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    Ian Hunter Defiance Part 2 Fiction Album Review

    The great Ian Hunter, singer of Mott The Hoople, has released another great solo album called Defiance Part 2 Fiction (Defiance Part 1 is great too.).  This was released on April 19 of 2024.

    Like Defiance Part 1, Ian assembled a lot of great talent to help make this album.

    Including Jeff Beck (RIP), Johnny Depp (who painted the album cover), Joe Elliott, most of Stone Temple Pilots, Cheap Trick, and others.

    This album is great.  Not a bad song on it.

    Highly recommend checking it and Defiance Part 1 out.

    Keep it up Ian!!

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    Jasta …And Jasta For All Album Review

    Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed has released another great solo album.

    This time, he put out a Thrash Metal album called …And Jasta For All.

    The album title and artwork is a take off/tribute to Metallica’s …And Justice For All album.

    This album is HAAAARRRRD, as Jamey likes to say.

    Charlie and Nick Bellmore play guitar and drums, respectively, and Joey Concepcion plays some guitar on it too. It also features a few Thrash Metal legends guesting, such as Scott Ian of Anthrax/S.O.D./Mr. Bungle/Pearl/The Damned Things, Steve “Zetro” Souza of Exodus, Chuck Billy of Testament, and Phil Demmel of VIO-LENCE, Machine Head, and Kerry King of Slayer’s band.

    If you are a fan of Thrash Metal, you will love this.

    Thanks Jamey for making another great album and for signing it. 

    It was released May 17, but I actually received it weeks before official release because it was shipped very quickly.

    Again thanks Jamey.  You rock!!!

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    Blue Oyster Cult Ghost Stories Album Review

    Rock legends Blue Oyster Cult released their 16th studio album, Ghost Stories, on April 12 of 2024.

    This album consists of songs that were recorded between 1978-1983 and one in 2016, but were never released or not completely done at the time.

    Some parts were added, but the parts that were recorded at the time were not changed, but just spruced up, if you will.

    This album is very good.  Sounds like classic BOC.

    Classic members Eric Bloom (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards) and Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (Vocals/Guitar) are still going strong.

    If you are a fan, or have not checked them out and want to, I recommend this one and all their huge discography.

    Rock out!!

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    Saxon Hell, Fire And Damnation Album Review

    New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) legends Saxon released their 26th (counting two cover albums) studio album Hell, Fire And Damnation on January 19 of 2024.

    Saxon, consisting of singer Biff Byford, guitarists Doug Scarratt and Brian Tatler (Brian replacing long time guitarist Paul Quinn, who also plays on two songs on this album), bassist Nibbs Carter, and drummer Nigel Glockler, have been quite consistent over the decades with album releases and tours.

    They put out an album every few years and most of them, I think, are very good.

    They have their style of hard driving, hard rocking, heavy songs, but also incorporate melody and anthemic lyrics.

    This album sounds modern and fresh, but also like classic Saxon to me.

    Lots of great rocking, heavy riffs with Biff’s great vocals, but also some really good melody too.  In fact, more melody than I remember from most recent Saxon albums.

    This band is really good on album and really good in concert.

    I’m seeing them for the 3rd time, May 17, in Cincinnati, OH, co-headlining with the legendary band Uriah Heep, and I cannot wait.

    Keep on rocking Saxon!!!!!

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    Scott Stapp Higher Power Album Review

    Scott Stapp, the singer of Creed, released his 4th solo album, Higher Power, on March 15 of 2024.

    I received it in the mail on March 17 and have listened to it 3 times already.

    I really like this album a lot.

    Lots of rocking songs, but also some very heartfelt and emotionally uplifting songs.

    These songs really speak to me.

    The song, If These Walls Could Talk (Featuring Dorothy singing with Scott) is PHENOMENAL and should be a HUGE hit single.

    If you are only aware of Scott’s work with Creed, you should check out his solo albums.

    This one, again called Higher Power, The Great Divide, Proof of Life, and The Space Between the Shadows.

