIEW

GRAVEYARD

Hisingen Blues

Nuclear Blast

2011

By Shane Pinnegar

Essentially, Graveyard are a blues band – a very heavy blues band a la Cream, if Clapton had grown up listening to a lot of Sabbath. The blues, in a nutshell, crossed with some tasty doom. READ THE FULL REVIEW

THE WORKHORSE

THE WORKHORSE III

DRP Records

2010

By Shane Pinnegar

The Workhorse came barrelling out of Philadelphia with an infectious blend of Ramones cool, Runaways sass, Kiss flash and Black Flag beligerance. The album begins with punch and crunch, before... READ THE FULL REVIEW

MONGREL

The New Breed From Old School EP

2010

by Shane Pinnegar

Mongrel’s debut EP “Revenge” was a slab of US punk metal that failed to stand out from the crowd despite some good songs and solid riffing. EP number 2, however, bursts out of the speakers like a bull in Pamplona in July... READ THE FULL REVIEW

HAILMARY

A Million Miles And Days EP

Self released

2010

by Shane Pinnegar

Hard rock with a touch of early 90’s grunge sensibility is what you get on this solid EP from Perth’s Hailmary, along with some smart lyrics and top notch performances. READ THE FULL REVIEW

 

SUCKERPUNCH

Original Soundtrack

Sony

2011

by Shane Pinnegar

If anything, this soundtrack reminds me of many from the early to mid 90’s – all indie and gothic and dark covers of old songs tweaked and repackaged for the tweenies. Consequently, there are a high point or two, a travesty or two, and a whole lot of “okay”... READ THE FULL REVIEW

TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY

BEST KEPT SECRET

Jamsync Music

Released 2011

by Mark

Teenage Casket Company is a band you should know about. If ever there was an apt title for an album then BEST KEPT SECRET is it. Combining the best of Glam, Pop, Punk and Sleaze, TCC produce something so immediate and essential you'll wonder how you ever did without it! MORE

OUR INTERVIEW WITH ROB LANE IS HERE!

JOURNEY

ECLIPSE

Frontiers Records

May 2011

by Mark

This is Journey... but not as we know it. A little darker, and more epic; you can feel the Schon influence here. The songs are longer and we are quite removed from the feel of Revelation that first showcased new vocalist Arnel Pineda who is very impressive here. Songs like 'Chain of Love' and 'Tantra' absolutely shine. A beautifully realised album and a new lease of life. MORE

BLACK STONE CHERRY

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Released 2011

by Mark

Black Stone Cherry is one of those rare bands that seems to please everyone and with 2 excellent albums already behind them it was always going to be a long wait to see if number 3 could possibly live up to expectations. With a huge Southern sound and metal leanings apparant from the off its pretty obvious that it has been worth the wait. This album is another contender for album of the year READ ON

BLONDIE

A PANIC OF GIRLS

Released June 2011

By Mark
Blondie to me was always so much more than ‘Parallel Lines’ and even though here they rock it up to a degree here, overall ‘Panic’ references in almost equal measures: pop, rock, reggae and avant-garde... MORE

VAMP LE STAT

BLOODLINE

XXX Records

Released 2010

by Mark

Vamp Le Stat back in 1993 released a six track indie sleaze rock classic that has long been sought after by those in the know. XXX Records has come to the party and re-released what was becoming a very pricey and hard to find collectable. Here's what all the fuss was about.... MORE

DEF LEPPARD

MIRROR BALL LIVE AND MORE

Released 2011

by Jo

Hands up everyone who needs a double live Def Leppard album to make their lives complete? No we are not being facetious we just find it quite remarkable that in the 31 years since their first CD this is the Leps first live album! And yes of course, it's good. Of the bonus tracks new single 'Undefeated' is all Hysteria meets latter-day Aerosmith. 'Kings of the World' is Queen & 'It's all About Believin'' is a nice clean Collen penned rocker. Mmmm.

NERANATURE

FORESTING WOUNDS

Metal Mind Productions

Released 2011

by Mark

Nera from Polish band Duarzamut's first solo outing is quite a welcome surprise. It's a great slab of atmosperic neo-gothic melodic metal that has a real lightness of touch to it that adds to the atmospherics. A cover of Garbage's bond theme 'The World is not Enough' works well and single 'Shattered' are among the highlights of a very interesting album READ ON

WARRANT

ROCKAHOLIC

Frontiers Records

Released May 2011

By Mark

If Warrant to you means little more than Cherry Pie then n truth you might not be prepared for how good this really is. It could even be contending for one of the albums of the year. Check out our latest Joey Allen interview HERE to read more - we talk about both the doomed Australian tour and get a track by track on the album READ MORE

SHINEDOWN

Somewhere in the Stratosphere

Released 2011

by Mark

I'm a big fan of Shinedown and live they are pretty much one of the best sounding bands out there at the moment. This double CD/DVD is something that you just have to have. A mixture of Electric and Acoustic from recent tours its a beautiful way to show off the sheer quality of the songwriting here and also Brent's simply amazing vocals. A keeper!

