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Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 4

So as we hit the three days left in 2011 mark let me ask you something. Did anyone else think that the year flew by us at a record pace? I know it did for me and perhaps this instant society we are living in with the Internet being such a core of our daily happenings and Facebook/Twitter addictions being par for the course are the reasons. Whatever the case may be here we are once more in our presentation of the “New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012” from some of the finest musical people that I have had the opportunity to interact with. Please enjoy our fantastic fourth chapter.

Johnny Kelly (drummer for Type O Negative, Seventh Void, A Pale Horse Named Death): Not sure if I have a resolution or not. My first one isn’t music related and that’s to stop smoking! My musical one though is to keep working hard to be able to do something that I still love doing. I want to see great things happen for APHND and I want the new Seventh Void record to come out in 2012!

Steve Blaze (lead guitarist for Lillian Axe): …to become a better, more patient human being. This will enable me to become more well rounded and pure iin all aspects of what I feel are the important elements of a truly great musician. Talent is one aspect but the soul and spirit are what drive it to its limits.

Margarita Monet (lead vocals for Edge Of Paradise): My New Year’s Metal Resolution is, besides writing the best song ever made, to further solidify and spread the heavy sound of my band. It’s not very common these days that bands have their own sound distinguishing them from thousands of other bands, like Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden have, when you hear their songs, you instantly know that it’s Sabbath! So this is the New Year’s resolution, to strive to create epic music with a sound that’s unique to ourselves and of course to tour the world and make everyone hear it 🙂
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Lillian Axe @ B.B. King Blues Club (8/9/2010)

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Artist: Lillian Axe
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: unknown
Date: 8/9/2010
Label: Love & War Records

Lillian Axe is a band that has gone through some significant and interesting changes over the years since they first showed us what they can do as a Glam Rock band. Back during their original heyday if one can use the term for the band, I was not really following nor really even that interested in what they were doing. It was nothing personal of course and more based on my having my hands full with bands I was more passionate about. That being said I can safely say that I enjoyed to some extent their re-built lineup and the recordings that came out over the last few years. Tonight the band would be celebrating a couple of different things and the first would be the release of their newest album “Deep Red Shadows” and to welcome to their ranks the vocal talents of Ronny Munroe. Munroe replaces the bands own Derrick LeFevre and while I enjoyed Ronny’s register in Metal Church I was surely curious as to how he would do as the singer for Lillian Axe. It would be interesting depending on the set list that the band would decide to play this evening and even more so about how the new vocalist would do after only being a member of the group for about ten days or so.
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“Deep Red Shadows” by Lillian Axe

Artist: Lillian Axe
Title: “Deep Red Shadows”
Label: Love & War Records
Release Date: 6/20/2010
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3.75/5

Fans of the band Lillian Axe are sure to celebrate the bands newest release “Deep Red Shadows” because it is not only a handful of new tunes composed by guitarist Steve Blaze but it is also part acoustic EP with four of the numbers being stripped down songs from across the bands catalog. It begins with “Under The Same Moon” which has a pretty solid groove to it and a chorus that for some reason reminded me of Saigon Kick. Its funny how one incredibly overlooked band is reminding me of another one but I digress. There are big things going on in the music with this one and if you remember their last release “Sad Day On Planet Earth” you will recall how the band is no longer a Glam Slam outfit and more of a Progressive Melodic Rock enterprise at times and capable of twisting and turning your brain with tasteful riffs and melody. “47 Ways To Die” might be a fast favorite for many based on how it drives but I had to lend preferential treatment to the bands epic “A Minute Of Years” because there is just so much going on with this one. It begins slow and reaches a crescendo only to bring you on the ride of your life. Blaze is cooking with the guitar on this one and is to be commended for his ability. As you complete these few numbers you will likely be scratching your head wondering how you had never heard more about them over the years but in truth some of Hard Rock’s best talent has remained in the underground scene. It’s a shame, but only finds them supported all the more strongly by those who believe in their musical cause. It’s high time to rally the troops my friends.
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“Sad Day On Planet Earth” by Lillian Axe

