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Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat Tour

Tour Announcement: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat Tour ofNorth America

Wow!

Metallica has just announced plans for their 2017 WorldWired North American tour in support of their new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, and the lineup is fantastic. They will be joined by hard rock heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat throughout the tour. As you might have guessed, it’s a stadium tour and contains welcome news for Florida rock fans. They will be invading Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on July 5th and Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium two days later.
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New Metallica Videos

New Metallica Videos Released in Advance of Hardwired… To Self Destruct

New Metallica videosMetallica offered up a fantastic surprise to their faithful this afternoon. The legendary rockers announced that 13 new Metallica videos will be released in the next twenty-four hours. That represents one for each track off of the soon to be released Hardwired… To Self Destruct.  Three videos have already hit the streets, but the remaining ten tracks roll out to their fans every two hours.

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The Worst Cover Song Ever?

Metallica_logo_wallpaperOh sure, there have been some horrific, ill-advised attempts to cover rock classics over the years. Who can forget the typically excellent Sheryl Crow doing a poorly imagined Guns ‘N Roses cover or Miley Cyrus honoring her inspiration, Kurt Cobain? And we should never forget the slew of classics reimagined by the talentless William Shatner. They all deserve consideration on worst cover lists, but Macy Gray’s decision to release a Metallica cover may just be the worst yet.

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New Music Friday: Crank It Up Edition

metallica hard wiredIt’s Friday. Let’s celebrate with some killer new hard rock that has just recently hit the streets. A few tracks from some big names and a few from some bands you probably need to get to know.

All of these tracks can also be heard on our new Spotify Playlist, “RARAs Crank It Loud” which is linked below.

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Album Review: Tumbler – Come to the Edge

untitledSo…. This next band got me thinking about the definition of pop music. It’s a word we throw around, but I believe has many different meanings for different people.

For instance:

Under all the distortion of attitude, and ominous noise of rock, punk, and metal…. There are certain songs that you want to sing out loud, they stay with you, and they are for the most part, fun to sing out loud when you’re by yourself in the shower, or on a solo road trip…

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Free Metallica Concert Stream

Finally something good about the massive over-saturation of Super Bowl coverage. Or do I need to refer to it is The Big Game, because RARA’s Farm is not yet the Official Rock Blog of the NFL? In any case, under the super-catchy name, “The Night Before” Metallica will be playing a concert, which will be streamed live in HD for free!

Metallica The Night Before
Metallica The Night Before

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Jupiter Falls Revolution Album Review

Jupiter Falls – Revolution

6 months? Are you kidding me? After my first listen to Leeds’ based quintet Jupiter Falls, I was surprised to learn that the band had been formed a mere six months earlier.  The album sounds like the polished work of a seasoned American hard rock band, not the debut offering from a new group out of the UK.

Although the band is new, these guys are veterans of the rock music scene, and accomplished musicians at that. Fans of Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown and Metallica are going to love Revolution.  The music on their UNIR1 debut is a cross between classic hard rock and modern heavy alt-rock. Lead singer James Hart reached out via Facebook to guitarist Deano Silk and the core pieces were quickly put into motion; ultimately leading to the creation of the band, and this, their excellent first release.

The album highlights the band’s diversity; at times they sound like 70’s or 80’s classic rock, current era Alt-hardcore, or turn of the century metal. Fantastic guitar work, memorable licks and powerful vocals are consistent throughout.

The album kicks off with “Awake,” a futuristic sounding opus, where aggressive drums and nicely layered guitars accompany Hart’s vocals in a song reminiscent of early Avenged Sevenfold.  Two songs later, hard driving drums and an infectious guitar drive the band on “To The Point,”a track that clearly shows the Shinedown influence on the band.

One of my favorite tracks is “Forgiven,” a song that brings back great memories of late 80’s heavy metal rockers Danzig.  It’s powered by a  dark gloomy guitar, but unlike Danzig classics, this one has excellent uplifting vocals that add a melodic twist.  Love the stark guitar in the beginning of the song.  It’s just a fantastically constructed selection, and one with the potential to become a signature track.

“End of the World” is an aggressive hard rocking cut, and “World War Three” is an excellent and memorable power ballad.  On “Story Of A Liar” we are treated to something totally different. The lead from Silk is creative and catchy and meshes exceptionally with the rhythm guitar.  It’s my favorite guitar work on the album, although I really liked the opening riff on “When the Time is Right,” and the intricate solo “Lei e quella” and… OK, it;s just a damn good guitar album.

For sure, it’s not a perfect album, but the majority of the cuts are very strong; it’s probably the best hard rock debut album I’ve heard in a few years. This band is just dripping with potential and I can’t wait to see their live show.