BLACK N BLUE

HELL YEAH!

Released 2011

by Jo

If you like the no nonsense 'black coffee, straigh whisky' riff of opener 'Monkey' that sets out to dispell the myth that we ever saw the 90's let alone the 2000's then you will love this album. It's pure and simple dirty rock maybe a little less 'hair' than the Black and Blue of old but with all the other late eighties sensebilities intact. They do make them like they used to after all! 'Target' and 'Hail Hail' tick all the rock boxes but we love 'Candy' best!

TORA TORA

REVOLUTION DAY

FNA records

Released 2011

by Mark

The demos of this unreleased 3rd album recorded in 1994 by Nashville's exceptional Tora Tora have been kicking around for many years now: so to say this has been a long time coming would be an understatement. Tora Tora was always one of my favourite 'undiscovered' bands of the early 90's and this album is a fine example of a band who had so much more depth to them than a lot of their contemporaries. If you love Tesla check it out!

 

FLOGGING MOLLY

SPEED OF DARKNESS

Released 2011

by Mark

I like Flogging Molly and if you are a fan of similar bands like the uber-Irish-Americans Dropkick Murphys then Flogging Molly should probably already be in your collection. 2011's vintage is a particularly good one and sees the band relocating to Detroit and seemingly getting all serious. With lyrics about America's economic dechline it's interesting lyrically. A diverse bunch of songs, standouts like 'The Power's Out' would be classics in any era or genre.

CHAOS DIVINE

THE HUMAN CONNECTION

Released 2011

by Paul

Chaos Divine is a progressive five piece metal band from Perth Western Australia. 'The Human Connection' is there second studio album which features nine solid powerful tracks it is one of those CD’s that will appeal to young and old alike. It’s hardcore sound and vocals will appeal to a younger generation and to their more melodic sound that would be appreciated by the more seasoned rockers. READ MORE

OVERHATE

RELENTLESS IS OUR STRENGTH

Released 2011

by Paul

Relentless is Our Strength’ is the new cd from Overhate a thrash/metal who are a progressive rock band from Venezuela South America. What you get with this release is a full on powerhouse of an album with some fine moments to sink your teeth in to. If you like your music hard fast and ear splitting then this cd is a must for you. Each track just seems to assault the senses. READ MORE

AEROSMITH

TOUGH LOVE - BEST OF THE BALLADS

Released 2011

for the music for the idea

As much as I love Aerosmith its hard not to be cynical. Even more so when the 'Best of the Ballads' contains tracks like 'Fallin' in Love' & 'Living on the Edge' Ballads? Really? You get the feeling the accountant who put this together didn't even bother to listen to the songs and just went by the titles... Oh and there's no 'Miss a Thing' either wasn't that rather big?

POISON

DOUBLE DOSE...ULTIMNATE HITS

Released 2011

for the music for the idea

This is just what the world needs. In the law of diminishing returns surerly a new Poison Greatest Hits package can't still be on anyone's shopping list? Is this the world record attempt for the greatest number of 'Greatest Hits' releases? Saying that, this one has lots of tracks, nothing new though, no bonus tracks and nothing you don't already own. Bring on the dead horse... We still like Poison of course but would prefer somthing new...

STRANGE KARMA

VOLUME 1

FNA Records

Released 2011

by Jo

Australia's Strange Karma could well be onto something: with an album built upon a varied mix of sounds & influences, songs like 'America' are wonderful & gloriously frantic. There's a definite 70's flavour to the harder songs: like The Sweet (originals not the polished hits) blended with Purple & Zeppelin. The other side of the coin is the ballads like 'Time' that ignore boundaries. There's also a healthy dose of Prog in the grooves, it's an assured album for a 1st release, a great adventure of sounds well worth checking out!

THE RODS

VENGEANCE

Niji Entertainment Group

Released 2011

by Jo

What can you say about The Rods that hasn't already been said? An underated metal band back in the day the 2011 vintage is back (25 years later) with an album that has a real old school flavour to it. There's certainly a lot to like: 'Raise Some Hell', 'I Just Wanna Rock' and 'Vengeance' are all great songs and very true to their roots. It is of course 'The Code' though with vocals from Ronnie James Dio that ices the cake. READ ON...

WHITESNAKE

LIVE DONINGTON 1990

Frontiers Records

June 2011

by Mark

Some of us were there this day and it was a great Donington two years after the sad events during the Gunners set in 1988. While some said that Dave's voice had lost a little this tends to prove otherwise. It's a great set, if a little heavy on tracks from 'Slip of the Tongue' their latest release at the time. With Vai on guitar and a bonus DVD you simply must buy this! Great!

