Friday, December 9, 2016

Review : Journey - Live in Manila

Journey - Live in Manila (2016) Eagle Rock Entertainment
Produced by Kevin Shirley
Tracks : CD1 : 1.The Majestic 2.Never walk away 3.Only the young 4.Ask the lonely 5.Stone in love 6.Keep on runnin´ 7.After all these years 8.Change for the better 9.Wheel in the sky 10.Lights 11.Still they ride 12.Open arms 13.Mother, Father 14.Wildest dream 15.When you love a woman
CD2 : 1.Seperate ways 2.What I needed 3.Edge of the blade 4.Where did I lose your love 5.Escape 6.Faithfully 7.Don´t stop believin´ 8.Anyway you want it 9.Lovin´ touchin´ squeezin´ 10.Turn down the world tonight 11.Be good to yourself
4 out of 5

Journey´s concert in Manila, Philippines on March 14, 2009 finally gets a release on a 2-disc set. It´s already available on DVD since October 2009 but as a collector of CD´s, I embrace this release of their 4th live album.
Arnel Pineda´s home-coming in front of 30,000 people captures the band in their best element, you can hear this night was special for their new frontman as well as the entire band.
Pineda is singing really well and the band is rocking like it was the last day of their lives, it´s a glowing 2 hour performance where 7 songs are taken from their 2008 album "Revelation" and the rest is a parade of the band´s greatest hits where Deen Castronovo is taking the lead vocal duties on "Keep on runnin´", "Still they ride" and "Mother, Father" with bravura.
But it wasn´t all smooth because high temperatures were causing problems, tuning became an issue and everyone on stage was dripping from wet from the heat.
By the third song, Neal noticed his guitar strings felt as if they were starting to rust.
With that in mind, it makes it even more impressive that the bridge between "Ask the lonely" and "Stone in love", Neal Schon is playing some unbelieavably fantastic guitar that is simply breathtaking.
Highlights : Never walk away, Mother Father, When you love a woman, Edge of the blade

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review : Bring Me The Horizon - Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Bring Me The Horizon - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2016) PledgeMusic
Produced by Bring Me The Horizon
Tracks : 1.Doomed 2.Happy song 3.Go to hell 4.Avalanche 5.It never ends 6.Sleepwalking 7.Empire 8.Throne 9.Shadow moses 10.True friends 11.Follow you 12.Can you feel my heart 13.Antivist 14.Drown 15.Oh no
5 out of 5

It´s not the first time a rock band performs with a full live orchestra, Deep Purple did it already back in 1969 and then many bands followed like Metallica in 1999 and Kiss in 2003 to name a few.
It doesn´t necessarily mean that you have a winning formula just because the songs gets an orchestral facelift but with Bring Me The Horizon´s material, these songs truly gets new life in a way I´d never thought they would come out.
This album was recorded in April this year where the band performed for the first time with an orchestra and choir, the setlist is based on the band´s 2 latest albums "Sempiternal" and "That´s the spirit" with an exception of the song "It never ends" that is taken from their 2010 album "There is a hell, believe me I´ve seen it.........".
This live performance feels very emotional both for the band, the fans and the listeners who allows 85 minutes of their lives to such an important milestone for BMTH.
For me, it wasn´t a question of buy or not to buy since the proceeds from the release is going to Teenage Cancer Trust. I bought it, not only because of this humane reason, it´s a bloody great record too.

Review : Hearteater - Mare

Hearteater - Mare (2017) Independent
Produced by Hearteater
Tracks : 1.Burrow 2.Morgan le Fay 3.Mare 4.Mare Part 2 5.MDMA 6.God within
3 out of 5

Hearteater is a young band from Copenhagen, Denmark, whose inspiration origins in genres like grunge, nu-metal and metalcore and combines clean vocals, rap and growling where the final result sounds like a blend of classic hard rock, hardcore and extreme metal.
Their first EP dropped in 2015 and in early next year, the 6 track EP "Mare" is unleashed to the world.
The music is both melancholic, dark and at the same time, brutal where the band feels like they are marching on with an army of riffs.
It´s not polished and definitely not mainstream, this is true metal for real metalheads so I won´t be surprised to see them joining Manowar´s "Death to false metal" parade.
Good stuff!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Top 20 debut albums

Many bands and artists started out with their best album as the debut, here comes Palace of Rock´s top 20 best debut albums from bands and artists that has released 2 or more albums in their career.
So it doesn´t include the ones with only one studio album released like Sex Pistols-Never mind the bullocks (1977) for example which should´ve been on this list otherwise.

1.Steve Perry -Street talk (1984)
2.Van Halen - Van Halen (1978)
3.Boston - Boston (1976)
4.Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
5.The Storm - The Storm (1991)
6.Giant - Last of the runaways (1989)
7.Love / Hate - Blackout in the red room (1990)
8.Bad English - Bad English (1989)
9.Spys - Spys (1982)
10.Dare - Out of the silence (1988)
11.Asia - Asia (1982)
12.Unruly Child - Unruly Child (1992)
13.Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees (1990)
14.Saigon Kick - Saigon Kick (1991)
15.Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory (2000)
16.Factory - Factory (1979)
17.Dio - Holy diver (1983)
18.Alanis Morrisette - Jagged little pill (1995)
19.Guns´n´Roses - Appetite for destruction (1987)
20.Duran Duran - Duran Duran (1981)