In an era where so much of the current rock coming out of the UK is watered down and ultra-poppy (yet sometimes still good), this is an extremely welcome change of pace. At times a comfortable flashback and at other times cutting edge genius, it’s a welcome addition to the rock music landscape, and one that has the potential to be one of the seminal albums of this genre.

Check out the album below and let me know your thoughts.

Mike G.
Rock And Roll Animal
RARA’s Farm

 

Top Albums from 1991, In honor of Lollapalooza

2011 is the 20th Anniversary of the wildly successful Lollapalooza festival, where Eminem is entertaining a few hundred thousand smelly, tired and likely inebriated folks at Chicago’s Grant Park as I type this…  I remember Jane’s Addiction and Nine Inch Nails leading the bill on that first circuit, but couldn’t recall whether it was really a good year for music.  Digging  through my vinyl collection, I’d say there weren’t really too many worthwhile albums, but the top few were absolute killers – leaving a lasting impression on the Rock and Roll landscape for many years.

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So, here they are, according to me:

      10. Guns and Roses – Use Your Illusion II

        Volume II of this set was clearly the better of the two.  This one included classics like “Civil War,” “You Could Be Mine,” and a tremendous version of Dylan’s oft-covered “Knocking On Heaven’s Door.”

Use Your Illusion II - Guns N' Roses

      9. Ozzy Osbourne – No More Tears

        This was Ozzy’s biggest hit album since his Blizzard of Oz debut effort, and featured the title track, “Time After Time,” and “Mama, I’m Coming Home”

No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne

      8. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

        This was the Peppers breakthrough album and biggest commercial success. You’ll find “Give It Away,” “Suck My Kiss,” “Under the Bridge” and my all-time favorite Chili Peppers tune “Breaking the Girl.”

Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers

      7. Voice of the Beehive – Honey Lingers

        This album got a wee bit of airplay on college radio, but deserved much more attention. If you haven’t heard it, I highly recommend that you check out the great harmonies and poppy tunes. The whole album is good, particularly “Monsters and Angels,” “Little Gods,” and a great cover of the Partridge Family’s “I Think I Love You.”

Honey Lingers - Voice of the Beehive

      6. Spin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite

        Their debut album, and by far their most successful.  This one was packed with great tunes, including “Jimmy Olsen Blue’s,” “What Time Is It,” “Two Princes,” amd “ Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.”

Pocket Full of Kryptonite - Spin Doctors

      5. REM – Out of Time

        This is not the band’s best album, nor most successful, but there’s lots of good stuff packed in here, including the under-rated “Texarkana.” You’ll also hear “Radio Song,” “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People”

Out of Time - R.E.M.

      4. Pearl Jam – Ten

        These next four albums are clearly in a different league than anything else we heard in 1991.  Ten was the explosive debut of this Seattle band’s powerful new sound.  It ushered them onto the scene and along with our #3 selection, inspired the Grunge period of rock and roll for the rest of the decade. The album features “Once,” “Even Flow” and one of rock’s greatest songs ever. “Jeremy.”

      3. Nirvana – Nevermind

        No, I am not on drugs. I realize this is a great album, made a marked impact on the direction of rock music and sold over 30 million copies, but I truly feel it was only the 3rd best album in 1991.  Along with Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains, Nirvana led the Seattle area grunge scene.  This is the album where you’ll find rock anthems such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “In Bloom” and “Come As You Are.” It’s a great effort, but I truly feel it gets more credit than it deserves primarily due to Kurt Cobain’s untimely death.

      2. Metallica – Black album

        This is the one that put these heavy metal monsters on the world-wide map.  This album sold 20 million copies and was still releasing singles 2 years after it was rolled out.  Every song is great, and they are all timeless; as good and as relevant today as they were 20 years ago. The biggest hits on the album “Enter Sandman,” “The Unforgiven,” “Wherever I May Roam” and “Nothing Else Matters” caused some of their original fans to claim they had sold out. Although the music was more refined, it still contained the same passion, drive and energy as their early 80’s stuff.

      1. U2 – Achtung Baby

        In ’91, U2 was at a cross roads, their last album Rattle and Hum kind of meandered, and it seemed as though the band didn’t know where they should be headed.  I recall this album’s release delayed a few times, and then when I finally heard it, thought ‘wow’ this is something different. A little alternative, some industrial techno and a dash of dance: as it turns out, it was a recipe for success.  The tracks are very diverse, but every song is a great listen, and they actually seem to go together very well. The track listing includes “Zoo Station,” “Even Better Than the Real Thing,” “One,” “The Fly,” “Mysterious Ways” and my favorite “Ultraviolet (Light My Way).”