    All very good albums.

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    Judas Priest Invincible Shield Album Review

    The classic Heavy Metal band Judas Priest released their 19th studio album March 8 of 2024 called Invincible Shield.

    Priest have been a favorite of mine since I was 15 or 16.

    I consider them the second ever Heavy Metal Band after Black Sabbath.

    The band still consists of classic members Rob Halford (Vocals), Glenn Tipton (Guitar), and Ian Hill (Bass), along with Scott Travis (Drums-who has been there since 1990), and Richie Faulkner (Guitar-replacing KK Downing in 2011).

    This album, in a word, is PHENOMENAL!!

    All 14 songs are amazing.

    You have to hear the whole album.

    No song is worth skipping.

    It has everything you want in a Priest album.

    Phenomenal vocals, phenomenal musicianship, great production/mix.

    It’s got it all.

    I cannot recommend this album enough.

    Thank you guys for making another Heavy Metal masterpiece!!

    Rock on!!

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    Foghat Sonic Mojo Album Review

    The classic rock band Foghat released their latest album, Sonic Mojo, on November 10 of 2023.

    I had heard a few of the songs, via their videos they made of some singles, and really liked them, so I bought the album.

    I really like this album.

    Lots of rock, blues, and even a little punk rock actually on one song.

    Drummer Roger Earl is the only original member left in the band, but he has a great group around him that includes Scott Holt (Vocals and Guitar), Bryan Bassett (Lead Guitar/Slide Guitar/Vocals/Engineering/Mixing/Production/Mastering), Rodney O’Quinn (Bass/Vocals), and Eddie Lefebvre (Percussion).

    Check out this album.

    It rocks!!

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    Mick Mars The Other Side of Mars Album Review

    Mick Mars, guitarist of Motley Crue, FINALLY released his first solo album, The Other Side Of Mars, on February 23 of 2024.

    Mick had worked on this album for many years, but had never put out a solo album before because he was totally committed to Motley Crue.

    He unfortunately had a very bad falling out with the band in 2023.

    Now, he has released this album, and like a solo album should be, it does not sound like his work with Motley Crue.

    It’s actually much heavier and darker.

    He has Paul Taylor of Winger/Alice Cooper fame on keyboards and additional guitar and Paul co-wrote a lot of the songs (especially the lyrics).  He has two singers on this album (Jacob Bunton on eight songs, who also did the string parts, and Brion Gamboa on two songs) and has KORN drummer Ray Luzier on all songs.  Chris Collier plays bass and did the mixing and mastering of the album.

    Again, quite a heavy, dark, and moody album.

    I like this album for sure, but I think you may need to be in a certain mood to listen to it.

    But if you’re a Mick fan and a fan of hard rock and metal, you need to check it out.

    I’m happy Mick has finally released this album because it has been a long time coming.

    Oh and when I preordered it, Mick signed it too.

    Thank you Mick!!  Rock on!!

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    Ace Frehley 10,000 Volts Album Review

    I have been a fan of Ace Frehley, original guitarist and co-singer/co-songwriter of KISS, since 1998.

    I love all of his solo albums and everything he did with KISS, so I figured I would love 10,000 Volts, Ace’s latest solo album released on February 23 of 2024.

    I preordered it and received it on release day.

    I’ve listened to it several times and even though it’s definitely not my favorite of his, I do really like it a lot.

    It’s classic Ace.

    Lots of rocking tunes, lots of melody, and lots of guitars.

    I think this is definitely Ace’s most catchy solo album.

    I really like every song.

    I’ve read a lot of different reviews of this album and some people really love it and some really hate it.

    But that’s with anything really.

    I think if you are an Ace Frehley fan, you will enjoy this album.

    Many have said this is his best solo album since his first one, released in 1978.

    While I don’t agree with that, I do really like it, more with each listen, and I think Ace has done a great job with this album.

    Well produced and mixed, and the songs rock but yet again are catchy at the same time.

    Rock on Ace!!