Five Finger Death Punch – The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1

First off, I must be honest here. I am NOT a fan of this band. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why this band is so popular. Is it the music? The lyrics? The drumming? I don’t know. Anyways, 5FDP is back! And they assault us with 14 new tracks, with the lead single being a track called “Lift Me Up”, with guest vocals from the metal God himself, Rob Halford. Upon first listen, the vocal melody sounds like The Ultimate Sin, by Ozzy.  I’m surprised Halford didn’t realize this, and decline to participate.  But he did. It’s an okay track, certainly nothing new, and the presence of Halford doesn’t do anything to enhance it.

Other “highlights” of the disc are duets with Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed, (Dot Your Eyes), Max Cavalera from Soulfly, (I.M. Sin), and Maria Brink from In This Moment, (Anywhere But Here). There is also a duet with Tech- nine for a cover of “Mama Said Knock You Out”, and I’m not sure what is going on there, as half the verses are missing from the song. Did they only want to cover HALF the song?

Anyways, if you’re a fan, I’m sure you’ll like this disc, as it is full of yelling, screaming, swearing, and endless diatribes about how someone did me wrong, and I’m gonna get you back for what you did to me……They certainly don’t break any new ground here, and maybe that’s for the best. 4/10.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-2yuGgp_U8

 

Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

Alice In Chains is back! Yes! Another batch of haunting, dark, melodic, moody songs from the masters of grunge/rock/metal.  Hard to believe they’ve been “around” for over 20 years at this point. With this being only their 5th full length release, it would be interesting to see where they would be if Layne Staley didn’t have the issues he did. Anyways, onto this release. William DuVall does a great job fronting the band in place of Staley, but in all honesty, this is Jerry Cantrell’s band. Check the riffage in “Phantom Limb”. There are songs that sound like they could belong on Facelift, like the title track. Not sure if that is what they were going for here, but it’s great none the less. The best part about this, is that it doesn’t sound old, dated, boring, or tired. Just great. Overall, a solid effort, and I hope they keep it up. 8/10.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KmYFY5oOvM

Volbeat- Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies

I’ll say it. This is the best album I’ve heard this year. And it’s not even close. Where the hell did these guys come from? They have a few albums out now, and I didn’t hear of them until a couple of years ago. I heard “A Warrior’s Call” on Octane, and I said, Holy Shit! That voice! Michael Poulsen has one of the best rock voices I’ve heard. And they picked up Rob Caggiano, formerly of Anthrax, to play guitar. Maybe that’s why this album sounds so fucking heavy, but still has an element of melody to it. It’s got something for everyone. From a straight up rocker like the lead video, “Cape of Our Hero”, to eerie, creepy songs like “Room 24”, (With guest vocals from KING DIAMOND!!!), and then a sort of rockabilly, country tune, “Lonesome Rider”. Unreal. And the SINGING. Great stuff here. Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed. 110/10. Yes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlF3OY-FenY

Bullet For My Valentine – Temper Temper

Bullet For My Valentine is back with their 4th album, and it’s a crusher. It starts off a little slow, and boring, but about halfway through, something happens. They wake up. “Dead To The World” is a modern Metallica “ballad”, in which it starts out slow, like “Sanitarium”, or even the more recent “Day That Never Comes”. Halfway through, they pick it up, and rock the rest of the album. Which is a good thing, because if you just listen to the first few tracks, you wouldn’t think anything of it. Now, the only thing I don’t like about this disc is a sequel. “Tears Don’t Fall(Part 2)” The song is good, but why? Did we run out of ideas? Again, Metallica and Megadeth have done sequels to their songs. Hell, Metallica did part 3 to the Unforgiven. And none of this is necessary. It shows a lack of creativity, in my opinion. Otherwise, a solid effort. 7.63/10. Don’t ask.

Red – Release The Panic

Red is a Christian rock band from Nashville. Notice I said CHRISTIAN rock band. Which is interesting, because the lyrical content of this cd is, well, quite negative, full of hate and anger. I don’t have a problem with it, I just wonder why they are a religious band. I think of Christian rock, and I think of Stryper, I guess. Anyways, onto the album itself. It’s not good. It starts out well enough. The first 3 songs are great. “Release The Panic”, the first video from the album, is a straight out rocker. Follow that with “Perfect Life”, and “Die For You”, and they’re on their way. But they get lost. A lot of techno stuff going on here, a couple of ballads thrown in, and a few mid tempo songs that don’t do anything. It’s too bad, the album started out with such promise. Maybe next time. 3/10……

Anthrax – Worship Music

Ok, so it’s a little late for a review for this album, but it’s my site…..

Anyways…Anthrax to me has always been Joey Belladonna on vocals. Sorry. But that’s it. You can have John Bush, Dan Nelson, anyone else, it’s not Anthrax. THIS is Anthrax. For some reason, the band just sounds….better…heavier…The songs are more epic. Hands down, this is THE BEST Anthrax album ever. And it’s no coincidence Belladonna is back. One listen to the opener, “Earth on Hell”, and you know you’re in for a ride. The singles “Devil You Know” and “Fight em Til You Can’t” kick ass. The incredibly moody, “In The End”, may be the best song they have ever recorded. That’s not to say there isn’t a weak point here. “Crawl” seems like filler, and “The Constant” seems like they get a little lost. But the album ends with the ferocious “Revolution Screams”. Overall, a solid 9/10!!!!! Keep it going!!!!!