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Burning Bridges
Burning Bridges
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm done waiting..., August 31, 2015
This review is from: Burning Bridges (Audio CD)
It's time to wrap it up. This band has certainly run it's course. They've turned into something more akin to a Bruce Springsteen tribute act than an actual rock band. The songwriters Jon's been using the past ten years are nothing but pop writers. The only thing keeping any semblance of rock in the band was Ritchie. Not only is he gone now, but his writing has been pushed away further and further with each release. The band is done. Jon has lost the magic. I understand bands need to grow, and add to their sound, so they don't become stale, but that can certainly be done with good taste, and done without robbing the sound that so many people loved for so many years. See Def Leppard.
This album itself is nothing more than a handful of leftover tracks that weren't good enough to make albums from Bounce through The Circle. And what a way to close the door. Throw out the rest of the trash. It even comes in what resembles a paper garbage bag.
I'll break it all down like this, if you liked BJ's first 6 or 7 albums, and maybe though Crush was a nice comeback, but have been waiting since then for the next These Days or Keep the Faith, you'll be sorely disappointed with this collection.
As for me, I'm done waiting. I gave them enough chances to release another album full of songs that I can at least call good. But I see now I've been waiting in vain. It went from a handful of good songs on Crush, to a few good songs on Bounce and Have a Nice Day, to a couple good songs on the next two, and down to maybe one good song on the last album, an NONE here. They're done. It's over.

The Awakening
The Awakening
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Already Be Their Best!, August 25, 2015
This review is from: The Awakening (Audio CD)
I've been a P.O.D. fan for a long, long time. I've listened to every album many times, and know them all very well. Each one has it's high points that make it eligible for the status of the band's "best." And I didn't think they'd top 2012's Murdered Love. But after listening to this one, I think they may have actually done it.
They've continued with the trend of stripping back the rap and reggae sounds, and more toward a straight forward Alt-Metal approach. This has worked well since before Marcos came back to play guitar again in 2006. While I do enjoy the experimental side, it seems like doing an album of hard rock, front to back is actually a stretch for P.O.D. anyway. So it makes it seem like they are stretching themselves here.
The production is absolutely the tightest they've ever had. Traa and Wuv have one of the best rhythm sections in rock music today, and once again, the guitar work from Mr. Curial is loud, crunchy, technical, and all around superb.
Sonny's vocals have always gotten a bit more mature with each release, and it really fits him well. This one is recorded much like Murdered Love, in that it's perfectly tailored for Sonny and the rest of the guys to take all the songs to the stage, and perform them without alteration.
Overall, this album just plain rocks. If you're a fan of Christian Rock/Metal, or secular Alt-Metal, there's no reason you wouldn't like this album. There's plenty of hard, plenty of fast, and plenty of emotion. Typical P.O.D. with their foot a little harder on the gas than ever before.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremonti keeps getting better!, June 9, 2015
This review is from: Cauterize (Audio CD)
Mark Tremonti is at the top of his game again!
If you've listened to the first Tremonti album, you know exactly what to expect here. The guitars are brutal and beautiful, the double bass driven drums are simply amazing, and Mark's vocals are even more refined than before.
If you don't know this band, this is something you need to discover. Guitar player and band leader for multi-platinum post-gunge band Creed, and the man at the helm of the world renowned Alter Bridge, Mark Tremonti has branched out into his own project so he can use the shredding and thundering guitar chops that are simply too heavy and over the top for those bands. The music is more akin to a modern day thrash metal with songs structured to fit the post-grunge/alt-metal frame. Mark has hand-picked the musicians from the likes of Submersed and Van Halen to round out his line-u for this band. And they are all at the top of their respective fields right now. There is major guitar brutality spread throughout this album, along with plenty of heart and feeling. Top it off with the most introspective and personal lyrics Mark has ever written, and you have what amounts to the perfect Hard Rock sound. If you can only imagine some of today's heaviest bands but without the screaming and whining vocals, but a more clean and refined sound, then you're on the right track.
It's hard to say this album is better than the first, but I would go as far as to say it is at least as good.
Like I said, this is something that just needs to be experienced. You can't use small song samples and a couple radio tracks to judge what you'll get here. If you're a fan of heavy rock music, heavy metal, post-grunge, alternative metal, or anything like that, this record belongs at the very top of that mountain. And it's not even close to it's nearest competitor!

Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (Special Edition)(CD/DVD)
Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (Special Edition)(CD/DVD)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Negative reviewers are NOT true Zombie fans!, May 27, 2015
The absolute best Zombie album yet!
I don't know what these people are listening to. I'm not sure what they expected to hear when they listened to this. Maybe they mistook it for a White Zombie album.
If you are a fan of Zombie's first 3 studio albums, this one acts as a culmination of all the things that made those so great. The dark parts are darker, the guitars are more brutal, and the rhythm section (especially on the bonus tracks) is better than ever. But all these things combined do not change the way Zombie and the band sound. Take any of the best songs from the first album, Demonoid Phenomenon, Spookshow Baby, Meet the Creeper, Resurrection Joe, or any others, and put them right up against the likes of Jesus Frankenstein, Devil's Hole Girls, Virgin Witch, Burn, or Everything is Boring, and you'll find a very similar style in songwriting and performing, while still sounding fresh and updated.
But this album deserves a review of it's own, not just comparisons to other albums.
This is the ultimate in Alt-Metal, Industrial, Horror-Show, Comic Book Insanity. It's heavy, hard, loud, dark, and full of those trademark Zombie samples. Rob Zombie and Scott Humphry have again mastered the art of making extreme heavy metal listenable to those with rock n roll ears. And add John 5 on guitar and songwriting as he did on Educated Horses, and you get a very dynamic team. Musically, the band is very tight, or at least as tight as you can be while keeping the sound fun and raw. Drummers were switched after the initial recording sessions, but this doesn't take anything away from he album as a whole. In fact, Joey Jordison's contributions are actually a bit tighter.
All in all, the album is amazing. Very few low spots, and tons of soaring highs.
Like I said before, if you don't enjoy this album, you are NOT a true Zombie fan.

Carnival Of Souls
Carnival Of Souls
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5.0 out of 5 stars You're not a true KISS fan..., May 18, 2015
This review is from: Carnival Of Souls (MP3 Music)
I can't believe the reviews I'm reading! Kiss has always been a group of change. You can't listen to their first two albums and honestly say they sound the same. It's just like in '83, when people jumped all over them because of Lick it Up. But they fail to realize how many hair metal songs appeared on Creatures of the Night. Or the people that say No Ace, No Kiss. Well, guess what, he barely played on Creatures. So Lick it up was just as much Kiss as Creatures. What about The Elder, Dynasty, Unmasked... All classic Kiss.
Carnival of Souls is no different. If anything, it sounds more like it's predecessor, Revenge, than many of their back to back albums have done. Did you people forget that Gene Simmons was in this band? Hello!? The Demon! God of Thunder, Saint & Sinner, I Love it Loud... That guy. How is this album any different from those? And to label this grunge... You're up in the night! Not only would Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden be insulted, so would Kiss. Those bands sound nothing like Kiss, and Kiss certainly sounds nothing like them.
This is a hard rocking Kiss album, that leaves nothing of the band we love behind. Nothing at all.
Honestly, this album is awesome. It rocks. It's Kiss!
If you don't like it, YOU ARE NOT A TRUE KISS FAN!
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Tokyo Dome In Concert (2CD)
Tokyo Dome In Concert (2CD)
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! And worth the wait!, April 1, 2015
For long time VH fans, or should I say Van Roth fans, this one has been a long time coming. And while it's not exactly a classic VH concert from 1984, it certainly delivers. Let me preface the review by reminding all you VH fans out there that David Lee Roth was never much of a singer, but more of a performer. With that in mind, this band delivers the goods! DLR is continually playing around, and really engaging the crowd here. His lyrics are changed up quite a bit, and while he can still hit some of the high notes, there's some he just doesn't even try. This is a strength at this point, and anyone that's heard Bon Jovi live in the last 15 years can attest to that. Don't sing the high notes if you cant do it anymore. As for the rest of the band, they are hot, on target, and full throttle! Eddie and Alex are as good as they've ever been. Rarely missing a beat. And the latest addition of Bass player Wolfgang Van Halen admirably and very capably takes place of current Hagar bandmate Michael Anthony. While Wolfy doesn't have the same vocal chops as Michael, he still harmonizes with his dad very well, and the high Anthony harmonies aren't really missed at all.
The song selection is great, and just a little more than you might expect from this line-up. Even the newer songs sound better than they did on the last VH studio album.
This is a step in the right direction for the band, and it serves as a really long advertisement for VH in concert. It really works too, as I find myself clamoring for the VH tour this summer.
I thought VH might be about to finally end, but with this release, it sounds and feels like there's no end in sight. And believe me, if they keep sounding like this, they can keep rocking 'til the cows come home!

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is AB's best album yet, March 31, 2015
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This is AB's best album yet! The songs are longer and more progressive, the guitars are more technical without leaving a casual music listener unpleased. Vocals and harmonies are as good as they've ever sounded from any project Mark Tremonti has been involved with. And you just cant say enough good things about the ever evolving rhythm section of Marshall and Flip. This band is plain awesome, and this, so far, is their greatest release.
The songs; Lover, Cry a River, All Ends Well, Fortress, and the bonus track Outright (Never Die) are instant 5 star tracks, and the rest of the songs aren't far behind. They have honed in on the lost art of the true power ballad here are well with Peace is Broken. And they show they can stand shoulder to shoulder with Metal giants with songs like Calm the Fire. Of course, the single Addicted to Pain is as brutal as you can get while still being radio friendly, and the opening track, Cry of Achilles is simply epic.
You really can't compare this album to anything else out there, so it's hard to get a good sense of what's here without hearing it. And the song previews simply don't do it justice. This album really needs to be experienced to give it a fair shake. Honestly though, you won't be disappointed.
If you're a musician, or a fan of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Al-Metal, Post-Grunge, or anything like that, you need to hear this.
If you're new to AB, I feel sorry for you, but if you are, you should start somewhere else. Because this album, will sadly make the other studio albums sound like thy are lacking. Don't get me wrong, they're all awesome, and they all bring their own sound and feeling to the AB catalogue, but this one is just a masterpiece.
Just do yourself a favor and listen to it. Start to finish.

