Current Playlist

The CDs are piling up but I’ve been under the weather with allergies and the flu so Music hasn’t been the priority. I have listened to a few CDs lately, mostly stuff that has been in rotation for a few weeks…..

Tank – The Filth Hounds Of Hades: Dogs Of War (1981-2002) box set (2007): This has been an exciting box set for me. I’m a huge New Wave Of British Heavy Metal fan and I only had a few Tank albums to my collection. All six Tank studio records are here, plus two live albums, and a live DVD. This has been taking up much time because I want to review it…..eventually!

After Forever – s/t (2007): I’m still enjoying this album even after close to three months. I enjoy the epic/symphonic/gothic Metal with the clean female vocals and death style male growls. I’m going to have to track down the rest of the band’s catalog.

Night Sun – Mournin’ (1972): I’d better spin this after all the hassle I had with it — hadit, lost it, searched for it, gave up, and then got it in the mail so I never had it to begin with. The mind plays tricks! I will eventually write this one up too.

Iron Maiden – (all Bruce era albums): Just ordered my Maiden tickets for June at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA so I am really on a Maiden kick. Last month, I was spinning a lot of D’ianno & Blaze Bayley albums to mix it up but it’s all about Bruce now. The focus has been on NUMBER OF THE BEAST thru FEAR OF THE DARK but I have also revisited all the current albums too. Up the Irons!

Helix – The Power Of Rock And Roll (2007): I missed this album in 2007 but I bought it at the beginning of 2008. Straight up Hard Rock that would easily have made my Top 15 of 2007 if I bought it in 2007. If I expanded to a Top 20 or 25, this would be in there.

Sebastian Bach – Angel Down (2007): This CD made the 5 Worst Albums of 2007 and I wanted to go back and give a fresh listen. I’m still not digging the down-tuned production and growling vocals but I have found more to like than I did originally. I stand by my ranking though, it’s still a major disappointment.

Journey – Arrival (2000): This was Journey’s comeback record with Steve Augeri (ex-Tall Stories) at the mic and Deen Castronovo (ex-Wild Dogs) on drums. Probably one of the most underrated records of 2000, this is a perfect slab of AOR and sits nicely with all the classic Steve Perry era albums. I saw the tour that summer…..excellent.

Black Tide – Light From Above (2008): Put these guys in with Airbourne and Endeverafter as true leaders of the next wave of good Hard Rock & Metal. I admit that I was surprised at how good this record was coming from a brand new band. Review this week!

Avantasia – The Scarecrow (2008): Tobias Sammet really puts together solid albums for Edguy and Avantasia is a solid side project that has taken a life of it’s own three albums in. There’s a lot to listen to hear but the Alice Cooper track is my favorite so far.

The Bangkok Five – We Love What Kills Us (2008): I got sent a promo CDR of this forthcoming album and I listened to it all day yesterday so I could write a review. It’s only five songs, so it’s more like an E.P. instead of a full-length LP. I listened over and over again but my initial reaction to it hasn’t been good. Not my style but kids that enjoy current popular Rock trends might like it.

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3 comments on “Current Playlist

  1. The latest Avantasia album is amazing. I’ve heard bits & pieces of the first two albums, but never bought’em, but this is easily one of the year’s best. I love ‘The Scarecrow’ just epic and probalby one of my favorite songs ever. Lande is amazing.

    And the Cooper song rocks too. I could EASILY see that being on his Hey Stoopid album.

    Bring on the new Edguy!

  2. Great PLAYLIST, i played my TANK vinyls/cd´s they other day and this is what i think about them:
    -FILTH HOUNDS OF HADES(1982) my faves songs are SHELLSHOCK, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, RUN LIKE HELL, BLOOD GUTS&BEER, TURN YOUR HEAD AROUND, HEAVY ARTILLERY, and (HE FELL IN LOVE WITH A) STORMTROOPER.
    -POWER OF THE HUNTER(1982) my fave songs are PURE HATRED, T.A.N.K, USED LEATHER(HANGING LOOSE), CRAZY HORSES, SET YOUR BACK ON FIRE, and POWER OF THE HUNTER.
    -THIS MEANS WAR(1983)my fave songs are:JUST LIKE SOMETHING FROM HELL, THIS MEANS WAR, LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF DEATH and ECHOES OF A DISTANT BATTLE.
    -HONOUR&BLOOD(1984) my fave songs are:THE WAR DRAGS EVER ON, WHEN ALL HELL FREEZES OVER, HONOUR AND BLOOD, W.M.L.A, TO TIRED TO WAIT FOR LOVE, and KILL.
    -TANK(1987)my fave songs are:REIGN OF THUNDER, WITH YOUR LIFE, NONE BUT THE BRAVE, and (THE HELL THEY MUST) SUFFER.
    -STILL AT WAR(2002)my fave songs are: STILL AT WAR, T.G.N.I.D, LIGHT THE FIRE(WATCH´EM BURN), THE WORLD AWAITS, CONSPIRACY OF HATE, and RETURN OF THE FILTH HOUNDS.
    FILTH HOUNDS OF HADES and THIS MEANS WAR are my fave albums by TANK.
    Great you bought that box STEVE.

  3. Misfit – I agree, THE SCARECROW could be my album of the year too.

    Rene – I have the new box set from Metal Mind and it’s awesome. My faves are THIS MEANS WAR and HONOUR & BLOOD.

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