PAGANS MIND

Heavenly Ecstasy

SPV

Released June 2011

By Robert

It’s been almost 4 years since Pagan’s Mind released their brilliant “God’s Equation” album and when I heard that they were working on a new album I certainly had high expectations. Those expectations were met and then some. “Heavenly Ecstasy” is a fantastic album that I just can’t stop listening to. READ MORE

FOO FIGHTERS

Wasting Light

Sony

Released April 2011

By Shane

After a few albums of “same old, same old”, Dave steers the good ship Foo Fighters back onto course with “Wasting Light”, getting ex-Nirvana band (first) mate Krist Novoselic on board for a tune, and welcoming guitarist Pat Smear – another ex-Nirvana alumni – back into the fold as a full-time member. READ MORE

AMARANTHE

Amaranthe

Spinefarm

Released April 2011

By Todd

What happens when you take a strong female vocalist, a melodic male vocalist, a screamer, and mix it up with three very competent musicians? You get Amaranthe. READ MORE

THE HANGERS ON

THE HANGERS ON II

Independant

Released 2011

By Todd

Compared to their debut released a couple years ago, this sophomore effort really shines. They took raw talent as exhibited on their debut and then honed their craft and grew up in the bars and clubs around Michigan. The music is tighter and the lyrics are more applicable to real life of college age rockers. Essentially, this disc shows how they have improved, but also lends itself to point out these guys are in it to win it. READ MORE

BITCH QUEENS

Female Shotgun

Lux Noise

Released October 2010

By Shane

The Bitch Queens are a noisy bunch of social misfits hailing from Basel, Switzerland who play punkish heavy rock with a Swedish bent, full of melodies that will sink their hooks deep under your skin – think The Backyard Babies, think Hellacopters, think dirty sleaze riffs, sneering Crystal Pistol flavoured vocals and a touch of The Damned and The Dead Boys. READ MORE

LEADFINGER

We Make The Music

Impedance Records

Released 2011

By Shane

Leadfinger is Stewart Cunningham’s latest vehicle after stints with a clutch of punk and garage bands and shows him wistful for his adolescent and teen years. READ MORE

SICK PUPPIES

Polar Opposite

Virgin

Released March 2011

By Todd

Riding high on the singles from their last release, this Australian trio decided to re-record some of their catalog acoustically and launch it upon the world. Thank heaven they did, as most of these songs, while good or great in their original incarnation, have been improved upon by turning down and focusing on the songs and raw talent of the band. READ MORE

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD

American Tragedy

A&M/Octane

Released March 2011

By Todd

After some experience in the studio and honing their skills on the road, Hollywood Undead now ready the world for an “American Tragedy.” They go for the jugular from the first strands of ‘Been To Hell.’ ‘Apologize,’ the next song, shows what they can do while making no apologies for what they do or how they do it. READ MORE

SALIVA

Under Your Skin

Island

Released March 2011

By Todd

The songs presented here on their sixth major label studio album, Under Your Skin, are a good representation of what one can expect from the band. The tempo shifts after ‘Bad Ass’ as the band seems to slip between rocker and ballad on the next few songs. READ MORE

HALESTORM

Reanimate EP

Atlantic, March 2011

By Todd

Not many bands can tackle covers and make it work, but while touring extensively for their self-titled label debut, Lzzy and the boys occasionally mixed up their live show by covering either some of their favorite tunes or current hits. READ MORE

MICHAEL MONROE

SENSORY OVERDRIVE

Spinefarm Records

Released April 2011

by Mark

Since the Hanoi Rocks split last year this is the album I've been anticipating... In truth this is probably the album that a lot of people have been waiting for since 'Not Fakin' It' way back in 1989. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and with a stellar band in tow Mr Monroe is in danger of seriously reaching the potential he has always promised...maybe his best yet READ MORE

THE TREWS

HOPE & RUIN

Released April 2011

by Mark

‘Misery Loves Company’ that opens the new Trews album is a great pop alt-rock standard that reminds you of all that was the best of 90s rock, that in itself gazed back on more bygone days where songs were written from the heart rather than pitched at a particular market or demographic. READ MORE

SUNSET RIOT

EP

Released 2011

by Mark

Sunset Riot is probably one of the most exciting Rock bands I've heard from Sydney in some time and given the relative youth of the band and the fact that this is their first release I can see only good things on the horizon for them. READ MORE

TRUCKER DIABLO

THE DEVIL RHYTHM

Released 2011

by Mark

This really is something you should be listening to. Northern Ireland's Trucker Diablo take the good things about punk, the exciting things about sleazy rock and throw in a case of the Devil's own harmony to produce a heady mix - it's an album to turn up and rock out to READ MORE

 

PISTOL SHOT GYPSY

DRINKIN' SMOKIN' FIGHTIN'

Released

by Mark

Want something a little different? Something that strides the genres but doesn't just sound like a band in search of an identity? Well Pistol Shot Gypsy have cooked up something that is well worth your attention.

