JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C 1/2/10
ROB ZOMBIE / HELLBILLY DELUXE 2
After a 4 year break from music remaking two Halloween movies it’s a welcome return of Rob Zombie and I’m very pleased to tell you he’s back on top form and this is a worthy follow up to his debut solo album of 1998, yes that long ago.
Everything we have come to know and love about of Rob’s music is here, the monstrously groovy guitar riffs, the fiendishly catchy melodies and the quirky eclectic musical styles all bled together to make this CD a hellishly fine listen that is very addictive. The album starts off with “Jesus Frankenstein” that sounds like it should be the soundtrack to a horror move, as does “Werewolf Woman Of The SS” both of which are totally essential listening. The popier “Sic Bubblegum” and “Burn” as just as good if not better, not to mention the Sci-Fi B movie inspired “Mars Need’s Women”.
This is indeed the best album from Rob Zombie since his debut and a totally essential buy, also listen out for the excellent tracks; “Virgin Witch”, “What!”, “Werewolf Baby” and the monstrous “Death And Destiny In The House Of Dreams”.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 46 mins + 11 MONSTEROUS TRACKS
DREAM EVIL / IN THE NIGHT
It was 2002 when I first came across Swedish Power Metal band Dream Evil and they caught my attention purely because of the fact that they took their name from a Die album and I haven’t been disappoint once by the these guys, they just keep coming up with the goods.
Musically they are akin to bands like Helloween and Gama Ray but better than both have been for a while now, when the lead track “Immortal” comes crashing out of the speakers its pure joy to listen to full of power, passion and conviction and its these qualities that make “Bang Your Head”, “In The Fires Of The Sun”, “Mean Machine” and “Electric” such essential listening, they are just total escapism taken to the max. Let’s face it one look at the band members names tell you all, Nick Night, Richie Rainbow, Pat Power, Pete Pain and Dannee Demon you know you’re in for some serious fun.
If you like Power Metal then you must get this wonderful CD, if your quick get the swanky hard back digibook with the two extra tracks at no extra expense, how’s that for value, go on treat yourself and put a smile on your face at the same time.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 54 mins + 14 CLASSIC METAL TRACKS (ltd. edition)
If you like Melodic Hard Rock then the name Tony Mills will probably familiar to you, especially if you were a fan of TNT or shy.
This is Tony’s new project and I have to say this is one of the best Melodic Rock albums I have heard in a long time, the material on here knocks spot of all of the current competition and is as good as Journey, if not better as there is only one ballad on her and even that’s good. One listen to the fantastic track “Freedom” and I promise you will be hooked big time, its full of hook laden guitar riffs and a chorus that just doesn’t know when to quite and you will find it going round in your head for ages and that’s just one track. The music is powerful, emotive and very enjoyable to listen to “Black And White”, “Count Me Out” and “Hanging In The Balance” are just as good, in fact there is not one bad track ontbuis CD and you will find yourself pressing the play button again!
I cant recommend this album too strongly, in fact I doubt if you will hear a better Melodic Rock album this year (2010) you have to buy this album and a big thanks to Classic Rock magazine for having “Freedom” as track of the day, totally essential you get this CD and easily album of the week and I have already been playing tracks of this on my Pipeline Radio and Hfm shows, so listen out, there is no excuse.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME 46 mins + 10 GLORIOUS TRACKS