Sunday, July 31, 2011

Limp Bizkit New Release Gold Cobra! Hit or Miss?

Nu Metal, Rap Rock, whatever. Ever since Aerosmith & Run DMC did a remake of Walk This Way, I thought the mix of rap and metal was pretty cool. Besides I'm a drummer, so naturally I liked them beats.

I liked Limp Bizkit since I saw them do a cover of that George Michaels song Faith on MTV. Yeah, remember that? Unlike Kid Rock, who leaned more towards a rock sound with rap vocals, Bizkit leans more towards hip hop with Durst's crazy rhymes, and their signature verses where the bass guitar is emphasized while Wes Borland's guitar hangs back a bit.

That's, of course, until the choruses come crashing in, and of course, without Wes Borland's guitar and Durst's signature screaming choruses in typical Metal fashion, their songs would just be straight hip hop.

Limp Bizkit delivers with Gold Cobra, and it's refreshing to hear their signature sound again. Of most of the rap/rock bands out there, Bizkit still keeps it real by playing the style that blasted them off while Kid Rock went on a country kick.
  The track Gold Cobra kicks off with Bizkit's typical groove of heavy guitars and bass, and you know what? That's what we want to hear from them. It's my favorite track, but Shark Attack is a close second.

With all new material, Gold Cobra is Bizkit's newest release in five years. It also has the original line up. Like I said: Nu Metal, Addidas Rock, Rock/Rap...Whatever you want to call it. Heavy grooving guitars, crazy rhymes, with slamming drums and bass! If you're a Bizkit fan, they bring it on this disc as they always do.

What did you think of it?

Dead Sara - Hard Rock's Diamond In The Rough!

I've liked the band Dead Sara for a long time. I think there's something magical about their brand of Rock N' Roll! It's even hard to describe. I wouldn't know where to begin, except that Dead Sara plays Hard Rock like no other band I've heard before!

Yes, this L.A. based rock band have a distinct sound. The dynamic duo of Emily Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Siouxsie Medley (guitar, vocals) just have a knack of writing amazingly good songs that almost seems effortlessly catchy when you hear them.

Emily Armstrong has an amazing voice with great delivery. She can sing clean but hit those grungy notes like every good rock vocalist should be able to. She just has a great rock voice that distinctly fits Dead Sara's sound.

Siouxsie Medly plays the guitar like her unusually cool name. Instead of trying to shine in the spotlight and overplaying like most guitarists do, her playing is more driven to fit the songs perfectly. There is no guitar in the songs just for the sake of ego, no lame licks to show off just how good she is. It's refreshing.

The bass, played by Chris Null, is tight with the drummer Sean Friday. You can't ask for a better rhythm section - straight forward with the objective of simply driving a song. Nothing fancy, but that's what makes the chemistry of this band to produce a great sound.

What I like about them is the diversity of their songs, and the passion and attitude that permeates them. They can go from a straight rock song like We Are What You Say that makes you want to jump up and down with a middle finger in the air to an amazing haunting song like Sorry For It All. 

 Then there are just some songs you can't help but play over and over, and every time you do, you find out something more amazing about the song. Childhood Courtesy is one of the songs. Deeply touching and moving. It's a beautiful in a solemn and melancholy. "Every child grows according to plan," is just a line that's awesome. I didn't notice it the first time I played the song, but it jumped out at me after a few plays.You can tell by listening to Dead Sara that they put their souls into their music.

Catchy, rockin', with massive hooks and choruses that you can't help but sing a long too, and ballads that are amazingly heartfelt. They are definitely made for radio, and I say some of their songs are just hits waiting to happen. They most definitely have it.

They took down a lot of their songs on Myspace, but you can find them on reverbnation and they have a lot more songs so check out Dead Sara at reverbnation. Besides, if you know anything about the Myspace music player, they turn good produced music and smash em until they sound horrible. Reverbnation's music players are so much more better.

But, anyways, I'm rambling here. One of Dead Sara songs I especially like is Baby Rock! It's an impressive collision of blues rock and grunge that's quite simple but damn catchy. Most simple blues riffs are catchy. Other songs I keep playing over and over are Mother Teresa and Some Have It Bad, both songs are unbelievable hard not sing too and do some well deserved air-guitaring to.

Given time and more exposure, I think Dead Sara could put out some great hits and be the next big rock band! I hear their live shows are awesome, and I'd love to check them out someday. Click the link and be sure to check out Dead Sara. You wont regret it, and if you like 'em, friend them on facebook, too, while you're at it.

Okay, nevermind, I'll just embed their tune player for all the lazy bastards who think it's too much to click a link. Enjoy! By the way, Dead Sara's self-titled debut album is slated for an October release, and I'm stoked. I've been waiting a long time for them to put out a full-length album. Definitely check it out. Oh, you bet I'll be sure to remind you all when that beast comes out.

Iron Claw - Back In The Game!

Sure, there's been a lot of come backs in Rock N' Roll, but this particular story isn't like most of the Rock N' Roll come backs that you've ever heard of.

It's actually quite unbelievable. Unlike the Crue or Poison or some other ridiculously famous band, there wasn't any million dollar checks waved in front of greedy faces. There wasn't any of the bullshit of deluded rock stars saying, "It's all for the fans" when we damn well know their reunion was for the money.

That's why I have to pay my respects to Iron Claw, pioneers of a Rock N' Roll, Heavy Metal sound that somehow got lost in the fray of their times during the early 70s. However, some forty years later, they're back in the game with a brand new CD righteously titled, "A Different Game," released by Ripple Music.
I don't care what anyone says! That takes balls. Call them obscure, underground, or whatever, but that only adds to the fact these hard rocking lads from Scotland jumped back in the game purely for the love of Rock N' Roll and playing music.

I'm not going to get into their history, because it's today. That's what Iron Claw's new CD is about - A tribute of today and how Rock N' Roll is still very much alive and kicking.It's a different game, and you better believe it, Iron Claw came to play. The real question is are you ready. Yeah, we'll get ready to turn up those speakers and get a taste.

There's no doubt the Iron Claw lads give you a straight up, no non-sense heavy dose of pure Rock N' Roll! With all the grunge inspired metal and rock out today, Iron Claw brings back blues-based, hard rock in the same vein of AC/DC and early Aerosmith.There's no denying that there's that classic rock sound that's deeply rooted in their style, sound, and songs.

Remember when guitar riffs use to groove? Tracks on A Different Game brings 'em back with songs like Saga, Traveler, and Angel Woman. What Love Left kicks off A Different Game with the definite intention of keeping this a no-nonsense, balls-out, rockin' album that won't let up.

The track Falling Down has a an up-tempo, straight-forward rock sound that drives like a muscle car, and is perhaps the stand out track of the album. Or, could it be Targets? I don't know. There's so many stand out freakin' tracks even I'm freakin' surprised.

Iron Claw's A Different Game assaults your senses from beginning to end without letting up, just like a great rock album should. Out of the entire Ripple catalog, Iron Claw's new release probably has to be the one I'm most impressed with and spin the most. The lads in Iron Claw definitely give rock fans a come back worth checking out!