READ MORE

 

TONY JOE WHITE

THE SHINE

Swamp Records, 2010

By Shane

The Swamp Fox's eighteenth studio set see's him wistful and nostalgic, and at the top of his game searching for that moment when everything is exactly as it should be - he calls it "The Shine". READ THE REVIEW

VAINS OF JENNA

REVERSED TRIPPED

Released 2011

by Mark

Normally I'm put off by covers albums but there's always an exception and to be honest there's beena couple of good ones recently, though perhaps none as good as this... READ THE REVIEW

CARUS THOMPSON

CARAVAN

Released 2011

by Mark

In the tradition of great Antipodean songwriters like Kelly and Finn comes Carus Thompson. There's a lot to like about the laid back & often threadbare collection of songs from the thoughful lyrical content & its themes of love, hope and despair to the clever storytelling based on real life events. Musically the Caravan gets a gentle passage floating on acoustic despair & upbeat acoustic light pop-rock equally. It's a beguiling album well worth a dip.

HOLY GOATS

NEXT ROUND

Released 2011

by Mark

A great bluesy groove throughout this makes it almost as exciting as the Black Crowes 'Southern Harmony...' a band the Goats owe a lot of their sound to. If you are a fan of that soulful southern deep fried blues rock then this is a must. Opener 'Something to Tell' sets the template for what turns out to be a damn fine album. Anyone who name-checks my musical hero - Steve Mariott better get it right & in 'Mariott Soul' they do - wonderful stuff!

MODERN SUPERSTAR

UNDER MY SKIN

Released 2011

by Mark

Good hard rock with a modern slant, rather than going retro Modern Superstar comes across like a mix of later Britny Fox, a dash of early Collective Soul and the ballads of 80's Sunset Strip; they do a good job. It's not an album that will blow you away, but it will command your attention & its rather more laid back than in-your-face. With songs like 'Txt U Gud'Bye' 'Generation Star' and a great version of Steelheart's 'We All Die Young' - nice!

URIAH HEEP

INTO THE WILD

Frontiers Records

Released 2011

by Paul

Uriah Heep are a British progressive rock band formed in London, England in 1969. Into the Wild is their 23rd studio album and this is a fantastic CD of epic proportions. Mick Box and the boys must have sold there soul’s to rock and roll to keep coming up with such quality songs after a career that spans an incredible six decades with only one line-up change in the last twenty five years. From start to finish there isn’t one bad track on here. READ MORE

THE STROKES

ANGLES

Released 2011

by Mark

Ten years after the classic debut and several more releases under the belt the new one by The Strokes is just a decent album. Coming from the band who 'saved' alternative rock and were lauded as 'changing the face of music' when they emerged its all a bit of a let down really. 'Under Cover of Darkness' is the best track here but it's no 'Last Night'. At times the shadows are still visible but the effortlessness of the sound has gone...

VICIOUS RUMORS

RAZORBACK KILLERS

Released 2011

By Mark

Heavy Metal played well, big guitars, big vocals and some decent songs. 'Murderball' for example is a traditional metal classic. For a band that's been around since 1979 it's perhaps a disservice to say they sound a bit like Maiden at times and in this case it's a very good thing. Best album to date by the band? Quite possibly and a strong debut by new vocalist Brian Allen. Well worth a listen.

GENERATION SWINE

DIRTY LOVIN' EP

Released 2011

By Shane

Stand back: the new Generation Swine EP does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s dirty and sleazy rock n’ f’n roll, and Rockpit HQ is Lovin’ it!

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

OVER UNITY

WORLDS COLLIDE

Released 2011

By Lips

As the first few bars of Over Unity’s debut EP ‘Collide the Space’ course through my speakers, comparisons with Tool and Perths’ own Karnivool spring to mind. This is complex, intricate music played by exceptionally competent musicians, none of whom I’m guessing would have an AC/DC record in their collective collections. READ THE REVIEW

Strike Twice

SELF TITLED

Released 2011

By Lips

Strike Twice originally recorded these tracks between 1989 and 91, and Eonian records has re-issued them more recently. If I had heard of Strike Twice at the time of its original release it’s pretty fair to say I’d have been a fan. The playing is on par or better than most of the bands that ‘made it’ back in the day and the production is world class. READ THE REVIEW

nonpoint

MIRACLE

Released 2010

By Lips

I knew nothing about Nonpoint before this CD fell into my hands but for some reason I had a feeling I was gonna like it…and I do! It kicks off with ‘Shadow’ which has a Dropkick Murphys feel but quickly finds its own identity and from here on its grooving beats and fat drop D riffs throughout. READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

SHAKRA

BACK ON TRACK

Released 2011

by Jo

I really like this one and to be honest I must admit I've not really listened to Shakra before! Now I realise that's my loss based on this amazing collection of music and I'm hastily trying to track down their back-catelogue! READ THE REVIEW

ELECTRIC BOYS

AND THEM BOYS DONE SWANG

Released 2011

by Mark

It's normally a bit of a let down when a band you loved back in the day try to re-kindle the fire but boy Them boys done swang! (just like they used to) READ THE REVIEW

MIKE TRAMP AND THE ROCK N ROLL CIRCUZ

STAND YOUR GROUND

Released 2011

by Jo

Mike Tramp has always been a bit of a guilty pleasure for The Rockpit. We love White Lion of course and his years of exile here downunder meant that we got plenty of opportunities to catch up with Mike over the years. Here he's back in great form... READ THE REVIEW

KINGDOM COME

RENDERED WATERS

Released 2011

by Mark

Can I mention a Kingdom Come album without invoking Led Zeppelin? OK so maybe not but I promise not to do it again... READ THE REVIEW

THE DOGS D’AMOUR
TYLA PRESENTS… IN THE DYNAMITE JET SALOON

King Outlaw Records
Released March 2011

by Mark

Back in the day The Dogs D’Amour was one of the best Rock and Roll bands out there, a great live band with some real magic in their song-writing. ‘Dynamite Saloon’ is as essential for fans and if you are new to the band it's as good an introduction as you could wish for.

