Artist: Held Hostage Title: “Show Me The Way Back Home” (Single) w Joe Lynn Turner Label: Independant Release Date: 10/24/2018 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 4/5
Today is Veteran’s Day in these United States and in honor of the holiday, the American Rock Band named Held Hostage have offered up a tune that speaks from the mind of someone involved in conflict. The song begins with the Pledge of Allegiance which I felt was a fine touch based on our living in a time where Old Glory is not as respected as she once was. The mid-tempo tune showcases the pitfalls that many of our enlisted seemed to sadly face after active combat in faraway lands. Coming home to relatives that barely recognize them and to larger public scrutiny or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD for short). Continue reading “Show Me The Way Back Home” (Single) by Held Hostage→
The Scoop: The organizers of the Sweden Rock have unveiled a crop of amazing bands that will be joining the 2019 Festival, and since you need to know this information I am sharing it with you right here on PiercingMetal.com – Just in case the poster isn’t clear on whatever screen you are reading us on, here are the bands so far: KISS, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Def Leppard, Amon Amarth, Demons and Wizards, Arch Enemy, Hammerfall, Original Krokus, Skid Row, At The Gates, Annihilator, Magnum, Joe Lynn Turner, Uli Jon Roth, Death Angel, Demon, Beast In Black and “65” more acts are yet to be announced. According to their Facebook Page, they lined out that this years event sold out in a week when it went on sale, so you are going to want to pay attention to that…..check out the poster so far……(queue dramatic music).
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now before I say anything on this, I should explain that I’ve never been to ANY of the European Festivals and when I see posters and lineups like this one, it almost makes me cry. I’ve not managed to get across the pond as they say as its just not logistically possible for me to wrangle the necessary finances for it but I digress. What I love about Festivals like this one is how on point they always seem to be. With bands like KISS announcing their “End Of The Road” World Tour (discussed earlier today on THIS LINK), I’m planning on seeing them whenever I can and they are only the tip of the iceberg of bands that I am interested in who are performing at this festival. That’s all I have for now but you readers can tell me what you think about the matter down in the comments section below. Please lets all discuss.
Artist: Rainbow Title: “The Very Best of Rainbow” Label: Polydor Records Release Date: 7/15/1997 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 4.5/5
After moving on from Deep Purple, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore would form the band Rainbow and really deliver some amazing music to all of the fans that might have wondered just how good his new enterprise would be. It’s been said that the bands name was derived from the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood and that makes sense since the joint is known for being host to many a Rock star. The sound of Rainbow was epic at times and commercially successful at others and during the band’s existence would feature a number of different musicians and no less than four lead vocalists. This compilation gives you a great sample of some of the bands glory but in some sense this leaves you with only a healthy taste that will find you hungry for more. With three unique vocalists being presented on the collection (Dio, Bonnet and Turner), I decided to break up my thoughts on each of their contributions to the band. Continue reading “The Very Best of Rainbow” by Rainbow→
Artist: Joe Lynn Turner Title: “Live In Germany” Label: Blistering Records Release Date: 10/21/2008 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 3.5/5
While his career has been an illustrious one for almost three decades, singer Joe Lynn Turner came into his biggest prominence thanks to his spending a few years in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. He replaced Dio and seemed to fit right in as he helped deliver two albums that generated some really big hits for the band. After Rainbow he embarked on a very active solo career and even found time to record with the band Brazen Abbott, but the recordings on this CD find Joe doing his own thing and doing it best with a group of talented musicians. The band that accompanies Joe for the recording is made up of Karl Cochran (guitar), Greg Smith (bass), Carmine Giglio (keyboards) and Michael Sorrentino (drums). Cochran is a road warrior guitarist who has worked with more performers than a single page allows to line out while Greg Smith is a player who also had worked in Rainbow for a few years. The band is tight and the material that is presented on the legendary side depending on how long you have been following Joe Lynn Turner. He still sounds good, but does not seem to be hitting all of the super high notes at this stage of his career. I didn’t expect this after thirty years but it seems as though some folks always find the time to complain about singers not sounding like they did when we first heard them. If this doesn’t bother you at all then you will have no trouble listening to and enjoying what Joe and company are doing on this album and I had to say that I was rather pleased with some of my longest lasting favorites. Songs like “Street Of Dreams”, “I Surrender”, “Cant Let You Go” and “Stone Cold” really fulfilled the need I had for those years of Rainbow but he would have made my day had he included “All Night Long”. Of course this was a Graham Bonnett number, but I always felt that Joe did it better than he did. Also missing is anything that the singer did with guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. As many recall, Joe sand on “The Odyssey” and this was a fine presentation of what he could do. Of course he might not have been able to deliver them on a release due to licensing and having not seen him in concert as a solo artist I can’t confirm if he even plays this stuff for the audience. Continue reading “Live In Germany” by Joe Lynn Turner→