Artist: Lillian Axe
Title: “Sad Day On Planet Earth”
Label: Blistering Records
Release Date: 6/30/2009
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

We last heard from Lillian Axe with their “Dark Waters” album which found the 80’s Hard Rock band back in action and choosing to not follow the original Glam style that they had been largely known but instead opting to upgrade their musical game by delivering well-placed heavy riffs under very melodic vocals. If you liked that one, it is a guarantee that you will love what’s happening on their follow up CD “Sad Day On Planet Earth” The practice of tasty riffs blended skillfully with melodic singing and backing choruses continues as this band that should have been bigger than they were delivers a very enjoyable release. The first thoughts I had about the album was that one didn’t need to be a legacy fan of the band to understand or appreciate the goings on with the release and that each track while working with its brothers on the CD seem to be able to stand alone strong. It begins with a nice instrumental track and then the hard hitting groove of “Megaslowfade” draws you in with pounding drums and a sleek guitar riff. The bands lone original member stands with Steve Blaze who delivers some outstanding leads on the album while Derrick LeFevre shines again and again as the bands vocalist. The group is rounded out by Sam Poitevent (guitars), Eric Morris (bass) and Ken Koudelka (drums) and I enjoyed getting the sense that the guys were in a lock on every track. There is a little of something for everyone musically with this one as heavier tracks like “The Grand Scale Of Finality” rock you while the slower ballad type tracks such as “Sad Day On Planet Earth” tug at the necessary heart strings. While you cannot really compare the band to any particular group should you need to do so, I will admit that “Down Below The Ocean” reminded me a lot of Saigon Kick with some of its groove and that was fine with me since I loved that band so much. With fifteen tracks on the album to choose from, I was able to let this one straight through without being bored and how after it completed found myself referring to a couple of key tracks that I enjoyed the most. Among them “Ignite” and “Hibernate” being the first choices that I made.
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“Lillian Axe” (remaster) by Lillian Axe

Artist: Lillian Axe
Title: “Lillian Axe” (remaster)
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 1/22/2008
Genre: Glam Rock
Rating: 4/5

If you ever listened to the up and comers in the Glam Rock scene back in the day there is no doubt that you had heard the name of Lillian Axe a couple of times but then again perhaps I am wrong. I say this because when it came down to it, the band was probably one of the best kept secrets that the genre ever introduced and this is quite the shame based on the quality level of songwriting and music that they actually brought to the table. The band was led by singer Ron Taylor and guitarist Steve Blaze and they seemed the perfect pairing when it came to the nature of the material that such a band offered up to their fan base. Their debut, and self titled release was recently remastered by the folks at Metal Mind Productions and this is a gem to find for ones Glam Rock collection because there isn’t a bad tune on the album. Produced by Robbin Crosby (who was at the time a member of Ratt), the band had a lot of promise with catchy tunes like “Dream Of A Lifetime” – a song that would be considered one of the bands biggest hits among their growing underground following, and of course there was a little more depth to them than your conventional “Hair Metal” troupe. Songs like “Hard Luck” showed a heavier side and featured a crunch to its driving riff along with some ripping guitar solos from Blaze who truly stood higher than his peers but never got the true chance to be considered competition based on the shifting tides that would find the band almost fading from the media eye of the time. They had the expected ballad in “Nobody Knows”, and it’s a track to raise your lighter to and there was fun stuff like the closer “Laughing In Your Face” and sing along numbers like “Picture Perfect”, but sadly the proper attention was just not given them. I guess such a thing was bound to happen with this being the tail end of the Glam Rock domination of the scene and the pending rise of the Grunge Movement. Less attention was given to bands that were considered to be too much of the same thing and then it was all gloom and sorrow from Seattle. It didn’t matter if the group was different or not, it was all the perception at this stage. A shame really, because while I myself only lightly experienced them in their heyday, can agree that this album was a strong debut and should have done a lot more for the group and the ebbing fires of this genres music scene.
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