READ THE REVIEW

BANG TANGO

RE-RELEASES

Metal Mind Productions

Released March 2011

to by Mark

As far as bands of the late eighties go Bang Tango is up there with my favourites, they just seemed to have that little extra but sadly their label didn't deliver. These limited edition re-released digipacks from Polish label Metal Mind should go down a treat. If you are not familiar with the magic created on these first three discs from the band then... READ ON

DOWNHEAD

EP

Released 2011

by Paul

DOWNHEAD are a Rock/Metal/Alternative band born in Milan in 2008 from the combination of different genres and the fusion of the musical backgrounds of its members. This is their self-produced EP for 2011.

READ MORE

LatexXX TEENS

ANDRENOCHROME EP

Released 2011

by Paul

The band was formed in Italy during 2003 by Icy X, Kami Plastik and Lex Kaos. Their music style is a powerfull industrial glam-punk sound with heavy influences from Marilyn Manson' and the Murderdolls...

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STONE CIRCLE

Living For The Sunshine

Released March 2011

By Shane

The good news is that along with a slight line-up tweak, Stone Circle now have all the focus they need and more – “Living For The Sunshine” is razor sharp modern AOR which begs to played on radio...

Read the Full Review

NEW YORK DOLLS

Dancing Backwards In High Heels

Released February 2011

By Shane

David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain’s double edged love letter to their joint loves – sixties rock n’ roll and New York – is a blinder of an album, full of sounds you just don’t hear this side of 1975.

Read The Full Review

KING KOBRA

KING KOBRA

Frontiers Records

Released March 2011

By Mark

‘Rock This House’ according to Jo who listened to this one with me is one of the best rock tracks in years. Not a bad start to the new King Kobra album then! After a few more listens I tend to agree: it would be hard to find an album in recent years that kicks in with something like this: it’s big, it’s bad and it rocks! READ MORE

the poodles

PERFORMOCRACY

Frontiers Records

Released March 2011

by mark

The Poodles continue to amaze me with every release there is a frightening level of consistency on display again here. Performocracy's lead track 'i want it all' is quite simply an amazing slab of modern melodic rock, bristling passion, melody, feeling and beautiful guitars... READ MORE

DISTORTED WONDERLAND

DISTORTED WONDERLAND

Released 2011

by mark

When overnight sensation called it a day olof and axel put together distorted wonderland who surf on the sleazy side of town. there's a lot to like here: elements of the dirtier side of the mid 80's sunset strip and a large part of hardcore superstar with a great production job. not quite top of the tree but definitely a contender and one to watch.

JIMI HENDRIX

LIVE AT WOODSTOCK

Sony - 2010

By Shane

It’s hard to imagine that anyone doesn’t already have This on CD already, but Sony have delivered yet another package of the famous, career defining, JIMI HENDRIX AT WOODSTOCK - which might reek of profiteering if it weren’t trailing such an impressive bunch of bells and whistles. Read The Full Review

WANTED

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

Eonian Records 2011

By Shane

Indianapolis's WANTED deliver a Skid Row/early Crue vibe with a pinch of Van Halen Over the course of a swag of demos and live recordings

Read the full review

TEAK

TEAK

Released 2011

By PAUL

TEAK sounds like a band out of time but in a good way. It’s definitely rock but there’s enough pop sensibilities within the grooves to get the kids and digital down-loaders happy. 'THis Time’ that opens the CD has that eighties English pop-rock base fused with American college radio-friendliness, it’s quite infectious and a great introduction to the band. READ MORE

ROXETTE

CHARM SCHOOL

EMI - February 2011

By Shane

Back in the late 80s through to the mid 90s, Roxette were the enemy to rockers like myself, representing all the yuppie poofy danceyness that teased around on the edges of so-called 'rock music', & I derided them for their gratuitous haircuts and fashionable guitar solos which barely if ever rose above the synthesisers whitewashing their gold plated pop songs... Read The Full Review

DROPKICK MURPHYS

GOING OUT IN STYLE

Released 2011

By Mark

Ever since I saw these guys live I have loved them and the Murphys has been around so lang now there's a fair body of work to love. I think everyone has a little Irish in them and DM's infectious very American take on traditional Irish folk-punk will sit well with anyone who has raised a glass of the black stuff one to many times. READ MORE

AAAGH BATS

Show Us Ya Fangs EP

Released 2011

www.therockpit.net By Shane

Tobi Lea Gerard, serves up a smoking hot disc of attitude with her band AAAGH BATS. With tracks like ‘Say it to my Face’, ‘Sexy Bitch’ and ‘Cheap C*nt’, there’s no doubt that these are exactly the kind of girls my mother warned me about many years ago... READ THE FULL REVIEW

WHITESNAKE

FOREVERMORE

Frontiers Records

Released March 2011

By Mark

Someone told me that this year was the year of the Rabbit, but after spinning this a few times I’m convinced they were wrong – it is very definitely the year of the Snake!

