Archive for September 2011
Whitesnake. A band that I loved to hate in the late 80s. Their videos were annoying and I never saw the allure of Tawny Kitaen. Then in the late 90s when I started getting into Thin Lizzy and investigating John Sykes’ material, I bought 1987 and realized how great that album was along with Slide It In. About 10 years ago I heard the pre0Sykes version of Slide It In and thought it was really great in a 70s rock sort of way and started delving backwards into Whitesnake’s back catalogue. All of their pre-Slide albums are about 50/50 with me. There are some really great songs and some real duds. Nonetheless, it’s good stuff overall.
In November of 2011, EMI will release Box O’Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982. This looks like a nice collector’s piece with all of their pre-Slide studio and live albums along with a DVD and book. I think I want one!
Check out more details here and on the photo below.
Anthrax has dome some shuffling over the years in the singer department, that’s for sure. Turbin’s out, Belladonna’s in, Belladonna’s out, Bush is in, Bush is out, Nelson is in, Nelson is out, Bush is back in, Bush pulls aside (or is put aside) to allow for some shows with Belladonna, Bush ih out, Belladonna is in. Wow. There’s no question that Anthrax’s most popular era is with Belladonna at the helm. When we saw them last year, they sounded great overall and Joey’s voice sounded strong.
Anthrax released Worship Music last week and I’ve got 3+ listens into it which is enough to give it a proper review. Let’s be clear in that while I love John Bush with Armored Saint, he just didn’t cut it for me with Anthrax, although seeing them live with John in 2006 on the We’ve Come For You All Tour and they were really good.
Worship Music opens with the selt-titled intro then blasts into Earth on Hell which starts out fast with blast beats. That’s a twist. The next 5 songs are pretty killer with Fight ‘em Til You Can’t, The Devil You Know and I’m Alive are my faves on the album. In the End rounds the last of what I consider the best tracks on the album. From here they really start changing things up a bit. The riffs get a bit chunkier and it starts sounding a bit more “modern”.
The last 5 songs really put me off a bit where the previous tracks all work well together. That being said, Joey sounds great and you don’t hear a lot of “fixes” in his stuff although there are some spots if heavy layering and “harmonizering”. I am sick of that sound in metal these days. It’s used as a cover up. Just get it out there clean and in the raw and of you can’t then don’t try at all. But this is good stuff. The ending tracks aren’t bad by any means but they’re quite a departure from the first half of the album.
I will call them out for ripping themselves off though. Remember Make Me Laugh from State of Euphoria? They totally jacked some of the vocal melody in the song for Fight ‘em Till You Can’t. It’s a goofy song lyrically (zombie apocalypse) but it’s well-sung and well written.
In general, don’t expect Spreading the Disease or Among The Living, although there are a few flashes from Among on here. You get more of a State of Euphoria/Persistence of Time vibe in the whole thing with some modern metal vibes. Benante is a badass on some of these tracks…in general he’s a beast on the drums anyway. There are some really good guitar melodies here and there, something that you normally don’t get out of Anthrax.
It’s a good album and worthy of any Anthrax fan’s collection. It’ll get more listens from me fore sure. I give it a 7.5/10. With more listens I see that number go up a bit.