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“Deathrider” by Motorjesus

Artist: Motorjesus
Title: “Deathrider”
Label: Locomotive Spain
Release Date: April 26, 2006
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 3/5

With a very late-1990’s sound, this album concentrates on musicianship and melody, rendering songs that are rife with atmosphere and emotion. The vocals are from that almost croonerish school of evocative bellowing that verges on the operatic, rather than the current Metal vox fashion of sounding like one is gargling dog turds, and as such it’s a pleasant change of pace. The songs, such as the title track, are largely slow-paced lighter-wavers that are largely similar in content, so much so that in some cases the listener could leave the room to make a sandwich, return and say themselves, “Man, that’s a long song,” without realizing that a second tune had begun during their absence. Nonetheless, this is very solid stuff, but if there’s one quibble to be made it’s that the material, while heavy, isn’t necessarily Metal, but more like the harder Pop styling found on the TV series Smallville, namely stuff that will probably appeal more to the tweener/teen audience than the older fancier of the harder forms in the genre.
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“Bang Your Head Festival!!! 2006” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Bang Your Head Festival!!! 2006”
Label: Locomotive Records
Release Date: 11/6/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3/5

Much to the delight of Metal fans everywhere the 2006 edition DVD of the “Bang your Head” festival in Balingen, Germany is finally here (even if it was only last year since they have been waiting for it). The festival itself is a cornucopia of Heavy Metal greats from the past along with healthy doses of up and coming bands that should be looked into. The festival runs for a couple of days and as one would expect this DVD is but a small sampling of what the attending audience was able to witness and band their own heads to. I’m always of a mixed opinion on these kinds of releases since I would prefer they release either a third and fourth DVD as well or at least do them in two part installments to get the maximum metal effect. I am sure that such prospects are on the pricy side so be that as it may lets review a couple of the acts that are present on this edition. The first DVD includes some cool stuff but right off the bat I would have dropped the Foreigner tracks because their own full length DVD is out now and features these same songs from this same concert. My guess is that they didn’t realize that the Eagle Vision release was coming out. We get Helloween, Communic and Jon Oliva’s Pain, but why only one song from each was featured is beyond me since these bands are all so amazing. We instead get a double shot of Raven and three from Hellfueled and while Hellfueled sounds pretty good I felt Raven has long lost whatever luster they once had and sounded a bit too dated for my liking. They have not been the same since drummer “Wacko” left the fold so many years ago and then changed their image.
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“Live: One Hot Night” by Y&T

Artist: Y&T
Title: “Live: One Hot Night”
Label: Locomotive Records
Release Date: 8/14/2007
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

It was a little over a year ago when Y&T made their first appearance in NYC after far too many years of not doing so and the show that night was truly memorable in terms of the level of musicianship and quality songs in the bands set list. It was a show that made me tell scores of Metal and Hard Rock listeners that they really missed out had they not joined in because even the newest of fans could find themselves getting very into the kind of stuff that Y&T delivers night after night. The bands tour that year would be documented on the DVD under review here and while my show was at the legendary B.B. King’s, this film would come from much farther away in the Netherlands. If the name Y&T is curiousity to you let me bring you up to speed just a little bit. Founded in 1973, the band has had a few lineup changes since their inception but through it all their leader Dave Meniketti guides the ship ever forward and joining him in this never ending quest in Rock & Roll is bassist Phil Kennemore. Together the pair have been touring and recording for 34 years and like a fine wine their unique and driving blend of Hard Rock & Roll seems to get even better as time steadily marches on. This is probably due to the purity of the Y&T sound and the rock solid guitar riffs that Meniketti so long ago mastered.
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Doro @ B.B. King Blues Club (6/5/2007)

Doro is one of the true Queens of Metal and when she comes to town we like to make sure to be there to report on the proceedings. It’s always a great time and this gig found the singer celebrating her new DVD. She would bring Chris Caffery along as her guitarist and the musician would do double duty by opening up the show himself. To learn more just scroll past the logo below and enjoy.

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“Pins And Needles” by Chris Caffery

Artist: Chris Caffery
Title: “Pins And Needles”
Label: Locomotive Music
Release Date: 6/5/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

For many years we have seen all of the different faces that Chris Caffery musically possesses. His level of skills across the wide variety of Metal and Hard Rock genres led him to give us his first solo album appropriately titled “Faces” which he followed up with “God Damn War”. Each of these albums and the re-issue of his work with Doctor Butcher set the clear path for him to deliver “Pins And Needles”, a recording that finds the Savatage/Trans-Siberian guitarist at his heaviest yet. “Pins” is not continuing the experimentation that he first gave us with “Faces” but instead relies on shredding guitar and thunderous drums to focus more on the Metal side of things. My thoughts are that the fans of his work with both Metalium and Savatage will appreciate the choice to remain heavy as opposed to trying too many different things. The album opens with one of the best numbers I have heard Caffery do and this is the actual title track of “Pins” itself. The drums here are delivered by the talented Yael, but she is not the only drummer on the album to enjoy. I also took notice that the album required a couple of more listens before settling on how the tunes were affecting me. “Faces” gave you a wide assortment as we have noted but with the heavy groove remaining on each tune here one will need to sit and absorb them a little more carefully. Overall there is a higher level of musical complexity showcased, and the album is very dynamic at almost every turn.
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