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STATUS QUO

In The Army Now 2010

Released 2010

By Shane

Billed as a “mini album” Quo deliver a new version of their mid-80s hit, value added with five live tracks, a couple of bonus songs from their 2007 album “In Search if the Fourth Chord”, plus a couple of videos. Regardless of whether Quo 2011 are relevant or not, this is an amiably entertaining listen, but ultimately just for collectors.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

Order of the Black

Released 2010

By Shane

Zakk Wylde went into this BLS album for the very first time not only no longer contracted to Ozzy Osbourne, but also newly sober – and it shows. This is the first BLS album in ages which has sounded so fresh and vibrant, resonating with energy and life which has been lacking for too long.

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DEVAN

Planet Botox

Released 2010

By Mark

This is an interesting one, big heavy metal riffs and geat harmonies. Part industrial, part symphonic rock, part sleaze and part melodic rosk - it's diverse as hell and that may be pefect for you or it may annoy the hell out of you. I fall into the former category, whilst some bands try to fit a market bands like De Van take the opposite stance and just play. well worth checking out. Check out opener 'Another Perfect Day'

ROGUE MALE

NAIL IT

Released 2009

www.therockpit.net By Shane

Rogue Male is an old fashioned heavy metal band from the times when metal was all huge riffs, screaming solos & melodic choruses. Throw in punk attitude & energy, dip the whole thing in sleazy batter, and you get an idea about the glorious old-school vibe going on here.

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KEITH RICHARDS & the XPENSIVE WINOS

VINTAGE WINOS

Released November 2010

www.therockpit.net by Shane

Keef turns it up to eleven on this compilation of highlights from his two solo albums with the Xpensive Winos, thrown together with some live tracks and so on – all timed impeccably to coincide with the release of his enormo-selling (and brilliant) autobiography, “Life” (quelle surprise!)

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CYNDI LAUPER

MEMPHIS BLUES

Released 2010

www.therockpit.net by Shane

Lauper tries hard on this album to recast herself a legitimate blues-woman, but such is her past that no matter how good a fist she makes of it, I just can't take it with a straight face. Two and a half for trying really hard and doing okay... but it's nothing you'll want to hear again when the real thing is simply so much better.

HELLOWEEN

7 Sinners

Released 2010

www.therockpit.net by Shane

After unarmed’s brave and diverse collection of older tracks revamped, restrung and rearmed, "7 Sinners" sees the veteran German metalheads back and in rude form. First single 'Are You Metal' is as in-your-face as anything they’ve ever released, ‘Who Is Mister Madman' features a spoken intro by none other than Saxon mainman Biff Byford, and between Accept and Helloween, German metal is back in a big way. Isn't it well overdue time to get these guys Down Under to tour – Soundwave 2012, anyone???

KID ROCK

BORN FREE

Released 2010

www.therockpit.net by Shane

Has Pammie Anderson’s ex been listening to Jimmy Barnes recently? “Born Free” has a lot more in common with Barnesy’s blue collar solo work than with The Kid’s early rap albums, that’s for sure.

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FRANK HANNON

GYPSY HIGHWAY

Released 2010

www.therockpit.net By Shane

Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon starts his second solo album off with a tip of the cap to both Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin, a flute solo piercing the pastoral mood evoked by his guitar and mandolin on ‘Hills of California’.

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Reapers RIDDLE

TOUCH OF DEATH EP

released 2011

by Paul

Reapers Riddle are my kind of band, good honest rock with a slight hint of goth rolled in for good measure and hailing from Perth Western Australia. A touch of death intro begins with a sample from a movie, then rips straight into zombiefied... READ MORE

BAD CITY

WELCOME TO THE WASTELAND

Atlantic Records

released 2010

by Tanya

Bad City blasts out of Chicago with an album of catchy, sleazy, pop/rock that has elements of Bon Jovi, Smashing Pumpkins, KISS and Queen in the mix. Its a solid debut - I'm impressed and I think you will be too!

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THE EROTICS

TODAY THE DEVIL TOMORROW THE WORLD

Trash Pit Records

released 2010

by Mark

In my take on the Universe the Erotics are a major player, taking the best from a slew of cool bands they serve up dark sleazy, dirty mayhem in a way that is insanely catchy and certainly dark enough not to even contemplate taking them home to meet your family...

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L.U.S.T.

