Here are some of the new albums that come out today.
Motley Crue – The Dirt Soundtrack
After so many stops and starts The Dirt is finally here, it would be hard to say that Bohemian Rhapsody influenced the release of this biopic given that it was in the works for so long. The album is a essentially a greatest hits album with four new tracks that have The Dirt forced into the lyrics somehow. As much as I’ve loved this band over the years, and I’d still say that Shout At The Devil is one of the greatest albums ever released, I’d even say four of their albums are in my list of all time favorites, I think the track “Crash And Burn” (which reminds me of Van Halen) is pretty cool, while the others leave me kind of cold. When this band as at the top of their game, very few are better, but when they aren’t, it leaves you kind of disappointed given what they’re capable of. I do realize that I have a weird taste in music for most, and that a ton of people will love all of these new songs no matter what. I have no issue with them releasing new music every now and then, I actually welcome it, and applaud them for only doing a handful of songs, rather giving us 1 good song, and 12 mediocre to bad songs for no reason other than to appease a label.
The End Machine – The End Machine
Is this 75% of Dokken or 75% Lynch Mob? Obviously George Lynch, Mick Brown and Jeff Pilson make up the majority of Dokken’s best known line-up, while subtracting Pilson and adding Robert Mason gives you three of the four musicians to appear on the second Lynch Mob album. Robert is probably best known for his work with Warrant, but his work in Lynch Mob has always been stellar. By the way would the big metal sites list Mason as “former Ozzy vocalist Robert Mason”? Anyway, getting back on track here, you can argue all you want about about Robert’s vocals over Don Dokken’s, or how his version of Warrant compares to Jani Lane’s various incarnations, but what you can’t dispute is Robert’s talent. The chemistry between the four components is there, each one delivering all of the juicy goodness we’ve come to know from each of them. Although I am a huge fan of George’s, I can say I’m in to every project he releases, there are some albums that have one decent song, and the rest does absolutely nothing for me. This seems to be the opposite of that, there is just something special about George and Jeff Pilson working together, they bring the best out of each other most of the time, and it is a shame that they don’t work together more often.
Burning Rain – Face The Music
When Doug Aldrich is on, there are very few hard rock guitarists better. Burning Rain has always revolved around him, and lead vocalist Keith St. John who you may know from his time in Montrose, or even Quiet Riot. This time around the rhythm section is made up of Y&T bassist Brad Lang, and former Slaughter drummer Blas Elias. Much like their previous releases, Face The Music is an unapologetic in your face mix between 70s and 80s hard rock, that just needs to be played loud. If you’re a fan of Aldrich’s playing, this album surely will not disappoint, it makes you wonder why there aren’t more albums by the band, as it seems like this is a passion project, while what he releases with Dead Daisies is his “day job”.
Here are some other releases that may interest you:
Iron Maiden – No Prayer For The Dying Reissue
Iron Maiden – Powerslave Reissue
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Reissue
Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time Reissue
Megadeth – Warheads On Foreheads
Witherfall – Vintage EP
Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings
Bonnie Tyler – Between the Earth and the Stars
Cellar Darling – The Spell
Good Tiger – Redux EP
Harem Scarem – The Ultimate Collection
Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days Deluxe Edition
Red Sun Rising – Peel EP
Robin Trower – Coming Closer To The Day
TNT – Encore Live In Milano
The Treatment – Power Crazy
Waylander – Eriú’s Wheel
X – Wild Gift Reissue
Zeal & Ardor – Live In London