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Music Review: Stereo Nasty CD: Nasty by Nature



Available: NOW

Label: Independent

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More and more I am finding myself drawn to bands who for lack of a better term, fly a bit under the radar and don’t have record labels dictating to them when or how to write their music.  Also, I tend to lean more favorably towards bands that have begun to have a more stripped down sound back to roots sound.  So when I accidently ran across a band called Stereo Nasty I was curious to hear what this band from Ireland was about.  Are they glam/sleaze?  Are they dirty hard rock?  Are they old school metal?  Well they are a bit of all, rolled into one.

Stereo Nasty plays a style of heavy metal that would fit right into the height of the NWOBHM scene and would remind you of one the bands that had a good chance of breaking big out of that scene.  Musically they have a very no nonsense straight ahead metal sound with an almost military precision and cadence sound which fits the lyrical themes of their songs very well. Possibly like a less produced sounding version of ACCEPT and a little bit more dirty. Vocally, the band has a guy named Mick Mahon who sounds like someone I have heard before but can’t seem to put a finger on but to sum It up he sounds like bit like a mixture of Blackie Lawless but with a huskier sound and oddly a bit like Ann Boleyn from Hellion just more like a dude.  While he has similar vocal styles as these two he also has a interestingly unique style to his singing which keeps a listener glued to the album.

Nasty by Nature was a real treat to come across by accident.  If you are a fan of bands that have a bit of danger to them, no nonsense music that has a kick ass attitude matched by a singer who you can tell means business.  Then Stereo Nasty may be what you are looking for.  Check them out in the Band Camp link in above where you can listen to the full album and even buy it for about $5 bucks.  Not a bad deal at all.

Music Review Lords Of Black CD: II

By: Callum (CJ) Lavender
Label: Frontiers Records
Available: 18th March 2016
Official Website: http://www.lordsofblack.com/english/   
Well there’s no way around this, this album is just fantastic. This album is easily album of the year material. You may remember how excited I was to be given the opportunity to check out Frontiers albums. Only for the first one to be a bit under cooked (although a few friends from the rock community enjoyed it, so I did wonder if I was missing something). But this release by Lords Of Black really does make up for it. A Second release actually but a first time discovery.

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Craig Locicero, Paul Bostaph To Guest On “Way Heavier” Album From Geoff Tate-Fronted QUEENSRŸCHE

The Geoff Tate-fronted QUEENSRŸCHE are currently mixing their upcoming album with Jason Slater. Guitarist Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, SPIRALARMS) has just revealed that he and drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, Forbidden) “have played most of the music” on the album that will also feature bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche 1998 – 2001), keyboardist Randy Gane, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) and guest appearances by K.K. Downing (ex-JUDAS PRIEST), Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Ty Tabor (KING’S X) and Bobby Blotzer (RATT).

Locicero says that the album “is WAY HEAVIER then most anyone is expecting!

Geoff and Jason have been nothing but awesome to us and it gave Paul and I (pictured below) a chance to contribute together on a metal record once again. I was working on it for a few weeks and play on every song. There are kick ass solo contributions from Dave Meniketti, Ty Tabor, Brad Gillis, KK Downing and Chris Cannella. As well as bass played by Rudy Sarzo and more drums from Simon Write. It’s some great company to be around and it was an honor to be a part of it.

I know what the perception of the Queensrÿche camp is and I really don’t give a fuck. QR was one of my favorite bands from the EP through Operation Mindcrime. When I was approached about doing the record I did contemplate all of the turmoil, but I love a challenge. I accepted the challenge and think Geoff has a kick ass record to deliver the fans…in spite of what some may expect. The songs are cool, classy and in some cases stupidly heavy!

So there you have it. I am not IN Queensrÿche, SpiralArms is still my baby with a killer record to be released very soon. So Geoff has a touring line-up ready to go this Summer. I’m simply stoked to have put some my riff-age in the mix with once of heavy metal’s most recognizable and classic voices.”

The Geoff-Tate-fronted Queensrÿche will release the full-length via Cleopatra Records later this year.

The Operation: Mindcrime 25th Anniversary tour is slated to begin in April (see below) with the new line-up. The performance will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as ‘Revolution Calling’, ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, ‘I Don’t Believe in Love’, and the closing track, ‘Eyes of a Stranger’. It will also feature other selections from the Queensrÿche catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime II.

25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013

6 – Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
11 – Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
13 – Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
14 – Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
16 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
18 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
19 – 4th & B in San Diego, California
20 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
21 – Fillmore in San Francisco, California

More dates to be announced.