Review:  IAN GILLIAN – One Eye to Morocco

Review: IAN GILLIAN – One Eye to Morocco

Far be it from this writer to suggest what a living rock legend should or shouldn’t do with his career. After all, when you’ve fronted Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, not to mention played the lyrical role of Jesus Christ, you really don’t have to answer to anyone. Still, what is this enigma known as

June 9, 2009   |   Read more »   |  Comments Off

Review: QUEENSRYCHE – American Soldier

Review: QUEENSRYCHE – American Soldier

QUEENSRYCHE American Soldier Suffice it to say, Empire forever altered the course of the mighty Queensryche. While “Silent Lucidity” became an unexpected AOR juggernaut and “Jet City Woman” happened into a favorable positionamongst FM junkies, the title song has more or less become, tempo-wise, a foundation for Queensryche’s later works. Though fan reaction to Queensyrche’s

March 26, 2009   |   Read more »   |  Comments Off

BILLY SHEEHAN – Holy Cow!

BILLY SHEEHAN – Holy Cow!

Billy Sheehan, Holy Cow! on Mascot Records by Ray Van Horn, Jr. Now this is one motivated rock record! You have to think after the celestial aeronautics of Billy Sheehan’s 2005 solo album Cosmic Troubadour he worked a little something out of his system. That or he soon after reignited a passion for straightforward rock

March 16, 2009   |   Read more »   |  Comments Off

REVIEW: Saxon – Into the Labyrinth

REVIEW: Saxon – Into the Labyrinth

Of all the old school metal bands to remain on a hot streak in the new millennium, it’s Saxon. For the third consecutive album beginning with 2004’s Lionheart, Biff Byford and Paul Quinn keep the sails whipping through the Union Jack in a stoic effort from one of the acknowledged masters of the New Wave

January 1, 2009   |   Read more »   |  Comments Off

REVIEW:  tRnzPrNt – “Iced”

REVIEW: tRnzPrNt – “Iced”

A couple years ago I had the unique privilege of chatting with the late Ricky Parent, best known for his powerful drumming with Enuff Z’nuff, but also his work with Vince Neil, Alice Cooper, War and Peace, Paul Gilbert and Tod Howarth from Frehley’s Comet. At the time, Parent was well into his battle against

December 16, 2008   |   Read more »   |  Comments Off

REVIEW: Don Airey – Light in the Sky

REVIEW: Don Airey – Light in the Sky

There was a time in the mid-eighties as Generation X hijacked the scene where keyboards in hard rock and metal were considered taboo. Never mind every one of the great rockers such as Zeppelin, Sabbath, Purple and Rainbow blared their organs and synths with the same razzle-dazzle as their classical and blues-bred lead guitars and

December 15, 2008   |   Read more »   |  Comments Off

REVIEW: We Wish You a Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year

REVIEW: We Wish You a Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year

In what is developing into an annual tradition with last year’s Monster Ballads Xmas and A Twisted Christmas the year prior, the heavy metal parade this year lines up somewhere between the North Pole and the hallowed nativity with the marching feet barely out of the pentagram circle for We Wish You a Metal Christmas

December 8, 2008   |   Read more »   |  Comments Off

REVIEW: Sixx:  A.M. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack Deluxe Edition

REVIEW: Sixx: A.M. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack Deluxe Edition

Of all the various Motley Crue offshoot bands over the years such as Methods of Mayhem, 58 and Brides of Destruction, much less Vince Neil and Tommy Lee’s solo albums and Lee’s Rock Star Supernova, Sixx: A.M. is the most honest. If you’ve read Nikki Sixx’s rendering book The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the

December 8, 2008   |   Read more »   |  Comments Off

REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Blood Brothers

REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Blood Brothers

The name Rose Tattoo may or may not roll off your tongue as quickly as their Aussie brethren AC/DC and certainly the former hasn’t enjoyed the same prolific career as the latter. Still, if you like your rock served greasy and sloppy with a bit of Zeppelin and Faces in addition to the more obvious

November 30, 2008   |   Read more »   |  Comments Off

REVIEW: Twisted Sister – Live at The Astoria CD/DVD

REVIEW: Twisted Sister – Live at The Astoria CD/DVD

by Ray Van Horn/Global Music, courtesy AMP magazine Fitting that TWISTED SISTER should provide a live documentation of one of their recent reunion gigs captured in Great Britain. In case you’re unaware of TWISTED SISTER’s long-ago history, the glam-based power rockers could hardly bend a dime in the United States to score a record deal

November 16, 2008   |   Read more »   |  Comments Off