The Zombie Horror Picture Show [Blu-ray]
The Zombie Horror Picture Show [Blu-ray]
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIE! ZOMBIE! ZOMBIE!, May 20, 2014
Yes sir, it is finally here! The document we all waited for after the release of the Zombie Live album years ago. For anyone that has seen the man and his band in concert, this is the perfect memory scene-setter. And for anyone who hasn't had the pleaseuse, encompassed herein is the best way to see what you've missed.
But after that, I have to tell you, this is so, so much more. This is the first concert film i've seen where the artist has turned just the replaying of a concert into what resembles a movie. Not just a band documentary with some interviews thrown in between songs. No, this is absolutelly pro. Zombie has never been one to release a film without going through the cutting room with a fine tooth comb, and putting his seal of approval on each and every piece. This concert (or pair of concerts) is no different. Stuffed together from two nights in Dallas, this show includes the very best moments from each. The sound is crisp, the guitar buzzes loud, the bass thunders, and the drums shake the walls. This band knows how to put on a show, and to have Rob Zombie as the master and commander really throws this thing into overdrive.
You really do need to see it, in order to understand fully, what is going on here. Can you enjoy it just as a Zombie show? Yes. Can you enjoy it as a Zombie film? Yes. Is it an experience like no other? YES!
Zombie fans, Metal fans, Music fans, Film buffs, come one, come all, and behold the magic and horror metal mastery that is Rob Zombie, John 5, Piggy D, and Ginger Fish!
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Get Lucky
Get Lucky
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' Ned Pepper!, January 13, 2014
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These two boys were the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for 90's country band Smokin' Armadillos. And if you liked them at all, you'll probably like Lucky Ned Pepper. The vocals are spot on to what they were back in the day.
Now, for those of you who are completely new to LNP, this is a modern country music duo, in the same arena as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Blake Shelton. They have some great vocal harmonies when the song calls for it, and they rock their country otherwise. It's not quite as "rock" as those other guys, but it still has some really great up tempo tracks, mixed in with some awesom country ballads. The vocals are smooth, void of any gravel or grit. And the music is as tight as any Nashville recording. Very slick all around.
I loved this from the first listen, and if you're a fan of modern country music, you most likely will too.
Stand out tracks are the remake of Tracy Byrd's "If I Stay," the Little Big Town-esque "Dirt Road," and the opening single "I Remember the Music." And for those of you who are still hanging on to the 'Dillos, check out the song "Cowboy Thing."

Proof of Life
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stapp is Back!, November 5, 2013
This review is from: Proof of Life (Audio CD)
This is the album that a lot of Creed fans, and Scott Stapp fans have waited for since Creed's latest offering in 2009. And the difference between this one and that one are easily noticeable, right off the bat. This is not a Creed album at all. The sound here, barely resembles Stapp's last solo offereing, 2005's The Great Divide.
Here we are treated to a rock star with renewed belief in his abilities as a singer and songwriter. His voice is much cleaner, and more polished than we last heard it in '09, and the music is void of any Creed re-treads. The album as a whole is fresh and modern, without losing it's hard rock edge. The production is very polished, but it still allows room for the gritty, raw sound that post-grunge fans will like, and that will keep most of these songs from getting too much tired air-play.
The main focus of the lyrics is challenges faced and overcome, with a generous portion of dark reflection.
Overall, I can see 1 or 2 more of these songs being released as singles, mainly tracks 6 and 7, to go along with the opening track, which was release prior to the album. Aside from those, being mostly mid-upper tempo, radio-friendly songs, there are a couple all out hard rockers. The album is heavily loaded with mid-tempo balads in the second half, but unlike Creed's 2001 album Weathered, and Stapp's previous solo outing, this does not diminish from the recording. It never gets too "soft."
Overall, if I were to compare this to something for you, so you can go out and buy it (or not) without previewing it first, I'd say it's about as "hard" as a later 3 Doors Down album, and about as "pop" as a heavy metal album produced by Mutt Lange (no, it doesn't sound like Def Leppard).
As as Creed and Stapp fan, I really enjoyed this ablum, but not because it sounded like previous records, but because of how different and fresh it is, and for the fact that it is still pure hard rock.

PS, there is a version at the competing store, the one with the blue and yellow logo, with 2 extra tracks. I would suggest buying this one as a hard copy, as those 2 songs are worth it.

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