FIRST TATTOO

released 2011

by Mark

There’s a large punk component to Australia’s LUST, who fall on the wrong side of Rock ‘n’ Roll town’s tracks. Shooting straight and true with F-words and attitude the question is do the songs stack up?

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BONFIRE

BRANDED

released 2011

by Mark

I have not enjoyed a Bonfire CD this much since back in the glory days of FIREWORKS and POINT BLANK. Claus and the guys keep on track with this quality melodic release. It's all back again, the trademark vocals, the guitar, everything is lined up. Songs like 'Deadly Contradiction'; 'Save Me' and ballad 'Hold Me Now' are all good enough to have made the cut back in the day and the other 7 new tracks here aren't to shabby either - well worth checking out and rekindling the flame!

ACEY SLADE

AND THE DARK PARTY

Trash Pit Records

released 2010

by Mark

Marketing is the new God of music in this millennium where lack of industry support and dollars can spell the premature end of any promising young band despite their best efforts. So if you have a high concept that attracts attention the worst you can do is lose that impetus and not capitalise on it... READ MORE

MARIO PERCUDANI

NEW DAY

Tanzan Music

released 2010

by Mark

Hungryheart's guitarist/songwriter and vocalist shows a far softer side on his second solo album. READ MORE

FINGER ELEVEN

LIFE TURNS ELECTRIC

Wind Up records

released 2010

by Mark

I shouldn't like Finger Eleven it's just not my kind of band but I find myself drawn in a little here. Sure it's rolling modern rock, maybe a little pretentious, but these guys certainly have the tunes. Coming across like a proggy Bush with pop sensibilities, there's some nice guitar on here and the songs are upbeat I like it, but I couldn't eat a whole one.

KING LIZARD

VIVA LA DECADENCE

released 2010

Mark

Killer riffs, screaming lead vocals, and a very mid 80's sleaze vibe might sound like you've heard it all before and of course you have but King Lizard do this so well you'd swear this was a recording from another era. With just the right balance of songs about porn, sufficient 'F' words strewn throughout and just enough songs with rock 'n' roll in the title this is a record of ball-tearing quality. The UK has produced another fine band.

STACI T RAT

YEAR OF THE RAT EP

Trash Pit Records

released 2010

by Mark

Take a bit of the New York Dolls, a bit of the Stones, some Iggie, some Izzy and a pinch of good old eighties sleaze and you have a four track EP that hints of great things to come. Standout has to be opener 'Seven Years' with some great Hooker-esques blues and nice harp! Good old fashioned no frills rawk and roll - we like it a lot now where is the album?

WAITING 4 ANDY

BACK IN THE MUD

Out Now!

by Jo

Waiting for Andy is a local West Australian band that just has something about them. Serving up a mixture of styles, but certainly blues based at their core 'Back in the Mud' has a lot going for it and with songs like 'Resolve' 'Journey' and 'Elsewhere' we love where they take the sound. But there's a lot more here as they dabble in traditional Aussie pub rock and dip a foot in the warm waters of Yes-style prog rock too. One to watch.

HELLSONGS

MINOR MISDEMEANORS

Released July 2010

x by Shane

On paper it makes no sense at all – metal classics from the likes of Iron Maiden, Pantera, Judas Priest, Skid Row and more, lovingly stripped down and reconstructed as mellow Scando-folk whimsy…

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REV THEORY

JUSTICE

Released 15 February 2011

x By Todd

I really dig a lot of new music by young bands, but the latest offering from Rev Theory has TOTALLY blown me away. We are only two weeks into the new year and I have two that I feel will stick with me for a long time ...

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BLAZIN' ENTRAILS

SELF TITLED EP

Released November 2010

x By Shane

What we have here, my friends, is blitzkrieg rockabilly of the finest order in all its horror-movie obsessed, belligerant, twanging glory.

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DIE WASTED

SLEAZY NIGHTS TILL ARMAGEDDON

Released July 2010

x by Shane

DIE WASTED aren’t afraid to declare their love for sleaze metal loud n proud, and like a rhinoceros on Cialis doing unmentionable things to your Mama, this debut cassette (YES – CASSETTE!!!) is as in your face as it gets.

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BAD HABIT

ATMOSPHERE

AOR Heaven

Released January 2011

by Mark

Discovering them only last year when they put together a greatest hits package called ‘Timeless’ Bad Habit certainly caught my attention. 2011 sees them with a new album packed to the rafters with melodic gems.

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RONNIE WOOD

I FEEL LIKE PLAYING

Released September 2010

by Shane

“I Feel Like Playing” is the Faces and Stones wideboy’s most accomplished solo album yet, by virtue of the fact that, recently re-sober and refocussed, he’s playing to all his strengths, and playing damn well.

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GYPSY PISTOLERO

DUENDE

Released February 2011

xby Trulie

So good, actually, that it’s fair to say “Duende…” is an amazing achievement for Pistolero - the re-recorded tunes from his old band show a new depth to the songs. The production is lavish throughout and the bones of 'Rock' are fleshed out with some meaty 'Roll' delivered straight from Pistolero’s soul.

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THE QUIREBOYS

HALFPENNY LIVE

Released December 2010

by Shane

The Quireboys love of Ron n’ Rod’s The Faces was never more evident than on 2010’s fantastic gypsy flavoured acoustic album “Halfpenny Live”, and it went down so well that ...

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EYE EMPIRE

Moment of Impact

Released January 2011

by Todd

This debut release from Eye Empire shakes you to your core. This set of eleven tunes leaves no stone unturned in its attempt to get to the hard rock nerve in your soul.

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DIAMOND EYE

ALIVE AND KICKING

Released January 2011

by Mark

Eagerly awaited live CD/DVD release by Perth rockers DIAMOND EYE. Think Kiss meets Metallica and you get the idea.

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BLACK SPIDERS

SONS OF THE NORTH

Released February 2011

by Mark

Available for some time already and sold at their gigs 'Sons of the North' finally gets an official release in February. We'll give you the lowdown on these up-and-coming UK sleazesters!

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TEN

STORMWARNING

Frontiers Records

Released February 2011

by Mark

It's been far to long without Ten. The new album is ready to hit, but can they recapture the magic of albums like 'The Name of the Rose'? Nah, it's better than that...

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BENEDICTUM

DOMINIUM

Frontiers Records

Released February 2011

by Mark

The eagerly anticipated new release from Craig Goldie-approved Benedictum is ready to drop in February, the question is can they top the last one? Mark.

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LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM

YES

Released January 2011

by Mark

It seems only short time ago that Last Autumn's Dream released the wonderful 'A Touch of Heaven' and now we have a new CD. Due for release in January 2011, but already out in Japan, the question is...

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THE APOLLO EFFECT

ANTISOCIAL DISORDER

Savvy Music

Out now in Australia

By Mark

Modern Rock with a bit of depth to it? Take The Killers, Duran Duran, The Cars and maybe a band like Filter and you'll get a bit of an idea. To be honest there's a melting pot of influences here, all mixed in with a bit of pop a-la The Cars. Maybe one to try if you are in the mmood for something a bit different.

THE WAXBILLS

THE WAY IT GOES

Savvy Music

Out now in Australia

by Mark

Anyone with Ray Davies as a hero has to have something going for them and here Nathan Warriner and his power trio The Waxbills have taken alt-rock/pop mashed up with the classic singer songwriter tradition and created an acoutic-led album that that has just that hint of Soul Asylum and a tint of Country rock. Check out: 'Devil's Choir' and my favourites 'Take It' and the wonderful 'Empty Arms Again'. Definitely a band that deserves more attention.

righteous vendetta

THE DAWNING

Savvy Music

Out Now in Australia

by Jo

What does a name like Righteous Vendetta conjour up for you? Big riffs? Kick drums? Thrash Metal? You'd be right. If you like your thrash with the what now seems stereotypical cookie-monster/melodic vocals then this is the ticket. Nice songs, cool riffs but far more up Metal Billy's alley than mine.

JOHN WAITE

ROUGH AND TUMBLE

Frontiers Records

Released January 2011

by Mark

In 2011 John Waite is back with a vengence and it's a whole fresh start. Amazing melodies and great songs, it's the album we've all been waiting for...

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SCOTT HOLT

KUDZU

Released January 2011

by Todd

In the liner notes, there is the definition: Kud.zu \ ‘kud-(,)zu\ n – “foot-a-night-vine”, “the vine that ate the South”, and the record you’re listening to now.

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MANOWAR

BATTLE HYMNS MMXI

Released January 2011

by Steve

Twenty eight years after it's original release Manowar has re-recorded their classic debut - not only that original drummer Donnie Hamzik is back too. So is it any good?

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MR BIG

WHAT IF...

Frontiers Records

Released January 2011

by Mark

Mr Big delivers an album that quite frankly I didn't think they had in them. All those years away and a some great records between them has sharpened thier appetitites & allowed them to deliver Mr. Big 2011 style...

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HURTSMILE

HURTSMILE

Frontiers Records

Released January 2011

by Mark

Extreme fans look out - this may be right up your alley. For me Gary Cherone fails to deliver promising a straight rock album but delivering something else instead...

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NELSON

PERFECT STORM

Frontiers Records

Released January 2011

by Mark

The Nelson boys cook up the Perfect Storm. Culled from one of their few recorded live performances from back in the day. This one will take you back, harmonies never sounded sweeter...

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NELSON

BEFORE THE RAIN

Frontiers Records

Released January 2011

by Mark

If you wondered what went into making the classic After The Rain then this is at least part of the answer. You'll be pleasantly surprised by some of the ones that got away!

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TNT

A Farewell to Arms

AOR Heaven

Released January 2011

by Mark

I like 'Farewell to Arms'. It's definitely a return to form for a band that I had only a casual love for in the past. Shorter songs, with a very in-your-face sound and maybe a little darker overall; this is how TNT should sound. Not a classic but a step in the right direction. Check out 'Ship in the Night'; 'Refugee' and 'Someone Else' if you like them then you'll love this.

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